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A Leaven In The World… Pope Demonstrates Perils And Benefits Of Spontaneity

June 2, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Pope Francis granted an interview to journalists on the flight back to Rome after his Holy Land pilgrimage. Longtime Vatican journalist John L. Allen Jr. weighed the pros and cons of “letting it all hang out,” as he called it, in a subsequent Boston Globe article. Popes rarely if ever granted interviews without first having had an opportunity to review the proposed questions. Pope Francis has eschewed this kind of caution and did so again in a repeat of his blockbuster interview on the plane returning from World Youth Day in Rio. One of the cons was that Pope Francis let slip word for the first time that he plans to meet with sexual abuse…Continue Reading

Are Statues Idols? Why Statues And Idols Are Two Different Things

June 1, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 For quite some time I have been intrigued by the constant repetition common among non-Catholics that to have statues in church or at home smacks of idolatry. I remember the first time I was pushed against the wall by a Baptist man in a conversation: He simply said to me that it was a shame that such an evident Bible teaching was blatantly and systematically ignored by the Roman Catholic Church: God clearly forbade the carving of images, idols, and of honoring them. And yet Catholics fill up their churches and homes with images of saints and angels, which are abhorrent to God’s saints and His angels. In those days I did not…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 30, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I do not remember a homily regarding contraception in years! From what I understand, a majority of Catholics do not adhere to this regulation. I believe that in many dioceses the regulation spoken from the pulpit would decimate the numbers of church attendance. Thus, it appears this is more important than transmitting the true teachings of the Church. I hold the bishops responsible to a large extent. Isn’t it written somewhere that at the Second Coming, there won’t be any believers? — R.B.K., Virginia. A. You may be thinking of the words of Jesus at the conclusion of the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. Noting that the judge finally found in favor of the widow because…Continue Reading

The Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit

May 29, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Pentecost (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 Between the first reading and the Gospel reading for today we are struck with an apparent contradiction. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells us that the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in tongues of fire on the day of Pentecost, i.e., the fiftieth day. Indeed, we celebrate this feast fifty days after our Lord’s Resurrection and commemorate the giving of the promised Paraclete. However, the Gospel reading tells us of Jesus breathing on His disciples and telling them to receive the Holy Spirit. This happened on the evening of Easter Sunday. So, is there a contradiction here? No.…Continue Reading

The International Day of Families

May 28, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. VINCENZO PAGLIA NEW YORK (ZENIT) — The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, gave the following address on the occasion of the 2014 International Day of Families at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, May 15, 2014. +    +    + The Family At The Heart Of Human Development It is a great honor and a pleasure to address you in this Event being conducted in conjunction with the celebration of 2014 International Day of Families organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Joan Of Arc

May 27, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the 15th century up in northeastern France, the Hundred Years War continued year after year. The people of the province of Lorraine lived on the border of the conflict between the supporters of the insane King Charles VI of France and King Henry V of England, who invaded Normandy, and claimed the crown of France for himself. After the death of Charles VI, the crowning of the next king was delayed. In the tiny village of Domrémy in Lorraine, on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 1412, a small family marked the birth of a most amazing maiden, St. Jeanne La Pucelle, better known as St. Joan of Arc. While her parents were not destitute,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Priests Should Not Use The Language Of The “Gay Lobby”

May 26, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Pope Francis had made clear that we are to reach out in pastoral care to homosexual persons with the charity of Christ while rejecting the “gay lobby.” Language is important and the battle for hearts and minds today begins with the war of words. The “gay lobby” knows this and is very clear those who are part of it will not compromise on their terminology, and insist on using the term “gay” while vociferously rejecting the phrase “same-sex attraction” or SSA. Why are these distinctions important? “Gay” is often used to promote and glorify same-sex genital activity and SSA describes only the attraction while leaving open the possibility which freedom confers on every human person…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . Summing Up

May 25, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 The Gospels mention Jesus’ brothers and sisters (Matt. 13:54-57; also Mark 6:2-3 et alia), and anti-Catholic bigotry sees in this a supposed “argument” against the Catholic teaching of the perpetual virginity of our Lady. But bigotry ignores that in the Hebrew and Aramaic languages, there was no clear distinction between “blood-brother” and “cousin.” Their culture was not centered on the “nuclear family” as we have it today, but the extended family, in which cousins were known as brothers and sisters. The New Testament was not written in English. In Hebrew and Aramaic, “brethren” does not mean only brothers and sisters from the same father and mother, as in English, but also near kinsmen.…Continue Reading

Sacred Scripture And Sacred Tradition

May 24, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Over the past three weeks, our primary focus has been on God’s supernatural divine Revelation. We’ve examined how “by love God has revealed Himself and given Himself to man [and]…thus provided the definitive, superabundant answer to the questions that man asks himself about the meaning and purpose of his life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 66). We’ve seen that in the fullness of time God established an everlasting covenant with mankind by sending His Son as the “Father’s definitive Word, so there will be no further Revelation after Him” (CCC, n. 73). The stage is now set for us to look at God’s master plan for transmitting His Revelation to mankind throughout the ages. In other words, how…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 23, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Responding to the person who asked where he could send a large collection of Catholic books that he had acquired over the years, G.T.G. of Maine suggested getting in touch with Sr. Stephen Larson, OSB, librarian of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, P.O. Box 147, Denton, NE 68339. This seminary was established in 1991 and has been building its collection of Catholic books ever since. Sr. Stephen can also be reached by phone at 402-797-7700, ext. 136. We would suggest that you talk to Sr. Stephen first to see what books she would welcome, rather than automatically ship books to her. Q. Would you kindly inform us of the history of the “gift of tears”? The why and…Continue Reading