April 5

Jane Dalton shares her son Tim's homework. FAITH IN THE FAMILY

Rep. Edward Markey, why do you persecute God's innocents? HEROD'S HEROES

Yes, missing Mass on Sunday is wrong! GIFT OF FAITH

Jesus meets His Blessed Mother. Prayer & Devotion

Pope remembers the Mentally Disabled - 400 million strong! News from ROME

A media mogul with might and right! USA News

PFL's Father Peter West victim in his own backyard! Pro Life News

Note to Prince George gov: Don't mess with Bishop Wiesner! Universal News

St. Vincent Ferrer: a man without fear! TIME CAPSULES

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THURSDAY     April 5, 2001     volume 12, no. 95
Lenten Weekday in Passiontide
Optional Feast of Saint Vincent Ferrer, Priest and Mystic

 Updated April 5, 2001 9:40 am PDT
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The basics of Abortion 101!

    No matter how you couch it, abortion is infanticide pure and simple. How can you have family when they are dwindling so through infanticide?
   In this issue Jane Dalton shares an assignment she and Joe gave their son Tim. It was brilliant. So many hear "abortion" and have a total misconception of what is truly a life from conception on. Tim, with dictionary in hand, breaks it down to define what it really is. In the manner he has done it, no one could offer any kind of logical argument that abortion is anything but infanticide! Oxford and Rhodes Scholars might think otherwise, but a high school student proves how ignorant these intellectuals really are if they insist that pro-choice has any logic. For Jane's column, largely provided by Tim and titled Abortion: there's a word for it - there are many words for it! , see FAITH IN THE FAMILY

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

   Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts' 7th District, the Honorable Edward J. Markey. There's nothing honorable about how he, as a 'Catholic,' has promoted the culture of death. 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, Markey'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 Markey'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

First Precept

Too many think it's okay to miss Sunday Mass! That's not what the Church says!

The first precept of the Church requires us to sanctify Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

   Today in our 225th installment of our catechetical series on My Catholic Faith we cover the First Commandment of the Church, "To assist at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation." This corresponds with the Third Commandment to keep holy the Sabbath. The Church has, in addition to the 52 Sundays, six additional Holy Days of Obligation that mean just that: We are obligated to assist at Mass under pain of mortal sin. For today's installment on The First Commandment of the Church, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.

Holy Father calls for all to be concerned for the 400 million world-wide who are affected with mental or neurological disorders

  The Holy Father, at the end of his General Audience Wednesday, paid particular attention to the mentally ill with this Saturday being World Health Day 2001. "No one must remain indifferent in face of these brothers of ours," the Holy Father said in referring to these greatly misunderstood souls. "The Church looks upon those who suffer from this sickness with respect and affection, and exhorts the whole human community to accept them, giving special attention to the poorest and most abandoned." For more, see News from ROME

Finally a Media Mogul with Morals rocks La-la land!

Adelphia Communications billionaire John Rigas bans porn from his cable network as ACLU protests such audacity!

   There is some decency left in the media, at least Adelphia Communications Corporation owner John Rigas is showing some by banning any and all sexual explicit programming and channels from his cable network. Though he might be giving up the big bucks of porn, he's gaining kudos and thanks from parents and concerned Christians who will be lining to sign up where Adelphia is available. Naturally, because he is doing something good, ACLU is furious and threatening to take Rigas to court. Rigas' response: "Let 'em!" For more, see USA News

More indications the world's gone mad:

Priest for Life's Father West evicted from St. Patrick's school as pro-abort 'Catholics' toast pro-abort Jim McGreevey inside in a blatant in-your-face political display on church property!

   First Catholics are thrown out of church for the benefit of Hillary Clinton; now on March 18th Father Peter West, a dedicated and enthusiastic Priests for Life representative was kicked out of a Catholic school in Newark because he was Pro-Life. Not only that, but he was heckled and baited by pro-abort 'Catholics' no less who were there to openly support an avowed pro-abort 'Catholic' candidate for governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey who last time out lost to another pro-abort 'Catholic' Christie Todd Whitman. Why they were allowed to conduct a political event in a Catholic school and overtly promote murder in the womb is something that needs to be addressed by the pastor and the diocese. Heads should roll over that debacle. For more, see Pro Life News

Oh, Canada!!!

Socialistic Labor Board tells bishop he can't close a Catholic school or determine what is taught in the Catholic schools. Prince George's Bishop Wiesner digs in to resist secular, immoral curriculum foisted on diocese.

   Following up our story on Canada yesterday, today we've got another doozer for you. Bishop Gerald Wiesner, OMI, bishop of the Diocese of Prince George in British Columbia is not going to let the school board or the unions tell him what to teach. Despite the decision against the bishop, he's not going to take it lying down and it's likely it could go all the way to the Supreme Court in Canada so the bishop can assure that homosexuality and other liberal, basically anti-Catholic programs cannot be mandated in Catholic schools. For more, see Universal News ALSO:

For more Daily News, we recommend sources we rely on. For these news agencies, see News Sources

Lenten Weekday in Passiontide

  Today and tomorrow are Lenten Weekdays in this time called Passiontide leading up to Palm Sunday and Holy Week. Today is also the optional Feast of Saint Vincent Ferrer, priest. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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Thursday, April 5:
Lenten Weekday
Feast of Saint Vincent Ferrer

    First Reading: Genesis 17: 3-9
    Psalms: Psalm 105: 4-9
    Gospel Reading: John 8: 51-59

"If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing. It is My Father Who glorifies Me, of Whom you say that He is your God. And you do not know Him, but I know Him. And if I say that I do not know Him, I shall be like you, a liar. But I know Him, and I keep His word. Abram your father rejoiced that he was to see My day. He saw it and was glad...Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I am." John 8: 54-56, 58


  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 Fourth Station by His Holiness, see Papal Way of the Cross

St. Vincent Ferrer, O.P. A Saint who spoke out zealously and fearlessly for the Truth

   On this date 542 years ago in 1419 Saint Vincent Ferrer died in Vannes, France after a life of devotion to the Church. This zealous Dominican preacher, whose feast is optional because it falls in Lent, was a gifted prophet and mystic. As a confessor of Popes and saints, he played a significant role in ending the Great Western Schism through his preaching and healing throughout Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Oh if he were only alive today and we had more St. Vincent Ferrers, especially in the United States. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

Be righteously angry at wrongs!

    "When more get mad, not because they lose money, but because right is ignored and wrong enthroned, then the fires will come back to democracy. And these fires will burn like beacons summoning men to a finer and better world."

Monthly Medjugorje Message for March 2001

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