Theological Q and A

I’m resuming the question and answer posts. Ask a question on almost any topic in theology. Please keep questions brief, and don’t expect a very long response. Ronald L. Conte Jr. Advertisements

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Faithfulness in Disagreeing with Any Roman Pontiff

The Catholic faithful are required under pain of mortal sin and excommunication, to avoid heresy and schism, to believe what the Magisterium teaches as doctrine, and to accept the authority of the Church over discipline. But we also have the … Continue reading

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An Auxiliary Bishop exalts himself above the Roman Pontiff

Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, has given yet another interview, in which he speaks as if he were judge over the Roman Pontiff and over the entire Magisterium: Interview: Bishop Schneider Addresses … Continue reading

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Unfaithful Conservatives have turned Humanae Vitae into a Fabergé egg

Conservatives complain when the Pope criticizes them. They say, “Why is he criticizing those who are most faithful?” There is an assumption common among conservatives that the majority opinion in the conservative Catholic subculture is essentially inerrant. But, in fact, … Continue reading

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On Cooperation with a Contracepting Spouse

Suppose that one spouse in a marriage wishes to use contraception, and the other spouse, following Catholic teaching, wishes to have natural marital relations open to life. Can the couple have sexual relations, if one spouse is committing the sin … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on the modern-day versions of Gnosticism and Pelagianism

This article Pope Francis warns of two paths to holiness explains the teaching of the Pope on this point quite well. It is a criticism that applies to many conservatives and traditionalists, so it has been rejected or ignored by … Continue reading

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Request for Prayers

I’m asking my readers, please include me in your prayers. I am again having a lot of problems with my back. This has been going on for over 2 years now. Please pray that God will give me His guidance … Continue reading

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A Call To Faith

Suppose that a Pope, any Pope at all, issues a papal document, containing a new definition of dogma. In this hypothetical, everyone agrees that the teaching meets all of the conditions for it to be infallible under Papal Infallibility. However, … Continue reading

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A Contrary Opinion on the Work of Janet Smith

The National Catholic Register has an article titled: Janet Smith, Fearless Defender of ‘Humanae Vitae’. Defender? Nothing could be further from the truth. Smith has gutted the teaching of the Church against contraception, turning Humanae Vitae into a hollow shell … Continue reading

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Does Opposing the Pope really help the Church?

A while back, I read an absolutely ridiculous article, by which I mean an article deserving of ridicule, over at 1Peter5: Our Battle Against Seemingly Insurmountable Odds. It’s about the battle against the Pope, the person chosen by Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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The first review of “The Catholic Marriage Bed”

My book, The Catholic Marriage Bed, received its first Amazon review here. Lots of personal insults not related to the book. Some unrelated criticism of my believe in Medjugorje and my work in eschatology. A good deal of name-calling. But, … Continue reading

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Defending Pope Francis: What is a Truth-Idol?

Pope Francis gave a homily at the Chrism Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica on Holy Thursday. A certain paragraph of that talk has been criticized as if it were false or heterodox. Pope Francis: “We must be careful not to … Continue reading

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Latest Q and A post (closed – taking a break from Q and A for a while)

Answers to your theological questions.

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Should I set-up a GoFundMe page?

UPDATE, new idea: I’m thinking of setting up a GoFundMe page instead, to support my work in theology. The money would provide me with personal income, since selling theology books does not provide much money. I don’t know if this … Continue reading

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God’s Will and the Procreation of Children

There is an idea often expressed among Catholics, that if something major happens in our lives, it must be the will and plan of God. But that is not a correct understanding of providence and grace. God does have a … Continue reading

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Common Misunderstandings about Hell

A. The Two Paths to Hell There are only two ways to end up in Hell: 1. To die in a state of unrepented actual mortal sin 2. To die in a state of original sin alone The first way … Continue reading

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Answers to Questions about Catholicism (closed)

The latest Q and A post, for all your questions related to Catholic theology.

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You Don’t Understand How Heresy Works

Material heresy is an idea that contradicts a truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith. Formal heresy is the sin of the person who adheres to material heresy. Formal heresy is a knowing and deliberate choice to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: atheists can go to Heaven

Here is the news story: Boy Asks If Atheist Dad Is In Heaven [HuffPo] and here: ‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope [The Catholic spirit]. The Pope was not giving a precise theological answer. However, he clearly … Continue reading

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My commentary on an Address by Pope Pius XII

UPDATE: now also available in Kindle format — My free booklet is available now, a new translation and detailed commentary on Pope Pius XII Address to the Second World Congress on Fertility and Sterility (19 May 1956). The Pontiff made … Continue reading

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