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The Validity of Marriage and Procreation

Consider the following scenarios: 1. After the couple have been married for some time, the husband commits adultery and runs off with his adulteress. The marriage remains valid, as adultery cannot nullify a valid Sacrament. The innocent spouse cannot remarry. … Continue reading

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My Position on Pope Francis and Communion Discipline

This article is just a bare statement of my position, without supporting arguments. 1. The prevenient grace of God prevents any Pope from teaching material heresy, and from committing formal heresy. 2. A Pope can err: not at all in … Continue reading

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I’m Revising my book: In Defense of Pope Francis

In the revised version, I add this argument, that if Popes could commit heresy, we could never be sure which teachings to believe. We would not even know which ideas were heresy. If any Pope might be a heretic, we … Continue reading

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Q. 4: Can Catholic Spouses use Masturbation in the Context of Natural Intercourse?

No, they cannot. First, masturbation is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. The CCC defines masturbation as: “the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure.” [1] This sexual act is non-marital, non-unitive, and non-procreative. It … Continue reading

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Q. 3: Is it Moral for the Wife to climax outside the Natural Marital Act?

Neither the husband, nor the wife, may act, in any way, so as to deliberately climax outside of natural intercourse. This doctrine was taught by Pope Pius XII in his speech to the Address to the Second World Congress on … Continue reading

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Reply to E. Christian Brugger’s Open Appeal

E. Christian Brugger’s Open Appeal to “all Catholic bishops — East and West” is a schismatic rejection of papal authority; it is an act of extreme pride and the sin of formal schism. The Church, the Ark of Salvation, is … Continue reading

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The distortion of Pope Francis’ teaching by liberal Catholics

Liberals are radically reinterpreting Pope Francis’ words, to approve of grave sin and to distort doctrines on faith and morals. As many conservative commentators have admitted, Amoris Laetitia does not actually state that the divorced and remarried are not objectively … Continue reading

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Print edition now available: CMB

The print edition of my book The Catholic Marriage Bed is now available on Amazon. Ron Conte

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Ask a Theological Question (open)

The latest Q and A post for readers to ask me questions. Ron Conte

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Q. 2: Can Catholic Married Couples Use “Marital Aids”?

No, they cannot. The use of sexual devices (“sex toys” or “marital aids”), even in marriage, is gravely immoral. There are a number of reasons why this type of act is intrinsically evil and morally illicit. First, this type of … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph: sinless virgin and virginal spouse

In private revelations to Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil, the Virgin Mary appeared under the title of “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.” On some occasions, Saint Joseph also appeared, and he spoke to her, saying: “It is true my … Continue reading

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Q 1: Is the “One Rule” of West and Popcak approved by the Church?

Q 1: Is the “One Rule” of West and Popcak approved by the Church? No. It is condemned by the Church. In 1951, in his Address to Midwives, Pope Pius XII rejected a certain idea about marital sexual ethics. The … Continue reading

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New book: The Catholic Marriage Bed

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My latest book is now available in Kindle format: The Catholic Marriage Bed: A book of Roman Catholic moral theology. The print edition should be available sometime next week, hopefully. This book addresses a single question in ethics: Which sexual … Continue reading

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker on the sacrifice of the Mass

Fr. Longenecker has updated his post, making it clear that the Mass is a type of sacrifice, but the Old Testament bloody sacrifices have ended. Give his post a read. I will update my post below accordingly: A post by … Continue reading

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We are Living in the Midst of Heresy and Schism

What would it be like, as faithful Catholic Christians, to live during the time of the Arian heresy? It is said that very many persons fell into this error, including many Bishops. More than a few local Councils supported its … Continue reading

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Christopher West’s pornification of the Gospel

The reader is cautioned that this post contains mature language and subject matter. Here is the post from West dated 14 March 2018. Please read it there. My commentary follows. When West says the goal of nature is life, he … Continue reading

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Q and A post (closed)

A place for readers to ask theological questions.

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Bellarmine on Papal Error

Ryan Grant has translated and published a booklet excerpted from Saint Robert Bellarmine’s larger work on the papacy. The title of this brief book is: “Papal Error?: A Defense of Popes said to have Erred in Faith” The book offers … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and the Indefectibility of the Church

The Church is indefectible. This truth is a dogma taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium; it is an infallible teaching. But if any valid Pope could fall into heresy, then the Church would not be indefectible. It is a … Continue reading

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The Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate excommunicates Pope Francis?

There is a video at a Traditionalist blog claiming that Pope Francis has been excommunicated by “Elijah, Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate”. Who is this man? According to Wikipedia, he is the first leader, elected in 2011, of: “The … Continue reading

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