WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 43     March 1, 2000


March 1, 2000

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Eighth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

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


   Today is the Feast of the Bishop and Martyr Saint Polycarp while tomorrow is the Seventh Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on St. Polycarp, see DAILY LITURGY.


"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the Scribes; and they will condemn Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and spit upon Him, and scourge Him, and put Him to death; and on the third day He will rise again."
Mark 10: 33-34

The Gospa's message for February
February 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! Wake up from the sleep of unbelief and sin, because this is a time of grace which God gives you. Use this time and seek the grace of healing of your heart from God, so that you may see God and man with the heart. Pray in a special way for those who have not come to know God's love, and witness with your life so that they also can come to know God and His immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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    Regardless of other issues, Catholics who vote for a culture of death candidate are equivalent to the mascot of the pro-abort Democrats
    Symbol of the Democratic Party today is appropriately the jackass   Today Dr. Frank Joseph completes his final installment of a three part essay on the dumbing of the Church in America by liberal media and the culture of death politics promoted so insidiously by the Democratic Party which embraces pro-abortion. With the Primaries in full swing it is important to realize the terrible damage one does if they do not consider their responsibility before God to vote for the candidate who will best uphold God's laws before they cast their vote for someone who promotes the killing of another in direct violation of the Fifth Commandment. It is vital to heed Saint Paul's words in 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 "...for all in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all piety and worthy behavior. This is good and agreeable in the sight of God our Savior, Who wishes all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." The truth lies in the pro-life platform, lies lie in the pro-abortion program. For the third and final part of As the Catholic Church in America goes, so goes America! , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    During the forty year period between the Second and Third Crusades in the 12th Century a new barbarian looms as a thorn in the side of Holy Mother Church: the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa
    The Holy See promotes the Crusades, beginning with Pope Urban II     Today, in our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER, we cover much of the second half of the twelfth century leading up to the Third Crusade. We discover another schism within the Church where four antipopes ruled, placed on the throne by the thorn in the side of the Church - the German Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. His support by the Gibellines forced many of the Popes and the loyal curia members to take up residence outside of Rome, guarded by those loyal to the Papacy - the Guelphs. During this time there were strong Popes and weak ones including the first and only English Pontiff Pope Hadrian IV which indirectly caused the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket for his loyalty to the British Sovereign Bishop of Rome over the Sovereign King Henry II of England. For Installment thirty-eight The Bitter years of the Barbarian Barbarossa, see BARQUE OF PETER

    Appreciation of the significance of our first parents: Adam and Eve
        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, presenting a brief catechesis, outlined in My Catholic Faith, on Adam and Eve: Our First Parents part one. For the 121st installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
    Pope Saint Felix IIIPope Saint Gelasius I   On this date 1,508 years ago in 492 A.D. one Pope died and another was elected the same day. We're referring to two holy Popes - Pope Saint Felix III, the 48th successor of Peter who died after a nine year pontificate . He is famous as the grandfather of Pope Saint Gregory the Great. His successor was Pope Saint Gelasius I who became the 49th in the line of Peter on this day and whose papacy lasted four years. He instituted the Code for the uniforming of the ceremonies and rites and inserted the Kyrie Eleison into the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He was also called the "Father of the Poor" because of his sincere caring and charity. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    It is not true that we have nothing to fear but fear itself.
    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".

    "Most neuroses are bulwarks against fear. Many psychologists and physicians have come to adopt this thesis inasmuch as fear does provoke some kind of self-defense. It is actually not fear that is feared; the enemy is the tension between the conscience and what has happened. Fear is like the gauge on a steam boiler. It merely registers pressure. "

    Coming Thursday:

  • Another thought-provoking, conscience-tweaking column by Pat Ludwa in his VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • The Pope's Angelus address from this past Sunday in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • The 122nd installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on March 2nd

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time on Thursday and Friday, and the Feast of Saint-elect Katherine Drexel on World Day of Prayer

