October 2019

Soshestvie-vo-adWe had a great time on Wednesday discussing Old Testament saints. Where were they before Christ died and rose, did Mary have OT heroes, are Adam and Eve saints and much more. I hope you enjoy this podcast.

Click HERE to listen to the show. https://www.catholic.com/audio/cal/old-testament-saints#.Xb6zVgBoWJU.mailto

“The patriarchs, prophets, and certain other Old Testament figures have been and always will be honored as saints in all the Church’s liturgical traditions.” CCC 61

Questions Covered:

  • 16:11 – Are there people from thousands of years ago who didn’t know God who went to heaven?
  • 20:54 – How can someone (like Adam or Eve) become a saint without knowing Christ?
  • 23:34 – Do you consider Solomon to be a saint? Why or why not?
  • 31:08 – Why don’t we speak more about saints like Lazarus?
  • 34:54 – What sort of hope did the Old Testament saints have? Did they hope for heaven?
  • 37:22 – How did women enter the old covenant when the men were entered in by circumcision?
  • 44:18 – Where is it in the Bible that Lucifer thought he was the chosen one, but that Jesus was sent in his stead?
  • 46:15 – Is Eve considered to be a saint?
  • 48:53 – Were the people in Abraham’s day considered to be cavemen, or were cavemen before Abraham?
  • 51:05 – You used to be Baptist and lived a Christian life and believed you were saved. Now that you’re Catholic, do you still believe that?

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Former Vice President Joe Biden was denied communion at a Catholic Church in South Carolina Sunday because of his staunch position in favor of  abortion.

UPDATE: Another good article with more background, theology and Canon Law:

Joe Biden, Fr. James Martin, and Denying Communion to Pro-Choice Politicians

(Steve Ray here: If you approve of Fr. Morey’s actions send him an e-mail (UPDATE: E-mail is no longer functional) to compliment him on his proper and needed action with the Vice President. You can thank his bishop by writing to the diocesan vicar Rev. Babick to support Fr. Morey.)

Biden, who earlier this year reversed course on his long-held stance in favor of the Hyde Amendment, was attending a worship service at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina, when he attempted to receive the sacrament. The former vice president, however, was rebuffed by the church’s pastor, Father Robert E. Morey, because of his support for abortion.

“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey told the Florence Morning News on Monday. “Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that.”

The pastor’s act comes as Biden, who identifies as a Catholic and has claimed to be personally opposed to abortion, has shifted his position on the practice to line up with the mainstream of the Democrat Party, under whose banner he hopes to be elected president next year.

In June, the former vice president set off a firestorm on the left by reaffirming his commitment to the Hyde Amendment, a federal rule banning tax dollars from being used for abortion except in cases of maternal health or if the pregnancy arose because of rape or incest.

Although Biden had voted for the rule continuously over the span of his 40-year political career, his public acknowledgment of such support drew the ire of pro-choice groups and activists. Some, like NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue, even claimed Biden’s support for the Hyde Amendement translated “into discrimination against poor women and women of color plain and simple.”

In the wake of such criticism, the 76-year-old Biden attempted to appease his detractors by saying he would only continue supporting the rule unless women were in a position to lose access to abortion. That waffle, though, did nothing to allay concerns from pro-choice activists, with many echoing Planned Parenthood by claiming continued support for the rule was “harmful” to women. After such denunciation and pressure from the likes of Hollywood starlet Alyssa Milano, Biden eventually acquiesced, expressing that “times had changed.”

While the shift may have worked in salving the ire of progressives, it only served to underscore the divergence between Biden and ecclesiastic officers, like Morey. On Monday, the priest asserted his decision to deny the former vice president communion was not personal, but stemmed from his responsibilities to the church and its teachings on life and conception.

“Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching,” Morey told the Morning News. “I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”

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Free Webinar: Keeping Faith in a Hostile World

by Steve Ray on October 27, 2019

Keeping Faith In A Hostile World – Living as Catholics in a Non-Christian World

Join Teresa Tomeo with guests Steve Ray and Al Kresta

Free Webcast!  Wednesday, October 30th11am-Noon ET

The culture has grown hostile to our faith, bombarding us with contradictory messages. With scandals and confusion even seeping into the Catholic Church, it can be hard to stay calm and focused on the faith. Join Teresa Tomeo with her special guests.

Author, speaker, noted apologist and talk show host Al Kresta, as well as Catholic convert, author, speaker, and pilgrimage guide Steve Ray, will join her to help you navigate through all the noise in his hostile world.

