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Catholic dogma, especially as related to Scripture. I have a doctorate in biblical theology [University of St. Thomas, Rome]. I do not answer questions concerning personal moral situations -- ones dealing with right and wrong [sin].

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I have taught Catholic thought in grade and high schools, and in college and universities.


Catholic Biblical Association


Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Bible Today.


Graduate degrees in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, in scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas; all in Rome

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2017-03-19 Commion Ritual:

Oral traditions preceded written ones.    Probably, the earliest record of an oral tradition is 1 Cor 15:3-7., most likely formulated by 40 AD.  The Mass is a re-presentation of the sacrifice of on the

2017-03-14 Telling the future seems impossible:

Thanks, Charles, for your patience with my vacation.  I am familiar with the Latin phrase.  However, a decision has to be made on the particular event/situation. Also, there are associated issues with

2017-02-28 medjugorje:

I just read recently that the Holy Father has appointed someone to reach a decision about Medjugorje apparitions.  Previous research has been done but not formally evaluated  Personally, Al:       I am

2017-02-25 Non catholics:

Edwin, nice to hear from Singapore.  Yes, OK, to all your specific questions.  You would not be doing anything wrong for a person who is doing them in sincerity and devotion.  In fact these "sacramentals"

2017-02-23 The historical Jesus:

That is a good start.    However, the date of a written gospel does not mean that some of its contents [oral and written traditions]do not come from earlier times and may go back to the earliest years


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