Tuesday 25th June 2019

Home » Our Catholic Faith » Currently Reading:

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

April 10, 2019 Our Catholic Faith No Comments

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 for two reasons. First, I admire — greatly admire — the Josephinum and the men it produces. The Church needs you because we urgently need more good priests, men of prudence and charity, but also of spine and courage, who understand the changing terrain of our times. In my life, the priesthood has been a deep source of joy and purpose, the gift of knowing with certainty why God made me. But it’s not a life for the weak or the lukewarm. Especially now.
My second reason is this. Cardinal Pio Laghi was a mentor and friend who showed great kindness to me as a young bishop. When you’re a baby bishop, everything is new and a bit intimidating. Cardinal Laghi’s encouragement made a great difference in my life and ministry. He gave me my first zucchetto, pectoral cross, and mitre. I’ve never forgotten the debt I owe him. Delivering these remarks in his name is not just a pleasure, the pleasure of being with you, but also an honor. So let’s begin.
I chose tonight’s theme because it sounds better than “facing the future with confusion and anxiety,” and anger for that matter, because I’m tempted to feel all three of those things a couple of times a week. There are days when everyone in the Church seems angry. Laypeople and priests are angry with their bishops for the abuse scandal, which never seems to end. Bishops are angry with priests for their bad example. And many bishops are also frustrated — to put it gently — with Rome for its unwillingness to acknowledge the real nature and scope of the abuse problem. Clerical privilege is not the problem. Clericalism may be a factor in the sexual abuse of minors, but no parent I know — and I hear from a lot of them — sees that as the main issue. Not naming the real problem for what it is, a pattern of predatory homosexuality and a failure to weed that out from Church life, is an act of self-delusion.
My own frustration over the past few weeks has been fed by German bishops who seem willing to break what remains of Church peace and unity with bad ideas about sexual morality and an impressive array of other issues. But that’s a topic for another day.
I have two points I want to make here. First, much of the anger in the Church today is righteous and healthy. As Pope Francis said just last month, “In people’s justified anger, the Church sees the reflection of the wrath of God, betrayed and insulted” by deceitful clergy and religious. I don’t want to diminish that anger because we need it.
What we do with that anger, though, determines whether it becomes a medicine or a poison. The Church has seen corruption, incompetence, and cowardice in her leaders, including in her bishops and popes, many times in the past; many more times than most Catholics realize. The fact that Americans are notoriously bad at history and ignorant of its lessons only compounds the problem.
And yet here we are. Twenty centuries after the Resurrection of Jesus, the Church continues her mission. She survives and continues through the grace of God. But that grace works through people like you and me.
All of the great Catholic reformers in history had three essential qualities: personal humility; a passion for purifying the Church starting with themselves, and a fidelity to her teaching, all motivated by unselfish, self-sacrificing love. God calls all of us, but especially his priests, not just to renew the face of the Earth with His Spirit, but to renew the heart of the Church with our lives; to make her young and beautiful, again and again, so that she shines with His love for the world. That’s our task. That’s our calling. That’s what a vocation is — a calling from God with our name on it.
To borrow from St. Augustine, God made us to make the times, not the times to make us. We’re the subjects of history, not its objects. And unless we make the times better with the light of Jesus Christ, then the times will make us worse with their darkness.
And that leads me to my second point, which is simply this: Scripture tells us again and again to fear not. The first words of St. John Paul as Pope — this, from a man who lived through a catastrophic world war and two brutally anti-human regimes — were “Be not afraid.” The temptations to fear, anxiety, depression, and fatigue are experiences we all share, especially in hard moments for the Church like today. Fear, like anger, is a good and healthy thing when it’s in its proper place — and toxic when it’s not.
So do we really believe in Jesus Christ or not? That’s the central question in our lives. Everything turns on the answer. Because if our Christian faith really grounds and organizes our lives, then we have no reason to fear, and we have every reason to hope. Hope depends on faith. It can’t survive without a foundation of passionate belief in something or Someone higher and greater than ourselves. Without faith, “hope” is just another word for the cheap and cheesy optimism the modern world uses to paper over its own — and our own — brokenness.
