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December 10, 1998
SECTION TWO vol 9, no. 239
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Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1979, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the epitome of what a bishop should be and a friend to every American, died in New York City at the age of 84. Through out the fifties and early sixties this charismatic prelate came into American homes at prime time on network television with his popular "Life is Worth Living" series, armed only with the truth, a wisdom for explaining it simply, and a chalkboard. Ever since he retired, the Church in America just hasn't been the same nor has there been a single American authority with the same kind of stature and respect. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Historical Events in Church Annals for December 10:
Death of Saint Eulalia, who suffered martydom in Merida, Spain at the tender age of twelve because she refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods and because she denounced authorities in their attempt to lure Christians to renounce their faith. She was singled out by the great Saint Augustine for her bravery and faith.
Death of Thomas Merton, controversial Trappist who wrote the famous "Seven Story Mountain" - the story of his struggles and vocation to become a Trappist monk. He died at the age of fifty-three in Kentucky.
Death of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the orthodox religious broadcaster, author and evangelist who came into American homes every Sunday evening on network TV with "Life is Worth Living" series, using only a chalkboard and an assertiveness that spoke volumes as a successor of the Apostles. In short, this 84-year-old prelate who died in New York City on this date, was the best thing that ever happened to the Catholic Church in the United States. He and his straightforward, loving style has been sorely missed ever since.
NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Boston Cardinal advocates friendler diplomatic relations between US and Cuba
On a special trip to Havana, Cuba the head of the Archdiocese of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law called for a greater cooperation between the governments of the United States and Cuba. He advocated ending the embargo and for Cuba to continue opening up to the rest of the world, praising the recent proclamation that Christmas would henceforth be celebrated on this tiny heavily-Catholic island. In Havana at the invitation of Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega, he was also wined and dine by Fidel Castro himself on Monday night. For more, click on Cuban thaw.
BOSTON CARDINAL URGES CHANGES BY CUBA, US
HAVANA (CWNews.com) - Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston on
Tuesday praised changes in Communist Cuba since an historic
visit by Pope John Paul II earlier this year and called for
diplomatic compromises from both Havana and Washington.
The cardinal said he spoke with Cuban President Fidel
Castro and other Cuban leaders for three hours over dinner
on Monday night. "It was a dinner of friendship, of
respect," he said. The cardinal has made several trips to
the Caribbean nation in recent years, and is currently
making a four-day visit at the invitation of Cardinal Jaime
Ortega of Havana.
Among the changes praised by the cardinal are a recent
decision to make Christmas a legal holiday and to allow 40
more foreign priest and religious workers to enter the
country. "These are steps. What is essential is the
institutionalization of change, like with the Christmas
holiday .... It's not enough to grant concessions,"
Cardinal Law said. But he called for even more religious
freedom and human rights.
The cardinal also called for an end to the 36-year-old
embargo of Cuba by the United States. "[The embargo]
achieves nothing for Cuban society, and lifting the embargo
could have a very positive effect ... for young and old, men
and women on this island," he said.
"Dr. Death" to face trial for murder documented on 60 Minutes
Expressing it's a suicide mission of his own, notorious suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian will now face the music for the atrocious, cold-hearted, clinical murder on national TV of a fifty-two year-old Catholic man a few weeks ago. The death of Thomas Youk documented on CBS' 60 Minutes has forced the hand of authorities to arrest the Michigan euthanasia activist in a showdown in the courts. Kevorkian has expressed that, if sent to prison, he will stage a hunger strike and most probably die in prison - a self-proclaimed martyr for the cause of euthanasia which the Church strongly rebukes. For more, click on Dr. Death.
KEVORKIAN TO STAND TRIAL FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE
DETROIT (CWNews.com) - A Michigan judge on Wednesday
ordered assisted suicide activist Jack Kevorkian to stand
trial in the death of a Michigan man broadcast on national
District Court Judge Phyllis McMillen said there is
sufficient evidence for Kevorkian to stand trial.
