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Virtue In General

September 8, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Virtue In General

By DON FIER “The aim of our charge,” proclaims St. Paul, “is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith” (1 Tim. 1:5). But as we saw last week, even with a well-formed conscience, one must be vigilant to guard against making judgments in difficult or perplexing situations that depart from the natural law that is written upon our hearts or from God’s divine law. Basic and sure norms that must be followed in every case are listed by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): Evil may never be done to produce a good result; follow the Golden Rule, “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them” (Matt.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 7, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Regarding Cardinal McCarrick, who has been ordered by Pope Francis to conduct “a life of prayer and penance” before a Church trial is held, does anyone know exactly what that penance would be? Could McCarrick go to his confessor and seek absolution, like any other practicing Catholic? — J.G., Arizona. A. Yes, Cardinal McCarrick could go to his confessor and seek absolution, like any other Catholic, but we don’t know what an appropriate penance would be. We would hope that it would be something commensurate to the great harm he did to those he sexually abused and to the Church he betrayed not only with his immoral sexual predation, but also by running interference for pro-abortion Catholic politicians. His…Continue Reading

The Cleansing Of The Church: Coming Soon?

September 5, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Cleansing Of The Church: Coming Soon?

By GEORGE A. KENDALL I have a strong premonition that a major historical crisis for the Church is now very near, one perhaps very comparable to the Protestant revolt and the corruption in the Renaissance Church that preceded it. Or perhaps even worse. Let me outline my thinking on this. In the 1990s, Catholics were horrified to learn that we were suffering an epidemic of unworthy priests who sexually abused children and young adults (sometimes very young adults — adolescents, usually males). I must add that some of us had known about this for some time — for instance, the staff, the contributors, and the readers of The Wanderer, but we were dismissed as paranoid. At that time, the hierarchy…Continue Reading

Keep Your Focus On The Lord

September 4, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Keep Your Focus On The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7a James 2:1-5 Mark 7:31-37 There is an ancient Chinese curse that has often been repeated: May you live to see interesting times. Well, it appears this curse has befallen us. However, as Christian people, we know that all things work together for good for those who believe and we also know that God brings good out of evil. The present situation in the Church is horrible and distressing to many people, as one would expect. However, we need to look beyond the filth, the lies, the cover-ups, the malice, and so on and keep our focus on the Lord. As things unravel, we are going to…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Why I Accuse The Pope

September 3, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Why I Accuse The Pope

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK For many years now, it has become quite common for priests to be treated as if they have do not have a conscience. They have been led to corrupt the sacraments without their consent and now it is being directed from the top. Some years ago I was stationed by the Navy in Florida. A woman came to the chapel with a child to ask about Baptism for an infant. Her visit led to one of the greatest crises of my naval career, perhaps of my priesthood. You know the tale: Adult wants Baptism for a child, adult hasn’t been attending Mass, adult is in mortal sin and scandalizing the child or children as well…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Confession… Confession In The New Testament

September 2, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Confession… Confession In The New Testament

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 Bearing in mind that sin is the leprosy of the soul, the role of the priest in the Old Testament in cleansing the people from leprosy is of particular interest. In the Book of Leviticus, the entire chapter 13 is dedicated to the priests’ declaration of cleanliness or uncleanliness of a man who appeared to be a leper. “And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: The man in whose skin or flesh shalt arise a different color or a blister, or as it were something shining, that is, the stroke of the leprosy, shall be brought to Aaron the priest, or any one of his sons. And . . .upon his…Continue Reading

Choosing In Accord With Conscience

September 1, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Choosing In Accord With Conscience

By DON FIER “Follow your conscience,” as we saw last week, is a sound moral precept; however, it must be understood in its proper context. For one’s conscience to function properly, it must be formed in accordance with God’s universal absolute truth, in harmony with the natural law that is written on the human heart. As specified by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, correct formation of conscience demands educating it “in keeping with the true good as willed by the wisdom of the Creator, should begin from the earliest years of infancy, and is a lifelong task” (The Faith, p. 159). In the Declaration on Religious Freedom, the Vatican II fathers were absolutely clear in their avowal of the indispensable…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 31, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. We Catholics are well aware of the Pauline Privilege and its source. What is the source of the Petrine Privilege? — J.S., Missouri. A. For those Catholics who are not aware of the Pauline Privilege, which is based on St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (7:12-15), it means that a marriage entered into by two unbaptized persons can be dissolved in favor of the faith of the party who has received Baptism and has married again. This is on the condition that the non-baptized party departs the marriage either by divorce, desertion, or by making life unbearable for the convert, and also that the baptized party did not give the other party just cause for departure, say, by…Continue Reading

To Answer The Scandals: We Will Serve The Lord

August 29, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on To Answer The Scandals: We Will Serve The Lord

By MOST REV. ROBERT C. MORLINO (Editor’s Note: Below is the full text of a letter Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, issued August 18. The letter is it appears here first appeared at LifeSiteNews, which characterized it as “the most powerful letter to date from a U.S bishop in the wake of the most recent sex abuse scandals.”) + + + Dear brothers and sisters in Christ of the Diocese of Madison, The past weeks have brought a great deal of scandal, justified anger, and a call for answers and action by many faithful Catholics here in the U.S. and overseas, directed at the Church hierarchy regarding sexual sins by bishops, priests, and even cardinals. Still more anger is…Continue Reading

Whom Will We Serve?

August 28, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Whom Will We Serve?

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Deut: 4:1-2, 6-8 James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Last week we were presented with the challenge Joshua placed before the people of Israel 3,500 years ago: Choose today whom you will serve. Each of us has a free will to make the choice of whom we will serve. I think it is important to recognize that there is not an option to serve no one. Each of us has to serve someone. When the people of Israel told Joshua they would serve the Lord, Joshua emphasized that serving the Lord was not easy. It was certainly not a matter of lip service and merely believing…Continue Reading