New Project

Sometimes people get a bad reputation for being unwaivering in conviction.

After a bit of studying (of which more is also needed), I am of the opinion that Fr. Leonard Feeney has an unfair reputation. Fr. Feeney was excommunicated, yes, BUT (and that’s a BIG “but”) Fr. Feeney was reconciled to the Church WITHOUT having to recant his position on the doctrine of Extra Eccelesiam Nulla Salus. This discovery has left a large nagging in my conscience that cannot be quieted except but to further study what Fr. Feeney really said (and his followers, in good standing with the Church, still maintain) rather than only listening to his critics.

I am forced to admit thus far that Fr. Feeney is correct about EENS. It makes so much more sense now, and my attachment to the Sacraments of the Church finds good company among Fr. Feeney’s explanations of the doctrine. I have also recognized that Fr. Feeney was a prophet of sorts. I can only imagine what Fr. Feeney would’ve had to say about the scandal at Notre [Sh]ame… Fr. Feeney saw the decline in Catholic identity at Harvard and spoke out relentlessly against the loss of the Faith. Fr. Feeney was not contending in a battle of wits to be “right”. Fr. Feeney was contending in a battle for souls to be saved. His harsh words and unapologetic convictions are evidence of his love for souls, not pride of mind.

But I title this a “new project” because it involves further, deeper study into the matter in a very academic manner. I have Conciliar texts to read (Trent, Vatican I, and Vatican II), St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, and other Magisterial texts, etc. and I am very grateful for having already come across Robert Sungenis’ How Can I Get to Heaven? because it gives one of the best (and most concise) overviews of the Church’s teaching on Salvation (and justification) from a solidly biblical perspective, which is the necessary prerequisite for understanding Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus.

I am open to suggestions/comments/questions on this sensitive, but very necessary topic.

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