This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Sacramental character

In order to understand the sacramental nature of Christianity, we need understand the nature of the sacraments. What is in quite here are rites which bring about a real participation in Christ’s priesthood, what St. Peter called the ‘royal priesthood’ (1 Peter 2:9).

In fact, all of the rites of Christianity are derived from Christ’s status as priest par excellence, and when a person receives a sacrament (namely baptism, conformation, and holy orders) they receive a ‘seal’ or what is in theology called the ‘sacramental character,’ which indelibly marks them and is not identifiable with grace but enables it. It is important to note this distinction between grace and sacramental character because the character itself, like the unction, is irrevocable. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic, so the saying goes. Neither moral debasement nor even heresy can remove this seal once it is received. Moral issues serve only as obstacle that impede grace, so that if the sacramental character were imagined as a channel for grace, sin is a kind of refuse that clogs this channel. But even clogged and in disrepair, the channel remains present.

To this point, even the excommunicated person does not, according to Catholic doctrine, cease to be Christian, but is merely barred from participation in certain rites and liturgical functions.

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