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Editor Michael Cain called upon the hierarchy - particularly the USCCB - to return to humility and piety instead of pride and popularity. All they needed to do was recall the Sacred Oath they took at their ordination. If they do not hold themselves accountable, then they're in for a great awakening. If these apostate prelates will not serve God and His holy Church, let them serve mammom but not in the name of "Roman Catholic." Are they really that blind, deaf and dumb to the evil that is destroying all that is sacred? The insanity of their denial in the face of the obvious makes it obvious as he pointed out in his editorial High Noon in Big 'D'!
"Feed My sheep"
As the Bishops try to figure out how they got themselves in such a sordid, scandalous mess, Dr. Edward Ciaccio has the simple answers; the very ones Christ Himself gave and which Holy Mother Church passed down and preserved up until Vatican II. If one keeps the temple of the Holy Ghost pure, nothing can penetrate the shell of grace. It is only when those vowed to be chaste betray their promise to God that they go astray for without Christ they can do nothing. The Vow of Chastity is so precious in the eyes of God and every priest needs to cherish this rare, magnificent gift and recognize it as just that - a gift, not a burden. Had His consecrated ones done so, truly understood the graces gained by living a pure life, there would not be the scandals rocking the Church today. What you reap, so also you sow! Ed explains so beautifully in his column Priestly Celibacy.
Christ or chaos
Dr. Thomas Droleskey takes a break from his popular series on G.I.R.M. Warfare to analyze the terrible scandal rocking the Church today. While all around us souls are falling apart, we must keep our wits about us. A level head and a loving heart is the best way to emulate Our Lord and His Blessed Mother in restoring a ship that is badly listing in the wake of the scandals. Those who have caused the mutiny of souls must be held accountable but not thrown to the denisons of the deep for every soul is precious to God as Tom explains in his column Keeping Solid in the Faith
Catholic layman James W. J. Wiseman offers some very traditional and basic measures while respectfully addressing the body of Bishops. This wise owl of the Faith, in his essay, shows clearly why the tree of Vatican II is so barren. "By their fruits you shall know them" (Mt 7: 20). Will Wiseman's advice be applied by the Bishops? Judging from their track record, don't count on it. Nevertheless, Jim expresses the frustration of so many loyal Catholics in Piety and Purity, Not Policies and Procedures
With the Bishops' Summit in June, we present a definitive statement by the head of Roman Catholic Faithful Stephen Brady in which he states clearly that the duty of faithful Catholics is to assure the Pope takes "public action against any American Bishop" who has failed in his duties as shepherd of the flock. Brady points to the personal affirmation to him by the late Fr. John Hardon, S.J., who saw this coming well before others. Fr. Hardon also attested to the credibility of fellow Jesuit Fr. Malachi Martin, the noted author of Vatican "faction" who Stephen knew. Martin, who died on July 27, 1999, has been under severe attack recently by those out to discredit a man who had his finger on the pulse of the underlying problems in the Church for many years. Brady echoes in his statement what we at The DAILY CATHOLIC have been saying for well over a year. It's time to wake up, folks, and realize the buck stops at the top and that defending the Faith may be left solely to the Laity as Brady points out in his statement From the Desk of the President
Mario Derksen continues his series on the The Humanism of John Paul II with his 10th installment. In this issue he refutes some weak arguments illogically proposed to eliminate capital punishment. Mario shows that, by incarcerating the truths, those of the post-conciliar Church greatly cloud what has been determined by Catholic doctrine, specifically that Justice needs to be met, reparation made both temporally and eternally. Mario reinforces this truth in On Death and Life (III).
The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart
In honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus we continue the excellent work by Father Joseph McDonnell, S.J.. 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 His Sacred Heart as we continue with Part Thirteen - The Seventh Promise. For content thus far, see Promises of the Sacred Heart
Doctors of the Church
This issue's Doctor of the Church, one of the greatest single intellects ever, began as a Saul and turned into a Paul through the relentless efforts and graces of St. Monica and St. Ambrose. This man from Hippo is given the glorious title of "Doctor of Grace" and authored City of God - the magnificent opus on Christian philosophy - as well as his very popular work Confessions which drew others to the Faith. Other than St. Thomas Aquinas, no one has had more influence on Western Culture in the Church than the man we feature as the tenth on the chronological list, none other than Saint Augustine
Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith
We complete our catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance with the very sacred vow every priest is committed to keeping and that is to never divulge anything heard in the confessional. No matter how grave the sin, he is bound by the Church to keep whatever he heard to himself; of all the sins that have visited the Church by finite members of the priesthood, one fact remains steady: No priest has knowingly betrayed his vow to divulge the contents of what he heard within the Sacrament of Penance. The reason: The Seal of Confession.
White Smoke, Black Fire!
The first episode of Chapter Eight in Part III - "The Shadowing" finds Pat being resuscitated from a severe concussion and bruised ribs at Ogidi's apartment while being reunited with Fr. Niki Andriopoulos as both hear Dr. Makuta's account of the Basiliskos; evidence that is in sync with Fasif's description of the deadly biblical lizard straight from hell as the reader discovers in Episode One.
BOOKS YOU CAN BOOK ON!
With this issue we begin our series which incorporate book reviews. We begin with G.K. Chesterton's formerly out-of-print masterpiece The Outline of Sanity now available from IHS Press and how it makes perfect sense today in Bringing Sense to the Madness of it All!
This issue we bring you an essay by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on how prayer is the most powerful vehicle we have in mystically communicating with the "Divine Energy." Like sabers of light and grace, we must wield them with care while using these spiritual instruments often for practice makes perfect and God has an abundance of rewards for those who utilize these indispensable Heavenly tools. Bishop Sheen points this out in Fall on the Sword of Prayer.
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 this special Early Summer Hiatus issue when Father focuses on Chapter Six with Part Two of The Burden, focusing on the Burden of the People, which has proven to be prophetic as we can see today from the destructive events that have transpired since he wrote this 30 years ago. For the full series to date, see Chapters
On the BattleLine
During this Early Summer Hiatus we strongly urge you to read past articles by Atila Sinke Guimar„es, one of the foremost experts on the causes and effects of Vatican II. You can see the many columns he has contributed in the archives of On the BattleLine with the Church Militant.
Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Catharine Lamb has just recently joined the list of contributing writers for The DAILY CATHOLIC. We encourage you to read her plain-speaking words which so many Catholics can relate to. For her five columns to date, see the archives of Shears and Tears of a Lamb.
Pro Life Prescriptions
Dr. Frank Joseph, a Catholic physician and one of the leading crusaders for the Sanctity of Life, has contributed well over 100 columns to The DAILY CATHOLIC and they are available to review during this time in the archives of Pro Life Prescriptions - Life is Beautiful!
Echoes of True Catholicism
One of the foremost experts on medieval history and Catholic culture, Dr. Marian Therese Horvat has a plethora of articles on why the absolutes and disciplines of old must be restored in order to usher in the Social Kingship of Christ and the Queenship of His Immaculate Mother. You will be edified by Marian's words in her archived columns for Echoes of True Catholicism.
LITURGY OF THE SAINTS
from June 24 to July 14
MONDAY, June 24:
Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist in 1 B.C.
TUESDAY, June 25:
Traditional Feast of St. William of Vercelli, Hermit and Monk who died in 1142. Historical feast of St. Prosper of Reggio, Bishop who died in 466.
WEDNESDAY, June 26:
Traditional Feast of Saints John and Paul, who were martyred in 362. Historical feasts of St. Pelagius, who was martyred in 925 and St. Anthelm, Bishop of Belley who died in 1178.
THURSDAY, June 27:
Historical feasts of Our Lady of Perpetual Help dating back to the 13th Century and St. Ladislaus, King of Hungary who died in 1095. In the new, feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 444.
FRIDAY, June 28:Traditional Feast of the Vigil of Saints Peter and Paul. In the new, feast of St. Irenaeus bishop who was martyred in 202.
SATURDAY, June 29:
Feast of SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, Apostles who were martyred in 64 and 67 A.D. respectively.
SUNDAY, June 30:
6th Sunday After Pentecost and Traditional Feast of St. Paul, Apostle. In the new, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time and feast of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome who were slain in 64.
For reflections on the Sunday Liturgy, see Fr. Cusick's reflections
MONDAY, July 1:
Traditional Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
in the new, the feast of Blessed Junipero Serra, priest and missionary who founded the California Missions.
TUESDAY, July 2:
Traditional Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady and Traditional Feast of Sts. Processus & Martinian, who were martyred in 67 A.D.
WEDNESDAY, July 3:
Traditional Feast of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop who was martyred in in 202. In the new, feast of St. Thomas, Apostle martyred in 74. Historical feast of Pope St. Leo II who died in 683.
THURSDAY, July 4:
Independence Day in the USA.
Within the Octave of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. Traditional Feasts of the Commemoration of All Holy Popes and St. Bertha. In the new, feast of St. Elizabeth of Portugal, Queen who died in 1336. Historical feast of St. Theodore, Bishop who was martyred in 310.
FRIDAY, July 5:
FIRST FRIDAY. Feast of Saint Anthony Maria Zaccaria, Priest who died in 1539.
SATURDAY, July 6:
FIRST SATURDAY. The Octave-Day of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles. In the new, feast of St. Maria Goretti, Virgin who was martyred in 1902. Historical feast of St. Godeliva, martyred in 1070.
SUNDAY, July 7:
7th Sunday After Pentecost and Traditional Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, "Apostles of the Slavs" who died in 869 and 885 respectively. Historical feast of St. Willibald, Bishop who died in 786. St. Paul, Apostle. In the new, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
For reflections on the Sunday Liturgy, see Fr. Cusick's reflections
MONDAY, July 8:
Traditional Feast of St. Elizabeth of Portugal, Queen who died in 1336. Historical feasts of St. Kilian, Bishop who was martyred in 589 and St. Grimbald, Abbot of Newminster who died in 903.
TUESDAY, July 9:
Ferial Day. Historical feasts of St. John Fisher, Bishop and St. Thomas More, both martyred for the Faith in 1535; and St. Veronica Giuliani, Abbess and mystic who died in 1727.
WEDNESDAY, July 10:
Traditional Feast of the Seven Holy Brothers and Sts. Rufina and Secunda, all martyred in 257. Historical feast of St. Ulric, Bishop who died in 973.
THURSDAY, July 11:
Traditional Feast of Pope St. Pius I, martyred in 167. In the new, feast of St. Benedict, Abbot and Founder, "Father of Western Monasticism" and Patron of those suffering from poison.
FRIDAY, July 12:
Traditional Feasts of Sts. Nabor & Felix, martyred in 303 and St. John Gualbert, Abbot and Founder, Patron of Forest Workers. He died in 1073.
SATURDAY, July 13:
Traditional Feast of Pope St. Anacletus, 3rd successor of Peter who was martyred around 91 A.D. Historical feast of St. Mildred, Abbess who died in 700 and St. Francis Solano, Franciscan Missionary who died in 1610. In the new, feast of St. Henry, Emperor and husband of St. Cunegunda. He died in 1024. He is the Patron of the Childless and of the Handicapped.
SUNDAY, July 14:
8th Sunday After Pentecost and Traditional Feast of St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. In the new, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time and feast of Blessed Kateri Tekawitha, Virgin who died in 1680.
For reflections on the Sunday Liturgy, see Fr. Cusick's reflections
The Rosary of Mary is our most powerful weapon. See Holy Rosary to recite the full Rosary in either English or Latin.
For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections
Due to unforeseen circumstances, next issue scheduled for Monday, July 15th.