Catholic Theology Q and A (closed)

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  1. Hi Ron,

    Question: Was the letter of Pope Saint Agatho to the Third Council of Constantinople (Sixth Ecumenical Council) accepted as part of such Council thus making it a Magisterial document?

    Thank you in advance and God bless.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Yes, it was accepted into the Acts of the Council, Acts 18, as later explained by Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum, 13:

      The pronouncement of the Council of Chalcedon on the same matter is present to the minds of all: “Peter has spoken through Leo” (Actio ii.), to which the voice of the Third Council of Constantinople responds as an echo: “The chief Prince of the Apostles was fighting on our side: for we have had as our ally his follower and the successor to his see: and the paper and the ink were seen, and Peter spoke through Agatho” (Actio xviii.).

  2. Patrick says:

    Hi Ron,
    I was disturbed to see a Priest tell his congregation that if they voted Republican they must go to confession for they were sinning.
    Whenever an election was near our Priests would always tell us that no party was perfect,they all had faults and we were to vote according to our consciences.
    Surely this Priest,fellow clergy and news outlets that tell people how to vote are not following church teaching.Could they be classed as the “false prophets” warned to us by the mystics,seers,saints and holy people down through the centuries?

    • Ron Conte says:

      It goes too far to call them “false prophets”. They are simply misunderstanding voting ethics, and giving some misinformation on that topic. Voting for a person or a party is typically not intrinsically evil, and so it depends on an evaluation of the circumstances.

  3. James Belcher says:

    I am questioning Canon 983 in which an innocent bystander hears a confession to a priest on previous and upcoming murders. It is my understanding that the bystander is bound as is the priest not to reveal the confession. I know priests are under a heavy burden in not revealing any specifics about the confessor. My dilemma is specific on the bystander. I for one believe its morally right and your civic duty to prevent any upcoming murders. I would think God would want me to proceed to the authorities and prevent any further murders. Your thoughts………….

    • Ron Conte says:

      That hypothetical never happens. No one overhears a planned murder in the Confessional. People confess their repentant past sins; they don’t announce future crimes.

  4. guilhermefeitosa024 says:

    what did our Lord Jesus Christ mean when he spoke “I go to the Father; for my Father is greater than I.” John 14:28 I have seen Protestants using this passage to argue that Jesus is not God.

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