TUESDAY     February 8, 2000    vol. 11, no. 27    SECTION ONE

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SECTION ONE Contents: Go immediately to the article:
  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial - The definition of perversion
  • APPRECIATION OF THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF FAITH - installment 105: Divine Tradition Part Two
  • Events that happened this day in Church History
  • Monthly Medjugorje Message for January

  • Confusion and diversion create monsters of perversion!

        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

    Those who oppose solid Church teaching could be called perverts!

    Michael Cain, editor

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    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

    installment 105: DIVINE TRADITION part two

          Divine Tradition must be believed as firmly as the Bible because it also contains the word of God.

          Several years passed after the Ascension of Christ before the Gospels were written down. In the meantime, Christians had to depend on Tradition solely: Tradition is older than the New Testament. When the books composing the New Testament were written, the various writers had some definite and immediate purpose in mind. For example, Saint John's Gospel was to combat heresies that had arisen denying the divinity of Christ.

          If the Church teaches any doctrine that cannot be found in Holy Scripture, it will be found in Tradition, and therefore traceable to the Apostles. Those who follow up the course of a river gradually draw near the source, and discover whence the waters flow. In the same way we can trace the historical sources of the teachings of the Church and arrive at their sourse: the Apostles themselves whom Christ appointed guardians and teachers of His religion.

          Divine Tradition teaches us all the doctrines that were taught by the Apostles. It comes to us from the Apostles. Every single doctrine the Church teaches comes direct from the Apostles. The Church does not issue new doctrines.

          The four Evangelists wrote their records of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in widely separated places; it is a proof of authenticity that the Gospels agree in their essentials, and often even repeat the very same words. When the writers of the New Testament did begin to write, they did not intend to sset down all the details of Catholic faith and practice, but only such points as were immediately interesting or that needed clarification.

          Tradition teaches us what books belong to the Bible. By tradition the Church kept intact all the books of the Bible for fifteen hundred years before the existence of denominations that nevertheless asset the Church does not care for the Bible.

          Protestant denominations reject Tradition. Consequently, they cannot agree about which books to include in the Bible. One denomination eliminates one part, other denominations omit other parts, according to the respective private interpretation, to suit their particular creed.

          Having rejected Tradition, Protestants cannot be certain that the books they have accepted are genuine. On whose authority have they accepted what they have? Protestant Bibles, the most popular of which is called the "King James version," omit all or parts of the Books of Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, Machabees (I and II), and parts of Esther and Daniel.

          Martin Luther rejected the Epistle of Saint James, because the Apostle said that faith without works is dead. He claimed that faith alone is necessary for salvation. Luther and followers also omitted the Apocalypse, the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the Epistle of Saint Jude.

      Tomorrow: The Church and Divine Revelation part one

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    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History

      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

    Historical Events in Church Annals for February 8:

    • 570 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Honoratus, Bishop of Milan who was greatly persecuted by the Lombards and the Arians and forced to flee from his see. He died in exile, greatly saddened that he could not be there for his flock.

    • 649 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Paul of Verdun, Bishop who turned his back on a raucous life in the world to embrace monastery life where he taught the young monks until the king, seeing the great pastoral approach shown by Paul, appointed him Bishop of Verdun in the days when monarchs invested clergy.

    • 1089 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Peter Igneus, Cardinal Archbishop of Albano. He studied under the wise tutelage of Saint John Gualbert. Early in Peter's priesthood he uncovered definitive evidence that the bishop of Florence was guilty of simony. To prove he was not lying, he walked through a wall of fire without even getting singed. It was from that time forward that he was given the name "Igneus" which means "of the fire." Blessed Pope Urban II was so impressed with his burning desire for the truth, that he appointed Peter Papal Legate to various foreign lands.

    • 1481 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Jerome Emiliani, priest and religious founder. For more on this saint, see DAILY LITURGY.

