Ask a Theological Question (closed)

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17 Responses to Ask a Theological Question (closed)

  1. Joshua says:

    Is it a sin to shop on Sundays? How about ordering food or going out to eat? Thanks.

    • Ron Conte says:

      The positive precept is to keep holy the Sabbath. Refraining from work and unnecessary shopping can help us to keep the Sabbath holy, but working on that day is not intrinsically evil. It is rather a rule the goal of which is to leave us free to worship God and to make that day different from the rest of the days of the week. It is a day set apart for God. So it is not necessarily a sin to shop on Sunday, or to order food or go out to eat.

  2. Matt says:

    From reading biographies of many Saints and holy people they suffered much during their lives from physical or mental attacks by demons. Saint Pio and Saint Loyola were choked almost to death, severely beaten, and tempted with lewd images. There seems to be an irony that one would think that a holy prayerful life should bring peace. Why does God allow demons to attack holy people?

  3. Tom Mazanec says:

    Could the Church ever pick another language for its official; document translations, other than Latin?

    • Ron Conte says:

      The Church could change from Latin to some other language. There is nothing about Latin that makes it intrinsically necessary to the Faith.

  4. Mark P. says:

    I have a St. Joseph novena book which has this passage at the beginning: “St. Theresa of Avila said, ‘The Lord wants us to understand just as He was subject to St. Joseph on earth – for since bearing the title of father, being the Lord’s tutor, Joseph could give the child commands – so in Heaven, God does whatever Joseph commands.'” This does not seem to make sense and implies that St. Joseph is above God, unless I am misunderstanding St. Theresa’s intention.

    • Ron Conte says:

      this type of expression is also said of Mary, and it is not wrong. Mary and Joseph each did God’s will so thoroughly on earth, that in Heaven they have special roles, gifted to them by God, to assist Him in His grace and providence. Also, all the faithful in Heaven have the Beatific Vision, so whatever they ask is certainly always good and holy and acceptable to God. There is a close cooperation in love in Heaven such that no one asks for anything the least inappropriate.

  5. Mark P. says:

    In a blog post I just read (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/catholicauthenticity/2018/03/is-contraception-the-new-usury/), the author makes the claim that since the Church changed its stance on usury throughout the ages, it most likely will change its stance on contraception in the coming decades as well. But has usury ever been defined as intrinsically evil? I am not sure the two issues can be paralleled so easily.

    • Ron Conte says:

      The teaching against contraception is infallible under the ordinary and universal magisterium. Some non-infallible teachings may have changed over the centuries, although I’m not aware of a change in the teaching on usury.

  6. Mark P. says:

    The author makes the same claim – that the teaching on usury did not change, but that the practice is nonetheless accepted. And so she claims that eventually contraception will just be accepted, even though it will still technically be condemned.
    There may be some semantics with “usury” and more conventional “interest” of which I am not aware, especially in the context of any Church teaching.

    • Ron Conte says:

      What a terrible thing for a Catholic to write. Contraception is condemned by the Church as a mortal sin and a sin that is intrinsically evil.

  7. Tom Mazanec says:

    I read somewhere that the Church once opposed the practice of life insurance. Is this true and, if so, why?

  8. Tom Mazanec says:

    Would sapient genetically engineered human-animal hybrids have immortal souls?

    • Ron Conte says:

      IF they had the ability to reason abstractly and free will, then that would prove that they have immortal souls. It would be an exceedingly wicked sin to make human-animal hybrids.

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