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. Michael says:

    Do you think there is a theological connection between the Tower of Babel (Gn 11:1-9), where languages were mixed up, and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles (Acts 2:4) when they were able to speak to others of different languages?

    • Ron Conte says:

      Yes. The Babel event was a disunity symbolized by different languages where they could not understand one another. The Pentecost event was a unity in the Holy Spirit, symbolized by the gifts that caused them to be able to understand one another, despite differences.

  2. Patrick McManus says:

    Hi Ron,

    To my minds eye Covit 19 appears to be part of the war apparatus satan is using to wrestle the faith from those who still love God by removing the possibility of Mass attendance during lockdown and the physicality of the Host distributed during mass.
    There is a war raging currently and I think IMHO satan is lashing out at the world with Covit19 to try and put distance between the Creator and his subjects.
    I don’t think this pandemic is a coincidence.

    To your knowledge, has there been any previous indication of what we as a world are now enduring?

    And will Pope Francis resign or as is most common die as the Supreme Pontiff?

    • Ron Conte says:

      I think that Pope Francis will eventually resign, but that idea is based on him issuing a controversial teaching, that causes the schismatics to leave the Church openly, rather than still pretend to be faithful Catholics.

      I don’t see the pandemic as from Satan. He does not have that much power. This pandemic is permitted by God as a punishment. God did not send the pandemic, He merely permits it, rather than intervening to end or prevent it, because of our sins.

  3. Thomas Mazanec says:

    What is the moral procedure in the Trolly Problem, if a gang takes two people hostage and will either kill the one you pick or kill both if you do not pick?

    • Ron Conte says:

      These types of unrealistic moral dilemmas are not useful. At worst, they use the answer to an unrealistic extreme mere hypothetical to justify everyday sins. The gang is not going to let the other one live, as a witness to their murder of the other person. A murderer is not someone who can be relied upon to tell the truth or to live up to a promise not to kill someone. Faulty hypothetical.

  4. Alex says:

    What is the meaning of Yule tide that you wrote first?

    Wish everyone a holy Christmas! And let remember in prayers and in deeds that there are millions in the world who are not as blessed as many of us are, who suffer instead of enjoy this day.

  5. Thomas Mazanec says:

    A few years ago you answered a question of mine that a genetically engineered human-animal hybrid could have a spiritual rational soul. Would such a being be Resurrected as a human or a hybrid?

    • Ron Conte says:

      I don’t recall saying that. If the hybrid were mainly human, with some animal genes, then that would seem to be probable. The lower primates have only about 3% difference in DNA from humans, so a hybrid might not have a rational soul. Human persons have free will, abstract reason, and an immortal soul. Those three go together. The ability to reason abstractly implies free will (in my opinion). But it seems that not so much of a difference in DNA would need be changed to have a creature that was not a person, but a lower animal.

      The resurrected persons have bodies that are in accord with their own ordinate desires. The body is obedient to the soul. So their bodies could be entirely human, if they so willed it.

    • Thomas Mazanec says:

      Thinking it over, I don’t think that it would be something as simple as “98.6% human DNA”. Nature is rarely that straightforward in biology. But I won’t live long enough to find out!

  6. MP says:

    Do you think that swearing is inherently sinful? Some Christians act as though it is, but it seems difficult to me to provide a sound theological argument that it is intrinsically evil according to Catholic moral teaching. Of course, taking God’s name in vain violates the second commandment, and swearing profusely is crass and can be a sign of bitterness and perhaps malice, but I nonetheless fail to see how uttering an expletive every now and then to express frustration is contrary to charity.

  7. Thomas Mazanec says:

    Have a happy Holy Christmas, Ron.

  8. David says:

    Merry Christmas Mr. Conte!

    1. What is your position on intersex individuals, and where do they fit in theology? One of the views on what “biological sex” means is that it is based on gametes, but although very rare, there are some people who produce both (R. Shannon, N. J. Nicolaides 1973). Jesus mentions that some have been born “eunuchs,” is this a reference to a third sex or sorts?
    2. You have written: “Is slavery intrinsically evil? If it is defined broadly, as subjection and servitude, then it is not. If it is defined narrowly, as the deprivation of all fundamental human rights, then it is intrinsically evil.” What fundamental rights would have to be deprived for slavery to be the narrow definition? Also, despite in Leviticus 25:44-55 speaks of the Jubilee redemption, why does 46 have “you shall transmit them to your posterity, and you shall possess them forever”? As these people were to be freed shortly why is there the “forever,” and what does it mean?
    3. Who are your patron Saints, and what is your favorite passage of Scripture?

    God bless you all and I hope you enjoy the Octave! Stay safe.

    • Ron Conte says:

      The term eunuchs in that Bible passage is figurative, and can refer to many different situations in which a person is unable to marry. This might include intersex persons as well as many other situations.

      If one fundamental human right is deprived, it is intrinsically evil. The cutoff for the situation to be called slavery might be somewhat subjective, but it is always wrong to deprive anyone of any fundamental human right.

      “possess them forever” is a figure of speech, referring to the fact that some persons are in a state of indentured servitude to the Israelites as a group, continuously — not that there will be indentured servitude forever. Servants could still leave one employer on the Jubilee year and go to another.

      I don’t have a particular patron Saint or favorite passage.

      grace and peace to you, and Merry Christmas!

  9. Thomas Mazanec says:

    Will an astronomer in Heaven know what all the celestial bodies in the universe are like?
    Will a historian know all the possible outcomes historical events could have had (like if that Catholic priest had not saved the toddler Adolph Hitler from drowning)? If so, do they get that knowledge all at once or over time?

  10. Thomas Mazanec says:

    If we manage to colonize Alpha Centauri will we need a local Pope? It would take almost nine years for a question in the Centauri system to be answered by the Pope in Rome. And someday there could be colonized planets hundreds or even thousands of light years away.

    • Ron Conte says:

      There are sui juris Churches within the Catholic Church, which have their own “Popes”, but these leaders are not Roman Pontiffs; they are not Popes in the full sense of the word. The Church can only have one Roman Pontiff at a time.

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