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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Difficult Bible Passages – Genesis 3:15 – Jesus or Mary?

The Latin Vulgate Bible gives the text of Genesis 3:15 as follows (with my English translation). {3:15} Inimicitias ponam inter te et mulierem, et semen tuum et semen illius: ipsa conteret caput tuum, et tu insidiaberis calcaneo eius. {3:15} I … Continue reading

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Anglican Women Bishops versus Catholic Women Deacons

The Church of England has approved of the ordination of women as bishops. Here’s a UK news commentary, listing some women likely to be chosen for the role of bishop. The decision is being hailed by secular observers as a … Continue reading

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The Ordinary Path to Heaven for Catholics

Briefly stated: 1. receive the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation 2. go to Confession at least once a month 3. go to Mass and receive Holy Communion at least on Sunday and holy days 4. love God above all else … Continue reading

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Liberals, Conservatives, and Government Intrusion

In recent years, liberal politicians have had much control over U.S. politics, especially at the federal level. At the same time, the culture has become more liberal, giving more social influence to the liberal point of view. During this time, … Continue reading

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Weaknesses in the Supreme Court HHS mandate decision

Pro-life advocates and many conservative Christians are hailing today’s SCOTUS decision in the Hobby Lobby case as a great win for the pro-life cause. But it’s a very qualified limited victory, for several reasons. 1. The scope of the decision … Continue reading

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The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ – Matthew 17 and Mark 9

Difficult Bible Passages Jesus took three Apostles (Peter, James, John) aside from the other Apostles and disciples, on to a high mountain. He then was miraculously transfigured before their eyes. This event was for the purpose of teaching the Church … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage versus Religious Freedom

In a pluralistic society, where intelligent and caring persons disagree on important controversies of politics, society, and religion, tolerance should prevail. When Christians or Catholics have a majority of the votes, we should not compel the rest of the citizenry … Continue reading

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Contraception in Cases of Rape — Catholic moral theology

All contraceptive acts (e.g. taking a birth control pill), and all contracepted sexual acts (e.g. choosing to engage in sexual acts not inherently ordered toward procreation) are intrinsically evil because they are the deliberate choice of an act that is … Continue reading

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Unitive and Procreative Nature of Intercourse

That teaching, often set forth by the magisterium, is founded upon the inseparable connection, willed by God and unable to be broken by man on his own initiative, between the two meanings of the conjugal act: the unitive meaning and … Continue reading

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Difficult Bible Passages – John 8:25 – The Beginning

Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End of all things. For all things were created through Him and for Him. [Revelation] {1:8} “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says … Continue reading

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