Q and A post (closed)

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).
      and
      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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