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Orthodox Readings of Vincent of Lerins

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St Vincent of Lérins: The Consentient Council of the Doctors of the Church

When one is involved in a knock-down, drag-out doctrinal debate, a dogmatic definition is awfully handy to have at hand. It always puts one’s opponent on the defensive. Occasionally it even wins the argument. But what if the Church has … Continue reading

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St Vincent of Lérins: Are Ecumenical Councils Infallible?

It is now time to get down to cases. How does St Vincent of Lérins envision the practical resolution of doctrinal disputes? How does the Church go about distinguishing between profectus and permutationes? In the beginning of the Commonitorium, Vincent … Continue reading

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St Vincent of Lérins and John Henry Newman—and the Immaculate Conception too!

Doctrine develops—that much is patent. All one needs to do is to read a volume or two of Jaroslav Pelikan’s The Christian Tradition to resolve any doubts. The only question is whether a given development faithfully expresses, elucidates, and unfolds … Continue reading

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St Vincent of Lérins: Doctrine Grows to Remain the Same

“One only understands the Vincentian canon,” Thomas Guarino writes, “if one sees that the truth of semper, ubique, et ab omnibus is known and preserved in actu ecclesiae, in the living and dynamic life of the church in all of … Continue reading

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St Vincent of Lérins: Antiquity and the Determination of Dogma

How does the Church Catholic properly distinguish between orthodox doctrine and heretical teaching?  The question will always be with the Church, for she has been charged by her Lord to guard the deposit of divine revelation and to tradition it … Continue reading

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St Vincent of Lérins: Guard the Deposit of Faith!

“O Timothy, guard what has been deposited with you, avoiding the voice of profane novelties and of opposing ideas, which are falsely called knowledge” (1 Tim 6:20 [Vulgate]). St Vincent of Lérins invokes this verse several times in his Commonitorium. … Continue reading

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