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Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer, writes in support of British priests who exercised their canonical rights to affirm the Churches teaching on Marriage on the Sacraments. He writes, 

There isn’t a word—not one single word—in the short, open letter signed by hundreds of British Catholic priests to the Catholic Herald (London) defending Church teaching on marriage and sacraments that any Catholic could not, and should not be proud to, personally profess and publically proclaim. The priests’ letter is a model of accuracy, balance, brevity, and pastoral respect for persons. It fortifies the soul to know it exists. It gladdens the heart to actually read it.

I am at a loss, therefore, to understand why Vincent Cardinal Nichols seems to chastise priests who signed letter for their allegedly “conducting [a] dialogue, between a priest and his bishop … through the press.” The priests’ letter is statement of Catholic belief, not an opening gambit in a negotiation; it is addressed to a journal editor, and through him to lay and clerical public, not to a particular prelate.

Moreover, the letter is a text-book example of clergy exercising a canonical right guaranteed to all the Christian faithful, namely, “to manifest to sacred pastors [Code for 'bishops'] their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.” Canon 212 § 3, my emphasis.

The Cardinal, of course, need not have said anything about the letter; frankly, his responding via the press is what might yet turn the event into a dialogue in the press. But, if a response was to be made, anything less than “I am delighted to know that so many priests love our Church, her teachings, and the people served by both” makes the direction of that dialogue suddenly worrisome.

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Irondale, AL (EWTN) – As details of genocide of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus began leaking out of Rwanda in 1994, the secular media and Hollywood jumped on the story and dozens of films were made, including the award-winning “Hotel Rwanda.” But who is making a film documenting the “religious cleansing” of hundreds of thousands of Christians in the Middle East? Who is courageous enough to brave the possibility of being beheaded, burned alive or crucified, to bring the world the voices of those Christians whom Muslim extremists have been hunting off the face of the earth?

Enter intrepid Italian filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti, who traveled to Erbil in Kurdistan, site of U.S. bombing against ISIS, in late 2014 to film an EWTN Original Documentary, “Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh’s Christians in Exile.” See the extraordinary results of this investigative journalist’s work at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1. If you want to know more about what is happening with Christians in the Middle East, do not miss this program.

The documentary will be preceded by a special “EWTN Live” with Bishop Yousif Habash of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the U.S. and Canada. (Airs 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1.

“[Muslim extremists] are not just displacing, but uprooting the existence of Christianity in the Middle East,” said Bishop Habash said. “They want to exterminate Christians, and nobody is saying anything – not the U.N., organizations, universities.” 

During the documentary, you will learn about the fate of the quarter million Christians in Nineveh who miraculously escaped the invading ISIS terrorists on the night of August 6, 2014, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Bishop Habash believes that the slaughter of so many of his countrymen has left no more than 300,000 to 350,000 Christians in the Middle East. Most are living in terrible conditions in Erbil. 

The question is: What can be done? Bishop Habash has some answers. To find out more, tune in Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET to “EWTN Live” and at 10 p.m. ET for this extraordinary documentary. 

Note: For information on helping with the relief efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, please visit www.caritas.org and Aid to the Church in Need, http://bit.ly/1DU8P4xTo purchase your copy of “Voices of the Persecuted” to show to your friends, family, and Church groups, please go to http://bit.ly/1HsDCmS

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 34th year, is available in over 238 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

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Late Sunday afternoon on 1 March 2015, I received a message from M. Francoise, a delegate of the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and I managed to reach her by telephone.

She was leaving for Paris, and collapsed at the news she had just received: members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Syria were kidnapped, along with their wives and children. The children were isolated and put into cages. Adults who do not deny their faith will be decapitated, and their children burned alive in the cages. M. Francoise had been in regular contact with several of them before all this occurred. She asked me to transmit the news and make a fervent appeal for prayers for these people, and all who are held hostage.

Let us remain fervently united in prayer, and have as our intention the welfare of all brothers and sisters in our Christian faith who are being held hostage.

