Author Archives: Ron Conte

Commentary on the Filial Correction

The filial correction being reviewed here is the one found on the website, titled “Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis” [Filial correction concerning the propagation of heresies], dated 16 July 2017, delivered to Pope Francis on 11 August 2017, made … Continue reading

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It Must Be Hard To Convert To Catholicism

The world has become a very sinful place. Grave sins have become accepted, as if they were good and normal acts. The daily lives of many persons contain multiple objective mortal sins. And, for some persons, many very grave sins … Continue reading

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Is Pope Francis the Current Valid Pope? Poll (closed)

UPDATED (see my subsequent post on this topic.) Yes, he is the current valid Pope. To hold or say otherwise is the grave sin of formal schism, and carries the penalty of automatic excommunication. A blogger who calls himself “thetimman” … Continue reading

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Why Does God Permit Natural Disasters?

We are fallen sinners, so it is fitting for us to live in a fallen world, where harmful things happen. For sin causes harm. And while natural disasters are not directly the result of sin, God permits this type of … Continue reading

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Question and Answer session (closed)

Again, I’m opening up a post to questions on a wide range of topics in theology. You can ask me general questions on faith, morals, or salvation. You can also ask questions on my writings in particular is eschatology, ethics, … Continue reading

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Only 3 Things Make a War Just or Unjust

According to the teaching in Veritatis Splendor, only three things are needed to make any human act, that is, any decision or choice, objectively moral or immoral: (1) intention, (2) object, (3) circumstances. So this teaching must also apply to … Continue reading

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Two Competing Versions of Humanae Vitae teaching

Here is yet another article worrying that Pope Francis might reevaluate Humanae Vitae, and revise its interpretation: Theologian: Tampering With Humanae Vitae Could Cause Untold Damage [National Catholic Register, 12 Sept 2017]. Yes, tampering with Humanae Vitae would cause untold … Continue reading

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Two of the Four Dubia Cardinals Have Died

Here’s what that means. The dubia is a set of 5 querulous questions which challenge the authority of Pope Francis, assume that he taught grave errors in Amoris Laetitia, and demand that he answer the dubia by retracting his teaching … Continue reading

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Who is Greatest among Christians?

Over at Canon Law Blog (In the Light of the Law), Dr. Ed Peters criticizes Cardinal Cupich of Chicago for saying “some of the greatest Christians I know are people who don’t actually have a faith system that they believe … Continue reading

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Just War doctrine and the Likelihood of Success

One of the conditions for a war to be just (morally justifiable) is stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as: “there must be serious prospects of success”. The reason for this condition is that a war to defend … Continue reading


Things that Seem Unfair in Salvation Theology

These types of questions come up quite often. Essentially, the questions are based on a comparison between what Catholic salvation theology teaches versus what seems fair. And the answer, typically, is that it does seem unfair, and would be unfair, … Continue reading

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Certain Kinds of Behavior are Always Wrong to Knowingly Choose

Intrinsically Evil Acts The type or kind of an act, in terms of its morality, is called the “moral species” of the act. Some acts are wrong by the nature of the act. These acts are a bad type of … Continue reading

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Are Most Civil Marriages valid in the eyes of the Church?

Dr. Ed Peters makes that claim in a recent post. I doubt it. Any Christians who attempt to contract marriage without the intention to do as the Church does, including to commit themselves to a lifelong union before God, do … Continue reading

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Is Marriage only between one Man and one Woman?

The sacrament of marriage can only occur between one man and one woman. And natural marriage, from the beginning, was intended by God, in its fullness of perfection, to occur only between one man and one woman (Mt 19). But, … Continue reading

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A Catholic Statement on Salvation

ONE I affirm that the state of grace is absolutely necessary at the moment of death; without it, salvation and supernatural happiness the beatific vision of God — are impossible. I deny that the state of grace is unavailable to … Continue reading

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My Translation of the Bible: the CPDV

From March of 2004 to March of 2009, I worked nearly every day translating the Latin Vulgate Bible into modern English. When completed, I placed the translation in the public domain, so that anyone could use this Bible version for … Continue reading

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A Catholic view of the Nashville Statement

The Nashville Statement is the work of over 150 evangelical leaders. It expresses their understanding of Biblical teaching in opposition to modern culture’s teaching on sexuality and gender. The 14 articles of the statement are fairly well written. They are … Continue reading

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Nashville Statement – A coalition for Biblical sexuality

Preamble “Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…” — Psalm 100:3 Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century find themselves living in a period of historic transition. … Continue reading

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How To Criticize Pope Francis

Here is the apparent methodology used by most papal critics today: 1. read what the Pope has said 2. assume that the Pope is incompetent and unfaithful 3. assume that his teachings have no help from the Holy Spirit 4. … Continue reading

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Dogma, Distortions, and Heresy

Over at Canon Law Blog, Dr. Ed Peters states that the teaching of the Magisterium condemning contraception as intrinsically evil is infallible under the ordinary and universal Magisterium (About That Humanae Vitae Rumor). Then he badly misstates the infallible teaching, … Continue reading