A Canon Lawyer narrows the Baptism of Desire

On his blog “In the Light of the Law”, canon lawyer Dr. Ed Peters offers us A note on the “spiritual” reception of sacraments. In that article, Peters makes his usual mistake of dogmatizing his own limited understanding and personal … Continue reading

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Catholic Eschatology and Predictions of an Antipope

A member of my discussion group, CatholicPlanet.net, asked if a particular prophecy attributed to Saint Francis were genuine. “1. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, … Continue reading

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Response to the letter of Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy

Fr. Weinandy’s letter is found here: Catholic World Report, along with his note of explanation. It’s a letter to Pope Francis, which was sent to the Vatican, and subsequently made public by Fr. Weinandy. The letter takes the same position … Continue reading

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My Work in Eschatology: Timeline

As many of my readers know, I’ve been studying and writing Catholic eschatology for many years. My first book on the topic was self-published in 1998. I’ve written several books on the topic since then. See the list of books … Continue reading

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The Real Short-term Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

This post diverges from my usual topic of theology to cover a philosophical question of importance to modern society. The current discussion on the dangers of AI, as found in several recent news stories and commentaries, are way off-base. They … Continue reading

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The Mistakes of Conservative Papal Critics

Like every Roman Pontiff, Pope Francis is not personally infallible; his opinions and non-infallible teachings do not have the guarantee of infallibility; he can err in a number of different ways. Therefore, the faithful can disagree, without sin. In so … Continue reading

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The Proper Definition of the Moral Object

Introduction One of the most fundamental teachings in Catholic Ethics is that some human acts are immoral by the very nature of the act. An act is a knowing choice; it is an exercise of free will and intellect. Each … Continue reading

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Yes, Francis is definitely the Pope

here’s a good article from Jeff Mirus at CatholicCulture.org: On the lunatic fringe, Francis is not the Pope. Mirus refutes the idea that Benedict is still the Pope, or that Francis could, for any reason, be considered a false pope … Continue reading

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Ed Peters on Dissolving Valid Marriages

In a recent post titled Boudway vs. Murray is not even close, canon lawyer Dr. Ed Peters makes some good points on the indissolubility of marriage. The main point is that only a ratified and consummated sacramental marriage is dissolved … Continue reading

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Arguments against Ordaining Women Deacons

As explained in my previous post, I believe that the Church possesses the authority to ordain women to the diaconate. However, the Magisterium has not yet settled the question. So let’s look at the arguments offered by various persons against … Continue reading

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What If Pope Francis approves of Women Deacons?

The Study Commission on the Women’s Diaconate was established in August of 2016. Who knows what the commission will decide? The members have expressed diverse views on the subject. Perhaps they will issue a report which offers both points of … Continue reading

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How Can We Explain the Severe Abuse of Power?

A number of recent news stories prompt the question: How can we explain the behavior of persons who, when they obtain power, use that power to abuse their fellow human persons? The theological answer is based on grace, sin, and … Continue reading

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Free book on Adam and Eve

My book, Adam and Eve versus Evolution, will be free from Sunday, October 15th to Tuesday, October 17 (Pacific time), in Kindle format only. Please take advantage of this offer. The book attempts to reconcile the apparent conflict between the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on the Death Penalty

Our holy father, Pope Francis, is the current valid successor of Peter, and he has the gifts of truth and of a never-failing faith. Therefore, he can never teach or hold material heresy, neither as a personal opinion, nor under … Continue reading

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We Need To Talk About The Liberal Schism

The conservative schism is now unfolding. It’s going to get a lot worse over the next several months. A large percentage of conservative Catholics and most traditionalists are going to publicly reject Pope Francis as the valid successor of Peter. … Continue reading

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Moral Obligations and Duress

What happens if an act is a sin, but the sin is committed under duress? First of all, the act remains objectively sinful. An act is a sin based on the three fonts of morality, as they arise from and … Continue reading

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Are the Signatories Exercising a Right to Correct the Pope?

This post is in answer to a comment on another post, in part: A. “The whole situation of the Synod, Amoris Laetitia, the various interpretations of AL by bishops in different countries, the dubia and now the filial correction is … Continue reading

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What will be the Next Step in the Conservative Schism?

The liberal schism is still a few years away. The conservative schism is only in its introductory phase. As you watch an arrow fly through the air, can you not see where it will strike? The Pride-filled Correction is only … Continue reading

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Free Kindle Booklet on cooperation

For the next three days, October 4, 5, and 6 of 2017, my booklet: Roman Catholic Teaching on Cooperation with Evil will be free in Kindle format. You don’t need a Kindle device to read the booklet. Follow the link … Continue reading


Why Both Sides Are Right in the Wedding Cake Dispute

The legal case soon to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court is: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. SCOTUS blog has two opinion pieces, one for each side: For Masterpiece Cakeshop and For Colorado Civil Rights Commission. … Continue reading

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