Posts by franky1

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  • Corralling the Catholic vote: Political necessity or pipe dream?

    06/07/2008 7:17:44 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    franky1 to NYer

    I am Catholic and the only thing I look at is that the candidate be pro-life. All others not apply!

  • Eddy Arnold dies at 89

    05/15/2008 11:05:04 AM PDT · 23 of 23
    franky1 to lunarbicep

    As I sit here listening to Eddy sing “Release Me”, he has his wish with Sally.

    One of God’s Pleasures for the human race! Eddy!

    www.eddyarnold.com

  • Eddy Arnold Dies

    05/15/2008 10:59:51 AM PDT · 23 of 23
    franky1 to indylindy

    Well, I am actually a great grandfther and as I sit here posting, I am listening to Eddy sing.

    One of God’s Pleasures for the human race! Eddy!

  • Prayer Needed!

    05/08/2008 7:20:05 PM PDT · 1 of 46
    franky1
  • PRAYER REQUEST FOR MRS. DON-O

    05/06/2008 6:28:28 AM PDT · 82 of 349
    franky1 to don-o

    Thr Lord be with her in His Mercy. His Will be done!

  • Prayer Request friend diagnosed with Renal cell carcinoma

    04/29/2008 11:40:23 AM PDT · 30 of 55
    franky1 to infool7

    The Lord be with him.

  • What old-guard feminists get wrong about Catholics

    04/28/2008 12:13:21 PM PDT · 176 of 219
    franky1 to TraditionalistMommy
    “Persona Christi Capitis
    Person of Christ the Head”
    Pope John Paul II

    “Only by having a deep knowledge of the Person and work of Jesus Christ is the priest able to understand his own identity. John Paul says, “the priest finds the full truth of his identity in being a derivation, a specific participation in and continuation of Christ himself, the one high priest of the new and eternal covenant. The priest is a living and transparent image of Christ the priest…”

    “…A priest is set between God and man. Now he needs someone between himself and God, who of himself cannot approach to God; and such a one is subject to the priesthood by sharing in the effect thereof. But this cannot be said of Christ; for the Apostle says (Heb. vii. 25): Coming of Himself to God, always living to make intercession for us…And therefore it is not fitting for Christ to be the recipient of the effect of His priesthood, but rather to communicate it to others. For the influence of the first agent in every genus is such that it receives nothing in that genus: thus the sun gives but does not receive light…Now Christ is the fountain-head of the entire priesthood: for the priest of the Old Law was a figure of Him; while the priest of the New Law works in his person, according to 2 Cor. ii. 10: For what I have pardoned, if I have pardoned anything, for your sakes have I done in the person of Christ.”

    And as Father Levis concludes:

    “In conclusion the following written by Fr. Robert J. Levis, of Erie, PA on 09-10-2003:

    Celibacy will remain a characteristic of the Western Priesthood for the following reasons: 1. The priest is considered a groom, like Christ the Groom, married to the whole Church. This is an ancient patriarchal notion and a good one. This Christian union is monogamous, one husband with one wife. The priest's wife is his people whom he serves without counting the effort.

    2. The vocation of the priest is to stand in the person of Christ who was celibacy throughout his whole life.

    3. The primary purpose of marriage is the rearing and training of children, an enormous task. An essential duty of the priest is to administer the Sacraments most especially the Holy Eucharist, a most solemn duty which requires a detached life, much solitary prayer, and training for homiletic work.

    4. The priest is considered the “sexless one”, the man to whom all, men and women, may come in complete freedom and openness with their counseling problems. Any woman can see the priest who is not some woman's husband, which is a freedom for her and an advantage for the independent priest.

    5. Imagine the costs of providing for a priest and his non-conceptive family, a real practical consideration in these times. God bless.

    —Fr. Bob Levis”

    If you have a family, how many collections would you need to put food in the table and gas in your vehicle?

  • Prayer Needed!

    04/28/2008 11:31:58 AM PDT · 1 of 37
    franky1
  • No wonder NY State dropped abstinence education..

    03/12/2008 12:21:37 PM PDT · 4 of 4
    franky1 to UFC Pride K1

    And the new governor just wants 1 billion $ for his stem cell research

  • Prayer Request - Advice Needed

    02/17/2008 8:55:41 PM PST · 39 of 47
    franky1 to BlessedBeTheName

    The Lord be with him and your whole family. As He said “Do not affraid.”

