My World of Religion, Politics, Entertainment and Social Issues

If you are visiting my blog, expecting to see 'Toward a Progressive Catholic Church,' I have changed my title to reflect my wide assortment of interests. Having retired from my secular job, I hope to devote the rest of my life to my hobbies, ministries and perhaps a part-time job that makes good use of my communications skills. This blog will be designed to address my multi-faceted interests.

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Location: Rochester, New York, United States

I have an M.A. in Theology and an M.Div (Master of Divinity) from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. I am currently a media consultant and promoter of classical music. I am also certified as an officiant by the Federation of Christian Ministries for baptisms, weddings and funerals and minister independently of the Rochester Diocese. My life has encompassed many interesting paths: broadcasting, free-lance writing, video-production, music, ministry and a secular job in government. In addition to this blog, I have a YouTube site at www.youtube.com/priestray and I have a Facebook page.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

My Documentary is Finished: THE RED DANUBE



Dear Blog Visitors:

I had originally intended to finish my documentary in April. However, I found that due to the intensity of the project, I went through many sleepless nights. So, via many hours of work, the documentary is now finished.

To recap, THE RED DANUBE focuses on my paternal family roots in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Included in the story is the tragic event that occurred along the banks of the Danube River in Nazi-occupied Hungary in 1944.

The on-line version of my documentary is not as good quality as the version I put together for DVD/large screen. This is because of the fact that I had to reduce the file to mp4 for quick upload to YouTube. However, I am very pleased with the large screen format.

Peace to all,
Ray

Monday, February 06, 2012

Bishop's Contraceptive Stance is Wrong


Dear Blog Visitors:

Those of you who know me well are fully aware of the high regard I have consistently held for Bishop Matthew Clark. I consider him to be a wonderful man, whose compassion and leadership skills are certainly admirable traits. However, an issue has arisen that has caused me to respectfully disagree with Matthew.

I am sure you are aware of a controversial issue that has caused alarm bells to ring in Catholic circles. In brief, health insurance plans will be required to offer coverage for contraceptives. In a letter addressed to diocesan Catholics, Bishop Clark has indicated that one of the options on the table is to cancel health insurance for all diocesan employees if contraceptive coverage is required to be part of the packaged benefits. I find I must disagree with Bishop Clark's approach to this issue.

It is estimated that approximately 98% of Roman Catholic women have either used, or presently use contraceptives. Furthermore, the majority of women who work for the Rochester Diocese are past the child-rearing age. Just as important is the fact that it remains rather ludicrous that celibate priests lecture the faithful on matters relating to sex and marriage.

Because of the fact that Bishop Clark has consistently exercised fairness, it is my hope he won't seriously consider canceling health insurance coverage for diocesan employees, for the simple reason that such insurance may cover contraceptives.

I have included Bishop Clark's letter above. (You need to click on it to get a larger image.)

Peace to all,
Ray