Is Belief in the Oneness of all Christians a Heresy?

Pope Francis sent a video message to an ecumenical gathering in Arizona. The Vatican translation is here. The relevant and not-at-all controversial passage follows: “Dear brothers and sisters, division is a wound in the body of the Church of Christ. … Continue reading

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Bible Readings Week 11

For this week: read Luke 7-11. I’m changing this Bible reading project from the whole Bible in a year, to just the New Testament in a year. This requires less time: one NT chapter per day, Monday thru Friday. Use … Continue reading

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The Illumination of Consciences is 10 Months away

Today is 25 May 2015. The Warning is 10 months away. Prepare your soul. Examine your conscience. Repent and go to Confession. Change your mind and heart, so as to become more like Jesus and Mary. Change your life to … Continue reading

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Ireland: Approval of Gay Marriage leads to Approval of Abortion

An Irish Times story, in the wake of Ireland’s popular vote approving same-sex marriage, discusses the next proposed change to Irish law and constitution: the legalization of abortion. This change is seen as the next step, after approval of same-sex … Continue reading

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Why the Catholics of Ireland voted for Gay Marriage

Most Catholic Christians have lost their sense of sin. Many Catholics attend Mass and receive Communion. Very few Catholics go to Confession at all. Most Catholics do not consider any acts to be necessarily sinful. For they have not formed … Continue reading

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Who Teaches You the Catholic Faith?

Jesus taught in Nazareth, where He was raised. At first, the people welcomed His teaching, because it pleased them. He said that the prophecy of Isaiah was being fulfilled in their hearing, in their sight, in their very town. They … Continue reading

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Some People are Not in a State of Grace

… is the answer to many different questions about the world in which we live. Why is there so much harm in the world? Why are millions of human persons in a state of hunger or poverty? Why are serious … Continue reading

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Some Catholics are Preparing to Accuse Pope Francis of Heresy

Over at the blog One Peter Five, Steve Skojec is preparing his readers to accept an accusation of heresy against Pope Francis. How is he doing this? First, by accusing two past Popes of heresy: Honorius I and John XXII. … Continue reading

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Why did Pope Francis appoint Fr. Timothy Radcliffe?

Vatican Radio announced that Pope Francis has appointed a controversial liberal priest, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice. Fr. Radcliffe is widely criticized by conservative Catholics for his views: see One Peter … Continue reading

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Reply to People who ridicule Noah’s Flood

There are two common views on the story of Noah, the great Flood, and the Ark. One view is entirely literal: water covered the whole surface of the earth, all human and animal life outside the Ark died, the Ark … Continue reading

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Can an Atheist have the Virtue of Faith?

We poor fallen sinners are conceived with original sin, and so we have fallen bodies and our souls initially lack the state of grace. We must obtain the state of grace in this life in order to obtain eternal life. … Continue reading

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A Catholic Reply to Marriage Equality arguments

Catholic Teaching Every faithful Roman Catholic must believe the teaching of the Church on matters of faith, morals, and salvation. The infallible teachings of the Magisterium require the full assent of faith, and obstinate denial or obstinate doubt of any … Continue reading

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The Most Popular Heresies among Catholics today

Many Mass-going Confession-avoiding Catholics have fallen into at least material heresy. Examples: * failure to believe in transubstantiation and the Real Presence * belief that same-sex marriage is a type of marriage * rejection of Church teaching on sexual ethics … Continue reading

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The Basic Structure of the Moral Object

The Roman Catholic magisterium infallibly teaches (under the ordinary and universal Magisterium) that the morality of each and every human act depends only on three things: (1) intention — the end intended by the person who acts; in other words, … Continue reading

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Bible Readings Week 10

For this week: read Luke 2-6. I’m changing this Bible reading project from the whole Bible in a year, to just the New Testament in a year. This requires less time: one NT chapter per day, Monday thru Friday. Use … Continue reading

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Are the Divorced and Remarried Unrepentant Adulterers?

So the opposition to Pope Francis claims. Now the starting point for the claim is sound: [Mark] {10:11} And he said to them: “Whoever dismisses his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her. {10:12} And if a wife dismisses … Continue reading

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Jimmy Akin and Michelle Arnold: Sick Excuses for Abortifacient Contraception

A prenatal is any human being from conception to birth. Abortion (specifically direct abortion) is any knowingly chosen act that directly kills a prenatal. Direct abortion is intrinsically evil because the act is inherently ordered toward destroying human life in … Continue reading

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How To Go To Heaven

Questions and Answers on Catholic Salvation Theology What must I do to have eternal life? The two great commandments are love God above all else, and love your neighbor as yourself. Whoever fulfills these commandments is in a state of … Continue reading

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There Are Many False Teachers in the Church Today

[Isaiah] {5:18} Woe to you who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and who draw sin as if with the rope of a cart, {5:19} and who say: “Let him hurry, and let his work arrive soon, so that we … Continue reading

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Bible Readings Week 9

For this week: read Mark 13 – 16 and Luke 1. I’m changing this Bible reading project from the whole Bible in a year, to just the New Testament in a year. This requires less time: one NT chapter per … Continue reading

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