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Cardinal Ratzinger’s 2004 Letter… Forbids Catholics To Vote For Hillary Clinton Under Pain Of Mortal Sin

October 26, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cardinal Ratzinger’s 2004 Letter… Forbids Catholics To Vote For Hillary Clinton Under Pain Of Mortal Sin

(Editor’s Note: Below is a commentary The Wanderer is reprinting with permission from Catholics 4 Trump [catholics4trump], originally posted on October 11. All rights reserved. Catholics 4 Trump makes the case that a vote for the pro-abortion Hillary Clinton is objectively grave matter. Note the contrast between Trump’s and Clinton’s abortion stands in the third and final presidential debate on October 19.) + + + There are currently dishonest self-professed Catholics who are shamelessly distorting an out of context footnote from a letter by Cardinal Ratzinger in 2004 to promote voting for pro-abortion Hillary Clinton in this year’s presidential election. The letter clearly states the following Catholic moral teaching, which all Catholics who continually vote Democrat (pro-abortion) ignore at their own…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Pray Always And Never Grow Weary

October 24, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Pray Always And Never Grow Weary

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A moment of dawning experience when I was young gave birth to a nearly perfect prayer. This farewell to innocence of which I speak was a blessing. In the light of it I came to know the presence of God through His goodness which is the heart of prayer in the life of faith. I remember the experience vividly. I was lying awake one night in bed during that period which, no matter how brief, usually seems lengthy while waiting for the mind to slow, allowing sleep to come. My mother, father, and siblings were all asleep around me in the quiet house. I began to think of each and all of them with an…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… Other Attributes Of God

October 23, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… Other Attributes Of God

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 8 “I love thee, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:1-2). The enthusiasm with which the psalmist praises God our Lord comes from his knowledge of God’s perfection and attributes. He knew whom he loved. As we are called to love God in the same way, let us learn a little more about those attributes. We will take a brief look at His power, holiness, majesty, wisdom, goodness, justice, righteousness, Providence, kindness, bounty, truth, fidelity, and mercy. That should do for one single lesson! First of all,…Continue Reading

Confirmation In The Economy Of Salvation

October 22, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Confirmation In The Economy Of Salvation

By DON FIER Part 2 In the introductory paragraph of its section on the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Roman Catechism [RC], promulgated in 1566 by Pope St. Pius V soon after the Council of Trent, are the following words: “If there was ever a time when the Sacrament of Confirmation needed to be explained carefully, that time is now. All too many members of the Church neglect it altogether; and those who have received it or who plan to receive it, see it as something minor in their lives. There is need, then, for instruction on the nature, power, and dignity of this sacrament. Far from being neglected or received in a mere perfunctory way, Confirmation must be restored to…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 21, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: J.H.T. of North Carolina, a deacon who has been a witness to the “liturgical wars” of the past half-century, has recommended an “extraordinary book” — Peter Kwasniewski’s Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church — that he says should be read by all Catholics, clergy and lay, who want to save and restore the liturgy, whether it’s in the Ordinary Form or the Extraordinary Form. The thesis of the book, he said, can be captured in this sentence from page 31: “We must stop compromising when it comes to the worship of Almighty God; we must carefully avoid, or banish from our churches, all mediocrity, banality, worldliness and…Continue Reading

The Lover Of Souls

October 20, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Lover Of Souls

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Wisdom 11:22-12 2 Thess. 1:11-2:2 Luke 19:1-10 In the first reading today, we are given a good perspective on things: Before the Lord, the entire universe is less than a drop of morning dew on the Earth. When we consider one tiny drop of dew in comparison to the entirety of the Earth, it is less than microscopic. God is infinite, and even though the universe may be billions of light years across, it is still microscopic compared to God. Now think of yourself in comparison to the entire universe. We are pretty minute when compared to the universe. If the entire universe is less than a drop…Continue Reading

The Clergy’s Silence, Ambiguity, And Dissent Are Destroying The Family

October 19, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Clergy’s Silence, Ambiguity, And Dissent Are Destroying The Family

By FR. SHENAN BOQUET (Editor’s Note: Fr. Shenan Boquet is the president of Human Life International, and he travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life in that role. He is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese in Louisiana where he served before joining HLI in August 2011. (Fr. Boquet’s commentary below on the silence of the shepherds first appeared at HLI.org and is reprinted with permission. It also appeared at LifeSiteNews.com. All rights reserved.) + + + I have traveled to over 60 countries in the nearly six years since I joined the Human Life International family. Based on feedback I’ve received from several dozen conferences and hundreds of parish talks I’ve given, I estimate that around 90 percent have never…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… We Are All Lepers, Marred By Sin

October 17, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… We Are All Lepers, Marred By Sin

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In the Rossellini film The Flowers of St. Francis, a series of black and white vignettes drawn from the saint’s life are strung together. In one of these St. Francis encounters a leper. He is repulsed by the man’s wounds, because he is human like the rest of us. Having come to love the Lord Jesus passionately, however, he knows that he cannot claim to love Christ if he cannot love his brother. This being an Italian film about an Italian, there is no hesitation that love expressed must somehow be tangible, physical. The warning tinkle of the bell the leper rings to warn others about his approach summons the conscience of Francis to do…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… God’s Knowledge And Love

October 16, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… God’s Knowledge And Love

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 7 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jer. 1:5). It is impressive to realize that God’s knowledge is infinite, and His love is eternal. Before Jeremias was even conceived in his mother’s womb, God knew him. Jeremias was in God’s mind from all eternity, and God loved him already, and gave him a specific mission: to be a prophet to the nations. He acts likewise with each and every one of us. He knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb, and loved us with a love of preference, and gave each…Continue Reading

Confirmation In The Economy Of Salvation

October 15, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Confirmation In The Economy Of Salvation

By DON FIER To conclude its treatment of Baptism, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) briefly describes, in 13 paragraphs (nn. 1262-1274), the principal effects of this foundational sacrament through which one gains entry into the Church. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes what we examined more fully last week: “Baptism takes away original sin, all personal sins, and all punishment due to sin. It makes the baptized person a participant in the divine life of the Trinity through sanctifying grace, the grace of justification which incorporates one into Christ and into his Church. It gives one a share in the priesthood of Christ and provides the basis for communion with all Christians” (n. 263).…Continue Reading