TUESDAY     vol. 11, no. 32     February 15, 2000

February 15, 2000

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Sixth Tuesday in Ordinary Time


First Reading:
  James 1: 12-18
  Psalm 94: 12-15, 18-19
  Mark 8: 14-21


   Today is the Sixth Tuesday in Ordinary Time with tomorrow being the Sixth Wednesday in Ordinary Time during a week primarily observing Ordinary Time where green vestments are the norm. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.


"Why do you argue because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive, nor understand? Is your heart still blinded? Though you have eyes do you not see, and though you have ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?"

Mark 8: 17-18

The Gospa's message for January
January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

    "Dear children! I call you, little children, to pray without ceasing. If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation. That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who give a gift of peace and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God's peace and love which He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's"
CATHOLIC PewPOINT     In today's editorial, we introduce our newest columnist Michael Vincent Boyer and point to the importance of his input for a Catholic perspective of what's happening in Hollywood and the political scene in this pivotal election year. It is not enough to give lip service to the passage above from Matthew 22: 21, we need to put in in action by limiting Caesar's influence and increasing Christ's influence. For today's editorial Limit Caesar before it's too late! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

The so-called chip for regulating violence and sex on TV is really the chip on Hollywood's shoulders!
    Today we continue a probing, in-depth series begun Friday by Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider on what's happening in the entertainment industry. There has been a lot of rhetoric about the cure-all "chip" that would allow TV viewers to control violence and sex on their own television sets. Bill Clinton It's a simple device that was ready years ago but Hollywood big-wigs and Bill Clinton himself have stalled implementation of it with every feeble excuse they can in an effort to either kill it or tamper with it. For part three of his column, see MOVIES & MORALS-VIDEOS & VIRTUES-TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE

Appreciation of the Unity of the Blessed Trinity
    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. Today we present the third part of this brief catechesis on the essence of the Holy Trinity with the Unity of the Blessed Trinity. For the 110th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
Blessed Pope Eugene III Pope Pius VI   On this date two Popes were elected, one 855 years ago in 1145 when Blessed Pope Eugene III became the 167th successor of Peter and was remembered for dispatching a Crusade and completing the College of Cardinals. He also began construction of the Papal Palace at the Vatican. Also 225 years ago the Sacred Conclave chose as the 250th in the line of Peter, Pope Pius VI whose 24 year pontificate was frought with contending with Napoleon Bonaparte and being arrested and humiliated by the little general. The Pope was force to pay the French despot tremendous sums from the Church coffers as well as surrender priceless works of art. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Which direction has America taken? You be the judge!
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

"The latent power of blood and sweat and tears in our American youth will be captured within the next generation by one of the other forces: either by some political crackpot who will turn that desire for sacrifice into something like Nazism, Fascism, or Communism, or by our leaders, political, educational and moral who will first show self-discipline and moral courage in their own lives and thus give an example to others."

    Coming Wednesday:

  • The 111th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • The continuing series of Michael Vincent Boyer's new column MOVIES & MORALS-VIDEOS & VIRTUES-TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE during debut week

  • Pro-Life Prescriptions by Dr. Frank Joseph in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on February 16th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Sixth Wednesday and Thursday in Ordinary Time and Thursday's Feast of the Seven Servite Founders

  • ...and much more in our 33rd issue for 2000!

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Palestinian Refugee Camp on Holy Father's itinerary during his Jubilee Journey to the Holy Land
   While Israeli officials might not welcome the news, everyone else should. That is the news that His Holiness John Paul II will make a side trip to a Palestinian Refugee Camp near Bethlehem to comfort those who were forced to flee during the Arab-Israeli war over fifty years ago. The announcement was made by Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michael Sabbah at the close of the Synod of Bishops from the Eastern Rites in union with Rome. The Holy Father will be in the Holy Land between March 20th and March 26th. continued inside

Cardinal Ratzinger heading for Madrid for Faith and Reason Symposium just as Madrid's Archbishop calls for Spain to say no to abortion
Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Valera - photo from Inside the VaticanCardinal Joseph Ratzinger - photo from Inside the Vatican    Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Valera, Archbishop of Madrid, is about to get reinforcements from Rome in the campaign to reject the abortion agenda being pushed in Spain. That help is the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who will be in Madrid tomorrow for the start of a special two-day conference highlighting the Pope's most recent encyclical Fides et Ratio. He will speak before a panel of experts and the public in general in upholding the Holy See's views on Faith and Reason. continued inside.

