Non Nisi Te Domine

The Icon of the Crucifixion in the Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore which spoke to St Thomas when he laid his writings on the altar and prayed to be shown any errors into which he might have fallen. “Thou hast written well of Me, Thomas,” said the voice. “What reward wilt thou have?” To which St Thomas answered  “None other than Thyself, Lord!”

Yet before proceeding to explain these matters, that principle which Leo XIII so clearly established must be laid down at the outset here, namely, that there resides in Us the right and duty to pronounce with supreme authority upon social and economic matters.[Cf. Encyclical, On the Condition of Workers, 24-25] Certainly the Church was not given the commission to guide men to an only fleeting and perishable happiness but to that which is eternal. Indeed “the Church holds that it is unlawful for her to mix without cause in these temporal concerns”[Pius XI, Encyclical, Ubi Arcano, Dec. 23, 1922.]; however, she can in no wise renounce the duty God entrusted to her to interpose her authority, not of course in matters of technique for which she is neither suitably equipped nor endowed by office, but in all things that are connected with the moral law. For as to these, the deposit of truth that God committed to Us and the grave duty of disseminating and interpreting the whole moral law, and of urging it in season and out of season, bring under and subject to Our supreme jurisdiction not only social order but economic activities themselves.

Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, 41

The present Encyclical seeks to show the fruitfulness of the principles enunciated by Leo XIII, which belong to the Church’s doctrinal patrimony and, as such, involve the exercise of her teaching authority. But pastoral solicitude also prompts me to propose an analysis of some events of recent history. It goes without saying that part of the responsibility of Pastors is to give careful consideration to current events in order to discern the new requirements of evangelization. However, such an analysis is not meant to pass definitive judgments since this does not fall per se within the Magisterium’s specific domain.

John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 3


David Steel, the author of the 1967 Abortion Act, has been forced under oath to admit that Cyril Smith confessed to him that he was a child molester in 1979. Steel brazenly described the allegations against Smith as “scurrilous hearsay” only a year ago, Not only did Smith continue as a Liberal MP until 1992 but Steel put him forward for a knighthood. Lord Steel is exposed as a facilitator of child rape as well as murder.


Some hold that in the place of bliss, God is visible in His brightness but not in His nature. This is to indulge in overmuch subtlety. For in that simple and unchangeable essence, no division can be made between the nature and the brightness (‘Moralia’, 18.54.)

Norcia1Laodicea gladly endorses the Albertus Magnus Center (sic) for Scholastic Studies Summer Theology Program (sic)! The summer of 2019 would not be complete without some scholastic recreation in the Sibylline mountains nestled in the shadow of the (liturgically and monastically) observant Benedictine community. With three seminars a day, lectures on various topics, full board (including breakfast and five course lunch and dinner with wine and digestivo), sung Latin offices, old rite Missa Cantata, and Byzantine Divine Liturgy, topped off with a full scholastic disputation every participant will stagger away a far more weighty figure than when she/he entered two weeks earlier…

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Katolicka Etyka Spoleczna which George Weigel has allegedly been desperate to keep from everybody for years has finally been republished! George is upset that people are saying mean things about him. He still maintains the text isn’t really by Karol Wojtyłą. George neither speaks nor reads Polish but he has lots of unfalsifiable anecdotes about JPII so there.