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The Four Marks Of The Church — Holiness

June 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER For the past two weeks, we have been unpacking the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the first of her four marks, that she is one. Our Lord left no room for uncertainty when He said, “There shall be one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16), nor did St. Paul when he proclaimed that “we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:4). The Catechism summarizes several reasons to support the claim that the Catholic Church is the one true Church founded by Christ: “She acknowledges one Lord, confesses one faith, is born of one Baptism, forms only one Body, is given life by the one Spirit,…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Commenting on the Bruce Jenner fiasco in his usually perceptive way, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City said in a recent bulletin: “Anyone who can remain awake listening to the conversations of sedentary former athletes on ESPN is perhaps unable to think clearly on any subject of significance, but the declaration that a man is a woman must astonish alert minds, including the Olympic judges who awarded him [Jenner] a medal under the impression he was a man. . . . “In 1965, the Johns Hopkins Hospital pioneered sex-change surgery. Since ‘gender’ is a grammatical term with no proper application to biology, the term ‘transgenderism’ had not yet been coined. Such…Continue Reading

Prophets Among Us

June 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Ezek. 2:2-5 2 Cor. 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6 In the Gospel reading today our Lord says that a prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin. The obvious problem is that those people know the prophet and have known him since he was young. Because of their familiarity with the person, they assume that God could not have called that person to such a position. When it is someone we do not know, it makes more sense to us because we can romanticize in our imaginations that the person was always holy. Of course, today we do not tend to accept anyone.…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Address To Rome Conference . . . “The Gift Of Marriage…Is Also A Mission”

June 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave Sunday evening, June 14 when he opened the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome, held in St. Peter’s Square. The theme this year is: “‘We Deliver to You What We Have Received’ (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3) — We Parents, Witnesses of the Beauty of Life.” + + + Good evening! The forecasts yesterday, in the late evening, said rain for today, for this afternoon and this evening! Yes, it’s true, there is a rain of families in St. Peter’s Square. Thank you! It is good to meet you at the beginning of the pastoral congress of our Diocese of Rome. I thank you so…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Loss Of Catholic Culture Impoverishes Society, Hobbles Conversion

June 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I felt some sympathy for the Sailor seated against the back wall of the chapel, waiting for me as I concluded my celebration of a Traditional Latin weekday low Mass aboard the USS Kearsarge so he could guide me off the ship. He is an enlisted Sailor and religious program specialist charged with assisting chaplains of various faiths to offer religious services and meet the faith and spiritual welfare needs of Sailors, Marines, and other personnel serving with the Navy. He clearly had no idea that what he just witnessed was the only real meeting on this Earth with Heaven itself in Jesus Christ, who offers and is offered, and who is received eucharistically, in…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… Does The Spiritual Soul Exist?

June 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 Why is evolution of the species impossible? It is amazing how bigotry can blind people, even those who call themselves “scientists.” It is genetically impossible for living beings to have offspring with qualities that were not transmitted by its parent beings. No one can give what it does not possess in the first place. Any idiot knows that. Socialists try to do it, but always fail. The reality of “genetic mutation” never happens in order to add a new quality, but to remove an existing one. Genetically modified beings have fewer genes, not more, in their pool than their parents have. Therefore, for an animal to evolve into a sensitive man, be it…Continue Reading

The Four Marks Of The Church — Unity

June 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 The sole Church of Christ in which we profess our firm belief possesses four distinguishing characteristics — unity, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity — that are inseparably linked to one another. Clear identification of these fundamental elements, referred to as the “four marks of the Church,” dates back to the earliest ecumenical councils in the Church’s history (Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople I in 381). They are distinctive properties by which the Catholic Church can be recognized, and to which no other church or ecclesial community can lay claim. As we began our analysis last week of her first essential property, unity, we saw that the Catechism immediately identifies three reasons why this mark is primary.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Is it true that Pope Leo X (1513-1521) called the story of Christ a “fable”? — M.A., Pennsylvania. A. No, it is not true. Writing on the Catholic Answers website (www.catholic.com), Michelle Arnold said: “Although the quote is commonly attributed without source documentation to Pope Leo X, it is believed to have originated in a satirical piece titled ‘The Pageant of the Popes’ by a Protestant controversialist named John Bale (1495-1563). Bale wrote: ‘For on a time when a Cardinall Bembus did move a question out of the Gospell, the Pope gave him a very contemptuous answer, saying, “All ages can testifie enough howe profitable that fable of Christe hath ben to us and our companie”.’” Q. Saying that…Continue Reading

Trusting In God’s Providence

June 18, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24 2 Cor. 8:7, 9, 13-15 Mark 5:21-43 “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” These are the words our Lord spoke to the parents of the little girl when they had been told that their daughter had just died. In the context of the passage, our Lord was going to raise the little girl from death and restore her to her parents. The phrase, however, has many other applications in our day-to-day life. There are so many people dealing with a multitude of fears today. Perhaps the greatest is the fear of death. The first reading tells us that death came into the world through…Continue Reading

The Body God Gave Us Doesn’t Lie . . . A Meditation On The Sexual Confusion Of Our Day

June 17, 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 June 2 blog. All rights reserved.) + + + The latest tragic twist in the “Bruce Jenner saga” (more on that below) illustrates yet again one of the great errors of our day: the rejection of the truth that our bodies have something to tell us about who we are and what we are called to do and be. Most moderns see the body as merely a tool of sorts. Assertions are made that one can do as one pleases with one’s own body, and that a person’s sex (male…Continue Reading