April 2010

Go, Go, Catholic High Schools!

by Steve Ray on April 30, 2010

Catholic high schools’ graduation rate much higher than that of public schools

A report released by the National Catholic Education Association has found that Catholic high schools in the United States have a 99.1% graduation rate, compared to a 73.1% graduation rate at public schools. The report also found that 84.7% of Catholic high school graduates attend four-year colleges, compared to 44.1% of public high school graduates.

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Healthy, Lo-cal Pizza

by Steve Ray on April 27, 2010

IMG_6593Since we have been keeping healthy, staying slim and running — eating plays a big part. I especially have to work to keep the genetic curses under control: blood pressure, cholesterol, and high glucose (thanks mom and dad!).

So we have learned to cut out junk food, processed foods, and animal fats to a large degree. However, healthy foods can be delicious and nutritious with a minimum of animal fats, processed foods, etc.

For example, look at this pizza I made tonight. Made with 100% whole wheat “flat out bread” at only 100 calories per piece. On top of that some simple tomato paste and some 2% reduced fat pizza cheese. Then mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and spinach. You can even put on bacon bits or ground turkey.

Put that in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes and voila! — just as good as you can get in a restaurant! But, it is lo-cal, healthy, with vegetables, fiber, vitamins and is it ever good!

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Number of Catholics on the Rise

by Steve Ray on April 27, 2010

Vatican Releases Statistical Yearbook

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 27, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican announced today that its publishing house has released a new edition of the Statistical Yearbook of the Church, comprising information from 2000 to 2008, including that the number of Catholics in the world is now 1.16 billion.

Over these nine years, the Catholic presence in the world has grown from 1.045 billion in 2000 to 1.166 billion in 2008, an increase of 11.54%. Considering the statistics in detail, numbers in Africa grew by 33%, in Europe they remained generally stable (an increase of 1.17%), while in Asia they increased by 15.61%, in Oceania by 11.39% and in America by 10.93%. As a percentage of the total population, European Catholics represented 26.8% in 2000 and 24.31% in 2008. In America and Oceania they have remained stable, and increased slightly in Asia.

The number of bishops in the world went up from 4,541 in 2000 to 5,002 in 2008, an increase of 10.15%.

The number of priests also increased slightly over this nine-year period, passing from 405,178 in 2000 to 409,166 in 2008, an overall rise of 0.98%. In Africa and Asia their numbers increased (respectively, by 33.1% and 23.8%); in the Americas they remained stable, while they fell by 7% in Europe and 4% in Oceania.

The number of diocesan priests increased by 3.1%, going from 265,781 in 2000 to 274,007 in 2008. By contrast, the number of regular priests showed a constant decline, down by 3.04% to 135,159 in 2008. Of the continents, only Europe showed a clear reduction in priests: in 2000 they represented 51% of the world total, in 2008 just 47%. On the other hand, Asia and Africa together represented 17.5% of the world total in 2000 and 21.9% in 2008. The Americas slightly increased its percentage to around 30% of the total.

Non-ordained religious numbered 55,057 in the year 2000 and 54,641 in 2008. Comparing this data by continent, Europe showed a strong decline (down by 16.57%), as did Oceania (22.06%); the Americas remained stable, while Asia and Africa grew (by 32% and 10.47%, respectively).

Female religious are almost double the number of priests, and 14 times that of non-ordained male religious, but their numbers are falling, from 800,000 in 2000 to 740,000 in 2008. As for their geographical distribution, 41% reside in Europe, 27.47% in America, 21.77% in Asia and 1.28% in Oceania. The number of female religious has increased in the most dynamic continents: Africa (up by 21%) and Asia (up by 16%).

The Statistical Yearbook of the Church also includes information on the number of philosophy and theology students in diocesan and religious seminaries. In global terms, their numbers increased from 110,583 in 2000 to more than 117,024 in 2008. In Africa and Asia their numbers went up, whereas Europe saw a reduction.

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A Primer on Ordination Blessings and Indulgences

April 27, 2010

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Edward Peters: A few questions related to ordinations always seem to surface about this time of year. Below are four (well, actually, five) points on blessings and indulgences related to ordinations that might be useful to recall. Click here.

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Legionaries

April 26, 2010

I have many wonderful friends in the Legion of Christ. I never go to Rome without dinner with Fr. Alfonso Aguilar LC. I look forward to the regular e-mails from Fr. Ben Cieply LC. We always stay at the Legionaries Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem with our pilgrimage groups. Fr. Aemon Kelly LC always gives [...]

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Mental Images: What do you think?

April 26, 2010

Here is a new 30-second radio ad I just made. Let me know what you think. Click here Final Spot 1

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Abuse isn’t just a Catholic problem

April 23, 2010

Yes, the Church needs purging of paedophiles, and has brought in tough guidelines to throw them out, but what of abusers in schools and families? Click here for the whole article which is very insightful, helpful and puts things in perspective.

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Still Not Alone in My Home Office

April 23, 2010

When Bella or the other grandkids are not keeping my company, my 91 year old father is. He is the best dad in the world and took good care of me when I was a kid. I am glad to take good care of him now. He turned down significant promotions at Ford Motor Company [...]

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Weigle Pounds Kung

April 21, 2010

Weigel rips Küng for attack on Pope Benedict George Weigel takes Hans Küng to task for his vituperative personal attack on Pope Benedict XVI, calling it “mean-spirited condemnation of an old friend.” Weigel notes that Küng “single-handedly invented a new global personality-type– the dissident theologian as international media star.” However, he argues, the dissident’s timing [...]

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My Busy Office

April 21, 2010

It is never quiet and I am never alone :-)  Little granddaughter Bella, or one of the other seven, keeps me company.

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Pope Benedict: 6 Accusations, 1 Question

April 21, 2010

The Passion of Pope Benedict. Six Accusations, One Question by Sandro Magister Pedophilia is only the latest weapon aimed against Joseph Ratzinger. And each time, he is attacked where he most exercises his leadership role. One by one, the critical points of this pontificate ROME, April 7, 2010 – The attack striking pope Joseph Ratzinger [...]

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90 Year Olds Move In

April 20, 2010

My parents are 70 years married. My dad is 91. Today we moved them into our home for their last years. Four generations now in our home – 12 of us. All of us are pleased and excited! Read Sirach 2:1-12.

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Two News Items

April 20, 2010

Christians now outnumber Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa by 2 to 1 A study published on April 15 by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has found that the number of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa grew from seven million in 1900 to 470 million today. During the same time period, the number of Muslims [...]

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Catholic Answers Live “Questions from Non-Catholics”

April 20, 2010

I was on Catholic Answers Live Monday, April 19 at 6 PM Eastern. The topic was “Open Forum for Non-Catholics.” You can find option to the archived show here. Audio link available here. Here are the questions I answered from non-Catholics. 1) What is the Catholic teaching on war? Jesus seems to be the kind [...]

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The Mrs. Finally Asks Directions

April 19, 2010

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Radio Interviews over my iPhone

April 17, 2010

I do a lot of radio interviews and topical shows while overseas. Here is how I do it! This is me doing a Catholic radio interview with my iPhone from Jerusalem.

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