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A Leaven In The World… CHA: It’s Time For The Bishops To Act

July 13, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK With all due respect, it is time that the bishops took action. Sr. Carol Keehan’s latest outrage of scandalous disobedience was to invite President Obama to address the national gathering of the U.S. Catholic Health Association (CHA) in June where he proceeded to thank the organization, crediting it with the role of those without whose help he could not have passed Obamacare. Sr. Keehan is the president of CHA. The increasingly confusing Catholic landscape is making the truth of Catholic faith and morals ever more difficult for the average Catholic to grasp in the context of what Benedict XVI called a “catechetical emergency.” Where the bishops can act to remove that fog of war in…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… More Thoughts On Why Be A Christian

July 12, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 10 People who profess to believe in Jesus Christ often take the Bible, or, more specifically, the Gospels, for granted. Most simply assume that they are God-inspired, and that’s the end of it. But, in these days of de-Christianization and cultural Islamization, it is important for Catholics to know, and know well, our foundations. How historical are the Gospels? How authentic? How reliable? Let us investigate these important issues. First of all, how do we accept a document as truly historical? And what do we mean by the word “historical”? A work is historical when it faithfully narrates past events; if it speculates about the past it is not historical. It is “genuine,” or authentic,…Continue Reading

The Four Marks Of The Church — Catholicity

July 11, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER As we profess each Sunday in the Nicene Creed and has been demonstrated over the past two weeks, the one true Church founded by Christ possesses the mark of holiness. She is holy in her origin, in her purpose, in her means, and in the fruit she produces. She lovingly embraces sinners, calling them to repentance and conversion. As the “universal sacrament of salvation” (Lumen Gentium, n. 48 § 2), the Church is the primary instrument through which grace flows to the People of God. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes this dogmatic teaching of our faith in a marvelous manner which bears quoting in its entirety: “The Church is holy insofar as…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 10, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: While taking part recently in a Patriotic Rosary on the common in our town (yes, some towns do allow religious services on public property), we were assigned a passage to read prior to leading the fourth decade of the sorrowful mysteries. The passage was written in 1799 by Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826), author of texts on geography, a Congregational pastor, and the father of Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph. Because Jedidiah’s words are so prescient regarding the anti-religious sentiment that is prevalent in our country today, we thought you might like to read them: “To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. In…Continue Reading

We Need Faithful Shepherds

July 9, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Jer. 23:1-6 Eph. 2:13-18 Mark 6:30-34 In the first reading today God, speaking through the Prophet Jeremiah, condemns the shepherds who mislead and scatter His flock. It is a great honor to be chosen by our Lord to be a shepherd; it is also a great responsibility that one accepts as part of that same office and for which he is answerable to God. What causes the problem for many shepherds is the misuse of the authority they have been given to lead and make decisions. It is necessary that this authority be given so that the flock of Christ can be united in truth and love. However,…Continue Reading

Obergefell V. Hodges . . . Supreme Court Decision Is “Profoundly Immoral And Unjust”

July 8, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Below we present some of the statements from U.S. prelates in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which declared same-sex “marriage” a constitutional right.) + + + Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Legalizing Abortion And Redefining Marriage: The Anti-God Crisis

July 6, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The past week’s 5-4 Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision to redefine marriage as no longer between one man and one woman is merely the latest step in a journey away from God marked on its path through our history also in 1973 by Roe v. Wade. These two legal interferences are rooted in the rejection of God and are merely the most dramatic consequences on the legal landscape of man and woman tearing themselves by the roots away from their identity as creatures. We are not our own and must look to God as our source not simply as the beginning of life but also as the constant reference point as to…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… Why Be A Christian? Why Not Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu?

July 5, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 9 There are many religions in the world today, all claiming to be true. Many were founded by individuals who claimed to be “prophets” of God — or of the gods, depending. In this context, why be a Christian at all? Why not be a Muslim, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Hindu, an animist, or whatever? How could a man who founded a specific religion — or a woman, for that matter, and I am thinking of Mrs. Ellen White, who founded the Seventh-day Adventists, or Madame Blavatsky of Theosophy, for instance — prove the authenticity of his or her message? One could use fire and sword like Mohammed, or present an attractive philosophy…Continue Reading

The Four Marks Of The Church — Holiness

July 4, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 The second of four distinguishing marks or properties of the one true Church, as we saw last week, is that she is “unfailingly holy” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 823). Despite being composed of sinners, “the Church is holy because she was founded by Jesus Christ, who is all-holy, and because she teaches, according to the will of Christ, holy doctrines, and provides the means of leading a holy life, thereby giving holy members to every age” (The Baltimore Catechism). Moreover, she is holy because “the Most Holy God is her author; Christ, her bridegroom, gave himself up to make her holy; [and] the Spirit of holiness gives her life. Since she still includes…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 3, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

  Editor’s Note: D.M. has e-mailed to us the following thoughtful comments: “In a recent reply regarding the bishops and our borders, you noted that our immigration system is ‘badly broken.’ To me that was a bit like hearing the proverbial fingernails on a blackboard. It seems to me that those who seek to dominate all of us use the refrain, ‘It’s broken,’ to help achieve their ends. “Some examples: Our heath-care system is ‘badly broken’ and we’ve got to fix it; hence, the Affordable Health Care Act. Look at the negative impact it has had on the Church. The climate is also ‘badly broken’ and we’ve got to fix it. Who knows where that fix will end? Fixing our ‘badly broken’ immigration system is…Continue Reading