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MONDAY - ALL SOULS DAY      November 2, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 214

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     Today is the commemoration of All Souls with special prayers set aside for the Mass of the Dead in which we remember all those who have passed from this earth. Tomorrow we observe the Thirty-first Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Martin de Porres, Religious and South American missionary. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Monday, November 2, 1998


Tuesday, November 3, 1998

Feast of Saint Martin de Porres, Religious


     In honor of All Souls Day we presentwe present special Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory. Click on PRAYERS FOR ALL SOULS.

Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory


     There is also the special prayer that in honor of the poor souls in Purgatory. When one prays this prayer from the heart countless souls are released from Purgatory at God's will. It is an excellent way as members of the Church Militant to fulfill our role in the Communion of Saints:

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      VATICAN ( -- The Vatican today released a 9-page document, signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, explaining papal primacy as a guarantee against arbitrary judgments, and an assurance of the Church's unity and "fidelity to the Word of God."

      The new Vatican document picks up the theme of a theological symposium on the papacy which was held in December 1996. The proceedings of that symposium will soon be published by Librairie Editrice Vaticana. Cardinal Ratzinger explained that the document released today summarizes "the essential points of Catholic doctrine on the primacy."

      The question of papal primacy has crucial implications for ecumenical progress, as Pope John Paul II acknowledged in his 1995 encyclical Ut Unum Sint, in which he called for new reflections on how the papacy could be exercised in ways that would encourage ecumenical progress while preserving its essential role.

      The Vatican document points out that the primacy of Peter can be traced directly to the Gospel, and the Christ's command. Thus "the primacy is different, in its essence and its exercise, from the roles of government in human society," the Ratzinger document explains. The Pope's role is not one of coordinating affairs, nor is it merely a place of honor. Rather, "The Successor to Peter is the rock which, against all arbitrariness and conformism, is the guarantee of a rigorous fidelity to the Word of God." The document goes on the emphasize that this fidelity must be preserved even to the point of martyrdom.

      The document also reaffirms that it is only the Pope-- or the Pope with an ecumenical council-- who can make a final judgment on how the papal ministry should be exercised. On the other hand, it notes that the papal primacy is not a matter of absolute power, since the Pope, like Peter, makes his decisions in a collegial setting, after consulting with the bishops of the world. Against that background, the document suggests that all Christians should pray for a favorable resolution of the discussion on papal primacy-- a resolution that would allow Church unity and the exercise of papal primacy as Christ intended it.

      Cardinal Ratzinger, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, signed the new document along with the secretary of that dicastery, Bishop Tarcisio Bertone.


      CHICAGO ( - Catholic Citizens of Illinois (CCI) launched a new media campaign this week to educate Catholic voters in the state of their moral obligations as they cast their ballots in next Tuesday's local, state, and national elections.

      The group has taken out ads in major Chicago-area newspapers to be printed over the weekend. "The Roman Catholic Church has stated repeatedly and unequivocally that Catholics who vote for 'pro-choice' politicians are knowingly propagating and advancing abortion, said CCI President Mary Anne Hackett.

      The group noted that the most obvious example of the need for a Catholic conscience when voting is in the issue of abortion. As an example, CCI noted that Senator Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, cast his vote against overriding President Clinton's ban on partial-birth abortions on the same day he attended a Catholic Mass and received Communion.

      "That Senator Kennedy and Illinois Senators Durbin and Moseley-Braun -- who also profess to be Catholics -- would vote to defend partial-birth abortions in total defiance of clear Catholic Church teachings is scandalous to the Catholic laity," said CCI Treasurer Karl Maurer.

      Meanwhile in Washington D.C., a New York church asked a federal judge this week to restore its tax-free status three years after the IRS revoked it because the church took out an ad critical of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton.

      The Church at Pierce Creek in Vestal, New York took out the ad just before Election Day in 1992 bought full-page ads in two newspapers urging voters not to elect Clinton because of his moral failings and stances on issues, including abortion, condom distribution, and homosexuality. "Do we really want as president ... a man of this character who supports this type of behavior?" the ad asked.

      The Internal Revenue Service revoked the churches tax-exempt status in 1995 after Americans United for Separation of Church and State complained to the agency. The American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian legal group, sued the IRS saying it had violated the church's free-speech and equal-protection rights.

      On Thursday, Federal Judge Paul Friedman heard final arguments in a four-year series of hearings in the case. During the hearing, the judge asked what might happen if a church's pastor endorsed a political candidate from the pulpit on a Sunday. Government lawyer Alan Swirski acknowledged the difficulty facing an IRS agent who receives such a complaint. The judge raised the specter of undercover agents monitoring the content of Sunday sermons.

      Friedman will now make a decision in the case at an undetermined future date.


      LANSING, Michigan ( - The Michigan group campaigning against a November 3 ballot measure to legalize assisted suicide in the state has raised over $5 million, while supporters of the referendum called Proposal B said they have added less than $1 million to their coffers.

      The pro-assisted suicide Merian's Friends announced the funding comparison this week, even as it faced mounting penalty fees for failing to file its campaign finance statements. The group said most of the money it raised was spent on collecting signatures to put the question on the ballot. They added that Catholic charities and groups have donated at $2 million of the more than $5 million collected by their rival, Citizens for Compassionate Care.

      The Archdiocese of Detroit has donated $1.08 million itself, while the diocese of Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, and Gaylord gave an additional $1.29 million.

      Meanwhile, the Detroit News released a new poll this week that showed 61 percent of likely voters oppose the proposal to legalize assisted suicide. "It's encouraging, but at the same time, we're guarding against overconfidence," said Tom Farrell, a spokesman for Citizens for Compassionate Care.


      VATICAN ( -- With 28,782 seminarians preparing for missionary work in 1996-1997, the pontifical missions are enjoying a steady growth in vocations, according to the Vatican agency Fides.

      During that same academic year, there were over 80,000 students in minor seminaries, and 1, 716 priests were ordained for the pontifical missions-- 742 in Africa, 206 in the Americas, 730 in Asia, 20 in Europe, and 19 in Oceana.

      That figure represents an increase of 16 over the previous year's ordinations. The number of seminaries and seminarians also increased. The increases were most notable in Africa and Asia, with the greatest numbers of candidates for the priesthood coming from India (with 4,434) Nigeria (2,970), Congo (2,318), the Philippines (1,430), and Korea (1,249).

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"Better a little with the fear of the Lord than a great fortune with anxiety."

Proverbs 15: 16

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