FRI-SAT-SUN    January 28-30, 2000   vol. 11, no. 20   SECTION ONE

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  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial
  • Dr. Frank Joseph's Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!
  • Events that happened in Church History this weekend
  • Simply SHEEN

  • How long will they deny the Precious Gift of Life?

       In this weekend's editorial we wrap up Respect Life Week with a simple, brief call for all to pray and promote a presidential candidate who will appoint Supreme Court Justices that will overturn the Roe vs. Wade decision in order that all may definitely have a choice. Currently "pro-choice" is a misnomer for that means the person is for everyone having the right to choose. They've left someone very important out of the equation and that adds up to a carriage of misjustice that must be righted. For today's editorial "I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.", see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    "I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly."
          This weekend's editorial in wrapping up Respect Life Week 2000 will be very brief because we've said throughout the week everything that needs to be said. Now it's time for action. We've indicated over and over how crucial it is to elect an honest, no-nonsense pro-life president this year and, though he is a long, long shot - we solidly back Alan Keyes because of his integrity and unyielding commitment to the Sanctity of LIfe. However, reality dictates that since he doesn't have the coffers of George Bush, Steve Forbes, or even John McCain to sail on the great yachts of the rich and rhetoricians, he may not be able to stay afloat even though he is solidly on the Barque of Peter because of his firm Catholicity. No, he can't walk on water for after all he is human, but we can always pray for a miracle. Just as Paul Cayard made up a seemingly insurmountable lead over Prada on the third leg to lead America One to victory Wednesday in the America's Cup Trials in New Zealand, so also it is possible for Keyes to pick up a favorable lift and move leeward toward victory. Only God controls the wind, but humans control the boats and without a concerted effort by all working together toward a common goal in coordinating the sails, rigs and fittings , we'll all be dead in the water!

        &bnsp; Speaking of fittings, it's fitting that we cap this intensive past two week commemoration of Christian Unity Week and the succeeding Respect Life Week 2000 with the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He is considered the most intelligent saint in the Church who is honored in the simple term "Angelic Doctor" which speaks volumes as in Summa Theologica - a tome that set the bar higher for Catholics from his time on. It was this brilliant thirteenth century saint who said, "The respect that one has for the rule flows naturally from the respect that one has for the person who gave it." Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a modern angelic doctor in our eyes, enhanced on that by saying, "Authority must always have behind it some value which elicits respect and reverence."

          If you follow our line of thinking you know we're talking about respect for life because the Thomistic principle applies here. How can one respect an authority who has usurped a higher Authority? We're talking of the Supreme Court, who in 1973, for ungodly reasons chose to rule for Roe over Wade. The Roe was Norma Corvey, a Dallas woman who was basically the front for Planned Parenthood and N.O.W. A few years ago Corvey saw the error of her ways and converted to Catholicism and since has become a strong advocate for the Sanctity of Life. She finally realized what another great Doctor of the Church once said, a man on the same plateau as the great Aquinas - Saint Augustine who also turned from a life of sin: "My heart is restless, until it rests in You (God)."

          You'll note this past week we have carried a number of hard-hitting, conscience-tweaking articles on the Sanctity of Life and have not been shy in defining the culprit and warning readers of the insidious plots and ploys of the pro-abort culture of death promoters including potential presidential candidates. As we have said so many time, this election year is pivotal for the history of mankind for if future babies are allowed to continue to be slaughtered, then there may not be a mankind to record history!

          One of our columnists - Pat Ludwa sent this poem entitled "No Choice" that sums up best the bond between child and mother:

        God created me in your womb,
        but in your heart you had no room.
        I was so tiny, I had no voice,
        the world screamed at you that it was your CHOICE
        Did you really choose death for me or were you tricked, duped, defiled.
        Did they lie to you and tell you that I wasn't a child.
        I'm sorry, so sorry, I came at a time
        when things were so hard for you Mother of mine.
        I'm sorry, so sorry, for the state of a world
        that doesn't want babies, boys or girls.
        I know in my heart that if you had a choice,
        you'd be holding me, loving me, hearing my voice.
        You'd be cuddling me close and counting my toes.
        You'd be amazed at my smile and my cute little nose.
        Instead you're the victim, just like me,
        of a world that is hateful as hateful can be.
        And when you finally open your eyes
        they'll fill with tears as you realize.
        We'll never know who I might have been,
        a doctor, a lawyer, a leader of men.
        I might have been great but we'll never know
        because of the "choice" you made long ago.
        So forgive yourself mother, ask Our Father above
        to replace all your pain, with His Merciful love.
        Ask Jesus to help you, He's there at your feet,
        and, perhaps one day mother, in Heaven we'll meet."