  • ...and much more in our 44th issue for 2000!
    with a Catholic slant

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

    Echelon trying to penetrate the upper echelons of the Holy See
    Spying on the Vatican?   Intrigue and interpol have come to the surface with the report in the Sunday issue of the London Sunday Times that the network called Echelon, controlled by the U.S. National Security Agency and jointly operated by Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, is accused of spying on the Pope and the Vatican, intercepting messages sent by the Holy Father and turning them over to British Intelligence. James Bond would be appalled that such a network should spy on the Holy See like that. It either cries out for justice or is possibly just an effort in futility since the Pope knows no intrigue, only honest dialogue in the pursuit of peace. continued inside

    Cardinal O'Connor showing stress of long bout with brain cancer, forced to cancel week's activities as Cardinal Pimenta of India joins the New York Archbishop in being over 80
    Cardinal O'Connor   The Holy Father appointment of Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap. as the new Archbishop of New York came none too soon considering the failing health of His Eminence Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor who was forced to cancel both his Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's and all meetings this week. While the state of the 80 year-old prelate does not seem to indicate hospitalization, he remains in bed in the Archbishop's residence. The best medicine we can all administer is prayer. A fellow colleague of Cardinal O'Connor's from Cardinal Simon Ignatius PimentaIndia Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta has also just reached his 80th birthday today, thus making him ineligible for voting in the Sacred Conclave. This makes the total of eligible College of Cardinals at 104 leaving 16 possible openings and more talk of a Consistory later this year or early next year. continued inside.

    Case of murdered bishop continues stalemate with the release of yet another high ranking military member
       The on-going case of finding the culprits who murdered human rights advocate Bishop Juan Jose Conedera Gerardi nearly two years ago in Guatemala continues to be bogged down with the announcement that one of the suspects has evidence that supports his alibi, no doubt bought off other government witnesses. Much unrest and finger-pointing continue as mistrust for the government and military mounts and meanwhile the poor priest being used as the scapegoat remains in prison. Stay tuned continued inside.

      Initiative on the Sanctity of Marriage gaining in the polls in California
         With the California Primary less than a week away, a new poll shows that Californians approve of the sanctity of marriage and would overwhelmingly pass Proposition 22 which adds a provision to the Family Code providing that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California. The poll was taken by the San Francisco Examiner and if their findings are correct it will curtail the gay agenda in the golden state where homosexual factions are clamoring that the initiative is a hate agenda. Rather it is an assurance against further deterioration of what God intended. If you're a Californian, your YES vote will preserve matrimony. continued inside.

      Teen theater on chastity and abstinence big hit in Southern California schools
      California    Another sign California is concerned about the runaway moral depravity is the Phantom Projects Troupe. In an effort to encourage sexual abstinence among teens, this theatrical company, comprised of Southern California teens, is staging a play to help youth 7th grade on up to better understand the sacredness of sex within marriage and the beauty of chastity outside of marriage. Educators have been impressed with this production, and are booking Catholic and private schools at a frantic pace. It's only a matter of time before the public schools get wind of it. continued inside.

    Pope meets African king; Congo Archbishop still jailed; Pontifical Culture conference getting under way in central Africa
    Africa    Speaking of chastity, the King of Lesotho, Africa, along with his new wife met with the Holy Father yesterday morning. The king and queen, both Catholic, have broken from past tradition in his country by vowing themselves to each other in a monogamous union rather that the tradition of many wives as previous kings have done. Meanwhile, in Fukavu in the Congo, Archbishop Emmanuel Kataliko remains in prison and Catholics throughout the area are protesting by closing all churches. There was no Masses said on Sunday despite an appeal from the Pope for the return of the Archbishop to his see. Elsewhere in Africa, a meeting has been organized in Yaounde, Cameroon by the Pontifical Council for Culture bringing together bishops from central Africa in harmony with the UN's proclamation of the "Year for the Culture of Peace." continued inside.

    Archbishop of Mexico City warns citizens of manipulative language in laws, media and ads
    Cardinal Rivera - photo from Inside the VaticanMexico    Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City has warned the people of manipulative language in many of the laws and ads that promote the culture of death in today's society, hiding it under lies and half-truths that easily blind the unaware into supporting these immoral and unjust laws which promote discrimination of the unborn and the unfit in any society. continued inside.

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