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Which Acts are Beyond the Limits of a Sincere but Mistaken Conscience?

Sometimes an act which is objectively morally disordered is committed with a sincere but mistaken conscience, such that it is not also an actual sin. Only actual sins include guilt and deserve punishment. “Conscience frequently errs from invincible ignorance without … Continue reading

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Will the U.S. accept Euthanasia?

Euthanasia is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. It is not justified by a good intention or purpose, not even by the medical purpose of relieving severe suffering. It is not justified by a dire circumstance, not even that a … Continue reading

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A Hint at how Pope Francis may respond to a Schism

For the past several years, a controversy has been brewing in a diocese in Africa: Ahiara diocese in Nigeria. The previous Bishop was a native son, from the region and people called Mbaise, in southeastern Nigeria. But his successor, Bishop … Continue reading

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The Three Types of Limbo in Catholic Salvation Theology

The term “limbo” is used in three different ways: 1. limbo as a fringe or upper level of Hell 2. limbo as a fringe or upper level of Purgatory 3. limbo as a third final destination, that is not part … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae on Marital Chastity

The teaching of Humanae Vitae is not limited to the topic of contraception within marriage. In Humanae Vitae, the Magisterium condemns contraception as intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral, regardless of marital state. “Just as man does not have unlimited … Continue reading

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Free book on Marital Sexual Ethics

My book, Roman Catholic Marital Sexual Ethics, will be free from Wednesday, June 7 to Friday, June 9 (Pacific time), in Kindle format only. Please take advantage of this offer. This book presents the teachings of the Roman Catholic Faith … Continue reading

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How Christians should regard Muslims and Islam

All Christians are not the same. A wide range of beliefs is held and lived by various persons who call themselves Christian. And among Catholics, a wide diversity of beliefs and practices is also found. So when we consider Muslims … Continue reading

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Saint Augustine on Marital Chastity

Saint Augustine of Hippo, Doctor of the Church, in his moral treatise ‘On the Good of Marriage,’ writes on the subject of sexual intercourse within marriage: “…nor be changed into that use which is against nature, on which the Apostle … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Aquinas on Marital Chastity

First, St. Thomas quotes Peter Lombard: Conjugal relations “are not to be changed to a use contrary to nature” [The Sentences, Book IV]. Then, St. Thomas explains what Lombard meant and why he is correct: “Marital relations are contrary to … Continue reading

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Prayer and Divine Providence

Over the course of many years, I’ve learned that God’s providence can be called upon to assist us, mere weak and mortal sinners, in any of the tasks and events of our daily lives. By prayer, we can obtain help … Continue reading

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Updated post on marital chastity

I’ve updated my post: Saint Alphonsus Liguori on Marital Chastity. This Saint and Doctor of the Church spoke against the use of unnatural sexual acts within marriage. The same errors that he condemned in his time period (the 1700’s) have … Continue reading

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Joe Biden officiated at a Gay Marriage again

As reported in several sources, former Veep Joe Biden officiated at a same-sex marriage ceremony this past weekend. In 2016, Biden also officiated at a gay marriage. On both occasions, Biden had the role usually fulfilled by a priest or … Continue reading

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Is It Moral for Women to Freeze Their Eggs?

Is it moral for women to have eggs from their ovaries removed and frozen? 1. What is the intended end, i.e. the purpose of the act? If the reason is to use the eggs later in a procedure called IVF, … Continue reading

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Free book on the Greater Tribulation

My lengthy book of Catholic eschatology, The Second Part of the Tribulation, will be free from May 29 to May 31 (Pacific time), in Kindle format only. Please take advantage of this offer. A common Catholic opinion on the tribulation … Continue reading

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An Unholy Book called “Holy Sex”

The full title of the book is ‘Holy Sex: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing Infallible Loving.’ The author is Gregory K. Popcak, who has a Ph.D. in “human services” from an online for-profit university: Capella University. Popcak is not … Continue reading

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Is Collective Punishment Intrinsically Evil?

The answer depends on the definition of collective punishment. Wikipedia here discusses the Fourth Geneva Convention and the definition of collective punishment: Under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, collective punishment is a war crime. By collective punishment, the drafters of the … Continue reading

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Why does Revisionist Ethics condemn Euthanasia?

First things first. The Roman Catholic Magisterium rightly condemns euthanasia, in any and all forms, as intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. And this teaching against euthanasia is both true AND consistent with Church teaching on other intrinsically evil acts. … Continue reading

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No Special Spiritual Event happens on September 23, 2017

Recently, some commentators have been speculating that September 23, 2017 would have some special spiritual significance. The claim is made that a combination of celestial events combine to form the woman clothed with the sun from Revelation 12. See this … Continue reading

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They knew Jesus was the Messiah, and they killed him anyway

Some persons commit sins, without fully realizing the immorality of their acts. They should have known, and so they are guilty of negligence in learning faith and morals. But other persons know full well that certain acts are gravely immoral, … Continue reading

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Fig Leaves, Falsehoods, and the Father of Lies

What does Sacred Scripture say about lying? [Leviticus] {19:11} You shall not steal. You shall not lie. Neither shall anyone deceive his neighbor. [Proverbs] {6:16} Six things there are that the Lord hates, and the seventh, his soul detests: {6:17} … Continue reading

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