Christmas Time Question and Answer Session

Ask and you shall receive (an answer to your questions, probably).

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35 Responses to Christmas Time Question and Answer Session

  1. Thomas Mazanec says:

    What is the Catholic position on “Lifeboat Ethics”? If the lifeboat is full and more people are trying to get in, is it moral to force them away?

    • Ron Conte says:

      There’s no specific magisterial teaching on that type of question as far as I know. You have to try to save as many persons as you can. But you are not obligated to do the impossible.

  2. anna rose says:

    Am i doing moral judgements right in this specific case? In the midst of a debate about yoga and if it was evil or not I said: “the ideas behind it in the hindu religion are false but taken by itself as long as you have a good intention and there are good consequences overwhelming the evil consequences or no evil consequence at all, there is nothing wrong with the exercises”
    – intention to calm oneself, exercise, stretch, have fun with that
    – the object of the thing is stretching and breathing
    – good consequences of health, mental wellbeing, and so on
    THEREFORE it is moral.

    Or is it that if a practice has an origin in a false belief that it is wrong? i’m reading your posts on ethics, it is very helpful

    • Ron Conte says:

      You have applied the three fonts of morality correctly. Yoga as a stretching and breathing exercise is moral. It doesn’t matter if it had a bad origin.

  3. Thomas Mazanec says:

    What if a Concentration Camp guard faced you with the dilemma of choosing one of two people to be killed. or see both killed. The Nazis played a lot of games like that.

    • Ron Conte says:

      You should refuse to cooperate. Their sins are theirs. Your sins are yours. The guard in that scenario is a murderer, so he cannot be trusted to tell the truth (that he will kill only one). He will kill both, just to be sadistic. Or he will kill one, and then torture the other one. Or he will kill the one and then kill you. Etc.

      But these types of hypotheticals are not useful in guiding daily life.

  4. Thomas Mazanec says:

    I am almost finished reading the Summa Theologica. I know Thomas was wrong about the speed of light (and it puzzles me what it was doing in a Theology Textbook) and was wrong about a Marian doctrine (either the Immaculate Conception or the Assumption, I forget which).
    Was he wrong about anything else?

    • Ron Conte says:

      Wrong about immaculate conception. Wrong about original sin being inherited only from the father. There are more than a few errors in the Summa. Saint Thomas was using philosophy as the handmaiden of theology, and philosophy in those days often relied on observations of nature.

  5. Thomas Mazanec says:

    Is this Catholic Thing correct on not taking the vaccine?

  6. Ice says:

    Pope Adrian VI (1522-1523) writes : “It is beyond question that a Pope can err in matters of faith, and even teach heresy…I say: If by the Roman church you mean its head or pontiff, it is beyond question that he can err even in matters touching the faith. He does this when he teaches heresy by his own judgement or decretal. In truth, many Roman Pontiffs were heretics. The last of them was Pope John XXII (1334)” (IV Sentent, Quaestio De Confirm, quoted by De Boussuet in ‘Oeuvres Completes’ Tome XVI)

    I agree with your position on the Pope, but does this quote mean that he can teach heresy in retrospect (we look back and see he was wrong) or just be a material heretic? I want to know if it is a fake quote too. i was telling people about the Pope being free of heresy and not able to be one today and they gave me this, please help

    • Ron Conte says:

      UPDATE: Based on what is said in The Old Catholic Encyclopedia, Adrian did NOT write this as Pope. The quote comes from a Commentary on Book IV of the Sentences of Peter Lombard (1512), “which was published without his knowledge from notes of students, and saw many editions.” So that means that Adrian may have said something that his students misunderstood, or he may have said just what is claimed, but before he became Pope. So that negates any concerns anyone may have, as Popes are not protected from heresy while they are not Pope (before or after).

      First, it is possible that this quote is falsely attributed to Adrian VI, even as a representation of what he supposedly taught, prior to becoming Pope. Consider even today how many false assertions are attributed to Pope Francis (e.g. that Hell does not exist). I am certain that Pope Adrian wrote no such thing as Pope. It is not like a Pope to make a statement that condemns many past Popes as heretics, and that asserts something so important in a sweeping yet passing manner, and outside of a document on that question, and without further explanation or support. It sounds more like the way that a commentator would speak. (By the way, I could not find the quote in the complete words of De Boussuet here — though not finding it is not the basis of my opinion.)

      There is a modern day example of such an error explained in my post here.

      If Adrian had said anything like that as Pope, it would have been cited in future documents by Popes, it would have been dealt with at the First Vatican Council when the Council infallibly taught that each Pope has the gift of never failing faith, and it would have been in Denz and other texts on important papal teachings.

      Finally, even if Adrian had said such a thing — and as it turns out, he did not say that while he was Pope, and he may or may not have said that as a professor of theology many years earlier — Vatican I infallibly settled the question as to whether or not a Pope can teach or commit heresy, so any past non-infallible teaching (if there were any) by a Pope to the contrary is null and void.

  7. Thomas Mazanec says:

    How did your projections for covid-19 cases and deaths of November and December measure up against the actual statistics?

    • Ron Conte says:

      I projected 7 to 9 million cases, and the total reported cases was just a hair under 6.6 million. But the number of deaths doubled compared to November.
      Oct 2 Million Cases
      Nov 4.5 M
      Dec 6.6 M
      The reported cases in December was probably much lower than actual cases compared to previous months. Hospitals are full, and I think they are sending some patients home whom they would have admitted just a month earlier. Many more cases are going unreported, as indicated by the increasing death rate.

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