          If that doesn't grab you by the heart and soul and prompt you to drop to your knees and pray for aborted babies and then get out there and campaign for whichever pro-life candidate you feel would best carry out God's charge to preserve life at all costs, then we don't know what will unless it is the Holy Father's warning to all of us: "America, if you want liberty and justice for all and lasting peace...defend life!" Remember what God said in Deuteronomy 30: 19, "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendents may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding His voice, and holding fast to Him." We will leave you with this simple summation of why Jesus came into this world, suffered, died and rose from the dead as recorded in John 10: 10, "I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly."

    Michael Cain, editor

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    Memo to all: CHOOSE LIFE!

       In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto hammers home the point that no one has the right to do what is wrong, bringing to the light that the Supreme Court may consist of persons of high intelligence but not necessarily wisdom...especially after their unbelievable ruling on Roe vs. Wade that has since executed millions upon millions of innocent unborns - the worst holocaust in the history of mankind. Sister reinforces the need to vote for a pro-life president who will appoint judges who in turn will overturn Roe vs. Wade and start America back on the road to recovery. She shows how Cardinal Adam Maida made a difference in Michigan. Multiply that by every priest and bishop in America with a groundswell of lay Catholics and we can make a difference. For her column, Unborn babies have a right to life, see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


          Recently, I attended an annual Right to Life dinner held locally. Because I was asked to be the "entertainment" for the night (I sang some songs), I was privileged to sit at the head table with nine notable pro-life activists. Among those was Adam Cardinal Maida of Detroit, Michigan. What a humble and godly Prince of the Church! Cardinal Maida had been an attorney before being ordained a priest. He speaks Polish, Latin, Italian, and English. And what a blessing he is!

          Within the last few years, a bill in Michigan allowing euthanasia was to come before the people for a vote. The odds were against those who were for life by 3 to 1. Cardinal Maida organized an education program which involved not only the priests and Catholic laity, but also all Protestant ministers and their congregations in Michigan. After about five weeks of this effort, the people of Michigan went to the polls to vote.

          The bill was defeated by a 3 to1 margin. The pro-life position had taken charge and won, thanks to Cardinal Maida's great leadership. Cardinal Maida's leadership and example are a source of great encouragement. It shows what can be done to defeat the culture of death that surrounds and nearly drowns us. How we need such organization and effort across our land!

          I sense a growing power of people wanting our next President to be FOR life in all of its stages. Would that all people will come to understand that unless the "love" to kill stops and is reversed in this country, this world, we will come to destroy ourselves.

          In Scripture God says: "Choose life!" The Constitution of the United States reads that all Americans have the right to LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So how is it that Supreme Court Justices can sanction the killing of the unborn? Because there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom and even Supreme Court Justices can lack Wisdom.

          Every species generates it own kind. Dogs have puppies which are basically dog "babies;" cats have kittens which are basically cat "babies." Humans have human babies. What is in an expectant woman is living, the cells are multiplying. No woman has ever had an rock for a baby or a piece of coal! So what is growing within her is human.

          At the moment of conception, God creates a human soul for the new "life." That new "life," then, is a new person, a human person. No one has a right to destroy that life through abortion, and especially by partial birth abortion that kills a baby (even full term) by literally suctioning the brain out of its skull.

          How depraved have we become in our society? How callused are our consciences? Perhaps, we as a society will have to experience many deaths (of adults) around us to make us appreciate life again. NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO DO WHAT IS WRONG!

          Our Lady of Medjugorje said once that satan wishes to destroy us and the planet on which we live.

          As a leader goes, so will the followers.

          It is time to act bravely and rightly and in every case choose and vote for life. It may not be the only "issue," but it is the most important one. Our own lives may depend on it sometime in the not-so-far future.

          God bless you!

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    Pro-aborts better be careful what they wish for!

