April 2005

Slipping Backwards in Time

by Steve Ray on April 30, 2005

Some say the Pope is old fashioned, backwards, or not keeping up with the modern world. And hurray for him! JPII and Benedicts XVI are not backwards or behind the times — no, they are way out in front. They are defending the human person and the God who created Man in His image.

The real backwards, old-fashioned (in the worst sense of the word) are those people who claim to be progressive but are really sliding backwards – backwards into paganism where human life is cheap and gods are made in the image of men.

Take for example this news item out of Holland the new frontier of paganism:

Dutch doctor admits to lethally injecting 4 newborns

“Groningen, Netherlands, Apr. 29 (LifesiteNews.com/CWN) – The UK news magazine The Evening Standard reported on Thursday that a Dutch doctor admitted to having euthanized disabled newborns. Dutch pediatrician Eduard Verhagen is in the forefront of a push to have the euthanasia of infants made legal in order to protect doctors who are already doing it. He admitted that he had given lethal injections to four babies born with spina bifida, a condition that is sometimes correctable by pre-natal surgery. . . .

“Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics at Princeton University in New Jersey, was a pioneer in the advocacy for infanticide. Singer’s seminal book, “Practical Ethics,” laid out a scheme where human beings must earn their “personhood” and can lose it if they are disabled, elderly or otherwise “useless” or incapacitated. In traditional ethics, a “person” is a living human being. But the new bioethics is opening the medical establishment to the idea, based on the philosophical model of utilitarianism, that human beings are merely disposable biological machines.

“The utilitarian principle is being fully realized in Holland where legalized euthanasia has left many people afraid to go to hospitals. Rumors and more reliable firsthand reports have been common for years of Dutch people carrying cards that ask hospital staff not to kill them. Some report that they prefer to go to Germany or Belgium for medical treatment. . . . “ 

If the West continues to follow the lead of these so-called progressives and “intellectuals” our kids will have hell to pay in the next generation when a new kind of swastika will rule the land and deadly injections will be the reward of those deemed less than perfect — nonproductive members of society.

The Pope is actually way out in front, the most progressive and intellectual — on the cutting  edge of society and culture. Long live the Pope!

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Free Audio Tapes

by Steve Ray on April 30, 2005

Free audio tapes on apologetics and the Catholic Church. Only pay the postage.

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Mr. Peter? — Thanks Jimmy Akin

by Steve Ray on April 30, 2005

Mr. Peter? By Jimmy Akin
From Jimmy Akin’s excellent blog

A reader writes:

I thought I had seen it all regarding arguments against Petrine Primacy until a day or so ago. In arguing the case that Peter’s name change was not significant, a Protestant gent asserted that since his text says that Simon ‘was surnamed’ Peter, that Jesus did not give the Apostle a new name but rather just decided to call him by his already given surname.

Is there evidence that first century Jews used surnames in the sense we do today? I find it difficult to fathom that Jesus would decide that he would do something as petty as calling someone by a different name for the mere reason that He did not like the original name. Thanks.

The guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. First century Palestinan Jewish nomenclature didn’t work that way. They didn’t have family names the way we do, they had patronyms–which is to say, they were distinguished from others of the same personal name by an appellation designating them as the son (or daughter) of their father.

Thus Peter’s birth name was Simon bar-Jonah, or “Simon the son of John,” and Jesus bestowed the name Peter on him, as we see in John 1:42:

He [Andrew] brought him [Simon] to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).

There also is no history of anybody prior to Peter having kepha (the original Aramaic form of the name) as a name, either as a personal name or as a surname (since they didn’t have surnames in first century Palestinian Jewish culture).

This custom of using patronyms to distinguish indiviuals with the same personal name is still used in many places in the world today, including other Middle Eastern cultures.

MORE INFO ON JEWISH NOMENCLATURE.          MORE INFO ON PATRONYMS.

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On Trampoline with Grandkids

April 29, 2005

Steve reliving his childhood with Josh and Maria Faustina. They loved the trampoline and laughed their heads off. What a great thing to have grandkids — keeps you young and fit. God really knew what he was doing when he created the family. God must be pretty smart :-) Video clip of Josh bouncing, click [...]

