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September 14, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Regarding your recent reply about good catechetical materials, it is my understanding that there are some great religious education materials available from Dynamic Catholic. You can get more information at info@dynamiccatholic.com. — B.W., Michigan. A. Thank you for the information. This apostolate of Matthew Kelly is indeed a valuable source of good Catholic books. Q. I agree that the two Ignatius Press textbook series are excellent for use in the Catholic school classroom. However, for use in religious education classes that meet only once a week, the Christ Our Life series from Loyola Press can’t be beat. It is better than their Finding God series. — C.U., via e-mail. A. Thank you for your recommendation. We have used both…Continue Reading

U.S. Bishops… Offer Statements In Support of Archbishop Viganò And An Investigation

September 12, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on U.S. Bishops… Offer Statements In Support of Archbishop Viganò And An Investigation

(Editor’s Note: Below are several of many statements from U.S. bishops testifying to the personal credibility of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and calling for an investigation of his claims concerning the Pope and sex abuse crisis. As Archbishop Joseph Naumann’s commentary was quite long, we are only presenting excerpts of it. See lifesitenews.com for updates on bishops’ statements.) + + + Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver issued the following letter expressing his support for USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo’s and the Executive Committee’s call for an independent investigation in the wake of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s testimony: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Many of you are aware that this past weekend the former papal representative to the United…Continue Reading

The New Crown Of Thorns

September 11, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The New Crown Of Thorns

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER (Editor’s Note: Deacon James H. Toner, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Air War College, and author of Morals Under the Gun and other books. He has also taught at Notre Dame, Norwich, Auburn, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He serves in the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C.) + + + In his superb science fiction novel A Canticle for Leibowitz, author Walter Miller Jr. has an abbot plaintively ask, “What is the fundamental irritant, the essence of the tension?” In other words, why do things almost always go wrong? What must be altered or repaired so that we might live in genuine peace? As…Continue Reading

The Church Will Not Be Put To Shame

September 10, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Church Will Not Be Put To Shame

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 50:5-9a James 2:14-18 Mark 8:27-35 The Church is calling everyone who has faith to step forward and demonstrate their faith through works, as we hear in the second reading. These works will be manifold, so there is no way to predict what each person may be asked to do. For some it will depend upon the gifts God has given for prayer, for counsel, or for leadership. For all of us much will depend upon our circumstances, because God will use our situations as a means to serve others. The Church herself is going to demonstrate her fidelity to the Truth and her love for her Spouse,…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Confession… Confession In The New Testament

September 9, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Confession… Confession In The New Testament

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 (Editor’s Note: Last week’s column by Raymond de Souza should have been titled “Confession in the New Testament,” and it was part two, not part one, of de Souza’s series on “The Sacrament of Confession.” Below is part three.) + + + We all know that at the Last Supper, Jesus gave to His apostles the power to consecrate bread and wine into His Flesh and Blood. The whole chapter 6 of St. John’s Gospel proves ad nauseam that He meant it literally, not symbolically. But something that is often overlooked is the fact that, after the Resurrection, Jesus gave the apostles three very specific powers: To forgive sins; to preach His doctrine…Continue Reading

Virtue In General

September 8, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Virtue In General

By DON FIER “The aim of our charge,” proclaims St. Paul, “is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith” (1 Tim. 1:5). But as we saw last week, even with a well-formed conscience, one must be vigilant to guard against making judgments in difficult or perplexing situations that depart from the natural law that is written upon our hearts or from God’s divine law. Basic and sure norms that must be followed in every case are listed by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): Evil may never be done to produce a good result; follow the Golden Rule, “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them” (Matt.…Continue Reading

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September 7, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Regarding Cardinal McCarrick, who has been ordered by Pope Francis to conduct “a life of prayer and penance” before a Church trial is held, does anyone know exactly what that penance would be? Could McCarrick go to his confessor and seek absolution, like any other practicing Catholic? — J.G., Arizona. A. Yes, Cardinal McCarrick could go to his confessor and seek absolution, like any other Catholic, but we don’t know what an appropriate penance would be. We would hope that it would be something commensurate to the great harm he did to those he sexually abused and to the Church he betrayed not only with his immoral sexual predation, but also by running interference for pro-abortion Catholic politicians. His…Continue Reading

The Cleansing Of The Church: Coming Soon?

September 5, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Cleansing Of The Church: Coming Soon?

By GEORGE A. KENDALL I have a strong premonition that a major historical crisis for the Church is now very near, one perhaps very comparable to the Protestant revolt and the corruption in the Renaissance Church that preceded it. Or perhaps even worse. Let me outline my thinking on this. In the 1990s, Catholics were horrified to learn that we were suffering an epidemic of unworthy priests who sexually abused children and young adults (sometimes very young adults — adolescents, usually males). I must add that some of us had known about this for some time — for instance, the staff, the contributors, and the readers of The Wanderer, but we were dismissed as paranoid. At that time, the hierarchy…Continue Reading

Keep Your Focus On The Lord

September 4, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Keep Your Focus On The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7a James 2:1-5 Mark 7:31-37 There is an ancient Chinese curse that has often been repeated: May you live to see interesting times. Well, it appears this curse has befallen us. However, as Christian people, we know that all things work together for good for those who believe and we also know that God brings good out of evil. The present situation in the Church is horrible and distressing to many people, as one would expect. However, we need to look beyond the filth, the lies, the cover-ups, the malice, and so on and keep our focus on the Lord. As things unravel, we are going to…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Why I Accuse The Pope

September 3, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Why I Accuse The Pope

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK For many years now, it has become quite common for priests to be treated as if they have do not have a conscience. They have been led to corrupt the sacraments without their consent and now it is being directed from the top. Some years ago I was stationed by the Navy in Florida. A woman came to the chapel with a child to ask about Baptism for an infant. Her visit led to one of the greatest crises of my naval career, perhaps of my priesthood. You know the tale: Adult wants Baptism for a child, adult hasn’t been attending Mass, adult is in mortal sin and scandalizing the child or children as well…Continue Reading