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Cardinal Mueller Issues Manifesto . . . A Quasi Correction Of Pope Francis’ Pontificate

February 20, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cardinal Mueller Issues Manifesto . . . A Quasi Correction Of Pope Francis’ Pontificate

By JOHN-HENRY WESTEN and MAIKE HICKSON (LifeSiteNews) — Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, the former head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, has released a Manifesto which reads like a correction of many of the doctrinal errors Pope Francis has taught during his tenure as Pope. The cardinal intended to release the manifesto on February 10. That date is the eve of the anniversary of Pope Benedict’s announcement in 2013 that he would abdicate his papal office, as well as the eve of the cardinal’s own Ordination to the priesthood. However, a Polish website broke the embargo and thus the document was released February 8. Pope Francis removed Cardinal Mueller from his post as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith…Continue Reading

Be Like God And Love Your Enemies

February 19, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Be Like God And Love Your Enemies

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 1 Cor. 15:45-49 Luke 6:27-38 In the second reading today St. Paul teaches there are two Adams, the first Adam is of Earth, the second, Jesus, is from Heaven. St. Paul points out that the natural came first, then the spiritual, so as we bear the image of the earthly Adam, we are also called to bear the image of the heavenly Adam. First, we must first understand what St. Paul is teaching here: By comparing Adam and Jesus he is contrasting two different moments in creation. Adam is the first man God created; Jesus is the firstborn from the dead, the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… “Men Are Not Women” And Other Inconvenient Facts

February 18, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… “Men Are Not Women” And Other Inconvenient Facts

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Of course men are not women, you might respond — it’s a matter of fact. You can certainly say that for yourself if you so choose, but you cannot say it for everyone. Not anymore. The politically correct absconding from the use of reason is exploding into a political and social lobby of ever-increasing proportions. The numbers of those no longer rooted in reasoned discourse have increased in proportion to those rejecting faith. The “tyranny of relativism” Benedict XVI so wisely warned us about is no mere academic theory. The Trump insanity syndrome is simply one aspect of this mass rejection of man’s rational faculty. The president’s impassioned pro-life leadership elicits howls of pain from…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 15, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Some words of wisdom from Fr. George Rutler in the parish bulletin of The Church of St. Michael in New York City: “The other day, intemperate journalists accused youths from a Catholic high school in Covington, Ky., of making racial threats against an elderly Native American during the March for Life. Videos proved that there was no truth to it, but a flurry of ‘virtue signaling’ berated the boys without giving them a chance to testify. One might expect that from secular bigots, but not from their own diocese with its knee-jerk condemnation of the youths. Apologies have been coming in, but probably the last to correct themselves will be the epicene Church bureaucrats. “Quickly, The Washington Post…Continue Reading

Cardinal Zen In New Book… Vatican’s China Strategy Was All About Compromise And Surrender

February 13, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cardinal Zen In New Book… Vatican’s China Strategy Was All About Compromise And Surrender

  By MAIKE HICKSON Joseph Cardinal Zen, For Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent, Ignatius Press: 2019, www.ignatius.com; paperback, 153 pages. (LifeSiteNews) — Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen has strongly criticized in a new book the Vatican’s recent dealings with China, stating that the “strategy was wrong,” adding that it was “all about compromise and surrender.” He has also revealed that the troubling China policy did not start with Pope Francis. In For Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent released by Ignatius Press on January 25, Cardinal Zen describes in detail the history of the Vatican’s shifting China policy over the course of the last decades. After he praises Jozef Cardinal Tomko, the prefect of…Continue Reading

The Trustworthiness Of God

February 12, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Trustworthiness Of God

by FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Jer. 17:5-8 1 Cor. 15:12, 16-20 Luke 6:17, 20-26 In the first reading today the Prophet Jeremiah declares cursed those who trust in human beings while turning their hearts from the Lord. Blessed, on the other hand, are those who trust in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord. This cuts deeply coming from the prophet, but as we see at the beginning of the reading, this is not the prophet’s mere opinion. Instead, Jeremiah begins with the formula: “Thus says the Lord.” In other words, this is not from Jeremiah; this is from God. We need to be brutally honest with ourselves and ask whether or not…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Culture Rejects Life And Youth’s Religious Needs

February 11, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Culture Rejects Life And Youth’s Religious Needs

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Our damaged and selfish society does not consistently advocate for the young and sometimes imperils them, beginning with the right to life from the moment of conception under renewed assault in recent days. We are thanking God, however, that our president “gets it.” On the evening of the State of the Union speech to Congress he hit all the right points relevant to our fight to undo the injustice of Roe v. Wade. Regardless of any other effect, the “bully pulpit” of the presidency exists as a way of communicating to all of the American people together a vision of justice and the common good to which God calls all of us as a nation.…Continue Reading

The Authority Of Bishops . . . The Hierarchy Of Orders In The Catholic Church

February 10, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Authority Of Bishops . . . The Hierarchy Of Orders In The Catholic Church

  By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 It is a well-known fact that the Church today is going through a crisis, especially in faith, as can be seen as early as 1985 when Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger allowed the publication of The Ratzinger Report. I believe that Benedict XVI was the only Pope in Church history whose mind was already well-known a quarter century prior to his election at a conclave. One of today’s gravest crisis is the ambiguity about moral issues, such as contraception, divorce and remarriage, and the Eucharist. In The Ratzinger Report, page 150 of the American edition by Ignatius Press, Cardinal Ratzinger clearly states that “ambiguity is the mark of the demonic,” and recommends devotion to…Continue Reading

The Crisis Of Hope In The Modern World

February 9, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Crisis Of Hope In The Modern World

By DON FIER Two opposing vices were identified last week as contrary to the theological virtue of hope: despair and presumption. Despair, on the one hand, goes against Divine Mercy; presumption, on the other hand, goes against Divine Justice. To explain, the renowned Thomist philosopher Dr. Josef Pieper describes hope as “preeminently the virtue of the status viatoris [condition or state of being on the way]” (Faith, Hope, Love [FHL], p. 98), the virtue by which “man reaches ‘with restless heart,’ with confidence and patient expectation,…toward the arduous ‘not yet’ of fulfillment” (FHL, p. 100). However, Dr. Pieper goes on to say, “Both despair and presumption…destroy the pilgrim character of human existence in the status viatoris” (FHL, p. 113). The…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 8, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We thought you might be interested in the following column that appeared in a local parish bulletin. “In the Name of God. . . .” Jamie Schmidt, a 53-year-old mother of three, entered a Catholic bookstore in St. Louis last November to purchase supplies to make rosary beads. There were two other women in the store when a man with a gun came in and ordered the women to the back of the store. He threatened to kill them if they did not perform sexual acts. Two of the women, fearful for their lives, complied, but Jamie Schmidt refused, saying, “In the name of God, I will not take my clothes off.” The gunman shot and killed her.…Continue Reading