Miscellaneous

New post on In the Light of the Law. Dr. Edward Peters, advisor to the Vatican. My comments are below. Dr. Peters writes,

I have long held that nothing can rehabilitate the institution known as the Legion of Christ nor any of its affiliated works, and I’ve seen nothing in the last three years that gives me any reason to change my views. The LC and its progeny should be completely and forever dissolved. Period.

The question of “what to do with” the many wonderful people taken in by the Legion is partly pastoral and partly practical. Obviously, the good people therein need to be invited and welcomed into authentic Catholic institutions; priests in particular should be assisted to incardination elsewhere (several savvy bishops have already incardinated highly talented former-LCs into their local Churches).

As for Legion property issues, canon law has norms governing the assignment of goods once belonging to (dissolving) canonical juridic persons. Bottom line, the Church is master of ecclesiastical assets, assets don’t control her. No insoluble problems lurk there.

But, in my opinion, the protracted efforts to resuscitate the LC, the LC what? – - – the LC corpse seems not too strong a word—need now to cease. Indeed, even proposals to let Legion survivors, clerical and lay, as survivors, found new canonical institutes seem quite unsound to me.

Maciel the founder

Ask yourself: what, besides their Catholic faith, do survivors qua survivors of the Legion have in common, except that they were all deceived into affiliating with a deeply disordered institution founded by a sick and/or evil con-artist? Such shared traumas might make for some level of survivor-bonding, and they certainly leave such persons deserving of special pastoral outreach, but they are not the foundations on which lasting, healthy religious institutes are built. Do we have to say that?

The Catholic Church has zero tradition of institutes of perfection being founded, directly or even indirectly, by predatory charlatans. Admittedly, Maciel, we see now, seemed to pull that off for a few decades, but his cult imploded almost immediately upon his death.

What I can’t fathom is why we are still talking about ‘reorganizing’, or ‘reforming’, or ‘refounding’, anything having anything to do with him or his concoction.

STEVE RAY HERE: I have many Legionary friends who are still in the Legion and other friends who have left. These good men deserved better than what they got.

I understand why those who stay, stay. I also understand and sympathize with those who have left. I believe they are justified in their actions.

May God bless all these good men with their good hearts who really have given their lives to serve the Lord. I care a great deal about them; I care nothing for the leader or the Order but I have sympathy for the good men in the organization Maciel founded and deceived.

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Help Tom Peters the Papist

by Steve Ray on November 14, 2013

From and friend and fellow worker with the great young man Tom Peters:

On a warm summer night four months ago, I received some terrible news. 

As I was preparing to go to sleep that July night, my phone vibrated on my bedside table. A new text message. Then another. Then another. Something was urgent. Then I read the messages.

He was married only 3 months before this tragic accident

Our friend and co-worker Thomas Peters, widely known as the ‘American Papist’ blogger, was involved in a swimming accident. He had suffered a severe injury and his life was in danger. At that moment nobody knew if he was still alive. ‘Pray!’ was the only request.

Thomas was transported that night by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore. We later learned that he had fractured his fifth cervical vertebra. He was temporarily paralyzed and the prognosis was uncertain. “Please pray” was all we were told. So pray we did.

Over a period of 6 weeks Thomas’ doctors worked to save his life and repair the damage to his neck. Through many surgeries, treatments, and trials, the doctors were able to finally stabilize him.

Thomas continues to recover, having been through in-patient rehab and just recently was allowed to return home where he is continuing the rehabilitation process.

Just yesterday he fired off an email to the CV staff urging us to push back against a NY Times article suggesting that Catholics are unhappy with the Holy Father. He joked about his sore pinky he was forced to use to type. He may be handicapped, but his love of the Church remains boundless.

While Thomas continues his recovery, the financial burden of his accident continues to grow.

That’s why CatholicVote.org is participating in the #IStandWithThomasPeters day by pledging to send any donation received today to the Thomas Peters Recovery Fund.

There are many ways you can help. Here are a few:

SPREAD THE WORD – Thomas’ faithful friends have created graphics that can be shared on social media urging people to support Thomas in his recovery. Check out the graphics to share here: http://tpetersrecovery.blogspot.com/

PRAY – Please join us in offering up prayers of thanksgiving for his life and prayers of petition for his continued recovery. See the intentions here: http://tpetersrecovery.blogspot.com/p/prayer.html

DONATE – The costs of Thomas’ medical treatment, rehabilitation, and related needs are enormous. If we can help ease the financial burden and stress even a little, Thomas will be able to focus on these last two critical months of recovery.

