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June 20, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. In your book Catholic Replies, you gave an answer to a question about the priest breaking the Host before the elevation, but you did not explain why he cannot do so. Please explain. — J.N., Texas. A. The priest cannot break the bread before elevation of the Host because such an action at that time is contrary to the rubrics of the Mass (cf. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n. 83). The proper place in the Mass for what is called the “Fraction” was explained in the 2004 Vatican document Redemptionis Sacramentum, n. 73: “In the celebration of Holy Mass, the breaking of the Eucharistic Bread — done only by the priest celebrant, if necessary with the help…Continue Reading

Martyrdom In The Early Church

June 19, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR.  ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Saints Peter And Paul (YR A) Readings: Acts 12:1-11 2 Tim. 4:6-8, 17-18 Matt. 16:13-19 Today we have the joy of celebrating the two great saints who led and built up the nascent Church: Peter its leader and Paul its greatest missionary. We see that right from the beginning the Church was hated by the worldly powers. It makes sense when you think about it. Recall that when Satan tempted our Lord, one of the temptations was to show Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world and all the glory of them; the Evil One stated that all of these belonged to him and that he would give them to anyone he…Continue Reading

Catholic-Orthodox European Forum… Gospel Principles And Human Values Are Not Opposed

June 18, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

ROME (ZENIT) — The IV Catholic-Orthodox Forum on Religion and Cultural Diversity: Challenges for the Christian Churches in Europe was held in Minsk, Belarus, from June 2 to 6. The forum was organized with the support of the Belarusian Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church under the co-chairmanship of the Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Peter Cardinal Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, president of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe. Following the positive experiences of the first three gatherings of the Catholic-Orthodox European Forum (Trent, Italy, December 11 to 14, 2008; Rhodes, Greece, October 18 to 22, 2010; and Lisbon, Portugal, June 5 to 8, 2012), participants from the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches in…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Is It The Pope Or The Gospel That Upsets The Comfortable?

June 16, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The 20th century is both the most and the least comfortable in history. The bloodiest century for Christians is also the same in which most of the modern conveniences that smooth our lives were invented and mass produced. Air conditioning, refrigeration, automobiles, and many other creature “comforts” have enabled greater prosperity, increasing access to the middle-class lifestyle which is the boast of America and for which most of the world’s population still yearns. At the same time that our lives have become more materially comfortable, however, many have fallen into the trap of thinking that the spiritual life must be the same. The “logic” goes like this: If we get better spiritually than spiritual things…Continue Reading

Are Statues Idols? The Sacred Dwelling And Its Furnishings

June 15, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 The very same God who condemned idol-making actually commanded that statues be carved. He told the people to show more respect to them than any patriotic American would respect the Lincoln Memorial or any British subject would respect a statue of Queen Victoria. The most sacred place in the world was the Temple sanctuary that lodged the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was so sacred that nobody but the High Priest could touch it. It contained the tables of the Commandments. The presence of the Ark brought God’s blessings to Holy of Holies; the Holy of Holies to the Holy; the Holy to the Temple; the Temple to Jerusalem; Jerusalem to Israel;…Continue Reading

Reading And Interpreting Scripture

June 14, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER We ended last week’s installment by launching into a discussion on a question of critical importance: “How is Sacred Scripture to be read and interpreted?” The significance and the relevance of this question become apparent if one examines findings outlined in the 2012 “Status of Global Mission” report, a publication of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research which has been issued annually for the past 28 years. The report tells us that by mid-2012 there will be approximately 2.3 billion Christians in the world, comprising about one-third of the global population. Of these, approximately 1.2 billion profess to be Roman Catholic. What about the remaining 1.1 billion Christians? A telling statistic in the report is the number…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 13, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. In the Gospel of John, chapter 18, the Jewish leaders told Pilate that it was not lawful to put any man to death. However, it seems the leaders attempted to stone Jesus to death earlier, and King Herod ordered the beheading of John the Baptist. Would you please comment on this? — J.D.H., California. A. If you look again at the passage in John’s Gospel (18:31), you will see that the Jewish leaders told Pilate, “We do not have the right to execute anyone” (emphasis ours). That was true since the Romans had denied the Jewish authorities the right to put anyone to death. If the Jewish leaders had retained that right, they would have stoned Jesus to death.…Continue Reading

The One Whom The Angels Adore

June 12, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Corpus Christi (YR A) Readings: Deut. 8:2-3, 14b-16a 1 Cor. 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 In the first reading today Moses reminds the people of the events that had occurred during their sojourn in the desert. In particular, he calls to mind the miraculous manner by which the Lord fed His people during those forty years with Manna. Twice he reminds the people of this along with the point that this was a food unknown to their fathers. Reflecting on the spiritual significance of what the Lord had done, Moses says that this was to demonstrate that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.…Continue Reading

The New Media And The Work of Evangelization

June 11, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. EAMON MARTIN DUBLIN (ZENIT) — This address was delivered May 19 by Archbishop Eamon Martin, coadjutor archbishop of Armagh, at the Soul Waves Radio conference in Dublin. ZENIT News Agency provided the text. All rights reserved. +    +    + Many people say that it was a four-minute speech which led to the election of Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as Pope. In his pre-conclave speech to the other cardinals, he used the popular image from the Book of Revelation of Jesus standing at the door and knocking. But in an unusual and inspired way, he turned the image around: “Obviously, the text refers to His knocking from the outside in order to enter, but I think…Continue Reading

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