Prosecutors had asked for him to be tried on charges of
murder, assisting a suicide, and delivery of a controlled
substance in the death of Thomas Youk, who suffered from
Lou Gehrig's disease. The 52-year-old man died on September
17, but a videotape of Kevorkian administering a lethal
injection to Youk was broadcast of the CBS news show "60
Minutes" on November 22.
Kevorkian dared prosecutors to charge him after the show
and prosecutors used the tape in the pre-trial hearing as
evidence. "I think the main evidence is the one he provided
to the whole country," assistant Oakland County prosecutor
John Skrzynski said. If convicted of murder, Kevorkian
could face a mandatory life sentence. The assisted suicide
charge carries up to a five-year sentence; the controlled
substance charge carries up to seven years in prison. He
has acknowledged participating in the deaths of more than
130 people since 1990.
Pope stresses Our Lady's submissiveness to all the Holy Spirit imparts as a role model for parents at Wednesday Audience as he extends condolences on death of Cardinal Oviedo
Pope John Paul II used his regular Wednesday Papal Audience from Paul VI Hall to extoll the virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, specifically her docility to accept whatever the Holy Spirit prompted. He likened her actions to what parents should strive for today in teaching their children. Earlier that morning the Vicar of Christ had written a personal note to the current Archbishop of Santiago offering his sincere condolences and prayers for the people of Chile on the loss of their shepherd Cardinal Carlos Cavada Oviedo, the 71 year-old prelate who died of a heart attack this past Monday. For more, click on Wednesday Audience .
POPE URGES IMITATION OF MARY'S DOCILITY TO HOLY SPIRIT
AND EXTENDS CONDOLENCES ON DEATH OF CHILEAN CARDINAL
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- At his regular weekly public audience
today, Pope John Paul II spoke of the "docility" of the Virgin Mary in
her response to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
In his catechetical talk on the day after the feast of the Immaculate
Conception, the Holy Father said that the Blessed Virgin's willingness
to follow the will of the Spirit makes Mary is "a model for parents,"
especially as they fulfill "the difficult duty of educating their
Before the audience, the Pope took time to send a telegram
of condolence to Archbishop Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa of
Santiago, Chile, in response to news of the death of the city's former
archbishop, Cardinal Carlos Oviedo Cavada.
Cardinal Ovieda died on December 7, at the age of 70, after a long
struggle with a degenerative disease. He had resigned his post as
archbishop in January, recognizing his inability to fulfill his episcopal
duties. Pope John Paul II praised the deceased prelate for the "great
serenity and energy" with which he faced his illness and the
approach of death.
The cardinal's death leaves 156 members of the college of cardinals,
of whom 117 are under the age of 80, and therefore eligible to vote
in a papal conclave.
Rochester Bishop lowers the boom on disobedient liberal priest with suspension
It took a while but the controversial bishop of Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark finally bowed to pressure and suspended Father James Callan, former associate pastor of Corpus Christi parish in Rochester, New York for his refusal to adhere to diocesan and Church directives and not perform same-sex marriages or allow women to concelebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which he had done. Because of his disobedience he has been suspended from his priestly duties until he can show due cause that he has reformed and will be totally obedient. This includes no contact with any of his former parishioners, including those modernists who were supportive of his blatant acts.
For more, click on Rocked in Rochester .
PRIEST SUSPENDED FOR VIOLATING CHURCH DISCIPLINES, DOCTRINE
ROCHESTER, New York (CWNews.com) - The bishop of Rochester,
New York announced on Monday that he had suspended a
controversial priest who had performed same-sex weddings,
distributed Eucharist to non-Catholics, and allowed a woman
to concelebrate Masses during his 22 years at Corpus Christi
Father James Callan, who was reassigned from the parish in
August, may no longer celebrate Mass or administer the
sacraments, although he may regain his priestly faculties
if Father Callan assures the bishop he will amend his ways.
Diocesan chancellor Father Kevin McKenna said part of the
reason for the suspension is Father Callan's failure to
Father Callan had been ordered not to have contact with
members of his old parish, but was present at several
Masses. "It puts the pastor who is attempting to lead the
congregation in a very awkward situation," said Father
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