September 2017

Yom Kippor in Israel which made an interesting day for us.

Started with Mass at Gethsemane (homily here) and visiting Mount of Olives and Mount Zion and free time in Jerusalem.

Al Kresta told his life story then ended the day in Bethlehem with two whole roasted lambs with flowing wine and Good dancing.

the 2nd movie belie is dinner and dancing in Bethlehem.

Dinner and dancing in Bethlehem.

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By Canon Lawyer, Dr. Ed Peters:

(Note: I am giving this one shot. If it sways some adherents of the ‘Francis-was-never-pope’ group, great; but if it only reassures observers who, regardless of what they think about how Francis is governing, are disquieted by the suggestion that his papacy itself is a chimera, that satisfies me as well.)

20130313nw543_0Two small but persistent arguments attack the very foundation of Francis’ papacy: first, Benedict XVI’s resignation was invalid (take your pick as to reasons why, but mostly because of pressure allegedly brought on Benedict, as supposedly evidenced by his resignation wording), so there was no vacant Holy See to fill, and so a conclave could not elect a pope; or, second, various irregularities were committed before or during the conclave itself, so the election of Francis was invalid.

Both sets of arguments are offered in inexcusable ignorance ofCanon 10 (which sets a high standard indeed for declaring any kind of ecclesiastical acts invalid, etc.), but the arguments alleging the invalidity of Benedict’s resignation are so vacuous that no time will be spent refuting them here. On the other hand, some (okay, basically one) of the claims that irregularities allegedly committed in the conclave itself resulted in an invalid election do have a modicum of plausibility and deserve at least a brief hearing. So here goes.

For the whole article, click HERE.

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I have always wanted to show Al Kresta the Holy Land a what a joy to make that dream a reality. One hundred pilgrims moving like a well-oiled machine – GREAT GROUP! Today was all day in Bethlehem and what a great day it was. Falafel or shawarma for lunch.

Our Mass was in the cave where the shepherds were staying with their sheep on the first Christmas Eve. You can see/hear Fr. Steve Mattson’s riveting homily here. Enjoy!

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Eternal Security: Is Baptist Pastor Charles Stanley Right?

September 29, 2017

ETERNAL SECURITY (Once Saved-Always Saved): Analyzing a Sermon by Baptist Pastor, Charles Stanley By Steve Ray Hello Protestant Friend: Even though I have watched his show off and on over the months, I had no intention of watching Charles Stanley on television last night. It was just that I was tired after getting home and […]

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Galilee Boat Ride, Healing Mass at Capernaum, 4 Talks by Steve, Visitation and Jerusalem

September 28, 2017

Great day – enjoy! Homily and anointing of Nick Thomm for healing here.

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Mass at Beatitudes, Understanding “You Are Peter”, Syrian Border and more

September 27, 2017

Another great day! Started out with Mass at Mount of Beatitudes (excellent homily HERE) and then drove to the very northern tip of Israel along the Lebonese and Syrian borders. I gave by talk “Peter, the Rock and the Keys”. This is where Jesus appointed Peter to be the rock and the foundation of the […]

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Great Experiences and Learning at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

September 26, 2017

A wonderful first full day starting with Mass  at the top of the Mount of Transfiguration  which is 1900 feet high. You can hear and see the excellent homily here. From there we renewed our wedding vows in Cana of Galilee. And authentic lunch in Nazareth with lamb and chicken and all the local salads […]

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Al Kresta and 100 Pilgrims Arrive in the Holy Land

September 25, 2017

<img class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1595804″ src=”https://www.catholicconvert.com/wp-content/uploads/88C7760D-3913-4563-ACE8-57643B1AE8AA-300×252.jpeg” alt=”88C7760D-3913-4563-ACE8-57643B1AE8AA” width=”300″ height=”252″ /> We are very excited, Janet and I, to welcome the Ave Maria Radio Group and lots of their friends to the Holy Land. Ever since I first came to Israel it has been my dream to bring Al and Sally Kresta with me. Today is a […]

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Is Pope Francis Teaching Heresy? 66+ Scholars and Bishops Say “Yes”

September 25, 2017

I am not expressing any opinion here. I am just posting three of the many articles about a Papal Correction which is taking the Catholic world by storm. Because Pope Francis is refusing to explain his teachings there is a justified response and request for clarification or correction. Read and consider this historical situation and […]

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Verbum for FREE

September 25, 2017

LIf you’ve followed my blog for long you know I love the planet’s best and only Catholic and Bible Software called VERBUM. I have been using this since 1990 and it is loaded on my desktop, laptop and iPhone all the time. I live on this program. I’ve used it to write all my books, […]

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Arabic Mass in Jerusalem with Local Palestinians – only 2 minutes

September 24, 2017

Today Janet and I went to Mass Here in Jerusalem a day before our group arrives. Always moving to share the Liturgy with the local Christians in the in the Middle East.

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Dear Fr. James Martin: LGBT Activists Aren’t ‘Marginalized.’ Moms Are.

September 23, 2017

Excellent article showing who is REALLY marginalized in American society. CARLY HOILMAN ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 Earlier this month, the New York Times published an article on Jesuit Father James Martin titled, “Jesuit Priest Stands Up for Gay Catholics, Then Faces Backlash.” In the piece, author David Gonzalez, a former board member of Martin’s America […]

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Why Are We Catholic?

September 22, 2017

This excellent little summary was prepared by the Faith Formation ministry in Escanaba Michigan and sent to me by Mike Cousineau. Enjoy and be challenged and edified. Sent it to a friend who needs to read it. 1.  St. Cyprian of Carthage, martyr & Bishop, wrote in 249 AD, “He who would have God as […]

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Understanding St. Matthew and his Gospel on his Feast Day Today

September 21, 2017

Since it is the Feast Day of St. Matthew, let’s learn a lot about him. Matthew: Understanding the Tax Collector and his Gospel By Steve Ray If looks could kill, he’d be dead. The Jews glared at Levi as he counted his coins. Tax collectors in Israel had great wealth and were considered renegades and […]

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Loved Trump’s UN Speech; Breath of Fresh Air

September 20, 2017

Loved his speech. Funny comment by Venezuelan president after Trump hit him and his socialism smack between the eyes. He meant it as a insult and slam but it was actually a high compliment. He said,  “What is this? Ronald Reagan back again?” https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse/videos/1433841946703534/ Or here (CNN must hate this YouTube that they had to […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: Martin Luther & the “Reformation”

September 20, 2017

Martin Luther and the Protestant “Reformation” – or rather, “the Deformation”  Just back from a trip to Martin Luther sites in Germany, Steve Ray discusses the man, his ideas, and his effect on the Church. (PICTURE: Steve posting “500 Reasons to Be Catholic” on the Wittenberg Door in Wittenberg Germany. To watch the 2-minute video […]

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