TUESDAY     March 14, 2000    vol. 11, no. 52    SECTION ONE

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SECTION ONE Contents: Go immediately to the article:
  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial
  • Michael Vincent Boyer's HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD column
  • APPRECIATION OF THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH: installment 130: Mortal Sin part two
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Daily WORD

  • While the world plays the blame-game, the Pope embraces the Cross on behalf of God's children

        In today's editorial, we remember the "Day of Pardon" this past Sunday and join the Holy Father in expressing sorrow for our own sins and sins of the past. We also take issue with the modern-day scribes and pharisees who mistakenly put the blame on the Church instead of the children of the Church. They cry out for blood when in truth God's mercy and understanding are the real prerequisite. We ask when will they ever learn that accusing through association and inferrence are just as damaging to the soul as the Crusades, Inquisition or Holocaust were to the body. For today's editorial Jesus had to contend with the scribes, too! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    Jesus had to contend with the scribes, too!

    Michael Cain, editor

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    With the first lady, there's something rotten in Denmark, if not in Chappaqua and Hollywood

        Today Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider expert on what's happening in the entertainment industry, warns the reader of First Lady Hillary Clinton's hidden agenda in giving lipservice to cleaning up Hollywood. He shows why this is just another facade to cover her modus operandi in further advancing her own agenda at the expense of family values and morals. For his column, Hillary's mantra: "Do as I say, not as I do...or else!" , see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD

    Hillary's mantra: "Do as I say, not as I do...or else!"

        "Her personal penchant for lying aside, Hillary Clinton's bizarre personal behavior does not lend well to pleas for reforming the entertainment industry. A former FBI White House chief of security clearance, Gary Aldrich, wrote that Mrs. Clinton's behavior was having a demoralizing effect on the White House staff."

          During the week of December 13th through the 17th of 1999, the International Ministry of Culture undertook a major nationwide campaign to promote the publication Goodbye Hollywood with an emphasis on the need to establish a revised Production Code to replace the alphabet soup of "over 65 different ratings, rating combinations and sub-ratings applied to the four main categories of popular entertainment such as feature films, television, video, and video games." The media campaign stressed the need for a return to a "one system" approach similar to the pre-1968 Production Code Administration which successfully ushered in 40 years of largely quality film content and entertainment that offered "clear guidance" and accessibility to all generations. In a nutshell, a return to the excellent safeguard of the Catholic Legion of Decency ratings.

          The following Tuesday, December 21, 1999 CNN reported that Hillary Clinton proposed a uniform rating system for feature films, television, and video games, saying, "Parents need clear guidance and not alphabet soup." Vice-President Hillary Clinton concluded that she will press for ratings changes if she is elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.

          Coincidence? We certainly don't think so. The week before, as director of the IMC, I was a guest on over 30 radio stations nationwide along with a national radio ad campaign advocating change in the rating system. Hillary Clinton is following in the footsteps of her highly deceptive husband who routinely "scolded" the entertainment industry to clean up its act and would then appear at Hollywood fund-raisers within weeks of his pronouncements. Observers say that Hillary Clinton's statement about movie ratings will follow the three part scenario the Clintons have used repeatedly to manipulate and deceive the public:

      • 1. As a candidate, pretend to publicly support a popular issue that has wide support among the population, even though it may go against the candidate's personal philosophy.
      • 2. The overwhelming support for action that would negatively affect the targeted group will cause the target group to pour large amounts of cash into the campaign of the accusing candidate to soften the attacks.
      • 3. If elected, the candidate will then delay, pull back, and eventually abandon the campaign pledge to support action because the candidate is now "bought and paid for."

          This is how the Clintons have both operated for more than 25 years of political life. Two recent biographies of Hillary Clinton that were released in late 1999 portray the "First Lady" in terms more appropriate to "The First Liar." She is considered the ring-leader in the mass firings of civil servants in the White House travel office in order to turn the work over to her longtime friend and movie producer Harry Thomason. Insiders say the First Lady went so far as to smear the reputations of the employees using the FBI to "investigate"misdeeds that were later unproven. She originally denied the charge, but testimony at government hearings proved otherwise. (Thomason is credited with rushing to Washington to instruct Bill Clinton to lie to the public using the famous phrase, "I did not have sex with that woman.")

          In the biographies, Hillary Clinton is portrayed as the mastermind behind smearing the reputations of any woman who claimed they were abused by her reckless husband. She is also singled out for lying about her part in the fraudulent land deals surrounding the Whitewater development and the legal work she performed, claiming her assistant at the Rose Law Firm did much of the work. When investigators asked to see the billing records, they suddenly vanished, only to appear many months later laying conspicuously on a White House table. Investigators found her fingerprints to be covering most of the documents related to the swindling of investors.

          Her personal penchant for lying aside, Hillary Clinton's bizarre personal behavior does not lend well to pleas for reforming the entertainment industry. A former FBI White House chief of security clearance, Gary Aldrich, wrote that Mrs. Clinton's behavior was having a demoralizing effect on the White House staff. One staffer told Aldrich that they were instructed not to make eye contact with the "First Lady" if they were unfortunate enough to pass her in the Executive Office Building corridors. And, Hillary Clinton even insisted initially on occupying the office traditionally reserved for the vice president. In a rare incident of self-assurance, Al Gore stood his ground.

