April 3

Cyndi Cain begins a two-part piece on getting back to basics. SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

Rep. Michael Capuano, why do you persecute God's innocents? HEROD'S HEROES

The 1K Pope from France ushers in a new millennium. TIME CAPSULES

Pope focuses on Jesus taking up His Cross. Prayer & Devotion

The price of doing away with absolutes. SIMPLY SHEEN

"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 tricks. Universal News

...These and much more in Today's issue for
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Lenten Weekday in Passiontide

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Lent today is something borrowed that we won't own up to!

So many have lost the true essence of our Faith over the years. When something this drastic happens you have to begin to analyze why and get back to basics!

   In her inspirational column today, Cyndi Cain begins the first of two parts that will run today and tomorrow. Her column also serves as Exspectans exspectavibus "Ecclesia Dei" this week since the content is in that favor. She asks what happened to the Faith our parents and grandparents were raised on. If not for a small remnant it might be totally lost, but, now even Rome is turning to this remnant to help revive the Church which is badly in need of a transfusion of a "back-to-basics" approach to our Faith. For woe these past thirty plus years things have only gotten worse. Yet, so many bishops continue their "see no evil, hear no evil" ostrich-in-the sand mentality and allow the abuses to continue. What is the answer? Cyndi believes in her heart that we need to turn back to basics, to what was taught to the faithful for centuries. That was the tenets the saints were weaned on - the Latin Mass and the catechetic fundamentals of absolutes. Contrary to what many might believe, the Catholic Church was not founded in 1965 after Vatican II. Today she points out how the essence of Lent has been lessened to fit our cultural comforts, and instead of nurturing our spiritual needs, it feeds our temporal wants. The less we sacrifice, the greater we sacrifice the state of our soul. For part one of her column A Return to Basics is Fundamental to our Faith see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

Cardinal Bernard Law: We implore you to call Massachusetts Congressman Michael Capuano to task for his unyielding pro-abortion stance as well as all those Democratic congressmen and senators under your jurisdiction.

   Today we begin to ferret out the hypocritical and Democratic (isn't that an oxymoron?) congressmen from the sorry state of Massachusetts where there is not one national Pro-Life politician. Going alphabetically, today's "Herod's Hero" is the Democratic Representative in the United States House from Massachusett's 8th District Congressman Michael E. Capuano. We call on him to repent and for his shepherd in Boston Cardinal Bernard Law along with his colleague in the Conclave Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Capuano's shepherd in Washington, D.C., 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 Capuano's 100% pro-abortion record during his one term in the House, he has turned away from God by showing a disdain for Catholic doctrine and being 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

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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Tuesday, April 3:
Lenten Weekday

    First Reading: Numbers 21: 4-9
    Psalms: Psalm 102: 2-3, 16-21
    Gospel Reading: John 8: 21-30

"You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sin." John 8: 23-24


  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 continue 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 Second Station by His Holiness, see Papal Way of the Cross

The Pope who ushered in the Second Millennium

   On this date 1002 years ago in 999, Archbishop Gerbert of Aurillac was consecrated the first French Pope ever. He chose the name Pope Sylvester II. He was a man of high culture and one of virtue who urged the faithful to forsake debauchery and the lewd and seek to emulate the saints. He also difused the rumors that were rampant that with the turn of the century and a new millennium the world indeed was not going to end. It this 139th successor of Peter who introduced the use of Arabic numerals into Christian civilization. Prior to this Roman numerals had been the norm. He died on May 12, 1003. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

What has happened to absolutes?

    "Nothing has so much killed enthusiasm as the pragmatic notion that there is nothing that is absolutely true, right, and good for which one ought to consecrate his life; and there is nothing so evil that one ought to die rather than surrender to it. Indifference kills passions; while skepticism deadens them."

NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, our incoming e-mail is malfunctioning and therefore not able to bring you the latest news from April 2nd. Below are the most recent we have. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

We can only hope the House will not be as stupid as the Senate was in passing the McCain-Feingold Bill

Measure, if passed by Congress, would stifle free speech for Pro-Life organizations!"

  The National Right to Life Organization has sent out an urgent appeal to contact your senator. But now it's time to contact your congressman because your senator didn't hear you. He or she doesn't realize that the McCain-Feingold Bill could adversely affect pro-life groups that are involved in legislations and elections. Please take a few minutes to call your Representative's office to urge opposition to the bill. You can reach the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 or go to to find additional contact information for your Representatives. 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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