TUESDAY     February 29, 2000    vol. 11, no. 42    SECTION TWO

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  • SIMPLY SHEEN
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Daily WORD
    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant:
  • Cardinal O'Connor's replacement is a Capuchin from Fall River
  • Holy Father levels boom on liberal liturgists and theologians with remarks at closing symposium on Vatican II
  • Bishop Myers establishes ideal training center for proper catechesis
  • Bush apologizes to all Catholics for any misconceptions
  • Members of Order of Holy Sepulchre to celebrate their Jubilee beginning tomorrow


  • God loves everyone, so should we!

       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".

    "Many psyychiatrists today know very well that all they have to do to help certain distressed minds is to listen to their stories. Convince the anxious heart that you know the secret of his anxiety and he is already half cured. Even if we can convince the enemy that we have no bitterness in our heart against him, his arm will fall helpless at his side. All mental abnormalities have their roots in selfishness, all happiness has its roots in kindness. But to be really kind, one must see in everyone an immortal soul to be loved for God's sake. Then everyone is precious."

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    DAILY LITURGY    Today and tomorrow we continue to observe Ordinary Time for the final full week of Ordinary Time until June 12th. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Tuesday, February 29, 2000

        First Reading: 1 Peter 1: 10-16
        Responsorial: Psalm 98: 1-4
        Gospel Reading: Mark 10: 28-31


    Wednesday, March 1, 2000

        First Reading: 1 Peter 1: 18-25
        Responsorial: Psalm 147: 19-20
        Gospel Reading: Mark 10: 32-45

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    The DAILY WORD

    "But many who are first now will be last, and many who are last now will be first."

    Mark 10: 31

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    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant


    REPORT: MASSACHUSETTS BISHOP TO SUCCEED CARDINAL O'CONNOR

        NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - The bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts, will be chosen as the successor of New York's Cardinal John O'Connor, according to a report by the New York Daily News today.

        The newspaper quoted Church sources as saying Bishop Sean O'Malley, 55, who leads the diocese that includes Cape Cod and tony Martha's Vineyard as well as blue-collar New Bedford and Fall River, has been placed at the top of the Vatican's list. "Remember, John O'Connor was a surprise, too," the source told the Daily News, referring to the selection in 1984 of the then-bishop of Scranton, Pennsylvania, to succeed the late Terence Cardinal Cooke.

        Before he was appointed to Fall River eight years ago, Bishop O'Malley, a Capuchin Franciscan known for often wearing his friar's robes instead of more formal wear, was bishop of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. He also speaks several languages, including Spanish, an important consideration in multi-ethnic New York.

        The recent appointment of Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law to the Vatican's Congregation of Bishops may influence Bishop O'Malley's high-ranking on the short list of successors. Cardinal Law is a close friend of both Cardinal O'Connor and his neighbor, Bishop O'Malley. An announcement could come from the Vatican as early as Tuesday.

        Cardinal O'Connor first submitted his resignation from his office five years ago on his 75th birthday according to canon law, but after undergoing brain surgery for a tumor last year, speculation that a successor would be named soon was stepped up. The cardinal canceled his customary celebration of Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday because of weakness, spokesman Joseph Zwilling said.

        "The cardinal has been experiencing weakness during this week, and doctors have some concern about his health at present," Zwilling said. "While he's been weak before, it seems to have been much more pronounced during this past week."

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    POPE WARNS AGAINST ERRONEOUS INTERPRETATIONS OF VATICAN II
    Conclusion of International Symposium on Ecumenical Event

        VATICAN CITY, FEB 27 (ZENIT).- "The Ecumenical Council Vatican II was an authentic prophecy for the life of the Church," stated John Paul II as he closed the international symposium on the application of Vatican Council II held in Rome this past weekend. This ends a series of meetings convoked over the past few years to prepare the Church for the Jubilee.

        According to the Pope, that historical Council was, above all, "an experience of faith," unchanging testimony of a Church that is "the People of God walking in the paths of history, the Church of Christ of which modern men and women are still in need, if they wish to understand themselves profoundly. Because of this, it is important to continue studying in depth the teachings of that Council.