The great French Catholic writer Georges Bernanos described the real nature of hope as “despair, overcome.” That’s always struck me as the truest kind of realism and clarity. We can hope because we’re loved as sons and daughters by a good God who’s really present with us and deeply engaged in our lives. Without Him, the world is just a sandbox for the wicked and the powerful, and there’s never any shortage of either.
But God is here with us, and because He is, this time of ours, like every other difficult time in history, is a good time to be a Catholic and especially to be a priest — because every priest has the privilege of holding the Source of love, the God who made all creation, in His hands. Jesus tells His followers: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” It doesn’t matter what problems are happening inside or outside the Church: When the Word is proclaimed and the Mass celebrated, His way, His truth, and His life become available to us. Whatever the flaws of her leaders and her people, the Church is God’s instrument of our salvation. She’s an embassy of holiness in our lives. So it’s always a good to enter into her precincts.
Today’s movement of Christianity out of a central, comfortable role in our social system isn’t new. It’s been going on for a long time. Nor is it unexpected. In a 1969 interview, as some of you probably know, Joseph Ratzinger offered some extraordinary reflections on the future of the Church. The issues were different in Germany in those years, but like our own time and place, the Church found herself under great pressure. After Vatican II, many men left the priesthood. The cultural revolutions of 1968 had a heavy and confusing impact throughout the Church.
The future Pope Benedict XVI predicted a future Church that “will become small and will have to start afresh more or less at the beginning. She will no longer inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of adherents diminishes, so she will lose many of her social privileges.”
This is now happening, and all of us — bishops, priests, and laypeople — are disoriented by the Church’s absence from the center of today’s Western culture, especially from elite culture. We’re living in a moment of sifting. Many of our people in the lukewarm middle are leaving the pews. In the past, a shared consensus in favor of Christianity protected the Church and encouraged people’s loyalty. That day is gone, and as painful as it feels, it’s not entirely a loss. However well intentioned, it fed our complacency, which in turn bred irresponsibility and negligence. The sensationalism of the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury report is one ugly record of the result.
This ongoing cultural realignment will shake many of our Church institutions, from urban parishes, to schools, universities, hospitals, and other agencies — even seminaries. They were founded in a different era in accord with social and political conditions that no longer exist. But for committed believers it’s an exhilarating time, too, because we’re being pushed back onto the foundations of our faith, the enduring sources of truth and life. We still need budgets, and we can’t escape meetings. The Church was instituted by Christ, which means she’s an institution, a living body of the faithful ordered toward worship of God and service in the world.
But in this time of sifting, a great deal of dead weight is being stripped away. We’re being driven closer to the one, simple truth from which the Church draws her purpose and strength: God incarnate in Christ, the author of our salvation and life eternal.
The mystery of Jesus Christ is not “simple” in the sense of being plain, obvious, or easily understood. Those are the colloquial meanings of “simple.” In a strict sense, simple means indivisible, something without parts. In ancient Greek philosophy, all fundamental truths are simple, because “fundamental” means that you’ve gotten to that reality or thing which can’t be broken down into still more basic elements. God is simple in that sense: There is no greater or more fundamental source, cause, or purpose to reality.
Today, we’re forced back onto the fundamental teaching that God creates out of nothing, that He acts in history, making an unbreakable covenant, and that He becomes human in order to fulfill His promises of life abundant for His creatures. These are powerful truths that rouse the soul. They make our work enormously exciting because they’re a direct challenge to the Spirit of the Age. To put it another way: The task of proclaiming the Gospel — not as a collection of useful stories and ethical guidance, but as demanding, and liberating, and true — is a holy provocation.
