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  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial
  • Michael Vincent Boyer's column on why Hollywood is blocking the chip
  • APPRECIATION OF THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH - Installment 110 - Unity of the Blessed Trinity part one
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Daily WORD
  • Monthly Medjugorje Message for January
  • Be an angel! Help keep the DailyCATHOLIC on-line and reaching more souls!

  • "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's"

        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

    Limit Caesar before it's too late!

    Michael Cain, editor

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    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. 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

    What Hollywood doesn't want you to know

    part two

    A Brief History of the TV Ratings Disaster

        Senator Joseph Lieberman's on what the public wants:
        "higher quality and lower amounts of what might be called 'Must Flee TV' and the attitude of 'anything goes' mentality."

          During debate in Congress over the Telecommunications Act in 1996, the issue arose over a provision for television manufacturers to install a chip that would block offensive programming through the use of a remote control and on-screen menu. Originally, and more appropriately, the small device to be installed in TV sets was known as the C-Chip (C for Choice). In a speech concerning the Telecom bill, President Bill Clinton referred to the device as the Vi-Chip (V for Violence) as if that was the only content concern from American audiences. Because the president has a bad habit of redefining the English language, we will clarify his attempt at deception by simply using "The Chip". In order for the process to work, a ratings system needed to be in place for entertainment related programs that would display the show's rating in the upper left hand corner of the screen and allow the user to block certain content-rated shows.

          The entertainment industry put on a show of outrage, declaring war on the legislation claiming the tired old "censorship" cry, even though the legislation actually offered freedom of choice. TV manufacturers cried foul saying the installation would raise the price of television by hundreds of dollars per set. Advocates for choice were insulted by the industry's condescending position toward viewers and by television producer's own failure at letting entertainment sink so low in the first place. Various congressmen and interest groups kept up the pressure for action. When the Telecom Bill finally passed, leaders of the television industry were allowed to set up a ratings system to work in conjunction with "The Chip". Everyone involved knew that was like letting the fox guard the hen-house. But, as the maniac Ted Turner said in a brief episode of sanity, "If we don't do it, someone (government) will do it for us." Adding to the complication was the loophole that each network and cable station would be allowed to apply their own definitions of standards to each individual ratings code. The industry quickly rallied around MPAA president Jack Valenti to help broker a solution. It was Valenti who established the ratings system for feature films in 1968 by abolishing the movie industry's own Production Code of ethics, a move that caused the rapid decline in feature film quality and content and the dramatic increase in vulgarity and depictions of debased moral values. What better choice than the two-faced industry lobbyist who pretends to placate the audience while doing the bidding for the industry. However, the TV industry was moving ahead at snail's pace.

          But, by early 1996, the TV industry finally gave in to rising public pressure and said it would work together to promote a rating system compatible with "The Chip". But, a new call to arms was about to begin. The system proposed by the industry was almost identical to the one developed by Valenti for the motion picture industry. No surprise there. Throughout all of 1996, the defenders and detractors of television ratings waged a heated debate with the public and congressional leaders saying that the system was basically worthless without additional content descriptors that would denote sexual situations, violence, coarse and suggestive language. The industry talk and media coverage of the ratings fell silent just before the presidential election in November 1996 with a few industry leaders actually saying they agreed with Clinton's support of ratings. After all, Hollywood knew Clinton had to pretend to support morality if he was to beat Bob Dole, who the entertainment industry despised after Dole challenged them to clean up their act in early 1996.

          But, once Clinton's victory was cinched, it was back to the same old stone-walling as the manipulative Jack Valenti said the industry would not budge from its original age-based system, and added that the government need not interfere or "we're going to be in court in a nanosecond." Despite the threat, it was a short time before the industry, minus NBC and BET, signed off to adding content-based descriptors to the age-based labels. Senator Joseph Lieberman said that the public wants "higher quality and lower amounts of what might be called 'Must Flee TV' and the attitude of 'anything goes' mentality."

          As for "The Chip", television manufacturers are still pleading for more time to "fine-tune" the system, even though the little electronic chip was invented back in 1993 by Canadian engineer Tim Collings and could cost as little as one dollar if installed directly into sets by the manufacturer or up to $35 if retrofitted into special digital cable boxes, according to Shaw Communications of Canada.

          Finally, parents are still confused and misled about ratings given the fact that each network and cable channel decides what is and what isn't offensive. And as one industry insider said, "That's the way we like it."

    Michael Vincent Boyer

    Tommorow: The devil's disciples: Hollywood and Washington part one: The Ties that Bind

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    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

    installment 110: Unity of the Blessed Trinity part one

          "And the Catholic Faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance...But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is one, the glory equal, themajesty co-eternal...The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is the Father alone: not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is the Father and the Son: not made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding ...And in this Trinity nothing is afore or after, nothing is greater or less, but the whole three Persons are co-eternal together, and co-equal" (From the Athanasian Creed).

          The three divine Persons are perfectly equal to one another, because all are one and the same God. "Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father Uncreated, the Son Uncreated, and the Holy Ghost Uncreated. The Father Infinite, the Son Infinite, and the Holy Ghost Infinite. The Father Eternal, the Son Eternal, and the Holy Ghost Eternal, and yet they are not Three Eternals but One Eternal. As also there are not Three Uncreated, nor Three Infinite, but One Uncreated, and One Infinite. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not Three Almighties, but One Almighty." (From the Athanasian Creed).

          All three Persons are equal in every way, equal in power and glory. The attributes and external works of God are common to all three Persons. However, in human speech we attribute certain works to each Person.

          Thus we attribute to the Father the works of creation, to the Son the work of redemption, and to the Holy Ghost the work of sanctification. In reality these works belong equally to all three. The three divine Persons, though really distinct from one another, are one and the same God because all have one and the same divine nature.

          Each of the divine Persons is God. "So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Ghost is Lord. And yet they are not three Lords but one Lord. For, like as we are compelled by Christian truth to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord, so are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion to say there be three Gods or three Lords." (From the Athanasian Creed).

          There are three Persons, but only one Being. The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Ghost. The Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is neither the Father nor the Son.

          It was the Son Who became man and died for us, not the Father or the Holy Spirit. But when we receive God the Son in Holy Communion, we also spiritually receive God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. The Blessed Trinity then dwells in us as in a Temple.

      Tomorrow: Unity of the Blessed Trinity part two

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       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.

    Tuesday, February 15, 2000

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

    Wednesday, February 16, 2000

        First Reading: James 1: 19-27
        Responsorial: Psalm 15: 2-5
        Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 22-26

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    "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

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    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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