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An Apologetics Course… “Sola Scriptura” — The End

November 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Here is a simple question for those people who believe in sola Scriptura: If every Christian had the ability — a God-given ability, of course — to interpret Scripture on his own, why is it that there are so many contradictory doctrines held by those who espouse it? Bible interpretation is not an easy thing to do, and there are things hard to understand in many places. But many who are ignorant and unstable risk twisting the texts of St. Paul and the other Scriptures, with disastrous consequences. But wait! Before you accuse me of being uncharitable, please read what St. Peter says, referring to St. Paul’s epistles. In his second encyclical, the first Pope…Continue Reading

Forms Of Consecrated Life Within The Church

November 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 3 The majority of last week’s column dealt with the third form of consecrated life outlined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), that of religious life. Generally recognized as the most familiar and visible form of consecrated life in the Church, religious life encompasses many different expressions: from nuns or monks who devote their entire lives to contemplative prayer in cloistered monasteries at one end of the continuum, to religious who dedicate their lives to active works of charity. Important to highlight is that consecrated religious in active apostolates also live in community and assiduously spend ample time in personal prayer and liturgical prayer in common so as to be nourished with the divine…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Regarding a recent reply about the steps to be taken by a man who wanted to return to the Catholic Church after having been a Mormon, I have a similar question, and I wonder if your answer would be the same. Someone close to me, who was a practicing Catholic, now denies the existence of God. If this person were to return to the Catholic Church, what steps would be required? Furthermore, if a profession of faith is needed, would it be in a public setting or in the confessional? — E.G., Florida. A. Yes, our answer would be the same, namely, that this person should speak to a reliable priest about his circumstances, go to Confession, take some…Continue Reading

The Parable Of The Talents

November 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Advent (YR C) Readings: Jer. 33:14-16 1 Thess. 3:12-4:2 Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 In the Gospel reading today our Lord instructs us to “be vigilant at all times and to pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” In the context of the statement, He is speaking about what will happen at the end of the world. However, He is also speaking to His apostles, so the statement had relevance for the time in which it was spoken as well. We know that it was not long after our Lord’s death that the persecutions began for the Church and the apostles,…Continue Reading

Pope’s Homily In Florence . . . Peter’s Mission: To Guard And Proclaim The Truth Of The Faith

November 18, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Below is ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ homily from a Mass he celebrated in Florence, Italy, on November 10, the feast of Pope St. Leo the Great, a native of Tuscany. Francis celebrated Mass in the Artemio Franchi municipal stadium of Florence during his day trip there; he also visited the neighboring town of Prato. (In his homily, the Holy Father told his listeners that our joy comes from going “against the current and to surmount the current opinion that today, as then, is unable to see in Jesus more than a prophet or a teacher. Our joy is to recognize in Him the presence of God, the One sent by the Father, the Son who came to…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Preaching A Gospel Neither Right Nor Left

November 16, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK On the grounds of my parish near the rectory, there was a dying fir tree when I arrived to begin my assignment here five years ago. It shortly thereafter completed its return to the elements from which it had been fashioned by its Creator, and the spot where it stood eventually left no trace of its previous existence. Many parishioners today only learn of it because I share its story. Eventually, in my rounds of exploring the physical plant and its contents, I came upon some evidence that, once upon a time, that tree had been illuminated annually for Christmas. Every car that entered or departed our little riverside village would have been greeted by…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . “Sola Scriptura” — Bible Fiction

November 15, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 28 Sometimes it is difficult to prove the obvious. Or, in common parlance, we say that the worst kind of blindness is when the blind man refuses to see. The concept of “Bible alone” is so nonsensical that it never ceases to amaze anyone who is able to think logically. The fact is that the sola Scriptura dogma of Luther is just a work of fiction, purely and simply. Imagine, for instance, if Jesus had said to the apostles something like this at the Last Supper: “Gentlemen, this is our last celebration of the Passover. Here is a book containing all the essential teachings I have given you in the last three years. Please…Continue Reading

Forms Of Consecrated Life Within The Church

November 14, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 Five general forms of consecrated life are recognized by the Catholic Church and, as we saw last week, each is essentially outlined in both the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) and the 1983 Code of Canon Law (CIC). One of the most ancient forms is that of eremitic life, the founding of which is most often ascribed by historians to St. Antony of Egypt who, at about the age of 18, divested himself of all property and worldly goods. For the next 20 years, he retreated to a solitary life in the desert marked by asceticism, personal mortification, rigorous fasts, and assiduous prayer. However, as pointed out by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, hermits…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 13, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Do we find in Num. 5:11-31 a ritualized abortion that God commanded the Israelite priests to perform? — G.P., Florida. A. No. The passage has to do with a woman suspected of adultery. Her husband was to bring her to the priest, who would force her to drink “bitter water.” Once she had done so, the Bible says, “if she has been impure and unfaithful to her husband, this bitter water that brings a curse will go into her, and her belly will swell and her thighs will waste away, so that she will become an example of imprecation among her people. If, however, the woman has not defiled herself, but is still pure, she will be immune and…Continue Reading

A Kingship Of Love And Service

November 12, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Christ The King (YR B) Readings: Daniel 7:13-14 Rev. 1:5-8 John 18:33b-37 In the first reading today the Prophet Daniel describes a vision he had in which he saw one like a son of man being presented before the throne of God and receiving from God dominion, glory, and kingship. This is not just a kingship over a nation or a people. Daniel says that all peoples, languages, and nations serve him. But this kingship is not limited to just “the people,” because in the second reading St. John tells us that Jesus is the ruler of the kings of the Earth. This places Him in His proper position as the highest member of…Continue Reading