    • 1550 A.D.
    • Cardinal Giovanni Maria del Monte is elected the 221st successor of Peter and chooses the name Pope Julius III. His pontificate would last five years in which he would reopen the Council of Trent and continue to oppose Lutheran doctrines. He strongly supported Mary Tudor as Queen of England and, in hopes of reestablishing the Catholic Faith in Britain, sent papal legates there. Unfortunately Elizabeth would have none of it and, as history showed, Mary was not long for this world. He would also celebrate the 10th Jubilee in the year he was elected.

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    What more appropriate film to recommend this week than the glory of Lourdes - "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


    We strongly recommend...

    • LES MISERABLES (PG-13) (One of the best adaptations ever of a Victor Hugo novel. Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush have never been better. A triumph of the human spirit and goodness.)
            Because of some sexual innuendo and, violence including a suicide, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Les Miserables" is a splendid screen version of the Victor Hugo classic, with Liam Neeson as the reformed convict Jean Valjean, and Geoffrey Rush as his implacable pursuer, Inspector Jauvert. Set amidst the strife of early 19th-century France, the movie's strong performances, vigorous narrative and evocative photography compellingly convey the story's themes of human justice and spiritual redemption. May 1998


    • SONG OF BERNADETTE (G) (One of the all-time classics that is a must for every Catholic to keep in their library! The more who watch this outstanding cinema, the more will be healed of any prejudice toward the Church.)
            Few films have ever been made that portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary in a better light and brought to the screen the virtues of Saint Bernadette Soubirous than did movie mogul David O. Selznick who adapted Franz Werfel's excellent novel of the same name written in 1942. The next year Selznick transferred it to film with the help of Henry King as director/writer and tabbed Jennifer Jones in the starring role as Bernadette and Charles Bickford, Anne Revere, Gladys Cooper and, of course, the inimitable Vincent Price as the doubting, hard-hearted prosecutor Dutour. Jones won the 1944 Academy Award for best actress for her portrayal of the French peasant girl of Lourdes who was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1933, a decade before this excellent movie was made.

    New Videos released today:

    • TARZAN (PG) (A good barometer of how far Disney has fallen. Animation relies too much on computer animation, forsaking the old cell method that showed the love of the art in every frame with classic scenes that comprised films like "Bambi" and "Snow White". Just a little more graphic than "Bambi" but can't hold a candle in content, melody or animation to Disney's other classics, especially "Jungle Book" and "Bambi" that introduced the world to "Thumper" and "Flower.")
           Because of intensely menacing hunting scenes, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences. "Tarzan" is Disney's animated tale about an orphaned baby boy raised by jungle gorillas who grows up before encountering his first humans, including a duplicitous hunter intent on capturing his beloved ape family and spunky Jane, who tempts Tarzan to return to civilization. The classic characters of Edgar Rice Burroughs are appealing, the animation splendid and the music tuneful but some action scenes of predatory violence are too intense for younger children. June 1999

    • BLUE STREAK (PG-13) (Another typical Martin Lawrence vehicle where values and right are eschewed for the sake of putdown comedy. Funny in places but not enough to recommend.)
            Because of its justification of a major crime, some violence, coarse sexual references, occasional profanity and an instance of rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Blue Streak" is a routine action-comedy in which thief Martin Lawrence passes himself off as an LAPD detective in order to get access to headquarters where he's stashed a 17 million-dollar diamond. Numerous cliches and Lawrence's comic mugging don't improve a movie where the thief is seen as a hero who deserves his instant millionaire status after escaping with police complicity. September 1999

    • THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE (R) (Definitely one sci-fi flick to miss! Same lame blame game that's not tame!)
           Because of some intense violence, explicit sex, an attempted abortion, rough language and profanity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "The Astronaut's Wife" is a lame sci-fi thriller in which a woman begins to suspect her husband has been replaced by an alien, then fears she will give birth to its alien offspring. The movie's weak premise, pedestrian pacing and predictable ending turn this supposed thriller into a limp misfire. August 1999

    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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