Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict Vindicated in his Lecture on Islam

by Steve Ray on September 23, 2014

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 Excerpt from George Weigel’s article in First Things Magazine.

“Benedict XVI, I am sure, takes no pleasure in history’s vindication of his Regensburg Lecture. But his critics in 2006 might well examine their consciences about the opprobrium they heaped on him eight years ago.

“Admitting that they got it wrong in 2006 would be a useful first step in addressing their ignorance of the intra-Islamic civil war that gravely threatens peace in the 21st-century world.

“As for the conversation about Islam’s future that Benedict XVI proposed, well, it now seems rather unlikely.

“But if it’s to take place, Christian leaders must prepare the way by naming, forthrightly, the pathologies of Islamism and jihadism; by ending their ahistorical apologies for 20th-century colonialism (lamely imitating the worst of western academic blather about the Arab Islamic world); and by stating publicly that, when confronted by bloody-minded fanatics like those responsible for the reign of terror that has beset Syria and Iraq this summer, armed force, deployed prudently and purposefully by those with the will and the means to defend innocents, is morally justified.”

For the whole article in First Things Magazine, click here.

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Pope Francis’ Homily to Close the Year of Faith

by Steve Ray on November 24, 2013

This Year of Faith was a great year and inspired many to take their faith seriously. I admire Pope Benedict for instituting the Year of Faith and Pope Francis for closing it out with class.

What was the Year of Faith? It is very simple: 1) Learn you faith; 2) Live your faith; 3) Share your faith! It is as simple as that.

Here is Pope Francis’ homily closing out the Year of Faith.

By the way, did you take advantage of the Year of Faith? If not, it is not too late. Get to know the Catholic Truth, learn why we believe what we believe, live it to the fullest and share it with everyone you know.

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Groucho Marx once said, “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have a guy like me as a member.” 

So began my witness testimony at the Easter Vigil on April 7, 2007, when my wife Barbara and I entered the Catholic Church. For a New York Jew, who’d detested the name “Jesus” for as long as he could remember, to be standing before a packed congregation at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott, Arizona, having to recount in three minutes how he got there—well, you can imagine what a surreal a moment that was.

Yet now, when instead of three minutes I have three thousand words, plus six years as a Catholic, the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis for perspective, the task is, if anything, even more daunting.

But Carl E. Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, asked me to give it a shot, so here goes.

On April 2, 2005, there came the news of the death of Pope John Paul II. I’d always admired the pope for his courage in confronting the horrors of communism, and for aligning with President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher in a united front that led to the downfall of the Soviet Union. Yet as a spiritual leader he meant nothing to me.

Nevertheless, Barbara and I found ourselves becoming involved in the events and the funeral as they unfolded on television. Even the typically skewed commercial coverage couldn’t disguise the tributes from all corners of the globe, and the love for the pope and grief at losing him from Catholics and people of every faith.

At some point in the two weeks following, Barbara—a long-lapsed Protestant who’d never lost her regard for Christianity—turned to me and said, “You’ve got to get religion, Roger. You’ve been drifting way too long.”

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Pope Meets Pope Emeritus – a First in Catholic History

March 26, 2013

At this link, there are the first videos of the historic meeting. The first shows the helicopter landing and the first embarce of the two men:  http://video.repubblica.it/dossier/il-nuovo-papa/a-castel-gandolfo-lo-storico-incontro-tra-i-due-papi/123281/121771 (The first embrace of Pope Francis and Emeritus Pope Benedict, shortly after noon today in the Vatican Gardens at Castel Gandolfo, about 20 miles outside of Rome. Pope [...]

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Are Popes Bound to Serve for Life? Popes Who Resigned (a new e-book)

February 26, 2013

E-mail I received from St. Benedict Press: “Dear Steve: “As you know, questions regarding the process, history and meaning of papal resignations are of burning interest to Catholics right now. Popular author Thomas Craughwell addresses these questions in Popes Who Resigned, a fascinating new ebook from TAN. Craughwell spans 20 centuries to unveil fourteen unique [...]

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Can You Wager or Bet on the Conclave?

February 26, 2013

New post on “In the Light of the Law“ Betting on the conclave? by Dr. Edward Peters According to the (Old) Catholic Encyclopedia , in his bullum Cogit nos (21 March 1591), Pope Gregory XIV forbade under pain of excommunication all bets concerning the election of a pope, the duration of a pontificate, or the [...]

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Pope’s Farewell at Sunday’s Angelus; Changes Conclave’s Rules for Election of New Pope

February 24, 2013

He explains his continuing service to the Church: Dear brothers and sisters, I hear this Word of God addressed to me in a special way during this moment of my life. Thank you! The Lord is calling me to “scale the mountain,” to dedicate myself still more to prayer and to meditation. But this does [...]

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Check Out the New World Youth Day Facebook Page – Share it with a Young Person

February 21, 2013

World Youth Day Gets Global Facebook Page Communications Director Eager to Make Pope’s Message Accessible RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, February 21, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Facebook users who access the World Youth Day Rio ’13 page will now benefit from the global setting supplied by that social network. The page is available in 21 profiles, and [...]

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20 Quick Questions & 20 Brief Answers about the Pope’s Resignation …

February 21, 2013

20 Brief Answers to 20 Questions ROME, February 20, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Benedict XVI’s renunciation has raised many questions, and not only in the Catholic world. Some of the questions are of a practical nature, while others regard more far-reaching doubts. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, has given several press [...]

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Before He Was Pope

February 17, 2013

I just pulled this out of our family archives…our family had the honor of speaking with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the Year of Jubilee.  

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I Just Discovered this Video of our Family’s Meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict)

February 17, 2013

This brings back fond memories of our morning meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger in Rome after he celebrated Mass at the German College in the Vatican. I was giving him my book and he signed a copy of his book for me. I was telling him that my endorsement was on the back of one of [...]

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The Conclave: What the Pope Can Do, Can’t Do & Won’t Do

February 16, 2013

New post by Dr. Ed Peters: What the pope can do, can’t do, might do, won’t do… Benedict XVI’s startling decision to act under a canonical norm (c. 332 § 2) that has been invoked only twice in its 700+ year lifetime (once in 1296 by Celestine V who wrote the law, and apparently by [...]

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Phil Lawler Reveals the REAL Reason the Pope Resigned

February 15, 2013

And I agree with him. Read his article HERE.

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My Two Books to Help Understand the Papacy and the Process

February 12, 2013

Ray, a former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, goes through the Scriptures and the first five centuries of the Church to demonstrate that the early Christians had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter in the see of Rome. (Click on book image to learn more or to purchase) He tackles the tough issues [...]

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What Shall We Now Call Him? His Holiness, Joseph Ratzinger, Papa Emeritus and Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church?

February 11, 2013

Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer discusses the future of Pope Benedict. Papa Emeritus by Dr. Edward Peters The resignation of Benedict XVI portends no problems for Church governance. “We know exactly when the vacancy in the Apostolic See will occur (2 pm, Eastern time, Thursday, FEB 28) and we know what laws will govern the [...]

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Pope to Resign February 28

February 11, 2013

This comes as a huge surprise. Major news sources have passed on the Vatican’s announcement. The Vatican announcement is here. I am not going to speculate about “deeper motives” for his resignation. We should take him at his words since he is an honest man. I watched my father decline in his later years. His [...]

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