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5/25/2021 Update: Husserl and Optimization

Two small updates. 1) We have done some work with optimizing the website for mobile users. 2) The next installment of Jeremy's Commentary on Husserl's Logical Investigations is now up. You can read it here

5/16/2021 Update: Hermeneutics, Husserl, and More

On this day celebrating the Lord's Ascension, we are excited to announce Part III of our series Hermeneutics of Vatican II is now live on the site. This has proved to be a major undertaking, so much so that we had to do a lot of work behind the scenes on the website itself. Part III sprawls about 130 pages in Google Docs, and so we spread it out across nine articles here. 

The basic thesis of Part III is that Vatican II must be interpreted as an enrichment of the Catholic faith. Part III.1 develops this as a hermeneutical principle. Part III.2.1 through Part III.2.6 apply this hermeneutic to several hot button issues on the meaning of the Council's address to modern man, the meanings of dialogue, pastorality,  aggiornamento, ad intra and ad extra, and of course the Spirit of Vatican II. Part III.2.7 describes how once these are all understood why the hermeneutic of ambiguity is a false start. Lastly, Part III.3 describes the relationship between the hermeneutic of faith and the hermeneutic of suspicion and their roles in understanding Vatican II. 

As if this weren't enough, the next two iterations of Jeremy's Commentary on Husserl's Logical Investigations are also live, covering chapters two and three of the Prolegomena. He has also written a short meditation called On Mowing Your Lawn

If you could not tell, Jeremy suddenly had a lot of free time. This meant that he started a page featuring reviews of books on Vatican II. They are short reviews meant to help our readers get a sense of what books are good for developing one's understanding of the Council and what books one ought to avoid. We already have ten books reviewed and plenty more to add. You can check it out here

Three last things to note is that first, due to some of the work behind the scenes, the old URLs for all four parts of our commentary on Dignitatis Humanae and Parts I and  II on Vatican II Hermeneutics have changed. Second, there are some minor formatting issues that will be worked out later this week. Third, the tab names bug mentioned previously has been fixed. 

4/11/2021 Update: Covid and Time Travel

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday! Today, we published two articles. The first is Guillermo's analysis on a semipopular interpretation of the Our Lady of Akita messages that COVID is the great chastisement. Such an interpretation is a stretch and Guillermo explains why. You can read the article here.

Second, Jeremy published an article on time travel, arguing that it is impossible to travel into the past because such a view contradicts God's immutability. You can read it here.

Third, several additional Magisterium documents on Vatican II have been added, including most of the Acta Synodalia, speeches by John XXIII, Francis, and Paul VI, and more. Check out here to see what's new. Note that there is a bug that the tabs are all named "Acta Synodalia", which will be resolved once I figure out how to fix this.

3/12/2021 Update: Art Page

We have added a new page featuring all of the art used on our site. You can find it here or under About in the main menu.

3/10/2021 Update: Husserl and Church Documents

Three updates:

1) The website's aesthetic has been updated. Expect some further website changes in the future as we do more updating.

2) The beginning of Jeremy's Commentary on Husserl's Logical Investigations is on the site.

3) The beginning of a new section of Church documents on Vatican II has been created. This involved a reorganization under a new area for all Church documents.

2/14/2021 Update: Review of The Dating Project

Date Differently: A Review on The Dating Project by Guillermo Moreno has been published!

A direly needed documentary for our time, The Dating Project offers a critique of the hook-up culture that is parallel if not synonymous with the culture of death. Above all, it also proposes to viewers traditional dating as the solution to the hook-up culture. Following the lives of five singles whose ages range from 18-40, this film engages the questions of love and relationships and answers with a message of truth and hope for members of the dating pool. Family-friendly and faith-friendly, The Dating Project is a must see for all young adults. It is a fitting documentary for both faith-based and secular audiences.

2/7/2021 Update: Church Documents on Drugs

We have added over twenty documents by the Magisterium on the topic of drugs. You can check them out here.

1/23/2021 Update: Partnership

We have partnered with Defending Vatican II. They share our mission in promoting the authentic teachings of Vatican II and countering various objections raised against the Council.

1/1/2021 Update: Church Teaching on Drugs

Several new and exciting things have occurred. First, we have done a major aesthetic pass on the website. Second, we have done a first pass at mobile optimization, something we had not done previously. Third, we have a brand new custom logo for the website which is very exciting.

Lastly, we have published a series on marijuana and the Catholic teaching on drug usage. The series is broken up into five parts covering the Church's teaching, the health effects of marijuana, a Catholic theological understanding of drugs and alcohol, Ratzinger's theology of drugs, and the philosophical question as to whether or not one can use drugs to bring about mystical experiences. We also have a corresponding YouTube series. YouTube Playlist URL.

10/3/2020 Update: Vatican II Hermeneutics

We have launched a Patreon page! You can support us here: https://www.patreon.com/lenouvelesprit

Secondly, we have launched a series on hermeneutics on Vatican II. Part I focuses on understanding Vatican II as a gift of the Holy Spirit. Part II defends the authority of Vatican II and its continuity with Catholic Tradition.

Third, the website has received some aesthetic improvements.

7/27/2020 Update: Commentary on Dignitatis Humanae

There are now four parts to Commentary on Dignitatis Humanae. Part I is an analysis of the text. Part II investigates the historical development of the Church's teachings on religious freedom. Part III analyzes some arguments against Dignitatis Humanae put forth by the SSPX. And Part IV deconstructs the arguments by Marcel Lefebvre against Dignitatis Humanae.

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