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Obvious Question for the Day

Speaking strictly hypothetically, I wonder if there is anything you could say or do that would be sufficient cause for others to stop calling you a “good Catholic,” or that would present a sufficient obstacle to actually bar you from

Posted in Ecclesiology, Sin

Do not be afraid

It happened that he was standing by the lake of Genesareth, at a time when the multitude was pressing close about him to hear the word of God; and he saw two boats moored at the edge of the lake;

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Posted in Deus Caritas Est, Faith, Forgiveness, Humility, Sin


The Catechism has this to say about Providence and the natural powers of the creatures that God has made: God has not willed to reserve to himself all exercise of power. He entrusts to every creature the functions it is

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Augustine, Calvinism, Free Will, Natural Law, Sin

Aquinas the Catholic

Sometimes, and for reasons that honestly escape me, certain Protestants will attempt to say that St. Thomas was “one of them:” Not that he was literally Protestant of course, for that would be anachronistic, but rather some folks claim that

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Blessed Virgin, Protestantism, Scripture, Sin

Somebody has integrity

The Reformed doctrine of man’s total depravity effectively denies the possibility of anyone acting with integrity because in the first place (they say) nothing we do is so truly good as to be free of the taint of sin, and

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Posted in Apologetics, Sin

When worlds collide

No, this post has nothing to do with Velikovsky (whether it should is a separate question). My topic is summed up in Sirach 33:14: Opposite evil stands good, Opposite death, life; So, too, opposite the devout man stands the sinner.

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Posted in Apologetics, Sin

Conditions revisited

I am returning to this subject (not for the first time) because it is important, and because there are at least some occasions when it seems very difficult. But given the severity of what Jesus has to say, I need

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Posted in Forgiveness, Obedience, Sin

Individual responsibility and the common good

In Ezekiel 18 God refutes the unjust idea of the Jews that children and parents should be punished each for the other’s sins, so that innocent children would be put to death (for example) if their parents deserve death for

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Posted in Justice, Justification, Scripture, Sin

99 sheep

Luke 15 offers us a striking illustration of how mistaken the Reformed doctrine of total depravity is. In verses 4-6 the Lord Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep, which concludes with this observation about how things are in

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Obedience, Sin

The needless mistake of total depravity

Calvinists believe in a doctrine they name total depravity, according to which they claim: From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Sin

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