        The Symposium began on Friday, with the participation of 250 persons, among whom were Cardinals, Bishops, theologians, and qualified lay people. The need to reflect again on that Council on the occasion of the Jubilee was manifested by John Paul II in his 1994 Apostolic Letter "Tertium Millennium Adveniente," which announced the convocation of the Holy Year, establishing its preparatory phase for reflection by the entire Church.

    Experience of Faith

        In his address to close the Symposium, John Paul II stated first and foremost that the Council was an experience of faith of the Church, which abandoned itself to God, "without reservations, with the attitude of one who trusts and has the certainty of being loved." Therefore, "anyone who tries to approach the Council ignoring this key to the reading would be deprived of the possibility to enter its profound spirit."

        "The Council Fathers were faced with a real challenge," the Holy Father continued. To "understand more intimately, in a period of rapid changes, the nature of the Church and its relation with the world in order to effect an opportune 'updating.'"

        Recalling that he was also among the participants in the Council, the Holy Father said: "we accepted that challenge and responded by searching for more coherent understanding of the faith."

    Recover Original Intention

        The Pope explained that this Symposium continued with the work carried out by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 1985, 20 years after the conclusion of the Council. That ecumenical meeting "requires an ever more profound knowledge," as "it is necessary not to lose the genuine intention of the Council Fathers; on the contrary, it must be recovered, overcoming cautious and partial interpretations that impede expressing to the maximum the novelty of the Council Magisterium."

        The Pope was very clear: "To read the Council assuming that it supposes a rupture with the past, when in reality it is aligned with the everlasting faith, is clearly erroneous."

    Four Fundamental Constitutions

        This continuity of Vatican Council II with 2000 years of Church history was emphasized by the Holy Father, when he referred to the four fundamental Council Constitutions.

        In "Dei Verbum," the centrality of the Word of God in the life of the Church "asks each one of us to assume our own responsibility at the moment of conserving it intact in the process of transmission."

        "Sacrosanctum Concilium" illustrated "the premises for a liturgical life that renders to God the authentic worship owed to him by the people."

        "Lumen Gentium," expresses the principle of communion in the Church, which becomes "evident in the various institutional forms in which the ecclesial ministry is carried out and in the function of Peter's successor as visible sign of the unity of all believers." From this moment, the "impetus of the ecumenical desire" became "irreversible," the aspiration for unity among all believers in Christ.

        Finally, "Gaudium et Spes" shows that the Church "is conscious of possessing a message that fruitfully summarizes the hope of every man and the response God gives him."

    Majestic Tree

        The "little seed" of the Council, an expression used by John XXIII in 1961, has become today, according to the Pope, "a tree" of "majestic branches." Therefore, in bidding farewell to the Symposium participants, the Pope left them with a very concrete message: "A new season is opening before our eyes: it is the time to go profoundly into the Council teachings, the time of the harvest of what was sowed by the Council Fathers."

        "The Ecumenical Council Vatican II was an authentic prophecy for the life of the Church; it will continue to be this during many years of the third millennium that has just begun," the Pope concluded. ZE00022705

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    US DIOCESE TO ESTABLISH INSTITUTE TO TRAIN CATECHISTS

        PEORIA, 28 (NE) Bishop John J. Myers of Peoria recently announced the establishment of an ongoing "Diocesan Catechetical Institute," aiming at a renewal in the way teachers of the Catholic faith -in its schools, religious education programs, and other ministries- are trained, certified, updated, and recruited. "It is my hope and firm belief that this Institute will build the kind of pool of dedicated and effective teachers and catechists which is the dream of every director, principal, and pastor," wrote Bishop Myers in a recent letter to all pastors and administrators of religious education programs.

        The institute, to be dedicated to St. John Bosco, will have as its mission the preparation and formation of catechists in the deep riches of the faith. "We expect to raise up a veritable army of teachers and catechists who are able to effect the kind of catechetical renewal which the Church is not only calling for, but anticipating," wrote Bishop Myers. The project of establishing an institute was presented by Bishop Myers for the first time in a 1993 Pastoral Letter. With the title, "To Reach Full Knowledge of the Truth," the letter regarding religious education stressed the urgent need to renew the teaching of religion in the diocese.


