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There Is A War Within Islam . . . And Western Politicians Do Not Defend European Culture

January 14, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. SAMIR KHALIL SAMIR BEIRUT (AsiaNews) — As Sunnis try to regain the power they lost in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Syria, and elsewhere, the hatred that divides them from Shias is getting worse. Islam should address in depth the issue of modernity — through reinterpretation of the words of Muhammad, nonviolence, freedom of conscience — yet nobody dares to do so. In the West, immigrants should be asked to take part in the existing economic, political, and social system. Mosques should be controlled as they are in Muslim countries. Immediately after the attack in Paris against Charlie Hebdo, France’s Muslim communities issued a very balanced and reasonable statement. Yet, their words betray a certain embarrassment, indicating that it…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Basil The Great

January 13, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 2 St. Basil the Great (born in 329 in Cappadocia) had mastered every subject he every studied. His mind was quick, his will strong, and his desire to do God’s will unshakable. After becoming an expert in almost every subject, he returned to Cappadocia where he started a school and practiced law. Once again meeting with great success, he received much praise and adulation, which disturbed him. His holiness and desire to be nothing but a servant of God made him shun such worldly honors. He decided to leave the world of man and seek only the Kingdom of God by becoming a monk. This new endeavor was pursued with the same passion and commitment he…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . A New Year Of Grace And The “Tradition Solution”

January 12, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The turning of a new year brings a sense of newness to a very old thing: time itself. Though we measure the accrual of the days and years in increasing increments, adding to the count one day or one year at a time, only one thing is truly new: the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. His grace for us is truly new at each moment and truly transmitted through His Church, also now 2,015 years old. Only His Church, the true Body of Christ in the world, is the source of the newness of eternal grace in the risen Lord for each day we live in earthly time. Only by bringing this sense of…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . Was The Firstborn Son Followed By A Second-Born Son?

January 11, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 “And he [Joseph] did not know her till she brought forth her firstborn son. And he called his name Jesus” — Matt. 1:25. In the previous article we have seen how the words till and until do not carry the strict meaning given to them by anti-Catholic writers. The Jerusalem Bible gives us the correct meaning of the passage: “Although he had no intercourse with her, she gave birth to her firstborn son.” In this article we shall examine the words “firstborn son,” since some have suggested that, since Jesus was the firstborn, there must have been at least a second born, if not a third and fourth, since most synagogue-going Jews of…Continue Reading

The Characteristics Of Faith

January 10, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 In last week’s installment, we began an examination of the characteristics of faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) first pointed toward the all-important truth that faith is a grace (see CCC, n. 153). Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, using the classic formulation of St. Thomas Aquinas, expresses it as follows: “Divine faith is an act of the intellect, assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace” (The Faith, p. 36). The Catechism then asserts that believing is “an authentically human act…[by which] the human intellect and will cooperate with divine grace” (CCC, nn. 154-155). Next, we discussed motives of credibility — actions by which God “bore…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 9, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: In a column two months ago, we summarized the Church’s condemnation of slavery by several Popes from the 15th to the 19th centuries and by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 2414). Now Fr. Brian Harrison of Missouri has informed us that our response about magisterial statements on slavery “glosses over (unwittingly, I am sure) one such statement that I am afraid poses a rather embarrassing apologetic problem: the June 20, 1866 Instruction of the Holy Office on this subject.” He said that this Instruction, which was approved by Blessed Pope Pius IX, “was sent as a response to a missionary bishop in East Africa (in what is now either Sudan or Ethiopia) who submitted a dubium…Continue Reading

Union With The Lord In Our Hearts

January 8, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19 1 Cor. 6:13c-15a, 17-20 John 1:35-42 In the Gospel reading today St. John the Baptist points out our Lord to John and Andrew. These two disciples come to our Lord and ask Him where He is staying. The Greek word that is used in this passage can be translated as stay, remain, or abide. It is my humble (or, perhaps, arrogant) opinion that they got this one wrong. As I often point out to people, if you had an opportunity to ask Jesus one question, would you ask Him what house He is living in? The same word is used three times in a…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Basil The Great

January 6, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 1 While there are more than 30 doctors of the Catholic Church, only a handful have the honor of being called “Great.” Among these are St. Leo the Great (died 461), St. Albert the Great, who taught St. Thomas Aquinas (died 1280), and St. Gregory the Great, father of the medieval papacy (died 604). Many people are referring to Pope St. John Paul II as great. A man, brilliant but humble, who fought the Arian heresy in the early days of the Church, St. Basil is also called “the Great.” Basil grew up surrounded by saints. His grandmother, St. Macrina the elder, and his grandfather, who was martyred for the faith, lost all of their wealth…Continue Reading

The Christmas Season: Celebrating The “Birthday of Life”

January 5, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church celebrates the birth of Christ every December 25, but continues thereafter to extend the joy in the period of time known as the Christmas Season. The Breviarium Romanum is a treasury of Scripture and Tradition, used primarily by priests and religious from the Pope all the way down to the newest postulant or seminarian, in order to pray together daily as one Church, the Body of Christ, in obedience to her Lord who commanded “Pray always.” The day is divided according to Scripture and tradition in seven parts. The readings by the fathers and doctors included in Matins are especially propitious for meditation, preaching, and teaching. On Christmas Day the readings from St.…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . Did Joseph Know Her As A Husband Knows His Wife?

January 4, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 “And he [Joseph] did not know her till she brought forth her firstborn son. And he called his name Jesus” — Matt. 1:25. It seems pretty evident for those non-Catholic Christians who disagree with Luther and Zwingli on the issue of Mary’s perpetual virginity that, after the birth of Jesus, Mary would have had other children in due course. Again, the argument is fallacious and inconclusive. And it is very simple to demonstrate it. The great Bible scholar St. Jerome (fourth century), who translated the whole Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin, was the first to answer it. The words till, and until, reflect a manner of speaking, usual among the Hebrews,…Continue Reading