One of the treasures of the Easter Vigil is the Exultet. It’s a rousing bugle blast, a call to arms, and a triumphant announcement of victory. It’s the Church’s version of the verses sung by the Israelites after Pharaoh’s army is destroyed in the Red Sea. “I will sing to the Lord,” these words from the Book of Exodus begin, “for He has triumphed gloriously.” In the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, still mightier deeds have been done. “This is the night,” says the Exultet, “when Christ broke the prison-bars of death, and rose victoriously from the underworld.”
We should never underestimate the power of truth. The human mind and heart hunger for it. For all of the modern world’s vanity and preening, the intellectual poverty of our time is stunning. Among the Church’s great treasures is a long tradition of rich philosophical reflection. I urge you to study deeply in that tradition.
The Bible too retains all of its historic power today. In a culture of competition, consumption, and the mad scramble for success, the Beatitudes sound like a revolutionary manifesto.
The Bible’s power is especially clear in the accounts of Jesus’s Passion. During Holy Week we hear the story of the passion a number of times. The words from Scripture lack Shakespearean beauty. They don’t rival Homer or any other epic poet. On the contrary, the language is plain and almost austere. In a real sense, the passion narratives realize in Scripture the truth of the Incarnation, drawing us down into the gritty realities of life: blind hatred and bitter mobs; bureaucratic indifference and petty betrayals; dust-filled streets, tears, sweat, and blood. The words ring out loudly today, as they always have. They awaken in those who listen an unmistakable disquiet. The face of God approaches us here, now, in this world. This inspires hope — and also fear. Most people don’t want to be challenged spiritually, which is why the world will often hate those of you who become priests.
Yet, at the same time and paradoxically, many people do want to be shaken awake, which is why many others will accord you respect, even when they resist the call of Jesus Christ. Sometimes this respect will be manifest in angry opposition. But this too, even when it’s hard to bear, is a sign that the Lord has given us words of power.
The cross transfixes the eyes of the world. When people with little knowledge of Christianity come into our churches and see large crucifixes with vivid details of Christ’s agony on the cross, they’re often disturbed. They sense that they’re being addressed in every aspect of their humanity, even in their vulnerability, suffering, and fear of death. Again, many don’t want to be disturbed — and yet they do want to be alive. All of us live in this agony, this struggle, of ongoing conversion; that’s what the original Greek word agonia means — a struggle.
Even the most faithful sons and daughters of the Church have more of their souls to purify, which means to bring alive in Jesus Christ that which is dead in sin. Even those who seem to be locked in some form of worldly bondage are looking, often blindly, toward the light. The Word of God is a blow to the head. It awakens us. That’s why the Book of Revelation contains such vivid images.
The Mass is the great countersign to our commercial society. It’s another precious blessing, for our world is increasingly jailed within what Max Weber called the “iron cage” of market logic and bureaucratic, managerial rationality. We speak of the “sacrifice” of the Mass, and rightly so. The English word comes directly from the Latin sacrificium, which means, literally, the action of “making sacred.”
In our common usage, however, sacrifice means giving something up. This reflects the deeper meaning of “making sacred” in a fallen world, for things must be torn from the grip of worldly powers in order to be placed before the Lord. In that sense, the Mass isn’t just the celebration and re-capitulation of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. It’s the sacrifice of an irreplaceable period of time in our lives, not just in the sense of making it sacred through an upturned countenance that looks toward the divine, but as a determined effort to wrench ourselves free from the worldly mentality that thinks always in terms of efficiency, utility, and therapeutic self-care.
As Josef Pieper recognized, worship is an act of true leisure. It’s seemingly pointless, seeking no worldly end or purpose. It’s worthless to the world, and for that reason the celebration of the Eucharist is priceless for us.
We live in a time when more and more of life is put up for sale. Young people today often use the term “frenemy,” a contraction of friend and enemy. It’s a revealing word. It reflects the fact that so much of their lives is consumed in the struggle for a foothold in our hyper-competitive system. Nearly all relations are becoming transactional, including sex. The fact that the Church isn’t finally “selling” anything is a powerful witness to the truth that life is about more than getting, and getting, and getting. Instead, in a fully human life, the deepest satisfaction comes from giving.
