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February 15, 1999
SECTION THREE vol 10, no. 31
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Rumors of Pope's demise are greatly exaggerated as he meets with Irish president
The American humorist Mark Twain would have loved it. The Pope even got a chuckle out of it. Was it a liberal ruse that started it? We're talking about rumors that spread throughout Rome late last week that the Holy Father had died, only to discover the accounts of his death were greatly exaggerated as he appeared in good health and spirits while meeting with Irish President Mary McAleese at the Vatican. For more, click on Pope very much alive.
POPE MEETS IRISH PRESIDENT, SAYS HEALTH IMPROVED
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II received Ireland's
President Mary McAleese at the Vatican on Friday. Their discussion
centered on the peace process in Northern Ireland, and relations
between the Catholic Church and the Protestant community there.
Asked by the Irish president whether he had recovered from the flu
that forced him to cancel appointments last week, the Holy Father
responded that he was feeling well.
That public discussion of the Pope's health-- which was conducted in
English, while journalists were present-- carried a certain irony.
During the previous night, a rumor had circulated in Rome that the
Pope was dead. The Vatican Press Office had responded quickly to
squelch the rumor.
Holy See reaches out to China with offer of moving papal nunciature to Beijing but Vatican will not turn its back on Taiwan
In order to smooth relations with China and hopefully allow Catholics in union with Rome to worship freely, the Holy See made an offer of rapproachment to the Chinese Government in Beijing. The latter has stubbornly refused to even discuss possibilities of reconciliation unless the Vatican breaks off relations with Taiwan, a resentment that goes back to the days of Chang Kai Shek. The Vatican's greatest concerns revolve around the communist state-run Patriotic Catholic Church, in schism from Rome, and the persecution of the underground Catholic Church which recognizes the Pope. For more, click on Reaching out to China.
VATICAN MAKES AN OVERTURE TO BEIJING
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- In an apparent effort toward
rapprochement with the government of China, Cardinal Angelo
Sodano has emphasized that the papal nunciature in Taiwan is in fact
the delegation to China, and that it could be transferred to Beijing
immediately if Communist authorities allowed that move.
Cardinal Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, raised the issue of
China during discussions with Italian Prime Minister Massimo
D'Alema, who will soon be visiting Beijing. His statement appeared to
be an indirect response to a public statement by the Chinese foreign
minister, Zhang Qiye, who had said that the Holy See must break off
diplomatic relations with Taiwan "if it wishes to improve relations
Cardinal Sodano recalled that the papal nunciature in China was once
stationed in Beijing, but moved to Nanking, then to Hong Kong, and
finally to Taipei as it was forced out by the Communists who took
power in 1949. The delegation now stationed in Taiwan is therefore
intended to represent the Holy See to all of China, he concluded, and
it would not be necessary to break off relations with Taiwan in order
to move the nunciature back to Beijing.
The informal diplomatic exchanges between the Holy See and Beijing
come at a time when the Vatican clearly hopes to improve relations
with the Chinese government, and thus to ease the plight of the loyal
Catholics who now worship in the underground Catholic Church. The
Chinese government authorizes Catholics to worship only in the
state-controlled Patriotic Catholic Church, which rejects ties with
Relations between Rome and Beijing could be newly tested in the
near future, because Hong Kong has been suggested as one potential
site that Pope John Paul II might visit in order to promulgate the
apostolic exhortation concluding the work of the Asian Synod.
Gay retaliation weak in trying to attack Church and her prelates
In these days of politically correct absurdity, the gay groups are keeping an ear and eye out to catch the Church on anything it can. But, thank God, their efforts have failed miserably because those true to the Faith continue to profess to love the sinner, but hate the sin. Homosexuals have expended millions and countless energy to change the thinking to "love the sin" and Holy Mother Church remains one of the few who staunchly refuse to go along with this abomination. But they continue to hassle the Church and her prelates, from trying to accuse Archbishop Roman Arrieta Villalobos of discrimination of which he was exonerated, to trying to infuse a homosexual relationship as the cause of the Swiss Guard murders last May even though no evidence has been provided to substantiate this ridiculous claim. For more, click on gay garble.
