The latest Q and A post (closed)

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  1. Matt says:

    Glancing at a female in public and thinking to yourself only, wow she is curvy and beautiful, is that still considered lustful and committing adultery with your eyes?

    • Ron Conte says:

      No. Admiring beauty is not immoral.
      {5:27} You have heard that it was said to the ancients: ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
      {5:28} But I say to you, that anyone who will have looked at a woman, so as to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
      {5:29} And if your right eye causes you to sin, root it out and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than that your whole body be cast into Hell.

      Jesus condemns both the exterior act of adultery, and the interior act of lust. The exterior act of merely looking at a woman is not a sin. Admiring beauty in a woman is not adultery of the heart. Only if the man consents to lust with the will and intellect does he commit adultery of the heart. Jesus describes lust as adultery of the heart because any act of lust is a willingness to commit an illicit sexual act, including any gravely immoral sexual act, the primary example of which is adultery. If the person is not willing to commit the immoral sexual act, then even if there is some degree or type of sin, the sin is not lust.

      This interior act of consenting to an illicit sexual act is an actual mortal sin only if it is done with full consent and full knowledge that the act is gravely immoral (or without caring if the act is gravely immoral). As is the case with any interior sin, a mere passing thought or temptation, to which one does not consent, would not be a sin at all. And if the consent or knowledge is substantially less than full, the interior act would be an actual venial sin, not an actual mortal sin.

  2. John Platts says:

    Male urination and natural childbirth both involve the use of genital organs, but both of these acts are natural acts that are clearly different from unnatural intercourse or masturbation. How do we distinguish male urination and natural childbirth morally from that of unnatural sexual acts (including anal sex, oral sex, masturbation, etc.)?

  3. Matt Z. says:

    When can looking at a woman go too far and be a venial or mortal sin? What if one glances four or five times at a womans specific body part (even not intentionally) without looking at her as a whole person?

    • Ron Conte says:

      I think it is not the number of times, but the way that you treat the other person. If they are treated as a sex object, then it is lust. If they are a woman who is attractive, then that seems licit to me. That is really something for an interior judgment of conscience.

  4. Matt Z. says:

    Although I would say one should use a bit of caution when being around beatiful women. St.Bonaventure writes in his work on the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit concerning the gift of Wisdom: “Wine and women cause wisemen to apostatize and reveal those whoe are sensible. You have a ready example in Solomon, who apostatized on account of women even to the cult of idolatry; who nevertheless had been filled full with wisdom as a river. If there was a tavern, in which a wine was sold, which induced the forgetfulness of every wisdom; I believe that no one would be so foolish, that he would buy that wine. I believe, that the eternal God by the highest dispensation of His counsel permitted Solomon to fall, to teach all men to flee women.”

  5. Tom Mazanec says:

    Is it true that a prisoner facing execution cannot be given Extreme Unction? If the call from the governor comes during the injection and they are struggling to save his life he cannot be anointed, but if he is poisoned by fugu in a Japanese restaurant he can be?

    • Ron Conte says:

      I don’t know that the rules are in that case. Maybe not, if he is unrepentant from grave sin. If a person is in their right mind, they usually receive Confession, Communion, and then Extreme Unction. I think Unction is not given in the case of unrepentant grave sin.

  6. Mark P. says:

    Is there any speculation that St. Paul ever met the Blessed Mother? If St. John moved to Ephesus with her, and Paul worked with the churches in Ephesus (although granted, we do not have the totality of his record of travel) I suppose it could be a possibility, but one lost to any inspired record. Ron, I know however that you have a developed chronology of the New Testament, so perhaps the dates and times of Paul’s travels and Mary’s location and time on earth never matched up.

    • Ron Conte says:

      I don’t know of any indication or opinion saying that Paul met the Blessed Virgin Mary. I’ve never heard that before. They say that Luke probably met her, and he received information on the incarnation and birth of Christ from her. But not Paul, as far as we know.

  7. Tom Mazanec says:

    Here is the conclusion of the series I linked in Catholics who implicitly support blessing abortion clinics (since postings are disabled there):

    • Mark P. says:

      Tom, thanks for sharing the article. I once heard a Peter Kreeft talk where he mentioned that a great number of divisive issues between secularism and Christianity (and even within Christianity, as the article mentions) involve our God-given reproductive function: contraception, abortion, fornication, same-sex marriage, gender roles, etc. These divisions seem to be growing and accelerating sharply. But ultimately, these lies will collapse under the weight of their falsity.

  8. Tom Mazanec says:

    If I am officially excommunicated, how would I get back into the Church?

  9. patrick mcmanus says:

    Hi Ron,

    I’m still very concerned about Iran’s Nuke programme…..however I have not read any recent reports of what is happening currently.

    Can I ask if they are to be trusted now or will the Obama deal come back to bite us?

    • Ron Conte says:

      They cannot be trusted. I think they have a third secret uranium enrichment facility, and that they probably already have enough highly enriched uranium for a few nukes. Otherwise, they would not have so readily agreed to the deal made during the Obama administration.

  10. Mark P. says:

    Do intercessory prayers still work if one is in a state of mortal sin?

    • Ron Conte says:

      persons in a state of mortal sin can receive some actual graces, which would move them to repent. God might also help that person with providence. So intercessory prayers for that person will help. If the person in the state of mortal sin prays, he cooperates with actual graces and may receive the help he needs. So it works either way. But prayers are much more effective for/by persons in the state of grace.

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