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A Leaven In The World . . . Some Bishops Are Beginning To Find Their Voice

November 24, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In recent weeks the Pope hosted the “Humanum” conference in Rome. In his remarks of welcome he clearly reiterated his commitment to the right of children to have both a mother and a father while stating that marriages and families cannot be redefined by or subject to manipulation by ideologies. (See p. 4B of this week’s Wanderer for the full text.) Interestingly, those who have attempted to co-opt him for an alien agenda are beginning to bristle with displeasure. In response to Pope Francis’ “Humanum” comments, Franco Grillini, the head of “Gaynet,” responded, according to Alessandro Gisotti of Vatican Radio, with the withering comment that the Pope is “a false progressive” because he affirms as…Continue Reading

Is The Rosary A Prayer Of “Vain Repetitions”?

November 23, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 The visit I received from two Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs, for short) gave me the opportunity to demonstrate that repetitive prayer — especially the rosary — is entirely in line with Sacred Scripture. When they walked into my living room and did not miss the sight of my rosary on the mantelpiece, I knew only too well that they were itching to say something about it. And, as sure as death and taxes, one of them asked me if I was aware that prayer of repetition was “condemned by Jesus in the Bible.” In this article I’d like to provide more information I trust will be useful to Wanderer readers to use in their…Continue Reading

Reading And Interpreting Scripture

November 22, 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

November 21, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. We recently celebrated the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. Why does the Church celebrate a church building in Rome? — P.R., Massachusetts. A. Because the Basilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest church in Christendom and is the church of the Pope, not St. Peter’s Basilica. The Lateran Basilica was built in the fourth century and was consecrated by Pope Sylvester in 324, just 11 years after Roman Emperor Constantine granted Christians religious freedom. He gave the former palace of the Laterani family to Pope Miltiades, and the Popes resided there for a thousand years. We honor this sacred building as a way of expressing love and veneration for the Church of Rome, which St.…Continue Reading

Be Watchful And Alert

November 20, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b, 64:2-7 1 Cor. 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-17 In the first reading today we hear of the conflict that has tormented humanity from the very beginning. The problem is that we blame God for everything. Isaiah cries out to God in a lament, “Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways and harden our hearts so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants.” There is the clear acknowledgment that we have wandered from the Lord and that we have hardened our hearts against Him, but then the blame is placed squarely on the Lord for allowing it to happen in…Continue Reading

In The Footsteps Of St. Paul… Bishop Conley’s Pilgrimage Teaches About Evangelizing Culture

November 19, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Below is the latest column by Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., for the Southern Nebraska Register. Bishop Conley, in conjunction with Spirit Catholic Radio and others, went on an October 31 to November 9 St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage Cruise. (ZENIT News Agency provided the text. All rights reserved.) + + + The ancient Christian writer and theologian Tertullian once asked the Church, “What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?” He asked the question as Christianity spread from Israel into the Greek world; and as Greek intellectuals looked for deeper insight into the Christian mystery. Tertullian was asking whether pagan Greek culture — philosophy, poetry, the arts, history, and literature — had anything of value for those…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Social Kingship Of Christ And Religious Freedom

November 17, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.” The first reading from First Corinthians proclaimed in all our churches on Sunday, November 23, proclaims that Christ reigns as “king” because He demands complete obedience of intellect and will on the part of all who love Him as Savior and God. Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, in his remarks to the annual meeting of…Continue Reading

Is The Rosary A Prayer Of “Vain Repetitions”?

November 16, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Raymond de Souza, KM Part 2 Last week I told the story of the visit of two Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW for short) to my house, and I showed to them that Jesus was in favor of repetitive prayer, because He gave us a prayer to repeat, the Our Father. I left a question unanswered. The younger JW had asked me, “So, are you saying that your rosary is inspired in the Bible?” “Actually, yes,” I answered. “The rosary is simply a way of keeping order, dividing the prayers in distinct sections. Let me give you another example, straight from the Bible. Take Psalm 119 (119, depending on the version). It is the longest psalm in the Bible, having 176…Continue Reading

The Written Word Of God

November 15, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER In previous installments of this series, it was established that “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred Deposit of the Word of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 97), and that “the task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church” (CCC, n. 100). Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that these three elements (as italicized above) depend one upon the other and, in fact, are inseparable if God’s Revelation is to be truthfully and accurately made manifest to mankind. This installment will focus in particular on the written word of God, that is, Sacred Scripture, and its faithful interpretation. For, as we are candidly told…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 14, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. In your October 23, 2014 column, you reviewed a difficult question about why John the Baptist appeared to have doubts about who Jesus was. Your answer is centered about the Messiah who has already arrived, but John’s question is clearly about another future event. St. Thomas Aquinas discusses this in Summa Theologica (Part II, Question 2, Article 7, Reply to Objection 2) and it might be a worthy addition to your commentary on Matt. 11:3. — R.F.B., via e-mail. A. Our reply addressed the question of why John, who appeared to know who Jesus was when he called Him the “Lamb of God,” later sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you he who is to come, or shall…Continue Reading