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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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Questions to ask yourself before becoming a theologian

Question 1: Do I want to write books of Roman Catholic theology, faithful to the teachings of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium, or would I prefer to write books that Catholics will actually read? Question 2: Am I comfortable being a member … Continue reading

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Faithful disobedience from temporal authority of the Church

While faithful dissent refers to the fallible teachings of the Magisterium (the spiritual authority of the Church), faithful disobedience refers to the fallible temporal authority of the Church. Again, this most often applies to a local Bishop whose orders, rules, … Continue reading

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non-marital sexual acts

What might a (future hypothetical) papal encyclical on sexual ethics teach concerning non-marital sexual acts? This teaching would certainly be based on and continuous with current teaching. Current Teaching Certainly the various types of non-marital sexual acts are individually condemned … Continue reading

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Roman Catholic Ethics and Infallible Dogma

There is a very common HERESY among Catholic moral theologians today, not on any particular point of ethics, but on the field itself in its entirety. The heresy is to treat all of ethics as a speculative field. Many moral … Continue reading

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The next Great Schism in the Church

There is a grave problem in Roman Catholic moral theology today, and it is about to cause a great Schism in the Church. The problem is two-fold: (1) many Catholic theologians, priests, and lay leaders are teaching false doctrine on … Continue reading

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143 German Catholic theologians commit public formal heresy

The German daily sueddeutsche.de has published the Memorandum of 143 Catholic university professors and theologians, mostly from Germany, with some from Austria and Switzerland. [Google translation] The document begins with a brief discussion of the sexual abuse crisis in the … Continue reading

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A Call for Less Civility

When a politician commits a grave error, his fellow politicians are slow to correct him, and their correction is only mild, if they correct him at all. When a physician working at a hospital behaves unethically, his fellow physicians are … Continue reading

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theologians imitate the Doctors of the Church

We are all called to imitate God, and Christ, and the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the Saints. [Matthew] {5:48} Therefore, be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect. [1 Corinthians] {11:1} Be imitators of me, as I also … Continue reading

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