Tuesday, January 23, 2018

All Pilgrimages are NOT created equal!

by Steve Ray on January 23, 2018

An interesting letter I received from a woman yesterday inquiring about our pilgrimages, especially to the Holy Land. She said a priest she works with told her,

“One of the priests I used to work with at school traveled to Israel a few years ago with _____________  [I am leaving travel company’s name out].

“He told me they went to 5-6 stores,  He said, ‘We spent more time in the stores than at the holy sites.’  He also said it was disorganized and they were constantly with their hands in their pockets for tipping everyone.

"In my opinion this is NOT acceptable on any  trip."

In response, I came up with TWENTY-ONE QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE GOING ON A PILGRIMAGE.

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On Friday we took to the phone to answer questions from non-Catholics. We had some great calls and responses.

One in particular in which I defended the priesthood and seminarians against a charge that most were homosexuals. The Church Militant’s videos were referred to as reason this caller was not willing to become Catholic. Hope you find the show interesting and helpful.

Questions and Topics Covered:

  • 15:48 – Where did the idea of purgatory come from and why does the Orthodox Church not have that concept?
  • 20:42 – I have a question about praying to the Saints.
  • 30:15 – I’ve heard a lot of priests and bishops are homosexuals. I heard this from Church Militant. Is this true?
  • 42:43 – Why do you baptize children and why do you have to confess to a priest?
  • 51:28 – We are commanded to not practice necromancy, so why do Catholics pray to the dead?

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