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Arianism and the New Roman Missal

On March 15 I published a blog post where I discussed the word consubstantial. I made the claim that the Bishops are using the word in the new Roman Missal to invoke the old Arius of Alexandria conflict. I was not certain that the general Catholic Church consumer would be able to connect these dots. Then, I read this article by Fr. Romanus.

Still, various errors spread throughout the Church, first in the East and then in the West. The most widespread of these heresies takes its name from a North African priest named Arius. Arianism offered an easy solution to those who found it difficult to envisage Three Persons in One God. The heresy also suited those who found it hard to accept that God could become man and still retain the fullness of divinity. Arians instead opted to revere Christ as a creature of God, albeit a very exalted creature. They wanted to speak of Christ as “like” the Father, one who resembled God. – Father Romanus Cessario, O.P.

For those surfers with traditionalist bent, you will be interested in reading the rest of Fr. Romanus’ article. For other surfers less inclined to buy the word of the Bishops you might want to read the blog from

The schisms of the past are those of the present and never before has a conflict like the one of Christ’s origins ever been so hotly debated. Jesus would continue to be in a trinity with God in accordance to Catholic traditional teachings.
-This is a quote by 43beliefs

This blog by 43beliefs was written in 2008, and without knowing the Bishops were launching the new Roman Missal the blog predicted the debate and schism brewing today. Why do you think the Bishops feel threatened? Clearly this changes in the Missal are a response to threats the Bishops feel.

Surfers, the definitive work on the conflict in Alexandria comes from a book by Richard Rubenstein and is worth reading by everybody.

What has made the Bishops feel threatened enough to change the words of the Missal? Let me know what you think has brought the Bishops to this decision.


About neodecaussade

I am a Roman Catholic quester. You will find that I have scripture based academic interests. You will discover that I am a conservative Catholic but I am also prone to heterodox tendencies. I am versed in highly pietistic traditionalist practices but I am not a traditionalist. I am interested in entering a discussion on the future of the Roman Catholic Church. I would like to have a role in discussing how the future Church will be shaped.

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