Fr. John Cush

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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...

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St. John Chrysostom and the Plank in Your Eye

Saint John Chrysostom (349-407) was known as the “Golden-Tongued one.” This Father of the Church was an eloquent preacher and, ultimately, a real pastor of souls. The patristic texts he composed were not meant for a classroom as a lecture, but as...

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The Three “P’s” of Priesthood

The words of Sirach 2:1-2 for us who are priests, and for future priests, can be seen as especially poignant: My son, when you come to serve the LORD, stand in justice and fear, prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and...

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2 Great Lessons for Young Men from St. Gregory the Great

Pope Saint Gregory the Great has become a real guide as I strive to grow in my understanding of what it means to be a priest and as a formator of priestly vocations as the academic dean of a seminary. Pope Saint Gregory the Great was the author...

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What We Love, We Shall Come to Resemble

St. Bernard of Clairvaux once said, “What we love, we shall grow to resemble.” Let’s examine that for a moment, shall we? It’s true on the natural level, in human relations, isn’t it? After all, isn’t this why parents warn their children about...