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TITLE: The Disaster of the Absence of Moral and Religious Education in the American Public Schools: Controversies and Possible Solutions.

YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2010

AUTHOR: Rev. Dr. Christopher O. Ezeh

FOREWORD: Prof. Paul Shinal, Diocese of Rochester, NY, USA.

IMPRIMATUR: Most Rev. Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

NIHIL OBSTAT: Rev. Eric Pohlmeier, Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.

EXCERPTS OF TABLE OF CONTENT

  • Freedom as the Defining Power that Shapes the Joy and Sorrows of Man.
  • Man: A Spiritual and Religious Being
  • The Separation of Church and State
  • The Aberrations of Separation of Church and State
  • The Kind of Separation That is Not Possible
  • Controversies over Religion and Its Practices in the Public Schools
  • Arguments Against the Promotion of Religion in the Public Schools
  • Arguments For the Promotion of Religion in the Public Schools
  • Evaluation of the Arguments
  • Community Involvement in the Education of Schoolchildren
  • The Denial of Full Disciplinary Powers to Parents and Teachers over Their Children
  • The Feasibility of Providing Religious and Moral Education in the Public Schools Without the Breach of Religious Freedom and Without Excessive Entanglement with Religion on the Part of the Government.

WHAT THE AUTHOR HAS TO SAY ABOUT “THE DISASTER…”

Besides other accomplishments in this book, my experiences as a public school teacher for six years in New York State, and as a chaplain of the Military Archdiocese in the VA and on the military base, have enabled me to explore and articulate new ideas and possibilities on how religious and moral education of our growing children and youth could be restored back to public schools without the government having to fund religion or involve itself in an excessive entanglement with religion; without infringing on the freedom of those who might not like to involve themselves in the affairs of religion; without the practice of public prayer, observance of a moment of silence, etc., in the assembly of mixed students of diverse religious orientations; without the coercion of a student, a teacher, an administrator, or others into the practice of religion against their will; and without the school having to teach religion or morality or formulate prayer for students of mixed faith traditions.

The above are the anticipated problems and issues that have been presented by the government and school authorities as the reasons why religious and moral education have been removed from the public schools and the reasons why they will never be restored back.

The statements of the past presidents of the United States of America, great politicians, such as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Jr., Colin Powel, etc., and the decisions of different courts, the Supreme courts, the opinions of the religious personnel of different religious affiliations on the above issues are beautifully and meaningfully articulated and highlighted in this book.

 

 



 

TITLE: HOLY EAUCHARIST: THE BEAUTY OF CATHOLICISM AND THE GLORY AND ESSENCE OF THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD; THE SCANDAL OF ITS ABUSES.

AUTHOR: Rev. Dr. Christopher O. Ezeh.

PREFACE: Rev. Joseph M. Lanzalaco, Diocese of Rochester, NY, USA.

FOREWORD: Rev. Dr. John J. Galeano, Diocese of Lodi, NJ, USA.

IMPRIMATUR: Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Bishop of Awka Diocese, Nigeria.

NIHIL OBSTAT: Rev. Dr. Lawrence Nwankwor, Secretary to the Bishop.

WHAT THIS BOOK IS ALL ABOUT:

In this book the author presents, among other things, the historical and theological development of the doctrine of the Holy Eucharist from the Old Testament to the New Testament taking into consideration how it was first foreshadowed in the Old Testament starting with the rituals of Jewish Passover with the paschal lamb and the unleavened bread when God delivered the Israelites from their bondage of slavery in the land of Egypt. The Passover ritual with the paschal lamb finally came to fulfillment in the New testament with the coming of Jesus Christ who is the true Paschal Lamb and the eternal High Priest who instituted both the Holy Eucharist and the Sacred Priesthood at the same time on the eve of his passion which took place on Holy Thursday when he told his disciples after the words of consecration of bread and wine saying, “Do this in memory of me!”

The author develops the teachings of the Church on Transubstantiation and Real Presence but then goes further to disclose and highlight in a deeper way for the first time in the history of Catholic theology the twin miracles of Transubstantiation which takes place after the words of consecration. He brought it out more clearly that at the words of consecration in every Eucharistic celebration two miracles actually take place. It is by virtue of these twin miracles that we are enabled to partake with gusto and relish of the real flesh and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. History has disclosed that there were some instances when only one miracle took place after the words of consecration at mass and nobody has been able to consume the Holy Eucharist and they have remained unconsumed to date. Read further to find out what those miracles are.

The power and efficacy of Eucharistic adoration, its historical development and practice; and most of the Eucharistic miracles through the centuries down to our modern time were meaningfully articulated by the author. The author in a special way shares his own insight and personal experiences that are related with his Eucharistic life and healing ministrations for the past twenty years of his priestly ministry and some of the miracles associated with his Eucharistic ministrations. The author believes and teaches in his book that the reason why Jesus leaves himself in the Eucharist is to make himself available to every Tom, Dick and Harry in every generation and in every corner of the earth so that everyone who believes and visits the Blessed Sacrament regardless of one’s religious affiliation or sinfulness might receive the same kinds of miraculous favors that different individuals received from Jesus in Palestine so that no person of any generation might regret not having met Jesus in person.

The author’s central message is that Holy Eucharist is a healing tool par excellence which a priest could use to address all kinds of problems which the people of God bring to him on daily basis and all kinds of problems that he might encounter in his priestly ministry. This is because the Holy Eucharist is a Person (God), a sacrament and food. The Eucharist is Jesus Christ Himself who is God in the form of bread and Wine. He is our sacrament for healing and He is our food for spiritual and physical nourishment. A priest who has developed an intimate union with Christ in the Holy Eucharist can wield this triple edged sword for all purposes to the Glory of God and salvation of souls.

In the Holy Eucharist the priest consults with God face to face and can obtain God’s favors on behalf of God’s people and with the Holy Eucharist (the Blessed Sacrament) he can heal God’s people, nourish them and quench all thirst and hunger arising from their multi needs (Jn. 6:35). He can send God’s people to the Blessed Sacrament to ask for favors and to receive favors from the Eucharistic Lord.

The Real Presence (God in the midst of His people) is meant to resolve our real problems and address our real issues. The words of Christ: “Come to me all you who are heavily burdened and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28), give meaning and purpose to the Real Presence. This is what Christ meant His Real Presence to serve for us. But it makes a big difference when we as laity and clergy do not believe it to be so.

The author discusses in this book how a priest could use the Holy Eucharist (Blessed Sacrament) to bring God’s healing and favors of different kinds to those who approach him with all kinds of problems and how an individual can receive favors of any kind from Jesus by visit to the Blessed Sacrament.

The author discusses how a priest or a lay person can develop an intimate union with Christ by frequent visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Intimate union with Christ is unconsciously formed by consciously cultivating a habitual frequent visit to the Blessed Sacrament, no matter how short the visit is but frequent. It is Christ Himself, not the individual, who accomplishes the union, that is, who brings the priest or the individual Christian into personal union. In this book, the author discloses the secret to achieving this type of intimate union with Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

The doctrine of the Holy Eucharist and Real Presence pose the greatest challenge to the Catholics both the laity and the clergy. The abuses of the Holy Eucharist in different forms and shapes among the laity and the clergy in our churches and the scandals they evoke are the manifest results of these challenges which are fully exposed and discussed by the author in this book.