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Professor Josef Seifert… Amoris Laetitia’s “Immense Threat” To The Moral Teaching Of The Church

September 20, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Professor Josef Seifert… Amoris Laetitia’s “Immense Threat” To The Moral Teaching Of The Church

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: In light of Professor Josef Seifert’s recent essay examining some of the dangerous logical consequences of Amoris Laetitia — an essay for which he was dismissed from his teaching position by the archbishop of Granada — Dr. Maike Hickson of OnePeterFive.com reached out to the Austrian philosopher to ask him some additional questions about not just the post-synodal exhortation that has generated so much controversy, but the state of moral teaching and praxis in the Church in its wake. (This interview was first published by OnePeterFive.com on September 5 and it is reprinted here with their gracious permission. All rights reserved. (The Wanderer has published this interview in two parts, in place of our usual…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Can Division In Worship Bring Unity Of Faith?

September 18, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Can Division In Worship Bring Unity Of Faith?

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Pope Francis has given authority through a new motu proprio, Magnum Principium, issued this month, to local bishops’ conferences to approve translations of the liturgy from Latin into local languages. By doing so he hopes to accomplish a couple of things. First, as we know by now Pope Francis places full trust and confidence in Vatican II. When it comes to all matters Vatican II there are the documents of the council itself which can easily be read in the light of tradition. But there are also other documents issued by committees which took matters a step further and opened the way to what some call “the spirit of Vatican II.” This so-called “spirit” is…Continue Reading

God The Sanctifier Of Men… Other Christs

September 17, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God The Sanctifier Of Men… Other Christs

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In a previous article, I mentioned that sanctifying grace makes us brethren of Christ. It is, by the way, one more reason to have devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and Mother of us, our common Mother. The reason is quite simple to understand: Christ is the Head of the Church, and we are its members. A mother does not give birth only to the head of a child, but to the whole child, head and members. Since she is the Mother of the Head, and we are the members, she is our Mother, too. Yes, sanctifying grace makes us other Christs. It makes us brethren to Him and to…Continue Reading

The Effects And Fruits Of Anointing Of The Sick

September 16, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Effects And Fruits Of Anointing Of The Sick

By DON FIER The proper time for receiving the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick for a baptized Catholic “has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1528). However, as we saw last week, the sacrament is not exclusively for those who are facing the last moments of life on this Earth. Elderly people may be anointed when there is a notable weakening in their native powers (even though serious illness is not present and death does not appear to be imminent) as can a person who is facing serious surgery. Children who are dangerously ill may be anointed if they have…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 15, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Please clarify 1 John 5:16-17. Does this refer to mortal sin? What is meant by not praying for one in deadly sin? Isn’t deadly sin a top priority for prayer? — P.S., Indiana. A. The passage in question reads: “If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin, about which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.” While it is not completely clear what St. John meant by sin in the first instance, he…Continue Reading

Magnify The Lord!

September 14, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Magnify The Lord!

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 55:6-9 Phil. 1:20c-24, 27a Matt. 20:1-16a In the first reading today, God says that His thoughts are not our thoughts nor are His ways our ways. He adds that as the heavens are high above the Earth, so high are His ways above our ways. Certainly this is true, but we cannot just sit back and think that since our thoughts and our ways are infinitely beneath the Lord’s thoughts and ways that we should not even try to form ourselves to be like Him. God is infinite, so no matter how high we are able to reach, we will still be infinitely below Him. There are,…Continue Reading

Professor Josef Seifert… Amoris Laetitia’s “Immense Threat” To The Moral Teaching Of The Church

September 13, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Professor Josef Seifert… Amoris Laetitia’s “Immense Threat” To The Moral Teaching Of The Church

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: In light of Professor Josef Seifert’s recent essay examining some of the dangerous logical consequences of Amoris Laetitia — an essay for which he was dismissed from his teaching position by the archbishop of Granada — Dr. Maike Hickson of OnePeterFive.com reached out to the Austrian philosopher to ask him some additional questions about not just the post-synodal exhortation that has generated so much controversy, but the state of moral teaching and praxis in the Church in its wake. (This interview was first published by OnePeterFive.com on September 5 and it is reprinted here with their gracious permission. All rights reserved. (The Wanderer is publishing this interview in two parts, in place of our usual…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… A Quiet Storm Of Tradition Builds To Reshape The Church

September 11, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… A Quiet Storm Of Tradition Builds To Reshape The Church

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK On a recent national holiday in a seaside town packed with vacationers, I attended a daily Mass and took note of the clientele. The church was nearly full and could be said to thus constitute a fairly reliable test group. The majority of the people were retired men and women, in this case as elsewhere serving as the backbone of the parish. They undertake much of the volunteer work required to stay within budget and shoulder most of the financial burden of running a parish. They are marvelous disciples and certainly bring much richness to parish life with their wisdom, experience, and generosity. Members of the retired set are, however, as everywhere in need of…Continue Reading

God The Sanctifier Of Men… The Pearl Of Great Price

September 10, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God The Sanctifier Of Men… The Pearl Of Great Price

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 Holy Mother Church compares sanctifying grace to the “Pearl of Great Price,” which a merchant bought by selling everything he had. It is our ticket to Heaven to eternal happiness in the contemplation of the infinite Beauty of God in the Beatific Vision. For us to have an idea of the value of sanctifying grace, we can consider the price that was paid for it: the price was the Life-Blood of the Son of God. I recommend that we watch from time to time the movie The Passion of the Christ to renew in our minds the idea of the price paid by the Innocent One par excellence to atone for us miserable…Continue Reading

The Recipient, Minister, And Celebration Of Anointing Of The Sick

September 9, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Recipient, Minister, And Celebration Of Anointing Of The Sick

By DON FIER The biblical basis of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, as we saw last week, is implicitly found in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St. Mark when Jesus sends forth His apostles to preach the Good News and to cast out demons. As part of their mission they also “anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them” (Mark 6:13). The principal text for the sacrament, however, is found in the Letter of St. James: “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the…Continue Reading