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Newly baptized convert from INC Michael de Guzman [second from right] wearing his Baptismal Garment

Newly baptized convert from INC Michael de Guzman [second from right] wearing his Baptismal Garment

  • Michael de Guzmán
    Michael de Guzmán 

    Hi Fr. Abe Argniosa, my name is Michael and was introduced to add you through Harold Blando. I am leaving the Iglesia ni Cristo and have been learning more about the Catholic faith and will start my RCIA education soon after my masters program is complete. I just wanted to introduce myself.


    I have a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from California State University Long Beach and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of California Los Angeles. I am a Teaching Associate at Calif. State University Long Beach and a teacher at Blessed Junipero Serra High in Gardena.


    I love the posts in SPLENDOR BLOG. The websites are so informative. I read one on baptism. I truly do. I watched Jesse Romero and Ventilacion debate and from there and investigating for a year into the Trinity how blind I was. I feel like the blind man in the Gospel if John ch. 9

    Thirty years being a Deist and thinking the Christ was just a superman

    Never truly understood what sitting in the right hand of God truly meant until I searched out the Holy Trinity.




    Now I am so eager to become part of the Roman Catholic faith

    It has been tough though because my other side of my family is INC
    I was teaching the Calculus at Calif State University. But finishing my masters comprehensive exams in the field of Applied Mathematics [now FINISHED].  I was a student at UCLA and was always inspired by St Francis prayer even when I was INC.

Dr. Beverly Whelton: Former Seventh-day Adventist – The Journey Home (5-23-2005)

Beverly was brought up in a devout Seventh-day Adventist family. In her youth, she wished to be a missionary for her church. Later she drifted from Adventism because of some of their laws which she didn’t view a practical. Becoming disturbed by the issue of Abortion, he returned to an Adventist Bible study and again became an active Seventh-day Adventist. Her journey to the Catholic Church began when she read the works of St. Thomas Aquinas while attending the Catholic University of America.

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Bro. Rolando Dugenia a Baptist decided to be Baptized in the Catholic Church

Bro. Rolando Dugenia a Baptist in religious affiallation decided to be Baptized in the Catholic Church after serious investagation of the Church History he found out that the Catholic Church is the Church of history who can trace up its root from our time to the time of Jesus he discovered that the Baptist Church not founded by Jesus but founded by John Smith In netherland in 1600 personaly he ask me to be Baptized by the Ordained Priest of the Catholic Church therefore we decided to Visit Rev.Father Jimmy Duero Parish Priest of our Lady of Fatima,Posok Lapulapu City for the Proper Process in order to receive by the Catholic Church through the Sacrament of Baptism while Bro. Rolando is also under the Doctrination of the 31 Doctrines conducted by the representatative of the ministry of pastors converted to the Catholic Church in the phils thanks so much for your prayers



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Fr. Anthony Pezzotta, SDB as a young priest

Fr. Anthony Pezzotta, SDB as a young priest

Remember Anthony Pezzotta? He was a Catholic priest from the Salesian of Don Bosco (SDB) who left the priesthood and became a pastor. He wrote an anti-Catholic book Truth Encounter. I had the occasion to refute Chapter 11 of his book.[1] As a Baptist pastor, Anthony Pezzotta debated Catholic apologists like James Akin. Had I been given the chance, I also wanted to debate him. But I couldn’t do that anymore. The guy is dead.

