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To Be United With God

August 21, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on To Be United With God

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 We live in a time when people want to be entertained. As superficial as this is, even worse is that people want to define their own truth according to their own wants and desires. In the Gospel reading today, we see this is nothing new. Jesus had drawn a large number of people who followed Him and wanted to be His disciples. We know the people marveled at our Lord’s preaching because He spoke with authority. His preaching was compelling and was not mealy-mouth pious pabulum. As long as our Lord was speaking of the more pleasant things, the people…Continue Reading

What Did Wuerl Know About Alleged Abuser — And How Did He Respond?

August 20, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Did Wuerl Know About Alleged Abuser — And How Did He Respond?

By ED CONDON WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — Donald Cardinal Wuerl and the Diocese of Pittsburgh say that when the former Pittsburgh bishop approved the transfer of a priest accused of serial sexual abuse, he was unaware of the allegations made against the priest. The transfer is described in the August 14 report issued by a Pennsylvania grand jury charged with investing clerical sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses. Fr. Ernest Paone was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1957. The grand jury reports that Paone served in five different parishes in the first nine years of his ministry, and that he was accused of sexually molesting boys during that time period. In 1964, a criminal investigation into…Continue Reading

Martin Luther… The Man And The Myth

August 19, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Martin Luther… The Man And The Myth

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 (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.) + + + When the British paper the Catholic Herald reported that “Pope Francis has told Lutheran pilgrims from Finland that Martin Luther’s intention 500 years ago ‘was to renew the Church, not divide her’” (Catholic Herald, August 12, 2016), a very big question mark was raised in the mind of countless Catholics. First, there is no evidence whatsoever to confirm such a claim. Secondly, Luther’s heresies flatly oppose the…Continue Reading

Levels Of Conscience

August 18, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Levels Of Conscience

By DON FIER In last week’s opening exposition on the role of conscience in the Christian moral life, it was stated straightaway that “conscience” is a term that is often misunderstood and misapplied in contemporary times. Frequently equated with one’s personal opinion or position, this entreaty to subjectivism is ready justification for nearly every conceivable immoral and aberrant behavior that is in vogue in the secularized “spirit of the age” in which we live. In an excellent article entitled “Christian Conscience” (The Catholic Faith; volume 2, n. 4; July/August 1996), John O’Connell perceptively states that “this spurious appeal to conscience stems from an ignorance or a rejection of the proper nature and office of the conscience” (p. 18). Not unlike…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 17, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: To a recent question about whether the ordination of a secret Communist would be invalid because he did not have the right intention, we said yes, citing canon 1029 of the Code of Canon Law, which says that those seeking the priesthood must “have an integral faith, are motivated by a right intention, possess the required knowledge, and enjoy a good reputation, good morals, and proven virtues, and other physical and psychological qualities which are appropriate to the order to be received.” A commentary on that canon says that a right intention “is a key area both for the candidate and for those judging his fitness for orders. An individual must choose to live his life imitating the…Continue Reading

Amid Church Scandals… Fix Your Hearts On Christ

August 15, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Amid Church Scandals… Fix Your Hearts On Christ

By FR. JOHN DE CELLES (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews on August 6 featured the following homily by Fr. John De Celles of St. Raymond of Penafort Church, Springfield, Va., the Diocese of Arlington. (Father reminded his flock: “We follow Jesus Christ, ‘the God of Jacob,’ and we follow the Holy Catholic Church which He founded.” (In May 2005, Fr. De Celles earned a Sacred Theology Licentiate from the John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. (All rights reserved.) + + + In today’s second reading, St. Paul writes: “I . . . urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received.” Each of us is called in Baptism to live…Continue Reading

The Eucharist Is Jesus Himself

August 14, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Eucharist Is Jesus Himself

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Prov. 9:1-6 Eph. 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 In the Gospel reading today our Lord makes several statements that we either have to believe are true or we have to run as far and as quickly from Him as we can. People who want to call themselves Christian while ignoring or downplaying John 6 have placed themselves in an untenable situation because they profess Jesus as God, but reject a teaching that Jesus makes absolutely clear and unmistakable. So, what are these statements? “I am the living bread that has come down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Teaching Failures At Root Of Sexual Immorality

August 13, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Teaching Failures At Root Of Sexual Immorality

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. “But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts, and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you have not kept my ways but have shown partiality in your instruction” (Malachy 2:7ff) The Church exists to preach Christ and Truth: These two things always go together; it is impossible to have the one without the other. Truth involves both what we believe and…Continue Reading

Martin Luther… The Man And The Myth

August 12, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Martin Luther… The Man And The Myth

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 (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.) + + + Gerhard Cardinal Muller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, openly declared that there is nothing to celebrate about Luther’s 500th anniversary. And His Eminence is perfectly right. Luther’s deformation — not reformation — of the Christian faith was a catastrophe for the Church founded by Jesus Christ, even if a statue of the heresiarch was erected in the Paul VI Hall…Continue Reading

The Judgment Of Conscience

August 11, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Judgment Of Conscience

By DON FIER When the average person hears the word “passion” spoken in the hyper-sensualized culture in which we live, the first thought likely to come to mind is sexual desire, and perhaps with a disordered association. However, as we saw last week, in the parlance of moral theology the term has a more basic, neutral meaning. As defined in the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCCC), passions are “the feelings, the emotions, or the movements of the sensible appetite — natural components of human psychology — which incline a person to act or not to act in view of what is perceived as good or evil” (n. 370). Morally neutral in themselves, the passions “form the…Continue Reading