TUESDAY     vol. 11, no. 27     February 8, 2000
DAILY CATHOLIC for 

February 8, 2000

Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani
SPECIAL NOVENA
In preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes next Friday, we present a special Nine Day Novena with today being the seventh day. See NOVENA




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Fifth Tuesday in Ordinary Time
and
Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani

TODAY'S LITURGY:

First Reading:
  1 Kings 8: 22-23, 27-30
Responsorial:
  Psalm 84: 3-5, 10-11
Gospel:
  Mark 7: 1-13

DAILY LITURGY

   Today is the Fifth Tuesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, priest while tomorrow we observe the Fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on St. Jerome, see DAILY LITURGY.

The DAILY WORD

"Well did Isaias prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; and in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the precepts of men.'"

Mark 7: 6-7

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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Confusion and diversion
create monsters of perversion!
CATHOLIC PewPOINT     In today's editorial, we challenge the political correct aficianodoes in showing how they are all confused and have turned normal into abnormal. We call for a new kind of correctness: "Christ correctness" to offset the insidious, insipid and extremely dangerous agenda of those who espouse the political correctness anthem that is threatening to make the abnormal normal and make us feel guilty about it. To that we say: "Political correctness be damned! for it comes from the damned one - satan! For today's editorial Those who oppose solid Church teaching could be called perverts! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Appreciation of
Divine Tradition

   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, concentrating today on the second part of our short treatise on Divine Tradition. For the 105th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
Pope Julius III   On this date 450 years ago in 1550 the Sacred Conclave chose their fellow colleague Cardinal Giovanni Maria del Monte, the 63 year-old Bishop of Palestrina, as the 221st successor of Peter. He chose the name Pope Julius III and, after celebrating the Jubilee Year, set about to strengthen the Church by reopening the Council of Trent a year later. He also strongly opposed the Protestant leader - German emperor Charles V and pushed for the legitimacy of Mary of Tudor's right to the English throne. Unfortunately her half sister Elizabeth prevailed through treachery and England has never been the same. His pontificate lasted five years for he died on March 23, 1555. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


What more appropriate film to recommend this week than the glory of Lourdes - "Song of Bernadette"!
Song of Bernadette   While we provide reviews of three films making their debut in video stores today - "Blue Streak," "Tarzan," and "The Astronaut's Wife" - those can all be easily dismissed and forgotten when compared with our two recommended videos for the week. One is the most recent classic by Victor Hugo "Les Miserables" starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush in the dueling roles of hunted and hunter, and the tres excellent film produced in 1943 and 56 years later still a classic in the truest sense - David O. Selznick's masterpiece "Song of Bernadette" that we can't praise enough for Jennifer Jones' Oscar winning performance as Saint Bernadette of Soubirous in Lourdes. For the reviews of all these videos, see VIDEOS & VIRTUES


Tears of salvation!
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".

"Even in their early failures, the parents are not to be discouraged, remembering that fifteen centuries ago when the heart of a mother was broken for her wanton boy, St. Ambrose said to her: 'Fear not, Monica; the child of so many tears cannot perish.' That vain and wanton boy grew up to be the great and learned St. Augustine, whose Confessions everyone ought to read before he dies."

    Coming Wednesday:

  • The 106th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • The second of three installments leading up to the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

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

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on February 9th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and Thursday's Feast of Saint Scholastica

  • ...and much more in our 28th issue for 2000!
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant


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


Holy Father inaugurates new entrance to Vatican museums including section dedicated to his own papacy
   The Renaissance Popes have nothing on our present Holy Father who yesterday officially opened the new entrance to the Vatican Museum designed by famed Florentine sculptor Giuliano Vangi who fashioned a marble monument entitled "Crossing the Threshold" at the entrance to signify and salute John Paul II's magnificent pontificate. The new entrance is not only intended to reduce the wait for pilgrims in touring the vast museum, but will serve as the only entrance, creating a one-way where the exit will be the old entrance. This should expedite traffic through the Museum. continued inside


Good News! Catholic population on the rise per latest numbers from the Holy See
   The Holy Father and the bishops he has appointed must be doing something right with the announcement from the Vatican that the population of priests is up and Catholics have increased in number by forty million well exceeding the billion mark worldwide with the New World (North and South America) heading the list as the highest percentage of Catholics: 63% followed by Europe at 41% and then tails off to where Asia is only a little over three percent, another reason the Pope has targeted this largest of continents in the new millennium. continued inside.


Papal Nuncio to Indonesia praises President Wahid, optimistic after papal meeting Indonesia    Following the meeting Saturday with Pope John Paul II the new president of Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid pledged he would work for peace and the Apostolic Nuncio in Jakarta Archbishop Renzo Fratini believes he will for he is on record as calling Wahid a blessing after such bad management by the previous regimes. Wahid, Archbishop Fratini generally believes, is trying to balance religious tolerance and democracy in this 7,000 mile archipelago which comprises the largest Muslim population in the world. continued inside.


Gumbleton on another gay-agenda tirade as he once again embarasses Cardinal Maida and all Catholics with his heretical stances
Past bizarre acts by Bishop Gumbleton documented in Catholic World Report    Once again Detroit's Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, already notorious for his gay Masses and ultra liberal tendencies that border on heresy, is at it again by promoting an ordinance that would favor the homosexual lifestyle and contribute to the culture of death camp, something his immediate superior Cardinal Adam Maida vociferously opposes. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Cardinal Maida would just put a muzzle on Gumbleton? continued inside.


Cleveland Bishop trying to make it a good year in Italian town by tweaking conscience of Good Year
   While Gumbleton is doing damage to the Church, another bishop at the other end of Lake Erie Bishop Anthony Pilla is doing all he can to prevent damage control in an Italian village for Goodyear Tires has threatened to close down their plant in Cisterna, Italy, thus leaving 571 villagers jobless. Because Goodyear is headquartered in the Cleveland area, Bishop Pilla has met with executives there and convinced them to take these workers' plight into consideration before they close the plant. Executives have agreed to wait a while before closing in helping them relocate other work. continued inside.


Washington, D.C.'s Cardinal Hickey to receive K of C's highest honor in April
Cardinal James Hickey - photo from Inside the Vatican   Cardinal James Aloysius Hickey, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. will receive the highest honor the Knights of Columbus fraternity can bestow on someone when he accepts the Gaudiem et Spes Award on April 1st. He joins colleague Cardinal John O'Connor and the late Mother Teresa as the only recipients of this most prestigious award. continued inside.


Maronites to celebrate Jubilee tomorrow in Rome
His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir - PatriarchSt. Mary Major
  His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir , Patriarch of the Maronite Church will celebrate Mass in St. Mary Major Basilica tomorrow as the first eastern rite to celebrate the Jubilee this year. It is to show solidarity with Rome and celebrate their unique roots dating back to the use of Aramaic, the language Christ spoke. continued inside.


Cardinal George sees progress in politicians rethinking the death penalty
Cardinal Francis George, OMI - photo from Inside the VaticanBill Clinton   Chicago's Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI has praised the Illinois Governor's decision for moratorium on the death penalty while federal laws are studied by the president in an effort, Cardinal George and his fellow bishops hope and pray, that the death penalty will be abolished as part of the culture of life program that the Holy Father has campaigned for so vigorously. continued inside.

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