Catholic Moral Theology: the Marriage Debt

The marriage debt is the mutual obligation that the spouses have, within a valid marriage (natural or supernatural) to have marital relations. The term is based on an Epistle of St. Paul in the New Testament: [1 Corinthians 7] {7:1} … Continue reading

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Reply to Dr. Ed Peters on the dogmas of the Council of Trent

Dr. Peters’ new post emphasizes the main point of the previous post, that a ratum et consummatum marriage, that is, a consummated Christian Sacrament of Matrimony, is not dissoluble except by death. True, but the problems with his previous post … Continue reading

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On the Never-failing Faith of Each Pope

The First Vatican Council infallibly taught the following. “For the holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously … Continue reading

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Who is and is not a Theologian?

Who is? Here is the definition that I propose for the term “theologian”: A theologian is a person who writes theology on a continuing basis. And that writing is an expression of serious study and reflection. A theologian seeks a … Continue reading

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Why Pope Francis gave an award to Lilianne Ploumen

Lilianne Ploumen, in her role as Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands, has worked to oppose the forced marriages of minors: “Forcing teenagers to marriage is an abuse.” []. She was part of a panel on … Continue reading

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News Story: a Parish Fires Three Musicians

Here’s the article: Rural Minnesota Catholic parish dismisses musicians over gay marriages. The new pastor, Fr. Drees, fired three male musicians who served at the parish. Two of the men are married to each other. The third man, Bob Bernard, … Continue reading

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Dr. Ed Peters: his heresy on the Dissolubility of Marriage

UPDATE: Dr. Peters has now responded to my post by writing a new article on the topic on January 15th, 2018: Is the Petrine Privilege an exception to Church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage?. I’ll consider its assertions and … Continue reading

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Dr. Ed Peters’ heretical position on Contraception

There is more than one way to assert a heresy. The simplest way is to directly contradict an infallible magisterial teaching. But another way is to substantially distort an infallible magisterial teaching. That latter form of heresy is what I’m … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z. derides and maligns Stephen Walford for defending the Vicar of Christ

Stephen Walford is a devout Roman Catholic and the author of two books so far: Heralds of the Second Coming: Our Lady, the Divine Mercy, and the Popes of the Marian Era from Blessed Pius IX to Benedict XVI and … Continue reading

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Communion Discipline for the Orthodox shows the wisdom of Amoris Laetitia

The following article was written at my request by reader Marco, based on his excellent comments about Amoris Laetitia in other posts. Many claim that allowing the divorced and remarried to receive Communion would go against Divine Law. They claim … Continue reading

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Can a Fallen Human Person be Saved except by Baptism?

There are three types of baptism: 1. The formal Sacrament of Baptism with water. 2. A baptism of desire. 3. A baptism of blood. Is it possible for a fallen human person, that is, someone who is conceived with original … Continue reading


Free book on Salvation (closed)

My book, Forgiveness and Salvation for Everyone, will be free, in Kindle format only, for 5 days, from Wednesday, January 3, to Sunday, January 7, 2018. Please take advantage of this offer and download a copy. To read the Kindle … Continue reading

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Untenable Theories on Adam and Eve

There are several theories on Adam and Eve, held and promoted by various Catholics (mostly online), which are contrary to, or substantially incompatible with, definitive magisterial teaching. But let’s begin with what we must believe, as faithful Catholic Christians, about … Continue reading

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Theology Q and A (open 12/28)

This is the new post for Q and A. As in past posts, this is an opportunity to ask me theological questions on almost any topic of doctrine or discipline. The post will close after several days. — Ron Conte

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Doctrinal Errors on Salvation Theology at ProLife 365

Catholic prolife blogger Kevin Kukla wrote an ironic article titled I Stand Corrected on the Definition of Limbo, which itself contains several serious doctrinal errors in need of correction. Kukla ordinarily does good work on his blog, writing against abortion … Continue reading

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The Faith of Abraham vs. Trust in Yourself

God promised Abraham a covenant, which would continue with his son, Isaac, and with his offspring. {17:19} And God said to Abraham: “Your wife Sarah shall give birth to a son, and you shall call his name Isaac, and I … Continue reading

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Theological Q and A (closed)

See the new post for Q and A. As in past posts, this is an opportunity to ask me theological questions on almost any topic of doctrine or discipline. The post will close after several days. — Ron Conte

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Solving Problems with New Approaches

There is a type of intellectual problem where the person tries to understand the answer to a question using only the limited set of ideas he possesses in that subject area. The correct answer to the question may require ideas … Continue reading


A Priest and an Invitation

This humorous story is true and unembellished. It was recounted to me and to a few other students at Boston College by the priest in question, who was a Jesuit at the time. Father was a visiting priest at Boston … Continue reading


Pope Francis on Salvation for Non-believers

From the first encyclical of Pope Francis: “Because faith is a way, it also has to do with the lives of those men and women who, though not believers, nonetheless desire to believe and continue to seek. To the extent … Continue reading