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The Authority Of Bishops . . . The Hierarchy Of Orders In The Catholic Church

January 13, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Authority Of Bishops . . . The Hierarchy Of Orders In The Catholic Church

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 It is a well-known fact that the Church today is going through a crisis, especially in faith, as can be seen as early as 1985 when Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger allowed the publication of The Ratzinger Report. I believe that Benedict XVI was the only Pope in Church history whose mind was already well-known a quarter century prior to his election at a conclave. One of today’s gravest crisis is the ambiguity about moral issues, such as contraception, divorce and remarriage, and the Eucharist. In The Ratzinger Report, page 150 of the American edition by Ignatius Press, Cardinal Ratzinger clearly states that “ambiguity is the mark of the demonic,” and recommends devotion to the…Continue Reading

The Crisis Of Hope In The Modern World

January 12, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Crisis Of Hope In The Modern World

By DON FIER Two opposing vices were identified last week as contrary to the theological virtue of hope: despair and presumption. Despair, on the one hand, goes against Divine Mercy; presumption, on the other hand, goes against Divine Justice. To explain, the renowned Thomist philosopher Dr. Josef Pieper describes hope as “preeminently the virtue of the status viatoris [condition or state of being on the way]” (Faith, Hope, Love [FHL], p. 98), the virtue by which “man reaches ‘with restless heart,’ with confidence and patient expectation,…toward the arduous ‘not yet’ of fulfillment” (FHL, p. 100). However, Dr. Pieper goes on to say, “Both despair and presumption…destroy the pilgrim character of human existence in the status viatoris” (FHL, p. 113). The…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 11, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In a recent reply about the appropriateness of giving blessings to those coming to Holy Communion, we said that the practice was an unauthorized innovation that should be discouraged. We have since learned that Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has instructed his priests and deacons not to give such blessings. Here is his rationale: “I do not give any blessings during the time for Holy Communion. Everyone at Mass receives a liturgical blessing from the celebrant at the conclusion of the Mass, just a few moments after the distribution of Holy Communion and immediately before the dismissal. I do not touch anyone, pat them on the head, or make the Sign of the Cross on their forehead…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Evangelizing The New Areopagus: Weddings

January 8, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Evangelizing The New Areopagus: Weddings

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Young people today often worship work, free time, or other people; anything from among a plethora of worldly realities other than the true God revealed in Jesus Christ. They might say they are Christians, as many do when asked today. They may not worship on Sundays or pray daily. But, of course, as the faith itself teaches, without works it is dead. We cannot be saved if our faith is nothing but words. Often this practically pagan reality becomes evident when marriage plans begin to materialize. Weddings necessarily involve family. Family involves those of faith as well as those having none. When the invitations begin to arrive with no indication of a church wedding, some…Continue Reading

Jesus Is God From Eternity

January 7, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Jesus Is God From Eternity

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Baptism Of The Lord (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 In the Gospel reading we are told that after all the people had been baptized, and Jesus had also been baptized, while He was praying the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove. Then a voice from Heaven was heard saying: “You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.” This passage has been misinterpreted in several ways. First, there are those who claim Jesus did not know He was God, but when the Holy Spirit descended upon Him He realized He was God. Being God, the divine mind of…Continue Reading

The Authority Of Bishops… Celibacy Among The Early Christians

January 6, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Authority Of Bishops… Celibacy Among The Early Christians

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 I have heard from many a Catholic the idea that the early Church had no teaching on celibacy. It was supposedly a medieval imposition of the Latin Church upon the faithful. The early Christians, they say, took God’s commandment to “Be fruitful and multiply” seriously. But such people fail to see the context, the hints in the Old Testament pointing to a future celibacy, the difference between commandment and counsel, the teachings of Jesus Himself and especially of St. Paul, who explicitly recommends celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. The early Christians laid down their lives for Jesus Christ: They were martyred right, left, and center — crucified, burned alive,…Continue Reading

Vices Opposed To The Virtue Of Hope

January 5, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Vices Opposed To The Virtue Of Hope

By DON FIER In beginning our deliberation on the theological virtue of hope in last week’s installment, it was noted that human hope pertains to a certain confidence directed toward what is expected, but not yet present. As portrayed by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn in the third volume of Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church, natural hope is “a human attitude without which there can be no human life: the sick person hopes for recovery; the lover, for the return of the beloved; those afflicted by war, for peace” (p. 49). His Eminence goes on to state that “someone who has no hope left at all — if that is even possible — cannot live, either” (ibid., p. 50). This…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 4, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In a recent column in the weekly bulletin of the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. George Rutler first gave the bad news about the precipitous decline of women religious from 181,421 in 1965 to about 47,000 today, about 80 percent of them over 70 years of age. He blamed the decline on abandonment of “conventual life and even those religious habits. It was an abuse of the [Second Vatican] Council’s modest prescriptions for updating the consecrated life and, in fact, it often fostered dissent from the Faith itself.” Fr. Rutler then gave the good news that there is “a dramatic upsurge in Orders that live the traditional counsels, teaching, caring for the poor and…Continue Reading

Jamie Schmidt… Saying Farewell To A Catholic Heroine And Possible Martyr

January 3, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Jamie Schmidt… Saying Farewell To A Catholic Heroine And Possible Martyr

By FR. BRIAN W. HARRISON, OS (LifeSiteNews) — On November 26-27, I joined a great many others from the St. Louis and southwest Illinois areas in giving thanks to God for the life of Mrs. Jamie Schmidt, and paying our last respects to this noble woman who sacrificed her life rather than submit to sexual abuse. (See The Wanderer, December 13, 2018, p. 5A, for Fr. Harrison’s earlier article on the murder of Mrs. Schmidt. Also see LifeSiteNews for November 24, 2018, where his article first appeared. It is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.) Many LifeSiteNews readers will already have seen my recent posting telling the harrowing story of how this gentle and devout 53-year-old mother of three,…Continue Reading

God’s Epiphany Must Change Us

January 1, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God’s Epiphany Must Change Us

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Epiphany (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6 Eph. 3:2-3a, 5-8 Matt. 2:1-12 In the first reading the Prophet Isaiah speaks about events that would take place in Jerusalem. Being written after the exile, the original context may have been understood to mean that the people had learned their lesson during their time of exile and were serving the Lord so faithfully that not only would the Jews of the diaspora return to Jerusalem, but their fidelity would be a light that broke through the darkness of the Gentiles to bring them to the truth. If only it would have worked that way! Unfortunately, we know that many of the Jews did not remain faithful…Continue Reading