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Traditional Mass Plays A Needed Prophetic Role

September 14, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Prophets aren’t popular. Prophets are not liked. Prophets are sometimes put to death. The Holy Land is littered with the tombs of the prophets. The Lord Himself alluded to this when He excoriated the leaders of the Chosen People for decorating these tombs, once the voices of the prophets themselves had been stilled, while rejecting the voice of divine prophecy itself in Him. “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; that build the sepulchres of the prophets, and adorn the monuments of the just, And say: If we had been in the days of our Fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore you are witnesses against…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . To Follow The Church Of Christ Is To Follow Christ

September 13, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 19 It is of utmost importance to realize the historical facts about the foundation of Christ’s Church. It was not a democratic society, where leaders and especially policies and doctrines were decided upon by majority vote. No. The apostles themselves, who received the teachings for salvation directly from the sacred lips of Jesus Christ, and later from the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, regarded themselves as the authority established by Christ to sanctify, teach, and rule His Church in His Name. At the very first Church council, held in Jerusalem, they issued an authoritative decree that bound the people who were converted by one or other of the apostles. The Christians in Galatia were not…Continue Reading

Bishops Teach, Sanctify, And Govern

September 12, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, as successors of the Twelve Apostles, have been entrusted with the mission of caring for Christ’s sheep, but always under the authority of the Supreme Pontiff. In union with the college of bishops and the Pope, their solemn duty toward the portion of the flock assigned to them — as well as toward the universal Church — is threefold: “performing for them the office of teaching, sanctifying, and governing” (Christus Dominus, n. 11 § 2). It is teaching, as was underscored last week, that is eminent among these duties: “Bishops, with priests as co-workers, have as their first task ‘to preach the Gospel of God to all men,’ in…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 11, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Are you aware of any recent changes to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal with regard to “Unity of Posture”? We have had at least one bulletin insert and a mention from the pastor’s column which indicate that we are to stand as soon as Holy Communion is being distributed. We are to remain standing until the last recipient returns to the pew. This sounds too familiar, but does one still have the option to sit or kneel at this time? Does “Unity of Posture” take primacy? Many in attendance are elderly and find it a challenge to stand for the extra 10 to 15 minutes. — M.S., Michigan. A. No, there are no recent changes in the…Continue Reading

The First Must Be Last

September 10, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 James 3:16-4:3 Mark 9:30-37 In the second reading today St. James tells us that where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice. He goes on to ask where all of the conflicts among us come from and tells us that it is from our passions. Just think about all of the atrocities that have taken place over the centuries; most of these have arisen from narcissistic individuals who manage to get themselves into leadership positions and then unleash their selfishness on others. Many of us may not have to deal directly with people who are narcissistic, although that is…Continue Reading

Fr. Samir Of Amadiya . . . The Pope Is The Voice Of Iraqi Refugees

September 9, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA (Editor’s Note: Fr. Samir, a Chaldean priest, met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3,500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. (ISIS is not the whole of Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence, he says. Fr. Samir thinks that Christians might not wish to emigrate, but remain in their own land. ( provided this article; all rights reserved. (Fr. Cervellera, a PIME missionary who also heads Agenzia Fides, is the editor in chief of AsiaNews.) + + + Still deeply moved and emotional at having been able…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Truth Is Not Discrimination

September 7, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The boredom of vast sectors of society with marriage and family life as the Church teaches in Christ is abundantly evident. Many Catholics, on life support with a mere vestigial or cultural relationship with Church teaching, identify more with the Godless agenda than with the voices of our bishops. Beginning with the gutting of marriage in the 1960s through the popularization of contraception, fertility has increasingly been rejected as being a liability instead of a blessing. The profoundly anti-God and anti-human agenda, enabled by abundant availability of contraception and abortion, has in turn fed into other phenomena which serve to enable and glamorize marriages which are sterile by choice. Pope Francis has condemned the rejection…Continue Reading

Apologetics Course . . . To Whom Did Christ Give The Authority To Preach His Message?

September 6, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 18 So far we have seen that Jesus Christ is a unique Man in History, who claimed to be the Son of God, one in nature with God the Father, and who laid down His life for His claim, which was directed to the glory of God and the salvation of souls. But He did not remain with those whom He converted. What did He leave behind? A message of salvation to mankind. Fine. But how did He leave that message? A baptized non-Catholic will immediately say, “He left us the Bible!” Oh, did He really? But He never wrote any book of the New Testament! Those books were written by His apostles and disciples…Continue Reading

Bishops Teach, Sanctify, And Govern

September 5, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The college of bishops, as we saw last week, consists of the entire body of bishops of the Roman Catholic Church united under the Pope as an episcopal community. “This community of pope and bishops, and the bishops among themselves,” explains Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, “was created by Christ and therefore belongs, by divine right, to the nature of the Church He founded” (The Faith, p. 92). As successors to the apostles, “individual bishops . . . are the visible principle and foundation of unity in their particular churches” (Lumen Gentium [LG], n. 23 § 1). As the Successor to St. Peter, who was entrusted with the keys of the Church (cf. Matt. 16:19), the Pope…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 4, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. The Supreme Court has a history of immoral decisions, such as declaring black slaves as property, permitting credit card companies to charge usurious interest rates, allowing the public sale of contraceptives, okaying the killing of unborn babies, and approving sodomy. What’s next? Polygamy? Incestuous “marriage”? Person-animal “marriage”? It would appear that we are on a par with Sodom of the Bible, and we know what happened to Sodom. Didn’t Sr. Lucia of Fatima indicate that the last evil before the end would involve attacks on the family and, with out-of-wedlock births in this country over 40 percent, it appears that we are quickly approaching the Last Judgment? Your thoughts, please. — R.B.K., via e-mail. A. Ever since Jesus ascended…Continue Reading