WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 38     February 23, 2000


February 23, 2000

Feast of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
The Pope begins today the first leg of his historic Papal Pilgrimage of Salvation History

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Feast of
Saint Polycarp

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


   Today is the Feast of the Bishop and Martyr Saint Polycarp while tomorrow is the Seventh Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on St. Polycarp, see DAILY LITURGY.


"For he who is not against you is for you. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you are Christ's, amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."
Mark 9: 39-40

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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    How three blind mice...erh, ah monkeys, are leading American Catholics astray!
    Fr. Robert Drinan     Fr. Andrew Greeley     Fr. Daniel Maguire
    Fr. Robert DrinanFr. Andrew GreeleyFr. Daniel Maguire
      Today Dr. Frank Joseph continues the second of a three part essay on the dumbing of the Church in America by liberal media darling priests who get the ear of the press but whose words are shallow. Yet even shallower are the minds and consciences of American Catholics who buy the garbage being spewed by the likes of Fathers Robert Drinan, Andrew Greeley, and Daniel Maguire. Their gospel is false and we need to turn to what the Holy Father is saying to counteract this monkey business masquerading as experts for the Church in America. For, as Dr. Joseph points out, statistics show Catholics really don't have a clue how much they're playing into the hands of the pro-aborts by splitting their votes, either being apathetic to the whole process or endorsing immoral candidates and measures. For the second part of As the Catholic Church in America goes, so goes America! , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    The Church struggles to regain control of the investiture issue from the Holy Roman Emperor as Rome revolts ushering in a line of antipopes in the first half of the 12th Century
    The Holy See promotes the Crusades, beginning with Pope Urban II     Today, in our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER, we cover the first half of the twelfth century and the grueling conflict with the Holy Roman Empire over control chiefly over the the investiture issue which divided Church and state. In addition, the patrician wars raised their ugly heads, dividing into the two damaging camps of the Guelphs, who sided with the Pope, and the Ghibellines, who threw their support behind the Emperor. The papacy went through some troubling times during this period and were it not for the sage guidance of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux it might have crumbled even more because of deception, jealousies and all-out war between the cardinals which resulted in numerous antipopes during this period. For Installment thirty-seven The Church and the Empire: struggle for control, see BARQUE OF PETER

    Appreciation of the Angels
        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, presenting a brief catechesis, outlined in My Catholic Faith, on Angels. For the 116th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
    Pope Eugene IV   On this date 553 years ago in 1447 A.D. Pope Eugene IV passed on to his Heavenly reward after a sixteen year pontificate. He is best remembered for calling the 17th Ecumenical Council in 1431 during the first year of his pontificate. The council would last four years and be moved to three other venues for safety sake because of threats by conciliarists that an ecumenical council's decisions were superior to the Roman Pontiff. But the Council finally decreed that the Pope took preference over the council. During the same Council that began in Basle, moved to Ferrara and finished up in Florence. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    We reap what we sow!
    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".

    "If we start with the belief that most people in the world are crooks, it is amazing how many crooks we find. If, however, we go into the world with the assumption that everyone is nice, we are constantly running into nice people. To a great extent the world is what we make it. We get back what we give. If we sow hate, we reap hate; if we scatter love and gentleness we harvest love and happiness. "

    Coming Thursday:

  • Another thought-provoking, conscience-tweaking column by Pat Ludwa in his VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • The Pope's Angelus address from this past Sunday in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • The 117th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on February 24th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time on Thursday and Friday

  • ...and much more in our 39th issue for 2000!
    with a Catholic slant

    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

    GIF images used with permission of EWTN Pope embarks on historic biblical excursion today in his own backyard before winging to Egypt for second leg that will take him to key landmarks in Salvation History
    Paul VI Hall   Paul VI Hall will be alive with the spirit of the Patriarch Abraham today as Pope John Paul II walks in his footsteps in spirit as he kicks off his historic "Jubilee Journey." With holm oaks, a stone, frescos from the Roman Catacombs, mosaics, the Holy Father will lead his flock through the Old Testament call of God to the Hebrews. With a reverent liturgical celebration, the Pope will place himself in the footsteps of the "Father of Faith," inviting all to join him in spirit as the journey begins anew..continued inside

    Holy Father addresses over 4,000 Curia workers at special Jubilee of the Curia on Feast of the Chair of Peter
       In a special Jubilee celebration at the Vatican yesterday over 4,000 workers in the Roman Curia were inspired by the 264th Vicar of Christ in the line of Peter to reflect on Our Lord's call to Saint Peter, who despite his sinfulness and limitations, was chosen to become the visible head of the Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. This celebration bore even more significance since it was held on the Feast of the Chair of Peter. continued inside.

    Vatican keeping a keen eye on Austrian unrest as citizens resist far-right Freedom party
    AustriaCardinal Christoph Schoenborn - photo from Inside the Vatican    The volatile social and political situation in Austria has the Holy See watching closely, and the Austrian bishops, headed by Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the Church is leading Catholics of this historic country in prayer and dialogue in order to resolve dissent both within and outside the Church. Past history has taught current Church leaders that dissent, harsh words and action, can and do quickly deteriorate into war, as weas the case with a divided Austria in the time of Hitler. continued inside.

    Lawsuit over bulldozing site near Sermon on Mount could throw monkey-wrench into Pope's outdoor Mass there in March
       As John Paul II prepares for his trip to the Holy Land next month, there's legal trouble on the horizon in light of the fact Israel's Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) has threathened a court injunction against the Israeli government. The problem: the government bulldozed a hill near the Sea of Galilee, near where the Sermon on the Mount site is and an area left untouched for years. SPNI claims that the natural beauty of the land has been spoiled forever by plans for an amphitheater for the Holy Father's outdoor Mass in March. continued inside.

    Bush being offered litmus test to prove his sincerity that he's not anti-Catholic: heed Pope's plea of clemency for Texas man on death row
    Governor George W. Bush    The Holy Father, following Our Lord's example to forgive as Jesus did on the Cross, has pleaded with Texas Governor George W. Bush to grant clemency toward Odell Barnes who is slated for execution within the next two weeks. In this presidential election year and in light of the fallout in the Michigan primary yesterday from the false accusations against Bush that he is anti-Catholic, the governor's actions regarding the Pontiff's plea will weigh heavily with Christian voters over the next several weeks of primaries in major states. continued inside.

    Over 150,000 Catholics march in Puerto Rico to halt artillery testing in Diocese of Caguas
    Puerto Rico    Bishops from the dioceses of Puerto Rico, as well as other religious and civic leaders, participated in a massive peaceful march in San Juan over the weekend to bring home the point that all Puerto Ricans seek and end to the bombing tests in the area of Vieques by the U.S. Navy. The entire march, with over 150,000 participants, demonstrated with prayer and reflection in an orderly manner to bring an amiable solution and send a message to Bill Clinton to end the testing now for it has negatively affected the people in the area. continued inside.

    Vatican document "Memory and Reconciliation" will be released next Thursday in preparation for First Sunday of Lent
       In a document prepared after lengthy sessions, the long-awaited "Memory and Reconciliation" will be released at a special press conference at the Vatican next Thursday on March 2nd. This is but a prelude to March 12th which the Holy Father has earmarked as the "Day of Asking Pardon." This special document brings into focus the human errors made by Holy Mother Church over the course of centuries, but significantly focuses on the ever-continuous sinlessness of Jesus, Who alone nourishes His flock and has promised that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." continued inside.

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