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December 17, 1998
SECTION TWO vol 9, no. 244
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NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Moral failure of President reason to impeach say American religious leaders
The National Clergy Council, composed of Catholic, Jewish and Protestant religious leaders, joined a growing list in calling for impeachment of Bill Clinton because of his total disregard for God's laws as well as the laws of our nation, specifically lying under oath and his ammoral behavior. For more, click on Impeachment.
NATIONAL CLERGY COUNCIL CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - A national organization of
Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox clergy said on Tuesday
that President Bill Clinton should be impeached.
The National Clergy Council said in a statement, "The
appalling moral failure of our President, his violation of
his oath of office and his oath before the courts, his
refusal to take personal and complete responsibility for
his actions, as well as his use of government personnel and
resources to evade detection and punishment should result in
impeachment." The group added that Clinton's obligation to
own up to his moral failings and to bear the consequences
for them should impel the House of Representatives to
A growing number of representatives by Wednesday had
indicated that they will vote to impeach Clinton, referring
the case to the US Senate for a trial in January. Clinton
has admitted to having an affair with a White House intern
in 1996 and 1997, but denies having lied about it in a
civil sexual-harassment case as well as using the resources
of the White House to block an investigation into the
Holy Father gets jump on 1999 with Catechetical talks on God the Father
Having completed catechetical talks on the Holy Spirit during his Wednesday Papal Audiences in 1998, the Pope launched his first in a series of talks that will last through next year on God the Father at yesterday's Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall. The year 1997 was dedicated to Jesus, Son of God, this year to the Holy Spirit, and 1999 to the Father in preparation for the Jubilee 2000 year. For more, click on Papal Audience.
POPE BEGINS NEW CATECHETICAL SERIES
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II today began a new
series of catechetical talks, preaching at his regular Wednesday
audience on the theme of God the Father-- to whom the last year of
preparation for the Jubilee has been consecrated.
The Pope recently concluded a series of talks on the workings of the
Holy Spirit. His weekly public audiences have been organized around
a series of themes, with each theme providing the topic for several
months of addresses.
In the less formal portion of his public audience, the Pope offered a
special salute to a group of 360 soccer players who were in
attendance, having come to Rome to compete in a tournament
organized by an Italian soccer federation. The Holy Father said that
the competition "highlighted the true meaning of sport as a service to
young people, to understanding between different peoples, and to
Suspicions of murder cause investigators to exhume body of former Vatican banker
Roberto Calvi, the powerful financial banker who was dubbed "God's banker" for his involvement with the Vatican Bank back in 1982 when the domino effect caused a massive financial collapse, was murdered and did not commit suicide as many have been led to believe. That is the reason prosecutors trying to prove it was a conspiracy have ordered Calvi's body to be exhumed to do a full autopsy on the body. For more, click on God's banker.
INVESTIGATORS EXHUME BODY OF "GOD'S BANKER"
COMO, Italy (CWNews.com) - Italian prosecutors prepared on
Wednesday for exhumation of the body of a man once known as
"God's banker" for his ties to the Vatican Bank.
Roberto Calvi was first believed to have committed suicide
in 1982 on London's Blackfriar Bridge after the collapse of
the Italian Banco Ambrosiano. The bank, in which the Vatican
Bank held a major interest, collapsed when it couldn't cover
$1.4 billion in loans made to sham companies in Latin
America. Calvi was the bank chairman.
Defense lawyers for Roman businessman Flavio Carboni, who
has been charged with conspiracy to kill Calvi, presented a
report to prosecutors that indicated Calvi hanged himself.
Prosecutors then asked for the exhumation to disprove the
Guns for food proves resounding success at Catholic parishes in El Salvador for the stomach is mightier than the sword
Proving that a piece of bread can bring peace of mind and peace without weapons, Catholic parishes throughout El Salvador have collected over 10,000 weapons in a little over a week in a program that exchanges food for guns with no questions asked in an effort to cut down on violence in this Central American country. The program is being funded in a grant from the Norwegian government which could offer it to the world with El Salvador a model program. For more, click on salve for El Salvador .
EL SALVADOR HOLDS SUCCESSFUL ARMS EXCHANGE PROGRAM
SAN SALVADOR (CWNews.com) - More than 10,000 firearms have
been surrendered to the pastors in San Salvador in exchange
for food, in a program modeled on a similar arms-exchange
campaign in New York.
