Sam Miller

Discussion in 'Inspirational Stories' started by padraig, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. padraig

    padraig New Member

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    Excerpts of an article written by non-Catholic Sam Miller - a prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman:

    "Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church?

    Do you know - the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to that Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.

    The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.

    The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics - in the United States today.

    But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.

    Let me give you some figures that Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church; 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed.

    Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia, 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not just a Catholic Problem.

    A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.


    The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now.

    Walk with your shoulders high and you head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States.

    Then remember what Jeremiah said: 'Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls'. Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.
     
  2. Mario

    Mario Powers

    Thank you Sam Miller!

    Then what is the root of this unreasonable antaganism? We must never forget. It is satan's hatred for God; the attack on Christ's Bride is his means of feeding this hatred. Thank God for Our Lady who will soon chain satan in the abyss!

    Safe in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!
     
  3. padraig

    padraig New Member

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    Please pray for Cecil, a long time member of the Forum who sent me this link. Cecil no longer posts on the forum because of arthritis in his hands and is undergoing the most incredible sufferings and surgical interventions. The latest is that he is due to have his knee caps replaced and his heart is bad. He has such a long list of serious physical infirmities I wouldn't know where to start to list them and he bears them with such Christ like faith, fortitude and courage like the ex-Marine, the soldier of Christ he is. I am offering up my masses this month for him. I ask your prayers for him.

    The Cross is such a mystery.



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  4. Rain

    Rain Powers

    I remember Cecil--a lovely man. I'm sorry to hear about his poor health. I'll say some prayers for him.
     
  5. jmj

    jmj New Member

    I will pray for him!
     
  6. darrell

    darrell New Member

    Cecil is also a talented artist despite his arthritis. He gave me permission to use his work on my blog, and I believe also on the cover of one of Padraig's books. I'd been wondering about him lately. In my prayers this month also.
     
  7. Mario

    Mario Powers

    Count me in! You are warmly remembered, Cecil.

    Safe in the Father's Arms!
     
  8. ForHimthroughHer

    ForHimthroughHer New Member

    praying for Cecil...
     
  9. MomsCalling

    MomsCalling Principalities

    Hello Cecil...you are not posting, but you are still reading the forum? We all are praying for you.
     
  10. Lee

    Lee Principalities

    Cecil is also one of the sweetest, most loving people I've ever met. My prayers are offered for him also.
     

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