Scottish Highlands sink to the lowlands when Parliament pulls a betrayal on Scottish people and Cardinal Winning by scrapping Section 28 in surprise move ScotlandCardinal Thomas Winning - photo from Inside the Vatican    Even though the British House of Lords passed Section 28 much to the delight of Catholics, moralists and Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning, who had campaigned long and hard for decency and morality to be upheld, their celebration was very short-lived with the sudden, shocking news that the Scottish Parliament was going to do their own thing and regardless of Britain's mandate, reject Section 28, thereby opening the door for the devil by promoting homosexuality in Scottish schools. A sad day indeed in the highlands. continued inside.

Cardinal George encourages art for God's sake in preparation of Jubilee for Artists celebration this weekend
Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI    Though the special main Jubilee celebration for artists will be held in Rome on Friday, it is also being held in various other places including Chicago where the Archbishop of the Windy City Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI is encouraging artists to express their creations the way God intended illustrating in their own inimitable way the beauty God created and cultivating the "artistic 'inspiration'" that "gives insight into the action of the Holy Spirit, Who 'is the mysterious Artist of the universe." continued inside.

Politics of Religion coming back to haunt Hillary Clinton as Giuliani walks a tight rope with his Catholicity
Rudolph GiulianiHillary Clinton    The bitter battle for senator of New York has begun with candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani trading barbs and the one launched by the latter could come back to haunt the first lady who is now carpetbagging for the Democratic seat in the Senate from New York. The current mayor of the big apple has accused Clinton of hypocrisy in her stance on religion, citing many instances that belie her words for actions speak much louder, but it is possible that Giuliani - a cafeteria Catholic - has found her achilles heel and is trying to stomp on her. At the same time he should examine his own Catholicism and embrace the culture of life no matter what is politically expedient. continued inside.

Double standards and hypocrisy betray Clinton administration in not investigating liberal factions
Bill Clinton    Once again there is overwhelming evidence of the prejudices of the Clinton administration against pro-life organizations and those promoting a Christian culture of behavior and standards for his administration has refused to investigate the liberal organization Americans United for their intimidating tactics in trying to get non-profits and churches to back down from speaking out against the injustices and immorality in America. This intimidation has benefited the Democratic ticket by these neo-Nazi tactics and conservative Republican leaders want to know why attorney general Janet Reno has steadfastly refused to delve into these wrongdoings while feverishly going after conservatives. continued inside.

Still two years away, Toronto is already making preparations for World Youth Day 2002
Canada will be first in July of 2002    Though the Vatican has not made it official yet, it is no secret that World Youth Day in 2002 will be held in Toronto, Canada and those north of the border in this metropolitan city are overjoyed. They figure there is no time to lose and have already begun preparations for this joyous event that will not only bring youth from all over the world to the shores of Lake Ontario - estimated at a million visitors - but the Holy Father as well. continued inside.

Eh, say it ain't true, Canada! Don't let your country sink to the depths by succumbing to the gay agenda.
Canada   Let's hope when World Youth Day does kick off in 2002 that Canada will not have sunk to the depths because of moral depravity through new legislation that has been introduced in Ottawa that would recognize same-sex benefits and open the door for homosexuality as an accepted way of life throughout the great white north, eventually causing a measure similar to the one on the California ballot where the sacredness of marriage must be defended. continued inside.

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