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Latin-Rite Catholic layman with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts focused on Aristotelian Thomism. Particularly interested in classical philosophy as assimilated into Christian traditions, and traditional liturgy.


Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jul
29
comment Why doesn't the Catholic Church kill heretics anymore?
A good answer might need to consider the evolution of the use of the death penalty in general in Western states. It was an allowable punishment for theft until 1832 in England, for example.
Jul
29
comment According to Catholic doctrine, is every woman that has an abortion automatically going to hell?
@MattGutting looking much improved although I still think it's incorrect to say that the excommunicated are forbidden from attending mass. Also I believe that it's a canonical axiom that automatic excommunication can only occur in conjunction with a mortal sin; therefore if one commits a grave evil with insufficient knowledge or consent, then there would be no excommunication. I'm not sure about that though.
Jul
29
comment According to Catholic doctrine, is every woman that has an abortion automatically going to hell?
This answer is mixed up about mortal sin, which is not the same thing as "grave matter" -- to say so is to make a category error. The paragraph about "full knowledge" confuses knowledge and consent and contradicts both the present Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Baltimore Catechism.
Jul
18
comment According to Catholic doctrine, is every woman that has an abortion automatically going to hell?
I would +1 the answer if it handled the issue of mortal sin a little more carefully. The Church does not teach that those who die with unconfessed mortal sin necessarily go to hell -- there are multiple extraordinary means of being forgiven for mortal sin -- and it is extremely important to distinguish between grave matter and mortal sin, which your answer kind of does and kind of doesn't. Some revision would be good.
Jul
18
comment According to Catholic doctrine, is every woman that has an abortion automatically going to hell?
This is really just a particular instance of the generic question "Does the Catholic Church teach that every person who commits insert grave evil here automatically goes to hell?" And of course the generic answer to that question is: No.
Jul
18
comment According to Catholic doctrine, is every woman that has an abortion automatically going to hell?
IANACL but the word ministerial in Canon 1331 suggests to me that the excommunicated are not forbidden from simply attending mass.
Dec
20
awarded  Yearling
Aug
28
comment If one's entry into the church is solemnized by baptism, then how does one leave the church?
"It is possible for a person to leave a local church and transfer membership to another church for any legitimate reason" -- and even this is an informal procedure (even though most parishes will have paperwork for both ends of it). My understanding is that parish registration has no canonical significance. It just determines who sends you donation envelopes!
Aug
26
comment What has been said about happy unbelievers?
Can you expand on the distinction between "soul" and "spirit"?
Aug
23
comment Doesn't Proverbs 2: 21-22 disprove “once saved, always saved”?
@fredsbend Interesting. Maybe this needs to go to chat -- but just to go back briefly to the concrete context here: When I hear "the land" in an Old Testament verse I find it nearly impossible to limit my thinking to the physical land of Israel. Obviously the physical Promised Land is the starting point, and any other sense has to be grounded in that literal sense, but stopping at the literal sense just doesn't fit in any way with my thinking about the Old Testament. I guess maybe I am wondering why one would want to stop there, or perhaps what more fundamental principles govern that choice?
Aug
22
comment Doesn't Proverbs 2: 21-22 disprove “once saved, always saved”?
@fredsbend Is your claim about Proverbs fairly standard? It doesn't sit right with me as a Catholic, and even a casual perusal of patristic commentary indicates that there is a long Christian tradition of reading Proverbs spiritually. I am just wondering if/when the opposite approach became standard.
Aug
22
comment Doesn't Proverbs 2: 21-22 disprove “once saved, always saved”?
Are you saying that "the land" is just not a type, or that it's not being used as a type in this verse?
Aug
22
revised Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
simple grammar fix
Aug
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
20
comment Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
@DanAndrews An old Catholic tradition does hold that Mary Magdalen and Mary of Bethany (the sister of Lazarus and Martha) are the same woman.
Aug
20
revised Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
"public" => "well-known"
Aug
20
revised Infant Baptism and Heaven
add link to Pope Pius XII's allocution to midwives