Q and A post (closed)

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  1. Mark P. says:

    Is a work such as the “Protoevangelium of James” considered part of Sacred Tradition? Obviously it is not inerrant Sacred Scripture. But since the Church recognizes Sts. Joachim and Anne as the parents of Mary, it would seem that in some way the apocryphal work is part of Tradition. Or is it just “small t” tradition?

    • Ron Conte says:

      It is, at best, small ‘t’ tradition, or maybe not even that. Sacred Tradition is the deeds wrought by God in the history of salvation, and these unwritten truths are lived by the faithful, and thereby transmitted from generation to generation. Small ‘t’ traditions are human customs associated with religion. That book is merely a human work, subject to errors, just like any other merely human book.

  2. John Platts says:

    I have encountered a comment stating that babies conceived through IVF are born without souls. However, I believe that all human beings, including those conceived through IVF, are born with souls. Do you agree that human beings conceived through IVF have souls?

    • Ron Conte says:

      Yes, they have souls. There is a statement from Pope Saint JP2 on this subject, I’ll see if I can find it. He says, once the human person is created, even if by sinful means, their lives are just as sacred as any other human person.

    • Tom Mazanec says:

      Could you give a link to that comment?

  3. Mark P. says:

    In continuation of my question above, it is a bit interesting how the dogma of the Assumption developed. There are prefigurements and an allusion to it in Sacred Scripture, but the Assumption of Mary “as such” was also documented in apocryphal works, and obviously was a teaching (or at least speculative theology) for many years as evidenced by its appearance in artwork. So the teaching existed but was not dogma until 1950. So it is, to me, still a bit confusing how something like the miraculous creation of Adam, and Eve from his side, is not a dogma to be held, especially compared to its clear description in Scripture, not to mention in apocryphal / pseudonymous works, mention by the Saints, in artwork, etc.

  4. Matt says:

    It appears that ISIS has been largely defeated and the refugee crisis into Europe has abated. Has this changed your interpretation of the fourth secret of Medjugorje for start of WW 3 and invasion of Europe?

  5. Mark P. says:

    If the soul is the “substantial form of the body,” does a conjoined twin with two heads and one body have two souls? Or how about “incomplete” twins, which have one head but partial development of another body?

    • Ron Conte says:

      Since the conjoined twins can be separated, they are two persons, so they have two souls. The one head, but partial body would seem to me to be one person, but only God knows for certain.

  6. Grindall says:

    Question is do you believe genetic research or engineering is like the Tower of Babel, like playing God? Look where it has gotten us. The father of modern genetics was even a priest. Gregor Mendel.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Mendel merely sought to understand how genetics works. That is legitimate research. It seeks to understand the Nature created by God.

      But it is sinful to do genetic research on human embryos. Even if those embryos lives were not lost, it would still be gravely immoral. But in addition, those human lives are lost (at such a young age!) so it is a very wicked act.

      Thus, there are two different types of genetic research, moral and immoral. The one seeks understanding, and perhaps may be able to treat genetic disorders to the benefit of the human person. The other does play God, as you said, and the harm done is quite obvious.

  7. Tom Mazanec says:

    Did Jesus in His earthly life have a Guardian Angel?

    • Ron Conte says:

      I think that a large number of angels were assigned to guard the humanity of Jesus, per Scripture:
      Matthew 4:6 “For he has given charge of you to his angels, and they shall take you into their hands, lest perhaps you may hurt your foot against a stone.” (quoting Psalm 90:11-12).
      Matthew {26:53} Or do you think that I cannot ask my Father, so that he would give me, even now, more than twelve legions of Angels?

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