  • How the Religious Right lost its ‘Religion’, lost its way and went wrong

    02/17/2008 4:48:03 PM PST · 34 of 38
    franky1 to Dogbert41

    <<<”We call good, good, and evil evil. They call evil good, and good evil.”>>>

    Reminds me of the liberals’ rationalization for sin. “It isn’t sin it’s psychological”. Let’s talk it over for 10 years where simple confession immediately relieves you of the sin and guilt.

  • EWTN TV and radio host (convert from Judaism) announces formation of new religious community

    02/15/2008 10:45:35 AM PST · 4 of 14
    franky1 to NYer

    The Lord be with her.

  • Apocalyptic Fooferah

    02/14/2008 6:41:34 PM PST · 13 of 26
    franky1 to NYer

    Mark 13:32

    “about that day or that hour no one except the Father knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son,”

  • Obama Advisor is Well Known Dissenting Catholic

    12/13/2007 10:57:53 AM PST · 4 of 29
    franky1 to NYer

    “Ganz is a nationally known expert in political organizing. In 2004 he was an adviser to Howard Dean — Ganz now advises Democratic presidential candidate, Barak Obama.”

    Evidently Ganz has not been on winning teams. So much for “experts”

  • Attempted ordinations to the priesthood

    11/10/2007 11:07:02 AM PST · 8 of 8
    franky1 to ArrogantBustard

    Blessed be God forever!

  • Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926–2007): An Appreciation (by George Weigel)

    08/06/2007 12:29:59 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    franky1 to NYer

    The Lord be with him.

  • Rest In Peace, MaryAnn

    08/05/2007 5:43:52 PM PDT · 22 of 31
    franky1 to onedoug

    The Lord be with her.

  • A spiritual calling (new recruits pursue priesthood)

    08/05/2007 5:28:43 PM PDT · 5 of 7
    franky1 to Salvation

    Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of these faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your Love. Send forth Your Truth and they will be ordained.

  • PRAYERS NEEDED FOR BROTHER DAVE AND SISTER MABEL

    08/05/2007 12:39:07 PM PDT · 9 of 40
    franky1 to alpha-8-25-02

    The Lord be with them.

  • Oregon's First Female Priest?

    08/02/2007 5:38:02 PM PDT · 30 of 36
    franky1 to NYer

    <<<”The debate within the Church is whether the ban on women priests is human law or divine”>>>>

    This writer is screwy!

  • Scripture Is Tradition

    07/31/2007 5:13:12 PM PDT · 16 of 24
    franky1 to Titanites

    “He hosts the popular television program “Life On the Rock” (EWTN).”

    Fr. Francis Mary Stone emcees “Life on the Rock”

  • Mary Speaks to Karim and A Visit to the Plastic Surgeon

    07/31/2007 8:21:27 AM PDT · 4 of 15
    franky1 to NYer

    The Lord be with him.

  • The Divide between Catholics and Evangelicals

    07/30/2007 4:53:11 PM PDT · 107 of 416
    franky1 to Cletus.D.Yokel

    Luther during his time was probably more Catholic than several of today’s bishops and their diocese. He was faithful to the Blessed Mother and Bible. It was some guys in England who set him in the wrong direction.

  • The Divide between Catholics and Evangelicals

    07/30/2007 4:36:58 PM PDT · 106 of 416
    franky1 to FreedomFromGov

    I’ve researched Catholicism for 75 years and still receive His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation. I’ve even taken a few non Catholic neighbors whose Protestant Churches are closed for vacation during the summer.

  • The Divide between Catholics and Evangelicals

    07/30/2007 4:36:50 PM PDT · 105 of 416
    franky1 to FreedomFromGov

    I’ve researched Catholicism for 75 years and still receive His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation. I’ve even taken a few non Catholic neighbors whose Protestant Churches are closed for vacation during the summer.

  • 12 Reasons I Joined the Catholic Church

    07/29/2007 6:22:29 PM PDT · 36 of 121
    franky1 to CatholicTim

    God Bless

    “....Catholics don’t know what they have....”

