Category Archives: arguments

Some Catholics have No Faith At All. Literally.

I am not speaking rhetorically. Some Catholics, who attend Mass and receive Communion, lack all three theological virtues: love, faith, and hope. They are not in the state of grace, due to one actual mortal sin or another. And at … Continue reading

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A Religion-free Society becomes its own Religion

Human persons are created to need supernatural grace and the supernatural virtues of love, faith, hope in order to be fulfilled and happy. When human persons try to live without God, grace, and infused virtues, their lives are in a … Continue reading

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The Limits of Faithful Dissent – part 2

Non-infallible Teachings All Catholic Christians are obligated to give the religious submission of will and intellect (ordinary assent) to the non-infallible teachings of the Magisterium. This religious assent is not the full assent of faith, but it is related to … Continue reading

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The Limits of Faithful Dissent – part 1

Infallible Teachings All Catholic Christians are obligated, under pain of heresy and automatic excommunication, to give the full assent of faith (sacred assent) to every infallible teaching of the Magisterium, whether taught by an Ecumenical Council or Papal Infallibility or … Continue reading

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My Comment on Michael Voris’ past sins

On 21 April 2016, Michael Voris disclosed some details about his past grave sins, when he was a fallen-away Catholic. Michael Voris: “I will now reveal that for most of my years in my thirties, confused about my own sexuality, … Continue reading

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The not-so-funny problem of Priestly Boredom

Urgent! Your typical parish priest has a serious problem, especially on Saturday afternoons. He is bored out of his mind. He sits in the Confessional, with nothing to do, waiting for penitents to confess their sins to God and receive … Continue reading

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free book on World Wars 3 and 4

I am making the Kindle version of my book On World War 3 and World War 4 free for 5 days, Wednesday March 9th through Sunday March 13th. Please take advantage of this opportunity to consider the approaching tribulation and … Continue reading

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Catholic Ethics and humility

If you wish to understand right from wrong, if you wish to distinguish morally good choices from morally evil choices, the place to start is HUMILITY. The most common mistake that Catholic students and teachers of ethics make is pride. … Continue reading

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The Sharp Corners of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

The true Gospel of Jesus Christ has some sharp corners. The Word that proceeds from the mouth of Jesus is a sharp two-edged sword: it cuts for you and against you. When you do good, or repent from doing evil, … Continue reading

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Whoever ridicules the Pope, ridicules Christ

The Pope is the Vicar of Christ; he is the representative of Jesus Christ on earth. The Pope is also the supreme teacher and shepherd of souls in the Church on earth. Whoever ridicules the Pope, ridicules Christ. Whoever treats … Continue reading

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How do Catholics decide which ideas are true?

How should we decide what is true? We should compare the proposed idea to the teachings of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium. We should accept the Magisterium as our guide to a proper understanding of Tradition and Scripture. We should study theology, … Continue reading

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How well do you know Jesus and Mary?

If you have been a believing and practicing Catholic for a long time, you probably think that you know them well. But let’s put that to the test. 1. First Test Saint Jerome: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” … Continue reading

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What Causes a Scrupulous Conscience? Is it OCD?

The Catholic Encyclopedia has a good but brief article on scruples, which describes the condition in this way: “An unfounded apprehension and consequently unwarranted fear that something is a sin which, as a matter of fact, is not. It is … Continue reading

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Can I take birth control pills for a medical need?

Over at the Ask an Apologist section of Catholic Answers Forums, a poster asks: “Can I take birth control pills for a medical need?” She then says that she needs to be put on “retinol” for an “incurable autoimmune disorder”, … Continue reading

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Catholic prep school loses discrimination hiring lawsuit

This case is disturbing to me. I expect a higher standard of ethics from any Catholic school. Here’s the story: Court To Catholic School: No, You Can’t Fire People Because They Are Gay “Plaintiff Matthew Barrett had applied for a … Continue reading

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Bible Readings Week 39

For this week: read 1 Timothy 1-5.

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Sacred Scripture on Chastity: The Epistles

Select verses from the Epistles of the New Testament which explicitly or implicitly teach us about the virtue of chastity, including chastity in marriage. [Romans] {1:25} And they exchanged the truth of God for a lie. And they worshipped and … Continue reading

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The Indelible Characters given in Baptism, Confirmation, Orders

Three and only three of the Sacraments each imprints on the soul an indelible character, which is never removed. Neither great sin, nor great virtues, nor sincere prayer, nor apostasy, heresy, or schism, nor even condemnation to Hell can ever … Continue reading

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What are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

The so-called “four horsemen” are a figure in the Bible, representing four sets of terrible events at the start of the apocalypse, also termed the tribulation or the end times. The word “apocalypse” is Greek for “revelation”, which is also … Continue reading

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Three Blessed Events prior to the End Times

1. The Warning is an event predicted at Garabandal, through the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I believe that this event is the same as the first secret of Medjugorje. The Warning is also called the Illumination of Consciences. … Continue reading

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