Weekend Q and A Session (Nov 22-24)

If any of my readers have a question on some point of theology or Scripture, feel free to ask in the comments. As I’ve said before, these Q and A sessions are for the edification of readers; it’s not an opportunity to argue your own views.

I have read that Pope Francis will be releasing an Apostolic exhortation. I expect it will be controversial. I’ll be writing a post on the topic soon after it is released.

UPDATE: The Pope has scheduled his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”) for publication on Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013.

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8 Responses to Weekend Q and A Session (Nov 22-24)

  1. George says:

    Is it fair to say that protestants are enemy’s of Christ because they do not obey the Pope?. In the beginning they only had slight difference of theological opinion. Now some of them are playing “Eve” by saying that homosexual acts are ok and is not forbidden by the Gospel, surely these churchs are enemys of Christ. These “churches” are only going to get worse ie some are going marry same sex couples.

    • Ron Conte says:

      No, it is not fair to say that. Objectively, it is a sin to reject the Pope, or to reject an infallible teaching of the Magisterium. But if a person does so in good conscience, i.e. with invincible ignorance because they sincerely believe that the Catholic Church is not the one true Church, the Ark of Salvation, then they can still be saved. They can still be in a state of grace, which means they are truly children of God. The same is true for any point of teaching, where the non-Catholic is sincerely mistaken.

  2. frank says:

    Hi Ron–
    What are your thought on what the Vatican has issued to the US Bishops in regards to Medjugorje?

  3. John Platts says:

    Some Catholic parents of teenage children provide their teenage children with contraceptives or help their teenage daughters undergo an abortion if their teenage daughters become pregnant prior to marriage. These parents are immorally cooperating in the contracepted sexual acts and abortions of their teenage children. How should Catholic parents address the problem of their teenage children having sex prior to marriage? How should Catholic priests and Catholic bishops address the problem of parents providing contraceptives to their teenage children and helping their teenage daughters undergo an abortion?

    • Ron Conte says:

      The sin of those parents might be greater than sinful cooperation. If they decide and impose their decision on the teens (abortion or contraception), then the parents are co-perpetrators, not cooperators. The Church imposes a penalty of excommunication on persons who perform, or obtain a completed direct abortion. “The excommunication affects all those who commit this crime with knowledge of the penalty attached, and thus includes those accomplices without whose help the crime would not have been committed.” (EV 62).

      Catholic parents should teach their children proper moral values from a young age. If teens decide to have sex, the parents can only do so much in response, but they should never be supportive of grave sins of any kind.

      Eventually, the Church is going to have to take action against persons who use or support the use of contraception and abortion. This will likely result in many persons leaving the Church.

  4. Aegis says:

    What is the Church’s position on transgenderism?

    Articles such as the following seem to suggest that there is room within Catholic doctrine for acceptance of transgender surgeries: [deleted]

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