Phil Lawler’s error on torture and intrinsic evil

Over at CatholicCulture.org, Phil Lawler has several posts condemning torture as intrinsically evil. Yes, under Roman Catholic teaching, torture is intrinsically evil. We can debate which acts fall under the proper moral definition of torture, but if an act is … Continue reading

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Turning Infallibility Upside-down

The Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church teaches infallibly in any of three ways: 1. Papal Infallibility 2. Conciliar Infallibility 3. the ordinary and universal Magisterium The advantage of infallible teachings is that we can know the truth on important … Continue reading

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Salvation for Little Children: common false ideas

The following false ideas are sometimes suggested when the subjection of salvation for unbaptized little children is raised. This article points out the errors and false assumptions in these claims. 1. The idea that, if aborted babies go to Heaven, … Continue reading

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Limbo No More – the myth of permanent perfect natural happiness

Limbo as a permanent place of perfect natural happiness is no longer a tenable theological opinion. The combination of past definitive teachings of the Magisterium and recent non-infallible teachings makes that idea contrary to Church teaching. It is not an … Continue reading

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Links to some of the best Christmas Songs

Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord (Boney M.) Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Celtic Women) The First Noël (Lady Antebellum) We Three Kings (Albright College Concert Choir) O Holy Night (Mariah Carey) Christmas Is Here/Carol of the Bells (Home Alone) I … Continue reading

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Is Torture intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral? Part 2

Most Catholic teachers have a poor understanding of the basic principles of ethics taught by the Roman Catholic Magisterium. And the faithful in general have been poorly catechized on moral theology. As a result, much confusion prevails in discussions on … Continue reading

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Can you become a theologian and apologist in one year?

Here’s the post at TaylorMarshall.com: Become An Expert Catholic Apologist With NSTI This Year and the NSTI webpage: New Saint Thomas Institute. Taylor’s latest post: How to Make a Catholic Theology Resolution for 2015 Overall, my impression of NSTI is … Continue reading

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The morality of an intrinsically evil act is NOT determined by intention

This teaching of the Roman Catholic Magisterium on morality is not an open question. It is, however, a common point of misunderstanding. Unfortunately, the Church right now is plagued by false teachers who have badly misunderstood the moral teachings of … Continue reading

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Los Angeles, CA, was originally named after the Virgin Mary

An LA Times article in 2005 discusses the city’s original name. Everyone agrees that the city was not originally called Los Angeles (“The Angels”). What was LA first called? “Some contend it was El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de los … Continue reading

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Yes! There is Salvation for Unbaptized Infants

My theological position in brief: 1. The universal salvific will of God necessarily implies that God makes salvation concretely available to all, in a way which is accommodated to their spiritual and material situation, even for those persons brought up … Continue reading

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Did Pope Francis say animals go to Heaven?

No, he did not say that animals go to Heaven. Here are links to a couple of news reports on the subject: Business Insider The Guardian Animals cannot go to Heaven because they are not made in the image of … Continue reading

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Do we pay for our father’s sins?

A reader suggested the title question, adding: “Scripture appears to contradict itself on this topic, but obviously that is not possible, so I and others must interpret some part of it incorrectly.” It’s a good question. The answer to this … Continue reading

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A Helpful Way to Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

I offer to my readers this new version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The prayers are said as usual, except for the “Sorrowful Passion” prayer. I’ve changed the wording of that prayer from the original wording: “For the sake of … Continue reading

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Is Torture intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral? Part 1

Here’s the news story: Most Americans think torture is OK and links to the Pew Poll. The AP Poll [a PDF file] has this to say: “Americans are divided on the use of torture against suspected terrorists to obtain information … Continue reading

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The Interaction between Theology and the Internet

Formerly, theology was written primarily by priests and theologians. Points of controversy were discussed by the use of theological arguments based on Tradition, Scripture, and the teachings of the Magisterium. The persons involved in this process were well-trained in the … Continue reading

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booklet: The Immaculate Virgin Conception

I’ve republished my booklet The Immaculate Virgin Conception of the Virgin Mary with the new title (above) and new cover image. If you have not read it, you might be interested. It’s a brief booklet on the conception and birth … Continue reading

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booklet: Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium

I’ve just published my booklet: Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium These three sources of truth — Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium — are the three pillars on which the Roman Catholic faith rests. The faithful are guided in their journey toward Heaven by the … Continue reading

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Common Misconceptions on the Immaculate Conception

The Dogma Ineffabilis Deus is the Apostolic Constitution issued by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854, which formally defines the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The document begins thusly: “From the very beginning, and … Continue reading

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The Ten Secrets of Medjugorje

The Ten Secrets of Medjugorje In my eschatology, which dates back to my first published work on the topic in 1998, the tribulation unfolds according to the Seven Seals in the Book of Revelation. The first four Seals are also … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and the great apostasy

I want everyone to understand that Jesus gave His Church a great gift, that the Church is indefectible. She can never go astray, nor lead us astray. And the Pope is the head of the Church on earth and the … Continue reading

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