Friday, September 7, 2018

Thursday Night Lecture Series starts up

The Catholic Church in the United States: A Political and Episcopal History 
Part I The English Reformation
Presented by St. Louis Bertrand Chapter of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic
Thursday, Sept 13, 2018
6:30 PM at the CNY Marian Center,  5180 W Taft Rd, Syracuse, NY 13212

Lecture by Mr. Richard Fitzgerald, OP.
Retired Adjunct Professor in History, OCC

The historical narrative that evolved out of the English Reformation centered on the argument that the Catholic Church in sixteenth England had lost the support of the English people. The Protestant thesis described the Church as a decadent, corrupt organization that abused its members. This dying church, according to the reformers, created a religious/spiritual vacuum that was filled by the new purified Church of England.

In the late twentieth century this historical depiction was challenged by a number of British historians of the Reformation period. One of the most prominent of these "revisionist" historians was Professor Eamon Duffy of Cambridge University. In his groundbreaking work, The Stripping of the Altars, Duffy challenged the traditional Protestant narrative by examining the records of numerous Catholic parishes of pre- Reformation England. He found that the vast majority of the English people loved and embraced Catholicism. To quote Professor Duffy, "Hostility to the Papacy was not the cause of the English Reformation, it was one of its consequences."

The presentation will explore the work of the revisionist historians and the multi generational attack by the Tudor regime on the Catholic Church. In time a historical narrative would be constructed that equated Protestantism with patriotism and Catholicism with treason. This worldview would eventually be transported to the English colonies;which in turn would be the basis the anti-Catholicism which still exists today.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Meeting

Lou Pizzuti will deliver a talk entitled

The Right Time: The Graeco-Roman Religious and Philosophical world in which Christ built His Church, Part 1

 While we were yet helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. - Rom 5:6

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Schedule for the Remainder of 2017


  • Chapter Meeting, Nov 19, 2017, @1:30 
  • Chapter Meeting, Dec 17, 2017, @1:30 



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Life Promises and Acceptance into the Order

On Sunday, January 17, 2017, Betty Croniser and Michael Lieber were received into the Dominican Order as Novices and Ruth Harbach (Sister Mary Catherine) made her Life Promises.

A reception followed.


Chapter President, Mr Dick Fitzgerald, OP


Provincial Promoter, Fr. Bede Shipps, blessing scapulars















Sister Mary Catherine / Ruth Harbach





Monday, August 17, 2015

Jesus, in Effect, Used Abortion as a Direct Metaphor for Hell

By Dave Armstrong.


Canaanite idol / god Molech, or Moloch; 18th-century German illustration [public domain / Wikipedia]
I just recently learned that “Gehenna”: Jesus’ standard metaphor for hell (Mt 5:22, 29-30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33; Mk 9:43, 45, 47; Lk 12:5), was not a place of constantly burning garbage, as is often thought (and what I formerly understood it as being). Rather, it was a place where children were sacrificed to false gods. That is why Jesus used it to describe hell. Some strains of rabbinical Judaism also did so.
Gehenna is a reference to the Valley of Hinnom, which is directly south of Mt. Zion, near the Old City of Jerusalem. When I was in Israel in October 2014, I walked down a good portion of the Kidron Valley (after walking around the entire Old City), next to the Temple Mount and ancient City of David, down to the Pool of Siloam. This is perpendicular to the Valley of Hinnom. But I didn’t go further into that area, due to the significant unrest in the Arab portions of Jerusalem when we were there. We even got tear gas in our eyes when visiting Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem. It would have been strange indeed to walk the valley that in Jesus’ mind was akin to hell itself, due to the ritual childkilling that so often took place there.

Read the rest at patheos.com

Child Sacrifice, Ancient and Modern

by Collin Garbarino


Earlier this week The Guardian ran a story about human sacrifice and ancient Roman history. During the third century BC, the chief rival of Rome was the city of Carthage on the North African coast.
Carthage was a Phoenician city, and Roman sources always accused the Carthaginians of sacrificing their own children to their gods. I have always believed the Roman stories of Carthaginian child sacrifice, but many scholars dismissed these stories as mere propaganda. They just couldn’t be true.
But some archeologists have been amassing material evidence that seems to support the Roman sources. It looks like the Carthaginians really did sacrifice their children. One of the archeologist told The Guardian that she is experiencing some pushback from her findings.
Quinn said many of her academic colleagues were appalled by her conclusions.
“The feeling that some ultimate taboo is being broken is very strong. It was striking how often colleagues, when they asked what I was working on, reacted in horror and said, ‘Oh no, that’s simply not possible, you must have got it wrong.’”
“We like to think that we’re quite close to the ancient world, that they were really just like us—the truth is, I’m afraid, that they really weren’t.”
Some things are just so horrible that we do not want to think about them. We do not want to believe they are true. This archeologist correctly notes that we ought to look at the Carthaginians honestly. But I think we need to look at ourselves honestly too.
Read the rest of the article at FirstThings.com

Friday, August 22, 2014

Liberty, the God That Failed

August 26, 2014-Marian Center 6:30-8:00 PM


Early twenty-first century society is exhibiting all the danger signs of a terminal civilization. Tens of millions of unborn babies have died as the result of legally protected abortions. The West is also ravaged by an epidemic of divorce and the universal practice of contraception. These politically protected social practices have accelerated the depopulation of Western nations as well as the unraveling of the traditional family unit.
Christopher Ferrara, a renowned Catholic intellectual makes the case that the source of our problems can be traced to the European Enlightenment. Specifically, he points to the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke that created the theory of modern Liberty. Modern Liberty is defined as the unrestricted “pursuit of happiness.”Ferrara correctly states that the moral power and influence of the Catholic Church posed a significant threat to this worldview. To neutralize and marginalize the power of the Church, Hobbes and Locke within a generation of one another created the political concept of the separation of Church and state. Ferrara traces our current social, cultural and political chaos to this political theory when he writes “The fundamental problem with Liberty is its manifestation as the state without a soul and thus without a moral compass.”

The class on August 26 will use the political philosophy of Christopher Ferrara to explore the evolution of the modern theory of Liberty. Additionally I will compare and contrast the modern secular model of the “pursuit of happiness” with the traditional political philosophy of the Catholic Church. 

Richard D. Fitzgerald O.P.