The beatings will continue until morality improves

February 21, 2016 § 9 Comments

I’ve updated the ebook form of the Usury FAQ, this time with the addition of a PDF format to make sharing it by email or what have you easier. If you are looking for something especially penitential to do for Lent you can read through it for any errors, typos, etc.  Because the ebook was originally an afterthought requested by blog readers, the online version and the ebook version do not share the same ‘master copy’ of all of the material; but I think I’ve gotten them almost perfectly in sync.

There is all sorts of new material in the ebook since the first edition.  I’ve addressed the Fifth Lateran Council definition of usury and its coherence with Vix Pervenit; added more material on why (what today we call) ‘personal guarantees’ or ‘full recourse’ and what the medievals called a ‘loan for consumption’ are synonymous; gone into more depth on questions of theft and fraud; talked more about ‘extrinsic titles’; dealt with the tenuous connection made by some scholars between usury and Scholastic theories of just prices; addressed questions about merchant credit and penalties for late payment; included additional explanation of the difference between property and personal guarantees as security for a contract; discussed the matters of inflation, fiat currency, and fractional reserve banking in more depth; and probably more.  I even added a few paragraphs to address who the heck I am to be talking about this subject.

As before, I am releasing my own work on this into the public domain.  Do with it as you will, share it with whomever you like, make as many copies as you want, sell it for fun and profit.

There are permalinks to download the e-books from the right hand sidebar. For convenience here they are too:

Usury E-book – .mobi for Kindle

Usury E-Book – .epub for e-readers

Usury E-Book – .pdf version, for sharing by email or just for whenever an e-reader format is not convenient.

§ 9 Responses to The beatings will continue until morality improves

  • […] [Note: this FAQ is also available in the form of a public domain ebook.] […]

  • Kidd Cudi says:

    not exactly relevant, don’t know where to ask this…
    Zippy, being that you are, or at least strive to be, non-modernist Catholic, what do you think of these kinds of arguments/claims/ideas ?

  • williamluse says:

    Downloaded the pdf. Twas wondering what was keeping you so busy.

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  • Zippy says:

    Kidd Cudi:

    I just glanced at the link, I didn’t read it, though I am certainly familiar with NO Watch. Most people are, naturally enough, scandalized by the idea that a Pope could be a heretic (and nonetheless still Pope).

    My own view is that this is mainly driven by ignorance of Catholic history combined with modern/protestant attitudes toward authority.

    Often enough when someone’s world view (in this case the world view of, say, a sedevacantist or the like; or his mirror image the ultramontane) is rooted in ignorance of history, it isn’t enough to dispel the ignorance by presenting the inconvenient facts (e.g. Pope Honorius I, clearly the Pope and yet later anathematized by an ecumenical council). Historical facts tend to be met with some sort of revisionist approach, rather than taking a step back and just accepting that ultramontanism/sedevacantism is another one of those ubiquitous false dichotomies: that the truth must lie not so much somewhere in between the horns of the putative dilemma as somewhere else entirely.

    Whatever it is precisely that Vatican Council I meant by the doctrine of infallibility, it can’t mean that it is impossible for a Pope to be a material heretic and it can’t mean that it is impossible for most of the hierarchy to be mired in heresy (see e.g.: Arian crisis).

    I’ve pointed out before that the most obvious corollary to the doctrine of infallibility when speaking ex cathedra is that almost everything that a Pope says and does is, like the acts of any other legitimate human monarch, perfectly fallible. As with other human monarchs, though, fallibility does not call into question his administrative authority.

    Modern Catholics (including modern trad Catholics, I’m afraid, although they do tend to have better immunities to this than most) are typically modern first and Catholic second. What this means is that they don’t really want to live in a world of messy, fallible, often dysfunctional human authority. So they look for some kind of machinery to substitute for authority, which they can depend on to give them rigorous assurances: that is, they lack faith.

    Second guessing the Holy Spirit is a fool’s errand, but it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that the people who are really supposed to learn something from the current crisis are the traditionalists — those who truly want to be faithful sons of the Church. Another thing I’ve pointed out before is that it is easy to ‘obey’ king or husband when you agree with what he says.

  • King Richard says:

    I hope you don’t mind me chiming in on this, but as a Latin Mass Catholic Theologian….
    A paraphrase of an actual conversation I had within the last week
    Parishioner: “The pope said something contrary to Dogma!”
    Me: “When and where?”
    P: “Yesterday, I think”
    M:” So you aren’t sure when and where?”
    P:” Not really, no”
    M:” What language was he speaking when he said it?”
    P:” I don’t know. Italian, I guess”
    M: “So how do you know what he said?”
    P: “It is all over the internet!”
    M: “Just like that time the internet said he promoted Socialism and attacked Capitalism when he actually condemned Socialism by name and never mentioned Capitalism?”
    P: “What?”
    M: “Never mind. When you hear information that you cannot substantiate it is called hearsay or rumor. Repeating hearsay or rumor can be the sin of Gossip. Listening to hearsay or rumor that impugns the character of another person and accepting it as true without proof can be the sin of Rash Judgment. If you repeat a rumor or hearsay that impugns another person’s character or honor and the rumor is false you are guilty of the sin of Calumny. If it is true and you do not have a sufficiently valid reason for repeating it under the doctrine of double effect you are guilty of the sin of Detraction. Now, considering all of this is in the Catechism and you are expected to know it, do you really wish to continue?”
    They did.
    I have had more than one Catholic tell me, very seriously, that the Pope should never, ever say anything that anyone could ever interpret negatively.
    This obsession with things that do not affect you seems to be very, very Liberal. I encounter Catholics speaking at length and with great emotion about the off-the-cuff comments of a Bishop from a nation in Europe they cannot find on a map when they, themselves, cannot name the auxiliary bishops in their own diocese; Americans in Kentucky who are very upset about the votes of state officials in Texas; Belgians personally offended by the results of a regional election in America; Germans determined to bring economic and political force to bear on a foreign nation because of the personal comments of a Polish politician.
    There is a strange obsession with authority figures and a disregard for authority all bundled up in a ball of emotions at the heart of Liberalism.

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  • Mike T says:

    I have had more than one Catholic tell me, very seriously, that the Pope should never, ever say anything that anyone could ever interpret negatively.

    Which is not entirely possible in this age of trigger warnings. Even a mime couldn’t make an inoffensive Pope.

    Reminds me of a joke about infosec. A customer insulted one of our SAs about security and the SA said “you want an entirely secure system?” The customer said yeah. So he said…

    1. Take the server…
    2. Put inside a 10x10ft block of pure concrete.
    3. Post armed sentries over the site you buried it.

    And we can only assure that that is 99.99% secure.

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