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July 6, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Since this column is dated the day after we celebrate the birthday of our nation, and it comes at a time when mention of God and freedom of religion is under attack in our country, it might be worth recalling how important God was to the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, who put their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor on the line 242 years ago. On no less than four occasions in that brief document did our Founders mention the role of God in their bold proclamation. In the first paragraph of the Declaration, the signers said that they were acting “to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station…Continue Reading

In Times Of Harsh Political Discourse… What Do The Scriptures Say?

July 4, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on In Times Of Harsh Political Discourse… What Do The Scriptures Say?

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: We reprint this essay by Msgr. Charles Pope from his blog of June 26 and we thank him for his kind permission. Msgr. Pope is past of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian in Washington, D.C.) + + + We are in times of strident political protest that includes a lot of harsh language, personal attacks, name calling, and even debased and profane terms. There are tweets, and angry monologues, harsh commentary on news networks, and interruptive press conferences and news interviews that sound more like a brawl than a debate. To put it all more pleasantly, these are times of “colorful” discourse. What is the overall teaching of Scripture when it comes to this sort of…Continue Reading

Be Like The Prophets Of Old

July 3, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Be Like The Prophets Of Old

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Ezek. 2:2-5 2 Cor. 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6 One of the pieces of advice told to people that I hear over and over again is “God does not want you to suffer.” I suppose this can go along with the “Gospel of Health and Wealth,” which maintains that as long as you believe in Jesus you will be wealthy and have no suffering. In fact, these people tend to look at suffering as a punishment; you must have done something pretty bad to offend God and now He is allowing this suffering in your life. If this were the truth, one would think the apostles would have been preaching…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Gates Of Hell “Shall Not Prevail”

July 2, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Gates Of Hell “Shall Not Prevail”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The gates of Hell are real and we have met them. The news came around the ides of June like a stab to the heart, like a bomb blast in the Church. The revelation was that Theodore Cardinal McCarrick had been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of a minor nearly fifty years ago when he was a priest in New York. Stunned Catholics who love the Church are sorely tried. With that also came the news of three cases of McCarrick’s relations with adults that had already been documented, two of them settled by payments to the complainants. Everyone in an equation of moral wrongdoing is in need of help. The perpetrator needs justice, the…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Examination Of Conscience

July 1, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Examination Of Conscience

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 35 One thing is certain: A good Confession requires humility and courage. I knew a priest in Latin America who had a message for males when they went to Confession and hesitated about telling him everything. The priest would say to the penitent: “If you were man enough to sin, be a real man now and confess it!” There is nothing to be gained by confessing with euphemisms or roundabout expressions. We must tell it as it is, or tell them as they are, in plain language. Fact is, there is nothing new under the sun, the sins we have committed other people have committed before us, and will commit after we die. Moreover,…Continue Reading

Freedom And Responsibility

June 30, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Freedom And Responsibility

By DON FIER Early on in our consideration of the moral life, an entire column was devoted to the dignity of the human person, a reality “rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1700). We saw that our dignity as rational beings is so great that the Vatican II Fathers unhesitatingly declared that man is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake” (Gaudium et Spes [GS], n. 24 § 3). As expressed in post-apostolic times by the second-century Church Father, bishop, and martyr St. Irenaeus of Lyons: “Man is rational and therefore like God; he is created with free will and is master…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 29, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In many local parishes, it is common to see people in the pews raising their hands or holding hands during the Our Father. In one parish, the congregation stands as the gifts are brought forward. Are these postures allowed, and where can I find what the proper postures are for each part of the Mass? — J.M., New York. A. You can find the proper postures during the Mass in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, which spells out the manner in which Mass is to be celebrated, both for the priests and those assisting him at Mass and for the congregation. For example, paragraphs 42-44 deal with “Gestures and Bodily Posture,” and paragraphs 274 and 275 refer…Continue Reading

Noted Theologian Says… Contraception Has Caused Damaging “Mutation” In Our Social Relations

June 27, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Noted Theologian Says… Contraception Has Caused Damaging “Mutation” In Our Social Relations

By DIANE MONTAGNA ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Failure to heed Blessed Paul VI’s “prophetic” teaching against contraception in Humanae Vitae has caused a damaging “mutation” in social relations, a prominent theologian argued recently. Speaking on Saturday, June 9, at a conference on Humanae Vitae held in the northern Italian city of Brescia, Italian moral theologian Msgr. Livio Melina delivered a talk on “The meaning of Humanae Vitae for social relations and the common good.” The conference, marking the fiftieth anniversary of Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, was themed “Humanae Vitae: The Truth That Shines.” Its keynote speaker was Willem Jacobus Cardinal Eijk, archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands, who recently made the news for his forceful response in defense of orthodoxy following the German…Continue Reading

Partakers Of God’s Life

June 26, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Partakers Of God’s Life

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24 2 Cor. 8:7, 9, 13-15 Mark 5:21-43 In the first reading today we hear from the Book of Wisdom that God formed us to be imperishable in the image of His own nature. However, Wisdom goes on to say, death came into the world through the envy of the Devil. Being made in the image of God’s own nature tells us several things: We are persons, not objects; we have a mind and a free will; we have not only natural life, but we were created immortal. We need to make a clear distinction between immortality and the death that came into the world through…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Protect Childhood, The Border Of Life

June 25, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Protect Childhood, The Border Of Life

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “ ‘Refugee children belong to their parents, not to the government or other institution. To steal children from their parents is a grave sin, immoral (and) evil,’ said San Antonio’s Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller June 14 via Twitter, the social media platform he has used to daily call attention to the situation. ‘Their lives have already been extremely difficult. Why do we (the U.S.) torture them even more, treating them as criminals?’ he continued” (CNS). To “steal” means to intentionally act to permanently separate another from his property. Surely the good archbishop does not intend to accuse others of such a sin? Such emotional hyperbole has been typical of the debate surrounding the well-being of the…Continue Reading