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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

A Leaven In The World… Brave New Vatican: Handkerchiefs And Hubris

April 8, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Brave New Vatican: Handkerchiefs And Hubris

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church is suffering grievously from the deleterious effects of the sin of pride. The mania of constant reference to Vatican II in nearly all matters constitutes a sickness for those who seem to recall the past only to condemn its faults. Pride seems to play a major role in this malady. “Pride goeth before the fall,” which, in this case, is forgetting history and being condemned as a result to repeat it. You see, one of the reasons we study the past is to avoid repeating errors. Recent years in the Church are replete with examples but they are legion under the current pontificate. Cozying up to Communists and betraying the faithful Catholics in…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 5, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Writing in his parish bulletin (Church of St. Michael in New York City) on the feast of St. Patrick, Fr. George Rutler discussed the distressing situation in Ireland. He said that “the majority of Irish people failed to heed the warnings of St. John Paul II when he became the first pontiff to set foot on the soil of Eire in 1979. He preached to 1.25 million faithful at a Mass in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Last year, Pope Francis offered Holy Mass in the same place, and fewer than 130,000 showed up. Four months later, the Druids returned and defiantly danced in the streets when abortion was legalized. The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) was elected while publicly living in…Continue Reading

More Necessary Than Ever… The Gifts Of Wonder And Awe

April 3, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on More Necessary Than Ever… The Gifts Of Wonder And Awe

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog. All rights reserved.) + + + There is a remarkable interaction with God in the Book of Exodus that shows the balance we must develop in how we understand and relate to Him. Many of us get the balance wrong by turning God into a doting grandfather figure or seeing Him as an angry despot just waiting for any misstep. Trivializing or domesticating God is the more common error today, but we ought not to underestimate the number of people who struggle to find in God a loving Father.…Continue Reading

A New-Found Freedom

April 2, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A New-Found Freedom

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday Of Lent (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21 Phil. 3:8-14 John 8:1-11 In the first reading God says He is doing something new; He follows this by asking: “Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” The context of these statements brings us to consider the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt. Initially Isaiah speaks of the crossing of the Red Sea, but then he says we are not to remember the things of the past. What follows is a discussion of the events that took place in the desert after the people crossed the Red Sea. Certainly, everything that happened to the Israelites in the desert took place in the past, so are we to…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Mission Impossible: Redefining Love, Redefining God

April 1, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Mission Impossible: Redefining Love, Redefining God

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK God is our Father. We call Him Father often even as we pray the words our Lord Himself taught us. What we mean by that one person to another can be very different. We also say “God is love.” We only know this however, because it has been revealed to us. The identity crisis in the culture has affected fatherhood. With the concept of fatherhood itself poisoned, the revelation of God as our Father has a diseased and myopic reception in the world today. Robert Cardinal Sarah is promoting his new book, written in French. About it he says, “I am pleased to announce the release in France — on March 20th — of my…Continue Reading