Monday, April 4, 2005

Pope’s Funeral

by Steve Ray on April 4, 2005

The Pope’s funeral will be at 10 AM Rome time on Friday, April 8, 2005. That translates into 4 AM EST. Set your alarms early that day!

He will be buried under St. Peters Basilica near the bones of St. Peter. He will probably be placed in the vacated tomb of Pope John XXIII who was moved up into the main church area. My guess is that the next pope will eventually bring the tomb of John Paul II up to a prominent place within the main church — just as John Paul II did for John XXIII.

Body of John Paul II carried from        
private chapel into St. Peters Basilica  


On Fox News Again Monday Morning

by Steve Ray on April 4, 2005

I was on Fox News and Fox & Friends twice on Sunday morning and twice again Monday morning.

It was a delight to be on Fox to declare my faith in Jesus Christ and in His Church. When asked about the Pope refusing to be more modern with Church teaching on women, sexuality, and morality, I commented that the Pope had a job to do — to keep the Ship of the Church on course.

The Pope’s responsibility was to maintain the teachings of Christ and the Apostles — not to be blown off course with the winds of change. Jesus did not promise us a “demoocracy of God”; he promised us the “kingdom of God.” JPII was a faithful Royal Steward (Isaiah 22).

I was also able to share about my conversion to the Catholic Church and how I researched the Bible and the Early Church attempting to disprove Catholicism — but what what actually happened was — I fell in love with the Catholic Church.