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  1. Matt says:

    There are many cities in USA and Europe that are largely segregated based on race. Many people today claim to be not racist but if you ask them if they would live in neighborhoods that are predominately a certain race, they would tell you they would not live there. I see many white and asian parents send their kids to private schools rather than have them attend public schools in their own neighborhoods where mostly inner city latino and black students are bused in and attend. Also I have seen in my workplace where whites will typically get hired over minorities.

    Based on my examples are people gravely sinning by avoiding, disliking, or not associating with people of other races?

    • Ron Conte says:

      the choice of where to live or where to send the kids for school is not intrinsically evil, so the morality depends on intention and circumstances. Only God can judge the motives of the heart. But I think that any type of hatred or denigration of human persons, however it may be expressed, or even unexpressed, is a sin against the commandment to love your neighbor.

  2. matthieu says:

    I’m curious about how actual we can consider the passage 57 of the ccc ? :
    “57 This state of division into many nations is at once cosmic, social and religious. It is intended to limit the pride of fallen humanity united only in its perverse ambition to forge its own unity as at Babel. But, because of sin, both polytheism and the idolatry of the nation and of its rulers constantly threaten this provisional economy with the perversion of paganism.”
    And how we should read that it “remains in force during the times of the Gentiles” in the next passage of the CCC (n°58) ?

    • Ron Conte says:

      Until the arrival of Christ, the covenant of Noah remained in effect with all the Gentiles (non-Jews). The division of humanity into various groups is largely due to sin. Christ will, in the end, unify all the faithful in Himself in Heaven, and on earth after the general Resurrection.

  3. Francisco says:

    Is the following correct?:
    Is it true that there’s a difference between the words “infallible” and “inerrant” and that it’s not theologically accurate to say that the Bible is ‘infallible’ but rather it is ‘inerrant’? – So that both Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, having God as their Source, are inerrant. On the other hand, certain teachings of the Magisterium are not “inerrant” but “infallible” (because they don’t have God as their Author, rather, they have fallen humans as authors or source of an interpretation of God’s Word but God prevented such interpretation(s) made teachings (which meets the criteria of infallibility CCC# 891), to fall into error?

    • Ron Conte says:

      No, that is not true. The terms infallible and inerrant are using interchangeably. The claimed distinction you explained is false. Providentissimus Deus refers to “the infallible testimony of the Holy Spirit Himself” and says that the Bible is “expressed in apt words and with infallible truth”.

  4. What do you think about the the fifth Marian dogma: Mary as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of All Graces, and Advocate

    When would be proclaimed?

  5. What do you think about the relationship between Vatican and China? Have you read the recent news?

    Cardinal Zen has said it is an act of “suicide” and a “shameless surrender” to the communist government.

  6. Francisco says:

    Is suing intrinsically evil? – I have heard groups saying that Christians must not sue (regardless of intention or circumstances).

    • Ron Conte says:

      No, it is not intrinsically evil. Pope John Paul II, for example, permitted civil divorce, for a grave cause, which is a type of lawsuit.

  7. Carlo says:

    What are your thoughts on the importance of March 18th and the Medjugorje secrets?

  8. King Robert the Bruce says:

    hi ron what are your thoughts on the suffi muslim mystic hasan sushud who according to a Danish pilgrim allegedly predicted medjugorie some years before it happened he also said that rome represents the whole of humanity in the eyes of heaven are you familiar with him

    • Ron Conte says:

      If this mystic were so wise and insightful, he would have converted to Christianity and Catholicism. It is possible for persons outside of Christianity to have supernatural experiences of God. But we should be very skeptical when it is someone in a religion that has many errors (Islam). It is very easy for claimed holy persons to claim to have predicted something in advance, when they did not. I advise Catholics to avoid all mystics and visionaries outside of the Catholic faith.

  9. Francisco says:

    A case scenario:
    A man joins a charitable Catholic group which helps people in need, then this man continually supports to families in need as long as he is part of this group (the families are affiliated to this particular group), but then this man realizes that the organizers or leaders of this group start treating people badly (name callings, etc.) and start teaching heresies, and things contrary to Magisterial teaching (as if they were Church teachings) and no one can correct them. Would this be sufficient reason for this man to leave this group despite not able to contribute to these particular families in need anymore?

    • Ron Conte says:

      his membership and participation in the group are not intrinsically evil, and his intentions are good, so it comes down to a weighing of the good and bad consequences. He might judge that he will do more good than harm by remaining a member. He is free to quit and try to help persons in need in other ways. The reasons are sufficient for leaving the group, as it is possible to fulfill the command to love your neighbor in other ways.

  10. Matt Z. says:

    Is the Church’s teaching on the evil of In Vitro Fertilization a dogma?

    • Ron Conte says:

      I think it falls under the ordinary and universal magisterium, so it is infallible. My view is that every infallible teaching of the magisterium is dogma, even if the teaching is only implicit in Tradition and Scripture. So, it is dogma.

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