June 21-22, 2000, vol. 11, no. 111



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Cardinal O'Connor's successor Archbishop Edward Egan installed as twelfth shepherd to lead Archdiocese of New York in festive ceremonies at St. Patrick's Cathedral
Archbishop Edward M. Egan    Amidst a packed St. Patrick's Cathedral Monday Archbishop Edward M. Egan was officially installed as the twelfth prelate of the Archdiocese of New York by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, who read a message from His Holiness Pope John Paul II before symbolically presenting the crozier to the 68-year-old native of Oak Park, Illinois. He had served under Cardinal John O'Connor as an Auxiliary Bishop before being appointed Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1988. Like his predecessor, Archbishop Egan is a staunch pro-life shepherd and did not hesitate to speak out during his homily despite the prominent pro-abort politicians seated in the front rows. continued inside.

Holy Father opens 47th International Eucharistic Congress, reinforces that Christ is the only way, the only door!
   This week the entire Church joins Rome in celebrating the Eucharistic Christ on the occasion of the International Eucharistic Congress. As anticipated, at noon on Trinity Sunday Pope John Paul II focused his address to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, on this central event of the Jubilee. The Eucharistic Congress that is just beginning, is a reminder that there is "only 'one way,' and 'one door' of access to the mystery of the Love of God: Jesus, Who was born, died, and rose to give life to every man and woman. Before dying on the cross, victim for the expiation of our sins, He left the Church the memorial of His redemptive sacrifice: the sacrament of the Eucharist." continued inside.

Supreme Court blitzes petition for prayer, sacks any organized student-led religious behavior at high school events
   Chief Justice William H. Renquist nailed it in his comments about six of his fellow justices on the Supreme Court banning prayer when he remarked that their opinion and attitude "bristles with hostility to all things religious in public life." Unfortunately he's right and only three Justices voted for student-led prayers at high school football games. It wasn't enough and once again God is denied. For more on this we also encourage you to go to CATHOLIC PewPOINT in this issue. continued inside.

Full content of Third Secret of Fatima will be released by Holy See this coming Monday
       On Monday, June 26, the Vatican will officially publish the third part of the secret of the revelations of the Virgin of Fatima. In an official statement, the Vatican Press Office announced that on that day Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of this Vatican Congregation, will present a document entitled, "The Message of Fatima," which includes a commentary to facilitate the understanding of Mary's prophetic revelations. continued inside.

Cardinal George addresses Eucharistic Congress in Italian in detailing the True Presence
Cardinal Francis George, OMI    Cardinal Francis George, OMI focused his talk, the first address at the Eucharistic Congress Tuesday, on the Eucharistic presence of Christ among men. He delivered his address in Italian, while interpreters provided simultaneous translation into several different languages to assure that most listeners would have no trouble understanding his remarks. "Nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ, Christians should transform the global society," the American cardinal said. "It is the Eucharist that gives us the courage to evangelize." continued inside.

United States Bishops provide answers for taming monsters in the media in their document "Civility in the Media"
   Rather than continuing an impasse with the secular media and even some Catholic media, the United States Bishops have decided to take the bull by the horn and address the issues that cause disharmony. At the June Plenary Council in Milwaukee last week the Bishops released a document called "Civility in the Media" which is a platform for constructive criticism of the media and how to improve relations. continued inside.

American Bishops not in the panic mode yet, but are taking seriously the alarming shortage of priests
Bishop Fabian BruskewitzBishop John J. Myers    Other than the orthodox dioceses of Bishop John Myers in Peoria, Illinois Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz in Lincoln, Nebraska and a few other dioceses such as Arlington, Denver, and the like, vocations are not keeping pace with the Catholic population and there is definitely a decrease in priests throughout the country with the seminaries not producing enough priests to meet demand. This is what the United States Bishops have been analyzing this last week in Milwaukee and recommending solutions. It begins, as one bishop said, with changing attitudes beginning with the bishops themselves down through the parish level. continued inside.

Muslim jihad murders hundreds of Christians in Indonesia as violence intensifies
   Despite Indonesia's President Abdurrahman Wahid strong affinity for the Catholic faith, Muslim militants are intent on carrying out their own "jihad." About 152 Christians and eight Muslims were killed in the village of Duma on the island of Halmahera, making it one of the worst massacres in the 18 months of fighting between Christian and Muslim gangs in the Malukus region in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. continued inside.

Study proves abortion much more fatal for women than childbirth
   A recent government funded study in Finland shows that women who abort are approximately four times more likely to die in the following year than women who carry their pregnancies to term. The study also found women who carry to term are only half as likely to die as women who were never pregnant. "This is an impeccable, record-based study," said Dr. David Reardon, who authored a review of the Finland study and other related research in the latest issue of The Post-Abortion Review. "It proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that abortion is not safer than childbirth." continued inside.

Suspect arraigned for brutal murder of priest in Maryland earlier this month
Maryland    Police in Germantown, Maryland believe they have the murderer of Monsignor Thomas Wells who was brutally stabbed in his rectory two weeks ago. A homeless man is behind bars and strongly suspected of killing Fr. Wells in an attempted robbery. Police discovered items from the rectory in his van and DNA tests should convict him. However it is doubtful the suspect would face the death penalty since Msgr. Wells was so strongly against capital punishment as is the Holy Father. continued inside.

Questions continue as another judge bows out of Bishop Girardi murder trial. Why?
Guatemala    "As the worm turns" could be the title of the saga that sadly continues in Guatemala as the third judge, assigned to try the case of the murder of Bishop Juan Girardi two years ago, resigned abruptly. Despite pleas by the Pope to bring this to a satisfied conclusion, the deception and cover-up continue as the Church and human rights groups continue to blame the Guatemalan government and military for the charade that does not do justice to a good prelate. Bishop Girardi was murdered just a few days after speaking out strongly for human rights and against the abuses of the government and military. continued inside.

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