The Galley: Food for Thought

LITURGICAL YEAR 2019

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Voices from Catholic Land

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CatholicWorldReport.com has addressed the Pew Report’s survey identifying large number of Catholics disbelieving in the Real Presence (posted here last week). These three articles present some fascinating insights:

Russell Shaw reminds us that disbelief in the Real Presence is not new:
https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/08/15/disbelief-in-the-real-presence-is-not-new/

Prof. Adam A. J. DeVille presents thoughts from the East on the Real Presence:
https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/08/14/belief-in-the-real-presence-thoughts-from-the-east/

Nicolas Senz responds with thoughts from the West about the Real Presence:
https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/08/14/belief-in-the-real-presence-thoughts-from-the-west/

Concerning another Church teaching that large numbers of Catholics reject:

Deacon Robert V. Thomann writes that Artificial Birth Control is a battle lost to the secular culture:
https://www.crisismagazine.com/2019/artificial-birth-control-a-battle-lost\

Today’s articles lead to the question, just what constitutes a practicing Catholic?

As a lawyer Andrew M Greenwell, Esq asks what it really means to be a practicing Catholic:
https://www.catholic.org/news/hf/faith/story.php?id=49496

SimpleCatholicTruth.com seeks to explain Catholic Christianity to an outsider:
http://simplecatholictruth.com/2017/07/21/what-does-it-mean-to-be-catholic/

Catechetical Theme 2019

Bishop Robert Barron, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, delivered a somber message on Catechetical Sunday 2018, at the USCCB website.

One sentence commanded our attention, “We are losing baptized Catholics at an alarming rate.” To stem this tide, the new catechetical theme: “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ,” identifies the activity envisioned: “to enable the faithful to claim their true roles as witnesses to Jesus Christ.”  We are thus encouraged to believe that the changes we have made for Liturgical Year 2019 will contribute to the USCCB’s efforts.

We might add:  “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” (1 Peter 3:15) This is found in our apostolate’s mission statement on our website’s Reason for Hope page. Peter’s statement could be paraphrased, “Know and live your faith well; others will notice and inquire.”