They will also take a look at the recent Amazonian Synod and find out what’s real, what’s fake news and how the discussions impact every day life for Catholics. There will also be time allowed for Q&A.

Register Now!

Registering will give you the option to watch live or the recorded version!

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Steve’s Latest Appearance on Catholic Answers Live

October 25, 2019

On Wednesday I was on Catholic Answers Live with the topic of “Giving Yourself to God.” It was a fun show with good questions. We started out with my first understanding of this as a 17 year old rebel in the early 70’s. It changed my life forever. We answered questions such as: 1) How […]

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My Talk on Pope Francis is now available

October 24, 2019

A few weeks ago I gave a controversial talk entitled “How Does a John Paul 2 Catholic Survive in a Pope Francis World.” The talk was given to a 6-state gathering of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre with a number of bishops in the audience. Al Kresta spoke first with the same topic […]

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Michael Hager’s Conversion Story

October 23, 2019

Here is a conversion story you will probably both enjoy. You can also visit Michael’s apologetics website at TheBibleCatholic.com. His whole conversion story is here. The Beginning: I was born to, and raised in, a protestant family. My mother was a Southern Baptist, my father a Presbyterian. We mostly attended the Presbyterian Church, but I suspect […]

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Pagan Idols into the Tiber River: It Wasn’t a Stunt

October 22, 2019

Whatever that was, it wasn’t a ‘stunt’ By Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer October 22, 2019 A few days ago men removed some female figurines (centerpieces for several weird ceremonies in Rome the last few weeks) from a church and tossed them into the Tiber River. Vatican spokesman Paolo Ruffini dismissed the act as a “stunt”. […]

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Did the Church Ever Support Slavery?

October 20, 2019

By Steve Weidenkopf   September 18, 2017 Many years ago I attended a conference organized by a national Catholic organization on the topics of marriage and human sexuality. One of the speakers was a professor from Creighton University who, in the middle of his talk on contraception, launched into a long tangent about how the Church had […]

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Was He Ready to Die?

October 19, 2019

It was just a normal morning — alarm clock, shower, espresso, dress and a saunter down the sidewalk to work. For Paul, it was another day with a whole lifetime ahead of him. But today was different. Someone else got up this morning too. They had their coffee dressed and jumped in the car. They […]

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Etiquette at Mass: Reasonable Do’s and Don’ts for Polite and Proper Worship

October 18, 2019

20 Things TO DO And NOT DO at Mass. These are not rules that will get you banished from the Church, but things that are mostly common sense — polite conduct to enhance our worship and that of those around us. 1. Fast before Mass. It is required that one fasts for at least 1 […]

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Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Camels & Farewells

October 18, 2019

The final day of our pilgrimage, a trip which has gone wonderfully smooth, spiritually, organized and fun. But today is our Optional Day where we mainly do fun things and go down into the Jordan Valley. Floating in the Dead Sea and camel riding is alwa…

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Stunningly Beautiful and Well-shot Nature Commercial – “What a Wonderful World”

October 17, 2019

This is eye-candy with some of the finest nature shots with animals and scenery. Published as a promo to a new series on the earth, David Attenborough did a fine job of showing the magnificence of God’s creation. What a Wonderful World. Enjoy!

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Church of Agony, Grotto of Our Lord’s Arrest, Tomb of Mary and more

October 16, 2019

We started the day with Mass at the Church of Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Near the Garden of Gethsemane is the cave where Jesus and his disciples were spending the night when Judas came and betrayed him. Nearby is the Church of the Tomb of Mary, are also called the Church of the […]

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In the 1850’s – “Pro-slavery” or “Pro-Choice”?

October 16, 2019

“Many in the 1850’s also considered themselves “pro-choice” rather than “pro-slavery”. History repeats itself…”  (Obianuju Ekeocha  Twitter@obianuju) In other words, I am personally against slavery, but I think people (or the states) should have the freedom to choose.

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Via Dolorosa and Calvary, Mount of Olives and Zion; Rain!

October 15, 2019

An early start doing the Via Dolorosa and Mass at Calvary. Up the Mount of concluding with my talk “The Story of Salvation from Adam and Eve until Today”. Mount Zion and lots of rain which is very unusual. Watch for part two of today which was dinner and dancing in Bethlehem. Enjoy!

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Dinner & Dancing in Bethlehem

October 15, 2019

Great evening eating a whole lamb and dancing local Danika dancing with young Christians.

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