Author Archives: malcolmthecynic

Calling a Spade a Spade

What I’m about to write may be the single most controversial thing I have EVER written, but here goes anyway. Saying that the novus ordo is “just as valid” a form of the Mass as the TLM and that preference … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

The one and only defense of the Pope’s newest letter I’ve seen

Here you go. Why am I completely unsurprised it’s Dave Armstrong? Those who read Dr. Feser probably recognize the name. Helpfully, Armstrong writes out his argument in list form for me in the article, so all I need to do … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 56 Comments

Chastek and Crude on Parallel Churches

Crude recently commented on James Chastek’s article on the upcoming rumored suppression of the FSSP. Short answer: I agree with Crude, and have some of my own commentary to add. Note that would respond to Chastek directly, but he does … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments

Part 3: The Best Evidence Against the Thesis

I take no pleasure, none whatsoever, in the theory that Joan of Arc died having denied her voices. It is a depressing end, more depressing than the burning. Still, there are things that point away from it. The testimonies of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thesis Challenge: Father Ladvenu

Father Ladvenu, a Priest sympathetic to Joan, provides arguably the greatest challenge to my thesis that Joan died denying her voices, and I apparently missed him completely. Like Manchon, Fr. Ladvenu claims Joan held fast that her voices came from … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Did Joan of Arc denounce her voices?

So I am going to make a shocking claim here, and before I do I want to be clear what I’m saying. Joan of Arc is a Saint, and deserves to be a Saint. Her trial was a hatchet job, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Joan of Arc Heresy

For various reasons, I’ve been on a Joan of Arc kick recently (actually, d’Arc is more accurate, since Joan is from the village of Domremy and “d’Arc” is literally her father’s surname, but it’s a bit late now to fight … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Yes, an annulment really does mean the marriage never happened

Every now and then I see articles from well-meaning/guilt-ridden Catholics where they are quick to point out that an annulment is not the same as saying “a marriage never happened”. I get why people are saying it. It’s a big, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

James Chastek on Discernment 2

https://thomism.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/discernment-2/ More of my own commentary following. Q: Aren’t you making too much of this present mood of discernment? Isn’t it simply a way of urging people to be mindful about dedicating their life to God? A: Always ask for … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

James Chastek on Discerning Vocations

Mostly I am posting this because I greatly respect James Chastek and you can’t actually respond on his blog. I find his post on discerning vocations…not bad, exactly, but kind of strange. Give it a read: https://thomism.wordpress.com/2021/05/11/discerning-vocations/ To me it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments