January 9, 2002
volume 13, no. 3
Within the Octave of Epiphany. Historical Feast of St. Adrian of Canterbury, an Abbott from the early eighth century.

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 Exspectans exspectavimus Ecclesia Dei
In today's issue you'll read that with the new year upon us, rumors are flying about once again that Rome is trying to divide the Society of St. Pius X. The word is out that the Pope signed an agreement with the group in Campos, Brazil. To this the SSPX in Switzerland are leery, especially in light of the mounting roadblock put up by the Pope's ecumenical bent. Case in point the upcoming Assisi Summit next week. In a release from the International Catholic Press Agency they remain merely rumors for Econe denies existence of agreement with Rome

 Pro Life Prescriptions
Today Dr. Frank Joseph shows how the legal precedent has been set downunder regarding the absolute link between abortion and breast cancer. A flurry of more lawsuits are sure to follow. Will the greedy barristers take into consideration the fate of countless unborns and unsuspecting mothers and help promote the cause of pro-life or will their objective only be to milk the millions of dollars stashed by NARAL, Planned Barrenhood and NOW? Either way it will weaken the pro-abort coffers unless the liberal media buries it in their futile attempt to block the outrage that is ebbing when more women, who have been kept in the dark about the definite, dangerous link between abortion and breast cancer, discover the real truth as Dr. Frank documents in his column World's First Abortion-Breast Cancer Settlement could open the floodgates
  Election of the last non-Italian Pope until John Paul II
Today is the 480th anniversary of the election in 1522 of Pope Hadrian VI, 218th successor of Peter. His pontificate lasted less than two years for he passed away on the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross on September 14, 1523. He was the only Dutch Pope ever elected, having been born in Utrecht, Holland. During his short papacy he was engaged in a deep struggle against those who harassed the Church during the midst of the Protestant Reformation. He also had to deal with the Turkish threat. On both fronts he met with little success. Hadrian, or Adrian was the last non-Italian to be elevated to the Papal throne until Polish cardinal Karol Woyjtyla was elected in the second conclave of 1978.


 Echoes of True Catholicism
On Thursday Dr. Marian Horvat will complete her twelve-part series in this issue, casting a gleam of hope that the ideals of the Catholic social order that gave rise to the whole order of Christendom and to which our principles of society should be patterned on, will experience a renaissance through faithfulness to those ideals amid the great present crisis in the Church. She optimistically looks toward the future when all things will be restored in Christ in her column, The Solution Will Come.

 Precious Gift of our Faith
This Thursday we begin a beautiful catechetical apologetic series taken from The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church on the true meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The 254th installment of "Appreciating the Precious Gift of the Faith" will provide poetic, inspiring essence of why the Mass is the fulcrum of our Faith corresponding to the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
 The Great Sacrilege
Father James F. Wathen, O.S.J. has granted permission to publish his entire work which was first published by Tan Books in 1972, and which we urge you to read for everything he wrote back then is backed by the solid depositum fidei - the Sacred Deposit of the Faith and still holds true. It takes up where the Ottaviani Intervention left off as you'll see in Thursday's issue with Part Three of Chapter Four - Mistranslations in THE "NEW MASS".

  Christ or chaos
This coming Friday Dr. Tom Droleskey will resume his series on G.I.R.M. Warfare. He comments on paragraph 77 and 78 on the diminishing returns from sacking many of the canons of the Mass, including the Secret which prefaces the Canon of the Mass. There is no precedent for this denuding the Mass of its treasures as Tom explains in his 35th installment The Secret is Out!

  The Sanity of Sanctity
On Friday we present the fourth in a new series which outlines a return to reverence leading toward holiness. Yet to reach that direction, one must first know what is not holy, what takes one away from true Catholic teaching. This series will include articles that address these issues. Through the good graces and permission of John Vennari of Catholic Family News we present the first set of articles, with part four of an excellent feature by Cornelia R. Ferreira on Our Blessed Mother and the Return to Holiness
  Simply Sheen
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen shows the similarities of the United States Government with our consciences. For there are interior governing factors that exercise the same functions as our government with a judicial, executive and legislative branch as the bishop expertly illustrates in Friday's upcoming issue with The United States of Conscience


 Traditional Thoughts
With another scandalous pandering to false religions on tap at Assisi in a few weeks, Father Peter Scott addresses the severe problems compounded by the Holy Father himself over his uncalled-for attempts to appease Moslims and other false religions all in the name of ecumenism. Father calls for renewed prayer and the intense desire to strive for personal sanctity in order to offset this grave contradiction by the post-conciliar church to the undeniable truths of Holy Mother Church in his article, Et Two Assisi?

 The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart
We continue with the excellent work by Father Joseph McDonnell, S.J. first written during the Pontificate of Pope Saint Pius X and which, now out of print, Catholic Family News has given us permission to reprint following their publishing of it. It is a beautiful meditation and commentary that should encourage more devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with Part Five - Meditation on Promise #2
 White Smoke, Black Fire!
In the second episode of Chapter Five in Part II - "The Smoldering" Pat and Niki are just awakening as Fasif concludes in his office, speaking to Helene Shenneker on the latest findings. Rome awakens this day in mourning the slain Pope. Yet beyond the din of traffic in an abandoned, ancient corridor Riage Benziger, the loyal Swiss Guard is unaware of the events that have transpired over the past 24 hours for he has more important urgencies to take care of.
First Council of Lyons

