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Fr. Michael Scanlan TOR – Rest in Peace

by Steve Ray on January 7, 2017

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Contact: Tom Sofio
740-284-5893, tsofio@franciscan.edu
Saturday, January 7, 2017

imgresFranciscan University of Steubenville Remembers Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, President Emeritus of Franciscan University Died Saturday, January 7, 2017, Following Illness

For tributes to Father Scanlan, videos, timeline, and more go to www.Franciscan.edu/FatherMike

STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Franciscan University of Steubenville today mourns the death of President Emeritus Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, 85. His leadership as president transformed Franciscan University from a struggling regional college into a world-renowned leader in Catholic higher education and helped to inspire a restoration of faithful Catholic education in the United States and the world.

A priest of the Franciscan Third Order Regular Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Father Scanlan served as president of Franciscan University from 1974-2000, chancellor from 2000-2011, and became president emeritus in 2011. That same year he retired to the Third Order Regular Sacred Heart Province’s motherhouse in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and in December 2013, due to declining health, he moved to Garvey Manor, a Catholic nursing home in nearby Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

Father Scanlan died Saturday morning, January 7, 2017, after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements are pending but will include a viewing and a memorial Mass at Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Mass of Christian Burial at the TOR Motherhouse in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Details will be posted when they are available at www.Franciscan.edu/FatherMike.

Father Scanlan became president of the College of Steubenville in 1974 in the midst of turbulent times for Catholic higher education. Over the next 26 years, he transformed the College into Franciscan University of Steubenville and gained for it a worldwide reputation for both excellence in academics and its passionate Catholic faith environment.

For the full details and story of Fr. Scanlan, visit www.Franciscan.edu/FatherMike

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Mark Shea fired at National Catholic Register

by Steve Ray on August 22, 2016

UPDATE:

Posting link @ Mark Shea because Mark is a friend: this opinion closely reflects mine: http://heroicvirtuecreations.com/2016/08/21/mark-shea-and-catholic-tribalism/

Original Post: The news is that Mark Shea has been removed from National Catholic Register. I have not seen the statement by NCR and if anyone finds it, please let me know.

Official Statement: The Register is no longer publishing blogs or commentaries submitted by Mark Shea. Mark’s writings at the NCRegister.com or published in our print edition were within our editorial guidelines. However, his writings and engagement on other forums were irreconcilable with our editorial vision or standards of charitable discussion.

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Good article by Fr. Dwight Longnecker

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UPDATE: Bishop Lynch rebuked by Archbishop of Miami.

Some say “Yes!” including Bishop Robert Lynch, the bishop of St. Petersburg Florida who said, “sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. (Let’s hope he soon corrects or clarifies his comment.)

Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence.” Why does he imply, even state, that we Christians are the cause of the attack in his diocese?

As LifeSite News says, repeating the article by Catholic Vote, “Not a single Catholic has celebrated this crime. Not one Catholic voice has called for violence against gay and lesbian people. But now, an increasing number of leaders are attempting to exploit the terrorist attack in Orlando to advance political agendas — and they are even blaming us!” (Full article with other quotes blaming Christians and conservatives)

Catholic apologist Jesse Romero had enough. He wrote to the good bishop based on the exhortation of Bishop Fulton Sheen who said the laity have to teach our priests how to be priests and our Bishops to be Bishops. Relying on Catechism paragraph 907  and Code of Canon Law (CIC, can. 212 § 3) Jesse wrote to Bishop Lynch:

“The Catholic Church’s teachings are the most charitable and compassionate of any religion in the world.

Islamic Shariah law commands homosexuals be killed in Islamic countries. The more moderate Muslim countries give homosexuals 10 years in prison.

The Knights of Columbus magazine (Columbia) put out an article that 1/3 of people dying of AIDS are being treated for free at a Catholic Hospice.

Isis throws homosexuals off of three-story buildings with their hands tied behind them and then stones them to death as they scream verses from the Koran.

Catholics say that everybody (homosexuals included) are made in the image and likeness of God.

Islam teaches that NOBODY is made in the image and likeness of Allah.

Not a single Catholic has celebrated this crime. Not one Catholic voice has called for violence against gay and lesbian people. As a shepherd of the Church you should clarify your statement.

We must defend our rights as Catholics to follow the teachings of our Church — and respond together to the insinuation that doing so leads to violence.

Our Lord said “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”…and “repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). These are the words that inspire Catholics to “speak the truth in charity” (Ephesians 4:15).

Bishop, we need moral clarity at a time like this. Give Catholics inspiration to evangelize; don’t hamstring us with misplaced guilt which actually should be directed at the Islamic religion. Have courage good Bishop, have courage.”

