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The Sacramental Seal Of Confession

July 22, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacramental Seal Of Confession

By DON FIER Only bishops and priests, as we saw last week, are valid ministers of the Sacrament of Penance. Just as Christ works through His ordained ministers in the Eucharist to transform bread and wine into His Body and Blood, so too He works through bishops and priests to forgive the sins of repentant sinners. The Vicar of Christ (as visible head of the universal Church) and bishops (as visible heads of particular Churches) are the principal “moderators of penitential discipline” (Lumen Gentium, n. 26 § 3), whereas a priest must be delegated with the necessary faculties by his bishop (or religious superior) or by the Pope. Moreover, priests “who possess the faculty of hearing confessions habitually . .…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 21, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I never hear our priest talk about the Apostolic Pardon. Please explain this blessing to me and why I don’t hear much about it. — M.G., Alabama. A. Once the Sacrament of Penance has been given to a dying person, says the document Pastoral Care of the Sick (n. 201), “the priest may give the Apostolic Pardon for the dying, using one of the following: “ ‘Through the holy mysteries of our redemption, may almighty God release you from all punishments in this life and in the life to come. May He open to you the gates of paradise and welcome you to everlasting joy. Amen. “‘By the authority which the Apostolic See has given me, I grant you…Continue Reading

The Pearl Of Great Price

July 20, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Pearl Of Great Price

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Romans 8:28-30 Matt. 13:44-52 In the Gospel reading today, our Lord tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is like something that is hidden: a treasure buried in a field, a merchant searching for a pearl, or an item pulled ashore in a net. In each of these examples there is something hidden that, when found, requires a choice on the part of the one who finds it. One could say, for instance, that each of us is a pearl of great price which our Lord has found. He could have marveled at the beauty and value of the pearl, but decided that the…Continue Reading

Maiorem Hac Dilectionem . . . A New Way Toward Beatification

July 19, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Maiorem Hac Dilectionem . . . A New Way Toward Beatification

(Editor’s Note: Below we publish the full text of the Holy Father’s motu proprio on a new way toward beatification, titled, Maiorem hac dilectionem. It takes its title from the words of our Lord as recorded in the Gospel According to St. John, “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The translation of the motu proprio is by ZENIT News Agency. (But just below, before the text of the motu proprio, we reprint Fr. John T. Zuhlsdorf’s commentary on it, which first appeared July 11 on his wdtprs.com. (All rights reserved.) + + + The Pope issued a Motu Proprio Apostolic Letter today by which he established a…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Charlie Gard Case A Warning For Faith

July 17, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Charlie Gard Case A Warning For Faith

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The world has become embroiled in the story of Charlie Gard, the British infant caught in the web of the National Health System, the bureaucrats of which have decided that he must be denied any further help and “allowed to die.” Any further efforts of doctors to aid him are seen as the cause of his suffering and so, in the bureaucrats’ view, all treatments are to be terminated. His parents are desperate to help him in any way that they can, as parents should. The unique love that only they can offer as they advocate ceaselessly for him is inspirational. Many have come forward all over the world to sign petitions of support and…Continue Reading

The Church Of Jesus Christ… Christ Founded The Catholic Church

July 16, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Church Of Jesus Christ… Christ Founded The Catholic Church

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 Suppose that you meet a man from a country where Christianity is little known. He had heard about Jesus Christ, but in a rather vague manner. He was also told that Jesus founded a church, and that church was the one he should join if he wanted to be saved. Very well. But the problem is that he had met people from various different self-assigned Christian churches before, each one holding a creed of its own, different from the one on the left-hand side of the street, and even contradictory to the other church on the right-hand side of the street. How will this poor man decide which church is the true one,…Continue Reading

The Minister Of The Sacrament Of Penance

July 15, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Minister Of The Sacrament Of Penance

By DON FIER As has been emphasized in recent weeks, three essential acts are required of the penitent for worthy reception of the Sacrament of Penance: contrition, confession, and satisfaction. To be genuine, contrition must be accompanied by a firm purpose of amendment; likewise, an entire, sincere confession presupposes a thorough examination of conscience. The component that was examined last week, satisfaction, consists in the performance of penitential works imposed by the confessor which helps to satisfy for the temporal punishment due to sin. Penance also serves as a remedy against relapse and as a means of amendment of life. Provided the penitent fully intends to perform his penance prior to receiving absolution, his Confession remains good even if he…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 14, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: At a time when it’s easy to get discouraged about developments in the Church and in the world, Fr. George Rutler reminds us that “to discourage is to lose heart. It is a trick of the Anti-Christ and the very opposite of Christ, who encourages: ‘Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day’ (2 Cor. 4:16).” Reflecting on the parable of the unjust judge (cf. Luke 18:1-8), Fr. Rutler, pastor of the Church of St. Michael in New York City, compared the widow whose persistence compelled the judge to hear her case with the “Ladies in White, who are wives and mothers of political prisoners…Continue Reading

The Spirit Helps Us In Our Weakness

July 13, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Spirit Helps Us In Our Weakness

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Romans 8:26-27 Matt. 13:24-43 In the first reading today the Wise Man finds himself in awe of God, not so much because of His almighty power, but because of His clemency and leniency. It is precisely because God is all powerful and all knowing that He is also lenient. In other words, He knows perfectly the weaknesses His human creatures struggle with in their attempts to do what is right and just. He knows our limitations while He has none. One could look at those unfortunate souls on Earth who exercise their own strength or position to pick on the weak, the elderly, the handicapped…Continue Reading

To Honor Joachim Cardinal Meisner, RIP… Revisiting An Apostolic Letter And A WYD Homily

July 12, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on To Honor Joachim Cardinal Meisner, RIP… Revisiting An Apostolic Letter And A WYD Homily

(Editor’s Note: Below are two documents, one a 2008 apostolic letter from Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal Meisner on the seventh centenary of the death of Blessed John Duns Scotus, and the other Cardinal Meisner’s homily for the 2005 World Youth Day in Cologne, his archdiocese. (Benedict’s apostolic letter is found on the Catholic News Agency website and Cardinal Meisner’s homily is found at www.vatican.va. All rights reserved.) + + + To Joachim Cardinal Meisner On The Occasion Of The Death Of Blessed John Duns Scotus By POPE BENEDICT XVI (Apostolic letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI to Our Venerable Brother Joachim Cardinal Meisner of the Holy Roman Church, archbishop of Cologne, and to all those in any part of…Continue Reading