The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.
Masturbation: Mortal Sin?
CIN - Ask Father Mateo, Masturbation
Question: I am having a disagreement with a friend. She says masturbation is a mortal sin. I say it is not. Who is right?
Straight Talk About The Catholic Teaching on Masturbation
Dear Grace: What is the Catholic Church's teaching on masturbation? Is it viewed as a mortal sin or as a venial sin? Could it prevent us from getting into heaven?
Recommended books. Same-sex marriage. The reference to the Magistgerium's " constant tradition " of opposition to masturbation appears to conflict with Giovanni Cappelli's findings that the first mention of masturbation in Church documents dated to the sixth century CE about a half-millenium after Jesus' ministry.