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The Authority Of Bishops . . . The Hierarchy Of Orders In The Catholic Church

February 10, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Authority Of Bishops . . . The Hierarchy Of Orders In The Catholic Church

  By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 It is a well-known fact that the Church today is going through a crisis, especially in faith, as can be seen as early as 1985 when Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger allowed the publication of The Ratzinger Report. I believe that Benedict XVI was the only Pope in Church history whose mind was already well-known a quarter century prior to his election at a conclave. One of today’s gravest crisis is the ambiguity about moral issues, such as contraception, divorce and remarriage, and the Eucharist. In The Ratzinger Report, page 150 of the American edition by Ignatius Press, Cardinal Ratzinger clearly states that “ambiguity is the mark of the demonic,” and recommends devotion to…Continue Reading

The Crisis Of Hope In The Modern World

February 9, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Crisis Of Hope In The Modern World

By DON FIER Two opposing vices were identified last week as contrary to the theological virtue of hope: despair and presumption. Despair, on the one hand, goes against Divine Mercy; presumption, on the other hand, goes against Divine Justice. To explain, the renowned Thomist philosopher Dr. Josef Pieper describes hope as “preeminently the virtue of the status viatoris [condition or state of being on the way]” (Faith, Hope, Love [FHL], p. 98), the virtue by which “man reaches ‘with restless heart,’ with confidence and patient expectation,…toward the arduous ‘not yet’ of fulfillment” (FHL, p. 100). However, Dr. Pieper goes on to say, “Both despair and presumption…destroy the pilgrim character of human existence in the status viatoris” (FHL, p. 113). The…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 8, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We thought you might be interested in the following column that appeared in a local parish bulletin. “In the Name of God. . . .” Jamie Schmidt, a 53-year-old mother of three, entered a Catholic bookstore in St. Louis last November to purchase supplies to make rosary beads. There were two other women in the store when a man with a gun came in and ordered the women to the back of the store. He threatened to kill them if they did not perform sexual acts. Two of the women, fearful for their lives, complied, but Jamie Schmidt refused, saying, “In the name of God, I will not take my clothes off.” The gunman shot and killed her.…Continue Reading

Gov. Cuomo Terms Unadulterated Evil “Light” And “Progress”. . . The Scandal Of Cuomo And New York’s Horrific Abortion Law

February 6, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Gov. Cuomo Terms Unadulterated Evil “Light” And “Progress”. . . The Scandal Of Cuomo And New York’s Horrific Abortion Law

By FR. SHENAN J. BOQUET (Editor’s Note: Fr. Shenan Boquet is the president of Human Life International. This commentary first appeared January 28 at HLI.org and is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved. (Following Fr. Boquet’s commentary, we also reprint a selection of the reactions to it that pro-lifers posted at hli.org.) + + + I can’t imagine a more horrible irony. On Tuesday, January 22, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered that the spire of the One World Trade Center be lit pink. The reason why? To celebrate the passage of a new law that radically liberalizes abortion in New York State — in some cases allowing abortion up until the moment of birth, permitting non-doctors to perform…Continue Reading

Put Out Into The Deep

February 5, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Put Out Into The Deep

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 1 Cor. 15:1-15 Luke 5:1-11 In the readings today, we have the theme of vocation. This can have several meanings, the most common of which regards the state in life to which one is called by God. However, as we see in each of the readings, there can be a further refinement, or a call within a call. It is this latter concept I would like to address today. In the first reading we are told about the vision Isaiah was given and his subsequent call to his prophetic vocation. However, we also know he was married and had at least two children because they…Continue Reading

Chasing The Devil From Tasmania… Its First Benedictine Monastery Is Taking Shape

February 4, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Chasing The Devil From Tasmania… Its First Benedictine Monastery Is Taking Shape

By ANIAN CHRISTOPH WIMMER HOBART, Australia (CNA) — The wind blows in great gusts over snow-capped mountains on the other side of the world, across the island of Tasmania. Whipped up by the Southern Ocean’s infamous Roaring Forties, wave upon wave of wind buffets the Australian state on the very peripheries of the world. “Separated from the Australian mainland by 140 miles of the treacherous pitch and toss of Bass Strait, Tasmania is a byword for remoteness….It is like outer space on earth and invoked by those at the ‘centre’ to stand for all that is far-flung, strange, and unverifiable,” Nicholas Shakespeare aptly writes in his book In Tasmania. If you seek out the peripheries, in other words, whether from…Continue Reading

Marriage, The Great Sacrament… The Gift Of Children And Their Rearing

February 3, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Marriage, The Great Sacrament… The Gift Of Children And Their Rearing

  By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM   Part 2   The behavior of many of the so-called millennials has been the object of disappointment to many a Catholic family. I believe, however, that, in certain cases, those youngsters are more victims than perpetrators of the crisis. This is the reason: Although parents are obliged to provide for the physical well-being of their children, they are far more strictly obliged to provide for their spiritual needs: They should make the home a place of peace and holiness, a true nursery of the Church. But it is also true that such a home atmosphere is definitely in short supply these days. Because of the crisis of faith and morals in our days,…Continue Reading

Charity: The New Commandment

February 2, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Charity: The New Commandment

By DON FIER Charity, as defined in the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is “the theological virtue by which we love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God” (n. 388). St. Thomas Aquinas, as we saw two weeks ago, describes it as “the mother of all virtues.” In a similar manner, Fr. Francis Spirago says that charity “may be called the queen of the virtues … [and] the greatest and noblest of all the virtues because it alone unites man to God, it alone gives value to the other virtues, and it alone will last beyond the grave” (The Catechism Explained, pp. 446-447; cf. 1 Cor. 13). Undeniably, all the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 1, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. How many times in one day can a Catholic in the state of grace receive Holy Communion? If a well-disposed Catholic goes to morning Mass on Saturday, and then to a funeral Mass, and to the vigil Mass for Sunday in the evening, can he receive Communion at all three Masses? Different priests have given me different answers. — J.F., via e-mail. A. Canon 917 says that “a person who has received the Most Holy Eucharist may receive it again on the same day only during the celebration of the Eucharist in which the person participates, with due regard for the prescription of canon 921 §2.” That latter canon says that those in danger of death may receive the…Continue Reading

Roe V. Wade Anniversary… “The Pre-Eminent Human Rights Issue Of Our Time”

January 31, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Roe V. Wade Anniversary… “The Pre-Eminent Human Rights Issue Of Our Time”

(Editor’s Note: Following are statements and letters from several U.S. bishops marking the forty-sixth anniversary of Roe v. Wade and praying for an end to abortion.) + + + Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann Chairman USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities January 18, 2019 The pro-life ethic challenges us to care about the sacredness of every human being throughout the life spectrum. We are called always and everywhere to promote the dignity of the human person. Protecting the life of the unborn children is the pre-eminent human rights issue of our time, not only because of the sheer magnitude of the numbers, but because abortion attacks the sanctuary of life, the family. Abortion advocates pit the welfare of the mother against the…Continue Reading