March 2

Meet Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey. CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Is a red-hat stained by blood money? CHRIST OR CHAOS

Lent is what you make of it. GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Time to call Senator Dick Durbin to task. HEROD'S HEROES

Cardinal Egan at home in the Big Apple. USA News

Oblate Secretary of Propaganda Fide passes on. News from ROME

Devotions on the path to Calvary. WAY OF THE CROSS

Canadian bishop ready to rattle pro-abort politicians. Pro Life News

Birth and election of the Pope of our times. TIME CAPSULES

...These and much more in Today's issue for
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We are proud to announce a new powerful addition to these pages.

   We are excited to introduce our readers today to Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey, an orthodox crusader of the Church whose uncompromising commitment to the Faith has served as a thorn in not just a few bishops over the past decade. So be it. It is necessary for, as we said in our Ash Wednesday Open Letter to the Bishops, it's time to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. The blind cannot lead the blind and from their inaction or refusal to see the obvious, many bishops and pastors have indeed refused to see and correct. The results can and have caused scandal. They must be accountable and we, as faithful servants have a responsibility before God and our neighbor to respectfully remind them. Quite possibly his words will move several to get off the snide and call your own pastors and bishop to toe the line. It is time to take the gloves off and fight for Christ and His Church. In lieu of our editorial we present his column below.

The Blood Money Trail is not Trivial. It could lead to Trial.

    In his first column for our readers, Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey exposes the double standard held today by both Democrat and Republican and, sadly, some members of the Magisterium of the Church. He points out various "deals" that illustrate a compromise of faith and principles for pro-abort blood money in his column today, "Blood Money Talks". Shockingly, the trail stretches from the East Coast to Los Angeles and Cardinal Roger Mahony, who Tom recommends be de-cardinalized for his behavior and irresponsibility that has been allowed to continue unchecked, bringing great scandal and chagrin to the Church and members of the Mystical Body of Christ. For his column, see CHRIST OR CHAOS

Attention Bishop George Lucas: We implore you to call Illinois Senator Dick Durbin to task for his unyielding pro-abort stance.

   Today's "Herod's Hero" is one of Illinois' favorite sons but not a favorite son of the Son of God. Our Lord has a name for men like Senator Dick Durbin: He called the actions of one who claim they are faithful, but indeed their hearts are like rotted sepulchres, "Woe to you...hypocrites!" (cf. Matthew 23). We call on Bishop George Lucas of the Diocese of Springfield and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Shepherd of the nation's capitol see to issue the ultimatum to this man who causes so much scandal in defying Church doctrine. For another betrayer who seeks to perpetuate the culture of death, see HEROD'S HEROES

Rather than being glum during Lent, be joyful because of the graces God is granting by our sacrifices.

   Sister Mary Lucy Astuto points out that Lent is to not a time to mope around but to take advantage of the many opportunities we've been given to make reparation and offer our fasting and sacrifices for others and ourselves. The rewards are endless. For her column Lent is Good, see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Archbishop Zago passes away after long illness

  The Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Archbishop Marcello Zago, OMI, 68, one of the Church's leading experts on missions and interreligious dialogue, and a one-time missionary in Southeast Asia, died early yesterday at the Oblate General House in the same house Pope Pius XII had been born 125 years ago. He had served as Superior General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate from 1986 to 1998 when he was appointed to his Curial office by the Holy Father who expressed his condolences and his admiration for "his profound spirituality," his "exemplary religious life," and his "pastoral energy as priest and bishop." For more, see News from ROME

Interview with New York's Cardinal Egan reveals an open shepherd who loves the Big Apple and its people...and the media as well!

   A down-to-earth prelate sat down with the National Catholic Register for a personable interview in which Cardinal Edward Egan shared his goals for the Archdiocese of New York and his comfort level with the media. Rather than shunning or hiding from the press, he is more than willing to talk with them. We would help that includes publications like this as well since so many bishops build chancery walls around them as they perch in their ivory towers. Not so Cardinal Egan. For more, see USA News

Bishop of Calgary warns pro-abort 'Catholic' politician. Let us pray more US bishops will follow suit!

   Calgary's Bishop Fred Henry is ready to lower the boom on pro-abort 'Catholic' politicians beginning with Joe Clark leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in Canada. He stopped short of excommunication, saying that would be handling it the "wrong way." He said, "One is seeking to get people to convert -- to change their minds, and hitting them over the head with a club is not going to do much good." We respectfully disagree for the problem is by coddling them and waiting, they just gain more converts to the culture of death from within the Church including more bishops and priests. If we are truly to save souls we need to be drastic. For more, see Pro Life News

Hopes rise that Mexican bishops and guerilla forces of Zaptistas can dialogue in efforts for peace and understanding

    According to Archbishop Luis Morales Reyes, president of the Mexican Bishops Conference, told the press that the country's Catholic hierarchy is willing, if conditions so dictate, to meet with the leader of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). Leaders of the EZLN are now marching from the southern state of Chiapas to present demands to the government. The archbishop revealed that he and the other five bishops, who make up the episcopal Commission for Peace and Reconciliation in Chiapas, previously have tried to get in contact with the Zapatista leadership, to no avail. For more, see Universal News

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

Lenten Weekday

   Today is the FIRST FRIDAY of Lent, a day of abstinence and World Day of Prayer while tomorrow we observe the First Saturday in March. For today and tomorrow's Lenten Liturgy, see Daily LITURGY
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Lenten Weekday

    First Reading: Isaiah 58: 1-9
    Psalms: Psalm 51: 2-6, 18-19
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 9: 14-15

"Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they will fast."     Matthew 9: 15

On the Way to Calvary

      Fridays are the traditional day in Lent when we include the devotions to the Stations of the Cross. See Way of the Cross

Double anniversary of Pope Pius XII

   On this day 125 years ago in 1876 Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli was born a stone's throw from the Vatican. He would grow up to become an exemplary priest, bishop diplomat, and cardinal and be elevated to the Throne of Peter on this day as well 61 years ago, taking the name Pope Pius XII. He is the only Pope to become the Sovereign Pontiff on the same day as his birth at the age of 63 in 1939. Though his pontificate was weighted with the terrible Second World War, his Jubilee Year fifty years ago was highlighted by his proclaiming the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a Dogma of the Church. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

Just because everyone's doing it doesn't make it right!

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".

    "Numbers become the measure of goodness. If a sufficient number can be counted who violate a certain Commandment of God, then it is argued: '50 million adulterers cannot be wrong. We have to change the Commandments.' The excellence of moral excellence does not reside in any external conformity to a conventional standard, but in an inward disposition under the control of a recognized principle to which we submit whether we agree with it or not."

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