This is Catholicism, Episode 56: The Fifth Commandment (Part 2)

In this final episode of the season, Father Philip Eldracher and Alexander Arthur finish their discussion on the Fifth Commandment of God.

Father Philip Eldracher

Father Philip Eldracher

A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion by Father Joseph Deharbe, S.J. was originally written in German, was very popular in the 19th century, and was translated into English. Bishop Donald Sanborn finds the Deharbe Catechism to be the most complete to convert and instruct people in the Catholic Faith.

Father Eldracher is currently pastor of Mary Help of Christians chapel and provides the Traditional (Tridentine) Latin Mass to faithful Catholics throughout Australia.


You can show your appreciation by supporting the Australian Mission where Fr. Eldracher is based by helping out with this crowd funder (remember that your USD goes a lot further in Australian dollars!):  and


Part 2: On The Commandments (continued)
Chapter 2: On the Ten Commandments of God (continued) The Fifth Commandment of God.

Pages 198 – 200 The Fifth Commandment

8. What sin does he commit who deliberately makes away with himself?
9. How does the Church, therefore, punish suicide, or self-murder?
10. Are we never allowed to expose our life or our health to danger?
11. May we desire our own death?
12. When do we injure our neighbor as to the life of his soul?
13. Who render themselves guilty of this sin?
14. What should in particular deter us from giving scandal?
15. What must we do when we have injured our neighbor as to his body or soul?
16. What are we 'commanded' by the Fifth Commandment?

Episode Notes:

The text is available in the public domain for free online as a PDF. Used copies and reprint versions can still be found and purchased.

“A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion” by Father Joseph Deharbe S.J. on

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Original Air Date: October 2, 2021
Show Run Time: 33 minutes
Show Host: Alexander Arthur
Show Guest: Fr. Philip Eldracher

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