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Q. 2: Can Catholic Married Couples Use “Marital Aids”?

No, they cannot. The use of sexual devices (“sex toys” or “marital aids”), even in marriage, is gravely immoral. There are a number of reasons why this type of act is intrinsically evil and morally illicit. First, this type of … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph: sinless virgin and virginal spouse

In private revelations to Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil, the Virgin Mary appeared under the title of “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.” On some occasions, Saint Joseph also appeared, and he spoke to her, saying: “It is true my … Continue reading

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Q 1: Is the “One Rule” of West and Popcak approved by the Church?

Q 1: Is the “One Rule” of West and Popcak approved by the Church? No. It is condemned by the Church. In 1951, in his Address to Midwives, Pope Pius XII rejected a certain idea about marital sexual ethics. The … Continue reading

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New book: The Catholic Marriage Bed

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My latest book is now available in Kindle format: The Catholic Marriage Bed: A book of Roman Catholic moral theology. The print edition should be available sometime next week, hopefully. This book addresses a single question in ethics: Which sexual … Continue reading

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker on the sacrifice of the Mass

Fr. Longenecker has updated his post, making it clear that the Mass is a type of sacrifice, but the Old Testament bloody sacrifices have ended. Give his post a read. I will update my post below accordingly: A post by … Continue reading

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We are Living in the Midst of Heresy and Schism

What would it be like, as faithful Catholic Christians, to live during the time of the Arian heresy? It is said that very many persons fell into this error, including many Bishops. More than a few local Councils supported its … Continue reading

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Christopher West’s pornification of the Gospel

The reader is cautioned that this post contains mature language and subject matter. Here is the post from West dated 14 March 2018. Please read it there. My commentary follows. When West says the goal of nature is life, he … Continue reading

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Bellarmine on Papal Error

Ryan Grant has translated and published a booklet excerpted from Saint Robert Bellarmine’s larger work on the papacy. The title of this brief book is: “Papal Error?: A Defense of Popes said to have Erred in Faith” The book offers … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and the Indefectibility of the Church

The Church is indefectible. This truth is a dogma taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium; it is an infallible teaching. But if any valid Pope could fall into heresy, then the Church would not be indefectible. It is a … Continue reading

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The Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate excommunicates Pope Francis?

There is a video at a Traditionalist blog claiming that Pope Francis has been excommunicated by “Elijah, Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate”. Who is this man? According to Wikipedia, he is the first leader, elected in 2011, of: “The … Continue reading

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Why the Souls in Hell cannot Repent

Immediately after death, each soul is judged by God. The soul is given infused knowledge pertaining to the moral evaluation of all the deliberate knowing acts of their lives. All the good and all the bad that the person did … Continue reading

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Common “Ends Justify the Means” Arguments

If you ask any well-informed Catholic, “Does the end justify the means?” they will usually answer correctly: No, it does not. And the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “the end does not justify the means” exactly twice (1753, … Continue reading

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Latest Q and A post (closed)

The older Q and A is still open, so that we can finish any discussions there, or move the topic to the new post. Thanks. Ron Conte

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False Teachers Among Conservatives: the Root of the Problem

There are two types of false teachers of Catholicism. The first openly disagrees with Church teaching. Sometimes they even explain Church teaching correctly, but then they disagree, preferring their own thinking to that of Christ and His Church. I recall … Continue reading

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Pope Pius XII versus the Theology of the Body “experts”

This point will be discussed at length in my upcoming book. But here is the text from the Address to the Second World Congress on Fertility and Sterility of Pope Pius XII: “By the force of this law of nature, … Continue reading

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Formal Cooperation and the Fires of Hell

Formal cooperation occurs when the act of another person is intrinsically evil, and your cooperating act is ordered toward assisting the act of the other person (the perpetrator) in attaining its evil moral object (the end of the intrinsically evil … Continue reading


New Q and A post (closed)

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Some Advice on Preparing for the Warning

It is possible that the Warning of Garabandal will occur this year, on Good Friday. I suggest using Lent as a way to prepare. The main task is to do a thorough examination of conscience, and remove from your life … Continue reading

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