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Guam’s Newspaper Summarizes our Visit

April 29, 2005

The Pacific Voice, the main newspaper in Guam has written an article summarizing our Apologetics mission trip to Guam. I thought they did a very nice job. Click here to read the article. We are making preliminary plans to return to the Philippines and Guam for two weeks in January 2006. This time it looks [...]

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Would you Step into this Bathroom

April 29, 2005

Someone claimed I had violated some copyright law by posting the picture which I received through an e-mail with no copyright or information attached. I had never seen the picture before or after. To avoid any copyright infringement, I have deleted the image from my blog adn I am posting the link to the picture. [...]

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Benedict an Impressive Theologian

April 29, 2005

Cardinal sees Pope Benedict as impressive theologian Vatican, Apr. 27 (CWNews.com) – The work of Pope Benedict XVI as a theologian should not be judged exclusively by his record as prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. That was the message of Cardinal George Cottier, the theologian of the pontifical household, in [...]

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What an Archbishop!

April 27, 2005

I wish every diocese in the world had an archbishop like Archbishop Apuron. I know many dioceses have wonderful bishops, but this man of God exudes a love for Our Lord and pride in the priesthood that you can see the moment you meet him. He is consumed with a love for his people, a passion [...]

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“The Lord Gives, the Lord Takes Away . . .

April 26, 2005

. . . Blessed be the Name of the Lord” Just to let you know that our two weeks of excitement ended today when the doctor confirmed my wife Janet did have a miscarriage. They said it was better than a 50% chance in women under 16 and over 40. Knowing the risk of miscarriage, [...]

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An Update on JJ Ray

April 24, 2005

About a week ago we announced that Janet was about four weeks pregnant. The doctors confirmed it and we all rejoiced. It took a few days for us old folks with four grown kids and four grandchildren to adjust to the idea of a having a new baby ourselves in our old age . . . [...]

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Consecrated Hosts no longer for Sale on eBay

April 23, 2005

eBay Pulls Sale of Consecrated Communion Host After 9,000 Complaints Received SAN JOSE, California, April 20, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – eBay confirmed to LifeSiteNews.com today that the company voluntarily cancelled a listing for a consecrated Host. It was not clear at the time of this publishing that the company policy had changed to ban all similar [...]

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Ratzinger a Nazi?

April 23, 2005

Ratzinger under pressure The on-line German news-magazine Der Spiegel aims some well-deserved contempt at the contention of the British tabloids that the young Ratzinger was a Nazi, and included this moving testimonial about his service as a 16-year-old conscript: “What you find in the British press is complete rubbish”, says Munich resident Walter Fried, 78. [...]

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Pope Benedict under Attack

April 22, 2005

Surprise, surprise! Our new orthodox Catholic Pope is being criticized in the press and by many “progressive, let’s-catch-up-with-the-world“ Catholics. Did anyone doubt this would happen? Read my blog below about the “unsheathing of the claws”. So now, the Pope’s so-called “Rottweiller” has become the Church’s “German Shepherd“!

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Our Visit with Cardinal Ratzinger

April 21, 2005

In 2000 we visited Rome and celebrated Mass with Cardinal Ratzinger in his chapel. Here he is talking with our family and holding my two books. Since I had provided an endorsement for his book (see below) I got his autograph on the book. When he saw my books from Ignatius he said, “Ah, we [...]

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Wow, I just remembered . . .

April 20, 2005

. . . that one of the books written by our new pope, Many Religions – One Convenant, has my endorsement on the back. Wow — am I ever humbled and honored! “A clear assessment of the covenants of God with his people. This timely book will improve dialog and understanding between all those who love [...]

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Bravo!! from Tokyo

April 20, 2005

Janet and I awoke this morning in Tokyo to the wonderful news that Cardinal Ratzinger had been elected Pope. Bravo!! I couldn’t be happier! After a quick breakfast we watched CNN and saw my friend and publisher, Fr. Joseph Fessio, discussing the pope. He and a few others did a great job. There were a few others who [...]

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