February 2008

Feminism & Invalid Baptisms

by Steve Ray on February 29, 2008

The rules on baptism are meant to be followed

Canon Lawyer Ed Peters on Baptism: You might recall when I [Ed Peters] blogged against using baptismal formulae contrived to avoid masculine nouns for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I said back in 2004 that such ‘baptisms’ were invalid, and that people who received ‘baptism’ under them were not even Christian, let alone Catholic. Looks like CDF agrees.

Read about today’s authentic doctrinal declaration from CDF here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2008/02/rules-on-baptism-are-meant-to-be.html

Phil Lawler of Catholic World News (www.cwn.com) wrote: Today's news from the Vatican could be shocking to the parents of children who have been welcomed into liberal Catholic parishes– but, as it turns out, not validly baptized! But now some serious question remain:
• Will those parents ever hear about this very important Vatican statement
• Will the pastors responsible for these invalid baptisms take immediate corrective action?
• Will bishops– who are responsible for the proper administration of the sacraments in their dioceses– make sure that the invalid formula is dropped?

Baptism is no light matter. If pastors don't respond vigorously to this alert from Rome, it can only mean that they have lost interest in the sacramental life of the Church. For Phil's complete news story on this, click here.

For Zenit on this Issue: Click here


An anti-Catholic recently put up a pathetic YouTube video criticizing my recent radio show where I talked about the Apostolic Fathers and how Catholic they really were. Some of these angry anti-Catholics try to twist the early Christians into pretzels — ridiculously trying recreate them into Reformed Baptists or other such nonsense. I recently wrote a blog quote quoting professor and a self-confessed “proud, dispensational, conservative, born-again fundie” from Moody Bible Institute that wrote a book entitled "Getting to Know the Church Fathers" who said the early Church Fathers "were not Evangelicals."

If you are interested in such debates you will find these two YouTube presentations below very interesting. I consider such anti-Catholic sophists as a huge waste of time, but I appreciate the fine work of William Albrecht as the Catholic Legate. He has actually posted many such YouTube videos that are very worthwhile watching. I will post links to others when I get home and get the time.

The Sophist and St. Ignatius Part I

The Sophist and St. Ignatius Part II

His latest are here:

PART I    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2mczHOKw-8
PART II   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGZQZuupNj8

By the way, a VERY reputable theologian wrote to me yesterday saying,

"I just wanted to bring to your attention James White’s analysis of your use of Ignatius of Antioch. White’s analysis may very well be the worst form of sophism I have ever heard. In fact, I began feeling really sorry for him. I was embarrassed for him. You should be proud of your work and the fact that your strongest critics wind up making your case even better! Keep up the good work!" 

To watch another video concerning St. Jerome click here. I've always felt sorry for this man myself and often said that he makes people who get too close feel like they need a shower. More later. I am in Israel now, leaving for Jordan tomorrow. Will follow up on this all more when I get home.

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From Jerusalem: Jesus, the Jews & the Christian Faith

by Steve Ray on February 23, 2008

Jew.jpgOne can't walk the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem — like I'm doing this week — and not wonder what in the world God has done and is doing with the Jews. Did he abandon them after they as a nation rejected his Messiah? Do his promises to Abraham still stand for the ethnic children of Abraham as well as for the spiritual children of Abraham through faith?

I wrote on this a while back entitled Jews & the Existence of God, and now Mark Brumley of Ignatius Press has written an insightful article on the matter too — entitled The Pope, the Prayers and the Jews. Having been here in Jerusalem so often I have grown to have an even greater respect for Abraham and his children through Isaac the son of promise. It is fertile ground for contemplation and meditation.

By the way, Mark Brumley and Roy Schoeman (Jewish convert) will be speakers at our upcoming Holy Land Pilgrimage in November 2008. Join us for a thrilling trip that will emphasize the Jewish background and importance to the Catholic faith. We will have many talks and discussions about Israel, the Jews, the Messiah and the Catholic Church.

