The Binding Force of Tradition

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The average faithful of a conservative or traditional mind, who has the goal of recouping and restoring the tradition of the Church not only in liturgy or in devotion but also in theology, often feels assaulted on all fronts by theologians and clergy who have forgotten that Jesus Christ is pre-Vatican II. Yet most books written by and for traditionalists on current miscellanea address effects of the problems in the Church today, or various facets of the problems around liturgy, doctrine, ecumenism and the like. None of the works out there go back to the very core of the problem, they do state the effects, namely the prior magisterium universally taught “x”, but today clergy, prelates and even members of the magisterium at least appear to be saying the opposite. The real question is what is the “Tradition”, and what principles have been deviated from that we should see the crisis in the Church not only unfold but continue?

Thankfully, we have at last, a clear and concise statement of principles on the tradition and our duties toward it in Fr. Ripperger’s brief but exacting The Binding Force of Tradition (BFT). At 55 pages it is not a lengthy read, but page after page is a clear laying out of principles. In fact, it could be rightly said that the strength of the work is in the very fact that it does not attempt to take up specific examples of teaching or practice which are, or at least appear, at variance with the universal Tradition. Instead, Fr. Ripperger lays out exactly what it is, where it comes from, what authority it has, what the misconceptions are, and what the duty not only of the lay faithful, but even more of the clergy is toward it. Better still, for the lay reader who does not have the benefit of formal orthodox training in philosophy and theology, is that it is a succinct read, well ordered and to the point. As Fr. James McLucas says in his Foreword to the work, “Father Ripperger utilizes the exacting scalpel of Thomistic precision to explain the problem and its solution.”

 

Holy Hour of Reparation

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A Holy Hour of reparation for the neglect of those who have vocations to the priesthood or religious life and the neglect of those who are already in their vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the fulfillment of their duties according to their state in life. With an imprimatur by his excellency Bishop William Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa, OK.

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The Morality of the Exterior Act In the Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas

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This is the doctoral dissertation of Fr. Ripperger which covers the distinction in the writings of St. Thomas between object of the moral act, its natural species and its moral species. It covers how, in the mind in St. Thomas, one derives the moral content of the moral species and how one goes from the natural species of the moral act to the moral species which one chooses.

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Holy_hourA Holy Hour of Reparation for the neglect of vocations
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A Holy Hour of reparation for the neglect of those who have vocations to the priesthood or religious life and the neglect of those who are already in their vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the fulfillment of their duties according to their state in life. With an imprimatur by his excellency Bishop William Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa, OK. For more information you can go to the Holy Hour of Reparation Website.

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This paper book version includes all three of the following volumes in on book: Vol. I: Philosophical Psychology This text, the first of three volumes in the “Introduction to the Science of Mental Health” series, treats the science of mental health and illness and is based on the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. The text is divided into three parts: What constitutes a valid science of psychology; The principles one must know in order to discuss mental health and illness; What is mental health and illness according to St. Thomas and what are the causes of mental health and illness from a Thomistic perspective. The Forward and imprimatur for the text are by His Excellency, Fabian Bruskewitz, bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. Vol. II: Sacred and Other Spiritual Causes This second of the three volumes addresses the various aspects of Catholic Theology as they affect mental health. Some of the areas covered are: Relationship of psychology to theology; Sin as it affects mental health; Infused Virtues, Sacraments, Gifts of the Holy Ghost and Prayer; Demonic Influences. Vol. III: Quodlibetal Issues and Practica The third text in the series, this volume addresses the various aspects of psychology which are not covered in the prior two volumes as well as the practical application of Thomistic psychology. Some topics included are: Music; The Subconscious Dreams; Hypnotism; Self Knowledge; Personality and Temperaments; Addictions; Developmental and Educational Psychology; Diagnosis and Counseling; The Role of the Empirical in Psychology.

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This is a collection of sermons given by Fr. Ripperger from 1997 to 1999 while he was in Omaha and Lincoln.

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This book contains an English translation of the prayers of Exorcism of Title XII of the Rituale Romanum of the Catholic Church’s 1956 ritual. The translation contains an imprimatur of the original translation.

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The Binding Force of Tradition

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The average faithful of a conservative or traditional mind, who has the goal of recouping and restoring the tradition of the Church not only in liturgy or in devotion but also in theology, often feels assaulted on all fronts by theologians and clergy who have forgotten that Jesus Christ is pre-Vatican II. Yet most books written by and for traditionalists on current miscellanea address effects of the problems in the Church today, or various facets of the problems around liturgy, doctrine, ecumenism and the like. None of the works out there go back to the very core of the problem, they do state the effects, namely the prior magisterium universally taught “x”, but today clergy, prelates and even members of the magisterium at least appear to be saying the opposite. The real question is what is the “Tradition”, and what principles have been deviated from that we should see the crisis in the Church not only unfold but continue?

Thankfully, we have at last, a clear and concise statement of principles on the tradition and our duties toward it in Fr. Ripperger’s brief but exacting The Binding Force of Tradition (BFT). At 55 pages it is not a lengthy read, but page after page is a clear laying out of principles. In fact, it could be rightly said that the strength of the work is in the very fact that it does not attempt to take up specific examples of teaching or practice which are, or at least appear, at variance with the universal Tradition. Instead, Fr. Ripperger lays out exactly what it is, where it comes from, what authority it has, what the misconceptions are, and what the duty not only of the lay faithful, but even more of the clergy is toward it. Better still, for the lay reader who does not have the benefit of formal orthodox training in philosophy and theology, is that it is a succinct read, well ordered and to the point. As Fr. James McLucas says in his Foreword to the work, “Father Ripperger utilizes the exacting scalpel of Thomistic precision to explain the problem and its solution.”
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Morality_exterior_act2frontThe Morality of the Exterior Act

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This is the doctoral dissertation of Fr. Ripperger which covers the distinction in the writings of St. Thomas between object of the moral act, its natural species and its moral species. It covers how, in the mind in St. Thomas, one derives the moral content of the moral species and how one goes from the natural species of the moral act to the moral species which one chooses.

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An collection of the articles written by Fr. Chad Ripperger on various theological and philosophical topics.

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