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Looking To Cardinal Sarah . . . The Arrival Of Spiritual And Religious Collapse

April 24, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Looking To Cardinal Sarah . . . The Arrival Of Spiritual And Religious Collapse

By FR. SHENAN 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 April 15, 2019. Fr. Boquet is the president of HLI.) + + + Recently I traveled to Phoenix in order to lead a mission. When I arrived at the airport, I was stunned to see a group of people holding signs welcoming home a child who had either just undergone a “sex change” or who was traveling to Phoenix for the procedure. A child! This sight, so public, and so deeply tragic, was just one more stark reminder of the all-out war that is being waged in the West on traditional Judeo-Christian values, not to mention basic…Continue Reading

Do Not Doubt, But Believe

April 23, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Do Not Doubt, But Believe

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Easter, Divine Mercy (YR C) Readings: Acts 5:12-16 Rev. 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 John 20:19-31 Today we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy, a Feast our Lord Himself requested through St. Faustina. Mercy has been indispensable throughout history, but in God’s Providence He has waited until our own time to ask for a liturgical celebration in honor of His mercy. It is a day awaited by many each year because our Lord promised special graces for those who celebrate His mercy today. (Please note: Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing in the Diary of St. Faustina about going to Confession or receiving a complete pardon on Divine Mercy Sunday.) Indeed, we see the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… To Rise From The Ashes, To Quit The Tomb

April 22, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… To Rise From The Ashes, To Quit The Tomb

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A blessed Easter to all of our readers. “The Lord is risen. Alleluia!” Christ’s story, recounted in the Scriptures proclaimed liturgically in these holy days, must become our story, too. Easter is our most important annual celebration of this fact. Baptized as we are into Christ’s death, we must live so as to rise with Him who has risen before us. In these most joyful days of our Easter octave, we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord as one long Easter Day, the Sunday of Sundays. The joy which marks our prayer of the Holy Mass each Sunday throughout the year is anchored by the fact of the first Easter Sunday and the discovery of…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 19, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: It is easy to get discouraged at the state of the Church these days, particularly at the decline in the number of Religious sisters from 181,000 in 1965 to about 47,000 today, which Fr. George Rutler blames partly on those orders which “accepted bad advice from misguided and misguiding theologians and leaders. Bishops often have been at fault, timorous about correcting error, cheerily giving out diplomas while the spiritual foundations of the school sank. It took a courage usually lacking to point out that serious mistakes were being made, and many Religious, due to their errors, abandoning community life and even Religious habits, and replacing doctrine with secular dogmas about ‘Peace and Justice’ and even ‘climate change’ —…Continue Reading

Holy Father . . . Approves Decrees Regarding Eight Candidates For Sainthood

April 17, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Holy Father . . . Approves Decrees Regarding Eight Candidates For Sainthood

By DEBORAH CASTELLANO LUBOV ROME (ZENIT) — Pope Francis on April 6 received in audience Angelo Cardinal Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same congregation to promulgate the decrees regarding: — The miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Donizetti Tavares de Lima, diocesan priest; born on January 3, 1882 in Cassia, Brazil, and died on June 16, 1961 in Tambaú, Brazil. — The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Carlo Cavina, diocesan priest, founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales; born in Castel Bolognese, Italy on August 29, 1820 and died on September 15, 1880 in Lugo,…Continue Reading

Faith In The Person Of Jesus

April 16, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Faith In The Person Of Jesus

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Easter Sunday (YR C) Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Col. 3:1-4 John 20:1-9 Today we celebrate the most important day in the Church’s year. We know our Lord told His disciples that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and so enter into His glory. St. Peter speaks of this in the first reading and also says: “They put Him to death by hanging Him on a tree.” The work of the Christ took place on the cross. We recognize Jesus as the Christ throughout the entirety of His life, but in reality, He demonstrated He was the Christ not through His teachings or His miracles, but by dying on the cross for us. As important…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Benedict XVI: “God Is Absent”

April 15, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Benedict XVI: “God Is Absent”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Benedict XVI released a statement in German last week on the abuse crisis (see text elsewhere in this issue). It shows the extent of the crisis that, although he seeks to live in prayer and contemplation, he has chosen to speak out on this topic with the okay from Pope Francis. People are craving clear teaching. The Emeritus Pope offers some deeper analysis which, though it does not absolve individuals of responsibility for sin, and should not, gives context to the abuse crisis which has destroyed the lives of the victims, shaken the Church, and threatened the faith of millions. The Church always exists in a larger society which may or may not share its…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 12, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: For those parents and grandparents looking for good advice on how to educate children and young people about the tough moral issues of the day, may we recommend the book Made This Way by Leila Miller and Trent Horn. The chapter headings deal with Sex Outside of Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, Divorce, Contraception, Abortion, Reproductive Technologies, Modesty, Pornography, Transgender Identity, and Homosexuality. Each chapter is divided into three sections: What the Church Teaches, Advice for Little Kids, and Advice for Big Kids. The principal author, Leila Miller, is the mother of eight children and a Catholic blogger. Trent Horn is the father of two small boys and has researched and debated these issues for over a decade. The retail…Continue Reading

Archbishop Chaput . . . Sex Abuse Crisis Has Left Laity, Priests, Bishops “Angry” With Rome

April 10, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Archbishop Chaput . . . Sex Abuse Crisis Has Left Laity, Priests, Bishops “Angry” With Rome

COLUMBUS, Ohio (LifeSiteNews) — Speaking at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia acknowledged the confusion, anxiety, and anger lay Catholics feel, adding that bishops are “frustrated” at “Rome for its unwillingness to acknowledge the real nature and scope of the abuse problem.” The Pontifical College Josephinum is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college and seminary with a graduate school of theology, located in Columbus, Ohio. It is the only pontifical seminary outside Italy. Its chancellor is Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Here follows the text of the prepared remarks of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., March 27, as presented by LifeSiteNews: + + + I’m glad to be here tonight…Continue Reading

Crushed By The Weight Of Sin

April 9, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Crushed By The Weight Of Sin

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Palm Sunday (YR C) Readings: Luke 19:28-40 Isaiah 50:4-7 Phil. 2:6-11 Luke 22:14-23:56 In the second reading St. Paul speaks of the profound humility of our Lord, saying He did not deem equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave. The idea that God would lower Himself to become a man is so unthinkable that even the highest of the angels was unable to accept it. But God, who is absolute and perfect love, is therefore, absolute and perfect humility because humility and charity are directly connected: The height of charity is equal to the depth of humility. Since this is a one to one correlation, absolute love…Continue Reading