Article posted at http://famvin.org/en/2015/03/02/vincentians-among-syrian-hostage-victims/

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China: 33 Million More Men Than Women – Forced Abortions and Sex Selection

February 24, 2015

Picture of Chinese father handcuffed to his young daughter to keep her from being kidnapped and used for a future bride or worse. What a disaster! Read the article – a ticking time bomb: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/viral-photos-of-little-girl-and-her-dad-capture-why-china-is-a-ticking-time? ??

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China: 33 Million More Men than Women – Forced Abortions, Sex Selection

February 24, 2015

Picture of Chinese father handcuffed to his young daughter to keep her from being kidnapped and used for a future bride or worse. What a disaster! Read the article – a ticking time bomb: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/viral-photos-of-little-girl-and-her-dad-capture-why-china-is-a-ticking-time? ??

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President Obama: Abortion is a ‘core constitutional right’

January 23, 2015

Catholic World News – January 23, 2015 In a January 22 statement, President Barack Obama described Roe v. Wade as “a decision that protects a woman’s freedom to make her own choices about her body and her health, and reaffirms a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal [...]

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Updates on “Geocentrism Debunked” for those following the debate

January 22, 2015

Dave Palm writes: “2014 was a fantastic year for Geocentrism Debunked (www.geocentrismdebunked.org) – the site usage has been really strong and is growing steadily. As the line-up of the most recent articles from last year shows, we ended 2014 addressing geocentrism from multiple scientific and theological angles. Now we’re kicking off the new year with [...]

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Obama’s “Obamacare” in Four Sentences

January 19, 2015

1. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to uninsure the insured. 2. Next, we require the newly uninsured to be re-insured. 3. To re-insure the newly uninsured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured. 4. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became uninsured, and [...]

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Day 7: Via Dolorosa, Bishop of Jerusalem, Gethsemane and more

January 2, 2015

Another marvelous day. Enjoy!

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Ending 2014 with a Day in Bethlehem: Visiting the Nativity, Cave of the Shepherds, Dining and Dancing

December 31, 2014

The first video is our full day touring Bethlehem with Mass twice :-). Once at the cave of the shepherds and the second time in a Carmelite monastery to celebrate Mary the mother of God. We also did a whole lot of other things all day in Bethlehem. Video 2 is our wining, dining and [...]

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Exiled on Island of Patmos with St. John, Day 12

November 6, 2014

We used to feel sorry for St. John for being exiled on the Island of Patmos. But once you land on this beautiful island it’s hard to feel sorry for him :-) Just joking! When John was exiled hear it was a place of banishment and suffering. But today we visited the cave or St. [...]

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Mary, Mother of God : Steve Ray’s Talk in Ephesus

November 5, 2014

I gave a short talk and Mary the Mother of God in Ephesus where Mary had lived with St. John the Apostle. I gave my talk at the Church of the Virgin Mary where the 3rd Ecumenical Council of the Church declared Mary the Theotokos, the Mother of God. Enjoy!

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St. Paul and Thessaloniki

November 1, 2014

Today we voyaged from Athens to Thessalonica where Paul preached the gospel to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. Today we took a tour of Thessalonica and had Mass in the Catholic Cathedral here. The Greek Orthodox claim to be 97% of the population and are not kind to the Catholics, but there are [...]

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First Day at Sea!

November 1, 2014

Here is the video from friday. We drove across Greece to our ship south of Athens and boarded and headed out to see. The group that is cruise-only arrive before us and were greeting us as we entered the ship. Enjoy the video!

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Mass at Altar of St. John Paul II and more

October 28, 2014

Early Mass at Tomb of St. John Paul II then tour of St. Peter’s. Then we visit the sites related to St. Paul’s martyrdom and more. Enjoy!

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Encouraging Word from a New Convert

October 26, 2014

Mr Ray. I know you are a very busy man, so I will try to keep this brief. My name is Joshua Shearer. I’ve been a baptist all my life, but in this last year I have started to discern the Catholic faith. I am fully convinced that Catholicism holds the truth and am planning [...]

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