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The Glory Of God Reaches Its Fullness In Jesus Christ

September 24, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: Raymond Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, recently traveled to Australia, where he visited Sydney and Melbourne, giving multiple talks to the public, and met with two gatherings of priests organized by the Australian Confraternity. (Other organizations involved with and sponsoring his visit included the Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman in Melbourne, the World Congress of Families, the University of Sydney Catholic Chaplaincy, and Oriens. (Below is his sermon for the conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation and Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Throne, Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, at the Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman, St. Aloysius Church, Caulfield North, Australia, August 31, 2014. (His Eminence’s office kindly supplied the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Love Has No Limits In Faith And In Life

September 22, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK We have done a very good job of catechizing our Catholics that Sunday Mass is obligatory. Now we need to educate them that Sunday Mass is not the only thing necessary. For many years I would nod in agreement when people would say, “Well, at least if we can get our kids to Mass they’ll be all right.” But at the same time other parents would come to me and say, “Father, my children don’t go to Mass anymore,” often with tears in their eyes. These were parents from the same generation that has been using a minimal participation standard for Catholic life in regard to Sunday Mass. After spending time observing families more closely…Continue Reading

Priestly Celibacy: Unnatural? Or . . . Supernatural? The Faith Of The Early Christians

September 21, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 It is a very comfortable position for the defenders of sola Scriptura to wish to interpret it according to their own criteria. In so doing, they pick and choose verses here and there to justify their views. God’s first commandment to mankind, “Be fruitful and multiply,” seems to be the “dogma” against celibacy. But they fail to see the context, the hints in the Old Testament pointing to a future celibacy, the difference between commandment and counsel, the teachings of Jesus Himself and especially of St. Paul, who explicitly recommends celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. One could ask them this simple question: How did the early Christians understand the…Continue Reading

Catechesis In The Twenty-First Century

September 20, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Don Fier “In order to arrive at a systematic knowledge of the content of the faith, all can find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church a precious and indispensable tool. It is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council.” With these words in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei announcing the upcoming Year of Faith (October 11, 2012-November 24, 2013), Pope Benedict XVI stressed the incalculable importance that the Catechism needs to play for the faithful to truly understand what our precious Catholic faith professes. With the Holy Father’s words to serve as a fitting backdrop, this column is the introductory installment of a long-running series of articles by which The Wanderer intends to take…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 19, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I am currently reading Paul Likoudis’ excellent but shocking book Amchurch Comes Out, regarding incidents of immoral conduct among our clergy, the cover-up, and the accompanying damage that has been wrought within the Church. I recall being alarmed while involved with religious education in our then parish in the late 1980s and attending diocesan seminars for teachers and hearing such things as, “Conscience is formed by our life experiences — Church, television, movies, society. If the Church says ‘Y’ but your conscience says ‘X’ you must do ‘X’ and it is not a sin. You may be criticized by the Church. We must take possession of our conscience and follow it.” However, my wife and I are no longer…Continue Reading

Our Attitude Should Be The Same As Christ’s

September 18, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Ezek. 18:25-28 Phil. 2:1-11 Matt. 21:28-32   In the Gospel reading today our Lord asks the question of which son did the will of his father: the one who said he would not go into the field but eventually did or the one who said he would go but never arrived there? This becomes a critically important reading for each of us who is baptized, because all the baptized have told the Lord that we would reject Satan and all his lies and that we would serve the Lord. How many of us are actually doing what we have vowed? Baptism is a great privilege for us because,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . “And Who Is My Neighbor?” The Embryo And The ALS patient

September 15, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The prophet Jeremiah in chapter 20 bewails his isolation as a result of the scorn of nonbelievers: “The word of the Lord has brought me derision and reproach all the day.” He describes his temptation to throw in the towel as a prophet tasked by God with a message for mankind: “I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more.” This speaks to the situation of Catholics when a popular social fad or campaign sweeps the country only to be brought up short by the prophetic voices of our bishops and pastors. We can become tempted to feel that it is simply too difficult to be a…Continue Reading

Priestly Celibacy: Unnatural? Or . . . Supernatural? Celibacy In The Teachings Of St. Paul

September 14, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 St. Paul was not one of the twelve, but he is known as “the Apostle,” certainly because of the richness of his apostolic zeal in teaching, possibly more than all the other apostles put together. He was educated in the faith by Jesus Himself, and after that intense training, he became as zealous as the fiery prophet Elias — who wouldn’t, after spending years alone with Jesus in a monastic atmosphere receiving His teachings? St. Paul understood very well the distinction between commandment and counsel, taking from Jesus’ exhortation to the rich young man to leave everything and follow Him. Jesus said: “if” you will be perfect. It was a counsel, not a…Continue Reading

The Implications Of Faith In One God

September 13, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Over the past three weeks, we have reflected on but an infinitesimal fraction of all that the faithful affirm when they reverently and genuinely say the first four [or five] words contained in the Creeds of the Church: “I believe in [one] God.” In saying these words with heartfelt sincerity, one is acknowledging his belief in who God revealed Himself to be — I AM WHO AM — and all the unfathomable attributes that are part of the perfection of His being. One is admitting that God is Truth and God is Love, and that He is also Justice and Mercy and Beauty and every good that exists. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) now makes…Continue Reading

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September 12, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I have recently read a book entitled Constantine’s Sword by James Carroll. I was taken aback by its premise and wonder about its veracity. Do you have an opinion on the book? — E.J.S., New Jersey. A. You have good reason to wonder about the veracity of Constantine’s Sword (and the movie based on the book) since its author, James Carroll, is a former Paulist priest who has written a 756-page volume that, in the words of Robert P. Lockwood, “is not history at all, but an amateur’s meditation on various historical events skewed to reflect the prejudices of his own thesis. This is not careful scholarship. This is simply a very long anti-Catholic essay.” Reviewing the book for…Continue Reading