Miscellaneous

5000 Years of Middle East Control in 90 Seconds

by Steve Ray on October 12, 2014

No part of the world has changed hands and governments and religions more than the Middle East. This is a fascinating “moving map” of all the changes over the last 5,000 years.

Click here to for fast-pasted map

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Says Host Cannot Be Damaged or Taken From Oklahoma City Pending Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 21, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City on Wednesday filed a lawsuit asking a judge to halt the desecration of a Eucharistic Host as part of a planned satanic black mass scheduled for September in the city’s Civic Center.

District Court Judge Bryan Dixon responded the same day with a restraining order, enjoining the leader of the satanic association from “concealing, damaging, destroying or removing from Oklahoma City the personal property,” pending a hearing.

The archbishop’s lawsuit is based on the premise that the host to be used for the black mass is stolen.

Attorney Michael W. Caspino told The National Catholic Register, “Our legal theory is very simple: a Consecrated Eucharist belongs to the Church.

“The Church has exercised dominion and control over the Eucharist for 2000 years. The Satanists procured the Consecrated Host by illicit means, by theft or fraud. We are simply asking the Court to return the stolen property to its rightful owner, the Roman Catholic Church.”  

The black mass leader, Adam Daniels, a defendant on the restraining order, told the news site Aleteia earlier this month that the urported Eucharistic Host was “mailed to us by (a) friend.”

“As far as I know, the host mailed to me is consecrated,” he said.

The black mass is scheduled for Sept. 21.

Prayer and penance

Archbishop Coakley said he’s been “heartened by the international and multifaith support we’ve received in solidarity against this public satanic ritual planned next month in Oklahoma City.”

“Catholics believe Jesus Christ is truly present under the form of bread and wine in the Holy Eucharist and it is the source and summit of our faith. The local organizers of this satanic inversion intend to use a stolen consecrated Host obtained illicitly from a Catholic church to desecrate it as a sacrifice to Satan. Through this legal action, I hope to prevent desecration of the Host and to have it rightly returned to the Church.”

Archbishop Coakley has made repeated requests for the city’s leaders to cancel the satanic ritual in a publicly funded facility, but has received no indication that the city intends to prevent the event from taking place.

“I have raised my concerns … and pointed out how deeply offensive this proposed sacrilegious act is to Christians and especially to the more than 250,000 Catholics who live in Oklahoma. I am certainly concerned about the misuse of a publicly supported facility for an event which has no other purpose than mocking Catholic faith,” the archbishop wrote in a letter to priests earlier this month. “I am calling on all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counteract this challenge to faith and decency through prayer and penance.”

Archbishop Coakley continues to call on the faithful to pray the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel at the end of every Mass through Sept. 29, and asks that each parish conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Benediction before Sept. 21.

On the day of the satanic ritual, if not canceled, the archbishop invites all Christians and people of good will to join him in prayer for a Holy Hour at 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, followed by an outdoor Procession and Benediction.

“For more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide, the Mass is the most sacred of religious rituals,” the archbishop said. “It is the center of Catholic worship and celebrates Jesus Christ’s redemption of the world by his death and resurrection.”

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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

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. [...]

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Mysterious Priest Performs Miracle at Site of Mercedes Crash

August 8, 2013

by Rajah Maples, Posted: 08.06.2013 at 11:15 PM, Updated: 08.07.2013 at 4:30 PM CENTER, MO. – Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue early Sunday morning. 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 [...]

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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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