Two for Tuesday

Here is a two-part reading recommendation for all of you.

First, the Thomistic blog Stomachosus Thomistarum is back from hiatus. After you finish perusing the archives, you may wish to cast your eyes on the author’s multi-part translation of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s obscure (and arguably unofficial) response to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre’s dubia concerning Dignitatis Humanae.

Second, over at The Josias, “Beatrice Freccia” makes her debut with an outstanding, and no doubt controversial, article, “Understanding Aristotle’s Account of the Relationship of the Household to the State.” The second part will be up on Wednesday.



  1. Hieronymus Blackstone
    February 11, 2015

    Mr. Sanchez, I for one would be very interested in your thoughts on the response to Monsignor Lefebvre’s dubia. The first section of Part III puts a great deal of weight on the distinction between individual freedom from coercion as distinguished from the right to spread to error. As I understand it, while the government may not coerce the individual because of errors he holds—which is the negative right properly called “religious liberty”—that does not imply that the individual has a positive right to spread that error.

    Two questions result:
    1. Does this adequately address the dubia?
    2. Is this a tenable position in its own right?

    In any case, it feels like a toothless right that certainly isn’t what most people mean by “religious liberty.” Both seem to undercut the claim that the Church is attempting to use the language of the world as used by the world.


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