For nine days, the Catholic parishes of the city offered
free food in exchange for weapons, with no questions asked.
The firearms will now be handed over to the country's
National Guard, to be taken out of service. The program was
designed to decrease the number of firearms in use in the
city, thereby easing the threat of violence.
The weapons-exchange program was underwritten by a grant
from the government of Norway. Organizers of the campaign
say that they plan to repeat the process again next year.
Guadalajara hosts International Congress for Catholic Communicators
Catholic journalists must have a solid foundation in theology, morals, ethics and philosophy in order to communicate with the masses. This is what Archbishop John Foley, head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, emphasized in Guadalajara, Mexico during the opening day of the International Congress for Catholic Communicators from dioceses around the world. Other bishops speaking on the first day called for a unity in professing the true teachings of the Church and keeping God first and foremost in communicating to the faithful. For more, click on Dateline Guadalajara.
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CATHOLIC COMMUNICATORS BEGINS IN
GUADALAJARA, 15 (NE) The International Congress for Catholic
Communicators began yesterday in the city of Guadalajara in
Mexico. Promoted by the Archdiocese of Guadalajara and the
Social Communication's Commission of the Mexican Conference of
Bishops, attended to the congress people in charge of diocesan
communications, journalists as well as students of journalism
and communications. The Congress began with an Eucharistic
celebration, presided over by Cardinal Juan Sandoval, Archbishop
of Guadalajara. During his homily, the Mexican Cardinal pointed
out that "all Christian communication should be referred to this
supreme communication of God and, therefore, should be related
to the salvation manifested by Jesus Christ."
Bishop OnÚsimo Cepeda, President of the Bishop's Commission
for the Social Communications, gave the first conference,
affirming that to speak of communication in the Church is not
only to speak of media of the Church, but of Catholics that make
possible communication. The communication agents in the Church
should be propagators of unity. In the same way, he highlighted
the apostolic sense that should have the Catholic communication
agent, underlining the necessity that they have a solid Catholic
identity. Also, during the press conference that preceded the
beginning of the activities, Archbishop John Foley, President of
the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, manifested the
necessity that journalists shouldn't have just a good
professional formation, but also moral, ethical, philosophical
as well as theological.
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the Third Thursday of Advent which officially begins "Late Advent." It is also the second day of Las Posadas, a Mexican tradition dating back to the 16th century, in preparation for the birth of the Savior. Tomorrow is the Third Friday of Advent and the third day of Las Posadas. For today and tomorrow's liturgies and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Thursday, December 17, 1998
First Reading: Genesis 49: 2, 8-10
Psalms: Psalm 72: 3-4, 7-8, 17
Gospel Reading: Matthew 1: 1-17
Friday, December 18, 1998
First Reading: Jeremiah 23: 5-8
Psalms: Psalm 72: 1, 12-13, 18-19
Gospel Reading: Matthew 1: 18-24
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
For the special Novena Prayer for this day during this time of preparation during Late Advent, click on LATE ADVENT
ADVENT NOVENA PRAYER
O Triune Divinity, we come to you through the intercession of Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, and St. Joseph, her chaste, holy spouse. In this season of Advent we desire to obtain the grace of purity of intention, that through our obedience to Your Heavenly Will, we, too, can transform our poor, miserable lives into the resplendent stable at Bethlehem where You Only-begotten Son was born.
Through the intercession of Mary, and all the hosts of Heaven, we beseech You, through the merits gained for us by Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son, to help us convert our hearts, to live the messages of Your Mother, and to ardently beseech You to bring about the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart now, that the Reign of the Sacred Heart might be upon the world.
Heavenly Father, we trust in Your goodness and beseech You to hear us, not because of our worthiness, but because of our willingness to be Your little children who kneel in adoration to their God. Come, let us adore Him!
PRAYER for December 17: Third Thursday of Late Advent
Blessed Mother, we can not be sure just when the journey began for you and St. Joseph to Bethlehem. You had so little that you had to take with you. It was difficult to travel in those days. Through your intercession, help us to remember that we offer so little sacrifice to God, and that we could give Him so much more by surrendering the luxuries of this life in anticipation of the glories of the next.
CHRISTMAS NOVENA PRAYER for December 17: Second Day of Novena
O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from
one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to
teach us the way of prudence! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)
PROVERB OF THE DAY
"From a man's greed comes his shame, rather be a poor man than a liar."
Proverbs 19: 22
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