    The foregoing statement is particularly true in respect and adoration at Mass. Every Church should have a “Code of Dress while attending Mass” posted on the entrance doors of the Church. If I were a potential convert I would be taken back by how the parishioner’s dressed and their participation in the Mass.

    My wife and I went this AM to Mass and a half block in front of us a couple were walking hand in hand up the steps of the Church. This was not a couple of kids and to say the least the female was put together especially with her skirt somewhere between her knees and hip bone.

    When we entered the Church a few rows in front of us were the two sitting as if they were in the balcony of a movie with her under his arm rap.

    We quickly moved to the other side of the Church and sat behind the gym shorts’ crowd.

  • A Brief Catechism for Adults - Lesson 12: Purgatory

    07/29/2007 7:12:58 AM PDT · 73 of 82
    franky1 to tbpiper

    The Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman, JHCN. (February 21, 1801 – August 11, 1890.

    Just about every university at one time had a “Newman Center” for its Catholic students. Many have one today and it’s the connection between what is Godly on campus and what is secular.

  • A Brief Catechism for Adults - Lesson 12: Purgatory

    07/28/2007 4:21:47 PM PDT · 67 of 82
    franky1 to doc1019

    According to our Lord and scripture Hell exists:

    “5:29. And if thy right eye scandalize thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee. For it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than thy whole body be cast into hell.

    5:22. But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

  • A Brief Catechism for Adults - Lesson 12: Purgatory

    07/28/2007 4:16:30 PM PDT · 66 of 82
    franky1 to doc1019

    Matthew 5:25-26

    “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.”

    “prison” = purgatory

    “thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” = purgation of debt (sin)

  • A Brief Catechism for Adults - Lesson 12: Purgatory

    07/27/2007 7:59:23 PM PDT · 30 of 82
    franky1 to tbpiper

    Re: Purgatory

    Look at 1 Corinthians 3:14–15: “If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”

    You see, the Latinate word purgatory means a purgation or burning by fire. Paul in these verses refers to a purgation process whereby a man is saved even though his works are burned away. This is precisely what the Catholic Church teaches. A person at death who still has personal faults is prevented from entering into heaven because he is not completely purified. He must go through a period of purgation in order to be made clean, for nothing unclean will enter heaven (cf. Rev. 21:27).

    A key word is “faults”. A fault can be as small as saying an unkind word about your neighbor to another even though the “unkind word” is true.

    Moses is an example when he met God. Moses could not look upon God for all the brillance, brillance being perfection.

    God bless.

  • A Brief Catechism for Adults - Lesson 12: Purgatory

    07/27/2007 4:31:54 PM PDT · 10 of 82
    franky1 to tbpiper

    Only the perfect go straight to heaven. Therefore hope you will be perfect at the appointed time.

  • Women Anointed Catholic Deacons, Priest in Santa Barbara CA

    07/27/2007 12:33:31 PM PDT · 27 of 111
    franky1 to NYer

    For the conversion of sinners.

  • The Coming Crisis in (Catholic) Episcopal Demographics

    07/25/2007 11:10:54 AM PDT · 21 of 22
    franky1 to NYer

    Two eho would make good Bishops:

    Father Charles P. Connor, the Historian of the Diocese of Scranton, received his early education in Saint Rose School, Carbondale, Penna. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he also received his Master’s Degree in United States History. In 1979, he received his PH.D, in United States History from Fordham University, New York City.

    http://www.stpeterscathedral.org/

    Monsignor Stuart W. Swetland, S.T.D, Anapolis grad, pilot, Mt. St Mary’s, MD

    http://www.msmary.edu/page1.aspx?id=4177

  • JAY LENO’S OBSESSION (with the Catholic Church)

    07/25/2007 10:33:29 AM PDT · 27 of 50
    franky1 to NYer

    Consider the statistics: In accordance with a requirement of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, in 2002 the Department of Education carried out a study of sexual abuse in the school system.

    Hofstra University researcher Charol Shakeshaft looked into the problem, and the first thing that came to her mind when Education Week reported on the study were the daily headlines about the Catholic Church.

