March 2014

 

Fr. Matthew Kauth

My good friend Fr. Kauth from Charlotte NC is embroiled in a huge fracas because of teaching JPII’s Theology of the Body in a Catholic High School. He is the chaplain at the high school. He invited a Dominican Sister to give a speech. She has a doctorate in theology. In the course of her speech she criticized homosexuality and the sky began to fall.

Below is an article in on CatholicCulture.org. I hope it gets national attention and authentic Catholics rise up to support Fr. Kauth and Sr. Jane Dominic. 

Some parents and students at one of North Carolina’s largest Catholic schools are outraged after a Nashville Dominican nun who holds a doctorate in theology criticized homosexuality in a presentation to students, according to the Charlotte Observer.

“We the students of Charlotte Catholic High School would like to issue a formal complaint regarding Sr. Jane Dominic [Laurel]’s speech,” according to an online petition. “We believe  ame sex couples have the ability to raise happy, well-adjusted and successful children … We believe that homosexual couples are capable of monogamy. As rational people, we know that most homosexual people lead healthy, normal and productive lives like their heterosexual counterparts.”

Sr. Jane Dominic PhD

An alternate petition states that “we the students of Charlotte Catholic High School, acting on our Catholic beliefs, are declaring a formal objection towards all those who do not accept Sister Jane Dominic’s lecture … We are outraged that the topics talked about are being debated within a community where the shared faith teaches us what truly is holy and that anyone would stand up against a nun, who has given her life for the Lord, and blatantly deny God’s teachings.”

Bishop Peter Jugis will attend a meeting with parents and students on April 2.

A friend who knows Fr. Kauth well wrote: “I’m hoping that this ‘lancing of the sore’ as Fr. Winslow  said, will bring healing and true Catholic teaching back into the classrooms of our Catholic schools.  I think that this may be the beginning of that and it’s taking place here in Charlotte.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up on the national news. Please pray to help bring healing.”

Favorite TV shows that promote gays in a very favorable light

Steve here: I am not surprised by this. Homosexuality will become the hot button that will bring much persecution to Christians who dare to speak the truth about homosexuality and the gay agenda. TV, the media and news have been actively promoting the gay lifestyle for a decade or more and the ugly fruit is now falling from the tree.

In a few years it won’t be petitions that are passed around; rather, the good Sister will be arrested and imprisoned for “hate speech.” The problem is that too many Catholics are not primarily Catholic – but are living as indoctrinated by the secular society.

GK Chesterton wrote, “Catholicism is the only thing that saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his time.

Boy if that isn’t the truth today. I am glad I’m a Catholic. I refuse to be seduced by the world or the fads that others chase. God bless us all – especially our heroic priests and sisters and deacons and all lay people who speak fearlessly for the truth. Pray for Fr. Kauth and Sister Jane Dominic – and our Church and families.

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Two things struck me today as I am feverishly writing the script for our upcoming Abraham DVD (Footprints of God series).

Jews sent into exile in Babylon in Mesopotamia

First, when God punished the Jews by sending them into exile in Babylon it was the ultimate punishment and insult. Babylon was the site of Bable and the confusion of languages. It was also in Mesopotamia, the homeland of their forefather Abraham. He was a pagan in a pagan land until the God of Glory called him and brought him to the promised land – Israel.

But the Jews rebelled against God and served pagan gods like the nations around them. So God sent them back to Square One, to Babylon where their forefather Abraham originally came from. They were sent as exiles back to their pagan beginning.

It was like God saying, “OK, you want to be pagans and worship false gods, then go back to your ancestors, lose your land and your blessings I promise to Abraham when HE lived in Mesopotamia– when he abandoned the foreign gods and chose to follow me. We will start over again.”

Very interesting thing to meditate on. 

Even though the tent is transitory, the altar of God remains permanently

Second, there is a contrast between tent pegs and altars in the story of Abraham and the patriarchs. Here is how I am wording it in the script (to be shot at Bethel in Israel in June):

“Abram pitched his tent somewhere here. The patriarchs lived in temporary shelters—they never built houses. Tents were dismantled; stakes were pulled up and they were again on the move.  Abram was a pilgrim and a model for us. We know our life on this earth is temporary. We are not citizens here— we are travelers too, awaiting our true citizenship in heaven.

“But the altar is permanent. The altar is not dismantled. The altar represents the permanence of God. When the tent comes down and moves, the altar still stands. Though our journey through this live is temporary God and the altars remain firm and steadfast. They are always there and we can always return to them.”

Pray for me as I work every free minute to get this script prepared for filming in June when we go with our filming crew to Israel and the Palestinian territories and also Turkey to get the footage for this video. Thanks.

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Our group praying in the Upper Room on Mount Zion in Jerusalem

This is quite incredible since it has not been done since Pope John Paul II received permission from Israel to celebrate Mass there on his visit to the Holy Land. Pope Francis will do the “not allowed”–he will celebrate Mass in the Upper Room.

