Raymond de Souza
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Raymond is the Founder and Director of Saint Gabriel Communications, Australia’s first international outreach promoting Catholic Apologetics. He is also the Program Director for Portuguese-speaking countries for Human Life International (HLI); multi-lingual Apologist for the U.S.-based Saint Gabriel Communications International, Inc.; Coordinator of ‘Pro-Life Without Frontiers’; Chairman of the international ‘Walsingham Project’ for the Conversion of England and EWTN program host.
Raymond de Souza, KM is Brazilian by birth, Catholic by grace and American by choice; Knight of Magistral Grace of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Coordinator of the Knights of the Sacred Heart Legion. A recipient of the International Pro-Life Award ‘Initiatives for Life,’ granted him by the London-based International Alliance of Catholic Knights, Raymond is the Delegate for International Missions for Human Life International (HLI) and regularly travels all over the world to represent HLI in mission activities to refute the Culture of Death and proclaim the Gospel of Life. He is also the President of the Sacred Heart Institute in the United States and EWTN program Host.
Raymond has distinguished himself as an international Catholic Apologist, Pro-Life activist, author and broadcaster. Fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and also having conversational ability in Italian and Afrikaans, he puts Logic at the service of the Faith, blending it with wit, history and humor in a unique and riveting style. He has given over 2,500 talks in person, on radio and television, and has assisted religious education programs in dioceses, parishes, schools and lay organizations in thirty-seven countries of six continents.
He has a weekly column on Catholic apologetics in the national Catholic newspaper, The Wanderer.
In the last quarter century, he has distinguished himself as international lay Catholic Apologist – broadcaster – Pro-Life activist – Catholic Action militant, addressing audiences in five continents to “re-evangelize the baptized”. Within the ranks of today's Catholic Apologists, there are some who defend the Faith in more than one language. Raymond defends it in four: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.â€¨â€¨Raymond puts Logic at the service of the Faith, blending wit, history and humor in a unique and riveting style. A speaker of international renown, Raymond has given more than 2,500 talks on Catholic apologetics, Pro-Life and related topics, in person, on radio and television. His work has assisted religious education programs at parishes, schools, and lay organizations in Brazil, Canada, the United States, South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Singapore, Great Britain and Austria.
Recently, he has also addressed Catholic audiences in and Portugal, Tanzania and Mozambique. In a four DVD set comprising a series of 13 presentations made at the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), Raymond investigates the problem of choosing between good and evil, and illustrates his addresses with a vast array of concrete examples. The role of the State, society, the individual and the Bible are clearly analyzed in the light of Logic, Natural Law and the Magisterium of the Church. A MUST for parents, teachers and youth leaders. In his second series on EWTN he takes the Gospels as historical documents to investigate the Divinity of Jesus Christ to refute secularism, agnosticism and Islam. A unique study for anyone interested in evangelization in a secular society such as ours.
From Australia with love… for the Catholic Truth: from its office at the Cathedral Parish Centre in Perth, St Gabriel expands its work in Apologetics throughout Australia, North America, Europe and South Africa. The highly acclaimed educational programs ‘New Apologetics by Mail’ and ‘Marian Eucharistic Alliance’ reach Catholics in all Australian states. At the Perth Cathedral doors, Raymond de Souza and Archbishop Barry Hickey, who presented to Raymond the International Pro-Life Award ‘Initiatives for Life,’ granted him in 2002 by the London-based International Alliance of Catholic Knights.
"THIS IS MY BODY": REAL OR SYMBOLIC?
When Jesus said, "This is My Body" and "This is My Blood", did He mean His words LITERALLY or FIGURATIVELY, as in 'I am the vine and you are the branches'? How did the Apostles and early Christians understand it? A fascinating presentation of Logic at the Service of Faith!
THE MASS: MEAL OR SACRIFICE?
Was the Last Supper a mere celebration of an ancient Jewish ceremony - the Passover - or was it the fulfillment of a prophetic promise? Is there any connection between the Last Supper and Calvary? Learn more about the unique relationship between the Last Supper and Calvary and their unbloody renewal in the Catholic Mass.
THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST
Is it reasonable to believe that a young Jewish carpenter who lived in an obscure province of the Roman empire nearly 2000 years ago, who was crucified like a common criminal...was God in the Flesh? Putting 'Logic at the service of the Faith' shows that it makes perfect sense to believe in Jesus as True God and True Man.
St. Paul stated clearly that "If Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain: and your faith is also vain." (1 Cor. 15:14). An exciting analysis of the Gospels as historical documents, investigating and refuting the various theories against the Resurrection.
WHO IS THE ROCK: PETER...OR JESUS?
Do not millions of baptized Christians ignore the Bishop of Rome and yet claim to live by the Bible? What are the biblical foundations of the papacy? EX CATHEDRA...WHAT'S THAT? A clear explanation of the gift of infallibility given by Jesus to Saint Peter, its extension and limits as defined by the Council Vatican I , which defined it as a dogma of the Christin Faith.
THE MARIAN DOGMAS
1. PERPETUAL VIRGINITY What did the early Christians believe? Are the accusations against her virginity purely based on semantics? Find out why the denial of the perpetual virginity is unscriptural, unhistorical and illogical in terms of Hebrew customs, traditions, and language. Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli defended this teaching.
2. THE DIVINE MATERNITY?
Is Mary the Mother of God...or the Mother of Jesus? How can a human mother give birth to God? When Elizabeth called her the "Mother of my Lord", was it merely oriental hyperbole or divine inspiration? Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli defended this teaching.
3. THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
"All have sinned and need the glory of God, "says St. Paul, Rom. 3:23. Are all mankind - without exception - stained by original sin? How would the unborn, infants or the mentally ill be guilty of sin? Above all, what about the Blessed Virgin Mary? Can someone be free from Original Sin at conception? Is there any Biblical foundation for this?
4. THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Was the Blessed Virgin Mary assumed into Heaven? Since non-Catholics claim it is nowhere to be found in Scriptures, why should anyone believe it? Are there precedents in Scripture for it (Enoch, and Elias in the Old Testament), St. Paul's teaching of the 'Rapture' in the New?
From time immemorial, Christians in the East and West have used icons as statues in their worship of God. However, from the Protestant Revolution to modern day, such customs are viewed as idolatrous. What is the difference between statues (praised by God) and idols (condemned by God)?
THE ROSARY: VAIN REPETITIONS?
Throughout history, the Blessed Virgin Mary has often asked us to pray the Rosary daily. Non-Catholics say that the Rosary is a prayer of 'vain repetitions'. What is the Biblical foundation of prayers of repetition like the Rosary, the Psalms, and other prayers?
THE DEVIL: A PERSON...OR A FORCE?
Is he just a medieval superstition...or a powerful spirit bent on our eternal loss? An investigation into the reality of the Devil, his powers and actions.
DOES PURGATORY EXIST?
Is Purgatory just a Roman Catholic invention? For a truth to be believed, must if be clerly stard in the Bible? A penetrating study into the logical, historical, biblical, and archaeological foundations of Purgatory.
GOOD OR EVIL: WHO DECIDES?
Is it the government? The courts? The Church? The Individual? The laws of morality used to be clearly defined. Then in the turbulent years of the latter twentieth century, societal dissent and disruption in all walks of life caused confusion and chaos. An investigation into the choice between good and evil and illustrates his address with a vast array of concrete examples in an attractive, witty, and riveting style.
THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS AND THE DE-CHRISTIANIZATION OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
A fascinating historical presentation on the twilight of Christian civilization from the perspective of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. How the secularization of the economy, laws and politics have contributed to the de-Christianization of Western culture and the consequent loss of Faith.
THE 12 PROMISES OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
A unique explanation of the twelve Promises made by Jesus to St Margaret Mary Alacoque in France, and their relevance to the life of a Catholic today.