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A Leaven In The World… Liturgy In The Land Of Saints And Scholars

December 3, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Liturgy In The Land Of Saints And Scholars

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I chose this year to make my annual canonical retreat, required of all priests, in Ireland: in the month of November. If you know anything about Ireland, it’s most likely the fact that the weather is characterized by prodigious rainfall, especially in the cold months. Eire is called the “Emerald Isle” for a reason. My first trip to Ireland, as a recently ordained a priest in 1993, was for the purpose of exploring my roots. That was in January. The Cusick/Cusack clan hales from County Meath in Ireland where I am writing this. More important for me at that time, however, was a pilgrimage to the sight of the monastic city founded by St. Kevin in the sixth century. On…Continue Reading

The Authority Of Bishops… Can A Catholic Resist A Wrong Teaching Of His Bishop?

December 2, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Authority Of Bishops… Can A Catholic Resist A Wrong Teaching Of His Bishop?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 In this article, I specifically address Catholic priests who have the duty to work for the salvation of their parishioners. Suppose that your bishop gives permission to give Communion to people living in adultery, in the context of the ambiguities brought about by Amoris Laetitia. You know that this is forbidden by nearly 2,000 years of consistent Church teaching, from chapter 11 of St. Paul to the Corinthians II, to Familiaris Consortio of John Paul II and Sacramentum Caritatis of Benedict XVI, and even canon 195 of the Code of Canon Law. Therefore, your well-informed conscience tells you not to give Communion to people living in adultery. Question: Are you obliged to go…Continue Reading

The Theological Virtues In General

December 1, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Theological Virtues In General

By DON FIER Upon closing its section on the cardinal or “hinge” virtues, we saw in last week’s installment that the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) promptly highlighted the indispensable role that grace plays in the fruitful practice of the human virtues. As summarized by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, the primary purpose of God’s grace in their regard is: to elevate the human virtues from the natural to the supernatural plane; to forge them in a way that enables a certain facility or ease in their practice; to enable perseverance in the practice of the virtues; and to prompt us to pray, receive the sacraments, and respond to God’s call for ongoing conversion through an ever greater practice…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 30, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In view of the recent sexual scandals in the Church, the Diocese of Sacramento has hired the consulting firm of Kathleen McChesney to examine all records of sexual abuse within the diocese and publish a list of the clergy credibly accused of abusing children and young people. Does that consulting firm have credibility, and is this the proper approach in dealing with the situation? — J.D.H., California. A. Kathleen McChesney is a former FBI agent and executive who served as director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection following the U.S. bishops’ adoption in 2002 of their Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. She developed a national protocol to ensure that all Catholic dioceses…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland… Explains Why He Prayed With Catholics Rallying Outside USCCB Meeting

November 28, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland… Explains Why He Prayed With Catholics Rallying Outside USCCB Meeting

By LISA BOURNE (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews gave The Wanderer reprint permission for Lisa Bourne’s interview with Bishop Joseph Strickland. All rights reserved.) + + + BALTIMORE (LifeSiteNews) — Why did one prelate among some 200-plus bishops at the recent U.S. bishops’ meeting venture across the Baltimore Inner Harbor walking bridge to where hundreds of Catholics were rallying, upset over the Church’s sex abuse scandal? “Well, very simply, because some of my flock asked me to,” Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview. Members of his east Texas diocese had told Bishop Strickland that these people would be there praying at the November 13 Silence Stops Now rally and needed to hear from their bishops. Catholics…Continue Reading

The Righteous Shoot

November 27, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Righteous Shoot

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Advent (YR C) Readings: Jer. 33:14-16 1 Thess. 3:12-4:2 Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 In the readings today, we look back to the promise of the coming of the Messiah, we learn a lesson about how to conduct our lives in the present, and we look forward to the Second Coming of our Lord at the end of the world. While this does not seem to make much sense, it is actually very practical: We learn from the First Coming of our Lord, so we are prepared for His Second Coming. This means we live in the present according to what our Lord taught us while He was in the world and what He teaches…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Bishops: Ban Jesuit Fr. James Martin Now

November 26, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Bishops: Ban Jesuit Fr. James Martin Now

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK N.B.: I do not posit a formal moral cooperation on the part of the bishops but say, rather, that by their silence bishops leave their flocks confused and possibly construing agreement/support of Martin who reaches into every diocese and interferes in each bishop’s proper jurisdiction through media/publishing. This is why I believe a ban is necessary.” The bishops in Baltimore were stymied in their attempt to pass meaningful and effective measures to impose their own sexual morality guidelines on themselves. The Holy Father shot down their planned votes on two measures to police themselves by asking them not to act. Stephen P. White in The Catholic Thing makes the point that the Pope, in effect,…Continue Reading

The Authority Of Bishops… Can A Catholic Resist A Wrong Teaching Of His Bishop?

November 25, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Authority Of Bishops… Can A Catholic Resist A Wrong Teaching Of His Bishop?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 It has certainly caused much confusion in the consciences of a great many faithful Catholics to learn that bishops in countries such as Malta, Belgium, Germany and Argentina are giving Holy Communion to couples who live in an adulterous relationship. And the confusion is naturally attributed to the ambiguous teaching of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Every Catholic knows that adultery is a mortal sin, and if a person dies in that state he can hardly expect to be saved. The Commandment is clear: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Period. Those that do, like David and the woman in the Gospel, were called to repent and to “sin no more.” But today…Continue Reading

The Virtues And Grace

November 24, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Virtues And Grace

By DON FIER “Given the finite condition of man and his checkered history,” observes Dr. Donald De Marco, “one might think that humility, a human virtue of such evident appropriateness, would be easy to appropriate. It should be the first lesson we learn from self-reflection!” (The Heart of Virtue [THV], p. 116). Yet, is it not rather the correlative vice – pride — that is on display in far too many of us? As an anonymous pundit once remarked: “Many would be scantily clad if clothed in their humility” (ibid.). Indeed, given our fallen human nature and the culture of secularism and individualism in which we live, it is not surprising that many see in themselves talents, abilities, and a…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 23, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In Gen. 3:14, God curses the serpent (Satan) for the Fall started by Eve eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. In Gen. 3:15, in the Douay-Rheims version, it is stated, “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” The woman in 3:15 is said to be the Blessed Virgin, who will finally finish Satan. Yet in the New American Bible translation, Gen. 3:15 reads: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” The NAB leaves Mary out as…Continue Reading