St. Paul tells us the Jesus has set us free from sin and death so that we might live in obedience to Him, which is perfect freedom. This freedom of discipleship shines forth in the world, especially today. Efficiency, productivity, and usefulness do have their value. There’s nothing inherently wrong with any of these qualities. But life becomes a wasteland when they gain ultimate authority over our lives. As Christians, we’ve been set free from service to these worldly gods. Our freedom flows from a higher and more powerful love of God, and others in God. The bonds of this world are never broken by human ingenuity or any other method of disenchantment. Rather, they’re broken by a higher power — the power of love, which commands and transforms our hearts.
Our age, like every age, lives in fear of death. For all of its noisy confidence, the world whispers a relentless lie in our ears: “Death has final authority.” In the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, God shows His power in a full and final way, and the lie is smashed. This gives us an extraordinary freedom, for in the promise of eternal life through Christ, the claims which principalities and powers make upon our lives are shattered. When death is deprived of its sting, those who follow Jesus can risk anything, venture everything.
Only a very few persons in their earthly pilgrimage have the grace — and it’s always a grace — to live fully in Christ’s promise of life abundant. Most of us are struggling along the way. We throw one foot forward in faith, while another drags behind, stuck in the mud of worldly cares. But even a little bit of spiritual freedom is extraordinary in the eyes of the world. When a young man makes his priestly promise of chastity and obedience, or when a couple ventures to live in accord with the Church’s teachings on marriage and children, fertility and new life, the world may be cynical — but it’s also astonished.
The Christian life seems impossible to many, because “selflessness” is an allergic word in a culture built on consumption. The same is true when Christians open their homes in hospitality or give generously out of their earnings. The world cannot imagine the radicalism made possible by a supernatural love, the freedom that allows ordinary women and men to live against the grain of what it sees as “normal” and “necessary.”
Many years ago, I came across some words attributed to Dietrich Bonhoeffer that I’ve never forgotten. He said that gratitude is the beginning of joy. I want you to remember those words in the years ahead. There’s been a storm of shame in recent decades that’s washed through the priesthood. Today, when a young man enters seminary, people often say he’s “courageous,” and of course courage is a very good thing. We need a lot more of it.
But on another level, this mistakes the reality of the spiritual life, for it imagines that the children of God somehow draw upon sources of strength within themselves, when in fact we know ourselves to be sinners in need of God’s grace. The truth is, we’re called by God to step outside ourselves for the sake of others, and when called, like young Samuel in Eli’s household, we need to respond, “Here I am.”
This isn’t finally a gesture of courage; it’s an act of faith. And here’s the thing: In 2019, even the simplest acts of faith, such as setting time aside on Sunday morning to worship the Lord, are more and more obviously contra mundum, against the world. This means our faith is now more costly, but also more visible, and thus more powerful. As Jesus says, “Let your light shine before men.”
The gift of this moment, the blessing of our disestablishment, is that we’re being exposed to the world as followers of Jesus Christ, even as we stumble and fall. And through the witness of the faithful who trust, and serve, and endure in His love — despite all our failures and weaknesses — God will make the Gospel new and more radiant. History is a record of that story again and again. God doesn’t lose.
This isn’t a dark time unless we make it so. We’re simply back again in the night before the Resurrection. The night passes. And we already know how the story ends; we just need to imprint it on our hearts. Gratitude, brothers, is the beginning of joy. This is a moment of privilege and opportunity, not defeat. Reverence for the past is a good thing, but clinging to structures and assumptions that no longer have life is not.
We’ve been given the gift of being part of God’s work to rebuild — and build better — the witness of His Church in the world. So let’s pray for each other, and thank God for each other; and lift up our hearts to pursue the mission, and create the future, that God intends.

