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The Bellarmine Forum Magazine is a quarterly review by some of the finest Catholic commentators today! The magazine discusses a wide variety of issues of concern to Catholics especially as we seek to build the Kingdom of Christ in a secular world. Incisive and wide-ranging, witty and serious, The Bellarmine Forum analyzes issues with a dogged fidelity to the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Church. Discussions in the magazine include such relevant and hard-hitting topics as: the new English liturgical translations of the Latin Rite, the hostile and secular political reality in the United States, and a recent three-part series on Catholic Social Teaching. As one reader put it, “The Bellarmine Forum is for the plumber and the professor! A great resource for solid Catholic commentary and accessible to all.”
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Our Most Recent Publication Offers
- The Second Vatican Council: Tradition and Continuity
How Could “They” Get It So Wrong?
- Did Pope Benedict XVI say that Vatican II was wrong?
- Read Frank Morriss, who has been part of the Bellarmine Forum from the start, explain Lumen Gentium for what it really says.
- Includes a Quick Fact Sheet — A handy reference on Vatican II that helps to understand the Council, its documents, and what is really there.
- Enjoy discussion that is free of the “Spirit of Vatican II” and anything else that stinks.
- Laurene Conner’s Historical Survey of the Popes of Conciliar Renewal is a concise tracing of the lead-up to Vatican II — showing the trends that formed the real Council.
The Documents of the Second Vatican Council are plainly written, yet the so-called People of God got shafted: churches stripped of their beauty, teachings twisted, sacred hymns replaced by hand-clapping folk music–all in the name of a “spirit” of Vatican II that bears no resemblance to that sacred gathering.
How could this be? In the words of Benedict XVI, the “Council of the Media” created their own version of that historic event. And the experts who attended with each prelate could interpret, write, lecture, invent what they wanted about the Council, thus adding fuel to the fires of change by spreading personal opinions instead of the age-old teachings the Council Fathers really discussed.
The Council Documents Need to be Read Correctly
Pope Benedict XVI suggested that the Council was misinterpreted, that the documents had not been read correctly, with the mind of the Church. It is to look at the Second Vatican Council with the mind of the Church that the Bellarmine Forum Magazine has committed its four issues in this Year of Faith. What did the Council really say about the liturgy, about religious life, about the role of the laity? Open our pages and find out.
“No one can claim to be a Conciliar Catholic, a believer in Vatican II, and at the same time be an anti-Papal Catholic.”–Frank Morriss, Board of Directors, Bellarmine Forum
“It is the virtue of Faith that we must cultivate in the one true Church that Christ has established, for faith in the Church is faith in Christ Himself.”–John M. DeJak, President, Bellarmine Forum
“The Church sees herself at the service of humanity, not just of her members.”–Michael Adkins, Academic Dean, Saint Agnes School
- Catholic Social Teaching: Discernment
In earlier decades of the twentieth century, Catholics in America felt they were bound to a higher loyalty. As St. Thomas More put it, the King’s servant and God’s servant first. Social problems like abortion, poverty, and moral decline were viewed as departures from the normal values and truths society held. Now these problems are part of the established culture. The tsunami of societal revolution in the 1960s upended traditional values, morphing personal responsibility into social sin, the Works of Mercy into government handouts, and morality into doing whatever feels good.
Can this American Detour Be Fixed?
The answer is a resounding YES! Education is the key. In this, the third of its trilogy on the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church, the Bellarmine Forum Magazine establishes the means for discernment, the ability to distinguish the true path for a just society from the rocky road toward a country full of sheep led by a wolf. The Church has the roadmap in her age-old teachings to uplift mankind. Her words must be taught to every generation to maintain right order in society. The Bellarmine Forum Magazine begins that task with this issue.
“Catholic education recognizes the transcendent quality of every human being, and thus seeks to promote wholeness and holiness.”–Michael Kenney, Madonna University
“Through an education that forms young people by means of a free and open dialogue, that engages a proper anthropology and the Natural Law, [Pope] Benedict [XVI] proposes that man may once again begin to see the spread of true justice and peace in the world.”–Michael Adkins, Saint Agnes School
“[T]he Church is the authority on matters of morality and human dignity, and when an economic system degrades humanity, the Church must speak.”–Prof. Ronald Rychlak, University of Mississippi Law School
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- Catholic Social Teaching and The American Detour
Living and working in the world but not of it may have been the mantra of Catholic thought and education in the first half of the twentieth century, but the tsunami of societal revolution in the 1960s upended rationality in favor of action-oriented programs in the name of social justice. The wisdom of the Church about striving to attain the ultimate Common Good, which is God Himself, was swept into the background as personal responsibility morphed into social sin, the Works of Mercy became government handouts, and the Church in America lost its sense of discernment to tell the difference.
In this, the second of its trilogy on the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church, The Bellarmine Forum examines the American detour away from the Catholic Church’s roadmap for a just society based on the dignity of man.
“Older Catholic Action groups attended Mass together, said communal rosaries or novenas, went together on pilgrimages, and engaged in other traditional spiritual practices that had as their object, the worship of God. This wasn’t to rubber-stamp the program or to ‘create community’ among participants but to foster a deep spiritual life.”–Stephanie Block, “A Study in Contrasts: Catholic Action and Social Justice.”
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- Catholic Social Teaching and The Common Good
Part of the renewal of the temporal order to which Catholics are called involves an understanding of man’s ultimate Common Good, God Himself, and the need to direct our actions toward attaining this Good in an increasingly secular society. In examining the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church as promulgated over the last 120 years, The Bellarmine Forum magazine presents a clear roadmap for societal restructuring, based on human dignity, respect, and truth.
The Bellarmine Forum magazine is published by The Bellarmine Forum, Inc. (formerly known as The Wanderer Forum Foundation). The Foundation began in 1965 to promote and defend true Catholic teachings and educate Catholics in their Faith. The Forum’s national and regional conferences and published materials represent some of the finest Catholic thought in the last 30 years. Now operating under the patronage of the great Jesuit, St. Robert Bellarmine, the Forum will continue its efforts in the service of the Church.
“Many in the field of Catholic social activism work energetically for the temporal common goods of peace and justice, and yet fall mute when it comes to the order that society should have to God Himself, the most universal Common Good.”–Dr. Arthur Hippler, Chairman of Theology, Providence Academy
“Now is the time to speak of human obligations along with human rights, bottom up as well as systematic solutions, and the rise of a Catholic economy as an evangelical light in our age of darkness.”–Richard Aleman, Editor, The Distributist Review
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- Englishing the Liturgy
In presenting background for the 2011 linguistic changes in the Mass, the Wanderer Forum Foundation hopes to initiate a revitalization of faith. While many instructions to the faithful merely concentrate on the change in the words, we hope this background on the Mass explains why the change was needed to safeguard the true teachings of the Catholic Faith.
“The words of the Mass–preserved in the Latin texts–are centuries old. They speak of salvation, the conquest of death by the very Son of God. Bishops, Popes and Doctors of the Church gave much thought to the exact meanings and exact teachings to be conveyed by the words of the Mass to uphold the Catholic faith….What we habitually pray must reflect correctly and clearly what we believe, for the more we hear or recite a text, the more it becomes part of us interiorly.”–James May, Professor of Classics, St. Olaf College
“The Sacred Liturgy makes saints and saints are what the world needs more than blogs, websites, and twitter accounts.”–Fr. John Paul Erickson, Director of Worship, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
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