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August 10, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. If a Catholic marries a non-Catholic Christian in a non-Catholic ceremony without a dispensation from the bishop, is it a valid marriage? Two of my grandchildren have participated in such ceremonies. I of course pray for them to regularize their situation. Isn’t this the same as when they were cohabiting? — A.S.B., via e-mail. A. As we have mentioned in the past, canon law (n. 1108) states that for a marriage of a baptized Catholic to be valid, it must be “contracted in the presence of the local Ordinary or the pastor or a priest or deacon delegated by either of them, who assist, and in the presence of two witnesses.” That is the canonical form of marriage that…Continue Reading

Karol Wojtyla… Humanae Vitae Is Infallible And Irrevocable

August 8, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Karol Wojtyla… Humanae Vitae Is Infallible And Irrevocable

Part 2 The essence of the Church’s teaching on natural law consists in emphasizing that there is an objective moral order, which derives from the nature of man, a universal and immutable order, guaranteed by the Supreme Legislator and, consequently, independent of the State and its power. Together with revealed law, this moral order represents the constitutive whole of morality. It falls within the competence of the Church: in fact, its observance is a condition for salvation. This is precisely why Paul VI defines the teaching of the encyclical Humanae Vitae as the expression of objective moral truth that no one, not even the Church, can change. The efforts of theologians to provide a new interpretation, or a better (more…Continue Reading

Grieving The Holy Spirit

August 7, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Grieving The Holy Spirit

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: 1 Kings 19:4-8 Eph. 4:30-5:2 John 6:41-51 In the second reading St. Paul tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God. He then goes on to list a number of things that grieve the Holy Spirit: bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, reviling, and malice. He goes on to instruct us to imitate God and the love of Jesus who handed Himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God. When we consider this, we can say the failure to act in faith, hope, and charity would grieve the Holy Spirit even more than the vices St. Paul mentions. This becomes important in the context of the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Scandal, Suffering, And Forgiveness

August 6, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Scandal, Suffering, And Forgiveness

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “And he said to his disciples: It is impossible that scandals should not come: but woe to him through whom they come. It were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother sin against thee, reprove him: and if he do penance, forgive him. And if he sin against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day be converted unto thee, saying, I repent; forgive him” (Luke 17:1-4). Always, at every moment around the world, the human face of the Church is at peace or…Continue Reading

Martin Luther… The Man And The Myth

August 5, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Martin Luther… The Man And The Myth

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 (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.) + + + The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity stated that “Catholics are now able to hear Luther’s challenge for the Church of today, recognizing him as a ‘witness to the Gospel’,” and the German Catholic bishops praised Luther as a “Gospel witness and teacher of the faith.” It seems that the folks who work at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity have not read the Gospel very…Continue Reading

The Morality Of The Passions

August 4, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Morality Of The Passions

By DON FIER Two deeply flawed moral theories that have gained much popularity in contemporary times were scrutinized in last week’s installment: proportionalism and consequentialism. As we saw, Pope St. John Paul II authoritatively repudiated both notions in his tenth encyclical, Veritatis Splendor (VS), which was promulgated in 1993 after a preparation period of roughly six years. To summarize the basis of these false concepts and how each errs, we draw once again upon the illuminating intellect of master catechist and Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, as expertly condensed in his booklet entitled Catechism on The Splendor of Truth (CST). Proportionalism “is the erroneous moral theory which claims that the value of a human act depends on…Continue Reading

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August 3, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. How do you respond to a person who rejects the rosary because it allegedly favors Mary over God, with many more prayers to her than to God? — I.L., Kentucky. A. You could point out that at the heart of each Hail Mary is Jesus; that each decade of the rosary concludes with a prayer of praise to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as well as the Fatima prayer, which begins, “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins”; and that all of the twenty mysteries upon which one is supposed to meditate while saying the Hail Marys involve Jesus either explicitly or implicitly. Even though He is not specifically mentioned in the Descent of the Holy Spirit on…Continue Reading

Karol Cardinal Wojtyla: Humanae Vitae Is Infallible And Irrevocable

August 1, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Karol Cardinal Wojtyla: Humanae Vitae Is Infallible And Irrevocable

(Editor’s Note: Following is Karol Cardinal Wojtyla’s 1969 letter to Pope Paul VI that affirms Humanae Vitae as “a binding doctrinal teaching.” The Wanderer will publish this letter in two parts, the first one below and the second one next week. Diane Montagna translated the letter for LifeSiteNews.) + + + Most Holy Father, With this letter, I again wish to thank Your Holiness for the encyclical Humanae Vitae, whose promulgation in July 1968 concluded a period dedicated to the in-depth study of the theme of the transmission of life in marriage, in light of the principles of Christian morality. During this period, the Church, according to the instructions expressed by her Supreme Master and Shepherd, has been careful not…Continue Reading

The Truth Will Set You Free

July 31, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Truth Will Set You Free

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Eph. 4:17, 20-24 John 6:24-35 In the second reading St. Paul says we are no longer to live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. He goes on to say this is not how we learned Christ. In the Gospel Jesus is asked by the crowds what they must do to accomplish the works of God. Our Lord responds: “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one He sent.” This is similar to the answer our Lord gave regarding eternal life: “To know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Belief in and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Swamp And The Church: Souls In The Balance

July 30, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Swamp And The Church: Souls In The Balance
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By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK There is a marsh or swamp extending north from Mill Creek which, together with the Patuxent River, forms a sort of peninsula around our village of Benedict, at the head of which is situated our little parish church of St. Francis de Sales. One might never think the swamp lurks because, for the most part, it is invisible unless one were to make an effort to go back into the woods and search among the trees and weeds. Before long, no doubt, one would step into its muck, which in our area is very soft and quickly forms a suction around the feet. It can be dangerous if one falls into it. Swimming is ineffective…Continue Reading