Ten Question Orthodoxy Test on Catholic Ethics

1. Is the deliberate knowing assertion of a falsehood always immoral?

2. Can unintended bad consequences ever make an act immoral?

3. Is it true that intrinsically evil acts, such as lying and contraception, are never justified by the principle of double effect?

4. Is it true that intrinsically evil acts are irremediably evil, such that they can never be justified by a good purpose or a dire circumstance or in any other way?

5. Does the teaching of Humanae Vitae, that the use of contraception is gravely immoral, apply to sexual acts outside of marriage as well as within marriage?

6. Is it always gravely immoral for a Catholic wife to use abortifacient contraception, for a medical purpose, while remaining sexually active?

7. Is it always gravely immoral for a Catholic married couple to use unnatural sexual acts as a type of foreplay, even if the husband only consummates the sexual act during a later act of natural relations?

8. If the husband withdraws after climax, but before the climax of the wife, is it always gravely immoral for her or her husband to immediately use touches so that she may climax?

9. Is it true that the only moral sexual act is natural marital relations open to life?

10. If a human person dies unrepentant from a single actual mortal sin, is it absolutely certain that they will be condemned to Hell forever?

The correct answer to each of the above questions is “Yes”. Anyone who answers “No” or who gives any other answer to the above questions is not fit to teach Catholic ethics.

How many Catholic teachers — who teach in parishes or dioceses, or in Catholic grade schools, or in Catholic colleges, or by means of books, blogs, and discussion groups — would answer all of the above 10 questions correctly? Very few. The percentage is definitely in single digits, and may even be less than one percent.

The faithful are poorly catechized. The teachers of the faithful are poorly catechized. Many false teachers have risen to prominence and influence in the Church, and they openly teach grave errors without any correction from the Magisterium. The situation has become very dire. False teachers now teach abject heresy, with the claim that these false ideas are really a correct understanding of Catholic doctrine. Many souls are being led astray.

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

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3 Responses to Ten Question Orthodoxy Test on Catholic Ethics

  1. Tom Mazanec says:

    I read somewhere that, if Adam had not sinned, he would not have been able to have children by Eve after she sinned. Is this true? If so, was his sinning not justified, so that if he had not sinned, Christ and all other humans would never have been born and Eve could never have been Saved?

    • Ron Conte says:

      Sin is never justified. God knew all that would happen, so the human race was never in danger of not being offered salvation by Christ. We do not know what would have happened if Adam had not sinned.

  2. Matt Z. says:

    Reading Acts of the Apostles one of the first letters sent to all the Churchs was to avoid sexual immorality. Sexual immorality is just as or even mire prevalent yet we rarely hear of it.

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