Fr. John Cush

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What Priests Can Learn From David and Jonathan

The books from which we recently proclaimed at Mass, namely those of the Kings and Samuel, really demonstrate the effects of our fallen human condition. In this fierce national crisis, which is, in reality, only a small, family squabble blown out...

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Who Are My Mother and My Brothers?

We read in the 10th chapter of the Gospel of Mark: The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers and your...

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St. Thomas Aquinas is a Model for Vocations and Families

Saint Thomas Aquinas is a model of the Christian life and is an example of the virtues for all Christian people. However, as a priest, I’d like to put the focus on one aspects of Saint Thomas’ life: his vocational journey to religious life and...

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How St. Irenaeus Battled (and Beat) the Gnostics

In this last entry for the Register on the great Father of the Church, Saint Irenaeus, I hope to describe the primary heresy that he was combatting — Gnosticism. However, this is not so easy! Why? Namely, for one reason — there are as many forms...

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How St. Irenaeus Helped the Pope and Bishops in the Early Church

I had a blessing in November when the bishops of New York State were on their Ad Limina Apostolorum — I was given the opportunity to meet the Vicar of Christ, the Holy Father, Pope Francis. As a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn in New York, and...

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How St. Irenaeus Clarified Key Church Teachings

In a recent article at the Register, I began to speak about the life and work of Saint Irenaeus (A.D. 140-202), in light of the movement to have him named a Doctor of the Church by some episcopal conferences around the world, including our own...

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The Genealogy of Jesus Reminds Us of God’s Love for Humanity

At the Christmas Vigil Mass, we take a journey through salvation history to recall once again the great gift that is the coming of Christ in the flesh. Saint Matthew, in his attempts to demonstrate the Lord Jesus as the fulfillment of the hopes...

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Who is Saint Irenaeus of Lyons?

In my past two Register articles (“What is Heresy?” and “A Martyr, But Not Yet a Doctor”) I began to reflect on the call by some episcopal conferences in the Catholic Church, including our own here in the United States, to request that...

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St. Irenaeus — A Martyr, But Not Yet a Doctor of the Church

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, along went some other episcopal conferences around the world, called for the Church Father, Saint Irenaeus (A.D. 140-202) to be declared a Doctor of the Church. Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the...

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What is Heresy, and How Did St. Irenaeus Fight It?

I was edified to see that Bishop Kevin Rhodes of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, called for a recognition of the great Father of the Church, Saint Irenaeus (A.D. 130-202), as a “Doctor of the Church” at the November meeting of United States...