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  • Why the Church Distinguishes Between Mortal and Venial Sin, Part I

    05/08/2015 2:03:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 143 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 8, 2015 | MARK SHEA
    Many supposed "theological differences" between Catholics and Evangelicals are, I think, founded in semantics rather than in substantial disagreement. For example, when I was an Evangelical one of the periodic arguments I ran across against Catholic moral theology was that the concept of mortal and venial sin is unbiblical. Sin is sin, say Evangelicals, and there's no good in trying to make out some sins as "minor." To us Evangelicals such nice distinctions smelled a great deal like rationalization and looked like an escape clause from the commandment "Be holy, for I, the Lord, am Holy." After all, James wrote,...
  • The Sins That Come From Being a Busybody – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory

    12/30/2014 7:25:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-29-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sins That Come From Being a Busybody – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory By: Msgr. Charles PopeFaults in others I can see, but praise the Lord there’re none in me!The term “busybody” usually refers to one who is intent on the matters of others but looks little to his own issues. Busybodies also tend to focus especially on the faults, foibles, and troubles of other folks. Seldom are they chattering away about good news related to other people; more often it is the scurrilous and scandalous that occupy their minds.Merriam-Webster online defines a busybody as  “a person who...
  • “I Haven’t Killed Anyone!” What Serious Sins Will Exclude Us From the Kingdom of God?

    11/28/2013 5:54:01 AM PST · by NYer · 87 replies
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | November 21, 2013 | Ralph Martin, S.T.D.
    Why aren’t we more concerned about how even many of our fellow Catholics are engaging in behaviors (“lifestyles”), or accepting, or even approving them, in others, that scripture says will exclude them from the kingdom?A soul being rescued from purgatory.Right after Vatican II, there was an explosion of interest in moral theology. The “fundamental option” theory gained wide notice in both scholarly journals and in popular Catholic culture. Many people got the impression—and many still have it—that if one’s overall life is pointed in a good direction, particular sinful acts may not exclude us from the kingdom. This interpretation was...
  • On Jimmy Akin and mortal sin

    06/28/2013 7:18:08 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | June 28, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    In my previous post, I noted how Jimmy Akin believes that "quite a number" of those Americans who are, "committing abortion and contraception...sleeping together outside of marriage, using porn, and doing a host of other things that can endanger their souls," will not end up in hell. He writes, "It can be tempting to conclude that most Catholics in America today are going to go to hell. Is the situation that bleak?...Although Catholics sometimes say things like “contraception is a mortal sin” or “sleeping together outside of marriage is a mortal sin,” this is a form of shorthand. For a...
  • Who to believe about mortal sin: Our Lady or Jimmy Akin?

    06/25/2013 7:15:59 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | June 25, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    Father Joseph Pelletier, A.A., was a native of Winchendon, Massachusetts. And he served the Church at a time when most priests were still reminding the souls entrusted to their care about the reality of hell and that mortal sins, unrepented of, render a soul incapable of eternal life. Back then, most Catholics knew and accepted God's Holy Word: "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the...
  • Why bother going to Mass in the state of sin? Fr. Z rants with hellfire and brimstone (Catholic)

    09/21/2011 2:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 21, 2011
    From a reader: Fr. Z I’m struggling to wrap my head around what the point of going to Mass if we’re not in the state of sanctifying grace.My understanding is when we fall from grace, any good works we do merit us nothing. Also, it only takes one mortal sin to sever our relationship with God, so committing another one by not fulfilling my Sunday obligation wouldn’t really make a difference in regards of the state of my soul. And finally, I can’t receive communion, so I don’t receive any graces from that.So in summation, I wouldn’t sever my relationship...
  • Despite Catholic teachings, women religiously take the pill {Open}

    05/10/2010 12:12:13 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 59 replies · 874+ views
    AFP ^ | May 5, 2010‎ | Karin Zeitvogel
    WASHINGTON — Fifty years after the birth control pill went on the US market, millions of women around the world are still under orders from the Roman Catholic hierarchy to eschew its use. But all indications are that women stopped listening long ago. "Catholics use the pill the same way everyone else does... Priests don't even preach against it any more," said Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. "There is no evidence that the teachings of the church influence Catholics in their decisions about the kind of contraception they actually use," said Frances Kissling. The lead author of a...
  • "Grave Sin" = Mortal Sin [Catholic Caucus]

    05/08/2010 1:40:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 442+ views
    Jimmy Akin ^ | May 6, 2010 | Jimmy Akin
    The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 1857 For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: "Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent." What if a sin has been committed that has grave matter but lacks the knowledge and consent needed to make it mortal? How might one refer to such a sin? Since it has grave matter, one might refer to it--logically--as a grave sin. That would seem pretty straightforward: Sin with grave matter is grave sin. Add the needed knowledge and...
  • Is gossip a sin?– Catholics in societal rough sea of calumny must not harm reputations of others

    08/10/2007 1:59:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 452+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | August 10, 2007 | Michael Swan
    TORONTO, Canada (The Catholic Register) – From cell phone conversations about what the boss may have told a colleague about his boss, to an Internet blog reporting what insiders are saying about a movie still in production, and TV shows filled with breathless revelations about celebrity marriages and sports pages filled with whispers about athletes at loggerheads with teammates and coaches, Catholics are daily floating in a sea of gossip. It’s a rough and dangerous sea for people who believe indulging in gossip is worthy of a trip to the confessional. There are plenty of Canadians who think that gossip...
  • IVF Three Times More Likely to Cause Genetic Brain Defects

    03/13/2006 5:27:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 733+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/13/06 | Hilary White
    Evidence is growing that in vitro fertilization causes serious birth defects and genetic anomalies. The most recent study has shown that babies born from IVF have three times the rate of genetic brain disorders. The survey examines nearly all of the 1,105 IVF babies born in Ireland since 1989. The study particularly notes a comparatively high incidence of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) and Angelman Syndrome (AS) at almost three times that of the general population.  The study said that although the number of incidents of brain disorders are small, "there are strong circumstantial observations that suggest a cause-and-effect relationship between assisted...
  • Gay Catholic priest reflects on his church, his calling, his future (what's wrong with this story?)

