April 2

What are so many bishops afraid of? CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Pat Ludwa shows there is no room for hate in the Beatitudes. VIEW FROM THE PEW

Governor George Pataki, why do you persecute God's innocents? HEROD'S HEROES

Urgent appeal to Cardinal Keeler. "Father, forgive them..."

"Ethics on the Internet" and more on the way. News from ROME

Presbyterian press clippings or ecumenical egging? USA News

McCain-Feingold Bill will hurt Pro-Life efforts! Pro Life News

Holland goes "dutch treat" and it's no treat...more of satan's tric Universal News

Anniversary of the ordination or an extraordinary man. TIME CAPSULES

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MONDAY     April 2, 2001     volume 12, no. 92
Lenten Weekday in Passiontide

 Updated April 1, 2001 9:30 pm PDT
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Time to stop being timid!

   In our commentary today we address a serious problem within our Church today and that is the cowardice the bishops are showing in refusing to get involved in matters that call for their authority. By their silence they are condoning the homosexual agenda and the culture of death. We ask why. Are they being bought off, are they being blackmailed. Why else would they be afraid of being persecuted for Our Lord? If they truly are shepherds, then let them live the Beatitudes and truly be soldiers of Christ. Meantime in Rome there are a few within the Curia who would seek to subterfuge the conservative atmosphere that is leaning toward reconciling with the Society of St. Pius X and provide a boost in the arm for Roman Catholic faithful everywhere. But the liberals will do whatever they can to stop it. For our editorial Restore reverence and respect for Holy Mother Church , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

The "gates of hate" shall not prevail against us!

"Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in Heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets"

   In his column today, Pat Ludwa continues to remind us of the pertinence of the Beatitudes imparted by Jesus and why they are even more meaningful during Lent. He points out that "The Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount, are not simply a type of poetry or unreachable ideals, but rather a blueprint, a map, for living a Christian lifestyle precisely. It isn't that they're easy to do, but necessary if we are to call ourselves Catholics. To follow the Beatitudes is to accept struggles, it is to disdain the modern tendency to be instantly gratified with temporal pleasures and treasures. Truly knowing the Beatitude makes Lent that much more grace-filled; but only if we truly comprehend this and respond accordingly. Today he points out that we will be hated for our strict adherence to Christ's words because they have hated Him. Pat points out how this "tolerance" spin of hate against Catholics brings to light what Our Lord means. For Pat's column, Hate is foreign to the Beatitudes see VIEW FROM THE PEW

Urgent Plea to Cardinal Keeler

A plea to the Cardinal Archbishop of Baltimore to stand up for the Truth that is a Somebody, not a something.

   Gary L. Morella, who has been at the forefront of opposing the homosexual agenda that is seeping into our schools, chambers and chanceries and in our living rooms on the television sets - the tabernacles of satan, has written an urgent appeal to His Eminence Cardinal William H. Keeler urging him to speak out against the insidious legislation that is called the "hate crimes" bill, but in truth is merely an open sesame for legitimizing sodomy everywhere. For Gary's insightful and needed letter Oppose bogus "hate crimes" legislation, see "Father, forgive them..."

Bishop Hubbard: We implore you to call New York Governor George Pataki to task for his pro-abortion stance.

   Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Republican Governor from New York Governor George Pataki. We call on him to repent and for his shepherd in Albany Bishop Howard J. Hubbard to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if he will not hear even the Church. We beg of the Bishops, to stand up for the Roman Catholic Church, to exact the discipline all Catholics are expected to follow. By Pataki's pro-abortion record during his term as Governor since 1995, George Pataki has empowered the culture of death. Pataki might glad-hand with the bishops, but he has consistently showed a disdain for Catholic doctrine and has been a willing accomplice to satan. We implore him to amend his ways, to turn away from embracing the pro-abort stance with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn. For another betrayer who seeks to perpetuate the culture of death and slay the innocents, see HEROD'S HEROES


Papal Document on Ethics on the Internet just around the corner

   The President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications Archbishop John Foley said Saturday that Rome will issue two documents on the internet. The first will be in the mold of "Ethics in Social Communications" issued last year, and "Ethics in Advertising" released four years ago. This time, in addition to "Ethics on the Internet," there will be a second and more "pragmatic" document that will address the pastoral approach the web offers. For more, see News from ROME

Will Presbyterians return to the True Fold?

If so they could be enabled by a prelate whose liberal agenda seeks to sabotage a union of the Traditionalists

  There are reports that Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, has been dialoging with the Presbyterian Church in the United States and there are signs they have made progress. Yet we have to question Kasper's real ecumenical spirit by his willingness to be so open to a definite "Protestant" sect, while opposing the reunion of the Society of St. Pius X which is in true union with Rome in all things except actual recognition. See our editorial today for more on this. For more, see USA News


Measure would stifle free speech for Pro-Life organizations!"

  The National Right to Life Organization is sending out an urgent appeal to contact your senator. Why? Because the McCain-Feingold Bill would adversely affect pro-life groups that are involved in legislations and elections. Please take a few minutes to call your Senators' office Monday morning to urge opposition to the bill. You can reach the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or go to to find additional contact information for your Senators.] For more, see Pro Life News

Today the Netherlands, tomorrow the world. The horrors of Sodom and Gomorrah have become a reality!

   Are we ready for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart or what? That seems to be the only thing that will save a wretched world where the perverse has become accepted just as Our Blessed Mother prophesied at LaSalette. As of midnight yesterday the Netherlands became the first country in the world to recognize same-sex unions, making sodomy legitimate. The United States could very well be next. For more on this, see our editorial today. For more on the Netherlands horror story, see Universal News    ALSO:

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Lenten Weekday in Passiontide

  Today and tomorrow are Lenten Weekdays in this time called Passiontide leading up to Palm Sunday and Holy Week. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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Monday, April 2:
Lenten Weekday

    First Reading: Daniel 13: 41-62
    Psalms: Psalm 7: 2-3, 9-12
    Gospel Reading: John 8: 12-20

"I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me does not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8: 12


  On Good Friday in 2000, the Holy Father led the Via Crucis meditations with his own words while leading the faithful on the traditional Papal Way of the Cross. His deep spirituality, renewed by a spontaneous visit to Mount Calvary within the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre during his "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land last year is an inspiration we want to share with our readers. Therefore, now in Passiontide, we begin daily one Station of the Cross at a time leading up to Holy Saturday. It is important to drink in the meditative treasures of each one day at a time. The eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth will be featured in our Good Friday issue with none on Palm Sunday. For the First Station by His Holiness, see Papal Way of the Cross

A Pope becomes a Priest

   On this date when we also commemorate the 1,259th anniversary of the birth of the great Charlemagne, we remember the ordination 102 years ago in 1899 of Father Eugenio Maria Giovanni Pacelli on the day he was elevated to the sacerdotal consecrated life in the Lateran Basilica. Fr. Pacelli would not only go on to enter the papal service two years later, but also become a bishop and cardinal, and then the 260th successor of Peter on March 2, 1939, taking the name Pope Pius XII. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

Where is the true passion of politics?

    "Because we hate certain things, other passions which are related to struggle with difficulties also arise... Coming back to want of fire and enthusiasm in our politicians, the reason is rather obvious. They have no great central overwhelming cause to which they are dedicated with the full fervor of their being, and they have no great shock at evil or wrong."

Monthly Medjugorje Message for March 2001

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