September 2006

Visiting Catholic Answers to Make BIG Plans

by Steve Ray on September 28, 2006

Janet and I are leaving before the sun rises to fly to San Diego to meet with Catholic Answers to help plan the details for our May 2007 Mediterranean Cruise. We have a lot of details to work out. We will be back on Monday but I hope to keep up with the blog while we are away.

Vatican.jpgUpdate from San Diego: We have a very productive meeting. We discussed in detail the plans and sites for Rome, Ephesus, Athens & Corinth. These biblical sites will be great fun and educational — lots of sites and teaching packed in. We are renting special buses to take us to places that other people on the cruise do not get to see.

The 2.5 days in Rome are really full of great sites and a General Audience with Pope Benedict. We visit the 4 major churches, the catacombs, the Coliseum and Forum, the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters and more.

These sites in  Rome, Greece and Turkey are not only biblical but rich in early church history. For example, we will visit the Church of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus where the 3rd Ecumenical Council declared Mary was the "Theotokos", the Mother of God. We will then visit Mary's House where she lived in Ephesus. This will be a great trip.

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Bob Sungenis Hit Hard Again

by Steve Ray on September 28, 2006

Another lengthy critique of Bob Sungenis, especially regarding his character and his view on the Jews. Click here. Provided as a public service.

 Four NEW reviews on Bob Sungenis and the original article Sungenis and the Jews. Here are all the four new comments by Dave Palm here, John Novotny here, Michael Lopez here, and Patrick Morris here. (All are reachable on the original site.) All were former associates of Bob Sungenis.

 And the latest (10-13-06) here.

Looks like Bob is spiraling downward with increasing speed. Too bad. Sometimes people should just stop, apologize, and work at reparation.

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A Family Loss

by Steve Ray on September 28, 2006

Our daughter-in-law Anna knew the baby in her womb was in danger when the doctor spotted a large blood clot in her ueterus. But I will let you read the whole story in my son Jesse's words. The pictures Jesse took of the baby are amazing. On his blog he writes:

JesseFamily.jpgWe are so sad that Anna miscarried our baby boy at around 1:00 am Thursday. We baptised him Anthony Francis. He was so small, yet so perfect. So sad. Anna expressed her sorrow, which I share, that we will never get to know him–we'll never learn his temperment, see his beautiful eyes, or teach him how to read.

There was a great element of suffering that went on tonight. Not only Anna's physical pains, but our child who we saw alive and moving about on Tuesday, went through a great trauma. Anthony had his own little passion of the cross as he suffered as the blood clot contaminated his safe environment. His little body was so perfect, you could see his little bones and arteries through his glossy skin. You could even tell that he shared facial features with our other kids. (click here to see a picture if you so desire)

We know that he has gone straight to God. And we know that he can remain present to us because God created with Anthony a unique and everlasting soul. In some ways we are to envy his situation: our souls were all created to be with God, this child got to skip a grade and go straight to heaven.

(For a larger image of our son's family, click on the picture.)

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Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic Sun

September 27, 2006

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UFO and Aliens in NM

September 27, 2006

From my friend Tim Staples: Many will recall that on July 8, 1947, witnesses claim an unidentified object with five aliens aboard crashed on a sheep ranch just outside Roswell , New Mexico. This is a well known incident that many say has long been covered up by the US Air Force and the federal [...]

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Vatican Excommunicates a Bishop — Bravo!

September 26, 2006

There is a report today at www.Zenit.org about the excommunication of the retired archbishop of Zambia, Emmanuel Milingo. You can read it here. I hope the Vatican takes a strong hand with other bishops and priests who think they can defy the Church and do whatever they want. To read Canon Lawyer Ed Peters' comments [...]

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Where is Steve?

September 25, 2006
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Catholic Resources for Logos Bible Software

September 24, 2006

Many people have asked me about specifically Catholic Resources for Logos Bible Software. Here is a list of those now available and more are being added. You can purchase Logos products through our webstore BibleTheology. Write to us if you have any specific questions about products below. What about Catholic Resources for Logos? Logos is [...]

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Non-denominational Bible Studies–Catholics Shusssshhh!

September 23, 2006

Ecumenical  or  Non-denominational Bible Studies–Catholics R Welcome (if they keep quiet–shussshhh!) How many Catholics have innocently accepted a friendly invitation to a "non-denominational or ecumenical Bible study." How many Catholics have then been enticed and misled in these studies — which are often used to "evangelize" Catholics? Many people ask me about Protestant Bible studies, so [...]

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Is the Code of Canon Law Inspired?

September 23, 2006

A Protestant friend of mine recently discovered the Law of the Catholic Church — the Code of Canon Law. He was thoroughly impressed that the Catholic Church had developed such a careful code of law by which the faithful must conduct their lives and affairs. He admitted that the Protestant way was a "free-for-all" with [...]

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A Nagging Wife

September 23, 2006

A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem . While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land , for $150." The man thought about it and told him he [...]

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If you live in the Philippines . . .

September 22, 2006

. . . and you want to learn the Catholic Faith and how to defend it, click here.

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Catching up and Bob Sungenis

September 22, 2006

I apologize for a few days away from my blog. For those who know, or have heard of Bob Sungenis, you will be interested to read his supposed apology and apparent move to a more moderate position. I wonder it is genuine and lasting. I wrote him a short note of hope and encouragement. He is a [...]

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Bible Study for the 21st Century

September 16, 2006

Bible Study for the 21st Century– Time for Catholics to Get on Board! Electronic Books!           Bible Study Software!             Catholic Software!      On Monday, Steve will join Catholic Connections (9-10 AM Eastern) and Catholic Answers Live (7-8 PM Eastern) to discuss Electronic Bible & Catholic Study. He will provide resources and advice how to [...]

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September 16, 2006

New Vatican Secretary of State Takes Over Cardinal Bertone and Pope See Role as Pastoral VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 15, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone agree that the role of Vatican secretary of state is above all as a pastor of the Church. (Picture: Steve with Cardinal Bertone in Rome for a Footprints [...]

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Pope Responds to Muslim’s Irrational Over-reaction

September 16, 2006

Cardinal Bertone, the second in command in the Vatican since his appointment as Secretary of State, released a statement to clarify what the Pope actually said and meant in his speech a few days ago. The Pope's comments were misconstrued by many Muslims and caused a furor in many Islamic countries. I think we should [...]

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