Category Archives: salvation

Are the Divorced and Remarried Saved?

There has been much controversy about whether divorced and remarried persons should be permitted to receive Communion. By divorced and remarried, we mean: 1. a person who has a previous marriage, 2. to a person still living, 3. which seem … Continue reading

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Soteriology: Implicit Perfect Contrition

Suppose that a non-Christian or a non-Catholic Christians enters the state of grace by some form of baptism. What happens if they fall out of grace by an actual mortal sin? They do not have access to Confession (except for … Continue reading

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Should Catholics believe that Mormons are Saved?

Errors among Catholics Unfortunately, a large segment of the conservative Catholic subculture has gone astray from the Magisterium. They no longer accept Roman Catholic teaching on faith. Instead, they put themselves above every teaching, to judge whether it is true … Continue reading

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Why Should the Punishment for One Mortal Sin be Eternal?

Here’s a common question in salvation theology. The Church teaches, correctly and truly, that a person who dies unrepentant from even a single actual mortal sin will have eternal punishment in Hell. Why should the punishment for a single actual … Continue reading

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Excerpts from the Vatican Letter on Martin Luther

Fact: Pope Francis is being accused of heresy for his remarks about Martin Luther. Fact: Pope Francis said nothing about Luther which contradicts formal dogma. “In fact, scientific research by evangelical and Catholic scholars, the results of which have already … Continue reading

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Salvation Case Studies: The Good Samaritan

Our Lord taught us that a good Samaritan can get into Heaven, while a bad Pharisee cannot. [Matthew] {5:20} For I say to you, that unless your justice has surpassed that of the scribes and the Pharisees you shall not … Continue reading

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What Does Michael Voris Believe?

Moreover, Mr. Voris couldn’t write a theological argument to support his position on salvation theology, or any other topic for that matter, if his job depended on it. (It doesn’t. His supporters don’t want theology. They want rants against the … Continue reading

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Heresies on Salvation at the Saint Benedict Center (Richmond NH)

The Saint Benedict Center of Richmond, NH, — hereafter SBC — runs Catholicism.org. That site is not to be confused with the orthodox website Catholicism.io. SBC teaches the error of Feeneyism. The schismatic religious order at SBC is the “Slaves … Continue reading

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Michael Voris’ Grave Errors on Salvation

Voris’ latest Vortex rant is called: “The Church Is Necessary for Heaven”, and it repeats the ancient formula, “Outside the Church there is no salvation”. Those two assertions (in quotes) are true, if properly understood. And to obtain the proper … Continue reading

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The Main Problem with Bishop Barron’s “Reasonable Hope”

It is a dogma taught by several different Ecumenical Councils that some human souls go to Hell: Bishop Robert Barron on Hell: May we reasonably hope that all will be saved? https://ronconte.com/2015/10/19/may-we-reasonably-hope-that-all-will-be-saved/ Bishop Robert Barron versus the Magisterium on Hell … Continue reading

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No, Taylor Marshall Children cannot be Possessed by Demons

The controversy begins with the interpretation of a Bible passage. [Deuteronomy] {20:13} And when the Lord your God will have delivered it into your hands, you shall strike down anyone who is in it, of the male gender, with the … Continue reading

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Michael Voris versus Feeneyism

This past weekend, I had a dispute on Twitter with Christine Niles of ChurchMilitant.com over some assertions I made, first about Feeneyism then about schism. This post is about Feeneyism, and the next one will be about schism. Feeneyism I … Continue reading

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Does God will many religions?

Well, of course the answer is Yes and No. Before the fact of our sinfulness, No, God does not will many religions. [1 Timothy 2] {2:1} And so I beg you, first of all, to make supplications, prayers, petitions, and … Continue reading

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Salvation is not Restricted to Christians

The heresy of Feeneyism is not the teaching of the Catholic Faith. Instead, the Church teaches that salvation is possible for persons who are not formal members of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Saint John Paul II: “The universality of … Continue reading

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Is Muhammad Ali in Heaven?

Muhammad Ali is most well-known for his boxing career. He converted to Islam in the 1960’s; he died in 2016 after enduring a long illness (Parkinson’s disease). After retiring from boxing, and more so after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, … Continue reading

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Do Infants who Die without Baptism go to Heaven directly?

As I’ve discussed previously, I can reach no other conclusion, given the current state of magisterial teaching, except that prenatals, infants, and young children who die without baptism receive eternal life in Heaven. But do they go directly to Heaven? … Continue reading

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Common Misunderstandings about Hell

A. The Two Paths to Hell There are only two ways to end up in Hell: 1. To die in a state of unrepented actual mortal sin 2. To die in a state of original sin alone The first way … Continue reading

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Church Teaching on Salvation for non-Christians and non-believers

In anticipation of the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, I’m posting a review of my theological position on salvation for non-Christians and non-believers. The full explanation is in my book, Forgiveness and Salvation for Everyone, which is still free, in … Continue reading

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Can a Fallen Human Person be Saved except by Baptism?

There are three types of baptism: 1. The formal Sacrament of Baptism with water. 2. A baptism of desire. 3. A baptism of blood. Is it possible for a fallen human person, that is, someone who is conceived with original … Continue reading

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Doctrinal Errors on Salvation Theology at ProLife 365

Catholic prolife blogger Kevin Kukla wrote an ironic article titled I Stand Corrected on the Definition of Limbo, which itself contains several serious doctrinal errors in need of correction. Kukla ordinarily does good work on his blog, writing against abortion … Continue reading

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