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A Leaven In The World… Inculturation And Tradition

November 26, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Inculturation And Tradition

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK There are good and bad examples of inculturation. Adapting the presentation of the truths of the Gospel for the purpose of making them better understood by various language groups or regions is good inculturation. Betraying the truths and the Lord who revealed them by borrowing uncritically and wholesale those unredeemed pagan or diabolical aspects of false religions, found among a people to be evangelized, is bad inculturation. This should be obvious but, as Navy chief petty officers, steeped in long experience of the weakness of human nature, would often say, “Ignorance is a renewable resource.” Good inculturation always acknowledges and hands on those aspects of the Deposit of Faith that are necessary for salvation because…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Belief In God As the Creator Of All And Creation As A Gift

November 25, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . Belief In God As the Creator Of All And Creation As A Gift

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND In the first verse of the first Book of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Book of Genesis (a word which means beginning) we read: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:1). Most religious traditions and cultures have a creation account. However, only the Jewish and Christian faiths teach a doctrine often referred to as creation ex nihilo, a Latin phrase meaning “out of nothing.” In Part One of the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read of the importance of embracing what…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 22, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Friends of mine believe that the clergy sexual abuse problem in the Catholic Church is ongoing, but I don’t think that’s true. Can you help me with this? — T.S., Florida. A. Your friends probably think this because the media continue to present a distorted picture of the problem. For example, a Pew Research Center study released earlier this year found that 80 percent of Americans surveyed believed that sexual abuse by Catholic priests is an “ongoing problem,” while only 12 percent said that these problems “happened in the past and mostly don’t happen anymore.” The latter group is correct that clergy sexual abuse is negligible today. For example, the 2018 Annual Report of the U.S. Catholic Bishops found…Continue Reading

The Firstborn Of All Creation

November 20, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Firstborn Of All Creation

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Christ The King (YR C) Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-3 Col. 1:12-20 Luke 23:35-43 In the first reading today, we hear about the occasion when all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and asked him to be the king of all of Israel. At that time David had been king over Judah, but on this occasion the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah were united and David became king over the entire Chosen People. This fulfilled God’s initial promise to David when he was anointed as the successor of Saul, the king of Israel, by the Prophet Samuel. This reading, however, has even greater importance for us because when the Angel…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The “Splash!” Heard Round The World

November 19, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The “Splash!” Heard Round The World

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The widening ripples continue to spread throughout the Catholic world resulting from a simple series of splashes in the Tiber one October day in Rome. The effect of one young man’s courage to stand up against desecration, confusion, and sacrilege has had a profound effect, encouraging and galvanizing loyal and faithful Catholics the world over. Many watching, helpless to do more than pray in their homes and churches far from the Eternal City, were overjoyed to see the answer to so many calls to Heaven lifted so often and by so many asking for divine intervention against the spreading confusion of revolution and heresy. That revolution is fomented in the name of the Church and…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . We Need An Authentic Understanding Of The Development Of Doctrine

November 18, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . We Need An Authentic Understanding Of The Development Of Doctrine

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND In the beginning of the Letter of Jude in the New Testament the Apostle uses a phrase which is of great importance as we consider what it means to guard the deposit of faith. The letter was written to deal with a similar smoke of confusion in the early Church as we are experiencing in the Church today. The fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith were being challenged. Jude writes: “Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” This “once for all” still stands — and it must…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

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

Editor’s Note: In a recent weekly bulletin, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City offered these perceptive comments: “ ‘Secularism’ is a religion with a non-creedal creed censuring those who do not believe in unbelief. Young people in the United States who claim to have ‘No Religion’ — called ‘Nones’ — now outnumber Catholics, and they have their own prophets, redefining morality and predicting apocalypse by carbon emissions. ‘Politically incorrect’ thinkers are banned from universities as heretics. Attorney General William Barr recently exposed this in an address at the law school of Notre Dame University: “The secular project ‘is taking on all the trappings of religion, including inquisitions and excommunication. Those who defy the…Continue Reading

Guarding The Deposit Of The Faith

November 14, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Guarding The Deposit Of The Faith

Bringing An Era To An End

November 13, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bringing An Era To An End

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Mal. 3:19-20a 2 Thess. 3:7-12 Luke 21:5-19 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells His listeners that the day would come when the Temple would be destroyed and not one stone would be left upon another. When the people asked what the sign would be to let them know when these things would happen, Jesus warned them about people who would come in His Name, claiming to be Him. He also said there would be wars and insurrections, earthquakes, famines, and plagues, and great and terrifying signs in the sky. Although many of these things have been happening ever since our Lord spoke these words, the signs…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

November 12, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The prospect of final judgment brings negative impressions, images, or emotions to mind for many. Sometimes it also does so for some who claim our Catholic faith. As a step along the way to spiritual maturity, we must often be purged of our childish or worldly impressions. With an authentic and deeper faith, the prospect of meeting God, the ultimate arbiter of good and evil, at the end of our lives is something not only to look forward to, but which is helpful in daily life. Acknowledgment of the fact of final judgment comes to the fore each November when we turn from the first day of the month, celebrating all the saints in glory,…Continue Reading