Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 1,468th anniversary of the election of Pope John II, the 56th successor of the Apostle Peter. Born in Rome, his pontificate only lasted slighly over two years. He died on May 8, 535. He was the first of the Sovereign Pontiffs to change his name, something that became quite regular after him. His original birth name was Mercurius and, because it was a pagan name after the Roman god Mercury, he decided to change it to John. The edict of Altaric decreed to the world that the Pope of Rome was the head of all the bishops of the world, setting the precedent as the Sovereign Pontiff above all and establishing the hierarchy in the Church. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see DAILY TIMELINES IN CHURCH HISTORY
Honesty isn't as honest anymore. Honest!
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".
" It has often been said, 'Honesty is the best policy,' on the grounds that it will keep you out of trouble and make you admired. Someone has remarked concerning it, 'He who acts upon this principle is not an honest man.' It would seem however, that there is some decline in honesty, for there is now one major crime committed in the United States for every sixty persons. In the last ten years, the crime rate in the United States has been exploding at a rate four times as fast as the rate of the growth of our population."