Friday, September 13, 2013

Here is the link to the show I did about the Persecution of Christians and Living with Islam. I drew a lot from my experience in Israel and the Middle East, India, the Philippines and more. The Questions I asked are below. For more options for listening, click here.

Here is an audio of a show I did today on Archangel Radio: What is Islam and How do we think about it? How do Christians relate to Muslims? What should we do?   Click here to listen or listen on YouTube here:

Questions I Answered Tonight on Catholic Answers Live: (I will provide the link to archived show Thursday when it is available.)

1. In the early 1900’s a Muslim prince invited Jews to come to Palestine. What are your comments?

2. Is Islam a religion or really a political entity – what would make them considered a religion?

3. Is there any significance to the 7/11 attacks on that particular day? (I told the caller I did not know but would look it up and post it here. I found this site particularly interesting in that regard).

4. Can you clarify your statements about true and false “separation of church and state” especially in regard to Christianity and Islam?

5. Are you familiar with Fulton Sheen’s book “The World’s First Love”? Do you agree with Sheen that Muslims venerate Mary and that we should pray to Mary for peace between Christians and Muslims?

6. Why do Muslim countries force us to follow their dress restrictions like covering the head but they don’t follow our lifestyle when they come here?

7. Is it safe to travel to Israel?

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Mark Blumley’s Article on Catholic Education

by Steve Ray on September 13, 2013

Mark Brumley is President of Ignatius Press and a friend. He writes:

Below is the link to an article I wrote recently for the National Catholic Register on Catholic education.  It’s a condensation of a longer presentation I gave recently to the faculty and administration of Kolbe Academy-Trinity Prep in Napa, California. The points I raise in the article are, I am sure, blindingly obvious to you. Unfortunately, for many people they are not obvious. Indeed, some Catholics would insist they are not true.

In any case, I hope you don’t mind my sending this, even at the risk of tooting my own horn. As a former Catholic school teacher, I think this is a crucial topic, given that so many institutional resources of the Church are tied up with Catholic schools.