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1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous work by 'self taught , self described theologian'--RUN, April 10, 2010
This review is from: The Catechism of Catholic Ethics: A work of Roman Catholic moral theology (Paperback)
The writer has many books on Amazon that are self-published. He has a bachelors degree in Philosophy & Theology and self-taught himself beyond that. Like many self taught men he presents many errors in his book that more educated peers, actual theologians that continue on to Masters and PHD degrees, are cautioned, forewarned and eductated not to fall into. Anyone claiming to be a theologian should be approaching a PHD degree in theology or be recognized by theologian peers as such.

To be more precise, Ronald Conte is not a theologian of any merit except to state that he describes himself as such. None of his books are peer reviewed, nor presented for review to anyone with credentials. His works dont bear imprimaturs, nor a foreward page recommending it by qualified people, nor a thank you page for people who helped proofread, edit or correct for errors. As if lacking all these things were not enough, his books also lack backing by a good and faithful Catholic publishing house. Once again, this is a self-published author without any collegial review or oversight.

Specifically, Mr. Conte has self-published "The Catechism of Catholic Ethics: A work of Roman Catholic moral theology" without an nihil obstat or imprimatur which is in violation of Canons 827 Sec 1, 775 Sec 2. Canon Law is binding on all Catholics, but obviously not if your Mr. Conte.
*** Can. 827 §1 Without prejudice to the provisions of can. 775 §2, the publication of catechisms and other writings pertaining to catechetical formation, as well as their translations, requires the approval of the local Ordinary. (Code of Canon Law)

Ronald Contes teachings,writings and books have been rightfully criticized across the internet for teaching what the Catholic Church does not teach or state. Mr. Conte's works frequently contain teachings that are represented as 'Church Teaching' when in fact they are not. More to the point, this work is a dangerous mix of Catholic church teaching and self-styled Catholicism. The problem for most is discerning the difference between the two--very difficult. BEWARE!

A more recommended book in this vein would be:
Introduction to Moral Theology (Catholic Moral Thought)
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Initial post: Jul 28, 2010 5:15:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2010 5:22:06 PM PDT
C, says:
Following John Paul II's CALL TO THE LAITY for a new evangelization in an era where bishops oppose other bishops, Mr. Conte provides food for thought despite the lack of imprimatur. Mr. Conte is in fact a scholar. He is a Bible translator who authored the Catholic Public Domain Version and offers it for free download. He is neither liberal nor conservative, but some of each. However, I would give it only three stars because of the truth stated within the pages that this book is not for everyone.

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Posted on Sep 10, 2010 7:23:43 AM PDT
Can you tell me examples of what are his errors and what are his teachings that the Catholic Chuch does not teach?

Thanks!

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 6:35:25 AM PST
Thank you Oh! so very much, I have just began to study moral theology after a lifetime of ignorance (no catechism growing up) and so many dark roads, I am so hungry in the formation of a correct conscience and my conversion, that I began to really look at his work, (getting drawn in) and they way you explained your critique since i am very magisteirum oriented made me realize I do not want to go no where near his writings. You have made me aware, since I always look for imprimaturs, stay with this you can never go wrong. Thank you again and God Bless. Mark

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 5:42:36 AM PST
Yes he claims to know when Jesus is coming back, even though Jesus Himself does not know.

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