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Reading And Interpreting Scripture

June 14, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER We ended last week’s installment by launching into a discussion on a question of critical importance: “How is Sacred Scripture to be read and interpreted?” The significance and the relevance of this question become apparent if one examines findings outlined in the 2012 “Status of Global Mission” report, a publication of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research which has been issued annually for the past 28 years. The report tells us that by mid-2012 there will be approximately 2.3 billion Christians in the world, comprising about one-third of the global population. Of these, approximately 1.2 billion profess to be Roman Catholic. What about the remaining 1.1 billion Christians? A telling statistic in the report is the number…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 13, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. In the Gospel of John, chapter 18, the Jewish leaders told Pilate that it was not lawful to put any man to death. However, it seems the leaders attempted to stone Jesus to death earlier, and King Herod ordered the beheading of John the Baptist. Would you please comment on this? — J.D.H., California. A. If you look again at the passage in John’s Gospel (18:31), you will see that the Jewish leaders told Pilate, “We do not have the right to execute anyone” (emphasis ours). That was true since the Romans had denied the Jewish authorities the right to put anyone to death. If the Jewish leaders had retained that right, they would have stoned Jesus to death.…Continue Reading

The One Whom The Angels Adore

June 12, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Corpus Christi (YR A) Readings: Deut. 8:2-3, 14b-16a 1 Cor. 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 In the first reading today Moses reminds the people of the events that had occurred during their sojourn in the desert. In particular, he calls to mind the miraculous manner by which the Lord fed His people during those forty years with Manna. Twice he reminds the people of this along with the point that this was a food unknown to their fathers. Reflecting on the spiritual significance of what the Lord had done, Moses says that this was to demonstrate that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.…Continue Reading

The New Media And The Work of Evangelization

June 11, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. EAMON MARTIN DUBLIN (ZENIT) — This address was delivered May 19 by Archbishop Eamon Martin, coadjutor archbishop of Armagh, at the Soul Waves Radio conference in Dublin. ZENIT News Agency provided the text. All rights reserved. +    +    + Many people say that it was a four-minute speech which led to the election of Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as Pope. In his pre-conclave speech to the other cardinals, he used the popular image from the Book of Revelation of Jesus standing at the door and knocking. But in an unusual and inspired way, he turned the image around: “Obviously, the text refers to His knocking from the outside in order to enter, but I think…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… For The 30th Jubilee Of The Fordham Class of ’84

June 9, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Welcome class of ’84, spouses, families, and friends. This Mass is the occasion for expressing through faith our gratitude for our years at Fordham and to thank Almighty God for the blessings our formation and education have brought into our lives. Things have changed a lot since 1984. Don’t they always? There are even new ways of bridging time through memory as I found in my recent experience. Through a smartphone, a post on Twitter by an Italian man, and a video on YouTube on the Internet, all of which did not exist in the 1980s, I viewed something I witnessed firsthand together with many of you in September 1981: the Central Park reunion concert…Continue Reading

Are Statues Idols? The Meaning Of “False Idols”

June 8, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I the Lord, your God, am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:2-5). In this classical text, God our Lord begins by reminding the Hebrews who were gathered around Mount Sinai that He, God, had brought them out of the land of Egypt. And He adds a specific trait…Continue Reading

The Written Word Of God

June 7, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER In previous installments of this series, it was established that “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred Deposit of the Word of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 97), and that “the task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church” (CCC, n. 100). Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that these three elements (as italicized above) depend one upon the other and, in fact, are inseparable if God’s Revelation is to be truthfully and accurately made manifest to mankind. This installment will focus in particular on the written word of God, that is, Sacred Scripture, and its faithful interpretation. For, as we are candidly told…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 6, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I have friends who just had a baby via in vitro fertilization. They are thrilled with this baby, and I don’t understand why the Church is opposed to this method when a couple is unable to have children in the normal way. — KR., Connecticut. A. You are right that it is hard to understand why the Church would oppose IVF when the process has brought joy to so many couples. So let’s look at some facts that are not usually included in the discussion. First of all, the process is not at all like the loving union of a husband and wife. It involves drugs designed to produce not one but multiple eggs, most of which are then…Continue Reading

Solemnity Of The Holy Trinity (YR A)

June 5, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Readings: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9 2 Cor. 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 Our Communion Of Love With God In the Gospel reading today St. John tells us that God so loved the world that He sent His only-begotten Son into the world so that we might have eternal life. When we consider the gravity of our own sins and then consider the sins of the whole world, it is astounding to us to think that God loves us at all, let alone loving us so much that He would send His only Son to die for us. Yet that is the truth of the matter. We all know this in our heads, but we have to try to open…Continue Reading

At Thomas Aquinas College . . . Hold Fast To Jerusalem, Athens, And Rome

June 4, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By EDWIN CARDINAL O’BRIEN (Editor’s Note: Edwin Cardinal O’Brien, Grand Master, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, delivered the following commencement address to the Thomas Aquinas College class of 2014, May 17, in Santa Paula, Calif. Thomas Aquinas College, www.thomasaquinas.edu, provided the text. All rights reserved.) +    +    + An old Irish joke has it that a commencement speaker is like the deceased at an Irish wake: You have to have him so that the party can begin! Thank you for inviting me to share this special day with you on this beautiful campus, which so magnificently evokes both faith and reason, and which reminds us that beauty is a unique path to God in our confused and…Continue Reading