Category Archives: theology

Commentary on the St. Joseph Prayer part 2

The prayer in full is found here. The last line of the first stanza reads: “you are among the closest imitators of your divinely conceived Son, Jesus.” Throughout the prayer, Jesus is referred to as the son of Joseph. Previously, … Continue reading

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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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