May We Reasonably Hope that All are Saved?

May we reasonably hope that all are saved? “No” says the Son of God, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior: [Matthew] {5:20} For I say to you, that unless your justice has surpassed that of the scribes and the Pharisees … Continue reading

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In Vultum Dei, Pope Francis taught on the salvation of non-believers

…and few persons noticed. Here is what Pope Francis, the Supreme Teacher of the Universal Church, taught: “Seeking the face of God has always been a part of our human history. From the beginning, men and women have been called … Continue reading

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Indications that the Tribulation is Near

The first part of the tribulation unfolds in this generation. The second part of the tribulation, including the Return of Jesus, does not occur until several generations from now, in the distant future. The Antichrist and the worst sufferings of … Continue reading

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Again, I ask your prayers

My back pain has been getting worse. Please continue to pray for me, and consider offering the sacrifice of the Mass for my benefit this weekend. — Again, I am asking readers to pray for me. I am suffering again … Continue reading

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Ad Orientem as a Chip on the Shoulder

Cardinal Sarah suggested that, beginning this Advent, all priests say Mass ad orientem (“to the East”), which often is not literally to the East, but symbolically, such that the priest faces with his back to the people: “It is very … Continue reading

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My work on the Doctrines of Trent

I’m about three-fourths of the way through my new translation of the doctrines of the Council of Trent. When completed, I plan to add some commentary throughout the text. The completed book should be a good resource for Catholics who … Continue reading

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Can a faithful Catholic hold that Women may one day be Priests?

I’ve already written, repeatedly, on the topic of women deacons. It is an open question as to whether or not the Church has been given the authority by Christ to ordain women as deacons. So, until the Magisterium decides the … Continue reading

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Cardinal Sarah’s Call to Rebellion

Cardinal Sarah asks priests to start celebrating Mass facing east this Advent: “It is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction – eastwards … Continue reading

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On the Confessional Resolve to Avoid All Sin

During the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the penitent makes an act of contrition, and the wording of many acts of contrition includes a statement of resolve to “avoid all sin”. But how can we poor fallen sinners tell God that we … Continue reading

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The Fundamental Human Right to Travel

Fundamental human rights are based on the nature of the human person, including our relationships with other persons and with God. Derived human rights are related to, and implied by, one or more fundamental human rights. Fundamental rights are limited … Continue reading

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Mark Shea’s errors on the Blessed Virgin Mary

In a post titled How I Came to Think Differently about Mary, Mark Shea proposes a few serious theological errors about the Blessed Virgin Mary. Humanity of Christ Shea claims: “the Logos, the Second Person of the Trinity derives his … Continue reading

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Will You Fall Away during the conservative Schism?

Pope Francis is our Holy Father, Supreme Head of the whole Church, and Father and Teacher of all Christians. He is the Supreme Pontiff, the Universal Pastor, the True Vicar of Christ, Ruler of Christ’s whole fold, Supreme Judge of … Continue reading

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The Only Likely Path to Health Care for Everyone

Health care is a fundamental human right. And, in so far as health insurance is needed to access that fundamental right, health insurance is a derived right. See my post: Fundamental Human Rights versus Derived Human Rights. Even in wealthy … Continue reading

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Charles Pope versus the real Pope

Monsignor Charles Pope (of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.) recently published an article criticizing the Supreme Pontiff: One Priest’s Concern About Recent Remarks by the Pope. Well, that is not such a bad title for the article. A priest or … Continue reading

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Why did Pope Francis call some priests “animals”?

As reported by The Tablet in the U.K. as well as other Catholic publications, Pope Francis made some extemporaneous remarks on priests who refuse to baptize the infants of single mothers: Pope Francis has described priests who refuse to baptise … Continue reading

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Gun Violence and the Right to Self-Defense

Music industry leaders have issued and signed an open letter to Congress on gun violence. AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS: STOP GUN VIOLENCE NOW … it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns We … Continue reading

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conservative Catholics denounce and revile the Pope

We have reached the point now where many conservative Catholics are openly disrespecting, denigrating, denouncing, deriding, and reviling the Holy Father, Pope Francis. They show no trace of respect for the office or the person of the Pope. They have … Continue reading

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What Ed Peters forgets about Francis

Dr. Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap., has written an article on the recent comments by Pope Francis on the validity of Catholic marriages: What Francis Forgets About Marriage. The main thesis of his article is that most Catholic … Continue reading

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Jimmy Akin versus Pope Francis

It is arrogant and foolish for the ordinary run-of-the-mill Catholic blogger to judge and condemn the words of the holy Roman Pontiff. The vast majority of these bloggers are not even theologians, and their criticisms are not based on a … Continue reading

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Mirus and Lawler versus Pope Francis

Conservative Catholics continue to rush headlong toward the cliff of schism. Pride goeth before a fall. Dr. Jeff Mirus has a recent post: On criticizing bishops—or even the Pope. It starts out quite well. “It is a spiritual and moral … Continue reading

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