“Iota Unum Non Praeteribit”. Doctrine Cannot Change

Iota Unum Non Praeteribit.

What would you think if your math teacher would tell you that he is not planning to change math rules? Right: you would think that the talk is senseless and arrogant at the same time.

The same impression I have when I read of Vatican speakers, or bishops, who reassure us that Francis does not intend to change doctrine.

This senseless and arrogant talk is even more arrogant and even more senseless than the one of the math teacher. More senseless because God, who is the perfect and immutable Creator, is infinitely more unchangeable than anything created; and more arrogant, because even the implication that anyone could change iota unum in God’s rules is a blasphemous madness.

Still, this talk must sound “encouraging” for the adulterers and perverts, and terrifying for those vaguely Catholic or vaguely Christian people who still have a (vaguely) felt appreciation for the stability and permanence of the Church. The first get the clear message that Francis does not intend, for now, to change doctrine, which he obviously could do. Therefore, what does not happen today could happen tomorrow, or the day after, or with the next Pope, or at some other point. The second will wonder how long it is before the Church changes, and will – from outside – look at the Church as just another political party about to embark in a “modernisation” process.

All this talk of Francis who “will not change doctrine” is gravely misleading with the best of intentions, and utterly heretical with the worst ones. Bishops, speakers, bloggers, and everyone else should repeat on every fitting and unfitting occasion that a Pope cannot change doctrine; that he is simply not allowed to; that he would be allowed by God to change His laws as much as he would the course of the sun, the rules of mathematics or the wetness of water.

Doctrine cannot change. God’s rules are as immutable as the laws of physics; more than them, because it is conceivable that God could change creation, but it is inconceivable that He could change Himself. The fact that we received, in some instances, a more profound insight of those rules in time does not mean that the rules changed, it means merely that Christianity developed a more detailed and thorough appreciation of it; exactly in the same way as history studied in high school is more deepened and detailed, but the same history, studied in elementary school.

Doctrine cannot change. Not ever. Iota unum non praeteribit.

Say it to your priest. Write it in every blog and forum. Mock whoever even vaguely implies anything different. Attack all those who mean anything different. Hammer the concept in the head of anyone near you.

We cannot allow these Modernists to put the wrong ideas in the head of the people.


Posted on October 8, 2015, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Very well said. Can’t even comment on this because you said it all.

  2. I believe the Modernists are stealing a march around the bulwark of doctrinal truth and getting behind our lines by declaring it “true, but irrelevant”. They agree that it cannot change and happily allow us to exhaust ourselves defending something they grant. But they lock the quaint relic of doctrine safely behind glass in a Museum, pat it on the head and march on behind their banner of new and improved “relevant” praxis. They are not speaking our language any more. They are speaking theirs. They are not playing by our rules. They are playing by theirs. And they are inside, not out.

    They need to be met on the ground where they are, and on those practical terms defeated. They are not disputing doctrine. They are ignoring it while creating a new practical reality.

    I think this is the sum of Pope St Pius X’s warnings against Modernism: their power and threat to the Faith is to subvert Catholic life as it is lived DESPITE the bulwark of doctrinal truth. The power of the Modernist is in language and through lies and obfuscation to transform the meaning of pure, clear truth into whatever is useful to their purposes.

    Doctrine remains. Its implication is altered. They have the best of both worlds.

    • This cannot work, it has never worked, and it will never work. Doctrine is the way the Church shapes the world around her. There can be no separation between the praxis and the theory that any thinking Catholic would not spot as betrayal of Christ. Those who want to deny it are obviously free to ignore facts, but those people have always existed among the reprobates.

  3. I merely believe we are living in the days foretold to Pope Leo XIII:

    “Exactly 33 years to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, (!) that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about 10 minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the above prayer to St. Michael, with instructions it be said after all Low Masses everywhere.

    When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices – two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation:

    The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: “I can destroy your Church.”

    The gentle voice of Our Lord: “You can? Then go ahead and do so.”

    Satan: “To do so, I need more time and more power.”

    Our Lord: “How much time? How much power?

    Satan: “75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service.”

    Our Lord: “You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.”


  4. If God’s doctrines and rules were changed God would not be the Truth anymore. God can not lie only devil can so whoever wants to change God’s doctrines that person must be a devil, anti-Christ or devil’s possession. I don’t see God in the face of pope Francis even though he is a Vicar of Christ for he’s always attacking any Jesus’s teachings and wanting to decimate the Catholic Church. Pray that God will intervene and put him away.

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