Theological Q and A (closed)

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As in past posts, this is an opportunity to ask me theological questions on almost any topic of doctrine or discipline. The post will close after several days.

— Ron Conte

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52 Responses to Theological Q and A (closed)

  1. Patrick McManus says:

    Many thanks for all your posts, Ron.
    God bless you, have a peaceful Christmas and New Year.

  2. Tom Mazanec says:

    Is there a form of Worship of the Trinity available to the Blessed in Heaven which transcends in kind as well as degree the Latria which we here on Earth are capable of (Hyperlatria to coin a word)?

  3. Tom Mazanec says:

    During the Soviet Era, three Russians are sent to the gulag for preaching Catholicism.
    Ivan freezes to death the first night.
    Peotr starves to death after a year.
    Yuri is worked to death over a span of 20 years.
    Which of these would be considered “Martyrs”, if any?

    • Ron Conte says:

      St. Therese of Lisieux died of a disease, in a convent. Her body was uninterred after a number of years, and she was found to be in perfect condition, no decay, with the martyr’s palm in her hands. So, all three in your example are martyrs. The example of a martyr who is killed immediately for refusing to deny Christ is not the only type of martyr.

  4. Mark P. says:

    Do the saints in heaven have knowledge of what is going on here on earth? Are they not aware of crises in the Church and in the world? And if so, why do we pray for their intercession if they are aware? That is, if they can “see” what is going on, why don’t they help intercede even without our prayers? Or do they? An analogy to me would be if some firefighters witnessed a terrible car accident, and instead of immediately going to help, they waited for their dispatcher to call them. Prayer to me is simple in some regards (worship, thanksgiving) but much more confusing to understand when we are asking for intercession. Thank you.

    • Ron Conte says:

      All the blessed in Heaven know the events on earth, by means of the Beatific Vision of God. They are aware of all the sins and sufferings. Prayers for intercession must be expressions of love in cooperation with grace, which thereby merit additional helps in grace and providence. We must ask so that we are participating in this community of love in heaven and on earth. They do intercede, even apart from our prayers. They don’t wait, but they can help all the more if we cooperate with grace in love.

  5. sc says:

    when it comes to the progressive lost of faith in the Church as a whole, what would you consider the ‘last straw that broke the camel’s back” before there’s a final turning point?

    • Ron Conte says:

      There’s no way to tell, in any individual case, since the loss of faith would have to be an actual mortal sin to remove the person from the path of salvation. Only God could judge that point. However, we know that heresy and schism are each objective mortal sins.

  6. John Platts says:

    Kevin Kukla claims that the souls of aborted babies go to the limbo of the children, a section of hell. Is Kevin Kukla’s position correct, or are the souls of aborted babies saved through a baptism of blood and do the souls of aborted babies go to Heaven?

    • Ron Conte says:

      The limbo of Hell is a place of punishment. Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium has always taught that Hell is a place of punishment, and that the chief punishment of Hell is the deprivation of Heaven. No one can have perfect natural happiness in any part of Hell. Since aborted babies are not guilty of actual mortal sin, they cannot be sent to any part of Hell.

      I believe that they go to the limbo of Purgatory, where there is no punishment. They are given the spiritual development they were denied on earth. Then they go to Heaven.

      Two Ecumenical Councils defined that the souls of those who die in original sin alone go to Hell, with different (lesser) punishments. However, the Magisterium has NEVER taught that infants or prenatals die in that state. They die without the baptism of water, but they are given the baptism of blood, just like the Holy Innocents. And, no, one does not have to be killed for the sake of Christ to receive that baptism of blood.

  7. Marco says:


    You asked me here to write a full-fledged articol regarding the admission of the ortodoxes to Catholic Sacraments, and i’m working on it, but after i will have finished, I want to ask you a favour: would you kindly correct the grammatical errors in my article? You know, i’m Italian so my english is not perfect, and if you will publish the article i’d prefer to see it published without errors.

    Thank you,

  8. Christine says:

    Can the Holy Spirit who is co- equal and co-eternal with the God the Father and God the Son,show Himself in a materiality other than a dove, for example in a semblance of a human form?
    Also, what can you tell us about Melchizedek? Who might he have been?
    Thank you for all your knowledge and insights.
    I wish you good health in 2018.

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