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Cardinal Mueller… In Recent Interview, Describes Toxic Atmosphere At The Vatican

October 11, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cardinal Mueller… In Recent Interview, Describes Toxic Atmosphere At The Vatican

By CLAIRE CHRETIEN (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews published this article on September 29. All rights reserved.) + + + (LifeSiteNews) — The former head of the Vatican’s doctrine office is warning in a lengthy new interview that under Pope Francis fear now permeates the Church’s administrative body, the Roman Curia. “I heard it from some houses here, that people working in the Curia are living in great fear: If they say one small or harmless critical word, some spies will pass the comments directly to the Holy Father, and the falsely accused people don’t have any chance to defend themselves,” Gerhard Cardinal Mueller told the National Catholic Register’s Ed Pentin in a wide-ranging interview. The Pope removed Mueller, without explanation, when the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Problem Of Evil And The Response Of Prayer

October 9, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Problem Of Evil And The Response Of Prayer

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:43-38). Our Lord’s teaching is…Continue Reading

The Sacred Liturgy . . . Lay Participation

October 8, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacred Liturgy . . . Lay Participation

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 In the previous article, I pointed out that the Sacred Liturgy of the Church of Jesus Christ, however impressive in its beauty and sacredness it may be, is not a theatrical spectacle attended by onlookers, but an act of divine worship by ministers and faithful alike. Our Holy Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful be led to that full, conscious, and actual participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy, and to which the Christian people, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people” (1 Peter 2:9), have a right and duty by virtue of their Baptism. Of course, we are…Continue Reading

Scriptural Basis Of The Sacrament Of Holy Orders

October 7, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Scriptural Basis Of The Sacrament Of Holy Orders

By DON FIER Part 2 As we began to explore the biblical roots of the priesthood in our last installment — and thus the Sacrament of Holy Orders — we saw that the priesthood and sacrifice are inseparably linked to one another. In fact, it might accurately be said that the basic definition of a priest is “one who offers sacrifice.” In his Modern Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, defines the word priest as “an authorized mediator who offers a true sacrifice in acknowledgement of God’s supreme dominion over human beings and in expiation for their sins” (p. 438). We also observed that humanity was called to priestly worship from the beginning, the first recorded account being the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 6, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Concluding our summary of the six appearances of our Lady of Fatima 100 years ago, here is an account of what happened on October 13, 1917, along with comments on lessons to be learned from Fatima. Despite torrential rains flooding Portugal, some 70,000 pilgrims slogged their way through the rain and the mud to stand in the Cova da Iria on October 13 and wait for the promised miracle of Fatima. Lucia’s mother, though a skeptic from the beginning, went with her daughter that day in case the apparition did not happen and the angry crowd turned on Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. “If my child is going to die,” said Maria Rosa Santos, “I want to die with…Continue Reading

The Invitation To The Wedding Banquet

October 5, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Invitation To The Wedding Banquet

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 25:6-10 Phil. 4:12-14, 19-20 Matt. 22:1-14 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells a parable about a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. In such a celebration, one would expect the guests who were invited to be among the upper echelon of society. Such people are often concerned with making a good impression, being seen at important social gatherings, and doing what is politically correct. For whatever reason, the invited guests refused to come to the feast, even when summoned a second time! Instead some ignored the servants the king sent to summon the guests, while others mistreated and killed them. From this…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 5, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Concluding our summary of the six appearances of our Lady of Fatima 100 years ago, here is an account of what happened on October 13, 1917, along with comments on lessons to be learned from Fatima. Despite torrential rains flooding Portugal, some 70,000 pilgrims slogged their way through the rain and the mud to stand in the Cova da Iria on October 13 and wait for the promised miracle of Fatima. Lucia’s mother, though a skeptic from the beginning, went with her daughter that day in case the apparition did not happen and the angry crowd turned on Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. “If my child is going to die,” said Maria Rosa Santos, “I want to die with…Continue Reading

Pope John Paul II… Homily For The Inauguration Of His Pontificate

October 4, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope John Paul II… Homily For The Inauguration Of His Pontificate

(Editor’s Note: Pope John Paul II gave this homily in St. Peter’s Square, Sunday, October 22, 1978, for the Inauguration of his Pontificate. (In his homily, John Paul reflected on Peter’s mission in the history of salvation, beginning with his words, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (October of next year will mark 40 years since the election of this remarkable Holy Father. In October of 1977, one year before John Paul’s election, The Wanderer marked its 110th anniversary. It is now celebrating its 150th anniversary — see tributes and commentaries in this week’s special insert. (The text of John Paul II’s homily of October 22, 1978 is from Libreria Editrice Vaticana. All rights reserved.) +…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Welcome To “Faith Without Reason”

October 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Welcome To “Faith Without Reason”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK If you’re scratching your head about what’s been going on in the Church these days, you’re not alone. And there’s physical evidence to prove it. As you may know by now a Filial Correction, a document initially signed by about 60 Catholics, including Bishop Fellay, has been made public. It was first presented to Pope Francis a month previously. In it the signers make clear their concerns on behalf of confused Catholics following from the publication of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The signers use quotes from the document and examples of the Pope’s words, actions, and omissions to support their charge that the Pope is responsible for the propagation of error. They list…Continue Reading

The Sacred Liturgy . . . The Sacrifice Of The Mass And The Last Supper

October 1, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacred Liturgy . . . The Sacrifice Of The Mass And The Last Supper

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 Many years ago, someone told me a joke I never forgot: “Do you know what the difference is between a terrorist and a liturgist?” The answer: “You can negotiate with the terrorist.” Putting aside the evident exaggeration, it is also true that since Vatican II there have been liturgists that impose their unique — not to say weird — understandings of the liturgy on the people, in parishes, and in diocesan councils. In the name of the “liturgical reforms” inspired by the so-called Spirit of Vatican II — whatever that may mean — new liturgical “experiences” have emerged, drawing the faithful further and further away from the authentic Catholic liturgy of old, which…Continue Reading