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September 9, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: You may appreciate the following letter from one of our readers: To His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. Your Eminence: With great respect for the blessings and burdens of your sacred office, I earnestly and urgently entreat you to recognize the excommunication of JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., whose words and deeds obdurately traduce the settled teaching of Holy Mother Church, which is to say, the Mind of Christ. He persistently and flagitiously abjures his preeminent baptismal duty to listen to and to obey Christ in and through His Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 87, 144, 1269, 2037, 2039, 2044, 2105). His being excommunicated will be, one prays, not only medicine for his spiritually…Continue Reading

Reconciliation With God And The Church

September 8, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Reconciliation With God And The Church

By DON FIER As we examined the various forms that penance can take in the Christian life last week, we saw that its authentic expression must always be grounded on interior conversion of heart. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to this inner transformation as interior penance and defines it as “the movement of a ‘contrite heart’ (Psalm 51:17), drawn by divine grace, to respond the merciful love of God” (n. 300). It involves not only sorrow, but abhorrence of past sins, a firm purpose of amendment, and trust in God’s help and mercy. We also saw last week that the Church, based on Sacred Scripture and the Church fathers, identifies three basic forms of penance:…Continue Reading

Is There Such A Thing As Pure Evil?. . . Here’s What St. Thomas Says

September 7, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Is There Such A Thing As Pure Evil?. . . Here’s What St. Thomas Says

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog of August 28, 2016. All rights reserved.) + + + We human beings are inclined to thinking categorically and absolutely. But not all (or even most) categories are absolute. Is there such a thing as absolute goodness, with no error admixed? Yes, most assuredly. God is so, as are the saints He has perfected in Heaven. But is there such a thing as absolute evil, in which there is no admixture of goodness? St. Thomas Aquinas and others say that there is not. On one level, this is because…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Diocesan Priest Planned Jump To SSPX Before Tragic Death

September 5, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Diocesan Priest Planned Jump To SSPX Before Tragic Death

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Deacons in active service are regularly assigned only by their bishops, as are priests, to parish work. When was the last time you heard of a deacon voluntarily choosing his own parish? It is one of our newest parish members who has done just that. Some of our readers may remember my recent obituary article about the Rev. Mark Ervin, a diocesan priest friend of mine whom I had come to know in just the last few years before his untimely death. We had met for dinner a few times at his rectory where he cooked our dinner on his gas grill. I joked with friends after he died that I was dismayed that he…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?. . . Investigating The First Theological Virtue

September 4, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?. . . Investigating The First Theological Virtue

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 In this article we move from the Bible to the first theological virtue, which we received at Baptism: faith. It will take a little study to delve into this matter, because it has a theological nature, unlike other topics we’ve dealt with. So, take a deep breath, say a Hail Mary, relax a bit, and let us enter the world of theology. . . . We begin by defining faith: It is a divine virtue whereby we believe the truths God has revealed to us, not because of our natural reason, but by the authority of God, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. It is not like the belief in God’s existence,…Continue Reading

The Essential Rite Of The Sacrament Of Baptism

September 3, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Essential Rite Of The Sacrament Of Baptism

By DON FIER As we launched into our consideration of the mystagogy surrounding the Church’s liturgical expression of Baptism last week, we saw that “the meaning and grace of the sacrament…are clearly seen in the rites of its celebration. By following the gestures and words of this celebration with attentive participation, the faithful are initiated into the riches this sacrament signifies and actually brings about in each newly baptized person” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1234). The eight major elements of the baptismal ceremony are full of meaning — each assists us in penetrating more deeply into the hidden spiritual reality that takes place during the conferral of this foundational sacrament of initiation, which is necessary for salvation.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 2, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In my view our Catholic bishops are endangering their own souls and those of countless thousands by being essentially mute regarding the upcoming election on the subjects of abortion and same-sex marriage. There should be a brief statement to the media to the effect that voting for a politician that is pro the above abominations would put the soul of the voter at risk. In my parish, the bishop had a letter read to that effect. However, he is reaching only about 25 percent of Catholics who attend weekly Sunday Mass in this county. Your comments please. — R.B.K., Virginia. A. Let us share instead some comments from the blog of Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington,…Continue Reading

Repent And Believe In The Gospel

September 1, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Repent And Believe In The Gospel

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 1 Tim. 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-32 In the second reading today St. Paul says that this saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners. St. Mark begins his Gospel by summarizing the whole of our Lord’s message as being “repent and believe in the Gospel.” Not only do we have numerous examples of people who turned their lives around through faith in Jesus, but we have our Lord telling us in the Gospel reading today that there is more rejoicing in Heaven over one repentant sinner than over 99 righteous people who have no need to repent. Now,…Continue Reading

Interview With Postulator . . . Most People Can Still Learn A Lot About Mother Teresa

August 31, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Interview With Postulator . . . Most People Can Still Learn A Lot About Mother Teresa

By KATHLEEN NAAB (Editor’s Note: In this interview, Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, Mother Teresa’s postulator, tells ZENIT writer Kathleen Naab that thousands of testimonies attest that Mother is still doing work on Earth from her post in Heaven. (Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa on September 4. (ZENIT News Agency published this interview on August 22. All rights reserved.) + + + When a saint is as well known as Mother Teresa, it is perhaps easy to think, “Ah yes, we are familiar with her. We already know what she has to teach us.” This assumption is quite incorrect, according to the postulator of her cause and editor of several works about Mother Teresa, Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC. Fr. Kolodiejchuk…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Turning Together Toward The Lord

August 29, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Turning Together Toward The Lord

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The closed circle of therapeutic navel-gazing hangs on like an overused joke in a few places yet, one of them being the Church. The priest and people facing each other during the entire liturgy is a vestige of the illegitimate seizure by and subjection of 2,000-year-old liturgical development to the rash agenda of primitivist vandals in the post-Vatican period. The only thing this unscholarly lot left undone was to demand the liturgy be celebrated in Aramaic. More and more young people are making a buzz about ad orientem worship, in a renewed push to recover the sacred and cast off the tired and broken stereotypes of the 1960s. One of the places where this buzz…Continue Reading