    “[T]hink the Catholic Church has a problem?” she said. “The physical sexual abuse of students in [public] schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”

    So, in order to better protect children, did media outlets start hounding the worse menace of the school systems, with headlines about a “Nationwide Teacher Molestation Cover-up” and by asking “Are Ed Schools Producing Pedophiles?”

    No, they didn’t. That treatment was reserved for the Catholic Church, while the greater problem in the schools was ignored altogether.

    As the National Catholic Register’s reporter Wayne Laugesen points out, the federal report said 422,000 California public-school students would be victims before graduation — a number that dwarfs the state’s entire Catholic-school enrollment of 143,000.

    Yet, during the first half of 2002, the 61 largest newspapers in California ran nearly 2,000 stories about sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, mostly concerning past allegations. During the same period, those newspapers ran four stories about the federal government’s discovery of the much larger — and ongoing — abuse scandal in public schools.

    A writer for The New York Times lurked online at pedophile chat rooms, and reported this summer about the chilling way pedophiles convince themselves that children want to have sex with them and insinuate themselves into the lives of children.

    The Times’ Kurt Eichenwald explained that pedophiles often discuss their personal lives. They come from all walks of life, but they like to speak about how close their jobs take them to children. “The most frequent job mentioned, however, was schoolteacher,” he wrote. “A number of self-described teachers shared detailed observations about children in their classes, including events they considered sexual, like a second-grade boy holding his crotch during class.”

    The media have left many with the impression that sexual abuse is a Catholic problem — as if Catholic beliefs and customs make sex abuse inevitable. Church teaching for its part is clear: Sexual abuse of minors is always wrong. A more likely culprit would be a non-religious ambivalence about the pedophilia, as seen, for instance, in the media’s refusal to broaden its scope to include teachers when considering the issue.

    In 1992, the National Victim Center estimated that 29 percent of all forcible rapes in America were against children under age 11. More than a decade later, an estimated 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys are victims of unwanted sexual acts.

    The 2002 Department of Education report estimated that from 6 percent to 10 percent of all students in public schools would be victims of abuse before graduation — a staggering statistic.

    Yet, outside the Catholic Church, the reaction is increasingly accommodation instead of outrage.

    The April 17, 2002, issue of USA Today featured an article titled “Sex Between Adults and Children” — a euphemistic way of referring to child molestation. Under the headline was a ballot-like box suggesting possible opinions one might hold on the subject: “always harmful, usually harmful, sometimes harmful, rarely harmful.” The newspaper’s answer: “Child’s age and maturity make for gray areas.”

  • 2nd Appointment with Dermatologist

    07/25/2007 8:53:14 AM PDT · 3 of 5
    franky1 to NYer

    Prayer for Healing Karim.

    O God who is the only source of health and healing, the spirit of calm and the central peace of this universe, grant to Karim such a consciousness of your indwelling and surrounding presence that he may permit you to give him health and strength and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Catholic Religious Education Textbooks (Vanity)

    07/23/2007 2:22:34 PM PDT · 7 of 13
    franky1 to NYer

    I taught Confirmation many, many moons ago. If I were to do it today I would have a heavy emphasis on the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is probably the least recognized, thought of, prayed to and taught in the Church. And your lessons will come easier as He will be with you in planning and teaching in every class.

    Good luck.

  • Conversion Story - Tom Hunt

    07/23/2007 2:13:03 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    franky1 to NYer

    There go I except for the Grace of God. God Blessed us in our Catholicism and Americanism

  • Children play at Masses, but not in way you think

    07/22/2007 7:01:17 AM PDT · 7 of 8
    franky1 to baa39

    Yes as the evil one lives on confusion.

  • Potter may help the devil: Mexican priest

    07/21/2007 5:30:33 PM PDT · 18 of 141
    franky1 to NYer

    Last nights TV news showed big lines of adults getting books. They had been standing for hours.

  • Karim's Second Doctor Appointment

    07/20/2007 9:12:11 AM PDT · 5 of 11
    franky1 to NYer

    Our Lord be with him.

  • Karim's First Day in America (Prayers before statue of the Blessed Mother)

    07/18/2007 6:19:55 AM PDT · 3 of 8
    franky1 to NYer

    The Lord be with Karim and his family

  • The Two Columns In The Sea

    07/17/2007 1:00:22 PM PDT · 9 of 13
    franky1 to Cap'n Crunch

    How true.

