The Long Term Ramifications of Dignitas Infinita?

As readers are aware, last month Dignitas infinita was published. I do not wish to enter into a systematic critique, which Edward Feser, Jeanne Smits, and Peter Kwasniewski have already done very well. Rather, today I want to look at the method, the aftermath, the grounds (for that aftermath), and the motivations. In terms of … Read more

Fr. Joachim Heimerl: Dignitas Infinita a ‘Faithless’ Document with Little to Say About Salvation

Cardinal Robert Sarah recently caused a stir when he spoke of the “atheism” that is spreading in the Church. He was by no means referring to the neo-pagan periphery in “synodal” Germany but to the center of the Church: Rome. Bishop Joseph Strickland, the prophetic voice from Texas, also held this position. In a letter … Read more

Dignitas Infinita Promotes an Ill-Defined Dignity

On April 8, 2024, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) published the declaration Dignitas infinita (On Human Dignity), approved by Pope Francis on March 25. The first part of the document describes the “Growing Awareness of the Centrality of Human Dignity.” The second part states that “The Church Proclaims, Promotes, and Guarantees … Read more

Diane Montagna Interviews Edward Feser on ‘Dignitas infinita’

DIANE MONTAGNA (DM): Dignitas infinita opens by asserting that: “Every human person possesses an infinite dignity, inalienably grounded in his or her very being, which prevails in and beyond every circumstance, state, or situation the person may ever encounter.” Yet St. Thomas Aquinas writes: “God alone is of infinite dignity, and so he alone, in … Read more

Pope Tells Dissident Nun: Trans People ‘Must be Accepted’

Pope Francis has said transgender people must be “accepted and integrated into society” in a private letter to the founder of a dissident Catholic ministry. The letter was addressed to Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, an organization that provides pastoral outreach to self-identified LGBT persons and called for changes to the Church’s … Read more

WATCH: To Infinitas and Beyond!

  The conversation discusses the document Dignitas Infanata issued by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) in the Catholic Church, which addresses transgender theory. The hosts express frustration that it took the Church so long to address this issue and highlight the importance of good teaching on the topic. They also discuss … Read more

Dignitas Infinita Needed Some Familiaris Consortio

The expressed intent of the recent declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith is to “illuminate different facets of human dignity that might be obscured in many people’s consciousness” (Dignitas Infinita, Presentation). To the extent that the Declaration—though not intended to be comprehensive—selects topics that are indeed heavily “obscured” today, it succeeds. But … Read more

Dignitas Infinita and the Idolization of Man

In this current age of mass media and constant Internet access, the process of theological reception can oftentimes be rushed and clumsy. The race is on, as it were, to forge and brandish one’s latest “hot take” on any given Church topic, document, or papal interview. Merely minutes after the introduction of Dignitas Infinita by the Dicastery … Read more

‘Tucho’ Opens Up On His Disastrous Doctrinal Declarations

The Vatican press conference to introduce Dignitas Infinita was that rare thing in the history of Vatican press conferences – it was interesting. Not thanks to the document itself, which was a hodge-podge of things-we-already-knew, but because it was the first press conference given by Cardinal Victor Fernandez, known as Tucho, the new head of the Dicastery … Read more