The previous Q and A post was popular, so I’m posting another one. Questions on the Pope Francis situation should be on posts related to that topic. Let’s keep this space for other subjects.
What would be the morality of a medicine which halts aging, assuming it is produced in a moral fashion? Note that, while such a drug would allow lifespans of centuries or even millennia, it does not make you immortal…that truck you did not notice while crossing the street will send you to Judgement just as well as ever. Is it moral to try to avoid death for as long as Methuselah?
I don’t know. It really is impossible to say as a pure hypothetical. Any such drug in real life would have side effects, risks, costs, etc.
If an actor takes the Lord’s Name in vain in playing a role, is that a sin?
Ron, if I commit an actual mortal sin and i died hit by a truck, what role would have played Divine Providence in this? I mean, in this hypotetis I would have repented tomorrow, so what role was played by Divine Providence?
God is always fair. So if you construct a hypothetical, in which God is not being fair, I will say that the hypothetical can’t happen. If you would have repented the next day, God gives you special grace before you die. Consider the holy innocents, who were all given the state of grace because they were about to die. They were not given that grace after death, but before. So, in anticipation of their impending deaths, God gave them sanctifying grace and therefore eternal life.
What is your reasoning for characterizing some Catholics as liberal and some as conservative? Is it not the case that Saints and Popes never used such terminology; on the contrary don’t they send a strong and uniform message over time that doctrinally there is only that which is Catholic?
The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were conservative, and the Sadducees were liberal. It is a useful classification in the realm of theological disputes. But there is, as you say, only one truth, and no such divisions in Heaven.
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