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Four Common Tactics Of The Devil

July 3, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Four Common Tactics Of The Devil

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 on the Devil’s tactics. The essay first appeared on his blog dated June 20. All rights reserved. Also, Msgr. Pope on June 24 marked his thirtieth anniversary as a priest. For that occasion he offered some reflections on his blog, saying in part: “When I was growing up, there was little to indicate that I would become a priest. I wasn’t a particularly spiritual child (at least not after age 7). I didn’t ‘play Mass.’ In fact, I didn’t like church at all. At the end of Mass when the priest said,…Continue Reading

The Church’s Time Of Purification

July 2, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Church’s Time Of Purification

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 66:10-14c Gal. 6:14-18 Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 The times we are living in are very difficult for the Church and for her members. In parish after parish, we are seeing the numbers of people who populate the pews diminishing. While we can blame some of this on the scandals of the past few years, the reality is much deeper. If we look at the tragedy of the absence of faith in Europe, it is clear this is not due to the recent scandals. There is a much more pervasive problem which has infected society in general and individual minds and hearts in particular. The enemy of our souls…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 28, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We saw a cartoon recently that showed two men asking a woman at her front door if she had found Jesus. “I’m Catholic,” she said. “We never lost Him.” Q. A very well-educated fellow Catholic and high school friend recently told me that the Catholic Church has several exceptions to a person wishing to abort her baby. There is nothing in the Catechism on this. One of her alleged exceptions is the “serious fear” of the mother. What can I tell her? — M.S., via e-mail. A. You can tell her that there are no exceptions — zip, zero, nada — where the Church would allow a woman to abort her unborn child. Here is St. John Paul’s…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah Criticizes Synodality… “Jesus Never Created Bishops’ Conferences Or Local Churches”

June 26, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cardinal Sarah Criticizes Synodality… “Jesus Never Created Bishops’ Conferences Or Local Churches”

By JEANNE SMITS (LifeSiteNews) — During a recent visit to the Netherlands, Robert Cardinal Sarah commented on the “silent apostasy” of the West, also recalling that the Church needs to be united under the Vicar of Christ in order not to destroy itself. “In this day and age, we in the West are living through a silent apostasy. We no longer need God,” said the cardinal, who is the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He then went on to comment in a veiled way about so-called synodality initiatives springing up in various places, especially in Germany. “People are trying to detach the local churches from Rome. People want to be autonomous with…Continue Reading

Doing God’s Will Is Perfect Freedom

June 25, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Doing God’s Will Is Perfect Freedom

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 Gal. 5:1, 13-18 Luke 9:51-62 In the second reading today, St. Paul tells us we were called for freedom, but then he says we are not to use this freedom for the flesh, but to serve one another through love. Normally we would think of a servant as someone who is not free, someone who is bound to carry out the directives of the master. Although an aspect of this is correct, that is, a servant carries out the directives of another, this does not necessarily imply that a servant is not free. With Independence Day coming next week in the United States, we…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Week In Review

June 24, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Week In Review

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “For as those rich dishes cannot be eaten without salt, so this simple virtue may be adorned with the glory and honor of different virtues, but if a man lack the love of God and of his neighbor, he is wholly worthless and contemptible” — St. Ephrem the Deacon. The website Canon 212 strove mightily to amuse last week, nominating me the “bare shoulders warrior.” Trust me, “shoulders” was the modest way to describe what was being revealed. More free advertising: Mary Pezzulo on her Patheos blog has continued her screed about something that never happened, at least as far as I know, and nothing I ever mentioned in Twitter or in a column. (Please…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 21, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I asked my parish priest if one can be a conscientious objector with respect to paying taxes when your government uses your money for things antithetical to your belief system, such as giving money to Planned Parenthood. Before he gave me what I thought was a good answer, he wanted to know if I had gone to a Jesuit college and if this was a Jesuitical question. I told him I had not gone to a Jesuit college and, in fact, had told my children that if they wanted to go to Boston College or Georgetown, or some other Jesuit-run institution, they would have to pay their own way. But my question is, what did he mean by Jesuitical?…Continue Reading

The Barbarians Have Won

June 19, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Barbarians Have Won

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Deacon Toner has contributed numerous columns to The Catholic Thing, Crisis Magazine, and The Wanderer. He serves in the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C. This is a two-part article. Part one appeared in last week’s issue.) IV. The Church has long taught lex orandi, lex credendi (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1124 and, by reasonable extension, lex credendi, lex vivendi. As we pray, so do we believe; and as we believe, so do we behave. (It was, by the way, Bishop Fulton Sheen who said that “If we don’t start behaving the way we believe, we will end up believing the way we behave.”) When we have mendacious – barbaric…Continue Reading

God’s Greatest Gift To Us

June 18, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God’s Greatest Gift To Us

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Corpus Christi (YR C) Readings: Gen. 14:18-20 1 Cor. 11:23-26 Luke 9:11b-17 The Holy Eucharist is the greatest gift and the greatest treasure we possess on Earth. God has given us many great gifts, but the Eucharist is God Himself! It is such a marvelous mystery that the whole universe cannot contain God, but He comes to us under the appearance of a piece of bread to give Himself to us because He loves us so much. Human persons while alive on Earth are the only beings in all of creation who can partake of this Gift. Think about the love of God for you: He wants you to be with Him and united…Continue Reading

Latest From Fr. Cusick . . . Modesty: A Woman’s Voice

June 17, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Latest From Fr. Cusick . . . Modesty: A Woman’s Voice

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK For readers following “the tweet hated round the world” story, more on the aftermath in this week’s column. Being removed a degree from Twitter after deactivating my personal account, and looking back at comments on the social media platform, is like being dead. People talk about me in the third person: “We miss him,” “Hope he comes back.” Those are the positive comments. There are some who take the opportunity to dish on others while they think they’re not around to defend themselves. Then there are others who spread rumors, innuendo, and falsehoods. The old adage about news during war applies: “The first casualty is the truth.” “Father, we need you.” some wrote. You need…Continue Reading