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September 17, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: If the following lessons, which were prepared for Confirmation students, are of value to you, put them to whatever use you can. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well, so please send them along, either to the postal mailing address or the email address below, and we will interrupt this series to answer them. Special Course On Catholicism And Life — XIII The sacraments given to us by Jesus cover the whole span of our lifetime, from Baptism as infants to Anointing of the Sick as death approaches. So important is the latter sacrament that priests have risked their lives to bring it to those in danger of death. This sacrament is not…Continue Reading

The Beating Heart Of Texas

September 16, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Beating Heart Of Texas

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK When it comes to legalized baby killing, also known as abortion, untold numbers of Catholics are languishing spiritually under what I’ll call the “Biden delusion.” Some of them would begin to explain it by stating, “I’m personally opposed, but….”For a few years now Biden has survived politically as a Democrat, while claiming to be Catholic, by saying he would never get an abortion himself, but that it’s okay by him if someone else chooses to kill his or her offspring instead. In the absence of any episcopal correction, such as excommunication, this irrational mental condition has gained ground among Catholics until the point that it now has become a widespread phenomenon.The Church’s gaping chest wound…Continue Reading

Vatican’s Synod On Synodality . . . Will Consult Non-Catholics, Lapsed Catholics

September 15, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Vatican’s Synod On Synodality . . . Will Consult Non-Catholics, Lapsed Catholics

By MICHAEL HAYNES VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican has revealed that the “decisive” process of the two-year Synod on Synodality will be based on “listening” to “people who have left the practice of the faith” and on “inter-religious dialogue.”At a Vatican press conference September 7, Mario Cardinal Grech, secretary general of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, introduced the vademecum (handbook) and the preparatory document for the multi-year Synod on Synodality.The shorter preparatory document contains a summary of the process, as well as the chief themes or “thematic nuclei” to be addressed. Its accompanying vademecum or handbook, which is available only in English, contains an in-depth explanation of how the Synod is to be conducted while elaborating…Continue Reading

A Thorn In The Conscience

September 13, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Thorn In The Conscience

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20James 3:16-4:3Mark 9:30-37 In the first reading today, we hear about the wicked who are discussing the treatment they intend to inflict upon a righteous person. We read that the just one is obnoxious to the wicked. More than anything, the reason for this is that the way the just person lives is a thorn in the conscience of those who are not living a Godly life. For this reason, the wicked decide to persecute the just person and even kill him just to see what happens. After all, they reason, if this person is a child of God, God will protect him.In the Gospel reading…Continue Reading

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September 10, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I want to know if Pope Francis’ statement that the death penalty is against the Gospel can be considered just his opinion since he did not declare it infallibly from the Chair of Peter. — D.B., North Carolina.A. What Pope Francis did was to change paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which originally said that the death penalty was permissible “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor,” but added that “the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity ‘are very rare, if not practically nonexistent’” (citing Pope John Paul’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae, n. 56).In revising that paragraph, Pope Francis said that “recourse…Continue Reading

Betrayal And The Cross

September 9, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Betrayal And The Cross

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wreaking havoc and destruction. Wars spiritual and physical. Disease. All of these and more with death in their wake. We find ourselves in the midst of so many crises, natural and supernatural, wondering which way to turn first, how to make things better or feeling there is nothing we can do. Except pray.And pray we do. For the American civilians left for dead in Afghanistan after a failed pullout, resulting from lack of foresight and planning, and for 13 military sacrificed in the effort, we pray.Some U.S. civilians attempted to get to the airport before the U.S. pulled out but had to return to their places of hiding after failing to find…Continue Reading

Do Angels Actually Sing?

September 8, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Do Angels Actually Sing?

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this commentary on August 30 and it is reprinted here with permission. His blog is found at https://msgrpope.com/) + + Disclaimer: Please take this post in the mirthful manner I intend. I do not intend to be argumentative or to directly oppose the writings of a fellow blogger and priest whom I respect and appreciate. Frankly, I hope and piously think Fr. Ryland is correct, but for reasons stated below, I wonder if his stated, and my hoped-for conclusion is correct, namely that angels sing.Here is a link to his post: “Can Angels Speak or Sing?” by Fr. Ray Ryland:https://simplycatholic.com/can-angels-sing/In his brief article Father concludes that angels can both speak…Continue Reading

The Suffering Messiah

September 6, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Suffering Messiah

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 50:5-9a;James 2:14-18Mark 8:27-35 In the Gospel reading today our Lord asks His apostles who they say He is. Peter answers that Jesus is the Christ. This is, of course, the correct answer, but then we hear about Peter rebuking Jesus for saying He would be rejected, killed, and would rise after three days. Peter had faith that Jesus is the Christ, but that faith did not extend to the work the Christ needed to undertake.In the second reading today St. James tells us that faith without works is dead. When Jesus asked His apostles this question about His identity, Peter had faith, but was not ready to…Continue Reading

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September 3, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Regarding the willingness of priests, bishops, and cardinals to give Holy Communion to militant pro-abortionists like President Biden, D.M. of Virginia puts the matter in perspective by offering the following analogy:“Imagine in the middle of the nineteenth century a Catholic were elected President. Suppose that President professed personal opposition to slavery but was unwilling to impose his personal morality on others. Imagine further that this President also pledged to codify slavery and make it legal in all states, and he even promised to provide federal assistance to those who bought, sold, and/or owned slaves.“I would like, then, to ask our current-day clergy, who favor giving Communion to our President, if they would have been willing to give Communion…Continue Reading

Doomsday Scenario

September 2, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Doomsday Scenario

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Is it possible that a powerful person could approach various individuals of influence or policy and say, “We’re going to deposit $500 million in your bank account. Do what we say or we’ll kill your family”? It certainly is possible, however unlikely. How else to explain the fact that currently in the COVID outbreak aftermath so many scientists are doing unscientific and even anti-scientific things? Or that so many medical personnel are perpetrating unmedical or even anti-medical practices?What could explain the unprecedented phenomenon of so many around the world promoting a so-called medical defense replete with dangerous side effects in response to a threat which is nearly minimal by comparison? Why promote a vaccine with,…Continue Reading