April 27

Unborn Victims Act passes House in first Pro Life Bill for new congress. House Passes Bill

Sister Lucy shows us how to take a punch! Sister Lucy's column

Thomas A. Drolesky, Ph.D. on the Germs of GIRM - part 12. CHRIST or Chaos

Rep. Jerry Kleczka why do you help satan's cause? HEROD'S HELPER

The personal touch applied by Denver archbishop is an ideal model for all bishops to follow. Conference in Rome

The Rosary helps us to pray more fervently. Medjugorje Message

A time for Alleluia! Alleluia! DAILY LITURGY

436 year anniversary of the Faith in the Philippines. TIME CAPSULES

The innocence of childhood gives way too soon. SIMPLY SHEEN

Satan and insane costs are trying to snuff us out! Please Help us recharge!

...These and more in Today's issue for
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FRIDAY     April 27, 2001     volume 12, no. 117
Easter Weekday
Traditional Feast of Saint Peter Kanis (Canisius)
Confessor and Doctor of the Church

 Updated April 27, 2001 8:50 am PDT

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Lindsay Graham One down, one to go!

House passes first Pro-Life Measure of 2001 in protecting unborn from violence; must pass Senate for president to sign it into law

    By a vote of 254-172 Lindsay Graham's "Unborn Victims of Violence Act" passed through the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday. Now the only hurdle left is to pass the Senate which will be much more difficult since this congressional body is split 50-50 with Vice President Dick Cheney expected to cast the deciding vote for the bill providing that certain pro-abort Republican senators from the northeast don't cross party lines. This bill follows on the heels of the conviction of former NFL wide receiver Rae Carruth by a jury for killing the child in his girl friend's womb. It is already a law in 24 states and by making it a federal law, it begins to show a light at the end of the tunnel in re-establishing the culture of Life. For more, see Bill passes the House

Eight ways to roll with the punches and avoid the Ten count

   In her column today, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto scores a knockout by sharing eight ways we can handle hurts that could leave us laying on the mat face down if we don't put everything in perspective and offer these aches and pains of both body and soul, heart and mind to Jesus for, as she points out, He went through everything we might experience and knows exactly what we're feeling. He alone knows. He fell too, but He got back up to show - yes, prove to us, we, too, can do it. With a role Model like that, how can we go wrong? We only go wrong when we let ourselves get caught on the ropes of resentment or retreat to the corner of self-sympathy. For her column How do we heal the hurts? see Getting to the Heart of the Matter.

The only thing that's truly planned by the progressive liturgists is a planned attack on the essential meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

        "The liturgy must be planned because there is no fixed standard. And the lack of a fixed standard leaves the celebration of the Mass open to ideological manipulation, as we have seen so plainly in the past thirty-two years. Additionally, qualifying the sense of liturgical 'participation' by the use of adjectives such as 'conscious,' 'active,' and 'full' is a way of saying that those who heard Mass in the 'old days' were unconscious, inactive and lacking fulness in the way in which they participated interiorly during the celebration of Holy Mass."

    In today's issue Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D. brings us the twelfth part of his fascinating, logical, factual and frank treatise on ferreting out the doublespeak and contradictions contained in the General Instruction to the Roman Missal (GIRM) which has confused so many and, instead of clearing up abuses, only is a license to experiment some more, all contributing to the continuing deconstruction of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that sustained the Church and her faithful for some 1,500 years. For his column, Participatory plans of planned participation see CHRIST or chaos

We call on Congressman Jerry Kleczka of Wisconsin's 4th District to turn from his dangerous lukewarm position on the culture of death and return to his Catholic ideals for life.

   Today we feature the remaining Wisconsin Congressman with Catholic roots Jerry Kleczka representing the state's 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He could do so much more for the culture of life, but, by his lukewarmness in his voting record, he is unwittingly empowering the culture of death. We call on him to examine his conscience, to truly realize the responsibilty he has before God and His Holy Church, as well as the people he represents - both born and unborn. By his fence-sitting 50% record he has shown a willingness to play into satan's hands for the sake of political correctness. We implore him to abandon any trace of a pro-abort stance and help turn hearts back to God's Ordaining Will. For a short bio, see HEROD'S HELPERS

Joaquim Navarro-Valls Getting the word out!

Better communication by the bishops urged during Communication Conference in Rome

Aide to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. highlights open policy of His Excellency with the media and making himself available. Other prelates can learn a lot from this concern for communicating

   If more bishops were of the calibre of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. of Denver, the Church would be flourishing in the United States and the amchurch would not have such a chokehold. The dynamic Native American prelate, the reigning champion of conservative Catholics lives what he preaches and is not afraid to add the personal touch which brings out the shepherd in him so much more fully. "For years he has personally answered over 100 messages a day," Francis X. Maier, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, said of his ordinary. "He could delegate this task to his team, but he has decided to answer personally, as it is a means that encourages personal relation." Open communications with the flocks is vital for the faithful to understand and respect their shepherds and vice versa. One of the great problems we have today is getting through to the bishops because they have built up chancery walls that keep them shielded from their flocks, thereby leaving both flock and shepherd in the dark and more questions asked, more criticism launched because they refuse to communicate. This conference - the 4th Annual International Conference of Institutional Communications with the head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications Archbishop John Foley and the official primary Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls participating, is being conducted by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. For more, see Communications and the Bishops

Easter Weekday

    Today and tomorrow are Easter Weekdays. In the Traditional Latin Mass we celebrate the Feast of Saint Peter Canisius, Confessor and Doctor of the Church, which is now celebrated on December 31st in the new liturgy. Tomorrow in the same we commemorate the Feast of Saint Peter Chanel, Priest, Missionary and Martyr, as well as celebrating the Feast of Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, Priest, Religious and Mytic. For today and tomorrow's liturgies, see DAILY LITURGY

"Preach the word: be urgent in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and teaching. For there will come a time when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but having itching ears, will heap up to themselves teachers according to their own lusts, and they will turn away their hearing from the truth and turn aside rather to fables." 2 Timothy 4: 2-4

Monthly Medjugorje Message for April 2001

   "Dear children! Also today, I call you to prayer. Little children, prayer works miracles. When you are tired and sick and you do not know the meaning of your life, take the Rosary and pray; pray until prayer becomes for you a joyful meeting with your Savior. I am with you, little children, and I intercede and pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Faith of a nation is planted on the shores of the Philippines

   On this date 436 years ago in 1565 the Jesuit missionaries established the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines at Cebu City. These islands between the Orient and Oceania would become a Catholic stronghold over the years thanks to the dauntless efforts of so many missionaries, mostly from Spain, many who gave their lives that the Gospel would be spread to all the world. Today the Philippines remains largely Catholic and the faith of the people has guided them through a turbulent history, especially in recent times when prayer, especially the Rosary, preserved them from a worse fate. Like the effects of Lepanto, the evacuation of Japanese troops in the 40's, the dispersal of their own military troops in the 90's and the eviction of the corrupt Filipino president Joseph Estrada , have served to strengthen the Faith of the Filipinos. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see TIME CAPSULES

Honesty and innocence are lost too soon in growing out of childhood

    "In regards insincerity, children do not have this duplicity because they are natural and it is acquired. If their mother tells them to tell a stranger at the door that she is not at home, they will invariably say, 'My mother told me to tell you that she is not at home.' I know of a mother who, after an introduction to several ladies who had dropped in for tea, asked her child, 'Now which one did I say was my best friend?' The child in the presence of all ansered, 'The one with the big teeth.' It takes some falling away from the childlike simplicity that purchases Heaven, before one develops the film of dishonesty."

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April 27, 2001    volume 12, no. 117