Friday, February 20, 2009

World Over Live on EWTN - Excellent Interview with Bishop Baker of Birmingham, Alabama

If you did not watch World Over Live with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN this evening, catch it at 1:00am Saturday or 4:00pm Sunday. If you are outside of the US or don't have cable, you can watch it live on the internet provided you have something better than dialup. Here is a timezone map (the times listed are for GMT -5).

Raymond spent most of the show discussing Catholic politicians and Holy Communion using the example of Nancy Pelosi. He interviewed Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, Alabama and they discussed the Pope's publicized statement following their meeting.

Bishop Baker pleaded for prayers more than anything, especially during Lent. He also asked for people to fast and do acts of mortification. This, he said was primary.

As far as what the bishops are doing, I think he did a good job of explaining things. Let's just say that he is in Archbishop Burke's camp. At the same time, you can't expect Bishop Baker, or any bishop for that matter, to comment specifically one what some other bishop should do. You have to listen carefully about his policy and how he deals with Catholic politicians coming to town.

Watch this show and if you can't watch it, record it.

Here is the prayer that Bishop Baker is asking people to pray in his diocese:

Here is Bishop Baker's prayer for public officials. And God knows they could use prayers...

A Pro-Life Prayer for Our President and Public Officials

Lord God, Author of Life and Source of Eternal Life, move the hearts of all our public officials and especially our President, to fulfill their responsibilities worthily and well to all those entrusted to their care. Help them in their special leadership roles, to extend the mantle of protection to the most vulnerable, especially the defenseless unborn, whose lives are threatened with extermination by an indifferent society. Guide all public officials by your wisdom and grace to cease supporting any law that fails to protect the fundamental good that is human life itself, which is a gift from God and parents. You are the Protector and Defender of the lives of the innocent unborn. Change the hearts of those who compromise the call to protect and defend life. Bring our nation to the values that have made us a great nation, a society that upholds the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Mary, the Mother of the living, help us to bear witness to the Gospel of Life with our lives and our laws, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Imprimatur: January 22, 2009 + Most Reverend Robert J. Baker Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama

To watch it online, go to EWTN's main site, click on Television, and go from there.

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