Please consider making a gift of any amount now.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for Thomas. We are grateful to God for answering our prayers. 

I just sent in my donation and I’m passing on the news. I hope you will do both as well.

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– Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to
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Emergency crews spent an hour and a half
trying to extricate a 19-year-old Quincy woman trapped in her in
crushed car on Missouri 19 near Center, Mo.

The
Missouri Highway Patrol said Aaron Smith, 26, crossed the center
line and struck Katie Lentz head-on.

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friends, family and those who rescued Lentz would love to find and
thank a mysterious priest who they say helped make the rescue
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Detroit Free Press

USAToday

UK Daily Mail

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The Invisible Boy – More on the Unhappy Decision by the “Boy” Scouts & They Didn’t Wait Long!

June 4, 2013

This week Catholic World Report has a biting article about the recent decision to allow openly gay “youth” to join the “Boy” Scouts. You’ll see why I put these words in quotations marks as you read. Here is an excerpt: The CWR Blog The Invisible Boy We must now pretend that boys are not boys, [...]

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Communication and Problem Solving in 21st Century America: “It’s Not About the Nail”

May 27, 2013

They hit the nail right on the head!

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Game Show Nuns Hoping for $100,000 Win – Thursday Evening

May 23, 2013

Game Show Nuns Hoping for $100,000 Win Finale Airs Thursday SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2013 (Zenit.org) – A trio of Bible-expert nuns are hoping to be awarded $100,000 and a $10,000 bonus when they compete in Thursday’s finale of “The American Bible Challenge.” The three nuns, Sisters Peter Joseph, Maria, and Evangeline, are Dominican Sisters [...]

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Sisters Go to Final Round of Bible Contest

April 18, 2013

The three Bible experts from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, have secured a spot in the May 23 finale of “The American Bible Challenge” game show. Now, the sisters are hoping to win the “fan favorite” contest by winning the most votes from viewers. From today through Sunday, May 19, fans [...]

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Dominican Sisters Witness through Bible Game Show Appearance

March 17, 2013

By Hillary Senour Team Sisters of Mary with Jeff Foxworthy on The American Bible Challenge. Courtesy Grace Hill Media. Santa Monica, Calif., Mar 17, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three religious sisters are participating in a unique evangelization effort by competing on a Bible trivia game show in hopes of supporting their community. “This [...]

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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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Employment Opportunities at Logos Catholic Bible Software

January 14, 2013

I know it is a difficult time for many with unemployment at an all time high. My friend Andrew Jones is head of the Catholic department at the world’s best Bible software company – Logos. He is looking for a few good people to work with him. Positions open include: Spanish-language Marketing Specialist National Software [...]

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Steve’s Open Letter to the Filipino People

November 30, 2012

Forward this to any Filipino you know. Steve’s Open Letter to the Filipino People

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Give the Gift of Renewed Faith

November 22, 2012

  We don’t like the big focus on a consumeristic Christmas either, but we do want more people to share the truth of the Catholic Church with their family and friends…so we are discounting our most popular CDs & DVDs from now until December 10 at www.SteveRaysStore.com. Enjoy!   $10 off my 6 most Popular [...]

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Great Free Offer: “Catholic World Report” Magazine FREE On-line!

October 12, 2012

    From my friend Mark Brumley, president of Ignatius Press: Friends, many of you know about Ignatius Press’ magazine Catholic World Report.  It’s completely online now.  I’m writing to encourage you to sign up for the free Catholic World Report email newsletter. It’s sent out weekly to alert people to outstanding articles, interviews, and [...]

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Bet You’ve Never Heard of this Heroic, Selfless Woman

October 5, 2012

Remember this lady?Irena Sendler Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98) in Warsaw, Poland  During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.  Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her [...]

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Prayers for Dying Catholic Apologist in Milan Italy

June 4, 2012

An American living in Milan Italy wrote today asking for my assistance and of Catholic who will help pray for a worthy workman in the field. “I am writing to you because a friend of mine in my parish (the Duomo of Monza), Prof. Mario Palmaro, one of Italy’s most active lay Catholic apologists (especially [...]

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Join Steve Ray in Texas February 26

February 6, 2012

For those of you in the Austin Texas area, this February 26th in Cedar Park, I will be speaking at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church at an event benefiting a very effective social outreach program: Mobile Loaves and Fishes. You can get ticket www.MLF.org. They have been operating since 1998, and have served over 2.9 [...]

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