      Bush clears air with Catholics over anti-Catholic misconceptions that were promulgated by the McCain camp

         Hoping to convince Catholics in America, especially New York, the Governor of Texas, George W. Bush made a special point to clear the air of any bias and that he harbors no anti-Catholic sentiments whatsoever by writing a sincere letter to Cardinal John O'Connor. He points to his long friendship with the cardinal, citing that he views Catholics as his brothers and sisters in Christ. While acknowledging that accusations are part of the political campaign process, Bush spoke out against Senator John McCain's below-the-belt tactics of "guilt by association" just because the governor spoke at Bob Jones University which does harbor ill feelings toward Catholics. What it all boils down to is that Bush's record and platform, other than on capital punishment, is more in line with Catholic doctrine than McCain's more liberal abortion record. If Alan Keyes cannot gain the steam necessary to make a run, then Bush has to be the Catholic's obvious choice to oust the culture of death from the White House. continued inside.

    BUSH WRITES APOLOGY TO CATHOLICS

        NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush sent an open letter to Cardinal John O'Connor of New York on Friday, in which he denied any association with anti-Catholic bias by a South Carolina university where he spoke recently.

        Bush, the governor of Texas, has been criticized in the media and by opponent Arizona Sen. John McCain for speaking at Bob Jones University, whose leaders have called the Catholic Church a satanic cult. Bush told the cardinal, "Such opinions are personally offensive to me, and I want to erase any doubts about my views and values."

        Citing the long friendship between the cardinal and his family, Bush said he sees Catholics as brothers and sisters in Christ, and that his own brother and sister-in-law are Catholic. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush converted to Catholicism in recent years.

        "Criticism should be expected in any political campaign," Bush wrote. "What no American should expect -- and what I will not tolerate -- is guilt by association." Bush supporters have echoed this view, asking if anyone who appears on the Cable News Network should have to disavow himself from the views held by founder and Time-Warner vice-chairman Ted Turner, who has expressed strongly anti-Christian and especially anti-Catholic sentiments.

        Meanwhile, McCain has continued to criticize Bush as a tool of radical religious leaders, issuing strong rebukes of Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, and Jerry Falwell, president of Liberty University, as "agents of intolerance." Speaking before the Virginia GOP primary, McCain said neither the Republican nor Democratic parties should "be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton, on the left, or Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell on the right."

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      Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre to begin their Jubilee celebration in Rome tomorrow

         The Order of the Holy Sepulcher, with over 3,500 Knights and Dames and ecclesiastics globally, will begin their Jubilee celebration tomorrow through from March 4. Estabished during the time of the First Crusade, the Order underwent changes during the course of history and today their role is even more pertinent in light of the Pope's impending visit to the Holy Land next month. The over 20,000 membership give financial aid to the Latin Patriarch and undertake social concerns as well throughout the Holy Land. continued inside.

    JUBILEE OF ORDER OF HOLY SEPULCHER
    Provide Aid to Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

        VATICAN CITY, FEB 27 (ZENIT).- The Jubilee of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem will take place from March 1-4. The event will bring together in Rome some 3,500 Knights, Dames and ecclesiastics from all over the world, who are members of this institution.

        The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher was established to defend pilgrims threatened by many dangers when journeying to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in 1099, shortly after the conquest of the Holy City by Crusaders. Among pilgrims the custom began to request membership in the Order upon arrival in Jerusalem. The investiture was carried out by the Latin Patriarch and, in time, by the Franciscan Custodian of the Holy Land. In 1496 Pope Alexander VI restricted membership in the Order of the Holy Sepulcher to important personages going on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

        In 1847, after the Latin Patriarchy of Jerusalem was re-established, Pope Pius IX gave new life to the Order with the Bull "Nulla Celebrior," entrusting it with the task of helping the Patriarchy in its activities and needs. The last time these statutes were updated was in 1996, when John Paul II established that the charitable objectives of the institution, to insure material and spiritual support to Christian communities in the Holy Land, remain unaltered. Thus, the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher have concentrated their efforts in assisting Christian families, the majority of whom are Palestinian, who are pressed to emigrate given the difficult social, economic and political situation of the country.

        The 20,000 Knights and Dames of the Order give decisive support to the Latin Patriarchy's needs, especially priests, the patriarchal seminary, and parish schools with over 15,000 pupils. They have also undertaken initiatives of a social nature, including the construction of homes, assistance to professional schools, and facilitation of loans for agricultural activities and craftsmanship. ZE00022702

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