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A Leaven In The World . . . Like Love, Assent To Faith Is A Matter Of The Will

July 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Reaction to my column last week titled “Where Is There Room to Disagree With Jesus? In Hell!” included the following note from a Facebook follower. Kim wrote, “Perhaps the question posed to you was not worded correctly. How about this onea. . . . Is there a line where Catholic teachings are not something Catholics are mandated to vote to be incorporated into the government’s policies…? Catholics teach giving to the poor. But I don’t want government forcing me to give to the poor. Is there a similar difference on this topic? Now my mind goes to abortion and I say there is no line. It’s unequivocal . . . abortion is murder . .…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . Why Is The Gospel Message Unique Among Religions?

July 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 12 In this series of articles on apologetics, we have followed a logical sequence, moving from the simpler to the more complex. So, first we saw how it makes sense that truth is objective, and not subjective; that is, our minds do not create the truth, they learn it, discover it, and grasp it from the outside reality through the senses. From this perspective, we realize that God’s existence is not a belief that we may accept because someone revealed it to us, like the Eucharist, the Virgin Birth, or the Holy Trinity. No, God’s existence can be verified by logic and science, as we have seen in previous articles. But once we know that…Continue Reading

The Four Marks Of The Church — Catholicity

July 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 3 As we continued to examine the third mark of the Church last week, that she is catholic (or universal), we saw that all mankind is called to belong to the one true Church, the new People of God. Christ’s clear mandate to His apostles was to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). And indeed, as the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCCC) teaches, “All human beings in various ways belong to or are ordered to the Catholic unity of the people of God” (n. 168). Yet, as described by Pope Paul VI in Ecclesiam…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. In our parish it is a custom following the final blessing at Mass for the priest to lead the congregation in a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel and a Hail Mary. This past Sunday during that prayer, I was reminded of the tradition in the late 1940s and the 1950s to offer prayers for the conversion of Russia following the final blessing. I assume that tradition was Church-wide in the U.S. My question: Assuming that it was widely practiced, how was that tradition instituted, and believing in the power of prayer, wouldn’t it seem appropriate, given the many challenges facing our Church and nation today, to offer prayers for a “spiritual renewal” of the people of our great nation? How could that…Continue Reading

Put On The New Self

July 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Eph. 4:17, 20-24 John 6:24-35 In the second reading today St. Paul calls his Ephesian converts to a deeper conversion, emphatically stating: “I declare in the Lord.” He could not have used any language that would have been stronger to make his point. And what was the point? “You must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.” Such a way of thinking, he makes clear, is in opposition to Christ. Today we live in a society that has rejected the ways of Christ and has reverted to pagan ways. Tragically, many Catholics have followed in that way which is…Continue Reading

Does It Really Matter What The Supreme Court Says?

July 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. JOHN DE CELLES (Editor’s Note: Fr. John De Celles, pastor of St. Raymond of Penafort, Springfield, Va., preached the homily below for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 28, 2015, about the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision. Reprinted with permission; all rights reserved.) + + + Do you remember the classic scene from the movie Casablanca, when the police captain says: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here!” and then the dealer hands him a stack of chips saying: “…Your winnings, sir.” That’s kind of how I felt on Friday [June 26] when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision that there is a constitutional right to gay marriage. Of course,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Where Is There “Room To Disagree” With Jesus? In Hell!

July 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I’m on my way to Mexico this week with a group of women for a retreat at Guadalupe where our Lady many years ago wiped out human sacrifice and pagan worship through her apparition to St. Juan Diego. The coming of Christianity to places around the world like Mexico and even our own land through such great supernatural interventions as on Tepeyac hill and through the work of countless missionaries is being undone. Where fealty to Mary and her Son our Lord brought reverence and respect for human life and the family, today there is increasing rejection of basic moral teaching. As once family-friendly organizations like the Boy Scouts and institutions like our nation’s military…Continue Reading

Apologetics Course… Who Wrote The Gospels? Are They Complete?

July 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 11 The Catholic Church maintains that four men wrote the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. That is, the writers were Jews, and familiar with the colloquial Greek language of the time, the Koine or Hellenistic Greek, which was the lingua franca of the Roman Empire. Are the Gospel texts complete? Muslims and others have claimed that the Gospel texts are incomplete, or corrupted, or whatever else comes to their minds to say. Muslims even say that the original Gospels spoke of Mohammed, but those dreadful early Christians removed all mention of their prophet. The only problem is that they do not present one ounce of historical proof to give any weight at all to…Continue Reading

The Four Marks Of The Church — Catholicity

July 18, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 The third mark of the Church, her catholicity or universality, manifests itself in two distinct ways. As was illustrated last week, she is universal because Christ is present in her: She is the Mystical Body of Christ and He is her Head. As far back as the early second century, St. Ignatius of Antioch proclaimed, “Where there is Christ Jesus, there is the Catholic Church.” The wondrous effect of this enduring union, as summarized by the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is that “the Church proclaims the fullness and the totality of the faith; she bears and administers the fullness of the means of salvation” (n. 166). The Church teaches the same…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 17, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Regarding a recent reply about the Society of St. Pius X, the writer said that he could not find a Traditional Latin Mass in the Los Angeles area. After reading the reply, R.W.H. in Vermont e-mailed the following: “Would you charitably notify him to log on to www.ecclesiadei.org, click the second item (Directory of Latin Masses), and scroll down to California Los Angeles Diocese. There are 14 different entries, but carefully check the scheduled days and times.” Thank you for the information. Q. It aggravates me to hear people say that Jesus would not be against “gay marriage” if two people really love each other since He so often told us to love one another. What can I…Continue Reading