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June 21, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I asked my parish priest if one can be a conscientious objector with respect to paying taxes when your government uses your money for things antithetical to your belief system, such as giving money to Planned Parenthood. Before he gave me what I thought was a good answer, he wanted to know if I had gone to a Jesuit college and if this was a Jesuitical question. I told him I had not gone to a Jesuit college and, in fact, had told my children that if they wanted to go to Boston College or Georgetown, or some other Jesuit-run institution, they would have to pay their own way. But my question is, what did he mean by Jesuitical?…Continue Reading

The Barbarians Have Won

June 19, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Barbarians Have Won

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Deacon Toner has contributed numerous columns to The Catholic Thing, Crisis Magazine, and The Wanderer. He serves in the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C. This is a two-part article. Part one appeared in last week’s issue.) IV. The Church has long taught lex orandi, lex credendi (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1124 and, by reasonable extension, lex credendi, lex vivendi. As we pray, so do we believe; and as we believe, so do we behave. (It was, by the way, Bishop Fulton Sheen who said that “If we don’t start behaving the way we believe, we will end up believing the way we behave.”) When we have mendacious – barbaric…Continue Reading

God’s Greatest Gift To Us

June 18, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God’s Greatest Gift To Us

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Corpus Christi (YR C) Readings: Gen. 14:18-20 1 Cor. 11:23-26 Luke 9:11b-17 The Holy Eucharist is the greatest gift and the greatest treasure we possess on Earth. God has given us many great gifts, but the Eucharist is God Himself! It is such a marvelous mystery that the whole universe cannot contain God, but He comes to us under the appearance of a piece of bread to give Himself to us because He loves us so much. Human persons while alive on Earth are the only beings in all of creation who can partake of this Gift. Think about the love of God for you: He wants you to be with Him and united…Continue Reading

Latest From Fr. Cusick . . . Modesty: A Woman’s Voice

June 17, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Latest From Fr. Cusick . . . Modesty: A Woman’s Voice

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK For readers following “the tweet hated round the world” story, more on the aftermath in this week’s column. Being removed a degree from Twitter after deactivating my personal account, and looking back at comments on the social media platform, is like being dead. People talk about me in the third person: “We miss him,” “Hope he comes back.” Those are the positive comments. There are some who take the opportunity to dish on others while they think they’re not around to defend themselves. Then there are others who spread rumors, innuendo, and falsehoods. The old adage about news during war applies: “The first casualty is the truth.” “Father, we need you.” some wrote. You need…Continue Reading

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June 14, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Commenting on the Vatican accord last year to give the Communist regime in Red China a say in the naming of new Catholic bishops, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City offered these trenchant comments in a recent bulletin: “While the Holy See invokes two thousand years of diplomatic experience, China beats that by more than twice, and has treated the 2018 agreement as tissue, tearing down churches and persecuting faithful Catholics, not to mention banishing over a million Uighur Muslims and Falun Gong cultists to concentration camps. The issue is not theology but control. The Vatican secretary of state said that ‘an act of faith is needed’ for the agreement to…Continue Reading

The Barbarians Have Won

June 12, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Barbarians Have Won

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Deacon Toner has contributed numerous columns to The Catholic Thing, Crisis Magazine, and The Wanderer. He serves in the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C. This is a two-part article.) + + + Précis: Known as barbarians or heathens, the powerful enemies of the Church are both internal and external. There are many ideological symptoms of this hatred for Christ and His Church, but they may be subsumed under the heading of the principal source and cause of such anti-Catholic hostilities: modernism, which is the “synthesis of all heresies” (St. Pope Pius X) and of all “structures of sin” (Pope St. John Paul II). Among the spiritual weapons which the Church can deploy…Continue Reading

Jesus Is The Wisdom Of God

June 11, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Jesus Is The Wisdom Of God

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR C) Readings: Prov. 8:22-34 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15   In the first reading today we see the personification of Wisdom. We are told Wisdom was present with God before the Most High began His work of creation. The only way someone could be present with God before “the beginning of His ways” is if that one is uncreated. After all, if Wisdom was present before God began His creation, then Wisdom could not have been created. If Wisdom was created it would have to be said she was the first of His creation, or something to that effect. Instead, St. Paul clarifies the question for us in the first…Continue Reading

The Joy And Beauty Of Sacrificial Love

June 10, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Joy And Beauty Of Sacrificial Love

By JAMES MONTI There is something profoundly intimate about chapters 13 to 17 of the Gospel of St. John — the apostle’s meticulous account of Our Lord’s Farewell Discourse at the Last Supper. For those who might wonder where the Sacred Heart of Jesus is mentioned in the Gospels, they can find it in these pages. For it is here, as our Lord stands upon the threshold of His transitus, just hours away from His Passion and death on the cross, that He pours out His Heart, telling us how very much He loves us, and beseeching us to love Him in return: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love” (John 15:9);…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

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