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A Leaven In The World… The Family Is At The Heart Of Pastoral Concern

March 30, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Devil attacks families because that is the sacred place for the beginning, protection, and growth of human life. Evil also targets the family because in the supernatural order the family is the place where the faith is handed on. The holy priests I knew in the seminary and in the spiritual life, such as Fr. John Hardon, SJ, and Fr. Robert Zylla, OSC, often repeated the admonition of Blessed John Paul II that priests must focus on the family in the spiritual care of the parish. The spiritual needs of the family, the problems and challenges of faith faced by the family, must take central place in the pastoral work of the priest. We…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scriptura Myth… Summing Up

March 29, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 According to Sacred Scripture itself, the Bible is not, and was never meant to be, the only source of divine Revelation and sole rule of faith. Jesus neither wrote anything Himself nor commanded anybody to write. On the contrary, He commanded the apostles to preach, viva voce. He commanded the apostles to preach to all nations, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever He had commanded them, and He promised to be with them to the end of time (Matt. 28:18-20). The apostles died without having preached to all nations. To fulfill Jesus’ commandment to preach to all of them, they entrusted their mission to other apostles such as Matthias, Paul, and Barnabas:…Continue Reading

God Is Truth And Love

March 28, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Last week, we looked at why the revelation of God’s name is such an important aspect of salvation history and our life of faith. We also considered a topic on which countless reflections have been penned by spiritual writers and theologians over the centuries: who we are in comparison to God. In contrast to the splendor of God, man is nothing; yet, in the mystery of His love, we possess great dignity and are of inestimable worth in His eyes. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) contains an excellent summary of what we spoke of: “In revealing His name, God makes known the riches contained in the ineffable mystery of His Being. He…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

March 27, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. It is amusing to see how years of defending the indefensible (Vatican II and its horrific aftermath) cloud judgments and dim the light of reason. In your reply to C. T. in a recent issue of The Wanderer, you state that the enormous (by most standards) salary received by Mr. Mahfood, head of Food for the Poor ($391,627 per annum if correctly reported by your correspondent), “doesn’t seem exorbitant…in a world where, for example, the commissioner of the National Football League is paid $29 million a year.” Has your ability to discern the difference between the salary of a national head of a for-profit sports organization — however obscene the amount unquestionably is — and that of the director…Continue Reading

Fifth Sunday Of Lent (YR A)

March 26, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Readings: Ezek. 37:12-14 Romans 8:8-11 John 11:1-45 Our Spiritual Tombs In the first reading today, God promises through the Prophet Ezekiel that He will open the graves of those who have died and have them rise from their graves. He promises also that He will bring them back to the land of Israel so that, filled with the Spirit of God, they will be able to settle in the land. One could say that we have a fulfillment, at least in part, of this prophecy in the raising of Lazarus from the dead, as we hear in the Gospel. The same could apply to the daughter of Jairus and the son of the widow of Naim.…Continue Reading

Pope’s Homily At Roman Parish… “Always Remember To Listen To Jesus”

March 25, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

ROME (ZENIT) — Pope Francis went on a pastoral visit on Sunday, March 16 to the parish of Santa Maria dell’Orazione at Setteville di Guidonia, in the northern sector of the Diocese of Rome. On his arrival, the Pope greeted the faithful who could not find a place in the church, the disabled, children, and youngsters of the catechesis for First Communion, Confirmation, and post-Confirmation. Then he met with the Neo-Catechumenal Community and families with children baptized over the last few months. Finally, he heard the Confession of some penitents. Then, the Holy Father presided over the Celebration of the Eucharist in the Church of Santa Maria dell’Orazione, at the end of which he spent a brief time with the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Conflict, Calumny, Correction, And The Cross

March 23, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK New information has come to light in the past week about Fisher-More College, provided by a former board member, which has caused this writer personal regret for having spoken out in these pages about the recent suppression of the Traditional Latin Mass there. There are two sides to every story. The lesson is hard-learned about speaking out in certain cases where one cannot be sure one has all the facts. I jumped to the defense of Taylor Marshall in the Fisher-More case, a very sympathetic figure and publicly well known, as against the president who is known only by name and who has not gone to the Internet to promote himself now or in the…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scriptura Myth… A Prejudiced Interpretation Of The Scriptures

March 22, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 It has become quite evident that, as he interpreted the Scriptures according to his own peculiar criteria of subjective preference, Luther’s Sola Scriptura ultimately led him to deny the Scriptures. One should always bear in mind that what he called “the gospel” was only his prejudiced interpretation of the Scriptures, namely, Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide. In his unbridled subjectivism, he abandoned the teachings of the apostles that had been handed down through the centuries by the Catholic Church and adopted the idea that man has no free will (something very similar to the maktub! — “It is written!” — of Islam). Accordingly, man can do no good at all, and his nature…Continue Reading

God Reveals His Name

March 21, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER In last week’s installment of this series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), we examined the fundamental significance of coming to know that all that we believe begins with God and ends with God. “I believe in God” is the first affirmation of the Apostles’ Creed, and likewise, Sacred Scripture begins with the words, “In the beginning God. . . .” (Gen. 1:1). Believing in the one, true God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength is central to the Catholic faith and is the basis for each of the 12 articles of the Creed. It is upon professing our belief in God that the “other articles help us to know God better as…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

March 20, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. In a parish bulletin column, our pastor said that “the Catechism of the Catholic Church roundly condemns capital punishment, which makes this issue one more thing that we need to pray about as we strive to build a civilization and culture of life.” Is that true? — T.L.H., Massachusetts. A. No, it is not true that the Catechism “roundly condemns” capital punishment. What the Catechism (n. 2267) does say is that “assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor. If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient…Continue Reading