In Other’s Words

Glory Be to Jesus Christ!  Glory Be Forever!

The Institute for Promoting the Gift of Truth, an institution for Christian research and education, was established in May 2010, at which time it took over management of Christian Unity in Diversity Central, the main Christian Education and Vatican II Implementation website (launched August 2008) of its parent ministry Donum Veritatis – The Gift of Truth Ministries, founded by William Baptiste SFO, a student of the well-known Biblical Theologian Dr. Scott Hahn.  In addition to seminar, workshop and course instructionDonum Veritatis and The Institute distribute in print and on the Internet the works of theology and Christian education published by Château Baptiste Publications for equipping Christians to build God’s Family and Kingdom with Love and Truth “So That the World May Believe.”

This page presents Donum Veritatis – The Gift of Truth Ministries, The Institute for Promoting the Gift  of Truth, their Founder, William Baptiste SFO, and some of his books,

In Other’s Words . . .

“outstanding,” “excellent,” “clear, thoughtful and thorough.”

Scott Hahn (Biblical Theologian) on the Institute’s book Love Unbounded

(First Draft Masters Theology Work)

 “What an extraordinary . . . study of our Mother! Superb!”  

–  World-Renowned Mariologist Dr. Mark Miravalle STD, on the Institute’s book Who Is Mary in the Church?

(First Draft Masters Theology Work)

“an energetic, compassionate, and exuberant, herald of the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”

Ron Semenoff SFO, 3rd Order of Saint Francis Fraternity Minister, on the Institute’s Founder

teaching the true meaning and proper implementation of the Second Vatican Council . . .

This ministry is certainly deserving of the prayers and financial support of all faithful Catholics . . . I strongly support, and recommend your support of the Donum Veritatis (The Gift of Truth) Ministries as an effective and important means

to spread the faith and to promote Christian unity.  It really is a ‘gift’ to the ‘Internet Generation.’  

  – Dr. Alan Schreck, Long-Time Theology Chair, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Catholic Christians like to know that the theology they read comes from people writing from “within the heart of the Church,” approved of by Catholic authorities.  Non-Catholic Christian readers will want to know if the wonderful things regarding Ecumenism and other topics on this website really represent genuinely Catholic teaching and positions.  So they all will be pleased to know that Dr. Alan Schreck, author, Church Historian and Vatican II specialist, and long-time Theology Chair at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, which Pope John Paul II once referred to as “the Catholic University most faithful to the teachings of the Church, in the whole world” [A]; has written of this Institute and website’s Founder and principal author

“I instructed William Baptiste [Peter William John Baptiste SFO] in a number of graduate courses in Theology at Franciscan University and can attest that he is an exceptional researcher and an effective and faithful teacher of the Catholic faith and authentic Catholic theology in accordance with the magisterium of the Church and the best of the Catholic intellectual tradition.”

Dr. Schreck, who teaches graduate courses and writes books on Vatican II, has written that

“One particular area of service [to the Church] that William can provide is on teaching the true meaning and proper implementation of the Second Vatican Council.  This is very critical today, and he is well-prepared to engage in this important work … I am confident in William’s accurate knowledge of and adherence to the true, orthodox meaning of Vatican II.”

Moreover, Dr. Schreck has specifically endorsed this ministry and website, also writing that

“William is a Catholic of exemplary character, who is especially dedicated to proclaiming the truth of the Catholic faith in a truly ecumenical spirit. I have been impressed with his creation of the Donum Veritatis (The Gift of Truth) Ministries with its Christian Unity in Diversity Central website. This ministry is certainly deserving of the prayers and financial support of all faithful Catholics who desire to promote Christian unity, as this mission has been a primary focus of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. (See Pope Benedict XVI’s first homily as Pope on April 5, 2005, regarding his commitment to ecumenism).”

“Again, I strongly support, and recommend your support of the Donum Veritatis (The Gift of Truth) Ministries as an effective and important means to spread the Catholic faith and to promote Christian unity.  It really is a ‘gift’ to the ‘Internet Generation.’

