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December 29, 2005

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The situation is unfortunate, if the really good books that ought to be used in Catholic education are more and more likely not to have an imprimatur.

Darin

I am working on an Impramatur for a book on mysticism. I wouldn't buy one without an Impramatur and don't think anyone else will either. But the Curio here in Detroit says what you said that its usually only textbooks. But I am pushing it because devout Catholics look for it. It just wont sell without it because it pushes the edge with Mystical Theology. It is "Catholic" but when folks hear rapture they think the left behind series and not St Theresa's descriptions of rapture. I need the Impramatur and am floating in limbo without it.

Breier

Unfortunately, the Imprimatur is a fairly poor indicator of the doctrinal value of the book anyway. The imprimatur is only as strong as the orthodoxy of the diocesan censor. How many diocesan chanceries do you entrust to ensure orthodoxy? Paradoxically, the freedom from an Imprimatur may allow orthodoxy to thrive now, an orthodoxy that would otherwise be repressed by heteredox censors.

Darin, i tend to let spelling slips in blogs slide, but if you really addressed the Detroit "Curia" (which is an old but recognizable term for offices) as "Curio" (which means, well, oddity) and asked three times for "impramatur" instead of for an "imprimatur", they might have decided your letter would not top their list of those most worthy of being taken seriously. Just a thought.

Realist

Looks like we need to outsource the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur jobs. :))

Sharon

Breier is right. I always told my kids to look for the Imprimatur and Nihl Obstat before buying a religious book. My son bought a study bible with the I and NO and the comments were totally hetrodox. The bible was given the ok by the Bishops' Commission of the Philipines with an introduction by one of the bishops. I emailed the Bishops' Commission with a list of my questions re the comments but am still waiting for a reply. (2 years)

Darin

Breier, hey your right about the spelling. I just looked the IMPRIMATUR and NIHIL OBSTAT that I got for another book in 2003 and yep, your right. The problem is things changed from 2003 to 2005. In 2005 a letter was sent from the Vatican to the Diocese further limiting what gets the "I". This is a very recent change and I guesss I didn't explain myself well enough.

rudy

I RECENTILY RAN ACROSS A BOOKLET OF SEEING WITH THE EYES OF THE SOUL. MYSTIC BY THE NAME OF BARBARA CENTIILLI,PUBLISHED BY ST.ANDREWS PRODUCTUCTIONS,BY DR. THOMAS PETRISKO.SHOULD I TRUST THIS, OR THROW IT IN THE TRASH.NO IMPRIMATUR OR NIHIL OBSTAT.THANKS FOR ANY INFO

rudy

I RECENTILY RAN ACROSS A BOOKLET OF SEEING WITH THE EYES OF THE SOUL. MYSTIC BY THE NAME OF BARBARA CENTIILLI,PUBLISHED BY ST.ANDREWS PRODUCTUCTIONS,BY DR. THOMAS PETRISKO.SHOULD I TRUST THIS, OR THROW IT IN THE TRASH.NO IMPRIMATUR OR NIHIL OBSTAT.THANKS FOR ANY INFO

De Maria

I haven't read your book "Salvation Controversy", but someone said that you make this statement.

"Catholic theology holds, it is impossible for man to do anything meritorious prior to justification (DJ 8)."

And, as I understand Catholic Teaching, it isn't true.

What does "merit" mean?
By merit (meritum) in general is understood that property of a good work which entitles the doer to receive a reward (prœmium, merces) from him in whose service the work is done.
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10202b.htm

Let me give a simple example of what merit means in this context.

If I say to my son, "if you jump that stick, I'll buy you a camaro". And my son jumps the stick. Does my son merit the camaro?

1. Not in real terms. The camaro is worth far more than the action of jumping over a stick.
2. But in my terms, yes. I have set the value of the action at the same value as the camaro. Therefore, based on my authority, my son's jumping over that stick merits him a camaro.

This is what God has done. Neither our faith nor works are equal to the value of justification. We do not have any intrinsic merit in ourselves nor in our works.

But God has promised. He has made an oath and set some conditions. If we meet these conditions, HE SAYS that we merit justification. He has imbued those works with merit. He is the source of that merit and we are the recipients of that merit if we accomplish those required works.

And God's word is justice. He swears by Himself and He does not go back on His Word.

Therefore, although the intrinsic value of our works does not merit justification, the fact that God demands these works and makes them necessary, means that we do merit justification if we perform the deeds He requires.

What are those meritorious deeds?
1. Faith in God. Because without faith it is impossible to please God.
2. Works of faith and charity, such as repentance, keeping the Commandments, corporal works of mercy...
Because faith without works is dead being alone.

Summary:
Nothing which we do is intrinsically valuable enough to merit justification.

But everything which we do in obedience to God merits justification.

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