Category Archives: theologian

My Work as a Roman Catholic Theologian

Does Veritatis Gaudium imply that those only among the faithful are theologians who have met all the requirements and received the nihil obstat from the Holy See, as detailed in this new set of rules? No. A theologian is someone … Continue reading

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Who is and is not a Theologian?

Who is? Here is the definition that I propose for the term “theologian”: A theologian is a person who writes theology on a continuing basis. And that writing is an expression of serious study and reflection. A theologian seeks a … Continue reading

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My translation of the doctrines of Trent

I’m about one third of the way through my current project: translating the doctrines of the Council of Trent — just the doctrinal teachings, not also the decisions on discipline — from Latin into English. It’s going well. I think … Continue reading

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Who is qualified to write theology?

Ross Douthat wrote a controversial article for the New York Times: The Plot To Change Catholicism. In response to that article and some of Douthat’s tweets, a group of Catholic theologians wrote an open letter to the Times, stating: “On … Continue reading

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The 36 Doctors of the Catholic Church

The 36 Doctors of the Catholic Church 1 St. Albertus Magnus 2 St. Alphonsus Liguori 3 St. Ambrose 4 St. Anselm 5 St. Anthony of Lisbon and Padua 6 St. Athanasius 7 St. Augustine 8 St. Basil the Great 9 … Continue reading

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Private Interpretation of Scripture

The Church has repeatedly condemned using any private interpretation of Scripture to contradict an infallible teaching of the Magisterium. The Magisterium is the authoritative interpreter of Scripture, and all infallible magisterial teachings are required beliefs. But in the case of … Continue reading

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Why I Write about Iran’s Nuclear Program

This blog is generally for posts on Roman Catholic theology, on matters of faith, morals, salvation, on some speculative subjects (e.g. eschatology) and on some matters of discipline. So then, why should I, as a Roman Catholic theologian and Bible … Continue reading

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On Authority and Theology

What is my authority as a theologian? As a faithful Roman Catholic theologian, writing on topics ranging from dogmatic theology to moral theology to speculative theology, I have no authority. My writings are not authoritative, and I do not speak … Continue reading

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Do You Disagree? Where’s Your Theological Argument?

Each of my theological arguments on any topic stands on its own merits. Sometimes I express a theological opinion on a matter of pious disagreement among faithful Catholics. Other times I express, in my own way, the true teachings of … Continue reading

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My credentials as a Roman Catholic theologian

What is the role of a theologian? “In order to exercise the prophetic function in the world, the People of God must continually reawaken or ‘rekindle’ its own life of faith (cf. 2 Tim 1:6). It does this particularly by … Continue reading

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My reply to Fr. Ryan Erlenbush’s personal attacks

See this summary of the heresies and doctrinal errors taught by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush. In the comments to a post on Jesus and the Canaanite woman, Fr. Ryan makes personal attacks on me. I’d like to use this blog post … Continue reading

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My work as a Roman Catholic Biblical scholar

1. I have translated the entire Bible from Latin into English. The work of translating the entire Bible took me just over 5 years, from mid March of 2004 to late March of 2009. During that time, I worked on … Continue reading

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