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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

Fourth Sunday Of Lent (YR A)

March 19, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a Eph. 5:8-14 John 9:1-41 Pray For True Light In the second reading St. Paul tells us that we are light in the Lord and that we are, therefore, to live as children of the light. He makes the distinction between light and darkness, but that can be applied in a variety of ways. It can be truth and falsehood, it can be good and evil, it can be clarity and confusion, it can be charity and selfishness, and so on. The fact that we have been enlightened by Christ does not necessarily imply that we have allowed the light of Christ into every part of our being; neither does it…Continue Reading

Pope’s Lenten Reflection With Priests of Rome . . . Pray To All The Priests In Heaven For The Grace Of Mercy

March 18, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is a translation of what Pope Francis said March 6 when he met with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome, in the Paul VI Hall, for the traditional appointment at the beginning of Lent. After the greeting of the cardinal vicar, Agostino Vallini, the Pope gave the address below. ZENIT News Agency provided the translation and the text; all rights reserved. +    +    + When together with the cardinal vicar, we gave thought to this meeting, I said to him that I could do a meditation for you on the subject of mercy. It does us good, at the beginning of Lent, to reflect together as priests on mercy. We are all in need…Continue Reading

On Temptation

March 16, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the Holy Father’s address before and after the recitation of the angelus to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on March 9. Dear brothers and sisters, hello! The Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent presents us every year with an episode about the temptations of Jesus, when the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and, after the baptism in the Jordan, drove him to confront Satan openly in the desert for 40 days before beginning His public mission. The tempter tries to lead Jesus away from the Father’s plan, that is, from the path of sacrifice, of the love that offers itself in expiation. He wants to lead Jesus down an easy road,…Continue Reading