October 2009

Great Time in Raleigh & Charlotte NC

by Steve Ray on October 31, 2009

IMG_2234Too many people to thank, but I do want to mention Sandra Fountain who arranged and sponsored the talk in Raleigh. She works with Catholic Scripture Study International and we had a great turnout of fun and on-fire Catholics — many of them recent converts. I gave my conversion story and Gail Buckley gave a wonderful talk on the Bible in the Catholic Church.

The first picture is of the Mensah family who we knew from Christ the King in Ann Arbor. Janet and I are the godparents for their oldest daughter Hannah.

BuckleyI would also like to thank Gail Buckley (picture left) and her husband Tom. Gail is the founder and president of Catholic Scripture Study International. I highly recommend that all Catholics start — or join a CSS in their parish or home. I am very excited about his wonderful program — so much so that I write many of the studies). She drove me from Raleigh to Charlotte where she and Tom hosted me in their beautiful home.

IMG_2237Thanks to Fr Remo of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church for being a great Franciscan priest, but for also sponsoring me to speak at his parish. I loved sharing my Conversion Story along with the life of St. Paul and a Defense of the Eucharist (my talks here). He is tentatively planning to bring his parish to the Holy Land with us in February 2011.

The second picture is of the wonderful Filipino Catholics who attended my talks. I have a soft spot in my heart for the Filipino people and it was a joy to see this enthusiastic group from all my favorite places in the Philippines. I shared with them my Open Letter to the Filipino People where I give tribute to these wonderful Catholics. If you know a Filipino, please print out my letter and give them a copy.

This week Adam Henriksen will again come to our home and work on our website. By the first of the year the whole site will be updated and beautiful! Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support. We love you all!

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I’m not like some bishops…

by Steve Ray on October 28, 2009

… in that if I find out a priest or friend has caused scandal in the Church, I am not going to sweep it under the rug or act as though it didn’t happen. I say this because I just found out that a friend of ours who has stayed at our home has a sordid past which certainly alters our friendship, to say the least. Fr. Joseph Skelton, whom we first met on one of our many missionary trips to the Philippines recently plead guilty and was convicted of sexual abuse while in the seminary in Detroit in the 1980′s.

Since I have hosted him in our home, interviewed him on radio and introduced him to friends, I must now have the integrity to tell what I’ve just discovered even though it breaks my heart. I do so for the safety and awareness of others. I have no evidence that this sin continues to this day, but knowing similar situations, it could be, and therefore I am telling what I know to keep a clear conscience and to maintain my own integrity. I had to do the same thing with Bishop Kamal of Jerusalem about a year ago.

This is not a situation that effects only Catholic priests. It is far worse in Protestant circles and in public schools. One only has to read the sad story of Patty Bonds. It is not a Catholic problem; rather it is a human problem. But the media loves to target Catholics and put them in the headlines even though the problems are much greater in other circles. This fact however, certainly does not condone perverts in our midst. This is one reason I will always speak what I know to warn the faithful and to help put a stop to this kind of scandal.

REMEMBER: The Church is like a ship (the barque of Peter) taking us across the seas to the Celestial City. No one promised their wouldn’t be problems on board, that the crew would always be holy and perfect. We were told there would be sheep and goats, wheat and weeds. We can expect storms to swell and toss the ship.

What we ARE promised is that the ship WILL get to the other side. For me and mine — we will stay with, and love the ship no matter what. We will trust Jesus that the gates of hell will never prevail against the ship and we will make it to the shores of eternity in one piece.

Seminarian convicted of homosexual abuse of teen, then ordained in another country
Archdiocese blasted over 2 predator cases (Detroit Free Press)
Group blasts archdiocese for not publicizing abuse cases (Detroit News)

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Video Reflections on this Sunday’s Readings

by Steve Ray on October 28, 2009

Having just been to the Mount of Beatitudes in Galilee — celebrating Mass outdoors looking over the Sea, the readings for this Sunday again strike a cord. They are the beatitudes from Matthew’s gospel and they are read at every Mass on the mountain.

Here is a great video reflection to prepare us for All Saints Day, and the readings for Mass this Sunday.

Sunday, November 1, 2009: Liturgy Reflection from JP Catholic University on Vimeo.

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Pope on Biblical Interpretation (I couldn’t agree more!)