But something happened before he died on March 26, 2014. He received the last rites from a Catholic priest! That’s right. He was given the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick byRev. James Jackson, FSSP. The incident was reported by Fr. Jackson in the parish bulletin of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church (March 30, 2014):

“A kind and zealous lady who works at Cherrelyn Nursing home called me on Wednesday afternoon asking if I could come over to give extreme unction to an old gentleman who was dying and had requested it. She said he had been out of the Church for a long time, and might be more familiar with the traditional rite than the new one. Right before I anointed him she mentioned that he was a priest who had married a Filipino lady outside the Church, and became a Baptist missionary to the Philippines. He was ordained for the Salesians in 1961, and apostatized in 1974, then studied here in town at Denver seminary. He has published many books against the Catholic Faith and is rather famous. At the 11th hour he returned. Do pray for him. His books are distorted and false, and will continue to do damage long after his death.” [2]

Fr. Anthony Pezzotta: May he rest in peace

The priest anointed Fr. Pezzotta (yes, despite his apostasy, Fr. Pezzotta remains a priest forever!). He was suffering from severe dementia. A traditional priest from the Vatican-approved Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the priest used the rite in the 1962 liturgical books. When the priest anointed Fr. Pezzotta’s eyes, he closed them and opened after the oil was put on them. When the priest was about to anoint his hands, Fr. Pezzotta opened them.

Thus, it could be asked: Was this cooperation a reversion to the Faith? Or was it some remote or rote memory kicking into gear? Only God can judge. Like the priest who anointed Fr. Pezzotta, I would like to take Fr. Pezzotta’s movement as a sign of God’s mercy.

The priest who anointed Fr. Pezzotta was threatened by a lawsuit by Fr. Pezzotta’s family but none has been filed so far. And Fr. James Jackson doesn’t care a bit. For him, a man was dying who was baptized Catholic. He was called and went immediately. If given the chance, he would do it again. He had a right to that sacrament by virtue of his baptism. Such a pastoral heart of Fr. James Jackson! Truly a priest after the High Priest’s own heart!

I ask my readers to pray for the eternal repose of Fr. Anthony Pezzotta who we hope returned at the 11th hour – truly a testament to the reconciling love and mercy of the Father. I also ask everyone to pray for Fr. James Jackson’s ministry. May God’s Church be blessed by more priests like Fr. Jackson. And may God lead to repentance and conversion priests like Fr. Pezzotta. Jesus, King of Mercy, we trust in you!

The anti-Catholic book authored by Anthony Pezzotta as a Baptist pastor will continue to do damage long after his death. May God have mercy on his soul!

The anti-Catholic book authored by Anthony Pezzotta as a Baptist pastor will continue to do damage long after his death. May God have mercy on his soul!





Church Ready to Welcome Thousands to the Faith at Easter Vigil

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Thousands of people across the United States will be welcomed into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter vigil, April 4, including a retired Marine captain who appeared on the cover of National Geographic, a woman from The Gambia now living in the Pacific Northwest and a woman from Pittsburgh whose faith journey has drawn her own mother back to the Church.


According to the 2014 Official Catholic Directory, there were 39,654 catechumens, or those being baptized, confirmed and receiving first Communion, and 66,831 candidates received into full Communion with the Catholic Church in the United States in 2013, the most recent year for which this data is available. Over 50 of the nearly 200 dioceses in the United States reported numbers for 2015 to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In the Diocese of Oakland, California, Aaron Tam, a retired Marine sergeant, will receive the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation and first Communion) at Easter Vigil, after twice having to delay his initiation into the Church due to deployments. Tam, who was seriously injured by a detonation during a tour of duty in Iraq, appeared on the cover of the February 2015 issue of National Geographic, dedicated to soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injuries. He is one of 349 catechumens in the Diocese of Oakland, along with 279 who are being received into full Communion.

Also in California, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest diocese in the United States, reports 1,828 catechumens being baptized this year.

Among the 665 adults to be baptized by the Archdiocese of Seattle, Amie Bensouda of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Sammamish, Washington, is a native of The Gambia. She was raised Muslim but exposed to the Catholic faith attending a school run by nuns, the only education available to her as a woman.

Among the 196 catechumens and 383 candidates in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, a woman named Becky is completing the sacraments of initiation after being baptized Catholic but never receiving a formal religious education. Becky will be confirmed and receive first Communion. Becky was accompanied by her fiancé through her journey, and they will be married in August. After she and her fiancé shared their experience with her mother, Becky made her first confession and her mother made her first confession in 25 years, March 16.