    10/18/2005 8:01:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies · 905+ views
    Post Standard ^ | October 17, 2005 | Renee Gadoua
    It wasn't until two years after his ordination as a Roman Catholic priest that the Rev. Fred Daley acknowledged he might be gay. "I was coming down the stairs for morning Mass, and I felt this real deep ache and pain in the pit of my stomach," he said. "It was the first time I was recognizing an ache within that my activity and work and ministry was covering up, and avoiding something." A light went on, he said. "I began to become aware of my sexual feelings and desires," he said. He was 27. Almost 30 years later -...
  • Vatican Criticizes People Who Receive Communion While Living in Mortal Sin

    07/07/2005 7:46:28 PM PDT · by murphE · 32 replies · 1,020+ views ^ | 07/07/05
    The Vatican singled out divorcees who remarry and Catholic politicians who support abortion on Thursday in criticizing those who continue to receive Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin. The lament came in a new document on the Eucharist that details abuses of the sacrament and the need for better instruction to ensure it remains sacred. The 85-page text is the working draft of a final document that will be developed during the global synod, or meeting, of bishops Oct. 2-23 in Rome. The paper covers a range of issues related to the Eucharist: It suggests, for example,...
  • Annulment frustrations (vanity)

    04/14/2005 5:56:15 PM PDT · by TheStickman · 55 replies · 1,022+ views
    Good Evening, I need to know that Satan has not some how wormed his way into the annulment process my wife and I find ourselves in. I trust in God's Will and Mercy. I truly believe God wants my wife and I to be brought into the Church. However, the more I read about and experience the annulment process the more I begin to worry Satan's hands are wrist-deep in the whole process. The fact I can ask for and receive forgiveness thru the Sacrament of Confession for ANYTHING--except the horrible sin of a failed marriage seems to me to...
  • DignityUSA Leadership Decries Pope's Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

    03/18/2005 2:42:17 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 5 replies · 357+ views,uk ^ | 13 Jan 2005 | Editors
    Washington, DC – The leadership of DignityUSA strongly disagrees with the Pope's recent statement in his “State of the World Message” where he said same sex marriage promotes a “direct challenge to the family” “It is clear that the Pope has a very myopic understanding of family”, stated Matthew Gallagher, Executive Director of DignityUSA. “The Pope needs to be open to the lived experience of countless couples as many people of faith and society in general move toward understanding 'family' in a broader sense. “Family is more than one male, one female and their biological children. The modern world has...
  • Those in Mortal Sin Can't Go to Communion, Says Pope

    03/14/2005 9:40:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 181 replies · 3,121+ views ^ | 03-14-05 | Pope John Paul II
    Date: 2005-03-14Those in Mortal Sin Can't Go to Communion, Says PopeIn a Message to Priests at Course on "Internal Forum"VATICAN CITY, MARCH 14, 2005 ( In keeping with Church teaching, John Paul II issued a reminder that no one who is aware of being in a state of mortal sin can go to Communion. The Pope confirmed the traditional teaching of the magisterium in a message published by the Holy See on Saturday. The message was addressed to young priests who attended a course last week on the "internal forum" -- questions of conscience -- organized by the tribunal of...
  • Hillary Clinton 2008 Confirmed?

    01/17/2005 4:38:09 PM PST · by yoe · 51 replies · 6,759+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Jan. 16, 2005 | Staff
    New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has long been rumored as desperately seeking the democratic nomination for president in 2008. And while many political observers fully expect the power hungry former First Lady to hit the campaign trail within only a few months of being re-elected as a US Senator in 2006, US News & World report claims to have a confirmation of sorts. From USNews.Com's Washington Whispers: Hillary's in… You don't have to take it from us about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's desire to run for president. Her brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham, say it's true. Friends...
  • The Sin of Divorce

    01/04/2005 12:24:26 PM PST · by Keyes2000mt · 1,115 replies · 12,701+ views
    Renew America ^ | 01/04/2005 | Adam Graham
    The words were said countless thousands of times last year as a minister concluded the ceremony. "What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder." But so often man and woman do. While gay marriage has been roundly condemned in most churches (and rightly so), you will not hear much about divorce. In many cases, if divorce is discussed in church, it's talked about as this horrible circumstance that comes upon people, listed in the same breath as automobile accidents or serious illnesses. The Bible is quite clear on the issue of divorce. Malachi 2:16 says it clearly, "For...

    06/24/2004 2:48:41 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 51 replies · 2,279+ views ^ | 24 June 2004 | Editors
    © 2004 A brand-new translation of the Bible – praised by Britain's archbishop of Canterbury, that nation’s senior Christian voice – flatly contradicts traditional core Christian beliefs on sex and morality. Titled "Good as New," the new Bible is translated by former Baptist minister John Henson for the "One" organization, to produce what the group calls a "new, fresh and adventurous" translation of the Christian scriptures. Archbishop Rowan Williams The 104th archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams – leader of the Church of England – describes it is a book of "extraordinary power," but admitted many would be startled...