On Eschatology and Ethics

The eschatology posts in my blog are much more popular than the ethics posts. But the ethics posts are much more important to your salvation. If you are reading my eschatology as a form of entertainment, it will not be so entertaining for you when the tribulation begins and it all becomes real. Take eschatology seriously, but give ethics the higher place. If you study eschatology but not ethics, you might understand certain future events, but your own future will be a long stay in Purgatory or eternity in Hell.

If you believe, as I do, that the end times are about to begin, you have duty to prepare your soul. One important way to do that is to study the teachings of the Church on ethics, so that when the situation becomes dire, you will know right from wrong. Once the tribulation begins, many persons will be struck with great fear. They will be confused, not knowing to whom they should listen for guidance. And as a result, many persons will sin gravely in their fear. For most Catholics have not learned the teachings of the Catholic Faith on morality.

Most Catholics know that certain acts are immoral, by the name of the act: lying, theft, murder, various sexual sins, etc. But they do not understand why. They cannot explain what a moral object is, or why some sinful acts are called intrinsically evil and other sinful acts are not. They do not understand the principle of double effect, nor the principle of cooperation with evil. They cannot distinguish between an act that is moral and one that is immoral, in the complex circumstances of their lives. Their understanding of Catholic moral teaching is literally at the level of a 12 year old.

Ethics is important to the Catholic Christian Faith. Theology is typically divided into two parts: dogmatic theology and moral theology. Yet most Catholics have very little understanding of moral theology. We believe, and so we live a moral life, and so we attain salvation. Without a moral life, no matter what you believe, you will not be saved. Faith –> Morals –> Salvation. If you do not know right from wrong, how will you move from faith to salvation?

When the end times begin, there will be great confusion in the Church.

The Virgin Mary at La Salette: “Up, ye children of light, and fight! For behold, the age of ages, the end, the extremity is at hand! The Church passes into darkness. The world will be in a state of consternation, perplexity and confusion.” (Maximin’s 9th secret).

Many false prophets and false teachers will rise up, taking advantage of the confusion of the faithful, so as to scatter them in every direction and lead them away from the narrow path of faith and morals, which leads to salvation.

How will you know which moral teachings are true and which are false? You say that you will listen to the Magisterium. But I say that there are already many false teachers who have risen up to misinterpret the teachings of the Magisterium. They claim that grave sins are approved by the Church. They distort the moral teachings of the Church on every topic. And many of you have already accepted their false claims; many of you are already living by their false claims.

Without a sound understanding of Catholic moral theology, you will not know right from wrong, truth from falsehood, faithful teachers from unfaithful ones.

Some of my writings on ethics:

With the free kindle reader app, you can download a free sample of my book, The Catechism of Catholic Ethics, which includes the introduction and the entirety of the first four chapters. This material by itself is a good introduction to the basic principles of ethics.

I also offer posts and articles on ethics online:
Index to blog posts
Catholic Planet forum

The cost to you is measured in your time spent reading and considering Catholic ethics. But then there is also the cost in humiliation. I think that this is one reason that many Catholics avoid Confession and avoid learning much about the moral teachings of the Church. It is humiliating to consider sin and one’s own sins. It is humiliating to admit to yourself, to God, and to a confessor that you have failed to live according to the moral teachings of your own faith. But this type of humiliation is an important part of the path to eternal happiness.

We believe, therefore we life a moral life. Faith and morals, not faith alone, is the path to eternal salvation and happiness.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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