Share Button

2019 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

As one shepherd I encourage all faithful lay Catholics to continue to pray & speak up for the truth expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Let this truth be your guide. Pray that priests & bishops will speak against any who teach false doctrines that contradict truth.

Load More...

Rosary Rally in Reparation for Homosexual and Transgender Grooming of Kids in “Drag Queen Story Hour” at Public Library in Md

A small group ranging from ten to 15 LGBTQ-obedient bots danced and played loud gay anthems like “YMCA” and “We are Family”, and holding a sign which read “Toleration is Godly”, sequestered behind yellow tape on one side of the…Continue Reading

Catholic Rosary Rally Sunday to Protest Maryland Drag Queen Story Time for Kids

Personhood Maryland is asking pro-life Christians to gather at the Lexington Park Library for a peaceful prayer vigil on Sunday, June 23rd from 3:30-5:30 pm Eastern to stand against the Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) and Drag 101 event scheduled…Continue Reading

Supreme Court rules WW1 Peace Cross memorial is here to stay

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 this morning in favor of a nearly 100-year-old World War I memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland, known as the “Peace Cross,” allowing it to remain standing.…Continue Reading

Vatican’s doctrinal office expected to release document on gender theory

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2019 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The Vatican’s doctrinal office is preparing a document which will address Church teaching and the anthropology of the human person in the context of so-called gender theory, according to a Vatican…Continue Reading

Illinois bishops oppose abortion law, disagree on Communion for pro-choice lawmakers

Baltimore, Md., Jun 14, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- While two Illinois bishops are unified in their strong opposition to the state’s new abortion law, they differ on the question of prohibiting to receive Holy Communion the Catholic state legislators…Continue Reading

‘The Decalogue’ for Nuncios (Pope Francis’ Full Address to Meeting of Papal Representatives)

The following is a ZENIT working full English translation of the discourse Pope Francis prepared and delivered today, June 13, 2019, to all the Papal Representatives, meeting in the Vatican from June 12 – 15,  2019: **** Dear Brethren, I’m…Continue Reading

Vatican rejects idea that people can ‘choose one’s gender’

The Vatican on Monday released an official document that rejects the idea that a transgender person has the right to “choose one’s gender,” according to reports. The Washington Post reported that the Catholic Church said in the document that the right to…Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell awaits verdict after prosecutor stumbles in appeal hearing

June 7, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The two-day hearing in Cardinal George Pell’s appeal before the Victorian Court of Appeal against his conviction for alleged child sex abuse in Melbourne, Australia, in the 1990s ended Thursday with a positive impression for the defense.…Continue Reading

Archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis announces synod

St. Paul, Minn., Jun 7, 2019 / 06:04 pm (CNA).- Minnesota’s largest diocese will hold a synod— a meeting designed to help the bishop shepherd his local flock— during Pentecost Weekend 2021, Archbishop Bernard Hebda announced yesterday. It will be the…Continue Reading

Jerry Falwell, Jr., Rev. Kevin Cusick and the Satanic War Against Sex

Some entity or other doesn’t want me writing. First, my carpal tunnel has flared up something fierce. It hurts me to pet the beagles, much less to peel them off the dirty plates they’re licking inside the dishwasher. My favorite…Continue Reading

Biden Buckles, Flips on Hyde Amendment Under Pressure From Democrats

Former Vice President Joe Biden reversed his position on the Hyde Amendment Thursday after facing intense backlash from within his own party. Biden, while speaking in Atlanta, first reaffirmed his support for Roe v. Wade

Biden names pro-LGBT ‘Equality Act’ as top priority if elected

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Passing the radical pro-LGBT and pro-abortion Equality Act “will be the first thing I ask to be done” if elected president, Joe Biden said at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala Saturday. The…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

Cburke3

  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

Catechism

Today . . .