       Have you ever noticed how the pro-aborts don't think straight? In today's column, Frank Joseph, MD, a committed retired Catholic physician from Southern California, makes this clear by citing an example of this by one of the few pro-abort Republicans - the governor of New Jersey who has badly misunderstood the Declaration of Independence. For his column today No more Declaration of Independence , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    No More Declaration of Independence

          As we complete this week generally regarded as Respect Life Week I had to bring Christine Todd Whitman, the governor of New Jersey, who vetoed the ban on partial-birth abortions in her state, only to have it passed over her veto, now has a problem with the school children of her state, reciting the "Declaration of Independence" in class. She thinks, it's a waste of time. Said Whitman, "what good are words, they just memorize them -- it doesn't do any good. They have got to know what those words mean."

          Wow! This is her excuse, for not wanting the children to recite the Declaration of Independence -- because they don't know, what it really means?

          There's an old proverb -- I believe Chinese in origin, that says -- "be careful of what you wish for, you might get it."

          So, Governor Whitman, be careful of what you wish for -- because if those words actually sink into the heads of children and they truly believe the words, your abortion on demand would become history.

          Maybe Governor Whitman, YOU should let the words of the Declaration of Independence sink into your head:

      "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

          Notice, that it does NOT say that all men are "born equal." It says, "all men are CREATED EQUAL." And there's not a scientist in the world, who could deny the fact that human life begins at conception.

          Or, could it be that Whitman, KNOWS that our forefathers intended to include the unborn and eventually the children would come to that same conclusion. But if it's not recited anymore, over and over, the chances of the children knowing the truth will be thwarted.

          I can come to no other conclusion. WHY, this argument, concerning the Declaration of Independence? First they took prayers out of the public schools, then legalized the killing of unborn babies, even while they're being born, and now this. And to think, there is talk that Christine Todd Whitman may be picked by a Republican presidential candidate as a possible vice-president. Can you imagine that?

          In closing, I would like to say that our learned forefathers, chose their words carefully, so there would be NO misinterpreting the words. They could just as easily have said, born equal, but they did NOT. But the PCKU (Pro-choice to kill the unborn) will not accept it. They are willing to discredit our country's most revered document, just to satisfy their killing agenda, and we just sit on our "duffs" and let them.

          I'll return with my next column next Wednesday. Until then, do me a favor and go to Mass this weekend and pray hard for the poor innocent pre-borns - those who have been slaughtered and those still alive in their mothers' wombs - pray for God's mercy that they will one day see the light of day and breathe fresh air, being allowed to grow strong and contribute to society. Pray also for God's Mercy for those who willingly kill, promote or participate by their inactivity and apathy. They definitely are going to need it for God will be avenged for the murder of these innocents and all who have any part in the destruction of any human being will have to answer to Him. Only God can give and take life!

          God bless,

      Dr. Frank

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    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History

        On Friday 1,186 years ago the first Holy Roman Emperor died. We're speaking of Charlemagne, the saintly emperor and son of Pippin who freed liberated Rome from the tyranny of Barbarossa and was crowned by Pope Leo III on December 25, 800. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for January 28:

    (Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas)
    • 304 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Flavian of Civita Vechhia, a Roman deputy-prefect, and Saint Leonidas and his Egyptian companions who were disciples of Saint Philemon and were all martyred by the Roman emperor Diocletian for refusing to worship the Roman gods.

    • 530 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Cannera. This Irish woman is considered the first holy "women's libber." This mystic anchorite always preached that if Jesus could minister to women as He did in the Gospels, then so could the Church's clergy. She broke down superstitions that women were contaminated and dangerous because of the sins of Eve. Just before she died, she broke all barriers by literally walking across the waters of the famed Shannon River in southern Ireland to reach the monastery of Senan where she convinced the abbot to admit her so she could die in peace.

    • 544 A.D.
    • Death of Saint John of Reome, Benedictine abbot who is considered the pioneer of monastic life in France which laid the seeds for her conversion a few centuries later.

    • 804 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Paulinus of Aquilea, Patriarch of Aquilea who worked closely with Charlemagne in ensuring Catholics were instructed in their faith, especially converts. He played a role in various Church councils and defended the doctrine of filioque which defines that the Holy Spirit descends from the Father and the Son. He was a great composer of hymns and poetry.

