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An Apologetics Course . . . The Church Of Christ Is Universal, For Everyone

October 4, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 22 It is true that Jesus came first for the Jews. Many individuals accepted Him, like the apostles, disciples, and their converts, but as a nation they refused Him. So the apostles spread their mission to the Gentiles — that means, to our ancestors. But even if the Jews had accepted Him, the apostles would still have spread their mission to the likes of you and me — Gentiles and their descendants. And why so? Because He gave His apostles a most emphatic command not to confine their teaching to people of any particular race or social status. And they obeyed Him. In December 2013, I was in India, in a series of speaking engagements…Continue Reading

Mission Of The Catholic Laity: Priest, Prophet, And King

October 3, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Thus far in our examination of the vocation of the laity in the mission of the Church, it has become manifestly clear that theirs is a role that is distinctive and indispensable. Characterized especially by their secular nature, it pertains in a unique way to the lay faithful “to illuminate and order all temporal things with which they are closely associated that these may always be effected and grow according to Christ” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 898). Unlike clerics and consecrated religious, lay persons devote the majority of their time to day-to-day activities in the world. Yet, if true to the faith they profess, they are not of the world. Exemplary lay persons are…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 2, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Recently we got a new pastor who has resumed the holding of hands during the Our Father that our previous pastor had eliminated. Has this now become part of the liturgy? And what is the purpose of the holding hands to begin with? Also, what do you think of “Polka Masses”? — C.G., Wisconsin. A. No, holding hands during the Our Father has not become part of the liturgy. It is not mentioned in the 2011 General Instruction of the Roman Missal, which says only that “the principal celebrant, with hands joined, says the introduction to the Lord’s Prayer. Next, with hands extended, he says the Lord’s Prayer itself together with the other concelebrants, who also pray with hands…Continue Reading

Wisdom Is Worth More Than Gold

October 1, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Wisdom 7:7-11 Heb. 4:12-13 Mark 10:17-30 In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that no creature is concealed from God, but that everything is naked and exposed to Him to whom we must render an account. We know from the Gospels that our Lord, on several occasions, used money to be able to make a point. Recall that those who had been entrusted with the various talents or gold coins were required to give an accounting to their master upon his return. The unfaithful steward was required to give an account of his work to his master when he was caught in his shenanigans. It is…Continue Reading

Pope’s Address To Families In Cuba… The Family Is A School Of Humanity

September 30, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Below is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave the morning of September 22 in his meeting with families. The Holy Father largely followed his prepared text, but ZENIT has transcribed and translated the various remarks he added off-the-cuff. Those are found in brackets. (The Holy Father’s theme was “families are not a problem, they are first and foremost an opportunity. An opportunity which we have to care for, protect and support.” (ZENIT provided this text; all rights reserved.) + + + We are here as a family! And whenever we come together as a family, we feel at home. Thank you, Cuban families. Thank you, Cubans, for making me feel part of a family, for making me…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Bishop O’Connell Sounds Cautious Note About Papal Spontaneity

September 28, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Pope continues to get heat for departing from his prepared texts in talks to the faithful at Rome and in his pastoral journeys around the world, most recently in Cuba and the U.S. It isn’t just the folks at Rorate Caeli, for example, who have misgivings about the inadvisability of the pontifical penchant for eschewing the printed text in favor of sharing spontaneous inspirations. Add the voice of the bishop of Trenton, N.J., to the perhaps growing chorus of those who are concerned about the effects of his words because of their eminent adaptability to the worldly agenda of the change agents. Just take, for example, “Who am I to judge,” a papal toss-off…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Church Of Jesus Christ Is One In Worship Unto Holiness

September 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 21 Unity in worship is a natural consequence of unity in faith, in belief. If we believe in certain things about God, we will worship Him in a way consistent with the beliefs we hold. Worship is the manifestation of our faith put into practice. The true members of Christ’s Church are one in faith. They must, therefore, be consistent and be one also in worship. Their unity of faith excludes the possibility of any disagreement among them as to the rites by which God is to be adored and man sanctified. But unity of faith is the most important aspect of unity. It is the root of the other kinds of unity. From…Continue Reading

The Vocation Of Lay People

September 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 A basic unity and equality characterizes all the members of the People of God — clergy, religious, and laity — in that each is incorporated in Christ through Baptism. For as Lumen Gentium (LG) teaches, “There is…in Christ and in the Church no inequality on the basis of race or nationality, social condition, or sex, because ‘there is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all “one” in Christ Jesus’ (Gal. 3:28; cf. Col. 3:11)” (n. 32 § 1). In virtue of baptismal rebirth, each person is a son or daughter of God and all share in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly office…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I believe the Pope has the authority to remove any bishop/cardinal from his posting; a bishop has the authority to remove any priest in his diocese from that priest’s posting. If that is not true, please correct me. If it is true, then please explain the following: There are numerous examples of cardinals, bishops, and priests today, who implicitly (and oftentimes explicitly) deny some aspect of Catholic doctrine. Why, why, are these people allowed to stay in their positions to keep leading people away from the truth? — T.S., Minnesota. A. There have been some bishops and priests who have been removed from their posts in recent years, but there are far too many who continue to undermine Catholic…Continue Reading

The Creator’s Will From The Beginning

September 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Gen. 2:18-24 Heb. 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 In the readings today are brought into the very heart of the foundation of everything human: marriage and family. Needless to say, this is also the battleground where the most crucial fight in the history of the Church is taking place. I have found it interesting that our Lady, in some of her approved apparitions, has stated that the final battle will be over marriage and family. Sr. Lucia, from Fatima, has also stated this same fact. In God’s Providence, He has allowed the most important battle in history to wait until our own day. The Church has survived many attacks over…Continue Reading