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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

Yes, we have no bananas

Nobody’s perfect. That includes ministers of the local ecclesial communities and Catholic parishes. Some folks would have us believe that it is intolerable for any cleric ever to sin, and that those ministers who habitually do wrong prove that Christianity


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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Ecclesiology, Veritatis Splendor

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

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

Zechariah and Elizabeth were not totally depraved

The Reformed like to say that there is no one who does good. No one. Here is the latest in our series of disproofs. In the days of King Herod of Judaea there lived a priest called Zechariah who belonged

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Protestantism, Sin

Total Depravity?

Psalm 119:2-3: Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! There are Protestants who claim that no one lives a sinless life: that to

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Posted in Apologetics, Protestantism, Sin

Job is a problem for “total depravity”

The Reformed say, largely based upon Romans 3, that literally every human being who has ever lived has sinned and deserves damnation (Of course, they make an exception for the Lord Jesus, but we will pass over this as a

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Obedience


Is it permissible to do evil when we think that good may be the result? No. To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for sinners themselves, for the Church, and for

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Posted in Sacraments, Veritatis Splendor

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