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A Leaven In The World… For The 30th Jubilee Of The Fordham Class of ’84

June 9, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Welcome class of ’84, spouses, families, and friends. This Mass is the occasion for expressing through faith our gratitude for our years at Fordham and to thank Almighty God for the blessings our formation and education have brought into our lives. Things have changed a lot since 1984. Don’t they always? There are even new ways of bridging time through memory as I found in my recent experience. Through a smartphone, a post on Twitter by an Italian man, and a video on YouTube on the Internet, all of which did not exist in the 1980s, I viewed something I witnessed firsthand together with many of you in September 1981: the Central Park reunion concert…Continue Reading

Are Statues Idols? The Meaning Of “False Idols”

June 8, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I the Lord, your God, am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:2-5). In this classical text, God our Lord begins by reminding the Hebrews who were gathered around Mount Sinai that He, God, had brought them out of the land of Egypt. And He adds a specific trait…Continue Reading

The Written Word Of God

June 7, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER In previous installments of this series, it was established that “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred Deposit of the Word of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 97), and that “the task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church” (CCC, n. 100). Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that these three elements (as italicized above) depend one upon the other and, in fact, are inseparable if God’s Revelation is to be truthfully and accurately made manifest to mankind. This installment will focus in particular on the written word of God, that is, Sacred Scripture, and its faithful interpretation. For, as we are candidly told…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 6, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I have friends who just had a baby via in vitro fertilization. They are thrilled with this baby, and I don’t understand why the Church is opposed to this method when a couple is unable to have children in the normal way. — KR., Connecticut. A. You are right that it is hard to understand why the Church would oppose IVF when the process has brought joy to so many couples. So let’s look at some facts that are not usually included in the discussion. First of all, the process is not at all like the loving union of a husband and wife. It involves drugs designed to produce not one but multiple eggs, most of which are then…Continue Reading

Solemnity Of The Holy Trinity (YR A)

June 5, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Readings: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9 2 Cor. 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 Our Communion Of Love With God In the Gospel reading today St. John tells us that God so loved the world that He sent His only-begotten Son into the world so that we might have eternal life. When we consider the gravity of our own sins and then consider the sins of the whole world, it is astounding to us to think that God loves us at all, let alone loving us so much that He would send His only Son to die for us. Yet that is the truth of the matter. We all know this in our heads, but we have to try to open…Continue Reading

At Thomas Aquinas College . . . Hold Fast To Jerusalem, Athens, And Rome

June 4, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By EDWIN CARDINAL O’BRIEN (Editor’s Note: Edwin Cardinal O’Brien, Grand Master, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, delivered the following commencement address to the Thomas Aquinas College class of 2014, May 17, in Santa Paula, Calif. Thomas Aquinas College, www.thomasaquinas.edu, provided the text. All rights reserved.) +    +    + An old Irish joke has it that a commencement speaker is like the deceased at an Irish wake: You have to have him so that the party can begin! Thank you for inviting me to share this special day with you on this beautiful campus, which so magnificently evokes both faith and reason, and which reminds us that beauty is a unique path to God in our confused and…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Norbert

June 3, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By CAROLE BRESLIN Studying the history of the Church or simply reading about the saints, we find that the development of spirituality through the centuries is strikingly consistent. Just as the understanding of doctrine has become more clearly defined through the centuries, spiritual practices have become more and more understood with such saints as St. Teresa of Avila, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Francis of Assisi. A noble from western Germany, St. Norbert, came before all of them — around the turn of the 12th century. Yet his life reveals that he started a third order and did a retreat with a general Confession similar to the third order of Franciscans and the Spiritual Exercises…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Pope Demonstrates Perils And Benefits Of Spontaneity

June 2, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Pope Francis granted an interview to journalists on the flight back to Rome after his Holy Land pilgrimage. Longtime Vatican journalist John L. Allen Jr. weighed the pros and cons of “letting it all hang out,” as he called it, in a subsequent Boston Globe article. Popes rarely if ever granted interviews without first having had an opportunity to review the proposed questions. Pope Francis has eschewed this kind of caution and did so again in a repeat of his blockbuster interview on the plane returning from World Youth Day in Rio. One of the cons was that Pope Francis let slip word for the first time that he plans to meet with sexual abuse…Continue Reading

Are Statues Idols? Why Statues And Idols Are Two Different Things

June 1, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 For quite some time I have been intrigued by the constant repetition common among non-Catholics that to have statues in church or at home smacks of idolatry. I remember the first time I was pushed against the wall by a Baptist man in a conversation: He simply said to me that it was a shame that such an evident Bible teaching was blatantly and systematically ignored by the Roman Catholic Church: God clearly forbade the carving of images, idols, and of honoring them. And yet Catholics fill up their churches and homes with images of saints and angels, which are abhorrent to God’s saints and His angels. In those days I did not…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 30, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I do not remember a homily regarding contraception in years! From what I understand, a majority of Catholics do not adhere to this regulation. I believe that in many dioceses the regulation spoken from the pulpit would decimate the numbers of church attendance. Thus, it appears this is more important than transmitting the true teachings of the Church. I hold the bishops responsible to a large extent. Isn’t it written somewhere that at the Second Coming, there won’t be any believers? — R.B.K., Virginia. A. You may be thinking of the words of Jesus at the conclusion of the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. Noting that the judge finally found in favor of the widow because…Continue Reading