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Catholicism / Re: Rightly Ordered Music
« Last post by Guingamp on Today at 04:54 pm »
Ripperger is great. His lectures are pure pleasure. I think he is here and there a bit too harsh or juridical but I am convinced that a few hundreds or maybe thousand ,,Rippergers" could rescue the church in next to no time.
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Hello Etimasia,
(...) Could anyone recommend a good introduction to St Thomas's philosophy for someone familiar with "the basics" of philosophy? (...)
A very good introduction is Edward Feser's Aquinas. You can also watch some of his lectures on YouTube to get an impression about his style. Feser is thinking and writing in the neo-scholastic tradition ( like for example the great Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange); this version of thomism is deeply rooted in an aristotelian framework.
A very good book, but maybe not an introduction is John Wippels The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas. It's not easy, but worth reading.
I do not really appreciate the ,,essential thomism" and I really dislike his concept of ,,christian philosophy"( I am convinced that the idea that a philosophy could be christian, islamic or jewish or whatever is absolutely wrong!), but Etienne Gilson`s The Christian Philosophy of St.Thomas Aquinas is helpful to understand an other version of Thomism.
However ( in my opinion ), the best book about Aquina's philosophy is written in german. Gallus Manser's Das Wesen des Thomismus. As much as I know it is not translated yet but it would be worth the effort.
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Health, Food, Drink, and Tobacco / Re: Toilet bidets
« Last post by Mark Williams on Today at 04:48 pm »
Oh, but I wouldn't want cold water! I had in mind a warm water bidet - cold water would be very unpleasant!

You could use your warm bidet during the year and turn it to cold during Lent.

Excellent idea.

Small daily penances go a long way.
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Yes, that's the point. To be obedient to the pope equals to be disobedient to the Faith. Without the disobedience of Archbishop Lefebvre, we probably would not have the TLM in ourdays. The modern papacy was and is not only a part of the destruction of the traditional Faith, it is the main part because the pope can claim obedience. In retrospect Pastor Aeternus, ultramontanism and the enlargement of the papal authority seems to be a mistake. I think that every honest traditionalist will tend to agree with me because who would judge that Paster Aeternus would be a good idea if Francis would be the first pope to promulgate this dogma ex cathedra?

I've been worried for a long time that we could get a bad Pope, or even an antipope, who makes an "infallible" teaching to allow, say, gay marriage, or who knows what.

I do not understand. Does God forbid Popes from doing this, by making it completely impossible? Suppose a Pope was about to issue an "infallible" teaching permitting gay marriage - does God kill him suddenly in his sleep, and make the documents he was about to sign disappear? I know this is absurd, and well within the realm of speculation, but I just do not understand it.
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Games and Gaming / Re: Ban the person above
« Last post by Mark Williams on Today at 04:41 pm »
Banned for not spelling it out in Urdu.

Banned for not spelling it out in Urdu.  :LOL: Go on, do it for us!  :grin:
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Pig Roast: Mingle and Eat Cooked Pig / Re: Catholic Memes
« Last post by Mark Williams on Today at 04:33 pm »
Speaking of Bugnini, this happened on Wikipedia a few months ago:  :LOL:

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Health, Food, Drink, and Tobacco / Re: Toilet bidets
« Last post by Etimasia on Today at 04:28 pm »
Oh, but I wouldn't want cold water! I had in mind a warm water bidet - cold water would be very unpleasant!

You could use your warm bidet during the year and turn it to cold during Lent.
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You might want to try The Catholic Contraversy by Saint Francis de Sales.  The man converted 72,000 Calvanists back to the Catholic Faith.  It isn't tracts per se, but a serious of articles disproving protestantism based on the Holy Scriptures and the Fathers.  I think TAN puts out a publication for $18.00. 

Here is a free online version, though I hate reading off a screen...

http://www.catholicapologetics.info/apologetics/protestantism/authorityds.htm#MINISTERS
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Games and Gaming / Re: Word Association
« Last post by Mark Williams on Today at 04:25 pm »
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Health, Food, Drink, and Tobacco / Re: Toilet bidets
« Last post by Mark Williams on Today at 04:23 pm »
Oh, but I wouldn't want cold water! I had in mind a warm water bidet - cold water would be very unpleasant!

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