October 27, 2009

Church has ultimate authority to interpret Bible, Pope reminds scholars Pope Benedict XVI met on October 26 with leaders of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, which is marking its 100th anniversary this year. The Pontiff reminded the Jesuit administrators of the Biblicum that the study of the Scriptures must take place in a context of Christian [...]

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Anglican bishop plans to convert to Catholicism

October 27, 2009

Bishop John Hind of Chichester, described by The Telegraph as “the most senior traditionalist in the Church of England,” has announced his plans to convert to Catholicism. Read the whole story here.

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“Law & Order” Abortion Episode Outrages Pro-Abortion Groups

October 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, October 26, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Last Friday’s episode of Law & Order on NBC, entitled “Dignity,” has infuriated pro-abortionists while pleasantly surprising pro-lifers with an unexpectedly even-handed treatment of the issue of abortion. Ripping its plot from recent headlines, “Dignity” begins with the murder of late-term abortionist Dr. Walter Benning (Matthew Boston) during [...]

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Archbishop Burke & Appointment of New Bishops

October 27, 2009

Bravo! I sense that the Vatican is being very careful these days who gets appointed as bishop. To have Archbishop Burke involved in the process is very satisfying to say the least. ROME, October 19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two prelates who are known for their vocal defence of life and family as well as the [...]

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Obama Sets New Record

October 25, 2009

From the United Kingdom Telegraph: “We were always told Barack Obama would do something spectacular, that he would shatter previous presidential records – and now he has. The One has recorded the sharpest slump in popularity rating of any US president at this stage in office for 50 years. Nor is that figure just a [...]

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“Where the Wild Things Are”: an Excellent Review on a New Movie

October 24, 2009

I read the book as a kid; I read the book to my kids. I have not yet seen the movie; I have not yet taken my grandkids to see the movie, but … … here is a good review of the new movie which makes me want to re-read the book and take the [...]

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Steve Answers Questions from Non-Catholics

October 23, 2009

Tonight I was on Catholic Answers Live at 6 PM Eastern time. It was Open Line Q & A for Non-Catholics. For more info or to listen to archived shows after the fact, visit here. 1) Why are there different saints in the Easter Orthodox churches and the Catholic Church? Which is right? 2) I [...]

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30,000 Join the Church in One Province of Vietnam

October 22, 2009

KONTUM, Vietnam, OCT. 20, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The bishop of Kontum celebrated World Mission Sunday by announcing that 30,000 Vietnamese from his region became Catholic in the last year. On Sunday, Bishop Michael Hoang Duc Oanh also reported to AsiaNews that 20,000 more of the Central Highlands people, called Montagnards, are currently preparing to enter the [...]

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Help for Reverent Masses

October 22, 2009

New book from Vatican offers resources for priests on celebrating Mass The Congregation for Divine Worship has completed a new volume, the <i>Compendium Eucharisticum</i>, designed to help priests celebrate Mass with proper reverence. The compendium, prepared at the request of Pope Benedict XVI, includes prayers, theological texts, and other study materials. Cardinal Antonio Canizares, the [...]

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New “Advent” Bible Study

October 22, 2009

This is a message from Gail Buckly, founder and President of Catholic Scripture Study International. This is the best Catholic Bible Study program for groups available. I have written several of the studies and know of the integrity of CSS both in regards tothe quality of study but also its faithfulness to the Magisterium of [...]

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Anglicans Becoming Catholics!

October 21, 2009

Traditional Anglicans welcome Vatican announcement with joy Archbishop John Hepworth, primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, has issued a statement welcoming Pope Benedict’s decision to permit Anglican communities to join the Catholic Church as communities. First thoughts on an Anglican ordinariate by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: An interesting announcement today from the Congregation for the [...]

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Tridentine High Mass in St. Peters

October 19, 2009

Archbishop Burke offers 1st Tridentine High Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in 40 years Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, has offered the first solemn High Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite in St. Peter’s Basilica since the promulgation of the ordinary form four decades ago. The Pontifical Mass took [...]

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Last Day & Departure of Legatus Pilgrimage

October 18, 2009

Up early for a trip to pray at the Western Wall, then to St. Ann’s — traditional site of the birth of Mary and the miracle of John 5. Then to Mass at St. Stephen’s Church outside the Damascus Gate where St. Stephen was martyred and where we first meet Saul of Tarsus (St. Paul) [...]

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