March 21

Dr. Frank's undeniable arguments against embryonic stem-cell research. Pro Life Prescriptions

Governor Tom Ridge, why do you persecute God's innocents? HEROD'S HEROES

Bishop Adamec, why have you failed your flocks? "Father, forgive them..."

Day Two of the Pope's "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land. JUBILEE MEMORIES

North Pole or bust! Pope blesses expedition. News from ROME

SF's Archbishop Levada needs to speak out now. USA News

Vindication for Medjugorje and Civitavecchia. Universal News

New Poll shows NY Senator hasn't got a clue. Pro Life News

The emergence of a great saint: St. Bernard of Clairvaux TIME CAPSULES

...These and much more in Today's issue for
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WEDNESDAY     March 21, 2001     volume 12, no. 80
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Open Memo to Tommy Thompson:

Don't be swayed by the loopholes. Use your brain and your heart to realize Embryonic Stem Cell Research is a lose-lose situation. We have a wealth of resources in adult stem cells and placenta cords that will promote life in all its stages. Please, don't be swayed by the culture of death!

  Today, Dr. Frank Joseph delineates further the terrible consequences of embryonic stem-cell research and the price it costs: the life of the unborn and documented failures and complications as the results of this abuse. He asks why HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, a Pro-Lifer himself, can't see through the facade of the pro-aborts and realize there is even more documentation available that proves, without a shadow of a doubt, the benefit of using adult stem cells or the blood and tissue from discarded placentas after the baby has been born. The pro-aborts will use any trick they can to further the culture of death and we must do all in our power to close the loopholes. Dr. Frank has the answers. For his column today Embryonic Stem Cells: A Potential Cure-all or a Myth? see PRO LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS

Bishop Dattilo: We implore you to call Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge to task for his unyielding pro-abortion stance.

Bishop Dattilo   Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Republican Governor from Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Ridge. We call on him to repent and for his shepherd in Harrisburg Bishop Nicholas C. Dattilo to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if he will not hear even the Church. We beg of the Bishops, to stand up for the Roman Catholic Church, to exact the discipline all Catholics are expected to follow. By Ridge's pro-abortion record during his term as Governor, and before that as a member of the House, Tom Ridge has been one of the major players allowing the culture of death into a Catholic state that has been bedazzled and mislead by this man who almost became Vice President. For more on this, we refer you to the excellent article below by Dr. Brian J. Kopp. Ridge has consistently showed a disdain for Catholic doctrine and has been a willing accomplice to satan. We implore him to amend his ways, to turn away from embracing the pro-abort stance with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn. For another betrayer who seeks to perpetuate the culture of death and slay the innocents, see HEROD'S HEROES

Behind the Ridge lurks a deadly agenda

Were it not for dedicated Pro Lifers it is quite possible things would be even worse off in Pennsylvania than they are today! Yet, Bishop Adamec's failure to speak out and his rationalization has gotten him even more embroiled in scandal today.

  Today, in this feature, we begin a three-part series by Dr. Brian J. Kopp in which he details the deadly agenda of the pro-aborts in Pennsylvania aided by the Judas among Catholics - Governor Tom Ridge, whom we cover today in our "Herod's Heroes" series. Dr. Kopp outlines over the next three installments the feeble excuses of the Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Joseph V. Adamec who was afraid to speak out against Ridge's pro-abort policies. His failure to act has come back to haunt him with the Penn State obscenities today in his Diocese. As for Ridge, thankfully, the squeaky wheel got the grease of enough attention to alert the bishop of Ridge's hometown Bishop Donald Trautman who did speak out. Perhaps his example will be followed by more. The results of a few loyal Catholics who went that extra length to uphold the Sanctity of Life should be an inspiration to all to continue the Decency Crusade and Pro-Life stand up and truly live our Catholicity to its fullest. For part one, see "Father, forgive them..."

Day Two in the Holy Land: Jordan and Jerusalem

   On this day one year ago Pope John Paul II celebrated a morning outdoor Mass in Amman, Jordan on the second day of his historic "Jubilee Journey" in retracing salvation history from Abraham to Paul. The Pope later visited the eastbank of the Jordan River and that evening arrived in Tel Aviv and then helicoptered to the Holy City of Jerusalem where he was met by Israel's highest leaders. See, JUBILEE MEMORIES

Pilgrimage to the Pole blessed by the Pole who is Pope

  Pope John Paul II extended his blessing to 50 Italian men about to embark on an expedition to the North Pole where they hope to arrive by Easter and celebrate Holy Mass on the spot. The Holy Father shared with them the aspirations of Pope Pius XI who, while a young priest a century ago, was a member of a mountain climbing team. He was going to go to the North Pole, but something else came up at the last moment and instead of being an explorer he ended up as the Roman Pontiff. For more, see News from ROME

Archbishop Levada: When will you speak out against the homosexual agenda?

   A story out of Agape Press should have Catholics plenty incensed with how the homosexual agenda is being forced on our children and taxpayers who will have to pay for sex changes if lawmakers in San Francisco have their way. Now is the time for the Archbishop of San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada to speak out and speak out strongly before he has no flock left because loyal Catholics will have exited Sodom by the Bay as fast as they can. For more, see USA News

Hey, Hillary, wake up and smell the polls!

   The pro-abort platform of Senator Hillary Clinton isn't as popular as she would like New Yorkers, the media and the nation to believe. In a poll reported in the Washington Post her constituents are not happy with her. 68% placed health care as their top priority and abortion came in a distant eighth at 22%. Now if only the liberal media will pick up on that maybe it will reach Madame would-be president. For more, see Pro Life News

Medjugorje and Civitavecchia gain more credence with court ruling that helps authenticate weeping statue

   With doubters and skeptics trying to undermine and attack the apparitions in Medjugorje and Civitavecchia, the news that a judge found no evidence of deceit or trickery involved with a statue of the Blessed Virgin that witnesses, including a bishop, say weeps blood. Fabio Gregori, a worker in Civitavecchia, a city near Rome, had declared publicly that the statue wept blood in February 1995. The statue had been brought to his house by Spanish priest Father Pablo Martin from Medjugorje. For more, see Universal News    ALSO:

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Lenten Weekday

  Today and tomorrow are devoted to the Lenten Liturgy. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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WEDNESDAY, March 21:
Lenten Weekday

    First Reading: Deuteronomy 4: 1, 5-9
    Psalms: Psalm 147: 12-13, 15-16, 19-20
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 5: 17-19

"Therefore whoever does away with one of these least commandments, and so teaches men, shall be called least in the kingdom of Heaven; but whoever carries them out and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven."     Matthew 5: 19

The Voice of the Disciple

    Hear My words, My son; words most sweet, exceeding all learning of the philosophers and of the wise men of this world. My words are spirit and life, and not to be weighed by man's understanding. They are not to be perverted for a vain self-conceit, but are to be heard in silence, and received with all humility and great affection.

From Book III, Chapter III of "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux The Monk from Clairvaux becomes a force in the Church

   On this day 855 years ago in 1146, Pope Blessed Eugene III charged a young Benedictine monk to begin preaching the Second Crusade throughout Europe. He chose wisely for the holy priest he selected was none other than Saint Bernard of Clairvaux the holy Cistercian, who would be an influential force to many Popes and the Church during his lifetime. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

We have our divine priorities askew

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".

    "At the end of the twentieth century [and now in the 21st] we find ourselves living in an era of superstition in which minds believe everything as fanatics and quacks become shrines of worship and objects of adoration."

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