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A Leaven In The World… Welcome To “Faith Without Reason”

October 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Welcome To “Faith Without Reason”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK If you’re scratching your head about what’s been going on in the Church these days, you’re not alone. And there’s physical evidence to prove it. As you may know by now a Filial Correction, a document initially signed by about 60 Catholics, including Bishop Fellay, has been made public. It was first presented to Pope Francis a month previously. In it the signers make clear their concerns on behalf of confused Catholics following from the publication of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The signers use quotes from the document and examples of the Pope’s words, actions, and omissions to support their charge that the Pope is responsible for the propagation of error. They list…Continue Reading

The Sacred Liturgy . . . The Sacrifice Of The Mass And The Last Supper

October 1, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacred Liturgy . . . The Sacrifice Of The Mass And The Last Supper

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 Many years ago, someone told me a joke I never forgot: “Do you know what the difference is between a terrorist and a liturgist?” The answer: “You can negotiate with the terrorist.” Putting aside the evident exaggeration, it is also true that since Vatican II there have been liturgists that impose their unique — not to say weird — understandings of the liturgy on the people, in parishes, and in diocesan councils. In the name of the “liturgical reforms” inspired by the so-called Spirit of Vatican II — whatever that may mean — new liturgical “experiences” have emerged, drawing the faithful further and further away from the authentic Catholic liturgy of old, which…Continue Reading

Scriptural Basis Of The Sacrament Of Holy Orders

September 30, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Scriptural Basis Of The Sacrament Of Holy Orders

By DON FIER We saw last week that two of the seven sacraments that Jesus Christ instituted during His visible stay on Earth, Holy Orders and Matrimony, “contribute in a special way to ecclesial communion and the salvation of others” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 321). “Their divinely instituted purpose is mainly apostolic, to reach out to other people,” explains Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ. “Those who are ordained are to nourish the Church with the Word and grace of God. Those who are married are to cooperate as husband and wife in the spiritual propagation of the human race” (The Faith, p. 131). We also saw last week that at the dawn of Christianity, the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 29, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. What percentage of children who have received the Precious Blood after First Communion and beyond become alcoholics? — M.A.W., Illinois. A. We know of no study that has pursued that line of inquiry. Based on 25 years as the director of religious education in a parish, we have observed many children receiving Holy Communion, with perhaps half of them receiving the Precious Blood. Furthermore, those who do drink from the chalice consume such a small amount of the consecrated Wine that we can’t imagine it leading them in the direction of alcoholism. That would have to be the result of heavy drinking of alcohol later in their lives. Q. Does God allow evil? — G.Z., New York. A. The…Continue Reading

Bearing Fruit For The Lord’s Vineyard

September 28, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bearing Fruit For The Lord’s Vineyard

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7 Phil. 4:6-9 Matt. 21:33-43 In the first reading today we hear the song Isaiah sings about his friend who had a vineyard. The friend did everything right and put only the finest grapes in his vineyard. However, when he went to harvest the grapes, the vineyard produced wild grapes instead of the choice grapes he was seeking. Isaiah goes on to say that his friend decided to make the vineyard a ruin: to take away the protective hedge and wall, allow the vineyard to be trampled, allow the weeds to grow and the animals to graze. The friend, Isaiah reveals, is God and the vineyard is…Continue Reading

2017 Pro-Life Prayer Service… Keeping Vigil With The Unborn

September 27, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on 2017 Pro-Life Prayer Service… Keeping Vigil With The Unborn

By FR. THOMAS SULLIVAN (Editor’s Note: Fr. Thomas Sullivan was ordained in 2016 and his first assignment was to St. Catherine of Siena in Norwood, Mass. He is already known there for giving great homilies, for concluding each Mass with the prayers said at the end of Mass before Vatican II, and for being available to hear Confessions after each Mass he celebrates. (He spoke at a National Day of Remembrance vigil on September 9 at the Monument to the Unborn in front of the K of C Hall in Norwood. The service included Scripture readings, the rosary, prayers of petition, singing, and Fr. Sullivan’s talk. (That talk is reprinted below with the kind permission of Fr. Sullivan.) + +…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World … Vacuum Of Episcopal Leadership Enables Heresy Of Fr. Martin

September 25, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World … Vacuum Of Episcopal Leadership Enables Heresy Of Fr. Martin

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Massimo Faggioli, a very “hip” young theologian and historian at Villanova University, has flown to the defense of his fellow social justice warrior Fr. James Martin, SJ, after he was unceremoniously dumped recently from several speaking engagements. He weaponizes language in his recent screed published by La Croix newspaper, claiming that obviously dangerous “cyber militias” are behind what he believes are the wrong-headed demands flooding social media and the flood of phone calls swamping receptionists calling for these cancellations. Faggioli claims that what he calls “attacks” are merely personal in nature: “Many people were shocked when the Theological College in Washington D.C., the national seminary of the Catholic University of America, recently canceled a lecture…Continue Reading

God The Sanctifier Of Men… Get To Know The Holy Spirit

September 24, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God The Sanctifier Of Men… Get To Know The Holy Spirit

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 In this article, we consider the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Every day at Mass — or at least every Sunday — we say, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” But, I ask, how many of us have taken time to really know the Holy Spirit? Some theologians call Him, “The Great Unknown One.” And He gives us His Gifts, which sanctify us and prepare us for our eternal destiny, Heaven. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are virtues that enable us to act like Jesus. Remember the question, WWJD? “What would Jesus do?” It is not a matter of guesswork, trying to imagine Jesus standing next to us, holding His chin and…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Holy Orders

September 23, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Holy Orders

By DON FIER Several months ago when we began our consideration of the seven sacraments, it was noted that they can be subdivided into various categories (see volume 148, n. 32; August 13, 2015). The authors of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) chose to present them according to a threefold classification: sacraments of Christian initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist), sacraments of healing (Penance and Anointing of the Sick), and sacraments of vocation or service (Holy Orders and Matrimony). Having now covered the first five sacraments, it can be seen they share a common characteristic: Each of the five has as its primary effect the sanctification of the individual person. The sacraments of Christian initiation “lay the foundations…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 22, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. At Our Lady’s July 1917 appearance at Fatima, she stated that a war greater than World War I would break out during the pontificate of Pope Pius XI. Ambrogio Ratti chose the name Pius XI when he became Pope in 1922. No doubt Our Lady knew he would be known as Pius XI, but why didn’t she say “the next Pope” instead of, it would seem, picking a name for him? Was Ratti free to choose his own papal name or was he somehow bound to be known as Pius XI? — J.F.H., Illinois. A. We would think that Cardinal Ratti was certainly free to choose the name Pius XI, and Our Lady of Fatima knew what name he…Continue Reading