Why I Write What I Write

[Ezekiel]
{3:16} Then, when seven days had passed, the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
{3:17} “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. And so, you shall listen to the word from my mouth, and you shall announce it to them from me.
{3:18} If, when I say to the impious man, ‘You shall certainly die,’ you do not announce it to him, and you do not speak so that he may turn aside from his impious way and live, then the same impious man will die in his iniquity. But I will attribute his blood to your hand.
{3:19} But if you announce it to the impious man, and he is not converted from his impiety and from his impious way, then indeed he will die in his iniquity. But you will have delivered your own soul.
{3:20} Moreover, if the just man turns aside from his justice and commits iniquity, I will place a stumbling block before him. He shall die, because you have not announced to him. He shall die in his sin, and his justices that he did shall not be remembered. Yet truly, I will attribute his blood to your hand.
{3:21} But if you announce to the just man, so that the just man may not sin, and he does not sin, then he shall certainly live, because you have announced to him. And you will have delivered your own soul.”

Like every baptized and confirmed Catholic Christian, I have a moral obligation to follow both the negative precepts (“You shall not”) and the positive precepts (“You shall”). It is a sin of commission to violate a negative precept, and a sin of omission to violate a positive precept. The positive precepts require us to love and worship God, to keep holy the Sabbath, and to love our neighbor, not only from our hearts, but by external deeds.

The positive precepts include the moral obligation to spread the Gospel, and to teach the truth on faith and morals, in accord with one’s own ability. I have the gifts from God to understand Catholic teaching well, on faith, morals, and salvation, and to be able to explain these truths aptly, using Catholic theology. Not every member of the faithful has these same gifts. Each person has their own gifts; different gifts are distributed by the Spirit to different persons.

Many of my fellow Catholics have gone forth, on the internet, to teach and correct on the subjects of faith, morals, and salvation. And their teaching shows great ignorance; they spread many grave errors; they have a thorough incompetence in theology and in the basic teachings of Catholicism. They are harming many souls by loudly teaching and correcting, for they have badly misunderstood Catholic teaching, and their correction rebukes truth and confirms error. Their teaching and correction is a combination of ignorance, error, and pride. Often, their arguments in support of grave errors are so absurd as to not require a reply. They barely pretend to base their ideas on the teaching of the Church.

I understand these subject areas very well. I can easily write a theological argument proving that their claims are grave errors, contrary to the teachings of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium. And I have done so many times. This is my moral obligation under the positive precepts. It would be a grave sin for me to remain silent.

Many of the false teachers who oppose my writings are anonymous online commentators, who sin gravely by teaching on matters of grave moral weight, matters affecting not only the soul, but also the body, without sufficient understanding of the subject. They approve of many different popular grave sins, leading souls closer to the gates of Hell, while falsely claiming that their teachings are Catholic doctrine or sound theology. Some go so far as to approve and promote the use of abortifacient contraception, by couples who are sexually active, or to approve of direct abortion, and so they are responsible for the deaths of many innocent lives, as well as for harming souls.

Many of these persons teach without first having learned. They spend very many hours online trying to convince their fellow Catholics to sin gravely and to kill the innocent. They often succeed. This type of false teaching is common on Catholic discussion groups and forums.

Other persons have sufficient learning to be able to understand the teaching of the Church. Yet, for some reason, they radically reinterpret, undermine, and contradict definitive Catholic teaching, including the dogmas of Popes and Councils. And they respond to correction with laughter, indignation, and anger. They ought to know better, so perhaps they have the greater guilt.

How does it happen that persons with advanced degrees can so badly misunderstand the Gospel of Jesus Christ as to openly approve of grave sins, which harm body and soul? How is it that they approve of grave sexual sins, contraception, abortifacient contraception, and even direct abortion? How filled with pride does an expert in this subject area need to be, to publicly approve of exceedingly wicked acts, which the Church has always clearly condemned?

No matter. I am morally obligated to speak out against them. And I don’t need any particular authority, other than my theological arguments based on Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium.

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

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4 Responses to Why I Write What I Write

  1. Francisco says:

    Thanks Ron for all the work you do. I’m reading many of your books. They are very insightful.

    The Catechism of Catholic Ethics is a great book for everyone to have. It’s a big book, but if anyone want’s to be permeated with Catholic knowledge (esp. Catholic moral theology), there you have it.

  2. Tom Mazanec says:

    and to love our neighbor, not only from our hearts, but by external deeds.
    What if you can only love externally, and cannot get over secret resentment?

  3. jbbt9 says:

    Ron,
    I thank God for you and your writings.
    You are a real God send.
    What you do you do well.
    I ask God to bless you with great health and healing
    and long life to continue guiding souls.

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