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A Leaven In The World… Cardinal Kasper’s Vacation From Reason

October 6, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK He who vacates reason cannot inhabit faith. The Synod on the Family is getting underway in Rome and speculation in regard to its outcome continues to build. Change agents continue to agitate for admitting the divorced and civilly married to sacramental Communion. Media sources have been very successful in stringing along a “trend” by which they appoint themselves players in the news cycle while creating further confusion about the real nature of Catholic faith and sacramental practice. They continue to suggest that the decision to change the Church’s practice of not admitting the divorced and civilly remarried to sacramental Communion has all but been officially decreed. Events of the past few months recall the fury…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scripture Myth

October 5, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 “I am convinced by the Scriptures!” shouted Martin Luther, as he unleashed his revolution against the Church of Rome. A great many people followed him to make a new church, officially based upon the Scriptures alone, with neither Popes nor councils. But people did not read the fine print in Luther’s revolt: “I am convinced by the Scriptures . . . as I interpret them.” Officially, Sacred Scripture was to be open to all Christians and consequently no teaching Magisterium was necessary or even allowed: Each and every Christian became able to read the sacred text and interpret it correctly. The Holy Spirit would make sure of that, we’re told. No Popes, councils,…Continue Reading

Man’s Capacity For God

October 4, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Don Fier Having considered the Prologue of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) in our previous installment, we will now turn our attention to the first of the Catechism’s four pillars: “The Profession of Faith.” It is the longest section of the CCC, comprising 39% of its total volume, and is foundational for the rest, for it is essential to know God and what He has done before we consider how man can and ought to respond. As is the case for each of the four major parts of the CCC, it is composed of two sections. The first, as expressed by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, “lays…the foundation of the subject, while the second further develops the particular themes…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 3, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Fr. George Rutler, pastor of the Church of St. Michael in New York City, has offered a scathing criticism of the blasé attitude of many Americans to the “genocide of Christians” in the Middle East. Writing in his September 14 parish bulletin, Fr. Rutler said: “We are now engaged in a war, whether or not some politicians hesitate to call it that, and it must have priority over all other interests. The war is being fought by enemies of God, deluded by the conceit that they are fighting for God. This is so hard for an indulged and selfish culture to accept, inasmuch as it means acknowledging that good and evil exist, though many would prefer to ignore…Continue Reading

Our Lord Destroyed Death

October 2, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 25:6-10a Phil. 4:12-14, 19-20 Matt. 22:1-14 In the first reading today God tells us through the Prophet Isaiah that He will destroy the veil that veils all people; He will destroy death forever. He says that this will take place on His holy mountain. This can be understood in two ways. The first way to understand this is that the mountain is the one known as Zion, in other words, the mountain where Jerusalem is built. It was on this mountain that Abraham took Isaac when he was going to offer his son to the Lord. Instead, God intervened and provided a ram for the sacrifice. Along…Continue Reading

Reparation For Black Mass . . . “The Chaotic Forces Of Evil Are Very Real”

October 1, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. PAUL COAKLEY (Editor’s Note: The black mass took place as scheduled Sunday, September 21 in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. Various news outlets reported that hundreds protested against the black mass while only dozens attended it. Below we reprint Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley’s September 18 statement, followed by his homily at the holy hour held shortly before the black mass. A procession to the Civic Center took place after the holy hour. (ZENIT News Agency provided the text of Archbishop Coakley’s holy hour homily.) + + + The Hour Has Come On Sunday, September 21, a local satanic sect apparently will be allowed to conduct a public act of blasphemy in the form of a so-called black…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . God Does Not Come Through The Computer

September 29, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Virtual reality can never serve as “parish replacement therapy” for “Catholics on leave.” Many believers remain alienated as a result of personal choices from the life of the Church. Some of them have been known to post about their frustrations on Facebook, writing such things as, “Continue to wait for answers…” God, however, does not come to us through our computers. Although there are many ways to find traces of God — for example, in the things that He has made — His Church remains the perfect and most secure place to meet, know, and love Him because of His Incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, her founder and Lord who continues to come to the world…Continue Reading

Priestly Celibacy: Unnatural? Or…Supernatural? The Biblical Foundations Of Celibacy: Summing Up

September 28, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 MThe Catholic priesthood is God’s holy calling (2 Tim. 1:5-9) to some men to follow Jesus’ footsteps more closely (St. Augustine). The priest is called to be an angel of the Lord, always keeping His Law in his mouth (Mal. 2:7). A truly celibate priest is one who is a real man, who understands human nature and offers a sacrifice to Heaven for the sake of a higher good: the promotion of the glory of God and the salvation of souls. He acts in persona Christi, in the person of Christ, in the imitation of Jesus Christ as perfectly as possible, including in Jesus’ celibacy. The Old Testament provides hints about God’s desire…Continue Reading

Catechism Of the Catholic Church: Prologue

September 27, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Don Fier “Father, . . . this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ” (John 17:3). This Scripture verse, the opening words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), succinctly and beautifully expresses its very purpose. The CCC’s first paragraph goes on to expand on this teaching of Jesus Christ: “God, . . . in a plan of sheer goodness, freely created man to make him share in His own blessed life. . . . He calls man to seek Him, to know Him, to love Him with all his strength. To accomplish this, . . . God sent His Son as Redeemer and Savior.”…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 26, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. What do you know about the Concordant Literal Version of the Bible? — G.P., Florida. A. It is published by the Concordant Publishing Concern in Almont, Mich., which describes itself as “a nondenominational, nonprofit association founded in 1909 for the purpose of disseminating the facts and truths of the ancient manuscripts of the Scriptures.” The company’s website says that “the Concordant Version presents God’s Word in a most useful form. It is a literal translation, seeking to carry over the original text through a consistent ‘concordant’ English vocabulary. The type is large and readable, with boldface representing the actual English translation of the original Greek and lightface showing English words added for idiomatic clarity or to reflect grammatical significance.”…Continue Reading