7 05, 2024

The Second Commandment by St. Alphonsus Liguori

By |2024-04-30T12:11:10+00:00May 7th, 2024|Theology|

Many good Catholics today have now become acutely aware of sexual sins (the Sixth and Ninth Commandment) as well as the First Commandment (partly due to public violations of this like the worship of the Pachamama statue near the Vatican a few years ago.)  In light of this, I believe that the most underrated of all Commandments is the Second Commandment.  Keep in mind that the Ten Commandments given on Sinai come in order of importance.  Thus, the misuse of the Holy Name of Jesus is one of the worst sins one can commit.  We look to the doctor of the Church, St. Alphonsus Liguori, to consider the weight of [...]

22 12, 2023

Pharisaical Word-Games from the US Bishops

By |2023-12-26T23:20:17+00:00December 22nd, 2023|Theology|

The Catholic Church has always had blessings for people and items.  Blessings for people are usually for individuals, but occasionally a priest may bless groups living in a vocation designed by God (like a family.) Blessings for items can be anything from a vehicle to a crucifix. But there is a new heretical document from Cdl. Fernandez that reads:  "III. Blessings of Couples in Irregular Situations and of Couples of the Same Sex. 31. Within the horizon outlined here appears the possibility of blessings for couples in irregular situations and for couples of the same sex, the form of which should not be fixed ritually by ecclesial authorities to avoid [...]

12 12, 2023

“Mortal” Only If Done With Full-Knowledge?

By |2023-12-22T11:31:44+00:00December 12th, 2023|Theology|

Probably daily across this country a few conversation go like this between young Catholics: -Catholic 1: Did you know pre-marital sex is a mortal sin? -Catholic 2: Well, did you know for a sin to be mortal you have to have full-knowledge and full-consent? -Catholic 1: I guess so, but does that mean it's not a mortal sin to have pre-marital sex? -Catholic 2: Not if you didn't know it. Catholic 2 is a smarty-pants who takes St. Thomas out of context, but is still morally wrong. Here's why: Even the new Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) admits that you don't get a "pass" from God (so to speak) [...]

19 07, 2022

Liberty as a Cloak for Malice

By |2022-07-19T23:01:56+00:00July 19th, 2022|Theology|

For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men, as free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.—1 Pt 2:15-16. Catholics have been sinning for 2,000 years.  I'm under no illusions that major sin started in the lives of most Catholics only in the 1960s or 1970s.  However, if someone went to confession 100 years ago or 700 years ago or 1500 years ago, the penitent would generally be hard pressed to find a priest (good or bad) who gave a "pass" to his serious sins.  In other words, even [...]

7 03, 2022

Replacement Morality

By |2022-03-07T04:46:15+00:00March 7th, 2022|Theology|

Saturday Night Live recently had a skit go viral. In the skit, several middle-aged progressive NYC couples are all at a dinner in a restaurant and they begin to gently admit they were wrong about everything-covid. It’s actually funnier than most of the stuff from the past few years because it’s based on the truth. Truth is apparently allowed on SNL again. At first I found this skit funny, but then it hit me: It’s not funny at all. Leftists are going to want conservatives to laugh with them about how wrong they were on everything covid and we on the right are supposed to forget about it because we’re [...]

15 07, 2021

Extreme Evil Requires an Extreme Remedy

By |2021-07-15T12:02:13+00:00July 15th, 2021|Theology|

"They wound; they kill; they go down to hell."—St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises #108. Leaving a sick call about 10 years into my priesthood, I ran into a gothic-looking fellow.  He was about 30 years old and decided to strike up a conversation with me.  I didn't have much time to talk, but I realized this would be one of his only interactions with a priest his whole life, so I couldn't brush him off.  As usual, I had to listen to someone preach to me.  (This is ironically more common than me preaching to someone.)  In any case, this guy was a little different.  He just wanted to [...]

15 01, 2021

Proverbs 16:25

By |2022-05-10T23:57:19+00:00January 15th, 2021|Theology|

Proverbs 16:25 reads, There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.  (In Latin, est via quae videtur homini recta et novissimum eius ducit ad mortem.). This is where we get the English proverb, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" which has been around since 1855 (at the very latest, and possibly much earlier.) I am shocked how many priests allegedly trained in moral theology are now holding that the end justifies the means on all the issues of 2020 and 2021 from election fraud to vaccines.  No, the end does not justify the means in moral theology. [...]

20 03, 2020

Is It Ever Permitted to Lie to Your Children?

By |2020-03-20T20:00:17+00:00March 20th, 2020|Theology|

What is the cost of lies? It's not that we'll mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all.—Chernobyl, TV series. Most people today will lie if necessary. If you ask them why they lie, it seems that most people believe that all will be forgiven at the end of time, especially if they are lying "for a good reason." Now, most of these people remember their Ethics 101 that teaches, The end does not justify the means. "This is a nice philosophy," they say, "but when the rubber meets the road of my life, I [...]

3 08, 2019

15 Mortal Sins Catholics Are Missing in Their Confessions

By |2022-05-09T22:03:04+00:00August 3rd, 2019|Theology|

Part I:  Why Do We Need Confession and What Is Mortal Sin? If you know Part I, you can skip to Part II. We are all born in original sin, meaning the status quo of even the cutest baby on earth before baptism has natural goodness but no supernatural goodness. Still, God has a plan of a supernatural beatitude planned for that baby in heaven in both body and soul. Because transmitted original sin separates us all from God, it would take a great sacrifice of a God-man to reconcile any person born in sin: God, because only a pure and blameless and boundless sacrifice can appease an infinite offense [...]

27 03, 2019

Courage over Consequentialism in the Hierarchy

By |2019-03-28T01:02:54+00:00March 27th, 2019|Theology|

And behold, a man came up to [Christ], saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only One who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to Him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, [...]

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