August 2020 Monthly Formation Quiz

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Are the sacraments valid if performed by a priest who is found guilty of mortal sin in a pastoral context, such as sexual abuse of a parishioners?
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"[T]he sacraments act ex opere operato (literally: 'by the very fact of the action's being performed'), i.e., by virtue of the saving work of Christ, accomplished once for all. It follows that 'the sacrament is not wrought by the righteousness of either the celebrant or the recipient, but by the power of God.' From the moment that a sacrament is celebrated in accordance with the intention of the Church, the power of Christ and his Spirit acts in and through it, independently of the personal holiness of the minister. Nevertheless, the fruits of the sacraments also depend on the disposition of the one who receives them" (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1128).

Donatism is defined by the Catholic Dictionary as "Originally a schism and then a heresy of the fourth and fifth centuries, claiming that the validity of the sacraments depends on the moral character of the minister; also that sinners cannot be members of the Church, nor can they be tolerated by the true Church if their sins are publicly known... The claims of the [Donatists] were condemned by Pope Miltiades (310-14), and by the Council of Arles (314)" (CatholicCulture.org).
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In addition to being worldwide patron of parish priests, this saint's work as a confessor was his most remarkable accomplishment. He spent 11 to 16 hours daily reconciling people with God.

"His work as a confessor is [Saint] John Vianney’s most remarkable accomplishment. In the winter months he was to spend 11 to 12 hours daily reconciling people with God. In the summer months this time was increased to 16 hours. Unless a man was dedicated to his vision of a priestly vocation, he could not have endured this giving of self day after day" (FranciscanMedia.org/).

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On August 15th, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Which of the following statements is the best answer?

"August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday)... The Assumption of Mary is the teaching that: The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory [Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus 44]... This teaching was infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950... This means that it is a dogma in the proper sense. It is thus a matter of faith that has been divinely revealed by God and that has been infallibly proposed by the Magisterium of the Church as such" (NCRegister.com)

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What is an encyclical?
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"Encyclicals are papal letters of a pastoral nature, used in their current form since 1740. These letters offer counsel and shed light on existing doctrine as part of the Holy Father's ordinary teaching authority. They do not belong formally to the deposit of revelation, and their teachings are not definitive unless specifically stated as such. Therefore, certain points of their teachings can often be changed" (Athenaeum of Ohio Library Resources)

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Name this Book of the Bible: Which Gospel is the shortest and was probably the first written account of the Good News of Jesus Christ?

The Gospel according to Mark is the "shortest of all New Testament gospels is likely the first to have been written, yet it often tells of Jesus’ ministry in more detail than either Matthew or Luke... Mark stresses Jesus’ message about the kingdom of God now breaking into human life as good news (Mk 1:14–15) and Jesus himself as the gospel of God (Mk 1:1; 8:35; 10:29). Jesus is the Son whom God has sent to rescue humanity by serving and by sacrificing his life (Mk 10:45)" (usccb.org/bible/mark/0).

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