May 30: Blessed Carlo Liviero

May 30, 2008

Blessed Carlo Liviero, 1866 – 1932 Read the rest of this entry »

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Pope Peter?

May 29, 2008


Q. If Jesus made Peter the Pope or head of the Church on Earth, Peter didn’t seem to know a thing about it. Why would he, in I Peter 5:1, call himself a fellow elder putting himself on the same level of authority as others if he knew he was the POPE?

A. The use of a fraternal term identifying himself with others in a similar office is nothing other than humble courtesy. For instance, when a president or king addresses the populace with, “My fellow citizens…” it is an appeal to unity with them not an admission that he does not know he is the president or king.

In addition to this, the Pope is the Bishop of Rome. In one way this is the same as the bishop of any other diocese in the world. However, the Bishop of Rome has, since the time of Peter, been acknowledged as the seat of the government of the Catholic Church. The Bishop of Rome as the Pope is the highest authority in the Church on Earth as the vicar or prime minister of Christ.

One additional point to be made here is that, Peter certainly did seem to know he had authority over the Church because in the following verses (I Peter 5:2-4) he goes on to instruct his fellow priests and bishops in how to carry out their ministry.


Why Have The Palestinians Been Abandoned By Their Neighbors That Declared War On Israel?

May 29, 2008

That is a question that I have asked for years, and is addressed here:

“The Palestinians are in the refugee camps because the Arab nations want them in refugee camps in order to perpetuate political hatred against Israel”

I have said this for years. To absorb the populations of these camps would have taken the Arab countries that invaded little… It isn’t like they provide social services for their own people… what is a few more?

A little secret that Israelis have learned is that you can grow things in the dessert if you use resources for desalinization, irrigation, and educate people for developing strains of plants and fertilizers. The dessert sun that bakes the Rub’ al Khali (Arabic: الربع الخا) “Empty quarter” of Saudi Arabia (which imports foreign workers like MAD – why not Palestinians?) could have been covered with 100 sq miles of solar cells. They have the oil money to spend on it!

Did they? Why not?

 Does Saudi Arabia build Mosques and fund missionary efforts? Read the rest of this entry »


CTA: Slavery and the Catholic Church

May 29, 2008

Slavery and the Catholic Church


For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded, slaves to various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another. But when the kindness and generous love of God our Savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of His mercy, He saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…
Titus 3:3-5


Once again the Catholic Church is being accused of another grave scandal. Some people claim that the Church before 1890 was either silent or approved of slavery. It is claimed that no Pope condemned slavery until then. According to one modern theologian: “…one can search in vain through the interventions of the Holy See – those of Pius V, Urban VIII and Benedict XIV – for any condemnation of the actual principle of slavery.” [Panzer, p. 2] Other people further claim that the Church changed Her teaching on slavery, so the Church can change Her teachings on other issues too. A recent book, entitled The Popes and Slavery written by Fr. Joel S. Panzer (Alba House, 1996), shows that the Popes did condemn racial slavery as early as 1435. Most of the information below is found in this book.

The issue and history of slavery are quite complex. Throughout history, the Church found Herself among cultures practicing slavery and had to deal with it. An early example is St. Paul’s Epistle to Philemon. St. Paul appears to tolerate slavery, but he also warned slave masters that they too Read the rest of this entry »


The Daily Maronite

May 29, 2008

 

 


May 29: Saint Orsola Ledóchowska

May 29, 2008

Saint Orsola Ledóchowska, 1865 – 1939 Read the rest of this entry »


The Daily Maronite: My Nephews & Niece

May 28, 2008

My Nephews & Niece

 


That was yesterday.