   Thirty years following Lateran IV, Pope Innocent IV called the First Council of Lyons in 1245, having been forced to flee Rome for the refuge of Lyons France at the invitation of the holy French Monarch King Saint Louis IX. The latter was designated to lead the Seventh Crusade against the infidel Saracens. Though only 140 bishops attended this council, it had the support of the Patriarchs of Antioch, Constantinople, Venice and the Emperor of the East. The Council reinforced the excommunication Pope Gregory IX had imposed on Frederick II, the slacker emperor who had betrayed the trust placed in him. He was deposed. Great concern was also given to the Mongol hordes invading Europe and the loss of Jerusalem to the infidel, as well as problems with lax clergy. For the full documents of the thirteenth Ecumenical Council see FIRST COUNCIL OF LYONS

 Standing with the Church Militant On the BattleLine
Was Pope John XXIII's body really incorrupt? In Monday's issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es answered that definitively with new evidence that calls into question just what is the Vatican trying to do in promoting the quick glorification of this modern pope. He also provides some interesting Islam connections that should cause every Catholic to quiver as he reveals some truths that are quite alarming in his column Some interesting facts that might prompt you to start asking questions
 Catholic PewPOINT
In Monday's issue editor Michael Cain reminded all of the true 'spirit' of Assisi. It is not about ecumenism, tolerance or compromise which so many are mistakenly under the assumption of as the Holy Father gets set to renew his fated Assisi 'peace' summit on January 24th. No, the true 'spirit' of Assisi is about being loyal to the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church. It is about a rebirth of the Faith in the very place where St. Francis was instructed to rebuild Christ's Church, literally and figuratively. We share a special letter - parts of which were published in December's issue of Inside the Vatican Magazine - in which Edward Ciaccio respectfully reminds His Holiness what the Pope must do as Cain chronicles in his commentary The true meaning of Assisi is more vital than ever: "Rebuild My Church!"
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Answer to yesterday's quiz:
While many thought it might be Saint Joseph, the actual answer to who is the Patron Saint of Innkeepers is Saint Gentian, who was martyred in 287. An elderly man, he offered sanctuary to Saints Victoricus and Fuscian, missionaries to the Morini tribe in that particular region of Gaul, trying to harbor them from the onslaughts of the Roman governor. Despite his efforts, they were all caught and St. Gentian along with the others were struck down in his home. Their traditional historic feast day is December 11th. Saint Christopher is the Patron Saint of Travelers, and, of course, there is no Saint Ramada.


Our Lord's Mode of Transportation?

    Most people assume WWJD is for "What would Jesus do?" But the initials really stand for "What would Jesus drive?" as we share a tongue-in-cheek account of the modes of transportations automakers adopted from Sacred Scripture. Not that we would give the name-creators at the various ad agencies that much credit, but we can have some fun in taking liberties with the following:

    One theory is that Jesus would tool around in an old Plymouth because the Bible says God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden in a Fury." But in Psalm 83, the Almighty clearly owns a Pontiac and a Geo. The passage urges the Lord to "pursue your enemies with your Tempest and terrify them with your Storm." Perhaps God favors Dodge pickup trucks, because Moses' followers are warned not to go up a mountain "until the Ram's horn sounds a long blast." Some scholars insist that Jesus drove a Honda but didn't like to talk about it. As proof, they cite a verse in St. John's gospel where Christ tells the crowd, "For I did not speak of my own Accord ..." Meanwhile, Moses rode an old British motorcycle, as evidenced by a Bible passage declaring that "the roar of Moses' Triumph is heard in the hills." Joshua drove a Triumph sports car with a hole in its muffler "Joshua's Triumph was heard throughout the land." And, following the Master's lead, the Apostles car pooled in a Honda..."The Apostles were in one Accord."

    The preceding was written by Roy Rivenburg in a copywrited column on September 6, 2000 and distributed by Creator's Syndicate at Off Kilter.

In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions

Act of Hope

O my God, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and life everylasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

Indulgence of three years. Racculta 36

 Liturgy of the Saints
This is the Week within the Octave of the Epiphany.

MONDAY, January 7:
New Feast of St. Raymond of Penafort, Priest and Patron Saint of Canon Lawyers who died in 1275, and the Historical Feast of St. Lucian of Antioch, Priest who was martyred in 312.

TUESDAY, January 8:
Historical Feast of St. Appolinaris of the second century, Bishop and St. Severin, Monk, Hermit and Religious Founder. He is the Apostle of Austria.

WEDNESDAY, January 9:
Historical Feast of St. Adrian of Canterbury, an Abbott from the early eighth century.

THURSDAY, January 10 :
Historical Feast of St. William of Bourges, Bishop who died in 1209, and St. Nicanor, a deacon who was martyred in 76.

FRIDAY, January 11:
Traditional Feast of Pope Saint Hyginus, 9th successor of Peter who was martyred in 140. It is also the Historical Feast of St. Theodosius, Abbot who died in 529 and St. Paulinus, Bishop and Patriarch of Aquieleia who died in 804.

SATURDAY, January 12:
Historical Feast of St. Arcadius, martyred in 304; St. Benedict Biscup, Abbot who died in 690 and St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Foundress of the Congregation of Notre Dame who died in 1700.

SUNDAY, January 13:
Traditional Feast of the HOLY FAMILY on the Octave of the Epiphany. In the New Liturgy it is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. For reflections on the Feast of the Holy Family on the First Sunday after Epiphany, see Fr. Cusick's reflections

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