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Ecclesial Ministry In The Church

August 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The Christian faithful, as we saw last week, are comprised of all who have been incorporated in Christ through the saving waters of Baptism. As taught by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): “From the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes” (n. 1267). Each member of the faithful, from the Pope to the newborn infant who has just been baptized, is equal in dignity as a child of God. Likewise, all are called, each in accordance with the gifts he or she has received, to “cooperate in the building up of the Body of Christ”…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. What do you say to someone who tells you that Popes were appointed by emperors for a long time? How did the Church approve the appointment of a Pope by an emperor? — E.G., Florida. A. The first thing we would say is, “So what? What point are you trying to make? Are you trying to say that the papacy was not established by Christ to govern His Church? But that’s not true. Are you trying to say that Popes do not have the authority to teach in the name of Christ? That’s not true either. Or are you trying to say that Popes put into office by secular rulers were not protected by the Holy Spirit from teaching…Continue Reading

Be Doers Of The Word

August 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Deut. 4:1-2, 6-8 James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 In the first reading today, Moses tells the people of Israel that they are to observe all of the Commandments of the Lord, neither adding to them nor subtracting from them. He goes on to say that in this way they will show to the nations that they are a truly wise and intelligent people. Beyond that, the nations will wonder at them because God is so close to them. We know that the Israelites did not obey either God or Moses in this matter. They showed themselves to be worldly rather than spiritual and, choosing…Continue Reading

John Cardinal Tong… “We Must Carry The Cross Together With Jesus Christ”

August 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

HONG KONG (AsiaNews) — John Cardinal Tong, bishop of Hong Kong, issued an urgent appeal on August 13 against the demolition of crosses in the province of Zhejiang, a practice that has already touched more than 1,000 crosses in Catholic or Protestant churches. In his appeal, the prelate calls on the Chinese government to stop these “unlawful acts” because many dismantled crosses and buildings had all the required permits. The campaign against the crosses and Christian buildings began in early 2014, when Zhejiang Party Secretary Xia Baolong saw that the skyline of the city of Wenzhou (Zhejiang province) had “too many crosses.” Many Christians suspect that the real aim is to reduce the impact and influence of Christian communities, both…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Goodness Of Creation

August 17, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The 70th anniversary this August of the bombing of Nagasaki is followed by our participation in the Day of Prayer for Protection of Creation on September 1 as requested by Pope Francis. So much loss of life, suffering, and devastation wrought by the evil of the false gods of war and hatred find their antidote in the greatness of God whom we begin to touch, understand, and love in everything He has made. The God who made everything, including us, calls us back to Himself over and over again by the recreation in Christ which continues in the Eucharist. Of course we know and reaffirm that, just as creation found its greatest expression in the…Continue Reading

Apologetics Course… Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, Zealots, Essenes, The Jewish Sects

August 16, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 15 In our days of unbridled ecumenism, when togetherness and being “nice” to everyone are more important than truth and orthodoxy, many Catholics take exception to the affirmation that the Jewish people lost their election, and that the Old Covenant has been replaced by the New, to the point of celebrating Jewish holidays and affirming that they do not need to convert to Jesus Christ. “God’s plans are unchangeable,” they say. “God’s choice is there to stay; who are we to say otherwise,” they say; “The Jews are God’s Chosen People, and this is a fact,” they say. They forget that God is Lord, and has established a New Covenant in the Blood of…Continue Reading

The Christian Faithful

August 15, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER For the past nine weeks, we have been unpacking the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the four identifying characteristics or properties that distinguish the Catholic Church from all other churches and ecclesial communities — that she is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. The last of these four marks, that she is apostolic, was shown last week to manifest itself in three principal ways: The Church is apostolic in her origin because she is “built upon the foundation of the apostles” (Eph. 2:20) whom Christ Himself chose and commissioned to “preach the Gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15); in her teaching, which remains faithful to what was originally received by the apostles…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 14, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Following up on a recent reply to the question of “Who Made God,” T.J.M. of New Jersey sent along these comments: “Your answer to this question was, of course, correct, but based on the acceptance of Revelation and the definition of God provided. [However], there is an additional argument, surprisingly based on science, which I find to be irrefutable and may be of assistance to the grandson in question. Until the 1950s, atheists insisted that the universe was eternal, which assertion Christians denied based on faith. At that time, however, scientists discovered that the universe, which had not been in existence before, came into being in a few seconds some 13.7 billion years ago as a result of an…Continue Reading

Choose Today Whom You Will Serve

August 13, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b Eph. 5:21-32 John 6:60-69 In the first reading today we hear about Joshua calling together the people of Israel as they embark upon the Promised Land. It is in this setting that Joshua draws the line in the sand and challenges the people to make a choice regarding whom they will serve. The people proclaimed that they would serve the Lord, but we all know how long that lasted. The same challenge is given to us today, but in a bit of a different context. In the other two readings today, we have two of the areas of doctrine that have become among the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… How Catholics End Up As Practical Protestants

August 10, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church is in the business of making Catholics, of proclaiming and calling all to the fullness of saving truth in Jesus Christ our Lord. Our mission to those who doubt or refuse some of our teachings is to call them to that fullness, whether Catholics already in our pews or Protestant brothers and sisters on our periphery. A confusion, sometimes called “ecumania,” has resulted in an inversion of the Church’s mission on the part of some Catholics, even among our Catholic leadership, as we have seen Walter Cardinal Kasper among those who would change Catholic doctrine on marriage to mirror what is already abundantly available among non-Catholic confessions. But our mission as Catholics is…Continue Reading