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Cardinal Erdo’s Greetings To Pope At CCEE . . . Europe Needs Christ!

October 15, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Below are words of welcome to the Holy Father given October 3 by Peter Cardinal Erdo, president of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), on the occasion of the council’s plenary assembly. The CCEE was meeting Pope Francis for the first time. In his talk, Cardinal Erdo stressed that: “Europe needs Christ! Today when a lot is said about the economic crisis, we know that even before Europe was suffering a crisis of humanity and the lack of hope and a perspective on life, which only God can give.” + + + Most Holy Father, It is with great joy that we have come here to meet Your Holiness. We are from the whole of…Continue Reading

A Leaven On The World… Synod Theme Is The Family, Not Divorce

October 13, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In the words of Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri, the October 5-19 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome is on the family, and not divorce. Cardinal Baldisseri serves as the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. Why, one might ask, if the Church is compassionate, does not the Church in this synod focus first on those with an obvious need for compassion and loving-kindness, such as broken families who suffer from the continuing effects of divorce, single parenthood, and civil remarriage? And one might well answer that the Church does what she does precisely because she is compassionate. You see, being around other sick does not help the sick get healthier; that’s why one of the…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scriptura Myth . . . Sola Scriptura Is Unscriptural

October 12, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 Is the Bible alone sufficient for us to know all about divine Revelation? Is the written word of God the sole rule of faith? What does the Bible itself have to say about it? The fact is that, according to Sacred Scripture itself, the Bible is not, and was never meant to be, the only source of divine Revelation and sole rule of faith. Jesus, in His infinite bounty and love for us, gave us much more: the Apostolic Tradition and the Magisterium of His Church. To demonstrate this truth, let us establish a basic, simple premise with which all baptized Christians agree: Everything that Jesus said or did was God speaking to…Continue Reading

God Comes To Meet Man

October 11, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Last week, a topic was taken up that was immediately addressed in the first chapter of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): man’s capacity to know God by reason alone. It was demonstrated in two basic, commonsense ways that “by natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of His works” (CCC, n. 50). The supporting arguments focused around what we can directly observe or easily discern in two of God’s most magnificent works of creation, “the physical world and the human person” (CCC, n. 31). This week, we will turn our attention to “another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of Divine Revelation” (CCC,…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 10, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. We read in the Gospels that Jesus cured Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever. This means he must have been married. So if the first Pope were married, why can’t priests marry today? — E.C., Florida. A. That Peter had a mother-in-law is not disputed, and that Jesus cured her of a fever is explicitly stated in Matt. 8:14-15 and Luke 4:38-39 (some wise guy has said that’s why Peter denied Jesus three times, because He had cured his mother-in-law!). However, as Karl Keating has pointed out, it seems odd that the Gospel account doesn’t mention Peter’s wife. “Leaving her out of the story is strange,” says Keating on the Catholic Answers website. “It is not the way a writer…Continue Reading

The Image Of God

October 9, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Thess. 1:1-5b Matt. 22:15-21   In the Gospel reading today our Lord confounds the Pharisees and the Herodians by telling them to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to give to God what is God’s. It was somewhat simple to point out what belonged to Caesar because his image and his inscription were on the coin. One could argue about whether or not Caesar had the right to anything else or even how much of the money was rightfully his just because his face was on it. It is equally simple to discern, using the same parameters, what belongs to God. All we need…Continue Reading

Orthodox-Catholic Commission… Decries Persecution Of Christians, Calls For Solidarity

October 8, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

AMMAN, Jordan (ZENIT) — Here is the statement at the conclusion of the 13th Plenary Session of the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue Between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. The meeting was held September 15-23 in Amman, Jordan. The commission is continuing its discussions on synodality and primacy. + + + The 13th meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church was held from September 15 to 23, 2014 in Amman, Jordan, a city with a long history related to the roots of Christianity. The meeting was generously and fraternally hosted by His Beatitude Theophilos III, patriarch of Jerusalem. Twenty-three Catholic members were present; a…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Cardinal Kasper’s Vacation From Reason

October 6, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK He who vacates reason cannot inhabit faith. The Synod on the Family is getting underway in Rome and speculation in regard to its outcome continues to build. Change agents continue to agitate for admitting the divorced and civilly married to sacramental Communion. Media sources have been very successful in stringing along a “trend” by which they appoint themselves players in the news cycle while creating further confusion about the real nature of Catholic faith and sacramental practice. They continue to suggest that the decision to change the Church’s practice of not admitting the divorced and civilly remarried to sacramental Communion has all but been officially decreed. Events of the past few months recall the fury…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scripture Myth

October 5, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 “I am convinced by the Scriptures!” shouted Martin Luther, as he unleashed his revolution against the Church of Rome. A great many people followed him to make a new church, officially based upon the Scriptures alone, with neither Popes nor councils. But people did not read the fine print in Luther’s revolt: “I am convinced by the Scriptures . . . as I interpret them.” Officially, Sacred Scripture was to be open to all Christians and consequently no teaching Magisterium was necessary or even allowed: Each and every Christian became able to read the sacred text and interpret it correctly. The Holy Spirit would make sure of that, we’re told. No Popes, councils,…Continue Reading

Man’s Capacity For God

October 4, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Don Fier Having considered the Prologue of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) in our previous installment, we will now turn our attention to the first of the Catechism’s four pillars: “The Profession of Faith.” It is the longest section of the CCC, comprising 39% of its total volume, and is foundational for the rest, for it is essential to know God and what He has done before we consider how man can and ought to respond. As is the case for each of the four major parts of the CCC, it is composed of two sections. The first, as expressed by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, “lays…the foundation of the subject, while the second further develops the particular themes…Continue Reading