Cdl. Burke: Relaxing priestly celibacy for Amazon region would affect universal Church

ROME, June 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Raymond Burke is challenging recent assertions made by Amazon Synod organizers, saying “it is not honest” to suggest that the October meeting is “treating the question of clerical celibacy for that region alone.” “If [the synod] takes up the question, which I do not think it is right for it to do, it will be treating a discipline of the universal Church,” Cardinal Burke told LifeSiteNews on June…Continue Reading

Indianapolis archbishop revokes Jesuit prep school’s Catholic identity

Indianapolis, Ind., Jun 20, 2019 / 01:49 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Indianapolis announced Thursday that a local Jesuit high school will no longer be recognized as a Catholic school, due to a disagreement about the employment of a teacher who attempted to contract a same-sex marriage. “All those who minister in Catholic educational institutions carry out an important ministry in communic

Archbishop Viganò clarifies points arising from new interview

ROME, June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In the wake of two recent pieces in the Washington Post relating to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, an article and an extended interview (the first the archbishop has granted since his initial allegations concerning Pope Francis), renewed insinuations and smears have been directed at the former diplomat of the Holy See. In his June 10 interview, the archbishop claims that the actions so far taken against McCarrick are chiefly…Continue Reading

Pope backs carbon pricing to stem global warming and appeals to deniers

Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments to make energy consumers pay for the costs of using the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming * Pope Francis tells top energy executives to act now * Pontiff urges world to heed scientific findings

U.S Bishops Approve the Revised Passage on the Death Penalty for the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults

BALTIMORE— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved the revised passage on the death penalty for the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults. The full body of bishops approved the revised passage by a vote of 194 to 8 with 3 abstentions at their Spring General Assembly taking place in Baltimore, June 11-14. On August 2, 2018, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released the Holy Father’s revision to the teaching on the…Continue Reading

Advertisement(2)

Collective Achievement… Reconstruction And Notre Dame

By JUDE DOUGHERTY “A Gothic cathedral is a collective achievement, the outcome of countless craftsmen working across the centuries toward a common goal. It is not the arena for idiosyncratic personal expression,” so wrote Michael J. Lewis in a timely essay. (1) Something similar may be said of an intellectual tradition that was being formed…Continue Reading

Memo To Youth Ministers… Stop Preaching Self-Esteem

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.) + + + Many forms of outreach to Catholic young people want to get them fired up about the faith. They give an example of enthusiasm by which they hope…Continue Reading

Why Moral Values Are Disappearing

By DONALD DeMARCO Benjamin Franklin, among his numerous contributions to civilization, bequeathed to the world a stream of deathless aphorisms: A penny saved is a penny earned; time lost is never found again; nothing is certain save death and taxes; there was never a good war, or a bad peace; honesty is the best policy.…Continue Reading

War With Iran Would Become “Trump’s War”

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN President Donald Trump cannot want war with Iran. Such a war, no matter how long, would be fought in and around the Persian Gulf, through which a third of the world’s seaborne oil travels. It could trigger a worldwide recession and imperil Trump’s reelection. It would widen the “forever war,” which…Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court . . . Reverses Oregon’s Decision To Punish Bakers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a victory for Sweet Cakes Bakery and Melissa and Aaron Klein, on June 17 the U.S. Supreme Court sent their case back to the Oregon Court of Appeals in light of the June 2018 decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Sweet Cakes by Melissa v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Doing God’s Will Is Perfect Freedom

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 Gal. 5:1, 13-18 Luke 9:51-62 In the second reading today, St. Paul tells us we were called for freedom, but then he says we are not to use this freedom for the flesh, but to serve one another through love. Normally we would think…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Week In Review

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “For as those rich dishes cannot be eaten without salt, so this simple virtue may be adorned with the glory and honor of different virtues, but if a man lack the love of God and of his neighbor, he is wholly worthless and contemptible” — St. Ephrem the Deacon. The website Canon 212 strove mightily…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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,…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph Of Anchieta

By CAROLE BRESLIN At the delta of the Benevente River on the coast of Brazil lies the city of Anchieta. With a population of 30,000, it is about 200 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro. Famous for its long sandy beaches, Anchieta houses the Espirito Santo state government offices which overlook the Atlantic Ocean. More than four centuries old, this…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Marcellin Joseph Benedict Champagnat

By CAROLE BRESLIN The end of the 18th century in France was a time of persecution for the Catholic Church with many priests and religious driven from convents and rectories, and others put to death. As more and more priests were martyred, the Church searched for good young men to replace them. In the history of the Church, there have…Continue Reading