True Obedience in the Church - A Guide to Discernment in Challenging Times

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  • Practical guide for Catholics
  • Answers important questions for our times
  • Obedience and the proper role of conscience
  • Possible defects in both "liberal" and "conservative" views
  • Questions and answers relevant to our culture and Faith

Pope Benedict XVI affirmed the ongoing growth and perpetual validity of the Traditional Latin Mass, insisting that “what earlier generations held as sacred remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.”

However, with the 2021 release of Traditionis Custodes,  Pope Francis placed restrictions on the Latin Mass, which has been experiencing a dramatic and impassioned increase in influence and devotion.

What is a conscientious Catholic to do?

In this pivotal book, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski offers an essential treatise on the question of obedience in the Church—whence it derives and how it is to be properly and prudently understood and lived. He explores St. Thomas Aquinas’s guidelines on the subject, what type of obedience is necessary for salvation, and which types are lawful and unlawful. Can there be situations where the usual structures of obedience become impediments to, rather than facilitators of, the Church’s mission and the good of souls? Have there been instances in Church history where faithful priests have exercised their ministry in violation of ordinary canonical norms? How should the clergy respond if the traditional Latin Mass is forbidden to them or if it were to be declared “abrogated”? What is the proper role of conscience and how are liberal and conservative views of it defective?

Other questions on obedience that Dr. Kwasniewski deftly engages include:

  • Is it ever licit for individuals to follow Enlightenment ideology and be their own authority?
  • What should you do when your superior instructs you to do something in contravention of God’s law?
  • Why is opposing the traditional liturgy equivalent to opposing the work of the Holy Spirit and harming the Church’s common good?
  • Are Catholics required to live in blind obedience, even in situations of anarchy or breakdown, corruption or apostasy?
  • Can Catholics who strive to preserve traditional beliefs and practices ever be credibly denounced as disobedient revolutionaries?
  • Why are unjust laws acts of violence?

  • Author: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski
  • 128 Pages
  • Softcover

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