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The Priest, the Protestant & the Horse Races

February 21, 2008

This is a clever little joke passed to me from a good Franciscan priest friend  of mine here in Jerusalem. Catholics need good jokes and this is one we can add to our collection. One day while he was at the track playing the ponies and all but losing his shirt, Mitch, a Protestant noticed […]

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Loaves & Fishes: the Miracle that Never Happened?

February 20, 2008

Jesus didn’t really do a miracle, right? He just taught everyone to care and share, right? You’ve heard that homily, right? The people had all brought picnic baskets which they kept hidden up under their robes. Jesus convinced them all to pull out their picnic baskets to share with everyone else. The REAL miracle was […]

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Luther believed in the Heresy of Soul Sleep after Death

February 19, 2008

In one of his arguements against Purgatory and Prayer for the dead and prayer to the Saints, Luther rejected an estalished doctrine of the Church concerning life after death. He adopted what the Seventh Day Adventists believe today — after death we are not conscious but are in a dreamless sleep until the final resurrection.  Most […]

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What Did God Make?

February 18, 2008

This puzzle was written by a lady in California in 1890 in response to a gentlemen in Philadelphia, who said that he would pay $1,000 to anyone who could write a puzzle that he could not solve. He failed to do so, and paid the lady $1,000 (a great sum at that time). The answer […]

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Fr. Monette Pilgrimage Led by Steve & Janet

February 16, 2008

I've moved all the Virtual Videos & Comments to my Pilgrimage website. To see all the videos, click here First group arrived on British Air with their fearless leader Fr. Michael Monette. They are now napping comfortably at the Sheraton in Tiberias. Janet and I picked them up at 5:30 AM. We are now on […]

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Here We Are – Stuck in 40 Days of Lent!

February 16, 2008

Forty is no insiginficant number in the Bible! That is why we have the liturgical season of Lent for forty days which begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter. Lent is the primary penitential season in the Church’s liturgical year, reflecting the forty days Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer ( […]

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Head of One James; Body of Another

February 15, 2008

There are always new things to discover in Jerusalem, even after fifty times. Today I visited the darkened Armenian Cathedral of St. James not too far from the Western Wall where the Temple used to stand. It is only open one hour in the afternoon and there was a divine liturgy in progress. I made friends […]

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What Do You See?

February 15, 2008

Stare at the four veriticle black dots in the middle of the image for 30 seconds and then look at a white wall and start blinking your eyes.  What do you see?

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The Great Luther Quote Debate

February 14, 2008

Several months ago I was accused of using a quote from Luther out of context and for shock value. It was stated that I, and many other modern Catholic apologists who used this particular Luther quote, did not do our homework. There was a assumption that Catholics can't and don't do serious research on these matters. […]

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Just Landed

February 12, 2008

Very uneventful flights from Detroit to Amsterdam and from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv. Good to be home again! We are excited to greet our group on Saturday and take them north to Galilee. But first we have places to explore and need to practice making videos for you all with my new Macbook Pro laptop. […]

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Steve on Relevant Radio

February 12, 2008

Steve will join Chuck Neff to promote Relevant Radio during the fund drive. The interview will be between 1:30-2:00 Eastern time. To learn more or to contribute, click here at www.relevantradio.com.

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Miracle Baby & Miserable Flights

February 11, 2008

Over the weekend I flew out to Wichita Kansas to speak at a conference to support KAHS Catholic Radio. Dr. Marcelino d'Abrosio was also there. I spoke three times and it was a great group of fired up folks. The plane flight there and back was a nightmare. From Detroit to Memphis was fine, but […]

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Holy Land Pilgrimage with Steve Ray, Teresa Tomeo & Immaculee Ilibagiza!!

February 8, 2008

From April 1- 10, 2008 Teresa Tomeo (Catholic Connections Radio Show) and I will lead pilgrims to the Holy Land. We have a special host going with us — Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of the New York Times best-seller "Left to Tell." Immaculee is a world-renowned writer, international speaker and Catholic survivor of the genecide in Rwanda. She […]

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