    I believe the Holy Father has mentioned a sort of re-trenching for the Church. I think his changing of the Mass is one of the steps. How many people will be lost or gained might be the end results? How many new priests and religious?

    The Church could be at war with secularism even to a greater extent than now. What beholds the Church only or Lord knows.

    The Holy Father is preparing the Church for this war. Pray to the Lord that there be less tribulation in the near future within and without the Church. Pray for our young people.

  • The Neo-Blanshardites vs. the Evangelicals

    07/17/2007 12:44:48 PM PDT · 55 of 91
    franky1 to wideawake
    <<<”The more prayerful the Catholic, the less likely he is to describe Bible-only Christians that way.”>>>

    I totally agree. The sin of pride is always in one’s attitude to another. I include all in my prayers.

    I’ll take a wager that there will be many, many non Catholics waitng for many Catholics at Heavens’ door.

  • The Neo-Blanshardites vs. the Evangelicals

    07/17/2007 12:25:44 PM PDT · 51 of 91
    franky1 to muawiyah

    <<<”On the other hand most Protestants remain aghast at the idea of holding bingo (gambling) sessions in the basement of a church building.”>>>

    Do they still stay “aghast” about the dinners for divorced and remarried wedding partners held in the basement?

  • The Neo-Blanshardites vs. the Evangelicals

    07/17/2007 12:25:17 PM PDT · 50 of 91
    franky1 to muawiyah

    <<<”On the other hand most Protestants remain aghast at the idea of holding bingo (gambling) sessions in the basement of a church building.”>>>

    Do they still stay “aghast” about the dinners for divorced and remarried wedding partners held in the basement?

  • The Neo-Blanshardites vs. the Evangelicals

    07/17/2007 12:19:08 PM PDT · 48 of 91
    franky1 to NYer

    Catholic / Protestant

    C-—Authority: Scripture and tradition

    P-—Sola Scriptura - Scripture alone

    Bible: C—— Includes apocrypha- P-— Excludes apocrypha

    Results of Fall: C-— Corruption and tendency to sin/

    P-—Total depravity and guilt

    Free will:C-— Free to do good or evil /P-— Free only to do evil

    Predestination: C-—Related to God’s foreknowledge /P-— Related to God’s decrees

    Atonement: C-— Death of Christ created merit that is shared with sinners through sacraments /

    P-—Death of Christ was a substitutionary sacrifice that satisfied God’s justice

    Divine grace: C-— Prevenient grace helps one believe; efficacious grace cooperates with the human will to do good /

    P-—Common grace enabling good works given to all; sufficient grace for salvation given to elect only

    Good works:C-— Meritorious/ P-—Results of divine grace and unworthy of merit/

    Salvation: C-— Received at baptism; may be lost by mortal sin; regained by penance. Those who have never heard of Christ may be saved. (Catech 847)

    P-—Result of divine grace; unconditional. Those who have never heard of Christ may be saved. /

    The Church: C-— The Catholic Church is “the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation” (Catech 845) but those baptized in other Christian denominations are in communion with the Church (Catech 838). /

    P-—There is a distinction between the visible and invisible church. God saves anyone he chooses, or anyone with proper faith, regardless of church membership.

    Sacraments:C-— Convey grace by their operation (ex opere operato).
    /
    P-—Means of grace only if received with faith.

    C-—Priests A special vocation for some believers; mediators between God and man/

    P-—Priesthood of all believers.

    Transubstantiation: C-— Affirmed / P-— Rejected

    Purgatory: C-— Affirmed P-— / Denied

    Prayer to saints: C-— Accepted / P-— Rejected

  • The Neo-Blanshardites vs. the Evangelicals

    07/17/2007 11:47:00 AM PDT · 36 of 91
    franky1 to Jibaholic

    <<<”Catholics are Christmas and Easter Christians, and their historical revisionism will not change the fact that the Catholic New England is pro-choice, and the Protestant is pro-life.”>>>>

    And who, I may ask, has not sinned and come short of the Glory of God?

  • Pope's comments irrelevant to non-Catholics (CNN Opine)

    07/14/2007 5:16:03 PM PDT · 29 of 330
    franky1 to Suzy Quzy

    There were churches who did that every year a number of years ago. There are churches that still do it. The overall problem has always been the parishioners “lose interest” and the lack of “obligation”.

