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January 30, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: From time to time, readers want to know how to respond to the Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura (“Scripture alone”). This is the notion that the Bible alone is the only authority on matters of faith and practice; if it’s not in the Bible, the theory goes, it isn’t true. This theory rejects Catholic belief in an infallible teaching authority and gives each reader of the Bible the authority to interpret what its passages mean. Catholics have one Pope to explain the Bible; Protestants have thousands of “popes.” This exaltation of private judgment has led to the existence of more than 30,000 Protestant denominations. Why can’t the Bible be the sole rule of faith and the only religious…Continue Reading

The Path To Joy And Fulfillment

January 29, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Fr. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7 1 Cor. 9:16-19; 22-23 Mark 1:29-39 When I looked at the first reading today, I was tempted to check the source and make sure that this was really from 3,500 years ago and not from last week. We hear Job whining and complaining about his life being a drudgery, being like a slave longing for shade and a hireling seeking his pay. He says that he does not think he will know happiness again. We have changed the wording of these complaints in our modern world, but the essence remains the same. Job, at least, had some justification for his disposition; most of us do…Continue Reading

Pope’s Address At Meeting Of Families In Manila… Set Out On The Path The Lord Sets For Each Of You

January 28, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

MANILA (ZENIT) — Here is a translation of the Holy Father’s January 16 address at a Meeting With Families at the “Mall of Asia Arena” in Manila. In his text, Pope Francis praised the courage of Pope Paul VI in writing Humanae Vitae. ZENIT News Agency provided the text; all rights reserved. + + + The angel of the Lord revealed to Joseph the dangers which threatened Jesus and Mary, forcing them to flee to Egypt and then to settle in Nazareth. So too, in our time, God calls upon us to recognize the dangers threatening our own families and to protect them from harm. Be attentive, be attentive with the new ideological colonization. There is an ideological colonization that…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World.. Papal Bloopers And Catholic Teaching

January 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Pope Francis continues to grab headlines, not only by setting a new record for drawing the largest crowd in history, but also by his question and answer sessions on the planes to and from his pastoral visits. On the plane to the Philippines, the Pope responded to questions about free speech and violent responses to it in light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre by using the example that, if someone insults his mother, that person should expect to get a punch in the face. Such colorful talk, once unheard of from a Pope, now hardly surprises us as much as it befuddles and sparks agitated musings and animated debate. The Mass in Manila during Pope…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . The Faith Of The Early Christians

January 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 What did the Early Christians believe about the Catholic doctrine on the perpetual virginity of the Mother of Jesus? Those men, women, and children who sacrificed everything for the true faith — even their very own lives? They were imprisoned, tortured, murdered. Some were burned alive, racked, beheaded. Others were crucified, flayed alive, or eaten by wild beasts. And they preferred to die rather than to deny Jesus Christ and their belonging to His Church. What did those great Christian heroes believe about Mary’s perpetual virginity? Let us see some examples from the extant documentation: Didymus the blind lived in the fourth century. He taught St. Jerome. In his book on the Trinity,…Continue Reading

I Believe — We Believe

January 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Over the past three weeks of this series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), we have been reflectively examining the characteristics of the indescribably wonderful gift of faith that Almighty God has so generously availed mankind. As so adeptly summarized in the Compendium of the CCC, we know that faith is “the supernatural virtue which is necessary for salvation. It is a free gift of God and is accessible to all who humbly seek it. The act of faith is a human act, that is, an act of the intellect of a person — prompted by the will moved by God — who freely assents to divine truth. Faith is also certain because it is…Continue Reading

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January 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I remember a nun telling us back in Catholic school that after God ejected Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, He promised that He would eventually send them a Messiah. Where is that in the Bible? — M.R., Indiana. A. In chapter 3 of the Book of Genesis. Actually, the promise was made before God expelled our first parents from the Garden. After condemning the serpent for tricking Adam and Eve into disobeying the divine command not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God said to the Devil: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;/ He will strike at your head/…Continue Reading

Joy And Fulfillment

January 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Deut. 18:15-20 1 Cor. 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 In the first reading today God makes a promise and a command. He promises that He will raise up for the people a Prophet like Moses. At the same time, He requires that the people will listen to that Prophet because the words he speaks will be the words that God Himself puts in his mouth to speak. Therefore, the people have to listen and live according to the words of the Prophet because they are actually the word of God. For centuries the people of Israel waited for the Prophet who had been promised. Even the Samaritans, who only believed…Continue Reading

Cardinal Ranjith’s Address To Pope . . . We Need Your Prayers, As Well As Your Guidance

January 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Here is the text of a speech given the morning of January 14 by Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, archbishop of Colombo, in gratitude to the Holy Father. He addressed these words at the end of the Mass of Canonization of St. Joseph Vaz that Pope Francis celebrated. He was interrupted by applause several times. See page 1 of this week’s Wanderer for a report on the canonization. (ZENIT News Agency provided this text; all rights reserved.) + + + Most Holy Father, It is with great joy and feelings of filial affection that we the citizens of Sri Lanka and members of the Catholic Church welcome you today into our midst. I am sure that by now you have…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Church In Asia Gets Papal Visit; African News Ignored, Again

January 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK As I write this, the Holy Father’s apostolic voyage to Sri Lanka and the Philippines is underway. His ride in an open car from the airport to his first stop after landing, at a distance of only 17 miles, took twice as long as expected because, as should have been expected, he stopped frequently to greet the faithful and well-wishers along the way. His resulting exhaustion was cited as the reason for canceling a visit with the country’s bishops. They will have to wait for their next ad limina apostolorum to Rome, which every bishop makes to see the Holy Father every five years, to meet personally with him. As is normal in “Pope Francis…Continue Reading