A Religion-free Society becomes its own Religion

Human persons are created to need supernatural grace and the supernatural virtues of love, faith, hope in order to be fulfilled and happy. When human persons try to live without God, grace, and infused virtues, their lives are in a … Continue reading

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Catholic Dogma: Torture Forever in Hell

Modern descriptions of Hell, by various Catholic “teachers”, has tended to make Hell seem like a not-so-bad place. Gone is the word “torture” and all similar words and phrasings. Hell is not portrayed by them as a place where God … Continue reading

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The Limits of Faithful Dissent – part 2

Non-infallible Teachings All Catholic Christians are obligated to give the religious submission of will and intellect (ordinary assent) to the non-infallible teachings of the Magisterium. This religious assent is not the full assent of faith, but it is related to … Continue reading

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The Limits of Faithful Dissent – part 1

Infallible Teachings All Catholic Christians are obligated, under pain of heresy and automatic excommunication, to give the full assent of faith (sacred assent) to every infallible teaching of the Magisterium, whether taught by an Ecumenical Council or Papal Infallibility or … Continue reading

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On Perfect Natural Happiness in the Limbo of Hell

When a human person dies, he or she is immediately judged by God. Everyone who dies unrepentant from one or more actual mortal sins is sent to Hell to be punished forever. Everyone who dies in a state of grace, … Continue reading

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My Comment on Michael Voris’ past sins

On 21 April 2016, Michael Voris disclosed some details about his past grave sins, when he was a fallen-away Catholic. Michael Voris: “I will now reveal that for most of my years in my thirties, confused about my own sexuality, … Continue reading

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Modern Science versus Noah’s Ark

Here’s the “news story” at yahoo.com: Can Science Explain Noah’s Ark? Why Logic Thoroughly Debunks the Biblical Story (Miles Surrey, 22 April 2016). The article quotes some physics students, who studied whether an Ark built to the literal specifications of … Continue reading

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The not-so-funny problem of Priestly Boredom

Urgent! Your typical parish priest has a serious problem, especially on Saturday afternoons. He is bored out of his mind. He sits in the Confessional, with nothing to do, waiting for penitents to confess their sins to God and receive … Continue reading

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Eschatology Saturday: Christians will need help from Muslims in the Future

In the not-so-distant future, when the extremist Muslims invade and conquer Europe in World War 3, Christians will be sorely oppressed. Muslims will have every advantage in the occupied nations during and especially after the war. And all the positions … Continue reading

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Is the Magisterium able to teach on the morality of contraception outside of marriage?

Now here’s a strange claim making the rounds on the internet. The idea is that the Church is unable to tell us if using contraception in sexual acts outside of marriage is moral or immoral. Why? They claim that to … Continue reading

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Free book on the ethics of lying

I’m offering the Kindle version of my book Is Lying Always Wrong for free from April 99th to April 23rd, 2016 (Pacific Time). Catholic ethics is unique in teaching that some acts are wrong by the type (or moral species) … Continue reading

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My current theology projects

I’m working on a new edit of the documents of the Council of Trent. I’m starting with the Waterworth translation of 1848, updating the language to be more modern and easier to read, and then, for the doctrinal sections, comparing … Continue reading

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Scientific Theories that Catholics must Reject

As Catholic Christians, we are obliged to believe what the Magisterium of the Church teaches. And if sinful secular society or any scientific or other discipline teaches the contrary, we are obligated by faith in Jesus Christ to reject the … Continue reading

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Eschatology Saturday: A formerly-Protestant Pope

At La Salette, the Blessed Virgin Mary predicted the following: 3. ‘A protestant nation from the north will convert to the faith and, by means of this nation, the other nations will return to the faith.’ 4. ‘The pope who … Continue reading

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The heretical rejection of Just War Doctrine

The doctrine of just war is not merely a theory. It is not properly called “just war theory”, but “just war doctrine”, just as it is phrased in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church on … Continue reading

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Can God offer salvation apart from the Sacrament of Baptism?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments.” [1257] The above quote is often misstated and misinterpreted. The misstatement or misquote involves taking … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia, Fr. Z., and Footnote 351

Fr. Z. is calling footnote 351 in Amoris Laetitia: “Infamous Footnote 351”. This type of expression, used about any content in any magisterial document, is sinful. He is speaking as if he were the judge over the Magisterium and the … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia on Sin and the Sacraments

Certain few passages in Amoris Laetitia are being singled out for harsh criticism. Paragraph 298 298. The divorced who have entered a new union, for example, can find themselves in a variety of situations, which should not be pigeonholed or … Continue reading

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Questions on Sexual Ethics

I’m getting a lot of questions on sexual ethics by e-mail and in comments on blog posts. It’s important not to see sexual ethics as if it were a special version of morality, based on a different set of basic … Continue reading

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The Salvation of the Good Thief: repentance as a baptism of desire

Human persons who have not received the formal Sacrament of Baptism with water can enter the state of grace for the first time, putting them on the path of salvation, by a baptism of desire. An explicit baptism of desire … Continue reading

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