Also in Pennsylvania, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia reports 243 catechumens and 404 candidates for full Communion, the Diocese of Harrisburg reports 100 catechumens, and the Diocese of Allentown reports 96 catechumens and 256 candidates. In Ohio, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati reports 395 catechumens and 470 candidates, the Diocese of Columbus reports 232 catechumens and 300 candidates, and the Diocese of Youngstown reports 103 catechumens and 166 candidates.

The Archdiocese of Washington reports 623 catechumens and 694 candidates. The Archdiocese of Baltimore reports 207 catechumens and 400 candidates. The Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, reports 331 catechumens and 373 candidates. The Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, reports 94 catechumens and 103 candidates.

The Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, reports 600 catechumens and 700 candidates. In Florida, the Diocese of St. Petersburg reports 366 catechumens and 589 candidates, the Diocese of Palm Beach reports 228 catechumens and 493 candidates, and the Diocese of Orlando reports 491 catechumens. The Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, reports 126 catechumens and 257 candidates. The Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, reports 167 catechumens and 325 candidates.

In New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn reports 579 catechumens and 43 candidates, the Diocese of Rochester reports 139 catechumens and 152 candidates, the Diocese of Buffalo reports 86 catechumens and 128 candidates, and the Diocese of Syracuse reports 70 catechumens and 131 candidates. The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey reports 175 catechumens. The Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts reports 21 catechumens and 33 candidates. The Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, reports 85 catechumens and 82 candidates. The Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island reports 75 catechumens and 120 candidates.

In Kentucky, the Archdiocese of Louisville reports 225 catechumens and 296 candidates, and the Diocese of Owensboro reports 74 catechumens and 147 candidates. The Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee, reports 57 catechumens and 166 candidates. The Diocese of Little Rock reports 226 catechumens and 341 candidates. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, reports 141 catechumens and 155 candidates.

In Louisiana, the Diocese of Lafayette reports 82 catechumens and 122 candidates, the Diocese of Shreveport reports 45 catechumens and 87 candidates, and the Diocese of Lake Charles reports 64 catechumens and 118 candidates. The Diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi, reports 76 catechumens and 112 candidates. The Diocese of Austin, Texas, reports 317 catechumens and 419 candidates. The Diocese of Salt Lake City reports 257 catechumens and 142 candidates.

In Illinois, Diocese of Joliet reports 114 catechumens and 196 candidates, and the Diocese of Peoria reports 105 catechumens and 232 candidates. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, reports 208 catechumens and 217 candidates. In Michigan, the Diocese of Grand Rapids reports 190 catechumens and 249 candidates, and the Diocese of Marquette reports 34 catechumens and 42 candidates. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee reports 180 catechumens and 245 candidates. The Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, reports nine catechumens and 52 candidates. The Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota, reports 18 catechumens and 77 candidates.

The Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, reports 105 catechumens and 250 candidates. The Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, reports 90 catechumens and 163 candidates. The Diocese of Dodge City, Kansas, reports 82 catechumens and 56 candidates.

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Peter, the Rock, the Keys, and the Chair – Steve Ray

Biblical scholar and Holy Land pilgrimage leader Steve Ray delves into the Jewish roots of the papacy, namely “the keys”, “the rock”, and “the chair”. Ray, a former Baptist, draws from his trips to the Holy Land to bring to life the commissioning of Peter as the first pope using vivid historical and contextual highlights.

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Southern Baptist Seminarian Leaves to Become a Catholic – Interview with Anthony Baratta

Anthony Baratta was a committed Southern Baptist who found out that his father, a Protestant Pastor, was returning to the Catholic Church. This sparked his own search for answers and for a rooted Christian faith, ultimately leading him to become Catholic as well. Anthony discusses his journey as well as his relationship with Christ before and after.