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The Seven Sacraments — Common Doctrine

May 14, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Seven Sacraments — Common Doctrine

By DON FIER Part 2 The sacraments of the Church, as we saw last week, have three essential elements: They are (a) sacred signs (b) instituted by Christ (c) to give grace. Precisely seven in number, they are the essential channels through which God has chosen to make available to mankind the divine graces (won by the Passion, death, and Resurrection of His only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ) that make it possible for us to attain entrance into the eternal happiness of Heaven. That the sacraments are seven in number — no more and no less — is a dogmatic teaching of the Church. As regular readers of this series may recall, the canon of Sacred Scripture was not…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 13, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. A friend of mine wishes to purchase a picture of St. Germaine Cousin (1579-1601), patron saint of abused children. She was canonized 149 years ago. Can you tell me where she can purchase a picture of her? — M.S., via e-mail. A. We don’t know, but perhaps one of our readers does. We will keep you posted. Q. Having just finished the book AA-1025 about Communist infiltration into the Catholic Church, I am amazed at the number of undercover Communist seminarians/clergy in the 20th century who tried to destroy the Church from within. The book is essentially a diary of such a clergyman uncovered by a hospital nurse after this person expired following a traffic accident. What do you…Continue Reading

One Mind And One Will

May 12, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on One Mind And One Will

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR C) Readings: Prov. 8:22-31 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells us that everything the Father has is our Lord’s, and the Holy Spirit will take from what is our Lord’s and declare it to us. At first hearing it sounds as if there is a chronological progression as the possession of knowledge is passed from the Father, to the Son, to the Holy Spirit, and finally, to us. However, this is not the case. When we speak about the Trinity we have to remember that everything is one, everything is identical. The only distinction that can be made in the Trinity is…Continue Reading

Persecution In Northern Nigeria… Bishop Kukah Says Church In Nigeria Has Crucial Role

May 11, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Persecution In Northern Nigeria… Bishop Kukah Says Church In Nigeria Has Crucial Role

NEW YORK (ZENIT) – Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto, Nigeria, delivered this talk on April 26, 2016 at a conference held at the Cardinal Egan Catholic Center of New York University. The event was sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need-USA. + + + In Nigeria, as well as many other parts of Africa with significant Muslim populations, the persecution of Christians has long been familiar, its successive waves characterized only by variations in themes, levels of violence, and scope — but not in essence. In northern Nigeria, Islam as we know it today arrived with the sword and blood, then slavery, subjugation, and oppression. The Fulani jihad, which overran existing Hausa city-states, established a caliphate (1804-1903), leaving in…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Reinventing The Church As “Average Christianity”?

May 9, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Reinventing The Church As “Average Christianity”?

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Last month my parish celebrated the marriage of two young people in the Traditional Rite with a Solemn High Mass. The new bride visibly trembled with the faith-filled knowledge that she had just called the power of God Himself down into her new marriage as she exchanged vows with her husband. Tears streamed down her new spouse’s face as he was overcome with the sense of God’s goodness and faithfulness. For these young people God and His grace is only and always extraordinary. If C.S. Lewis were to pen his classic and beloved Christian apologia today, would he still title it Mere Christianity? His ironic title was crafted to indicate that Christianity is in fact…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Inquisition: Further Replies To Objections

May 8, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on An Apologetics Course… The Inquisition: Further Replies To Objections

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 53 Second objection: Were the penalties of the Inquisition too harsh? The answer is simple: If we wish to judge — by modern standards — the penalties inflicted by the Inquisition on heretics and enemies of Church and state, yes, they were undoubtedly severe. Penalties in our time are, more often than not, so lenient that they do not deter crimes, as the ever-growing prison population proves ad nauseam. And yet, the penalties were no means harsh in the terms of the standards of the time. Was the death sentence applied? Yes, it was. However, unlike the practice of the civil courts, the Inquisition often admitted appeals against the sentence, while most civil courts…Continue Reading

The Seven Sacraments — Common Doctrine

May 7, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Seven Sacraments — Common Doctrine

By DON FIER During the course of our consideration of the work of the Most Holy Trinity in the Church’s liturgy over the past four weeks, we ended by examining how the Holy Spirit recalls and manifests Christ to the assembly, makes present and active Christ’s saving work, and unites members of the liturgical assembly to Christ as their Head so they might “bear much fruit” (John 15:8, 16). We saw that when the Holy Spirit finds in the faithful “the response of faith which He has aroused,…He brings about genuine cooperation…[and] the liturgy becomes the common work of the Holy Spirit and the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1091). As beautifully summarized by Fr. John A.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 6, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Catholic doctrine establishes that a patient terminally ill must not be denied food and nutrients. But what about a patient over 80 and otherwise in fair condition, who after a chronic renal failure has no renal function left and faces treatment with chronic hemodialysis with the possible complications of infection, anemia, discomfort, etc.? Can he in good faith refuse treatment? In other words, is hemodialysis ordinary or extraordinary means to preserve the life of this person? — C.G.D., Maryland A. As we have noted in the past, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 2278) says that “discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of…Continue Reading

Faith And Courage

May 5, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Faith And Courage

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Pentecost (YR C) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 In the Gospel reading today we hear about our Lord breathing on His disciples so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. This, of course, is a reference back to the creation when God breathed the breath of life into the nostrils of Adam. At the time God had created a body for Adam, but there was as yet no life in him. On the contrary, the apostles of our Lord were all in possession of natural life, but they lacked supernatural life. This is what Jesus breathed into them. In the first reading we hear what happened on the day…Continue Reading

“Love One Another”. . . But Logic Cannot Be Separated From God

May 4, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on “Love One Another”. . . But Logic Cannot Be Separated From God

By FR. JOHN DE CELLES (Editor’s Note: Fr. John De Celles, pastor of St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church, Springfield, Va., gave the following homily on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2016, at his parish. (Fr. De Celles based his homily on the readings for that day, including the Gospel which has the passage, “Love one another as I have loved you.” He commented on that: “We can say that the love of Christ has a certain reasoning or logic to it.” (Logic, however, is missing from many current understandings of love, Fr. De Celles said, explaining that during the week: “I read that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that if a girl thinks she’s…Continue Reading