    Example:

    “SOUTH BARRINGTON, IL – In perhaps the most extreme example to date of churches halting ministries during the traditionally slower summer months, Willow Creek Community Church – one of America’s prototypical mega-churches – has decided to close its doors until after Labor Day.

    “The church leadership took a look at where attendance and giving were last summer, and when you look at the numbers, the case for closing shop just makes a lot of sense,” said Willow Creek Senior Pastor Bill Hybels. “For years we’ve been trying to justify the expense of operating throughout the summer when schools are closed and people are on vacation. We just couldn’t do it any more. If people are going to put their spiritual growth on hold until September anyway, why should the church fight it?”

    http://www.holyobserver.com/detail.php?isu=v02i02&art=willowcreek

  • Pope's comments irrelevant to non-Catholics (CNN Opine)

    07/14/2007 3:16:40 PM PDT · 22 of 330
    franky1 to Suzy Quzy

    As I posted on another site. I don’t understand how many non Catholic Churches close down during the summer. I always felt that they were part time beliefs.

  • Pope's comments irrelevant to non-Catholics (CNN Opine)

    07/14/2007 12:22:59 PM PDT · 1 of 330
    franky1
    Another Opinion: Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,President,

    The Vatican One-Two Punch

    What a breath of fresh air has just issued from the Vatican this week with the publication of two documents on the Mass and the Church. Pope Benedict XVI has lived up to his vocation to "strengthen the brethren" in their faith (Lk 22:32) with these teachings, and as a result, this healthy wind of truth has made us decidedly clear-headed about our identity as Catholics. Just to recap, on Saturday (which, incidentally, was 070707) the Holy Father issued his document clarifying that the Traditional Mass was never abrogated and returning permission to every single priest in the world to celebrate it.

    Three days later he issued a document clarifying that the Catholic Church is the one, true Church that Christ founded. These are not theological treatises per se. Rather, they are doctrinal clarifications about precise issues that Catholics need to be clear about in order to, well, be real Catholics. With candor and precision, Benedict sidelined all the muddled theology about the Mass and the Church with a solid one-two punch to the "erroneous interpretations" of the Second Vatican Council as he called them which have been confusing Catholics for four decades. The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was one of only two

    Cardinals at the last conclave who actually attended Vatican II, so he speaks with more than a little authority about that Council. He invented no new teachings and issued nothing that should have been surprising to anyone, but he has fed our minds and spirits with a healthy dose of truth. That, after all, is what doctrine is for.These two subjects, the Mass and the Church, are the most fundamental matters of our Catholic identity, and because of that, they are also the doctrinal sticking points that have been the cause of more schism in the Church than any others.

    From the Great East-West Schism of the 11th Century to Henry VIII's usurping of authority in England in the 16th Century to the schism of Archbishop Lefebvre in 1988, doctrinal clarity on the Mass and the Church literally holds Christianity together, and without that clarity, the very mission of Christ is damaged. The average Catholic may not appreciate how vitally important these truths are to our religious identity, but thank heaven Benedict does.Those who downplay, deny or denigrate one or both of these teachings are really hurting the cause of Christian unity rather than helping it.

    Despite the somewhat hostile reactions of other non-Catholic Christian leaders complaining that the Pope has set back the cause of ecumenism, the Pope has done a service to those whose religious traditions have rejected the truths about the Mass or the Church.

    Friends, we need to pray for our dear Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and thank God for the gift that he is to the Church! He has not left us to dangle in the errant winds of the most recent fad or breathe the noxious fumes of doctrinal dissent. He has revitalized us with the fresh air of truth.both of these documents all week claiming that we are going backwards. But I say, let them rage: Peter has spoken and his judgment is infallible! He is calling all Christians to unity by challenging them to accept the truth of Christ which is experienced in its fullness only in the Roman Catholic Church.

    Friends, we need to pray for our dear Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and thank God for the gift that he is to the Church! He has not left us to dangle in the errant winds of the most recent fad or breathe the noxious fumes of doctrinal dissent. He has revitalized us with the fresh air of truth.

    Sincerely Yours in Christ, Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,President, Human Life International