DISCRIMINATION SUIT AGAINST COSTA RICAN DROPPED, WHILE
NO COMMENT FROM VATICAN ON SWISS GUARD CHARGE OF HOMOSEXUALITY
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CWNews.com ) - Archbishop Roman
Arrieta Villalobos of San Jose, who had been sued by a
homosexual group for discrimination, had the lawsuit
dismissed this week.
Last year, the pro-homosexual group "Pink Triangle" called
off a planned "Gay Festival" after Archbishop Arrieta said,
"such a public display of immoral conduct is an offense to
the rest of society." The group sued the Archbishop
alleging he violated the anti-discrimination law, which
says that no person can be rejected for reasons of race,
nationality, sex, or disability.
Early this week, Judge Cristiana Vargas ruled that the
accusation presented by "Pink Triangle" was "unfounded"
since "The Prelate only limited himself to expressing the
opinion of the Church he represents." The judge added,
"Arrieta's statements do not violate article 48 of the
general law since in no occasion he implied, suggested, or
practiced any discriminatory measure against somebody for
their sexual orientation."
After the hearing, Archbishop Arrieta said: "I have always
expressed the plain and simple teachings of the Catholic
Church regarding homosexual persons, which is at the same
time very compassionate but clear regarding the perversity
of homosexual activities." He added, "I reaffirm what I
said last year which is consistent with God's plan, which
created us male and female as it is clear in the book of
On the same subject, the Vatican has issued a terse "no
comment" in response to questions about a newly published book
which alleges that the slain Swiss Guard Col. Alois Estermann was
linked in a homosexual relationship with the man who killed him.
Journalist Massimo Lacchei is the author of a new series of essays on issues related to homosexuality. In one such essay, he claims to have encountered Col. Estermann with Corporal Cedric Tornay at a homosexual party, and theorizes that Tornay finally shot and killed Estermann and his wife in a passion of jealousy.
Lacchei produces no evidence to back his claims, and most journalists who have probed the Swiss Guard killing are highly suspicious of his story. A thorough Vatican investigation of the murders uncovered no indication of any illicit affair-- of an any other motive for the killings beyond Tornay's apparent emotional problems.
Finally the doctors are waking up to the fact that the only "safe sex" is abstinence!
After billions of dollars have been spent on trying to push condoms and the merits of this contraceptive measure that goes against everything Humanae vitae and the Sanctity of Life stands for, not to mention God's will, medical doctors are finally realizing it's all been a sham! That is the conclusion they have finally reached after reviewing a report that shows teen pregnancies can only be prevented by the sure contraception method: abstinence! The report confirms that condoms have not diminished sexually-transmitted diseases, AIDS, or pregnancies. Now pro-life groups are hoping the politicians will take heed and eliminate the safe sex programs in high school that send the wrong message to our children. For more, click on Only safe sex is abstinence!
PRO-LIFE GROUPS LAUDS DOCTORS' ABSTINENCE-ONLY MESSAGE
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The pro-life group Why Life?
on Thursday welcomed a study by a doctors' group that an
"abstinence-only" message is the only effective safeguard
against teen pregnancy, abortion, and sexually-transmitted
The Consortium of State Physicians Resource Council
presented a report this week that showed "the safe sex
approach to teen sexuality is a failure and not at all
safe," according to a consortium spokesman. "Finally! A
physicians' group has publicly acknowledged the fact that
the 'safe sex' message is an absolute failure," said Mark
DeYoung of Why Life? "Our political leaders should take
heed, and take 'safe sex' education out of our schools."
The study also found that use of condoms did not reduce
teenage pregnancy and that a reported decline in teen birth
rates is due to an increase in abstinence among adolescents.
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SITE OF THE DAY
In preparation for Lent, we present a site that goes by the motto "Traditional Music...for the Contemporary Church." Even though it is a commercial site selling music, it provides articles and information on the Liturgy for Lent that is quite helpful. Therefore we present CANTICANOVA PUBLICATIONS which has available some of the more traditional hymns for the Lenten season and one can surely find edifying liturgical planning at this site.
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