Seems odd, eh, that the place where the first Eucharist was celebrated by Jesus is not open for Catholics to worship. It is a “secular” building like a museum where anyone can walk through, sing, make noise, whatever. But the one thing we cannot do is celebrate Mass.

Pope’s Detailed Holy Land Schedule

Three, maybe four, sacraments were instituted in this room: ordination, Eucharist, Reconciliation and we can also suggest Confirmation since the Holy Spirit descended in fire upon 120 in this room on the day of Pentecost. 

Now, I have been informed the Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the Upper Room. I hope he can convince Israel to give it back to the Catholic Church.

(See Zenit Report)

Pray!

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Obama Meets the Pope: the Spin Begins

March 27, 2014

By Phil Lawyer | March 27, 2014 2:07 Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Pope Francis, President Obama said that Church concerns about religious freedom and individual conscience were “not really a topic of conversation” during the exchange. That’s funny. The Vatican summary of the discussion mentioned “questions of particular relevance for the Church, [...]

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Two Unique New Trips JUST ANNOUNCED! Holy Shroud and Teresa of Avila-Lourdes

March 25, 2014

Two Amazing New Trips — Truly Once In A Lifetime because the Won’t Repeat anytime Soon! First, next year is the 500th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Teresa of Avila. We will spend 2 nights at Fatima in Portugal, then drive into Spain to relive the life of St. Teresa. Then we drive up [...]

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Pictures from Nazareth over 100 Years Ago (see the Virgin Mary :-)

March 25, 2014

Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation. These pictures are over a hundred years old from Nazareth. Not much changed between then and the first century. When you look at these old pictures and hundreds more I have in a book I purchased in Nazareth (written in Arabic), you can imagine Mary as [...]

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Sherlock Holmes an Idolater – Praying to People?

March 21, 2014

Last night my wife and I were watching an episode of Sherlock Holmes on TV. He has always been one of my favorite characters and I can remember reading all the stories to our kids as they grew up. On TV I think Jeremy Brett does the best portrayal and it is always a delightful [...]

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Fortune Magazine Names Pope “Greatest World Leader”

March 21, 2014

Francis Heads List of 50 Persons Chosen for “Energizing Their Followers and Making World Better” NEW YORK, March 20, 2014 (Zenit.org) – The global business magazine has named Pope Francis the world’s greatest leader in a world “starved for leadership,” it says. The list of 50 men and women “some famous, others little known” have been chosen [...]

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Follow Steve in Twitter

March 19, 2014

I can’t put everything on my blog that I can quickly share on Twitter. Plus, Twitter notifies all my followers immediately of everything I share on my blog. Ain’t technology grand? If you want to keep up with all our adventures, blog posts, pictures and videos, pilgrimages and other fun stuff – as well as [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholics

March 18, 2014

The topic was “Steve Ray’s Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholics.” It is always a very popular topic because it’s where we all live. For a list of the Six Rules and to read the Catholic Answers Magazine article I wrote on the subject, see the blog post above or click here. 1) It was [...]

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On Catholic Answers Live: Steve Ray’s Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends

March 17, 2014

Joint us on a pilgrimage. Visit FootprintsOfGod.com. Today I was on Catholic Answers Live discussing my Six Rules. It was delightful.  As soon as the links are available on Tuesday I will provide the links to listen on-line or as a podcast. Stay tuned. Here are my Six Rules for dealing with family and friends [...]

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The Technology of Scripture Study: The Middle Ages (and a hilarious video at the end)

March 16, 2014

I am an ecclesiastical historian by training and a Bible software guy by trade. Which, I think, puts me in the unique position to write about the history of the intersection of technology and Scripture study in a series of posts. Written by my friend Andrew Jones PhD: We might start with a description of [...]

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Three Times in Modern History the Word “Person” has been Redefined

March 15, 2014

Hey Pro-Abortionists. Look at the company you keep!

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Pentecostal Kenneth Copeland and Pope Francis (quite an amazing encounter)

March 14, 2014

Kenneth Copeland is a Pentecostal preacher who has championed the “name it, claim it” tradition in Protestantism. He has an “empire” which he has built that spreads across the world with tens of thousands of followers, or more. I remember as a teenager listening to him on TV and radio with my parents. Many of [...]

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Divorce and Remarriage: Platitudes, Principles, Mercy and Canon Law

March 14, 2014

  When faced with practical problems, rely on principles not platitudes by Dr. Edward Peters The line between principles and platitudes is a narrow one. Both sorts of assertions are true and both can put into a few words concepts that otherwise require many paragraphs to explain. But principles and platitudes are not the same thing; [...]

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Our Conversion Story in Easy-to-Read Format with Lots of Pictures

March 13, 2014

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait [...]

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