          It was Hillary Clinton who lashed out at the "religious right" and blamed them for accusing her husband of inappropriate behavior with other women, most specifically Monica Lewinsky. She flatly refused that he had sexual relations with her and called it all "lies by the religious right who are filled with hate." Even after proof was established and slick Willy finally came forward and fessed up, she was still in a state of denial in public. But comedians have roasted her for what ol' wavering Bill must had to contend with privately for, to quote an old proverb: "There is no wrath like the wrath of a woman scorned."

          Never mind that she has been doing most of the scorning. This scorning, as I mentioned above, also includes scorning the movie industry for producing such trash that harm "the children." But secretly her fingers are crossed as she winks at those movers and shakers in Hollywood for she is very much in cahoots with them, hoping to latch on to an executive position in Hollywood after her political career is over much in the same manner as her husband once he becomes ex-president in January 2001. Many expect he will be offered a "cush career position" with Dreamworks by his good friend Steven Spielberg. When it comes to weighing values vs. dollars, do you think Clinton would ever opt for the former? Not a chance! His track record asserts this.

          But this piece is about his better half and, as Gary Aldrich also points out, Hillary Clinton was the first wife of apresident to insist on removing the star from the top of the White House Christmas tree. It was replaced with a metal sphere punctuated by a lightning bolt; a defiant symbol showing disrespect for the Star of David. This is the same woman who is touting her "sympathy with Jews" while honoring Ramadan and dissing Catholics and Christian values for the same year she removed the star from the tree, Mrs. Clinton invited artists to create and send original ornaments for the tree. Aldrich reported that many of the ornaments were molded phallic symbols along with carved depictions of couples engaged in sex, which Mrs. Clinton insisted be hung on the tree.

          This is a person who bleats "it's for the children" on television and in her saccharine book "It takes a village" and other platforms, while exhibiting a behavior and creed that cries out as hypocrisy. Is this the person Americans want to push for "guidance" and "changes" in entertainment responsibility? We don't think so.

    Michael Vincent Boyer

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    Appreciation of God's gift of Christ's Redemption and His Church to guide us against deadly Mortal Sin

        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. Today we present the first part of the catechesis on the death knell for so many: Mortal Sin as explained in My Catholic Faith for this wipes out all sanctifying grace and takes away, while we have mortal sin on our soul, any chance of Heavenly bliss for it is a oneway ticket to hell when a soul turns their back willingly on God. For part two in the 130th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    installment 130: Mortal Sin part two

          To make a sin mortal three things are necessary.

          First, the thought, desire, word, action, or omission must be seriously wrong. The matter must be grave, something very important. A slight act of vanity or impatience is not serious matter, but murder is. Things seriously evil are known to be such from Sacred Scripture, Tradition, the teachings of the Church, or from their nature.

          Second, the sinner must be mindful of the serious wrong. He must have full knowledge and reflection or attention, and know that what he does is grievous. The person must know the malice and evil of what he is doing. A man who steals a precious diamong ring in the belief that it is glass has not full knowledge. A man who throws a lighted match thoughtlessly aside may throw it into a gasoline tank and cause an explosiion, but he has not full attention. "For I formerly was a blashpemer, a persecutor and a bitter adversary; but I obtained the mercy of God because I acted ignorantly, I unbelief" (1 Timothy 1:13).

          Third, the sinner must fully consent to it. He must do it of his own free will, saying delibertly, "I will do this." When one realizing what he is doing still freely does it, he gives the matter deliberate consent. Therefore infants and idiots cannot commit mortal sin; they cannot fully realize what they do. Mortal sin is a great evil, the greatest evil in the world, a greater evil than disease, poverty, or war, because it separates us from God. "But they that commit sin and iniquity are enemies to their own soul" (Tobias 12:10).

          It is a rebellion against and contempt of God, the blackest ingratitude towards Him. Our Heavenly Father gave us everything we have, and in return we offend Him. We desecrate His temple. "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16). By mortal sin a vile and insignificant creature offends and insults the infinite Creator.

          It is crucifying Christ again, "since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and make him a mockery" (Hebrews 6:6). We can never fully realize the malice of mortal sin. We can get a small idea of it by remembering that God sent His own beloved Son to suffer untold agonies, to save us from its consequences.

          Mortal sin must be a most appalling thing indeed to make a just and merciful God create hell for the everlasting punishment of the rebellious angels and of sinners who die with even only one mortal sin. Even considering only its temporal penalties mortal sin is great folly. Upon it follows moral disquiet; the sinner loses the serenity and cheerfulness of the just soul. "The wicked are like the raging sea, that cannot rest" (Isaiah 57:20). Sickness and want are often consequences of sin, as well as loss of a good reputation.

      Tomorrow: Venial Sin part one

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    Special Prayer for the First Tuesday in Lent

    Convert us, O God our Savior: and that this fast of Lent may profit us, instruct our minds with its Heavenly discipline. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

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       Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both Lenten Weekdays For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Tuesday, March 14, 2000

        First Reading: Isaiah 55: 10-11
        Responsorial: Psalm 34: 4-7, 16-19
        Gospel Reading: Matthew 6: 7-15

    Wednesday, March 15, 2000

        First Reading: Jonah 3: 1-10
        Responsorial: Psalm 51: 3-4, 12-13, 18-19
        Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 29-32

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    "In this manner therefore shall you pray: 'Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'"

    Mattthew 6: 9-13

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    If one doesn't bloom, he remains complacent

       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".

    "To stay complacently where we are in our spiritual life is to be as a tree that might congratulate itself that is higher than the shrubs, or to be like a caterpillar that should stay exultant with its spots and stripes whilst the glorious life of the butterfly is untasted."

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