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Five Remedies For Sorrow From St. Thomas Aquinas

April 27, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog. All rights reserved.) + + + Some of you who follow me on Facebook know that I just lost a beloved pet, Daniel, our rectory cat. Losing a pet is not to be equated with losing a spouse, sibling, or friend, but it remains a painful loss. Part of the reason for this, I am convinced, is that we cannot communicate with animals as we do with one another. We cannot know what they are experiencing “inside” and so cannot reassure them or be reassured by them that they…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Join Me For Pilgrimage To Italy: Mother Teresa’s Canonization

April 25, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Join our small group of pilgrims on a journey to Italy from September 1 through 9, 2016. Our adventure will of course be a spiritual one, but also cultural as we make stops to explore some of the major historic and beautiful cities of Italy as well as Rome for Mother Teresa’s canonization at St. Peter’s Square on September 4. I lived in Italy for two years immersed in this richest culture of Europe and perhaps the world. You will have an opportunity for Italian lessons. I will share insights about the people and culture to enrich your experience. Traditional Latin Mass daily or in Italian will be offered, depending upon the desires of our…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . The Inquisition

April 24, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 51 In order to properly understand the historical event called the “Inquisition,” a basic, primary distinction must be made: There were three distinct inquisition tribunals in history: the Medieval Inquisition, the Roman Inquisition, and the Spanish Inquisition. Let us consider them, one by one, as their circumstances and historical contexts were very different. The Medieval Inquisition: If you think that the ISIS so-called “caliphate” terrorist upsurge in the Middle East is a novelty in history, whereby a large sectarian movement takes hold of land and cities and attempts to set up a state within a state, you would be mistaken. It has happened before, in the 12th and 13th centuries. In areas of Southern…Continue Reading

The Liturgy — Work Of The Holy Trinity

April 23, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 3 Just as we saw two weeks ago that the Father is the source and goal of the liturgy, we similarly saw last week that Jesus Christ is the center of the liturgy. It is in His Paschal Mystery, which is recalled during the memorial acclamation at each Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the words: “We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again,” where this is signified and made present. His “once-for-all” sacrifice on Calvary and His glorious Resurrection are not merely commemorated, but made present in sacramental form. We have in Christ, then, who is risen and “seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 22, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: This column marks the 25th anniversary of Catholic Replies in the pages of The Wanderer. That’s 1,300 columns and between 5,000 and 6,000 questions answered. Many thanks to Al Matt, Joe Matt, Peggy Moen, and others at the paper for supporting the column all these years, and special thanks to you readers who have provided a never-ending stream of good questions. For anyone wishing to have one or both compilations of questions and answers (1,600 of them) that have appeared in The Wanderer, please contact us at Q. When people talk about “Judgment Day,” what do they mean? Will this day come at the end of our life or at the end of the world? — C.F.,…Continue Reading

The Peace The World Cannot Give

April 21, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday Of Easter (YR C) Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Rev. 21:10-14; 22-23 John 14:23-29 In the Gospel reading today, our Lord gives His peace to His apostles and tells them not to be troubled or afraid. This took place at the Last Supper. One would naturally think that if our Lord Himself gave His peace to someone, that person would be so completely at peace that nothing would ever disturb him. However, we know that within hours of receiving this gift from our Lord, the apostles were filled with fear and confusion to the point that they ultimately abandoned our Lord. This serves as a great consolation to many of us who still struggle with…Continue Reading

“The Truth Has Power Within Itself” An Interview With The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted

April 20, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By ANNE S. FORSYTH (Editor’s Note: Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Ariz., was Thomas Aquinas College’s 2015 convocation speaker. Anne S. Forsyth is a graduate of the Thomas Aquinas College Class of 1981 and now serves as the director of college relations. (This interview first appeared on the Thomas Aquinas College website,, and is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + Q. Do you have any advice for schools such as Thomas Aquinas College and Catholics in general as we try to witness to the truth of marriage and family in a hostile culture? A. I think it is very important that we learn how to present the teaching about femininity, masculinity, and marriage in as persuasive…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “How Dissenters Undermine The Apostolic Mission Of The Church”

April 18, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 3 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at + + + “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men” — Jesus, quoting the Prophet Isaiah in the Gospel of Matthew [15:8 9]. + + + The Role of Small Faith Communities: Why SFCs? While they “dialogue” with activist Catholics, dissenters certainly do not…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Authority Of The Bishops

April 17, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 50 Now that we have considered the authority of the Pope, his infallibility, its extension and limits, as well as replied to the most common objections, let us now consider the authority of the bishops. This is important to understand because the Catholic Church is not a dictatorship. Popes do not rule as they see fit, as in a Louis XIV absolute monarch style, according to their personal whims and preferences. They received a mission to work together with the bishops, their fellow-members of the Apostolic College. The Pope continues the mission of St. Peter, and the bishops continue the mission of the other apostles. But even here the bishops are not “successors of…Continue Reading

The Liturgy — Work Of The Holy Trinity

April 16, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 We began our examination of the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the liturgy as the work of the Holy Trinity last week by focusing on the Father. We saw that God the Father is the “source and goal of the liturgy” and that the notion of blessing that the Catechism employs has a twofold direction. The whole of God’s work from the beginning of time and what He continues to do for us until the end of time is a blessing (cf. CCC, n. 1078). In turn, our response to these manifold blessings is one of “faith and love” which is liturgically expressed by the People of God by our…Continue Reading