Friday, June 21, 2013


The Reliquary containing the Face Cloth of Jesus, the Face of God!

Today we visited “The Face of God” here in Manoppello Italy. This cloth is woven of mussel shell threads and the face of Christ can clearly be seen at the moment of his coming to life in the resurrection. We talked about it for a half an hour on Sean Herriott’s show on Relevant Radio.

On the cloth we see Jesus’ eyes are open and his face is beaten and bruised. He is looking you right in the eyes! This cloth covered Jesus’ face in the Tomb.

Click on the image to go to and see the book

It would be wise of everyone to get the book by German journalist Paul Badde. It is an Ignatius Press book entitled “The Face of God” and is written like a detective story following the cloth from the time it was first seen by Sts. Peter and John at the Tomb in Jerusalem (John 20:7).


How would you like to look into the eyes of God yourself?

Come with us on our St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise. We start for several days in Rome, travel to Manoppello (Face Cloth) and to Lanciano (Eucharistic Miracle) before boarding our elegant ship to visit ONLY biblical sites following St. Paul, St. John, the Blessed Virgin and more!


Join Steve Ray, EWTN's Fr. Mark Mary and Ignatius Press on this ST. PAUL CRUISE


I have some opinions on Fr. Pavone. I also have opinions on Pelosi. I think Pelosi is a fool and I think Fr. Pavone’s letter to her is brilliant and spot on!

I just spent a week with Fr. Pavone in Rome with 150 pilgrims, leading the Priests for Life and Footprints of God pilgrimage for the Day of Life in Rome with the new Holy Father. Having spent a week with Fr. Pavone, I have the right to say what I think.

Fr. Pavone was nothing short of stunning with his homilies. He was precise, accurate, fair-minded and clear. He was approachable, unswervingly orthodox and probably the best defender of the unborn on the planet today.

I can’t imagine spending a week with Pelosi. I think if I did it would be the cause of nightmares for years upon end.

Did Fr. Pavone call on Nancy Pelosi to renounce the Catholic faith?

by Dr. Edward Peters

According to a headline at The Daily Caller, Pavone did. I caution against that characterization of his words.

It would be a grave sin for any Catholic to urge another Catholic, for any reason and in any manner, to leave the Church; if the one doing such urging were a priest the viciousness of the sin would be magnified. So, to suggest that Pavone urged Pelosi to leave the Church is serious stuff. But having read Pavone’s open letter to Pelosi I do not see him doing that.

Scary Lady who is working to undermine the Pope and Western Civilization

The closest Pavone comes to saying anything like ‘leave the Church’ is when he tells Pelosi “Either exercise your duties as a public servant and a Catholic, or have the honesty to formally renounce them.” Now I take the referent for “them” in that sentence to be Pelosi’s “duties as a public servant and a Catholic”.

To be sure, any renouncing of duties is problematic, for as long as one holds an office one may scarcely renounce the duties attached to such office. But Pavone’s words here can, I think, be fairly interpreted as asserting Pelosi’s duty to resign not her duties but the public office that gives rise to those duties (for which office, I would agree, she is unfit).

I think one should take Pavone’s words to Pelosi as follows: if you (Pelosi) really can’t discuss abortion and infanticide competently, let alone recognize and act against the depravity of both, then have the honesty to admit your failing and resign your public office. To that I could only add Amen.

A heroic and eloquent defender of life and Western Civilization

My reading of Pavone’s words is, I grant, more strained when it comes to his perhaps implying that Pelosi should renounce her duties as a Catholic, for one can hardly do that without (sinfully) failing in one’s duties precisely as a Catholic (c. 209).

But, to borrow an insightful observation by a noted pro-life leader, one cannot practice vice virtuously, and so one cannot renounce one’s duties as a Catholic “honestly”. I simply doubt that Pavone is proposing that Pelosi perform the impossible.

Rhetoric sometimes gets in the way of precision but, in the absence of clearer evidence, I do think that Pavone has called upon Pelosi to cease her campaign against babies or, in the alternative, to leave the Catholic Church (honestly or otherwise) for that alternative would itself be a sin, and good priests don’t counsel others to sin.  Ever.