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August 21, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We are in the process of reducing our supply of books and are offering them to interested readers at a substantial discount. The books available, all in mint condition, are Catholic Replies and Catholic Replies 2 (both $17.95), All Generations Will Call Me Blessed and Who Do You Say That I Am? (both $10.95), and Catholicism & Reason (Apologetics), Catholicism & Scripture (Salvation History), and Catholicism & Life (Commandments and Sacraments), each $14.95. The books can be had for 50 percent off for 1 to 25 books, 60 percent off for 26 to 50 books, and 70 percent off for over 50 books. You can learn more about each of these books by visiting www.crpublications.com.Don’t order from the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Biden Is Not A Practicing Catholic

August 19, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Biden Is Not A Practicing Catholic

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Joe Biden is not a practicing Catholic. And practicing Catholics cannot vote for Biden for president in good conscience.A Philadelphia basement blogger, among others, has pronounced negatively, as usual, on a recent tweet by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., calling Biden’s Catholicity into question after he announced his fellow Planned Parenthood ally Kamala Harris as the pick for VP.Bishop Tobin tweeted, “Biden-Harris. First time in a while that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad.”The blogger sub-tweeted Bishop Tobin’s remark with this rejoinder:“While the sentiment expressed by Providence bishop — one of the few U.S. prelates who’s disclosed his party registration — is popular with conservatives, a hierarch has no authority…Continue Reading

Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

August 18, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 22:19-23Romans 11:33-36Matt. 16:13-20 In the Gospel reading today our Lord asks what may be the most important question each of us needs to answer in the depth of our own hearts: “Who do you say that I am?” Over the past two thousand years, there have been many ways people have tried to answer the question of who Jesus is. Unlike the people of our Lord’s time, the answers over the past two millennia are not simply John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.No, many ideas are floating around about Jesus that are neither good nor true. There are some who, at least, have…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Christians, Voting, And The Common Good

August 17, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . Christians, Voting, And The Common Good

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Part 2 When St. Paul instructed the Christians in Rome on the implications of living their faith, they were surrounded by a culture which was being corrupted by many of the problems we currently face in the West. He told them: “. . . I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2). Renewal Of Our Minds We are called to a continual…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 14, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Noting that today’s “cancel culture,” with its toppling of statues and burning of churches, “is a metaphor for self-loathing rather than reason,” Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City said in his weekly bulletin that “we are now in a spiritual combat as monumental as World War II. In 1944, when the Nazis demanded that the Americans surrender during the Battle of the Bulge, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe replied, ‘Nuts!’ The vernacularism was unfamiliar to the Germans, and so another message was sent: ‘Du kannst zum Teufel gehen’ — You can go to the Devil.“No victory is secured by kneeling to the enemy. Those who do will be the next in line…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Celebrating COVID Lockdown Weddings

August 12, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Celebrating COVID Lockdown Weddings

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Lord gives grace in each celebration of a sacrament. The Latin phrase, “Ex opere, operato” explains that the merit of the sacrament is not in who does it humanly speaking, but in the Lord who gives the grace through the doing of the sacrament.For these reasons, we don’t simulate sacraments. We must mean what we are doing and, also, for sacraments that leave a mark or are for life, such as marriage, we must do them only once.We also don’t leave others open to be misled by appearances to assume we are simulating sacraments. This means that all ambiguity and confusion about what we are doing in the sacred rites in our churches should…Continue Reading

Faith, Obedience, Prayer, And Repentance

August 11, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Faith, Obedience, Prayer, And Repentance

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Readings: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7Romans 11:13-15, 29-32Matt. 15:21-28 In the first reading, God tells us through the Prophet Isaiah that His salvation is about to come and His justice is about to be revealed. What follows after these statements is astounding: the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, ministering to Him, loving His Name, becoming His servants. The Jewish people understood they were the People of God and that salvation would come through them. Moreover, if justice was to be done, the Jews would be largely spared because they were the Chosen People.However, this is not what God revealed. We know from history that because the Jewish people were chosen, God held them to a higher…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Christians, Voting, And The Common Good

August 10, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . Christians, Voting, And The Common Good

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Part 1 As the fall elections loom, it is essential to ask this question, “What is the role of the Catholic Christian faith in informing our participation in the political and public policy process?” In the next several columns, I will touch upon several important areas of moral concern which should be considered as we prepare to exercise our right — and our duty — to vote.In addressing what are called the “social issues,” the Catholic Church offers principles which are intended to guide all Catholics, other Christians, other people of faith, and all people of goodwill, in forming their conscience so that they can then properly approach participation in every area of culture —…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 7, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We are in the process of reducing our supply of books and are offering them to interested readers at a substantial discount. The books available, all in mint condition, are Catholic Replies and Catholic Replies 2 (both $17.95), All Generations Will Call Me Blessed and Who Do You Say That I Am? (both $10.95), and Catholicism & Reason (Apologetics), Catholicism & Scripture (Salvation History), and Catholicism & Life (Commandments and Sacraments), each $14.95. The books can be had for 50 percent off for 1 to 25 books, 60 percent off for 26 to 50 books, and 70 percent off for over 50 books. You can learn more about each of these books by visiting www.crpublications.com.Don’t order from the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Where The Clergy’s Moral Failings Began

August 5, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Where The Clergy’s Moral Failings Began

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.“But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts, and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you have not kept my ways but have shown partiality in your instruction” (Mal. 2:7ff)The Church exists to preach Christ and Truth: These two things always go together; it is impossible to have the one without the other. Truth involves both what we believe and how we…Continue Reading