The Liberal Agenda: It's all about the pot calling the kettle black! |
In his column today, Pat Ludwa checks in regarding the Left's subliminal attempts to divide Catholics and the country by accusing various leaders that they are anti-Catholic when, in truth, those making the anti-papist remarks are more anti-Catholic than anyone they accuse. We are talking of pro-abort people like Frances Kissling of 'catholics' for Free Choice and Patricia Ireland of NOW and that entire pack of liberal wolves whose fangs are bared, ready to pierce the flesh of common sense with their two-pronged attacks that seek to confuse, divide and conquer. Jesus had a word for these kind of people: "Hypocrites" - seven times in Chapter 23 of Matthew, providing plenty of warning if they persisted. Are we heeding the signs? Do we see the wolves in sheeps' clothing? For Pat's column, "Woe to you, Hypocrites!", see VIEW FROM THE PEW
Turn off all the junk and bias, and tune into the truth!
We need more voices like those to the right to persuade America to be right on!
In our commentary today, we examine the mindset of the masses and reveal that it is fickle and very susceptible to subliminal spirituality that can turn hearts and bring the lost, wandering sheep back to the Good Shepherd Jesus. It can't happen by itself. God needs our prayers, our sacrifices and obedience. He needs our hands and feet, our eyes and ears to turn heads and hearts. People like Mother Angelica, Alan Keyes, Sean Hannity and Raymond Arroyo are just a handful that are making a difference on the airwaves. We offer some ways you can make your voice heard and help Our Lord sweep this country into a gentle whisper of love and decency that will assure our liberties and uphold life without compromise from fertilization to funeral home. With sweeps week coming, let's turn Nielsen on its ear and sweep our fellow citizens up in a wave of love through our efforts of efficacy of prayer and enlightenment of the rights of our God-given rights that, for all, are right on. For our editorial We must be persistent persuaders! , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Pope pulls a fast one!
Holy Father surprises all at his Angelus. After naming two in pectore cardinals, he adds seven new bishops to receive red hat next month!
Pope John Paul II has 'em all guessing! Little did anyone realize he was going to spring another surprise during his Angelus address today. But he did, not only naming the two cardinals from the Soviet Union who had been proclaimed in secret ('in pectore') for their protection, but shocked all by elevating seven more bishops to receive the prestigious scarlet biretta on February 21. He named another from Latin America (Bolivia), the new leader of the Ukraine Catholic Church, two from Germany, which had been shut out last week, and one from South Africa. It brings the total to 44 who will be elevated to the cardinalate and gives a good indication that the College, now at the 120 limit, will have its ceiling lifted to possibly 150.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Catholics making a dent in Dallas as the Church makes inroads in the belt-buckle of the Bible Belt
Texas, once a bastion of Baptists, is becoming a cradle of Catholicism. Catholics outpace Baptists in growth and outnumber them in many parts of the state, the Dallas Morning News recently reported. The 630,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas now make up more than a fifth of the area's population. But the diocese isn't keeping pace with demands for new churches and schools. There have been growing pains. The struggles are multiple: land costs, a priest shortage and cultural challenges presented by a surging Hispanic population. "It's a struggle, but a good struggle to have," the newspaper quoted Bishop Charles Grahmann as saying. The diocese has tripled in Catholics since its boundaries were formed in 1987. For more, see Pro Life News
EEOC decision seeks insurance providers to cover contraceptives
The Clinton administration, besides trashing the white house and many other things is also trying to trash values. The latest revelation that they left a little going away present was a December 13 decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that could have devastating effects on Catholic institutions. That is because the EEOC is attempting to force all companies who offer insurance services to cover contraceptives such as birth control pills and Viagra. This flies in the face of Catholic teaching and, if enforced, might mean Catholic companies and institutions such as Dioceses and Hospitals, etc. would have to cease providing insurance services if the government is going to meddle in morals. No word yet on whether President Bush can overturn this decision called "the Pregnancy Discrimination Act." For more, see Pro Life News
Colombia Bishop crusades for innocent victims caught in cross fire
Bishop Nel Beltran of
Sincelejo, has strongly demanded the government of
Colombian President Andres Pastrana recover the
"demilitarized zone" placed under the administration of a
Marxist rebel group since 1999 as part of a peace deal.
Bishop Beltran said the so-called "demilitarized zone"
controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
(FARC) "was created as a means to secure lively and steady
peace negotiations." He added, "Instead, Colombians have
not gotten any peace and FARC have obtained a dangerous
For more, see Universal News
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Today and tomorrow we observe Ordinary Time with the Weekday Liturgy before Wednesday's Feast of Saint John Bosco to conclude the first month of the year. For more on today's and tomorrow's Liturgy, see Daily LITURGY
MONDAY January 29:
Weekday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Hebrews 11: 32-40
Psalm: Psalm 31: 20-24
Gospel Reading: Mark 5: 1-20
Hebrews 11: 39-40
"And all these, thought they had been approved by the testimony of faith, did not receive what was promised, for God had something better in view for us; so that they should not be perfected without us."
The American connection was established by Blessed Pope Pius IX
On this date 141 years ago in 1860, while America was on the verge of Civil War between the states, Blessed Pope Pius IX officially approved the North American College in Rome which the U.S. Bishops had founded a year earlier in 1859. It offered an intellectual refuge for seminarians and priests from the United States with the first ordination of an alumnus occurring on June 14, 1862. It would not be granted "pontifical status" until October 25, 1884 by Pius' successor Pope Leo XIII For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
There is a need to nip problems in the bud
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".
"Much social reform attempts to cure problems such as crime and juvenile delinquency by changing environment, such as building more dance halls and swimming pools. One of the difficulties social reform must always face is that it hardly ever goes into operation until things have gotten very bad."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001
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.
For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
January 29, 2001 volume 12, no. 29