God Bless You,
JR <><  

Read also Elliott Milco’s article in First Thing Magazine “A Response to Fr. James Martin on the Orlando Massacre” in which he sides with the bishops who did not say we stand behind the GLBT Community. Bravo to them and to Milco.

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US Bishops Respond to Obama’s Bathroom Lunacy

May 17, 2016

Two Committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement in response to guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education entitled “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students”: The Catholic Church consistently affirms the inherent dignity of each and every human person […]

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My Final Post on Pope’s Exhortation: A Catholic World Report Symposium with Links Galore

April 13, 2016

From Catholic World Report: Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, “On love in the family,” has been one of the most widely anticipated papal documents in recent years, following the closely watched and sometimes controversial Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 2014 and the Ordinary Synod of Bishops in 2015. It is also one of the […]

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Memorable One-Liners From Mother Angelica

March 28, 2016

Www.Aleteia.com –  Mother Angelica, a Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration, never did anything in a small way. She was known for her ability to parry a quick retort, make a wry observation or toss off a witticism that could catch a listener off-guard in its wisdom. Due to a stroke, the EWTN foundress had been […]

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Misunderstanding the (alleged) “Congo Contraception” Case

February 22, 2016

Misunderstanding the (alleged) ‘Congo contraception’ case by Dr. Edward Peters, Canon Lawyer, Professor at Sacred Heart Seminary, Advisor to the Vatican Even by the standards of his reign, the presser Pope Francis conducted on his return flight from Mexico has provoked an unusual number of questions. I wish to address only one of those here. […]

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Jimmy Akins: “Pope Francis Speaks on Hot-Button Issues: 9 Things to Know and Share”

February 20, 2016

[Also see Janet Smith’s Article in Catholic World Report also: Contraception Congo Nuns Choosing the Lesser Evil and Conflict of Commandments]  Pope Francis Speaks on Hot-Button Issues: 9 Things to Know and Share During his plane flight back to Rome from Mexico, Pope Francis gave an interview in which he touched on a number of […]

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Nevada Catholic churches targeted in bizarre string of protests

December 11, 2015

Las Vegas, Nev., Dec 10, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Las Vegas Catholics are disturbed after self-described Muslim-turned-Christian protestors disrupted Masses at several churches in the metropolitan area within the past few weeks. In at least three incidents, the group “Koosha Las Vegas” have walked in to churches in the middle of Mass, shouting […]

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Watching Rush of Wind and Flutter of Wings over the Vatican

October 23, 2015

This morning  Janet and I are in Rome for a few days awaiting our pilgrimage group as we embark across Italy and then by ship voyaging around Greece and Turkey to follow the footprints of St. Paul and the Early Church. This morning, from the rooftop of our rented apartment as we eat breakfast, we’re looking […]

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Conscience and Communion and Marital Issues

October 21, 2015

STEVE RAY HERE: After the excerpts from an interview with Archbishop Cupich there has been a lot of discussion raging around the issue of conscience and divorce and remarriage and gay marriage. There’s a fear that everyone knows the laws of the Church cannot be changed but they can possibly change the way the laws […]

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If Divorce and Remarriage are OK …

October 20, 2015

  If divorce and remarriage becomes acceptable (or gay marriage) then did St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher die for nothing? Was John the Baptist beheaded for nothing? King Henry VIII was right after all? Reas excellent article by Archbishop Samuel Aquila

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Hard to Find Good News Sources? Check out this List

July 2, 2015

Thanks to Teresa Tomeo, I am passing along this excellent list of reputable news sources from a Catholic perspective. The National Catholic Register online Vatican News Agency Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly The Catholic News Agency Watch The World Over with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN and EWTN News online Watch EWTN News Nightly, 6pm ET. You […]

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Draft of Pope’s Environment Encyclical Leaked: 12 Things You Should Know

June 16, 2015

Jimmy Akin has done a great job summarizing the situation and the encyclical to-date. It starts out: With just days to go before the release of Pope Francis’s highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, a draft copy has suddenly appeared on the Internet. Here are 12 things to know and share . . . 1) […]

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Michael Coren Flops Again, this Time Joining the Anglican Church…what group will he join next?

April 28, 2015

So, a floppy commentator and author leaves the Catholic Church to become an Anglican. Michael Coren has seemed uncertain for a long time and switching around from one tradition to another. My guess is that he jettisoned the Catholic Church over the homosexual issue.  Wait a few years and see what he decides to join […]

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Karl Keating Steps Down at Catholic Answers

February 3, 2015

This is good news for Catholic Answers and will open up a lot of new possibilities. Christopher Check is now President — a good move. You can read the official announcement here: http://www.catholic.com/news/catholic-answers-names-new-president

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