Another Weekend Q and A Session

This post is for any readers of my books or blog who have questions on topics of Roman Catholic theology. Just post your concise question in the comments below. And as I’ve said before, this is not an opportunity for debate. Only ask me the question if you think that I know the answer.

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8 Responses to Another Weekend Q and A Session

  1. Andrew Kammler says:

    Do you think the Iran’s offer to limit its nuclear program a peace deal required by Sharia law?

    • Ron Conte says:

      No, I think such a peace offering would have to be more blatant to satisfy Sharia law (the requirement to make an offer of peace before hostilities begin).

  2. James Johnson says:

    What are your thoughts on the predictions made in Ann the lay apostle’s books the Volumes?

  3. Frank says:

    Hi Ron-

    I just read your marital sexual ethics and I wanted to thank you because it really opened my eyes on what defies the marital bed.

    My question is in regards to Romans 13. I feel like many people stand quiet to the legalization of abortion because of what is found in Romans 13 and I was wandering if you can explain the true meaning of this passage.

    Thank you.

    • Ron Conte says:

      The earthly authority of secular governments is lower than the spiritual authority of the Church. See Pope Boniface’s document Unam Sanctam. “For truth is the witness that the spiritual authority holds [the ability] to establish the earthly authority, and to judge if it might not have been good. And this, concerning the Church and the authority of the Church, the prophecy of Jeremiah verifies: ‘Behold, today I have appointed you over nations and kingdoms’ [Jeremiah 1:10] and the rest that follows.”

      So obedience to secular authority, and even to Church authority (a superior in a religious order, a local Bishop), must never include obedience to sin. All true authority comes from God. But this implies that God is above all of these lesser authorities. So all true obedience is first and foremost obedience to God. Sometimes, to be obedient to God, we must be disobedient to a lesser authority.

      If you have read my book on marital sexual ethics, please write a review at Amazon.

  4. Matt says:

    My wife had four miscarriages and each one was very early on during the pregnancy. There never was a fetus. Home pregnancy tests showed she was pregnant. Blood work showed she was pregnant but the doctors stated that the numbers were not increasing fast enough. Each time my wife felt something was not right. 1-2 weeks later blood tests showed that it did not carry. The doctors performed a D&C to remove heavy tissue. The doctors called them chemical pregnancies. We were devastated but we have three children.

    As we all know the Catholic Church teaches that life begins at conception. It appears that we did conceive but the pregnancy just could not begin properly? Or, did we not truly conceive?

    Regardless should we have a Mass said for these four miscarriages or loss of babies? How do we write the intention?

    • Ron Conte says:

      An early miscarriage occurs subsequent to conception. So the four miscarriages are four conceived unborn children. You can make the intention for the repose of the souls of four of your children. I don’t know exactly what the wording should be. You can ask your pastor.

      As you may already know, I believe that all unborn children who die in the womb receive sanctifying grace prior to death. So they all go to Heaven (perhaps by way of the upper level of Purgatory called the limbo of the fathers) to be happy with God forever. I believe that the Church is moving closer to a definition on this question.

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