June 2010

Supreme Court Rules Against Christians

by Steve Ray on June 30, 2010

Supreme Court rules against Christian student group that ‘discriminated’ against gays
In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled on June 28 that the University of California Hastings College of the Law may deny recognition to a Christian organization that does not permit gays and lesbians to hold leadership positions. . . .

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=6784

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Arrived in Sydney Australia

by Steve Ray on June 27, 2010

For the Australian website with our schedule, the talk venues, a video trailer and more, visit http://www.thecatholicforum.org/

After over 24 hours in airports and planes we arrived in Australia. At home in Michigan it is now 4:30 PM Sunday. Here it is winter and 6:30 AM Monday. Very strange :-)

We landed Sunday morning (pictures and video to follow soon). Deacon Alex Jones and his wife Donna arrived with us. Charbel Raish, his lovely wife Christine and his brother Joseph. Met us.

After getting out of the airport we drive into beautiful Sydney to visit the massive Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary. They don’t build them like this any more. We came back later to hear the eloquent homily of Cardinal Pell though we couldn’t stay for Mass.

We walked down to the harbor for breakfast in the view of Harbor Bridge and the famous Sydney Opera House.

We visited some of Charbel’s Lebanese family and friends before our hotel was available. The name Charbel is common hear – coming from the great hero of Lebanon and the Maronite Catholic rite – St. Charbel.

We are staying in a suburb of Sydney called Liverpool next door to the large Catholic Club next door where I will give my first talk tonight.

After a nap we drove to St Charbel’s Catholic Church for the Mass according to the Maronite Rite with about 500 young Lebanese. Very beautiful and reverent Mass. I spoke a few minutes afterward.

We then joined hundreds of your Catholics our for dinner before crashing Into bed around midnight. We saw the famous constellation of the Southern hemisphere – the Southern Cross. Janet was very excited.

It is now early Monday and I’m heading out for a run as soon as the sun makes it’s daily appearance. More later.

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Australian on the Media

by Steve Ray on June 25, 2010

If Hollywood honored Christian heroes…
June 25, 2010

Weary of blockbuster films that distort the history of the Church and/or focus on the negative, Michael Cook, the editor of the Australian site MercatorNet, muses on how many compelling films could be made about saints and heroes of the Church. He mentions, for example, Walter Ciszek, Charles Lwanga, Margaret Clitherow, and Robert Schuman.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=6752

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Boarding our Plane for Australia

June 25, 2010

We are on our way to Australia for two weeks of talks. Also on tour, though on different tracks, are Deacon Alex Jones and Fr. Mitch Pacwa. After my 16 talks in five cities Janet and I head to the Philippines to give another 20 talks in two weeks to conferences, auditoriums, seminaries, huge high [...]

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Radio

June 24, 2010

I will be on Ave Maria Radio at 5:40 PM Eastern.

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Great Day with the Grandkids

June 22, 2010

Today they were all here and we jumped on the golf cart (the six that can hang on by themselves) and off we went through the country roads for an adventure. In the picture you can see Dominic holding the snake we caught. He was the Keeper of the Snake. Damian was the noble “Keeper [...]

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Catholic Answers Live

June 22, 2010

I was the second guest on Catholic Answers Live at 7 PM Eastern answering Questions from Non-Catholics. We had some great questions and the first one went on for 35 minutes since it was very intense though friendly. The question was “How can you claim the Roman Catholic Church is the one true church when [...]

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Why Obama is not the Problem

June 20, 2010

This quote was translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung of 28 April 2010. It has obviously not been been “filtered” by the well intensioned but soft headed folks who control thought and information in America. “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but [...]

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Another Bishop Stands Up!

June 18, 2010

Michigan bishop suspends funding of Catholic Campaign for Human Development A Michigan bishop has temporarily suspended funding of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. “After consulting with a number of advisors, Bishop [Bernard] Hebda has decided that for this year (2010), while CCHD’s systems are under review, a donation will not automatically be sent to [...]

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My Granddaughter Bella tries to talk :-)

June 17, 2010
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US Taxpayer Promote Abortion (that means us!)

June 17, 2010

US government study finds $1 billion in federal support for abortion advocates American taxpayers have provided about $1 billion in funding for organizations that promote legal abortion in the US and abroad, according to official statistics furnished by the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO). . . .

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What Are You?

June 17, 2010

Are you an American that happens to be Catholic? or, Are you a Catholic that happens to be an American? If you are a citizen of another country, the same question applies. Paul wrote, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20, NAB)

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Democracy vs. Liberty

June 17, 2010

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.” Benjamin Franklin

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Spanish Muslims Demand “Joint Use” of Catholic Cathedral

June 16, 2010

You may enjoy (probably the wrong word :-) reading this article by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, Staff Journalist. She describes the incredible demand that muslims want to share the Cathedral in Cordoba Spain. Following is the first two paragraphs of the article. My comments and article follow them. “Muslim rights groups in Cordoba, Spain are pressuring [...]

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New Dean at Catholic U – pro-abort?

June 15, 2010

Catholic U’s new president: Law school dean who awarded honorary degree to abortion proponent John H. Garvey, the dean of Boston College Law School, has been named president of Catholic University of America. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School, Mr. Garvey served as assistant to the Solicitor General during [...]

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Article on Catholic Bible Study in “Faith & Family”

June 15, 2010

I was interviewed for this article on Catholic Scripture Study for which I write many of the studies (eg. Genesis, Acts, 1 & 2 Corinthians). It is a nice article. You can read it here.

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