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volume 12, no. 19
January 19, 2001

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VP Dick CheneyPresident George W. Bush

Tomorrow "Hail to the Chief" will mean something again!

Finally the fresh air of accountability will return to the White House as the new Bush Administration seeks to unite through the common good of decency and right.

    In our editorial today A man who will walk in the Lord's truth! , we refuse to look back for what we have seen over the past eight years is an implosion of morals and ethics that has permeated this great country. Rather, we look forward starting with tomorrow, January 20th, 2001. Yes, tomorrow will mark a new beginning as George W. Bush becomes the 43rd President of the United States. To say we're delighted would be an understatement as loyal Catholics have long suffered during the lax and amoral regime of Bill Clinton and his administration. The Scribes and Pharisees had their chance during those eight years and they not only let us down greatly, but were a key party in promoting the culture of death. Now, as promised, the culture of death is being choked out by prayers and the return to the right where decency and responsibility come first. The backlash has begun and we pray in time that more will be caught up in this groundswell of goodness. President Bush has said he is a uniter, not a divider. Let us all unite behind him and pray for him as he endeavors to uphold the principles of Jesus Christ, his role model and ours. Our new president and his key man Vice President Dick Cheney have proven through their track records and appointments that the culture of life is a key component of their administration. Through God's ordaining will He has chosen them to help carry out His promise in John 10: 10, "The thief comes only to steal, and slay, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly." For more, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

The Sixth Commandment encompasses a plethora of sins that are much more serious than we might think and truly need absolution through a worthy and good Confession

   Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues her sharing a special Examination of Conscience with all as today she features the Sixth Commandments, which is so accepted in today's society that many Catholics have come to allow and condone sins that violate this Command as just a human weakness. The Blessed Virgin Mary has said more than a few times in her visions that there are more souls in hell for the sins of the flesh than any other. That is why it so important for us to truly tweak the conscience through a thorough Examination of Conscience which Sister helps us in providing a guideline to uphold the Sanctity of Life through purity of our bodies, minds and souls. For the fourth part of her column Acute Awareness in Examining Our Consciences, see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


Roe vs. Wade allowed the woman to sell herself into slavery

    Today we continue this series of special columns by Dr. Frank Joseph on the significance of why we must hold Life from conception to the grave in such high esteem and value. Each day he will provide a special insight on Respect Life 2001 leading up to the March for Life in Washington D.C. next Monday on the 28th anniversary of the horrendous Roe vs. Wade decision that signaled the execution in the womb of millions upon millions of innocent unborns in the worst holocaust in the history of mankind. For Dr. Frank's column today They had their choice: Freedom lost! , see PRO LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS

Church Unity Week Despite critics of Dominus Jesus, it was necessary to clarify the principles of ecumenism

    Ecumenical dialogue was a difficult process during the Jubilee year, according to the secretary for the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. Bishop Walter Kasper, a German theologian and former bishop of Rottenburg, offered his thoughts on ecumenical progress during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. His remarks appeared in the January 18 issue of L'Osservatore Romano. The publication of the statement Dominus Iesus in September, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, caused some particular difficulties, Bishop Kasper said. However, he added that Dominus Iesus was an important document, since it counteracted notions that are contradictory to the message of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church. For more, see News from the Holy See          ALSO:

Coat of Arms of the Duluth DioceseMinnesota's northernmost Diocese Former Secretary of NCCB named new Bishop of Duluth, Minnesota

    The Pope has appointed Monsignor Dennis Marion Schnurr as bishop of Duluth, Minnesota to replace Archbishop Roger L. Schwietz, OMI. The latter was elevated to archbishop last year in his new assignment to the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska. He had served for ten years, replacing Bishop Robert Brom now in San Diego. Monsignor Schnurr, of the clergy of Sioux City, Iowa, is the outgoing secretary-general of the U.S. bishops’ conference. He was born in Hospers, Iowa, in the Diocese of Sioux City, on June 21, 1948. From 1970 to 1974 he studied at the North American Pontifical College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a licentiate in theology. In 1980 he obtained a canon law degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Monsignor Schnurr was ordained a priest on July 20, 1974, for the Diocese of Sioux City. He was assistant parish priest at the Sioux City Cathedral (1974-1977) and was chancellor of the Washington archdiocese (1980-1985). For more, see USA News    ALSO:

Janet and John Ashcroft Pro Life nominee for Attorney General holding up well under barrage by pro-abort senators

    Despite a volley of subliminal invectives by extreme Left pro-abort Ted Kennedy, the confirmation hearings for John Ashcroft as Attorney General shows that the staunch Pro Life former senator from Missouri is gaining converts by not denying his faith or beliefs, especially in respect to the Sanctity of Life regardless of how many times he is grilled on the same questions as the Pharisees try to trap him. For more, see Pro Life News ALSO:

CroatiaBosnia-Hercegovina Croatian Bishops call for return of refugees from Bosnian-Herzegovina

    The Archbishop of Sarajevo, Cardinal Vinko Puljic, and the Archbishop of Banja Luka, Franjo Komarica, have made a call to the authorities of Bosnia-Herzegovina and of the Croatian Republic in order to encourage effective politics to allow the return to their homeland of hundreds of thousands of Catholic Croatian refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina. For more, see Universal News ALSO:

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    Inaugural Novena Prayer

     Dear Father in Heaven. You are all-around us, keeping us, everyone we know, and the universe itself in its very existence by your Holy Will. Your Son Jesus taught us to keep our prayers simple and humble, and so we ask of You for the United States three things:"

      "First, we ask you to protect the lives and health of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, even if miraculous means are necessary, as they prepare and take office in the coming days and years. Those whom You protect cannot be injured! May Your Holy Angels protect them always."

      "Second, we ask You to infuse these men and the elected and appointed officials with whom they work with a hyper-abundance of supernatural power and grace to make and execute only decisions which are in accord with Your Holy Will, especially regarding the protection and sanctity of human life from conception to a natural death. We beg you to perfect their imperfections in Your perfection."

      "Finally, we ask you to inflame in a mighty way the hearts of the citizens these leaders serve. Never allow us to forget that all authority comes from You and You Alone, and that Your Son is King of Kings, and that You are always ready to answer our prayers for peace, prosperity, and justice--if we but only pray! We commit ourselves to daily prayer for all our elected leaders, regardless of party or principle, from this day forward, from time into eternity, Amen."

      This Novena Prayer is provided by Bud Macfarlane, Jr. of CatholiCity and is followed by the powerful Prayer to St. Michael and the following invocation of saints:
    "Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, pray for us.
    Saint Katharine Drexel and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.
    Saint Frances Cabrini and Saint John Neumann, pray for us.
    Saint Thomas More, Patron of Politicians, pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.
    Immaculate Mary, Patroness of the United States, crush the serpent's head! Amen."

    Weekday in Ordinary Time

       As we continue the Week of Prayer for Church Unity, we observe Ordinary Time today and tomorrow in addition to the Feast of Pope Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian, martyrs and the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. For these liturgies see, Daily LITURGY
    Green vestments
    Friday January 19:
    Weekday in Ordinary Time

    First Reading: Hebrews 8: 6-13
    Psalms: Psalm 85: 8, 10-14
    Gospel Reading: Mark 3: 13-19

       Mark 3: 14-15

    "And He appointed twelve that they might be with Him and that He might send them forth to preach. To them He gave power to cure sicknesses and to cast out devils."

    Pope Benedict VI The Pope who brought the Faith to Hungary

       Today is the 1,028th anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict VI. This Roman-born 134th successor of Peter is known for converting Hungary. He would have made more inroads into other countries but was captured in a bloody siege by the antigerman faction after the death of the Roman Emperor Otto I. They imprisoned Benedict in Castel Sant'Angelo where he was martyred in June 974. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

    Stream of consciousness lacks conscience!

       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".

      "A civilization can be forgiven for seeing the dark side of evil, but it should examine its conscience when it begins to fear the dark side of the good? The right and normal reaction when one sees a shadow is to think of the light; in fact, the darker the shadow the brighter the light."

    The Gospa's message for December Monthly Medjugorje Message for December 2000

    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 more Our Lady's Christmas message for December and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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