The founder insists that before many endorsements of himself or the ministries he founded are given on this page, this excerpt from his personal diary/journal, Joy in the Journal, dated February 25, 2012, should be read:

I am inadequate, Praise God!

This is my new motto, my life’s theme.  My own behaviour constantly proves that I am wholly inadequate to love my family, to love my dear Bride self-sacrificially as Jesus loves His Bride the Church.  I am wholly inadequate to image God the Father of Love to my own 6 wonderful children.  I am inadequate to the task of being founder and director of a Christian ministry.  I am inadequate to live my own ideal to “Rest and Rejoice Regardless” based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  I have every reason to daily pray, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner” . . . BUT JESUS IS ADEQUATE, and Jesus lives in the heart of every baptized Christian, including me (Galatians 2:20), together with His Father (John 14:23) and His Holy Spirit (Galatians 4:6).  The Trinity of Love who indwells every Christian, including me, is adequate. The Trinity is even “a spring of [living] water, welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14), more than adequate to empower every Christian, including me, to live in a way that makes God’s Love present and visible in the world, despite our and my many weaknesses and failures, as broken vessels carrying God’s Holy and Loving Perfection in our lives in the world . . . Yes, “I am inadequate, Praise God” –  for Jesus in me is adequate.

– William Baptiste SFO, Founder

William Baptiste SFO

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Bill [William Baptiste SFO] since 1994, and have personally been witness to his journey of faith since that time. I know Bill to be an energetic, compassionate, and exuberant, herald of the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  His Theology is centrist, and his fidelity to the Holy See is above reproach.”

Ron Semenoff  SFO, Third Order of Saint Francis Fraternity Minister

[William Baptiste SFO] is a very active and energetic man whose enthusiasm to bring better religious education to the youth and whose zeal for evangelization is very strong … Mr. Baptiste is an intelligent, zealous and capable man.  Above all, he is a man of faith who wants to pass on his faith to the younger generations … willing to stand for the truth according to the teachings of the Church.”

Father Liem Tran OP, Regional Prior (Superior), The Vietnamese Dominican Friars Vicariate of North America

“I am happy to provide a character reference for William.  I was his Spiritual Director for a time back in the late 1990s.  Even at that time I was impressed with his vibrant zeal for the Lord, and his desire to serve all people as a devout Christian and secular Franciscan.

From what I know of William, he has a pure heart and mind dedicated to the pursuit of academia in the Theology of the Church.  He has made substantial accomplishments in his Master’s Degree (with Honours), and remains committed to even further study in doctoral work.

He is a dedicated Husband and Father, and continues to trust and place his life in God’s hand to use him as an instrument of peace.

In whatever work, ministry, or study William chooses to pursue, I am confident that he would do so with deep zeal, prayer, and commitment.”

Kristoph Franz Dobrowolski SFO, Ph.D.Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Diocese of Calgary;  Executive Director of Sanctum Retreat and Sanctum Foundation, Alberta;  Co-Founder (with wife Mariette), Sandalsong Record Label (“Kristoph and Mariette have a true gift” – John Michael Talbot)

“What an extraordinary level of scholarship you’ve brought to your study of our Mother! Superb!”

–  Dr. Mark Miravalle STD, world-renowned Mariologist and author, Introduction to Mary: The Heart of Marian Doctrine and Devotion; The Dogma and the Triumph (with Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez); others – on the Masters Theology work which was the first draft of the Institute’s book Who Is Mary In The Church?

“I have come to appreciate [Peter William John Baptiste SFO’s] tremendous academic talent.  It is very difficult to conquer certain ideas, especially in a discipline that is not one’s own, and yet he did that in a seemingly easy and effortless way.  He was able to master the ideas and “clothe” them in his own words with nothing lost in the translation.  It is an extremely rare kind of student who can make a difficult discipline one’s own in the space of a semester …  Besides these talents of mind, there is a real goodness of character, and a willingness to try to do God’s will in his life.”

