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The Morality Of The Passions

August 4, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Morality Of The Passions

By DON FIER Two deeply flawed moral theories that have gained much popularity in contemporary times were scrutinized in last week’s installment: proportionalism and consequentialism. As we saw, Pope St. John Paul II authoritatively repudiated both notions in his tenth encyclical, Veritatis Splendor (VS), which was promulgated in 1993 after a preparation period of roughly six years. To summarize the basis of these false concepts and how each errs, we draw once again upon the illuminating intellect of master catechist and Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, as expertly condensed in his booklet entitled Catechism on The Splendor of Truth (CST). Proportionalism “is the erroneous moral theory which claims that the value of a human act depends on…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 3, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. How do you respond to a person who rejects the rosary because it allegedly favors Mary over God, with many more prayers to her than to God? — I.L., Kentucky. A. You could point out that at the heart of each Hail Mary is Jesus; that each decade of the rosary concludes with a prayer of praise to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as well as the Fatima prayer, which begins, “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins”; and that all of the twenty mysteries upon which one is supposed to meditate while saying the Hail Marys involve Jesus either explicitly or implicitly. Even though He is not specifically mentioned in the Descent of the Holy Spirit on…Continue Reading

Karol Cardinal Wojtyla: Humanae Vitae Is Infallible And Irrevocable

August 1, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Karol Cardinal Wojtyla: Humanae Vitae Is Infallible And Irrevocable

(Editor’s Note: Following is Karol Cardinal Wojtyla’s 1969 letter to Pope Paul VI that affirms Humanae Vitae as “a binding doctrinal teaching.” The Wanderer will publish this letter in two parts, the first one below and the second one next week. Diane Montagna translated the letter for LifeSiteNews.) + + + Most Holy Father, With this letter, I again wish to thank Your Holiness for the encyclical Humanae Vitae, whose promulgation in July 1968 concluded a period dedicated to the in-depth study of the theme of the transmission of life in marriage, in light of the principles of Christian morality. During this period, the Church, according to the instructions expressed by her Supreme Master and Shepherd, has been careful not…Continue Reading

The Truth Will Set You Free

July 31, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Truth Will Set You Free

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Eph. 4:17, 20-24 John 6:24-35 In the second reading St. Paul says we are no longer to live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. He goes on to say this is not how we learned Christ. In the Gospel Jesus is asked by the crowds what they must do to accomplish the works of God. Our Lord responds: “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one He sent.” This is similar to the answer our Lord gave regarding eternal life: “To know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Belief in and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Swamp And The Church: Souls In The Balance

July 30, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Swamp And The Church: Souls In The Balance
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By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK There is a marsh or swamp extending north from Mill Creek which, together with the Patuxent River, forms a sort of peninsula around our village of Benedict, at the head of which is situated our little parish church of St. Francis de Sales. One might never think the swamp lurks because, for the most part, it is invisible unless one were to make an effort to go back into the woods and search among the trees and weeds. Before long, no doubt, one would step into its muck, which in our area is very soft and quickly forms a suction around the feet. It can be dangerous if one falls into it. Swimming is ineffective…Continue Reading

Martin Luther… The Man And The Myth

July 29, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Martin Luther… The Man And The Myth

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 (Editor’s Note: As this October marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Raymond de Souza is taking a break from his usual apologetics to correct the popular image of Luther.) + + + In this article, we’ll investigate Luther’s immoral principles, a natural consequence of his relativistic doctrine of sola fide. Luther had his own peculiar subjective way to interpret the Scriptures. As a result, what he called the “gospel” was only his prejudiced interpretation, namely, Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide. In his unbridled subjectivism, he abandoned the teachings of the apostles that had been handed down through the centuries…Continue Reading

Ethical Theories Rejected By Veritatis Splendor

July 28, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Ethical Theories Rejected By Veritatis Splendor

By DON FIER In last week’s installment, it was established that the morality of a human act depends on three sources or constituent elements: “the object chosen, either a true or apparent good; the intention of the subject who acts, that is, the purpose for which the subject performs the act; and the circumstances of the act, which include its consequences” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, [CCCC] n. 367). As expressed by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, we may say they “are the what, the why, and the how of our behavior” (The Faith, p. 155). Furthermore, it was shown that goodness must be present in all three sources simultaneously in order for the moral act to…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 27, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: If truth is stranger than fiction, as someone once said, it is also true that truth can be embedded in fiction. Take, for example, Brad Thor’s spy thriller The Apostle. Covert agent Scot Harvath is in Afghanistan to rescue an America doctor who is being held captive by the Taliban. While approaching a remote village guarded by Taliban men with AK-47 weapons slung over their shoulders, Harvath thought how foolish it was to want to afford these men “all of the protections due signers of the Geneva and Hague conventions. Forget the fact that idiots like the Taliban weren’t signers of either Geneva or Hague, refused to appear on the battlefield wearing even so much as an armband…Continue Reading

Honoring And Recalling Humanae Vitae . . . “All Too Often Misunderstood And Misinterpreted”

July 25, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Honoring And Recalling Humanae Vitae . . . “All Too Often Misunderstood And Misinterpreted”

(Editor’s Note: In honor of Humanae Vitae’s fiftieth anniversary, we reprint below the May 10, 2008 address of Pope Benedict XVI to the International Congress organized by the Pontifical Lateran University for the fortieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae. (Following that, we reprint excerpts from Pope John Paul II’s homily at the McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, for the Eighth World Youth Day, August 14, 1993. John Paul took the occasion to note Humanae Vitae’s twenty-fifth anniversary. The relevant passages appear below. (These texts appear on the Vatican’s website, vatican.va. All rights reserved.) + + + Address Of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood, Dear Brothers and Sisters, I welcome you with great pleasure…Continue Reading

Greater Than The Prophets

July 24, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Greater Than The Prophets

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: 2 Kings 4:42-44 Eph. 4:1-6 John 6:1-15 In the second reading today, St. Paul encourages the Ephesians to “live in a manner worthy of the call you have received.” He implores them to live in humility, gentleness, patience, charity, and peace. Needless to say, we all have enough experience of human nature to know these virtues are not natural to us, so St. Paul calls upon the Holy Trinity, as well as the faith and hope given to us at our Baptism, to help us live in accordance with the dignity of our call. As Christians, everything St. Paul says in this passage is of great importance for…Continue Reading