Category Archives: arguments

Common Faults among Conservative Catholics

These faults are not found in all conservative Catholics, and they are also found in persons who are not conservative Catholics, but they are relatively common, today, within conservative Catholicism. 1. Conservatism over Truth The assumption that the majority opinion … Continue reading

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If I lived in the time of past Popes

If I lived in the time of Pope Honorius, I would hold him to be the valid successor of Peter and defend him against any accusation that he has taught or committed heresy. I suppose I would have realized that … Continue reading

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That Conference on deposing the Pope

One of the co-organizers of the conference posted a lengthy comment on my previous article: A Conference called: The Deposition of the Pope. My reply is there. He argues that a Pope can be heretical, based on the opinions of … Continue reading

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Ask Me About the Warning

The Pope has announced that he will go to Fatima on May 12th. So, in my eschatology, if 2017 is the year, then the Miracle occurs on the evening of May 11th, and there will be a permanent miraculous sign … Continue reading

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What Happens AFTER a claimed removal of the Pope?

What would happen if a group of Catholics, including some Cardinals and Bishops, claim to have judged Pope Francis guilty of heresy, and claim to have removed him from the office of the Roman Pontiff? They might declare that his … Continue reading

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On Theological Arguments and Modern Catholicism

Catholicism has become highly politicized. Catholics are divided into liberal, conservative, traditionalist. And each side proposes their theological positions as if these were political platforms, not a search for truth in Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium. They seek support for their theological … Continue reading

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The first cracks of the Conservative Schism

UPDATED The Remnant Newspaper and Catholic Family News have issued a joint statement against Pope Francis: “With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis”. With this three-part accusation, they have entered into a state of formal schism from the one holy … Continue reading

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Can a Pope teach Material Heresy?

Heresy Material heresy is an idea that is contrary to an infallible teaching of the Magisterium, i.e. a teaching which requires the full assent of faith. Formal heresy is the sin of believing or teaching material heresy, knowing that it … Continue reading

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Which Religions Worship the One True God?

I keep seeing articles and posts asserting that Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God. The argument is always the same. Here’s what Christians believe about God. Here’s what Muslims believe about God. The two sets of beliefs … Continue reading

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What Must We Believe about Adam and Eve?

The Council of Trent infallibly taught the following: “If anyone does not confess that the first man, Adam, when he had transgressed the commandment of God in Paradise, immediately lost the sanctity and justice in which he had been constituted, … 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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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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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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Week-end Q and A

Ask me questions about my theology writings, or general questions on any topic in theology. Post you question in the comments section. Be brief. This is not an opportunity for debate. If you think you already know the answer, then … Continue reading

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Six Criticisms of Father Z.

Father John Zuhlsdorf writes a popular blog: Fr. Z.’s Blog — “Clear, straight commentary on Catholic issues, liturgy and life.” He is a faithful Roman Catholic priest, in good standing and active in his priestly ministry. Without doubt, he has … Continue reading

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Week-end Q and A

Ask me questions about my theology writings, or general questions on any topic in theology. Post you question in the comments section. Be brief. This is not an opportunity for debate. If you think you already know the answer, then … Continue reading

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How many wills and intellects are in God?

Here is the article in question: There is no Obedience in the Trinity. In it, Fr. Ryan Erlenbush asserts multiple serious errors on Jesus and on the Trinity, namely: 1. The claim that in God, there is only one will … Continue reading

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The Third Secret of Fatima is not secret

From the Vatican.va website: Communiqué on articles regarding the “Third Secret of Fatima”, 21.05.2016 Vatican City, 21 May 2016 – Several articles have appeared recently, including declarations attributed to Professor Ingo Dollinger according to which Cardinal Ratzinger, after the publication … Continue reading

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Examples of Secular Pharisaism

As I explained in a previous post, secular Pharisaism places blind adherence to rules above the common good and the rights of individuals. Here is one example of secular Pharisaism: Teen with brain tumor barred from prom. As I understand … Continue reading

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Women Deacons: Objections and Replies

Does the Catholic Church have the authority and ability to ordain women as deacons? If so, should the Church ordain women to the diaconate? This post considers several common objections to the ordination of women deacons. Objection 1: Women are … Continue reading

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