January 2015

 I took my own hour and filled in for Jimmy Akin for the 2nd hour — taking questions from Non-Catholic for two hours on Catholic Answers Live. 

First Hour:
First hour listen on on line here: http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/27630
For podcasts, click here: http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/open-forum-for-non-catholics-27630 

Second Hour:
Second hour listen on line here: http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/27631  
Podcast here: http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/open-forum-for-non-catholics-27631# 

QUESTIONS I ANSWERED: 

1)  Radical Traditionalist (Catholic but rejects the Popes since Vatican II): Professor Richard McBrien, professor of Notre Dame, denied at least six Catholic dogmas yet was afforded a Catholic funeral. How can this be?

2)  I have a big problem with a loving God commanding the Israelites to kill the Amalekites (he meant the Canaanites) including their women, children and animals. How do Catholics explain this?

3)  Protestant: I am becoming very interested in the Catholic Church. What do I need to do to join the Catholic Church?

4)  Protestant: When we look at the history of the Church we see popes who were scoundrels. How can you remove such popes?

5)  Protestant: What happens if a priest or bishop falls in love and marries? Why do you believe in celibacy for priests?

6)  Evangelical: I am Evangelical and had a powerful experience with God. My Catholic friend says we have to be baptized to be saved. How do Catholics explain this and what is the relationship between faith and baptism?

7)  Former Catholic: What is your opinion on people who are not Catholic getting into heaven? I left the Catholic Church because I wasn’t treated well. Should I come back and if so, why?

8)  Protestant: How can the Catholic Church say they are the true Church when there is nothing in the Bible to say they are?

9)  Protestant: You say that baptism is necessary for salvation, but what about the thief on the cross. Jesus said he would be with him in Paradise, yet the thief was not baptized. How do you explain that?

10)  What is the difference between the Catechism and the Magisterium and why are they important?

11)  Protestant Evangelical: I went to Catholic Schools and they really impressed me, especially the sense of the sacred and the severance for God. A bishop even gave me his Rosary recently along with a blessing. I’ve been listening to Catholic radio lately.

12)  IN RCIA: I am 15 years old and in RCIA. My boyfriend told me yesterday that he was joining the seminary. Can you direct me to any prayers to support seminarians?

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First aerial photo of Jerusalem

In Rochester Hills I will be giving a talk I usually give overlooking Jerusalem from the south. I tell the story of salvation history from Adam and Eve until today, emphasizing the life of Christ. It is great to see the whole story right before your eyes!

Tom Govern has joined up multiple times on pilgrimages and asked, “Have you ever recorded that talk?” I said, “No.”

So he invited me to his parish tonight to extend my talk from 20 minutes to one hour. I will record it and make it available for sale at a later date. I prepared these two pictures for everyone to use as a reference, to simulate standing on the promenade in Jerusalem looking north over Jerusalem.

Yesterday I gave another new talk at the Midwest Apologetics Conference which I will soon make available. it was entitled “The Church, the Priesthood and Confession.”

Looking north over Jerusalem

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Catholic World News – January 23, 2015

In a January 22 statement, President Barack Obama described Roe v. Wade as “a decision that protects a woman’s freedom to make her own choices about her body and her health, and reaffirms a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal family matters.”

Criticizing pro-life legislative efforts, he said that “I am deeply committed to protecting this core constitutional right” and that “the federal government should not be injecting itself into decisions best made between women, their families, and their doctors. I am also deeply committed to continuing our work to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, promote adoptions, and minimize the need for abortion.”

“Today, as we reflect on this critical moment in our history, may we all rededicate ourselves to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons,” he added.
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Right, at least the daughters that survive abortion! How stupid can a man be?

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Updates on “Geocentrism Debunked” for those following the debate

January 22, 2015

Dave Palm writes: “2014 was a fantastic year for Geocentrism Debunked (www.geocentrismdebunked.org) – the site usage has been really strong and is growing steadily. As the line-up of the most recent articles from last year shows, we ended 2014 addressing geocentrism from multiple scientific and theological angles. Now we’re kicking off the new year with […]

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Cowards Among Us: Gary Sinise (“Leiutenant Dan”) and Bret Baier (Fox News) Succumb to Gay Bullies and the LGBT

January 20, 2015

Word is now circulating around the Catholic world that conservative hero Gary Sinise, along with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, both publicly professed faithful Catholics, cancelled their appearances at a Legatus Summit at the last minute under pressure from the LGBT crowd. … There exists a highly organized cadre of LGBT activists whose job it is […]

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Obama’s “Obamacare” in Four Sentences

January 19, 2015

1. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to uninsure the insured. 2. Next, we require the newly uninsured to be re-insured. 3. To re-insure the newly uninsured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured. 4. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became uninsured, and […]

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Two Supreme Court Justices Should Recuse Themselves from ‘Gay’ Marriage Cases

January 19, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from any cases involving the homosexual marriage issue on the basis that they have conducted same-sex marriage ceremonies. The justices announced last Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. The case will be […]

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US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

January 17, 2015

Archbishop: “It’s hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage … consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal” WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2015 (Zenit.org) – The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

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World Premier of Abraham a Great Success!

January 15, 2015

Last night almost 300 people arrived at the $25 Dinner and Movie for the premier at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in their huge hall. We showed Abraham, Father of Faith & Works for the first time since we filmed and produced it.  The movie was filmed on location in Iraq, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. […]

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Updated List of Steve’s Talks for Conferences and Missions

January 14, 2015

Today my son Jesse updated my website with a list of my talks and studies for conferences and missions, both at home and abroad. To learn more about inviting me to come to your event, check out our site www.InviteSteve.com.

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Friends in Midland – AGAIN – Help Toward Making the Next “Footprints” Movie a Reality

January 14, 2015

Last night at the Parish Mission here in Midland Texas a man walked up handed us a check for $30,000 toward our next DVD, Elijah/Elisha. He did not want accolades or recognition. He just wanted to help. This was even before we showed the Abraham movie for the World Premier.  Tonight we have the World […]

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John the Baptist Ate Them…Steve Ate One too!

January 10, 2015

I was just on the radio and mentioned how I ate a grasshopper in the Holy Land, in honor of John the Baptist. Since we just returned from Israel I thought I would repost this blog entry in honor of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus on January 9 and my appearance on Relevant Radio to […]

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World Premier of our Latest Documentary in the Footprints of God series: Abraham, Father of Faith and Works

January 9, 2015

World Premier of our Abraham movie next week in Midland Texas http://westexmissioner.blogspot.com/2015/01/in-news-documentary-abraham-to-premier.html

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Biblical Measurements and Units

January 5, 2015

Cubits, a spam, and ephah and a bath. What do all of these mean in the Bible? Here is a helpful chart taken from Verbum.

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3.3 million visitors to Israel in 2014: Statistics of Travel and Safety, Countries of Origin and Sites Visitied

January 5, 2015

Since we, and our thousands of pilgrims, travel to Israel many times a year, I thought these statistics were very interesting. Of all 3.3 million in 2014 not one was hurt or in danger. The media makes it sound like Israel is dangerous. The facts and statistics on the group prove they are wrong. We […]

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St. Paul Street Evangelism – Catholics Preaching on the Street like St. Paul

January 4, 2015

If you are not familiar with St. Paul Street Evangelism they are worth getting to know – and worth joining. It was started a while ago by my friend Steve Dawson who said, “Why don’t we Catholics hit the streets and public squares like the early Christians and like the Apostles?”  So… …he started St. […]

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