    • 814 A.D.
    • Death of Blessed Charlemagne at the age of 71. He freed Rome from the tyranny of Barbarossa and the antipope, restoring the true hierarchy. Pope Leo III crowned him the first Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas day at the turn of the 9th century.

    • 1077 A.D.
    • Pope Saint Gregory VII, the holy pontiff known as the monk Hildebrand lifts the interdict of excommunication and pardons the German emperor Henry IV who had approached the Pope in penitential garb at Canossa in the northern Italian Alps. It was a great victory for the Church vs. the state over the constant issue of investiture.

    • 1119 A.D.
    • Death of Pope Gelasius II, 161st successor of Peter. Born in Gaeta, his pontificate lasted less than one year. Attacked in the Basilica of the Lateran, he was imprisoned by the rebel Cencio Frangipane. When he was freed by Genoese sailors he fled to his native Gaeta. From there, dressed as a pilgrim, he returned to Rome and eventually was forced to move to Cluny where he died on this date.

    • 1495 A.D.
    • The ruthless Pope Alexander VI gives his son Cesare Borgia as a hostage to King Charles VIII of France in appeasement for the taking of Naples.

    • 1621 A.D.
    • Death of Pope Paul V, 233rd successor of Peter. The papacy of this Roman-born pontiff lasted 16 years. During this time he established relations with Michael Romanoff of Russia and appealed to the civilized nations to intervene and prevent the persecution of Christians in Japan and china. He encouraged Astronomy but did not interfere with the investigation and condemnation of Copernicus.

    Historical Events in Church Annals for January 29:

    • 418 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Gaudentius, Bishop of Novara, Italy and martyred for Christ at Bergell.

    • 628 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Anastasius, a Persian soldier who was strangled and decapitated on the shores of the Euphrates River because he would not renounce his faith but rather converted all the prisoners and prison guards; so much so that even torture could not turn the flood of converts to this mystical, holy man. Miracles attributed to his intercession were said to have occurred abundantly after his death.

    • 1045 A.D.
    • Death of Brithwold, Benedictine Bishop of Ramsbury and Sarum. He possessed mystical gifts, receiving visions and messages from above.

    • 1588 A.D.
    • Pope Sixtus V issues his decree "Immense aeterni" reforming the Roman Curia.

    • 1795 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Vincent Pallotti,priest and teacher of theology in Rome who was canonized during the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI.

    • 1860 A.D.
    • Pope Pius IX establishes the American College in Rome.

    Historical Events in Church Annals for January 30:

    • 180 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Agrippinus, ninth successor of Saint Mark as bishop of Alexandria, Egypt. Whether he was martyred or died a natural death is not documented.

    • 228 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Martina of Rome. Orphaned at an early age, she remained a virgin all her life. Though tempted and forced to give up her virginity to a Roman courter, she steadfastly refused. The spurned suitor became incensed and betrayed her by turning her into the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus who had her beheaded and thrown to the lions in the colisseum.

    • 311 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Savina of Milan, a virgin who tended to the imprisoned Christians and following through with burial of their bodies after they had been martyred. She was killed herself by Diocletian's soldiers while praying at the grave of Saint Felix.

    • 684 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Aldegund, who is the patron saint of breast cancer patients since she also died of this disease. She founded the abbey of Maubeuge in France and became its first abbess.

    • 680 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Bathildis, Saxon queen who married King Clovis and was privileged to have Saint Eligius to give her spiritual direction. Her early upbringing prompted her to lower taxation on the poor so the families could also raise families. She also ruled that no Christians or French citizen could be sold into slavery. Many believe she was the first crusader toward abolishing slavery. When Clovis died she gave up the castle in favor of life as a Benedictine nun where she lived out her life as a simple, humble religious at Chelles Abbey outside of Paris.

    • 1640 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Hyacinth Mariscotti, who strayed often but, in sickness, rediscovered the Church and her vocation as a Franciscan Tertiary. Learning from her mistakes she became an excellent novice mistress because she was able to relate with the temptations the novices were experiencing.

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    Calvary of motherhood leads to the Resurrection

        They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Archbishop 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".

    "Not only a woman's days, but her nights - not only her mind, but her body must must share in the Calvary of motherhood. That is why women have a surer understanding of the doctrine of redemption than men have: they have come to associate the risk of death with life in childbirth, and to understand the sacrifice of self to another through the many months preceding it."

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