What is an intrinsically evil act?

When an act is intrinsically evil, it is immoral by the very nature of the chosen act. The moral nature of an act is its inherent moral meaning before God. An act is a choice; it is an exercise of … Continue reading

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Is Torture Intrinsically Evil? Pope Francis on Just War and Torture

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Pope Francis spoke today (18 Aug 2014) to reporters about war and violence. He repeated the teaching of Jesus and His Church, that violence in defense of the innocent can be licit, including just war. “In these cases where there … Continue reading

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Pope Francis prays for aborted babies

What does this imply? On his trip to South Korea, Pope Francis prayed for the souls of aborted babies. What might this imply, in terms of salvation theology? If aborted babies go directly to Heaven, they would not need our … Continue reading

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Salvation for Non-Christians who know about Christianity

Suppose that a non-Christian knows about Christ, Christianity, and the Church. And to make the argument clearer, let’s further stipulate that he has what I term sufficient accurate knowledge. He knows enough about the Christian Faith to convert or at … Continue reading

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The start of the Great Apostasy is Near

I believe that Pope Francis will initiate the great apostasy by teaching truths that are contrary to the views of many conservative Catholics: 1. the Church has the authority to ordain women (solely) to the deaconate 2. non-Catholic Christians, non-Christian … Continue reading

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My Current Thinking on Events in the Near Future

Here’s my current thinking on events in the near future: Iran — I believe that Iran has at least one secret nuclear facility, where they are currently enriching uranium to weapon-grade purity. That is why they so readily agreed to … Continue reading

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Catholic Moral Theology on Marital Relations

[Hebrews 13] {13:4} May marriage be honorable in every way, and may the marriage bed be immaculate. For God will judge fornicators and adulterers. The eternal moral law is universal, applying to all persons, at all times, in all places. … Continue reading

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Why Many Believers are Uncomfortable with Global Warming

Climate science is the study of all the many combined influences on the earth’s climate. And it turns out, not surprisingly, that the human race, with over 7 billion persons on the face of the earth, has a substantial influence … Continue reading

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The Pope Francis Rebound Effect

Pope Pius XII was conservative; he exercised Papal Infallibility (Mary’s Assumption). Pope Saint John XXIII was a liberal Pope, the founder of Vatican II. And his immediate successor, Pope Paul VI, was a conservative Pope, the author of Humanae Vitae. … Continue reading

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Why Hell is Forever, while Purgatory is Temporary

A person who is in the state of grace (habitual grace) is someone who loves God and neighbor. Whatever sinful acts might be on that person’s conscience, he or she is essentially a loving person. The state of grace is … Continue reading

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Eventually, Catholics will be the Outcasts of Society

You can see the beginnings of this eventuality even today. But it will be at least several generations before it becomes severe. Suppose you are a secular person, not religious at all. You accept whatever teachings society offers. Well, you … Continue reading

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Saint Augustine on Lying

It is not true that Saint Augustine defined lying as necessarily including an intention to deceive. St. Augustine, in “On Lying”, asks whether the definition of a lie includes the intention to deceive. He leaves the question not definitively answered. … Continue reading

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church on lying

The teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church must be read and interpreted in the light of Tradition, Scripture, and the other documents of the Magisterium. Read in isolation, the CCC is easily misunderstood because it is so terse. … Continue reading

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Is Lying Always Wrong?

Now, specifically on the topic of lying, Sacred Scripture has clearly and definitively taught that lying is one of those types of deliberate acts that is always immoral. [Exodus] {20:16} You shall not speak false testimony against your neighbor. [Deuteronomy] … Continue reading

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The universality of salvation and non-Catholics

Pope John Paul II: “Pope John Paul II: “The universality of salvation means that it is granted not only to those who explicitly believe in Christ and have entered the Church. Since salvation is offered to all, it must be … Continue reading

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Should Catholics try to convert Protestants?

Pope Francis to visit Pentecostal church in Italy What might the Pope say to Protestants on the topic of ecumenism and conversion? I think he will say that Protestants can be saved without converting. My point of view on this … Continue reading

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Which Pope is or will be Peter the Roman?

Saint Malachy is said to have written a prophetic list of future Popes. The recent Popes through Pope Benedict XVI fit the descriptive phrases used in the list well. But there is only one more Pope on the list: “In … Continue reading

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Chastity, Celibacy, and Married Priests

Secular society badly misunderstands the terms chastity and celibacy. They think that a person who is not currently sexually active is “celibate”. And they think that a chaste marriage must be one in which the spouses do not have sexual … Continue reading

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Iran Nukes and the Tribulation

Iran Nuclear Talks have been extended to Nov. 24th. In my assessment of the situation, this decision means that Iran will have no further difficulty obtaining nuclear weapons. As I’ve detailed in past posts, Iran likely has a secret uranium … Continue reading

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The Pope Francis Agenda: big changes for the Church

I expect that Pope Francis will bring several big changes to the Roman Catholic Church. Now some conservative commentators say that the Pope should preserve the past and guard against change. To some extent, this is true. The teachings of … Continue reading

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