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May 20, 2024

Fr. Anthony Amato

Fr. Anthony Amato is the Pastor of St. Peter’s Parish in Clifton Springs, New York. He was ordained as a priest in June of 2017 by Bishop Salvatore Matano of the Diocese of Rochester, New York.

May 21, 2024

Fr. John Brancich, FSSP

Fr. John Brancich, FSSP is the pastor of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was ordained into the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter in 2004.

May 22, 2024

Fr. Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP

Fr. Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP is Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Providence, Rhode Island. He was ordained in 2008.

May 23, 2024

Fr. Vincent Lampert - All About Exorcisms!

Fr. Vincent Lampert is the designated exorcist of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis. A priest of 26 years, he also serves as the pastor of Saint Malachy Parish in Brownsburg, Indiana.

May 24, 2024

Fr. Michael Copenhagen - Eastern Rite 101! (Pt. 2)

Fr. Michael Copenhagen is a Catholic husband, father, and a priest at St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Melkite Catholic Church in Gates, New York. He holds a Bachelors of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

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Show Notes

Fr. Elias’ Resources – All About Our Lady! (Pt. 4) – 5/1/24

A Note From Father Elias:


Ave Maria! In this article, Fr. Peter Damian clearly explains that, from the Scotistic perspective, Mary never had any debt of sin (debitum peccati). http://www.christendom-awake.org/pages/marian/5thdogma/fehlner1-2.htm

In a 1955 article, Fr. Juniper Carol, OFM, argues that Mary, from the Franciscan perspective, Mary was never subject to the debt of sin: https://ecommons.udayton.edu/marian_studies/vol6/iss1/14/

In 1977, Fr. Carol provided a discussion and a bibliography on the subject: https://ecommons.udayton.edu/marian_studies/vol28/iss1/15/ Since the 15th century, the vast majority of Mariologists have believed that Mary never had any debt of sin.

With regard to Aquinas and Mary’s Immaculate Conception, it’s important to realize that Aquinas, in the ST III, q. 27, a. 2, ad 2 gives a theological not biological reason for why Mary contracted original sin. Aquinas says that it would detract from Christ as the Savior of all if He were not also his Mother’s Savior. Therefore, she did indeed contract original sin, but was cleansed from it before she was born. See attached passage. Aquinas never finished the Summa theologica. If he had changed his mind about what he wrote in ST III, q. 27, a.2 ad 2, he could have gone back and changed that section, but he never did.

Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP has claimed that Aquinas in his Exposition on the Angelic Salutation, written a few years before his death, showed that he changed his mind and accepted the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, however, was relying on a version of the Exposition that is highly questionable. I am attaching excerpts from Aquinas’ Exposition from a 1939 version with the key Latin text highlighted next to the English translation.. It matches the Latin of the 1954 text that the Catholic University of America believes is the most authentic.

The Dominicans have favored the idea that Mary was subject to the debt of sin, but God, deciding to become Incarnate because of the Fall, decided to intervene to preserve Mary from the debt of sin. The Scotist-Franciscan school, however, (as Fr. Fehlner and Fr. Carol explain) maintains that Mary, as predestined from all eternity, was never subject to the debt of sin.



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