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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

What Has Happened To True, Deep, And Lasting Friendship In Our Culture?

September 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

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. All rights reserved.) + + + One of the (many) troublesome aspects of the modern age is the demise of friendship. While the terms “friend” and “friendship” might be bandied about rather easily today, they do not usually mean friendship in its deeper and original sense. Rather, we use the terms to refer to “acquaintances” rather than friends. True friendship has a depth, history, and stability. It involves some sort of commonality of life and a deeper knowledge of the other. Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, drawing on the Thomistic tradition,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Every Mass Heals

September 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Faith in the Eucharist as the true and Real Presence of Christ is paramount in seeking salvation. Because the Lord gives Himself really, truly, and substantially in the Eucharist, the fullness of His healing power is also truly present in the Eucharist. Attending Mass and receiving the Lord with this understanding of faith is necessary for the believer in order to cooperate fully with the grace of God made available through Christ in the sacrament because grace builds on nature. The natural powers of intellect and will must cooperate with grace so that God may do His work of healing. Christ made this clear in His teaching when He said as much to those who…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . How Can The True Church Be Identified Among So Many Today?

September 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 20 If you were to attend a general meeting of the World Council of Churches, where every form of Protestantism is found, it would not difficult to identify the One Church founded by Jesus Christ — just outside of the council. If you believe in the New Testament as historically accurate documents, just read it and you will find the characteristics of Jesus’ Church. First of all, as we have already seen, the Church founded by Christ is one — not many. The very idea of the World Council of Churches, with its cacophony of contradictory doctrines and denominations, has nothing to do with the unity wanted by Christ to reign in His Church.…Continue Reading

The Vocation Of Lay People

September 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The People of God should be so closely attached to their bishops that the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) closes its instruction on the hierarchical constitution of the Church with an urgent appeal by St. Ignatius of Antioch, who was martyred in early post-apostolic times (~AD 107) during the reign of the brutal Roman Emperor Trajan. “Let all follow the bishop, as Jesus Christ follows his Father,” entreats the Early Church father. “Let no one do anything concerning the Church in separation from the bishop” (Letter to the Smyrnaeans 8, 1; as cited in CCC, n. 896). For it is precisely to bishops, as successors of the apostles, that Christ “entrusted the office of teaching, sanctifying,…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 18, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. When saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, are we to think of the words of the Chaplet or of the Passion of Our Lord? — J.W., New Jersey. A. Both. The prayer on each of the Hail Mary beads says, “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” One ought to try meditating on the sufferings of our Lord during His Passion while asking for His mercy on us and on the whole world. It involves the same effort as when praying the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary. Granted, keeping the events of the Passion uppermost in our minds with all the distractions around us is not easy, but the more…Continue Reading