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The Seven Sacraments — Categories And Effects

May 21, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Each of the seven sacraments, according to the infallible teaching of the Catholic Church, was personally instituted by Christ during His visible stay on Earth. As we saw last week, the details of institution for some — even the precise words for administration — are taken directly from Scripture. However, as Christoph Cardinal Schönborn states in Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Sacraments, “We cannot for each and every sacrament locate an exact point in time when our Lord instituted it” (p. 21). Nonetheless, for each of the seven sacraments “we possess at least a clear apostolic tradition, and such a tradition must be traced back to Christ himself” (Johann Auer and Joseph Ratzinger, Dogmatic…Continue Reading

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May 20, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. What is the official standing of Fr. Nicholas Gruner, who believed that the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary had not been done properly? He was known as “the Fatima priest,” but I always thought that title belonged to Fr. Robert Fox. — M.S., Kentucky. A. Fr. Gruner died at the age of 72 on April 29, 2015. He had been suspended from priestly ministry in 1996 after he refused to return to the Diocese of Avellino, Italy, where he was ordained in 1976. He was best known for his newspaper The Fatima Crusader, in which he argued for years that Pope John Paul II’s 1984 consecration was not done properly and that the Holy Father’s…Continue Reading

Brought Together In The One Sacrifice

May 19, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Corpus Christi (YR C) Readings: Gen. 14:18-20 1 Cor. 11:23-26 Luke 9:11b-17 In the first reading today we hear about Melchizedek who is the Priest of God Most High and the King of Salem. The town of Salem became known as Jerusalem after Abraham brought Isaac to that place in obedience to the word of God. When Abraham slaughtered the ram in place of his son, he called the place Yahweh-Jireh. The last part of this title became the first part of the word Jerusalem. There has always been intrigue about the person of Melchizedek because he comes out of nowhere. He has not been heard of prior to Genesis 14 and he…Continue Reading

Cardinal Mueller Reminds The Church Of Her Marriage Doctrine

May 18, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON Part 1 (Editor’s Note: We will be publishing this commentary from Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as reported by Maike Hickson, in two parts. The second part will appear in next week’s issue. (OnePeterFive graciously gave The Wanderer reprint permission for this article. All rights reserved. See: www.onepeterfive.com/cardinal-muller-reminds-church-marriage-doctrine/. (Dr. Hickson, born in Germany, studied history and French literature at the University of Hannover.) + + + As I reported elsewhere earlier, on May 4, Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, allowed himself to make several very important statements while he was visiting Spain at the beginning of May. The most important words he…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Infantile Catechesis Fuels Childish Rebellion

May 16, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Navy chief petty officers are known to often intone the mantra “Ignorance is a renewable resource” like a Greek chorus. They have learned that their profession of training junior sailors is one that calls for constant vigilance lest war-fighting and sea-going knowledge and skills atrophy and military disaster, or, at the very least, inefficiency, results. The same is true for Catholic Christians: No religious body in the world has developed doctrine and understanding of Scripture and Tradition as has the Church under the guidance of the Holy Ghost for 2,000 years. No one is blessed as are we Catholics with such a wealth of catechetical riches. At the same time, however, no one can fall…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . The Spanish Inquisition

May 15, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 54 The Spanish Inquisition has been portrayed by anti-Catholic historians as the climax of injustice, discrimination, and horrendous persecution of innocent people. It is seen as something like the witch “Maleficent” in the famous Walt Disney cartoon. Even Barack Obama mentioned it in order to explain away the atrocities of ISIS. Such people enjoy a morbid thrill in speaking against the “cruelty of the Catholic Church” epitomized by the Spanish Inquisition. It became a kind of bogeyman of history. What are the facts about the ill-famed Spanish Inquisition? In simple terms, it was a tribunal established in 1478 by the King and Queen of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella, at the request of their subjects…Continue Reading

The Seven Sacraments — Common Doctrine

May 14, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 The sacraments of the Church, as we saw last week, have three essential elements: They are (a) sacred signs (b) instituted by Christ (c) to give grace. Precisely seven in number, they are the essential channels through which God has chosen to make available to mankind the divine graces (won by the Passion, death, and Resurrection of His only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ) that make it possible for us to attain entrance into the eternal happiness of Heaven. That the sacraments are seven in number — no more and no less — is a dogmatic teaching of the Church. As regular readers of this series may recall, the canon of Sacred Scripture was not…Continue Reading

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May 13, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. A friend of mine wishes to purchase a picture of St. Germaine Cousin (1579-1601), patron saint of abused children. She was canonized 149 years ago. Can you tell me where she can purchase a picture of her? — M.S., via e-mail. A. We don’t know, but perhaps one of our readers does. We will keep you posted. Q. Having just finished the book AA-1025 about Communist infiltration into the Catholic Church, I am amazed at the number of undercover Communist seminarians/clergy in the 20th century who tried to destroy the Church from within. The book is essentially a diary of such a clergyman uncovered by a hospital nurse after this person expired following a traffic accident. What do you…Continue Reading

One Mind And One Will

May 12, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR C) Readings: Prov. 8:22-31 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells us that everything the Father has is our Lord’s, and the Holy Spirit will take from what is our Lord’s and declare it to us. At first hearing it sounds as if there is a chronological progression as the possession of knowledge is passed from the Father, to the Son, to the Holy Spirit, and finally, to us. However, this is not the case. When we speak about the Trinity we have to remember that everything is one, everything is identical. The only distinction that can be made in the Trinity is…Continue Reading

Persecution In Northern Nigeria… Bishop Kukah Says Church In Nigeria Has Crucial Role

May 11, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

NEW YORK (ZENIT) – Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto, Nigeria, delivered this talk on April 26, 2016 at a conference held at the Cardinal Egan Catholic Center of New York University. The event was sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need-USA. + + + In Nigeria, as well as many other parts of Africa with significant Muslim populations, the persecution of Christians has long been familiar, its successive waves characterized only by variations in themes, levels of violence, and scope — but not in essence. In northern Nigeria, Islam as we know it today arrived with the sword and blood, then slavery, subjugation, and oppression. The Fulani jihad, which overran existing Hausa city-states, established a caliphate (1804-1903), leaving in…Continue Reading