– Dr. James Harold, Philosophy Chair, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Regarding his ability to “clothe” ideas “in his own words with nothing lost in the translation,” Peter William John Baptiste SFO says, “nobody else speaks about the Church in quite the way I do, and that is deliberate, since the terms Christians use and the different ways they define them is part of what keeps us divided (part of the “language barrier” between Christians).  If everyone learns some new terms, with more precisely defined meanings (based on the Church’s mature self-reflection in Vatican II), such as the terms I use in the materials distributed by The Institute for Promoting the Gift of Truth, then we will have a new way of communicating with each other that avoids the misinterpretations of the past which Satan has used to keep us divided.  For example, if I use the term “Catholic Church,” that term means something negative to many Protestant Christians, part of their history their forefathers in faith rebelled against; it means something negative to many Eastern Orthodox Christians, who might be inclined to think the Western, Roman Christians “stole” it from the Undivided Early Church of both East and West; and it means something positive but likely incomplete to most Catholic Christians, who since the Muslim conquests of the Catholic East belong to the current largest Catholic Rite, the Roman Catholic Church.  Roman Rite Catholics frequently do not properly distinguish the term “Catholic Church” – which refers to the entire Catholic Communion – from the term “Roman Catholic Church,” which refers to only their one Rite, one Sister Church, one Patriarchate of the entire Catholic (Universal) Christian Communion head pastored by the Pope.  Thus instead of saying simply “Catholic Church,” I use terms that more fully reflect the Catholic Church’s mature understanding of itself dogmatically proclaimed in Vatican II’s ecclesiology, such as “the Catholic Communion of Orthodox Christian Sister Churches of East and West commonly known as the Catholic Church.” In using terms like this I mean everything that most Catholics mean whenever they say “Catholic Church,” but unlike the simple term “Catholic Church,” this term cannot be misinterpreted to mean merely the “Roman Catholic Church” as it does in the minds of many Roman Rite Catholics who are not yet well-versed in the Catholic Church’s official self-understanding proclaimed at Vatican II.  This term cannot be misinterpreted by Eastern Orthodox Christians to think it means “Roman only” and does not properly and ideally include them (as it did in the First Millennium).  This term cannot be misinterpreted by Protestant Christians to mean this dark “Romanist” ogre from their past, but forces them to learn and discover just what the fullness of the Catholic Church is – always much more than the Roman Rite they broke away from at a difficult time in its history – and they will find it to be something they already share greatly “in heart,” as the Protestant Reformers took about 90% of the Catholic Christian faith with them when they left.  In all this, just being careful about the terms we use and how we define them avoids deeply ingrained misconceptions that often cause communication to break down.”

Ongoing High Vatican Regard for the Franciscan University of Steubenville which trained the Founder and Principal Author of The Institute for Promoting the Gift of Truth, which has been endorsed by the University’s Long-Time Theology Chair Dr. Alan Schreck

Franciscan University of Steubenville “is the Catholic University most faithful to the teachings of the Church, in the whole world.” [A]

– Blessed Pope John Paul II

Franciscan University of Steubenville is “one of the finest Catholic universities, not only in the United States, but in the world.”

His Eminence John Cardinal Foley, former president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications

Franciscan University of Steubenville  “speaks volumes in Rome.  It is well-known in the Vatican, because it is a model of what a Catholic university should be.”

Francis Campbell, British Ambassador to the Holy See

Endnote

[A] This was testified by Father Ilija Zivkovic, the Minister General of the Franciscan Third Order Regular (TOR), at Mass in Christ the King Chapel at Franciscan University of Steubenville, on Monday, July 28, 2003.  The worldwide head of the TOR, based in Rome, reported that he saw John Paul II frequently, and he said that whenever the Pope saw him, “Holy Father always asks, ‘how is Steubenville?’ ”  When he talked to Blessed John Paul II shortly before coming to Steubenville in 2003, “Holy Father said Steubenville was the Catholic University most faithful to the teachings of the Church, in the whole world.”  I am certain that the Pope did not intend his statement as part of a definitive ranking of faithful Catholic Universities, but Blessed Pope John Paul II clearly intended to convey his high opinion of Franciscan University of Steubenville as one of the most faithful Catholic Universities in the world, as a compliment to the head of the Order which runs the University.

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