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Priestly Celibacy: Unnatural? Or . . . Supernatural? The Faith Of The Early Christians

January 25, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 It is a very comfortable position for the defenders of sola Scriptura to wish to interpret it according to their own criteria. In so doing, they pick and choose verses here and there to justify their views. God’s first commandment to mankind, “Be fruitful and multiply,” seems to be the “dogma” against celibacy. But they fail to see the context, the hints in the Old Testament pointing to a future celibacy, the difference between commandment and counsel, the teachings of Jesus Himself and especially of St. Paul, who explicitly recommends celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. One could ask them this simple question: How did the early Christians understand the…Continue Reading

The Canon Of Scripture

January 24, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER For several weeks in this series we’ve been examining how God, in His loving Providence, has made Himself known to us. We’ve discussed the twofold means by which His divine Revelation has been transmitted to mankind — Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture — and how the two together are inseparable elements of a single Deposit of Faith. Most recently, we’ve examined how Sacred Scripture is read and interpreted through the eyes of the Church, that is, through the complementary use of the literal and spiritual senses of interpretation. The question we’ll now seek to answer is how the specific content to be included in the Bible was determined. In other words, how did the Canon of Scripture…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 23, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: In a column a few weeks ago, we wondered if “political correctness” had something to do with the omission in the Mass readings of verses 26 and 27 of the first chapter of the Letter to the Romans, where St. Paul delivered a devastating condemnation of homosexual behavior. One of our readers, G.T.G. of Maine, posed this question to the U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat of Divine Worship and was told by Associate Director Fr. Dan Merz that the omission was the work of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome. Fr. Merz said that the revised introduction to the Lectionary published in 1981 included the following paragraph: “77. The omission of verses in…Continue Reading

Homily At Legionaries’ Opening Mass… Cooperate With Christ’s Sacrifice For Your Congregation’s Salvation

January 22, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By VELASIO CARDINAL DE PAOLIS ROME (ZENIT) — Here is the homily given by Velasio Cardinal De Paolis, the pontifical delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, during the January 8 opening Mass of their general chapter in Rome. ZENIT News Agency provided the text; all rights reserved. +    +    + We are celebrating this Mass of the Holy Spirit for the opening of the Extraordinary General Chapter, for which we have been preparing for about three and a half years, with a precise mandate from the Holy Father Benedict XVI. It is an event of faith, which we can celebrate only under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It comes about at the end of a long journey, whose path…Continue Reading

Feast Of The Presentation Of The Lord (YR A)

January 21, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Readings: Mal. 3:1-4 Heb. 2:14-18 Luke 2:22-40 Inhabitants Of The New Jerusalem Today’s Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is filled with mystery. A few weeks back we celebrated the Epiphany where we heard about the visit of the Magi. People sometimes wonder about the timing of their visit. It is quite evident that the Holy Family had not yet fled into Egypt for at least the forty days that followed our Lord’s birth; otherwise, they could not have been in Jerusalem for the feast we celebrate today. So, while we do not know the time of the arrival of the Magi, we can assume that it was not within days of Christmas. Today is…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Internationalized College Of Cardinals A Good Sign For Tradition

January 19, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK As of this writing the biggest buzz in the Catholic media is about the new cardinals named by Pope Francis. Commentators are reading them like tea leaves to try their best at predicting what these choices mean for the future of the Church and as a key to understanding the pontificate. One of the most useful analyses is that by John L. Allen Jr. as published in the National Catholic Reporter: “Upon closer examination, there’s also a clear option for the periphery among Francis’ picks. “For instance, Bishop Chibly Langlois will become the first cardinal from Haiti, by most measures one of the poorest countries in the world. The appointment breaks an unwritten Vatican rule…Continue Reading

Priestly Celibacy: Unnatural? Or . . . Supernatural? Celibacy In The Teachings Of St. Paul

January 18, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 St. Paul was not one of the twelve, but he is known as “the Apostle,” certainly because of the richness of his apostolic zeal in teaching, possibly more than all the other apostles put together. He was educated in the faith by Jesus Himself, and after that intense training, he became as zealous as the fiery prophet Elias — who wouldn’t, after spending years alone with Jesus in a monastic atmosphere receiving His teachings? St. Paul understood very well the distinction between commandment and counsel, taking from Jesus’ exhortation to the rich young man to leave everything and follow Him. Jesus said: “if” you will be perfect. It was a counsel, not a…Continue Reading

The Senses Of Scripture

January 17, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that the spiritual sense of interpreting Sacred Scripture can be subdivided into three senses: allegorical, moral, and anagogical. Last week, we discussed the allegorical sense in some detail and found that through its use, as expressed by the Catechism, “we can acquire a more profound understanding of events by recognizing their significance in Christ” (n. 115). The specific historical event cited as an example of the application of this interpretative technique was the recognition of the hidden, deeper meaning of the crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites during their flight from Egypt. In light of the coming of Christ, this Old Testament event can be…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 16, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. After reading Rey Flores’ excellent column in the December 12, 2013 Wanderer, I agree wholeheartedly except for the “we should all include people like these in our prayers.” Why pray for devils? We are taught that there are many devils prowling about the world seeking the ruin of souls. I for one cannot and will not pray for the Devil and his minions, be they on our streets or in the government. — G.B., via e-mail. A. We think that if you go back and read the column again, you will see that Mr. Flores was not advocating prayer for devils, who are in Hell and beyond the reach of our prayers. He was talking about a pro-abortion protest…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Homily… The Epiphany Of The Lord: The Great Light Of Christ

January 15, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Following is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily at the Eucharistic Celebration for the Epiphany of the Lord, January 6, the Vatican Basilica. The Vatican’s news portal, News.Va, provided the text of the Holy Father’s message; all rights reserved.) + + + “Lumen requirunt lumine.” These evocative words from a liturgical hymn for the Epiphany speak of the experience of the Magi: following a light, they were searching for the Light. The star appearing in the sky kindled in their minds and in their hearts a light that moved them to seek the great Light of Christ. The Magi followed faithfully that light which filled their hearts, and they encountered the Lord. The destiny of every person…Continue Reading