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June 7, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. A local newspaper columnist who is generally pro-life wrote that it is “immoral” to force “rape and incest victims to carry a baby to term resulting from a non-consensual violent act.” Is there a good response one can make to this argument? — G.V., via e-mail. A. You could start by asking whether it isn’t also immoral to kill an innocent unborn child because of the crime committed by his or her father. The baby did nothing wrong, so why should he or she be punished with a cruel death? Will the abortion make the trauma of rape go away? Not likely. What it will do is add another trauma to the life of the victimized woman — the…Continue Reading

Fewer Children Than Ever Before

June 5, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Fewer Children Than Ever Before

By FR. SHENAN J. BOQUET (Editor’s Note: Fr. Shenan Boquet is the president of Human Life International. This commentary first appeared May 27, 2019 at HLI.org and is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + Americans are having fewer children than ever before. According to new data released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), for the fourth year in a row the number of children born in the United States has fallen. Last year, 3,788,235 babies were born in the U.S. — a drop of 2 percent from the previous year, and the lowest number in 32 years. Behind the drop in total births, however, is an even more dramatic and troubling statistic. The overall fertility…Continue Reading

The Workings Of The Holy Spirit

June 4, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Workings Of The Holy Spirit

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Pentecost (YR C) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 Today we celebrate the glorious day of the fulfillment of our Lord’s promise to His apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit upon them. The Spirit was given to lead them into all truth and to help them grow in holiness by conforming them to the will of God. This is true for us today just as much as it was for the apostles 2,000 years ago. When the Holy Spirit first appeared He allowed His presence to be known in extraordinary ways. In the first reading we hear about the loud sound and the apostles speaking in tongues to…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Humiliation Of Being Catholic

June 3, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Humiliation Of Being Catholic

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Being Catholic is quickly becoming unfashionable. At least as the Kennedys and Kerrys of this world have attempted to make it so. Add pro-abort Kirsten Gillibrand to that number. She’d be more honest as a truly hip Anglican than as a bad Catholic. The McCarrick affair is straining our vocabulary as we run out of superlatives to describe the slough of ignominy and, for some, despair, at the state of things at the highest levels of the Church. New documents out last week in the Figueiredo report confirm more of Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s claims about knowledge of McCarrick’s misdeeds in Rome. And at home. As some of you may know, Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo served as…Continue Reading

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May 31, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Regarding a recent reply about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on a colt that had never been ridden, J.E. of Pennsylvania writes to say that in preparing for a presentation about things we usually overlook about Holy Week, “I learned from several reliable sources that by entering Jerusalem on a donkey, Jesus was acknowledging His kingship. In those days, a king entered a city on horseback if he were coming in war. The king entered on a donkey if he were coming in peace. Those kings always rode animals on which no one had ever sat.” Q. After reading the response from the bishop of Cleveland that the people in his diocese must remain standing after…Continue Reading

Filial Piety And National Patriotism . . . As Essential Virtues Of The Citizens Of Heaven At Work On Earth

May 29, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Filial Piety And National Patriotism . . . As Essential Virtues Of The Citizens Of Heaven At Work On Earth

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: Raymond Cardinal Burke gave the following address at the Rome Life Forum, Rome, May 17, 2019, at the Pontificia Università di San Tommaso d’Aquino [Angelicum]. LifeSiteNews published this commentary; see lifesitenews.com for a footnoted version of the text.) + + + Our happiness during our earthly pilgrim and at its destination, eternal life, depends on the conformity of our daily living with the truth, that is, with the good order with which God has created and sustains the world and, in a most particular way, man and woman. Our Lord Who alone is our salvation describes Himself as “the way, and the truth, and the life.” He also teaches us that the truth…Continue Reading

One Heart And Soul

May 28, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on One Heart And Soul

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventh Sunday Of Easter (YR C) Readings: Acts 7:55-60; Rev. 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 John 17:20-26 In the Gospel reading today we are given a passage from the “High Priestly Prayer” of Jesus, a prayer our Lord prayed at the Last Supper. Among other things, He prays for two things we want to consider today. First, He prays for those who believe, that they would be one as Jesus and the Father are one. Second, He prays that those who believe would be with Him where He is, to see His glory. To be one as the Trinity is one is not a prayer that we would somehow be substantially united in order to become one as…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Declaring War On “Leftover” Sundays

May 27, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Declaring War On “Leftover” Sundays

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I awoke on a recent Lord’s Day to the sounds of lawn equipment humming from several different directions in the neighborhood. This while it was still cool enough to leave the windows open and the air conditioner off. One woman was on this, of all days, trimming her hedges in full view as we gathered at the hall after Mass for our customary parish family brunch. She does not attend Sunday Mass. Apparently, she seems to fail to keep the day holy in general. Of course, there can on occasion be grave reasons for doing certain kinds of work on Sundays, but surely beautifying shrubs and cutting grass would be pretty close to the bottom…Continue Reading

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May 24, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I have a rosary called a “miraculous icon” that was “touched to the gloves, scab of blood, dried blood, and blood serum, and to the statue of Padre Pio.” It was also “blessed by Pope St. John Paul II and by nearly 1,000 archbishops, bishops, and priests from 70 countries.” What do you know of this? The contact is the Worldwide Apostolate known as Mary’s Way. — L.S., via e-mail. A. Mary’s Way describes itself as an online shopping network for “the most powerful sacramentals in the world,” and it offers a large array of rosaries, scapulars, medals, icons, candles, pictures, statues, and other sacramentals. Your rosary appears to have acquired an extraordinary number of blessings, but whatever its…Continue Reading

Thomas Aquinas College Commencement… Let Your Great Souls Be Unleashed!

May 22, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Thomas Aquinas College Commencement… Let Your Great Souls Be Unleashed!

By MOST REV. ROBERT E. BARRON (Editor’s Note: Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles delivered the homily below at the May 11 commencement exercises of Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, Calif. It is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + It is indeed a high honor for me to be speaking to the 2019 graduating class of Thomas Aquinas College, an institution that I have admired for decades and which is situated, I am proud to say, within the borders of my own Santa Barbara Pastoral Region. I am deeply grateful to President McLean, as well as to the Board and faculty of this wonderful college. I want to offer a word of sincere and…Continue Reading