Join us for the 40th Anniversary of Ignatius Press

by Steve Ray on September 23, 2018

Steve Ray here. I am happy to be part of the celebration. After working with Ignatius Press for over 20 years (5 books and 10 movies), I consider them the best Catholic publisher in the country — one that is doing great work in keeping the faithful informed with the best books, movies, educational materials, magazines, news sources and blogs.

I invite you to  join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniver­sary of Ignatius Press! Along with Ignatius Press found­er Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, and the men and women of Ignatius Press, you’ll be joining Car­dinal Francis Arinze, Peter Kreeft, Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Steve Ray, Michael D. O’Brien, and Arch­bishop Salvatore Cordileone.

We will begin with a dinner and talks on Friday, November 2nd, followed by Mass and a day of speakers on Saturday, November 3rd. We hope you can join us for both!

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. Dinner and talks will take place downstairs at the Cathedral’s event center.

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This is a remarkable journal of our recent pilgrimage to Ireland following the Heritage of the Emerald Isles. You can read it here.

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Is Mormonism Christian?

by Steve Ray on September 21, 2018

The simple answer is NO! Not even close to Christian. To start a new religion by stealing the terminology from an established religion and then redefining the words does not make the new religion the same as the religion they cannibalized.

Mormonism’s theology is strange, completely new and foreign to early Christianity. They never tell you what they believe at your door.

They wait until you are hooked with “familiar” terminology and only slowly are you indoctrinated with their strange views. They deny the Trinity, the divinity of Christ and the uniqueness of God.

In the whole scheme of things it is a very young and novel attempt at redefining Christianity. They are not the first heretics. The first heretics with similar ideas were debunked by the Fathers of the Church.

(Taken from www.CatholicCulture.org) — Most of  us have had Mormon missionaries at our doors, and people keep asking whether Mormons are Christians. Many Mormons believe that they are, but in my latest blog post, I summarize the arguments which show why Mormonism is not Christian in any meaningful sense of the term. See Is Mormonism Christian?

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things, raised exactly the same question in an outstanding essay eight years ago, which has the same title: Is Mormonism Christian? Fr. Neuhaus reaches the same conclusion, but offers a prolonged reflection on Mormonism and its place in American society.

bom.miss_.2-300x270At this point, perhaps it would be wise to demonstrate what else you can find on this topic in our library. If you want to become knowledgeable about Mormonism, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), consider these outstanding resources:

Fr. Brian Harrison, The Appeal of Mormonism, an interesting essay taken from This Rock in 2003.

Fr. Leslie Rumble, The Book of Mormon I and The Book of Mormon II, from Homiletic & Pastoral Review back in the late 1950’s. For my previous blog on Mormons, click here.

I also have other links available here. My earlier blog on Mormons can be read here.

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Why the Church Cannot Reverse Past Teaching on Capital Punishment

September 20, 2018

If Pope Francis were to teach that capital punishment is “absolutely” immoral, he would be contradicting the teaching of scripture, the Fathers, and all previous popes, and substituting for it “some new doctrine.” June 7, 2017 Joseph M. Bessette, Dr. Edward Feser  Editor’s note: This first part of a two-part article on Catholicism and the death penalty was originally […]

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The Fiasco Attempt to Destroy Judge Brett Kavanaugh

September 20, 2018

What is happening to keep a great judge (Judge Brett Kavanaugh) from being appointed to the Supreme Court is a scandal and a farce. Here is a good article about how it is a new totalitarianism. Site link here, full article below. ******************************** “If Senate Democrats and their media allies manage to destroy Brett Kavanaugh, […]

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Farewells & Comments at Close of Pilgrimage

September 20, 2018

Enjoy the fun and camaraderie as everyone prepares to leave for home. Lots of fun, nice comments and endorsements.

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Israel Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Mass in Aramaic, Holy Shroud Exhibit, Ceremonial Entrance into Tomb

September 19, 2018

We started the day by leaving the hotel at 5 AM in the morning to walk the Via Dolorosa in peace and quiet after which we did a tour of the Holy Sepulchre  and touched the top of Calvary where the cross once stood. We then had Mass. Fr. Badway’s excellent final homily here.   His […]

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Peter & the Primacy in the New Testament

September 19, 2018

St. Peter in the New Testament What Do We Know About Him? Peter is the big rugged fisherman who became the humble servant of the servants of God. Jesus chose him from among the Twelve to be the leader and the visible head of the Church. What do we know about Peter from the New […]

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Israel Day 7: Gethsemane, Paternoster, Ascension, Western Wall, Mount Zion, Upper Room, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem

September 18, 2018

A world wind day seeing lots of things in and around Jerusalem. First, was a very emotional and moving Mass at Gethsemane at the rock was Jesus sweat drops of blood.  You can see/hear Fr. Gavin’s homily here. From there to the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught his disciples to pray […]

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Seven Things Every Kid Needs to Hear

September 18, 2018

Thanks to my friend Patrick Madrid. Might I suggest you plan to tell your kids all of these things over the next week or two?

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Triumph & Tragedy: Jimmy Akins Conversion Story and Loss of his Wife

September 17, 2018

 Many people know Jimmy Akin. I call him my friend and have great admiration for this friend. He is also a Square Dancer. But do you know his story? Get a cup of coffee, turn off the TV and settle in for a great story. Not just gut-wrenching and edifying, but also an Introductory Course […]

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Israel Day 6: Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Riding Camels

September 17, 2018

We give everybody a free day today but we offer an optional tour for those who would like to go. Our Mass today was at the Notre Dame Center and you can see Fr. Gavin‘s homily here. We start at the Israel Museum and see the Temple Model and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then we […]

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Israel Day 5: Bethlehem All Day – including Dancing!

September 16, 2018

Today we spent the whole day in Bethlehem. We did some shopping to support the local Christians (you have to see the store to believe it), and then we went to the Church of the Nativity to touch the birthplace of our Lord Jesus. Then we ate Schwarma and falafels before going for Mass in […]

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Mr. Bean on Why We Should be Allowed to Insult Each Other – Freedom of Speech

September 16, 2018

Well said, Mr. Bean! (2.5 minute video)

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Israel Day 4: Capernaum, Boat Ride, St. Peter Fish, Visitation, Arrival in Jerusalem

September 15, 2018

Our final day in Galilee and we had Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” Fr. Gavin’s homily here. I also gave an abbreviated version of my talk “Defending the Eucharist.” Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and viewing 2,000 year old “Jesus Boat.” Would you like  eating St. […]

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Why the Centering Prayer Movement is So Off-Center

September 15, 2018

By Patrick Coffin The curious should, to say the very least, approach the practice of Centering Prayer with a critical eye and serious discernment. A technique out there purporting to be a form of Christian prayer has made inroads in countless parishes across the U.S. and Canada. Its promoters try very hard to sound Catholic and […]

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