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on April 10, 2010
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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