Tuesday 25th June 2019

Home » Our Catholic Faith » Currently Reading:

Catholic Replies

June 14, 2019 Our Catholic Faith No Comments

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 work, but the heroic Cardinal Zen replied that a ‘miracle’ is needed, and miracles are rare in Rome and Beijing.
“Diplomacy is a delicate art, and there have been saints among Catholic emissaries, though few remember Eusebius of Murano, Conrad of Ascoli, Anastasius Apocrisarius, and Fulrad of Saint Denis. There remains the haunting specter of the only diplomat among the twelve apostles, ‘who by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place’ (Acts 1:25).”

Q. When saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy by oneself, is it more appropriate to say “for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on me and on the whole world,” or “have mercy on us and on the whole world”? If one is praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet by oneself, who would the “us” be? — G.P., via e-mail.
A. We would stick to the official prayer and use the word “us” because we are linked with our brothers and sisters in the Communion of Saints and are including all of them in our prayers. Just as when we pray the Our Father, we don’t say “me,” but rather “give us our daily bread, “forgive us our trespasses,” “lead us not into temptation,” and “deliver us from evil.”
The “Our” of the Our Father, like the “us” in the last four petitions, leaves no one out. It should overcome all divisions and grievances and make us one family. For if God is “our” Father, then we are all His children — all brothers and sisters. So in asking God to “have mercy on us and on the whole world” we are showing concern for the salvation of our brothers and sisters, as well as our own salvation.

Q. Regarding your recent reply on speaking in tongues, I’m no expert, but doesn’t the practice supposedly copy what the apostles did on the first Pentecost after the Holy Spirit enlightened them? What the apostles did was the presumed opposite of what the modern version is. They spoke in their native language, but everyone within earshot understood what they were saying, regardless of what language they were familiar with. What people nowadays do is speak in “gibberish,” which nobody understands, including the speaker. — F.W.R., Florida.
A. In his commentary on the Acts of the Apostles (cf. p. 46), Fr. William S. Kurz, SJ, said that “the tongues reported at Pentecost appear to be a unique phenomenon, different from the gift of tongues that St. Paul discusses in 1 Cor. 12-14, and probably also from tongues in Acts 10:46; 19:6. At Pentecost, the disciples are able to speak and be understood in many other languages. In contrast, Paul indicates that in common prayer at Corinth, speech in tongues is not understood by others without an additional gift of interpretation (1 Cor. 14:2, 6-9, 13-19, 27-28).”
Fr. Kurz said that “Paul affirms tongues as a charism for prayer and praise (1 Cor. 14:4-5, 18), but since such a tongue is unintelligible and therefore not useful to the listeners, he urges the Corinthians to prefer the gift of prophecy, declaring messages that can strengthen the faith of others. The event of tongues at Pentecost is actually a form of prophecy, since it is proclaiming ‘the mighty acts of God’ — what God has done in Jesus Christ — in a way that the listeners can understand (Acts 2:11).”
There may be people today who sincerely believe that they have the “gift of tongues,” but we should pay attention to what Paul says: “If you, because of speaking in tongues, do not utter intelligible speech, how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be talking to the air” (14:9). He says that “I give thanks to God that I speak in tongues more than any of you, but in the church I would rather speak five words with my mind, so as to instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue” (14:18-19).

Q. In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles today, it says that the letter sent to Gentile converts urged them “to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right” (15:29). Can you explain the meaning of this passage? — M.G., via e-mail.
A. In his commentary on Acts, which was mentioned in the previous reply, Fr. William Kurz gives this explanation (cf. pp. 238-239):
“These four conditions have biblical precedent. They are drawn from those stipulations in the law of Moses that applied not only to Israelites but also to the Gentile resident aliens who lived among them (Lev. 17:8-18:30). Pollution from idols refers to eating meat that had been sacrificed to pagan gods — a common affair in the ancient pagan world, even for meat sold in the marketplace, and something that remained a temptation for Christian converts (see 1 Cor. 8:1-13; 10:18-33; Romans 14).
It may also allude to immoral practices in pagan temple worship. Blood refers to consuming anything with blood in it (such as blood sausage), strictly forbidden in the law of Moses because blood, as the seat of life, is sacred (Gen. 9:4; Lev. 17:13-14; 19:26). The meat of strangled animals refers, similarly, to meat from animals not properly drained of blood (Lev. 17:13-14).”
Fr. Kurz said that the term translated as unlawful marriage interprets “the Greek porneia as referring to intermarriage within closer degrees of kinship than was allowed by the law of Moses (see Lev. 18:6-18). But porneia, literally, sexual immorality, can also refer more broadly to the various forms of sexual immorality mentioned in Lev. 18:6-23). If Gentile Christians break from their pagan past by avoiding these four kinds of defilement, Jews and Gentiles together will be able to enjoy fellowship in one community and share in a single Eucharist.”

Q. I know that a half a dozen dioceses still celebrate the Ascension on Thursday, but most dioceses have moved the feast to the following Sunday. Why? — D.M.D., via e-mail.
A. Probably for the same reason that the bishops decided that certain holy days (the Assumption, All Saints, and the Immaculate Conception), if they fall on Saturday or Monday, are not obligatory. My goodness, we don’t want to compel Catholics to worship the Lord two days in a row, do we? Or to celebrate the Ascension on a weekday when it can be moved to Sunday, when most Catholics don’t go to Mass anyway? This continued dumbing down of Catholic worship and practice has certainly led many Catholics to believe that it no longer matters whether they go to church or not. And it helps to explain why the second-largest religious group in the country is made up of lapsed Catholics.
Contrast this comfortable Catholicism, which makes few if any demands on its adherents, with the courageous Catholicism of our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted and executed in great numbers in the Middle East and Africa simply because they refuse to turn their backs on Jesus and bravely go to Mass on Sundays, knowing full well that they are risking their lives.
Pope Benedict often referred to the martyrs of a village in North Africa who were killed after refusing to stop attending Mass on Sunday. When their persecutors threatened them with death unless they stopped going to Mass, those brave Catholics said, “It is not possible for us to live without the Eucharist.”
That was 1,700 years ago, but in the Iraqi town of Mosul a car bomb exploded outside the Church of St. Paul in 2003. Two Mass-goers were killed and many were injured. Talking to reporters afterwards, Fr. Ragheed Ganni said that “Mosul Christians are not theologians; some are even illiterate. And yet, inside of us for many generations one truth has become embedded: Without the Eucharist, we cannot live.”
This holy priest was shot to death by terrorists in Mosul in 2007.

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