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RESPECT LIFE 2001
The fundamental premise of our society is that we are all endowed
by our CREATOR; not by a woman's decision; not by court decisions,
but by our CREATOR with inalienable rights.
Today, as we honor RESPECT LIFE WEEK 2001 we complete this week-long 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 has provided a special insight on Respect Life 2001. We must all continue to fight for the right to life in all stages from conception to the grave and pray that soon the Roe vs. Wade decision, a horrendous act that signaled the execution in the womb of millions upon millions of innocent unborns in the worst holocaust in the history of mankind, will be overturned. For Dr. Frank's column today Defend Life from Conception to the Grave! see PRO LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS
The dichotomy of personal destruction denies Christlike love
In our commentary today, we pull the plug on the politics of personal destruction as we examine how hypocrisy is running amok and people are literally getting away with murder while innocent people are accused of intolerance and hate because they subscribe to the gospel of love and truth. What blows our mind is how the public is so gullible in buying the hogwash that passes as contrition while the same offenders attack with no trace of repentance except that they got caught. Accountability only counts when it is the other side. It is a double standard that can no longer be the standard and hopefully, with the promise of ethics, integrity and values in the new administration, there'll be no more spin, no more manipulating, no more deals with the devil. For our editorial The devil is getting his due!, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Polish Pope shifts the Poles of Power without taking a Poll
One doesn't need to be a rocket scientist to realize that Pope John Paul II has shifted the poles of power within the College of Cardinals. There truly is an international flavor permeating the new look of the Sacred Conclave. Were they to meet in the Sistine Chapel today, there would be 54 countries represented. Fewer than half of the elector cardinals (those less than 80 years old) are of European origin. Of the 128 cardinals who could vote for a new pope, 60 are from Europe, 12 from Africa, four from Oceania, 13 from Asia, and 39 from America. Just as the number of Catholics has grown relentlessly in the New World - almost half the world’s Catholics reside in North and South America - so has the number of cardinals baptized in those lands.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Catholics rally behind Bush's Ban on Abortion
The spokesman for the Pro Life committee of the National
Conference of Catholic Bishops, Gail Quinn, hailed President George W. Bush's executive order banning overseas funding for abortions which, in effect reinstates the so-called Mexico City Policy established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. "Withholding funds from organizations that promote or
perform abortions overseas (often in violation of the host
country's own laws), sends a clear message that Americans
will not subsidize attacks on the first and most basic
human right, the right to life," Quinn said. For more, see Pro Life News
Will Vouchers be in Vogue? President Bush hopes so as he introduces his Education Plan
Willing to take on the powerful, liberal teachers union by seeking to hold schools and officials accountable in his bid to strengthen education in America, President George W. Bush introduced his promised Education Program today. Included was a plan for vouchers to accommodate parents who have no other alternative when schools fail our children. Bush believes it is in offering an alternative as in vouchers to private schools which would be a boon for Catholic education in America if the bishops take care in preparation and assure they will not compromise the Catholic curriculum. For more, see Pro Life News
Prayer for Peace and Unity underway in Jerusalem
Amid the strife of the Mideast, the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians has began in Jerusalem. The octave began Sunday, due to the fact that the Armenian Christmas was celebrated Jan. 19. The Armenians must end their celebrations before joining other Christians in common prayer. The calendar of the week of celebrations began in St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, and will end in the Catholic Greek-Melkite Church of the Annunciation. The central point of the week is the common prayer in the Cenacle on Thursday, when the prayers and readings from the Old and New Testaments, as well as the hymns, will be expressions of all the rites. The Benedictine Fathers of Maria Hagia Sion Abbey are overseeing its organization. Messianic and baptized Jews have also participated in recent years.
For more, see Universal News
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Feast of Saint Francis de Sales
Today is the Feast of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop, Religious Founder and Doctor of the Church. Tomorrow we conclude the Week of Prayer for Church Unity with the Feast of the CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL. For more on today's and tomorrow's Liturgy, see Daily LITURGY
WEDNESDAY January 24:
Feast of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
First Reading: Hebrews 10: 11-18, 24-28
Psalms: Psalm 110: 1-4
Gospel Reading: Mark 4: 1-20
Mark 4: 18-20
"And those who are sown among the thorns are they who listen to the word; but the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires about other things, entering in, choke the word, and it is made fruitless. And those who are sown upon good ground are they who hear the word, and welcome it, and yield fruit, one thirty, another sixty, and another a hundredfold."
The Pope who returned under disguise to restore the Papacy amid great upheaval and antipopes
On this date 883 years ago in 1118 Pope Gelasius II was elected the 161st successor of Peter during a time of great upheaval when antipopes and Roman clans threatened the stability of the Church. He was attacked at the Lateran and escaped, returning under disguise as a pilgrim to reclaim the papal throne but it was short lived for he would die at Cluny a year later on January 29, 1119 while trying to organize a Synod to restore the authenticity of the Papacy. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
We need to help illuminate the world
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".
"We do not make children give up writing because they spill the ink. The world is discouraged enough; it needs encouragement, inspiration, good example, above all, it will be happier when it sees a standard and a Redeemer Who invites us away from the dark side: "I am the Light of the world; whoever follows Me, shall not walk in darkness" (John 8: 12).
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
January 24, 2001 volume 12, no. 24