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March 29, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. You said recently that the matter for Holy Communion (wheat flour and water) has not changed since Vatican II and that you don’t know of anyone getting sick from receiving the Eucharist. But what about those with a medical condition, such as Celiac Disease, who cannot ingest anything with wheat in it? — P.S. Nebraska. A. Although we have written about Celiac sufferers in the past (see pages 297-299 of the book Catholic Replies 2), we were not thinking of them when we wrote the reply you mentioned, and we apologize for the oversight. Celiac Disease is an allergic reaction to the gluten in wheat that damages the digestive system and predisposes its victims to osteoporosis, neurological illnesses, and…Continue Reading

Transgenderism . . . The Next Terrible Step In The Sexual Revolution

March 27, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Transgenderism . . . The Next Terrible Step In The Sexual Revolution

By FR. SHENAN J. BOQUET (Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission of Human Life International, www.hli.org. It first appeared at www.hli.org on March 11, 2019. Fr. Boquet is the president of HLI.) + + + Disturbing new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) highlight the grave dangers that the transgender ideology poses to children. A new survey of 131,901 public school students has found that nearly two percent of students in grades 9-12 identify as “transgender.” That translates into a staggering number of teenagers suffering profound confusion about their identity and all the accompanying psychological and physical risks. While reliable statistics about the rates of transgenderism among high school students across time are hard to…Continue Reading

Penance Leads To Joy In The Lord

March 26, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Penance Leads To Joy In The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday In Lent (YR C) Readings: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 2 Cor. 5:17-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 The Mass today is about conversion. Conversion means to turn around, to go the opposite direction. We see the opposites today as the Church reminds us to forge ahead with our Lenten resolutions because they will bring great joy to us when they are complete. Having passed the halfway mark of Lent, we celebrate Laetare Sunday; rejoicing in the midst of our penance. People often associate penance with sadness, somberness, or even suffering. The saints, on the other hand, teach us that the things we think of in a negative way are really causes for joy because they are being…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… In Conversation With Islam

March 25, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… In Conversation With Islam

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In light of the recent shooting at a mosque in New Zealand, a senseless tragedy with the destruction of at least 49 human lives, public conversation turned again to Muslims and their beliefs and our relationship with them. I recalled my own experience of a conversation with a Muslim some years ago. Many who do not share their beliefs now have opportunities to speak with Muslims which, though once rare, is more and more possible as a result of immigration and increased travel. It does not, however, change the facts about Islam. Although some adherents are peaceful people, the fact remains that the Koran does require violence for conversions. It is possible that some Muslims…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

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

Editor’s Note: Regarding a recent reply about giving Holy Communion to everyone at a funeral or wedding, J.C. of Ontario, Canada, sent along the following comments: “I appreciate the clear answers which were given to E.B. of New York. . . . I as a non-Catholic who is a Baptist am well aware that Protestants cannot participate with Catholics in Communion, which is made clear in the Church’s teachings. . . . I am not in any way offended by this clear teaching. I have attended Catholic weddings over the years as I rejoice with my Catholic friends. . . . But I remain in my seat in acknowledgment of the clear rules the Catholic Church has pointed out on…Continue Reading

Empty Chalice At Consecration Time… Could Signal A Grave Violation Of Canon Law

March 20, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Empty Chalice At Consecration Time… Could Signal A Grave Violation Of Canon Law

By Fr. Edward McNamara, LC (Editor’s Note: Following is a Q-and-A from Fr. Edward McNamara’s regular column published by ZENIT News Agency. The date of this column is March 12, 2019. (ZENIT holds the copyright to this article. All rights reserved.) + + + (Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara is a professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum University.) + + + Q. A few years ago I attended Mass (did not concelebrate) where it became obvious that the chalice had nothing in it. This was obvious when the priest lifted the chalice to drink from it, looked around, and handed it to the server. I asked in the sacristy afterward, and indeed it had…Continue Reading

Heaven, The Promised Land

March 19, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Heaven, The Promised Land

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Lent (YR C) Readings: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 1 Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12 Luke 13:1-9 In the readings today we hear about both the justice and the mercy of God. The first reading is all about God’s mercy. The people of Israel had been enslaved in Egypt for 430 years, but in that time they had grown from 70 people to 600,000. By nature they would not have wanted to leave, even though they had been promised a land of their own. They knew the culture, they knew the language, and they knew the people. Even if God had come to them in some extraordinary way, the people would not have wanted to leave. For…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Cardinal Pell: The Pendulum Swings

March 18, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Cardinal Pell: The Pendulum Swings

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The pendulum means nothing on its own and functions only by means of a power external to itself: the law of gravity. The swing of the pendulum is a symbol of the lack of balance, for the forces at work upon it which keep it in constant motion prevent its rest in a central position between two extremes. “A pendulum works by converting energy back and forth, a bit like a rollercoaster ride. When the bob is highest (furthest from the ground), it has maximum stored energy (potential energy). As it accelerates down toward its lowest point (its midpoint, nearest the ground), this potential energy is converted into kinetic energy (energy of movement) and then, as the bob climbs up again,…Continue Reading

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

Editor’s Note: In his weekly bulletin at the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. George Rutler, after noting that John Henry Cardinal Newman of England will soon be proclaimed a saint and Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary will be declared venerable, said that “Mindszenty was not Newman’s intellectual peer, but his life was the most muscular testimony to doctrine. He was imprisoned and tortured by Nazis and Communists, by a logic easily understood once it is acknowledged that both Nazism and Communism are forms of atheistic socialism, vaunting the power of the collective state over individual dignity. “In our times, these malignant social theories are being propounded by culturally illiterate politicians whose eccentricity still has a centric…Continue Reading

The Church In The Midst Of The Storm . . . “Come To Me All Who Are Weary”

March 13, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Church In The Midst Of The Storm . . . “Come To Me All Who Are Weary”

By FR. SHENAN J. BOQUET (Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission of Human Life International, www.hli.org. It first appeared at www.hli.org on March 4, 2019. Fr. Boquet is the president of HLI.) + + + “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me” (John 14:1). Holy Mother Church is in the midst of a dark night. Scarcely a day goes by where I do not read a news article about the Church and her ministers that makes me feel physically ill. I will not recite this information here. If you are paying any attention to the news, you know what I’m talking about. I confess that at times I feel frustrated,…Continue Reading