Category Archives: theology

Does God’s Providence Intervene in Our Lives?

In writing about Father Joep van Beeck, S.J., in a previous post, I was reminded of a class he taught on the Providence of God. Joep grew up in the Netherlands, and he suffered with his family due to the … Continue reading

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The Story of a Priest Baptized with Milk

I was told this story by my Christology professor, Father Joep van Beeck, S.J., in the early 80’s. The story is meant to pose a theological question, as to the validity of the Sacraments and how the mercy and grace … Continue reading

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Can Angels Time Travel? What about Human Persons?

Fallen angels cannot time travel. They lack the Beatific Vision of God, so they cannot draw upon God’s power over time, from His standpoint in Eternity, to move from one point in time to another. Fallen angels (devils, demons) cannot … Continue reading

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God Does Not Hate Anyone Or Anything

God is love by His very Nature. God is three Persons, but one Nature. As concerns the One Nature, the Godhead is entirely thoroughly One. Therefore, the Divine Nature is not divided into being and doing. God is not divided … Continue reading

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Who Has Supernatural Faith?

Which human persons possess the infused theological virtue of faith? 1. Persons who have just been baptized with water in the formal Sacrament of baptism. 2. Baptized persons who have not committed any actual mortal sin. 3. Baptized persons who … Continue reading

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Appropriate Language when debating LGBT Issues

[Romans] {13:10} The love of neighbor does no harm. Therefore, love is the plenitude of the law. [2 Cor] {6:3} May we never give offense to anyone, so that our ministry may not be disparaged. I disagree with some of … Continue reading

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Where Did Cain Get His Wife?

In the book of Genesis, Cain murders his brother Abel. Then God punishes him with exile. Subsequently, Cain married a wife, and they conceived a son, Enoch. Afterward, Cain built a city and named it after his son. [Genesis 4] … Continue reading

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How Can Celibate Bishops and Priests Teach on Sexual Ethics?

The teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage and on sexual ethics is sometimes dismissed by critics because the Church is led by celibate Bishops, including the Roman Pontiff. They ask: How can celibate men have sufficient understanding of marriage … Continue reading

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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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On Natural Marriage, Polygamy, and Indissolubility

This article presents my theological opinion on certain open questions concerning natural marriage and polygamy. How we should we regard three things: 1. the difference between natural marriage and the Sacrament as concerns indissolubility 2. polygamy in the Old Testament … Continue reading

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The Warning did not occur on Good Friday 2017

The Warning of Garabandal did not happen on Good Friday in 2017. And none of the secrets of Medjugorje were announced. The next years that fit my conclusions about these events are 2022 and 2023. But I have a sense … Continue reading

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What topics should I write about next? (closed)

I’m asking my readers: What topics should I write about next, in my blog and in books or booklets? No promises. I would just like to see what topics people are interested in reading about. OK Thanks for everyone’s input. … Continue reading

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Free for 5 days: Original Sin and the Immaculate Conception

My booklet, Original Sin and the Immaculate Conception, is free in Kindle format for 5 days, from Thursday, October 20th to Monday, October 24th (Pacific Time) at Amazon. Please take advantage of this free offer. A booklet of Roman Catholic … Continue reading

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Existence is Love

God is infinite perfect existence. God is Love. Existence and Love are exactly the same in God. For God, to exist is to love, and to love is to exist. The act of existing and the act of loving are … Continue reading

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Does God love everyone?

God loves Himself. The Three Persons of the Trinity love one another. God loves Jesus and Mary, who are both sinless and exceedingly holy. God even loves repentant sinners. Fine. But does God love everyone? Worst case scenario, worst persons … Continue reading

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Free book on the ethics of lying

I’m offering the Kindle version of my book Is Lying Always Wrong for free from April 99th to April 23rd, 2016 (Pacific Time). Catholic ethics is unique in teaching that some acts are wrong by the type (or moral species) … Continue reading

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My current theology projects

I’m working on a new edit of the documents of the Council of Trent. I’m starting with the Waterworth translation of 1848, updating the language to be more modern and easier to read, and then, for the doctrinal sections, comparing … Continue reading

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Three Free booklets of my theology

I call the reader’s attention to 3 free booklets of my theology, downloadable in PDF format, available here. On Speculative Theology and Eschatology — discusses how fallible theological opinion is important to believing and practicing Catholic, and what role eschatology … Continue reading

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New Book: In Defense of Pope Francis

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My latest book of Roman Catholic theology is available at Amazon in Kindle format: In Defense of Pope Francis. To read the Kindle versions of my books, without a Kindle device, get the free cloud reader — or — any … Continue reading

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My book on Adam, Eve, and Evolution

Here is the book description, in which I summarize the main thesis of the book: Adam and Eve versus Evolution This book argues in favor of Adam and Eve as two real historical persons, and also in favor of accepting … Continue reading

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