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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

Chosen By God

July 2, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Amos 7:12-15 Eph. 1:3-14 Mark 6:7-13 In the first reading, Amaziah, the priest of Bethel (the place of the original Temple of the Lord), chastises the Prophet Amos for preaching against the goings on in the House of God. The priest tells the prophet to go and make a living by prophesying for people, but he is not to come back to Bethel. No one ever likes to hear negative things, but this is especially true of priests and bishops. After all, pride is the sin of the priest, so they only want to hear that everything they do is wonderful. However, for our purposes today, it is…Continue Reading

National Mass Recalls Anniversary of St. Columbanus… “Why Are You So Frightened, You Men Of Little Faith?”

July 1, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

ARMAGH, Northern Ireland (ZENIT) — A national Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 14th centenary of St. Columbanus was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh on Sunday, June 21. Opening remarks were given by Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, and the homily was given by Fr. Neil Collins. Following are the texts of both, provided by ZENIT News Agency. All rights reserved. + + + Remarks by Archbishop Eamon Martin: + + + Last November I had the honor of visiting Bobbio and San Colombano al Lambro in northern Italy to mark the beginning of celebrations to mark the 14th centenary of the death of St. Columbanus, the great Irish missionary saint. And what a privilege it is for…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… Refuting Objections To The Spiritual Soul’s Existence

June 28, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 The reader will have noticed the progression of thinking in this new series of articles in The Wanderer: Instead of dealing with various topics rather randomly, the section consists of a series of articles in the format of lessons within a course. So, the first topic was the most basic one, that is, truth is objective and not subjective; the second topic was the existence of God; the third topic was the human spiritual soul. As the last topic is harder to prove than the previous one, I would like to answer some common objections that agnostics raise against the existence of the human soul as a substance distinct from, but united with,…Continue Reading

The Four Marks Of The Church — Holiness

June 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER For the past two weeks, we have been unpacking the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the first of her four marks, that she is one. Our Lord left no room for uncertainty when He said, “There shall be one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16), nor did St. Paul when he proclaimed that “we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:4). The Catechism summarizes several reasons to support the claim that the Catholic Church is the one true Church founded by Christ: “She acknowledges one Lord, confesses one faith, is born of one Baptism, forms only one Body, is given life by the one Spirit,…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Commenting on the Bruce Jenner fiasco in his usually perceptive way, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City said in a recent bulletin: “Anyone who can remain awake listening to the conversations of sedentary former athletes on ESPN is perhaps unable to think clearly on any subject of significance, but the declaration that a man is a woman must astonish alert minds, including the Olympic judges who awarded him [Jenner] a medal under the impression he was a man. . . . “In 1965, the Johns Hopkins Hospital pioneered sex-change surgery. Since ‘gender’ is a grammatical term with no proper application to biology, the term ‘transgenderism’ had not yet been coined. Such…Continue Reading

Prophets Among Us

June 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Ezek. 2:2-5 2 Cor. 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6 In the Gospel reading today our Lord says that a prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin. The obvious problem is that those people know the prophet and have known him since he was young. Because of their familiarity with the person, they assume that God could not have called that person to such a position. When it is someone we do not know, it makes more sense to us because we can romanticize in our imaginations that the person was always holy. Of course, today we do not tend to accept anyone.…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Address To Rome Conference . . . “The Gift Of Marriage…Is Also A Mission”

June 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave Sunday evening, June 14 when he opened the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome, held in St. Peter’s Square. The theme this year is: “‘We Deliver to You What We Have Received’ (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3) — We Parents, Witnesses of the Beauty of Life.” + + + Good evening! The forecasts yesterday, in the late evening, said rain for today, for this afternoon and this evening! Yes, it’s true, there is a rain of families in St. Peter’s Square. Thank you! It is good to meet you at the beginning of the pastoral congress of our Diocese of Rome. I thank you so…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Loss Of Catholic Culture Impoverishes Society, Hobbles Conversion

June 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I felt some sympathy for the Sailor seated against the back wall of the chapel, waiting for me as I concluded my celebration of a Traditional Latin weekday low Mass aboard the USS Kearsarge so he could guide me off the ship. He is an enlisted Sailor and religious program specialist charged with assisting chaplains of various faiths to offer religious services and meet the faith and spiritual welfare needs of Sailors, Marines, and other personnel serving with the Navy. He clearly had no idea that what he just witnessed was the only real meeting on this Earth with Heaven itself in Jesus Christ, who offers and is offered, and who is received eucharistically, in…Continue Reading