February 2005

Was Joseph Jesus’ Father?

by Steve Ray on February 28, 2005

My latest article in THIS ROCK Magazine is entitled Should We Call Joseph the Father of Jesus? It starts out with three options:

“Joseph was possibly the biological father of Jesus, but the Gospels deny the fact, claiming he was the product of a virgin birth, making Jesus more than just a man.”

“Jesus is really the product of rape and Joseph mercifully stepped up to the plate to help Mary and the unfortunate baby.”

“Joseph was not the father of Jesus because Jesus had no biological father; he was born to the Virgin Mary by the miraculously overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.”

There is more than one opinion today on Joseph’s relationship to Jesus—but what is the truth? Is it theologically and historically correct to refer to Joseph as the father of Jesus?

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What did Young Jesus Look Like?

by Steve Ray on February 26, 2005

Forensic Scientists reveal what Jesus may have looked like as a 12-year old

Rome, Feb. 11, 2005 (CNA) – Forensic scientists in Italy are working on a different kind of investigation—one that dates back 2000 years.

In an astounding announcement, the scientists think they may have re-created an image of Jesus Christ when He was a 12-year old boy.

Using the Shroud of Turin, a centuries-old linen cloth, which many believe bears the face of the crucified Christ, the investigators first created a computer-modeled, composite picture of the Christ’s face.

Dr. Carlo Bui, one of the scientists said that, “the face of the man on the shroud is the face of a suffering man. He has a deeply ruined nose. It was certainly struck.”  

 Then, using techniques usually reserved for investigating missing persons, they back dated the image to create the closest thing many will ever see to a photograph of the young Christ.

“Without a doubt, the eyes… That is, the deepness of the eyes, the central part of the face in its complexity”, said forensic scientist Andrea Amore, one of the chief investigators who made the discovery.

The shroud itself, a 14-foot long by 3.5-foot wide woven cloth believed by many to be the burial shroud of Jesus, is receiving renewed attention lately.

A Los Alamos, New Mexico scientist has recently cast grave doubt that the carbon dating originally used to date the shroud was valid. This would suggest that the shroud may in fact be 2000 years old after all, placing it precisely in the period of Christ’s crucifixion.


Man and Woman – Two Boxes

by Steve Ray on February 25, 2005

What is this picture trying to say? Hum.

Woman has a great number of dials and buttons, but the male just has an “on-off” switch. Hum.

I talked about these two boxes in my presentation “Men, Women, Sex & Heaven” . . .

. . . which by the way has been selling like crazy — it must have hit a real nerve. I talk about where we “live” every day but what we never talk about.


Pope Gets a Tracheotomy

February 25, 2005

  Visit Insidethe Vatican Magazine Online! Subscribe to ITV Today! Exclusive NEWSFLASH from Inside the Vatican!   WEAKENED POPE STRUGGLES TO BREATHE Doctors attending Pope John Paul II have performed a tracheotomy Inside the Vatican has learned, from reliable sources, that doctors attending the pope decided to insert a tube into the pope’s neck to […]

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Conservative Bishop; Good News for Michigan

February 24, 2005

I live in Michigan so this news is particularly delightful for me. Saginaw, just to the north of us, has been a liberal bastian for decades. But not any more. Bishop Carlson has arrived to bring orthodoxy back to the struggling Church of Saginaw. God answers prayers and I salute the good folks who have […]

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Pope Readmitted to Hospital

February 24, 2005

Vatican, Feb. 24 (CWNews.com) – Pope John Paul II (bio – news) has been hospitalized once again. The Holy Father, who was released from Gemelli Hospital on February 10 after a 9-day stay caused by respiratory problems, returned to the hospital in the morning of February 24. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said that the Pope […]

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A Woman about to be Murdered

February 23, 2005

One-day reprieve for Terri Schiavo, danger still looms For the latest as of Wednesday evening 2/23/05, visit Catholic World News Clearwater, Florida, Feb. 22 (CWNews.com) – A Florida judge issued an emergency stay on Tuesday that prevented the husband of handicapped woman Terri Schiavo from removing her food-and-water tube to begin the slow process of […]

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He Says Christians are All Insane!

February 22, 2005

 Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, says that all Christians are crazy and are unenlightened because of their faith. Maher made the comments on MSNBC’s Scarborough Country. (He looks real bright and enlightened in the picture below, wouldn’t you say?) Maher said: “We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion…I […]

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Is the Pope Planning to Retire?

February 21, 2005

For those  who keep speculating that John Paul II plans to step down soon, this item in Zenit will be of interest. I don’t’ think he is going anywhere anytime soon. May God bless the Pope! *****************************************John Paul II Aims to Stay at His PostFirst Public Appearance After Spiritual Exercises VATICAN CITY, FEB. 20, 2005 […]

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Paul’s Tomb Discovered

February 18, 2005

It is always nice to be vindicated. It is always nice to see what we firmly believe proven by archaeology and research. Such is the case with the Tomb of St. Paul. In our DVD Paul, Contending for the Faith I stood in front of the high altar in the Church of St. Paul outside […]

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Can You Find the Missing Bird?

February 17, 2005
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Two Great Groups

February 15, 2005

Over the weekend I had the opportunity of speaking to two marvelous groups of “on-fire” Catholics. The first one was the National Fellowship of Catholic Men in Baltimore Maryland and the second a group of couples at World Marriage Day in Troy Michigan. Men’s Group:Imagine 200 manly men using their Saturday to worship, talk and listen to […]

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Fatima: End of an Era

February 14, 2005

Fatima’s Sister Lucy Dies at 97 Reuters News, Agence France Presse and other news agencies are reporting that Lucia de Jesus dos Santos, the last of three children favored with the vision  died on Sunday, February 13. Sister Lucy, 97, was the eldest of the shepherd children who in 1917 told of seeing apparitions of […]

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Eating a Delicacy? You Tell Me!

February 10, 2005

Here you see a picture of Janet eating a Filipino delicacy named balut. Look at it carefully. What do you see? What do you think it is? Something is looking up at her. Yup, it is a baby duck cooked while still in the egg. Janet was no coward. She cracked the egg, drank the […]

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Steve New DVDs Finally Available

February 9, 2005

Now Available! Click here to Purchase!   DVD #1: Steve Ray interviews: Cardinal Schonborn on PeterRosalind Moss on Moses $14.95   DVD #2: Steve Ray interviews: Fr. Mitch Pacwa for JesusCardinal Schonborn on Mary $14.95

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Forced Resignation of a Pope?

February 9, 2005

From my Friend and Canon Lawyer, Ed Peters There is a lot of silly talk—much of it self-perpetuating—about the College of Cardinals arranging for the next pope to resign upon reaching a certain age. This is complete nonsense; neither the College of Cardinals nor any other power on earth has the slightest authority to require […]

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