My Commentary on the 5 Dubia regarding Amoris Laetitia

The full text of the Dubia proposed by four Cardinals to Pope Francis is here. First, I would like to reply to the claim of some dubia supporters that the Cardinals are simply asking questions and asking for clarification. What … Continue reading

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Salvation for persons who manifestly persevere in objective mortal sin

Let’s consider the case of persons who manifestly persevere in objective mortal sins. These are persons who commit acts that are objectively gravely immoral, on a continuing basis, without apparent repentance. These sins might be interior or exterior; they might … Continue reading

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The fault is with conservative Catholics, not Pope Francis

It’s not just Amoris Laetitia, and it’s not just Pope Francis. In the present time, many conservative Catholics portray themselves as entirely faithful to the Magisterium, while rejecting, ignoring, or radically reinterpreting any magisterial teachings contrary to their own thinking. … Continue reading

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Every Roman Pontiff is Indefectible

Based on the teaching of Sacred Scripture, and the very words of Jesus about Peter and his successors, and the teaching of the Sacred Councils, especially the First Vatican Council, I believe that each and every valid Roman Pontiff is … Continue reading

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Confession on the Last Day of 2016

The last day of 2016 falls on this Saturday. And Saturday is the day when parishes commonly offer Confession, usually just before the vigil Mass. It would be helpful to souls, pleasing to God, and I think fitting as a … Continue reading

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Dr. Ed Peters vs. First Vatican Council

The Magisterium The First Vatican Council taught the following: “6. For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter, not so that they might, by His revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by His assistance, they … Continue reading

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Free Booklet about Jesus and Mary for Christmas

My booklet, The Immaculate Virgin Conception of the Virgin Mary, includes a discussion of the virgin conception and virgin birth of Jesus as well as the Immaculate Conception and birth of Mary. In honor of the birth of Jesus, the … Continue reading

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The Conservative Catholic Schism will definitely happen soon

Every day, conservative Catholics are publicly expressing contempt for the authority of the Roman Pontiff. Every day, they exalt themselves above the Supreme and Universal Pastor, speaking as if HIS decisions on doctrine and discipline were subject to THEIR judgment, … Continue reading

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The Rock and the Sand

[Matthew] {7:24} Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and does them shall be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. {7:25} And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds … Continue reading

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Errors in the Filial Appeal Petition – part two

The full petition is here: http://www.filialappeal.org/full [continued from part one] “13. We firmly reiterate the truth that divorcees who have attempted a civil marriage and who, for most serious reasons, such as the children’s upbringing, cannot satisfy the grave obligation … Continue reading

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Errors in the Filial Appeal Petition – part one

The full petition is here: http://www.filialappeal.org/full Title The petition’s full title is: “Declaration of Fidelity to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline”. Even the title of the petition contains errors. First, the Church’s teachings on … Continue reading

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Q and A on Guardian Angels

I received an e-mail from a reader with a series of questions on guardian angels. Here are the questions and my answers. My answers are in the realm of speculative theology. Q: “Does my guardian angel know what I am … Continue reading

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What the 4 Cardinals should have said in their Letter to the Pope

Four Cardinals made public a formerly-private letter the Pope Francis. The letter contains 5 Dubia (“doubts”) asking querulous questions on Amoris Laetitia. Here’s what they should have said (instead of what they actually said) — 1. The Church is indefectible. … Continue reading

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Can the Cardinals issue a formal correction of Pope Francis?

According to the Catholic Herald in the UK: “Cardinal Burke is one of four cardinals who have written to the Pope asking for a clarification of Amoris Laetitia. They say that the document could be read as contradicting Church teaching … Continue reading

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Another Request for Prayers

It’s been 5 weeks since my back operation. I’m still having back pain daily, at about the same level as before the operation. I’m seeing the doctor again next week. Please keep me in your prayers and perhaps offer the … Continue reading

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When is a teaching of the Church infallible?

The infallible Sacred Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church can be exercised in any of three ways. I. Papal Infallibility The Pope has, in and of himself, by virtue of his office, the full ability and authority of the Sacred … Continue reading

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My Comments on the Amoris Laetitia controversy

No Pope can ever teach heresy. No Pope can ever commit apostasy, heresy, or schism. Those who accuse any current Roman Pontiff of teaching heresy, or of committing apostasy, heresy, or schism, are themselves guilty of schism. For “it arises … Continue reading

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Ectopic Pregnancy: Removal of the Prenatal

ERD: “In case of extra-uterine pregnancy, no intervention is morally licit which constitutes a direct abortion.” [USCCB, Ethical and Religious Directives, n. 48.] An ectopic pregnancy represents a difficult moral situation. But the USCCB is expressing the constant teaching of … Continue reading

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Useful Recent Posts on Catholicism

* The Many Errors of Religious Fundamentalism * The Approaching Schism is Twofold: Liberal and Conservative * Can a Pope commit the sin of heresy? * The Parable of the Invited Guests and the Three Forms of Baptism * Love … Continue reading

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Mass Deportation equals Mass Murder

President-elect Donald Trump has a plan to solve the problem of illegal immigration: Mass Deportations. In a campaign speech on August 31st, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona, he outlined this plan. Full text here. Trump emphasized the deportation of dangerous criminals, … Continue reading

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