The Parable of the Invited Guests and the Three Forms of Baptism

[Luke] {14:15} When someone sitting at table with him had heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is he who will eat bread in the kingdom of God.” {14:16} So he said to him: “A certain man prepared a … Continue reading

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Cardinal Burke’s schismatic attitude toward the Pope

In a recent interview, Cardinal Burke assured everyone he will never be part of a schism. “I will never leave the Catholic Church. No matter what happens I intend to die a Roman Catholic. I will never be part of … Continue reading

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Is It Against Canon Law For Catholic Schools To Require Non-Catholic Employees To Obey Catholic Teaching?

Yes, it is. Many Catholic schools require their employees — whether they are Catholic or not — to follow Roman Catholic teaching, at least in their public lives. As a result, some gay teachers have been fired for marrying someone … Continue reading

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If Jesus Returned Today, Would Anyone Recognize Him?

I read a play many years ago. I’m not sure of the title. It was about a casting call for the role of Jesus in a movie. The casting director needed to decide which of the many actors before him … Continue reading

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Q and A with Jesus on Salvation (part 2)

6. Can persons guilty of objective mortal sin, who do not repent before death, be saved? [Luke] {23:34} Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do.” And truly, dividing his garments, they cast lots. If … Continue reading

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The Magisterium answers: Who is Qualified to Judge the Pope?

Pope Boniface VIII issued a papal document, Unam Sanctam, in 1302, on the authority of the Church and of the Pope. 7. Therefore, if the earthly power goes astray, it will be judged by the spiritual power; but if a … Continue reading

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How the Conservative Schism Unfolds

At this point, I’m thoroughly convinced that a large number of conservative and traditionalist Catholics will deliberately and knowingly choose SCHISM, rather than accept the decisions of Pope Francis on doctrine and discipline. Already, some prominent Catholic priests, lay theologians, … Continue reading

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Blog Comments Policy

Please keep comments brief (1 to 3 short paragraphs) and closely related to the post you are commenting on. If you have a lot to say on a topic, maybe you should have your own blog. All comments are moderated. … Continue reading

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The False Teachings of Jeff Mirus on Church Authority

In a recent post, Islam: When the Church can speak authoritatively, and when she cannot, Dr. Jeff Mirus utters a series of false statements on Church authority. 1. Jeff Mirus: “The Church’s Magisterium applies exclusively to matters which God has … Continue reading

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It is not the End of the World

[Matthew 24] {24:3} Then, when he was seated at the Mount of Olives, the disciples drew near to him privately, saying: “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of your advent and of the … Continue reading

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Q and A with Jesus on Salvation (part 1)

1. May we reasonably hope that perhaps no human persons are sent to Hell? No, it is neither reasonable nor faithful to believe or hope that no human persons go to Hell. [Matthew] {5:20} For I say to you, that … Continue reading

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Did Pope Paul IV say that a Pope can teach heresy or be a heretic?

No, he did not. In the Apostolic Constitution Cum Ex Apostolic Officio (1559), Pope Paul IV issued penalties under the temporal authority of the Church against heretics and schismatics. The document speaks of three types of errors: the grave sin … Continue reading

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Material versus Formal Heresy

Material heresy is an idea which is contrary to an infallible teaching of the Magisterium. Whenever we refer to material heresy, we are talking about ideas, not persons. Formal heresy is a sin committed by a person, the sin of … Continue reading

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The Person of the Pope is the Head of the Church

The holy Roman Pontiff, Vicar of Christ and Supreme Judge of all the faithful, is the head of the Church on earth in his person, not merely in his office. He stands in persona Christi more so than any other … Continue reading

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Mother of God forum leader accuses Pope Francis of heresy

I lead a discussion group at CatholicPlanet.net. A former member of my discussion group, Padraig Caughey, has publicly declared Pope Francis to be a heretic. He did so in his own discussion group, motheofgod.com (the lack of an “R” at … Continue reading

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When Non-Catholics fail to live up to Catholic Teaching

There is a certain type of Catholic commentary, on the pluralistic and largely secular culture which surrounds us, which evaluates the words and deeds of non-Catholics according to Catholic teaching. Then the commentator rails against these individuals, essentially complaining that … Continue reading

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Excommunication and Salvation

There are two types of excommunication: 1. ferendae sententiae — a brought judgment, imposed by a decision of Church authority in a particular case 2. latae sententiae — automatic excommunication (wide judgment) which does not require any decision in the … Continue reading

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Modesty and Chastity in Catholic Teaching

Modesty can refer to self-restraint in every area of life. Saint Thomas Aquinas: “Augustine says (De Morib. Eccl. xxi): ‘In both Testaments the temperate man finds confirmation of the rule forbidding him to love the things of this life, or … Continue reading

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The Seal of the Confessional versus Grave Crimes

The Seal of the Confessional is absolute. The confessor is forbidden from disclosing the penitent’s sins and anything else the penitent says in Confession, and he is forbidden from disclosing the mere fact that the penitent went to Confession. Any … Continue reading

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How Often Should You Go To Confession?

I’m a lifelong believing and practicing Catholic. I’ve been to Confession innumerable times. I typically go to Confession every week or two. Refraining from cleaning your soul in Confession, for a lengthy period of time, is like refraining from cleaning … Continue reading

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