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June 25, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold weekly classes for 22 tenth-grade Confirmation students. So instead of using our regular text, Catholicism & Life, which covers the Commandments and Sacraments, we prepared a series of 14 lessons on the material, with a summary of each commandment and sacrament along with some questions to answer, and sent them to the students to complete and return to us. To their credit, they did complete the assignment, and we were able to discuss the material with them at a retreat a few weeks before they were confirmed.It occurred to us that this material might be of interest to our readers, so we are passing the lessons along for whatever…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Losing The True Sources Of Faith

June 24, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Losing The True Sources Of Faith

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The enemies of the faith have been hiding in plain sight all along. Now they have simply burst into the open in more obvious ways thanks to the internet and social media accessible in every home and on every cell phone.What we see in the promotion of sodomy as “pride”, same sex simulation of marriage as “love” and abortion as “choice” on social media accounts and in online news sources is not a new reality.The Jesuit James Martin with 300k followers on Twitter is simply taking advantage to a large extent of a superficial social phenomenon of the attractiveness of transgressive behavior.Largely adolescent and by no means proven to be Catholic, these denizens of the…Continue Reading

According To St. Gregory . . . On The Balance Of Love And Correction

June 23, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on According To St. Gregory . . . On The Balance Of Love And Correction

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this commentary on June 15 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + Applying salutary discipline, and balancing it with necessary consolations and encouragement is never an easy task. It is possible that a parents can be too severe on their children, such that they become disheartened, and lack necessary self-esteem. But it is also possible that parents can be too lax such that their children become spoiled and lack proper self-discipline and humility.Hence Scripture seeking to balance teaching with encouragement says, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).Pastors too in their leadership of parishes need…Continue Reading

Do Not Be Afraid

June 21, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Do Not Be Afraid

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-242 Cor. 8:7, 9, 13-15Mark 5:21-43 The first reading today contains a profound insight for us as we consider our own dignity and our immortality. The writer of the Book of Wisdom reminds us that God created us to be imperishable; He made us in the image of His own nature. Beyond this, we are told God did not create death, nor does He rejoice in the destruction of the living. Rather, it is through the envy of the Devil that death came into the world and those who belong to the company of the vile creature experience death.We must be careful on this last point…Continue Reading

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June 18, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold weekly classes for 22 tenth-grade Confirmation students. So instead of using our regular text, Catholicism & Life, which covers the Commandments and Sacraments, we prepared a series of 14 lessons on the material, with a summary of each commandment and sacrament along with some questions to answer, and sent them to the students to complete and return to us. To their credit, they did complete the assignment, and we were able to discuss the material with them at a retreat a few weeks before they were confirmed.It occurred to us that this material might be of interest to our readers, so we are passing the lessons along for whatever…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Unscientific To Eliminate God

June 17, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Unscientific To Eliminate God

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In the book, Repairing the Breach, the authors John M. Wynne and Stephen A. Wynne track the work of scientists, as well as thinkers of all kinds, behind what has come to be known as “intelligent design” and other intellectual inroads against the accepted default position today in academe and institutions generally in favor of evolution and against creation.Their deconstruction of evolutionary theories originating with Darwin revisit and refashion the roots of modern thought and life. The consequences of their counter-revolutionary revisionism impact the lives of all of us, and especially our children being formed to accept or reject the faith of their parents.Is the battle simply between creationists and evolutionists, which can conclude only…Continue Reading

Vatican Says… Accusations Against Polish Catholic Bishops’ Leader Groundless

June 16, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Vatican Says… Accusations Against Polish Catholic Bishops’ Leader Groundless

WARSAW (CNA) — The Vatican has ruled that accusations of negligence against the president of the Polish bishops’ conference are groundless. A statement published June 8 by the apostolic nunciature in the Polish capital, Warsaw, said that the Vatican had investigated allegations that Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki behaved negligently in two cases of clerical abuse against minors.The Vatican investigated the claims under the norms of the motu proprio Vos estis lux mundi, issued by Pope Francis in 2019 for an experimental period of three years.“Acting on the basis of the provisions of the Code of Canon Law and Pope Francis’ motu proprio Vos estis lux mundi, the Holy See, following formal notifications, has conducted an investigation into the alleged negligence of…Continue Reading

Your Boat Will Not Sink

June 14, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Your Boat Will Not Sink

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twelfth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Job 38:1, 8-112 Cor. 5:14-17Mark 4:35-41 In the Gospel reading today we see the apostles panicking because the wind was so strong and the sea so stirred up that their boat was being swamped by the waves. Throughout this whole ordeal Jesus was sleeping in the stern. Upon waking Him, the apostles ask if He does not care that they are perishing. This is quite strange for two reasons. First, Jesus was with them. Did they somehow think they would perish but He would not? Second, as St. Therese asked, did they really think their boat was going to sink with Jesus in it?The question our Lord posed…Continue Reading

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June 11, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. When was the Catholic Church born? Was it when Jesus proclaimed, “The kingdom of God is at hand,” when the side of Jesus was pierced and blood and water flowed, or at Pentecost? — J.B., Washington State.A. According to Pope Pius XII, all three of those events signaled the birth of the Church. Writing in his 1943 encyclical on the Mystical Body (Mystici Corporis), the Holy Father said:“As We set out briefly to expound in what sense Christ founded His social Body, the following thought of Our predecessor of happy memory, Leo XIII, occurs to Us at once: ‘The Church which, already conceived, came forth from the side of the second Adam in His sleep on the Cross, first…Continue Reading

Turning Holy Mother Church Into A Repressive State

June 10, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Turning Holy Mother Church Into A Repressive State

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A most un-Catholic spirit is abroad in Rome, seeking to devour legitimate Catholic freedoms. It reveals itself as a repressive regime which values obedience to arbitrary human preference among legitimate options over the free, unchecked movement of the Holy Spirit among the People of God. This approach threatens to choke out the freshness and life which ensure the flourishing and fruitfulness of the vineyard of faith.As Scripture instructs, we must “test everything; hold fast to what is good” (1 Thess. 5:21). When it comes to the liturgy, however, handed down from the beginning and organically developed, one must be most careful, receiving respectfully, and preserving carefully, the source itself of the Lord’s Body and Blood…Continue Reading