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THURSDAY      February 25, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 39

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Blessed are the humble

     They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

"Praise will generally make the humble person uncomfortable, because he knows that whatever talents he has are gifts from God. He receives praise as the window receives light, not as the battery receives current."

Events that happened this day in Church History

     On this date in 1570, Pope Saint Pius V proclaimed the inevitable - excommunicating the eccentric and stubborn monarch of England Queen Elizabeth daughter of King Henry VIII who also had been excommunicated by Pope Clement VII thirty-seven years prior. It was the final break with England who would embrace the state-run Church of England or Anglican religion that remains the same today. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for February 25:


      Through the rest of the week we continue with the Lenten Liturgy. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for today's and tomorrow's Mass in the First Week of Lent, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, February 25, 1999

Friday, February 26, 1999


      We continue with Responsories during Lent adapted from the Byzantine Rite:

Your graces shine forth, O Lord:
It shines forth and gives light to our souls.


"Therefore all that you wish men to do to you, even so do you also to them; for this is the Law of the Prophets."

Matthew 7: 12

January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! I again invite you to prayer. You have no excuse to work more because nature still lies in deep sleep. Open yourselves in prayer. Renew prayer in your families. Put Holy Scripture in a visible place in your families, read it, reflect on it and learn how God loves His people. His love shows itself also in present times because He sends me to call you upon the path of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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      STEUBENVILLE, Ohio ( - The man who turned a small Catholic college in Ohio around from one of the nation's top 10 party schools to a university known worldwide for its orthodoxy announced his impending retirement this week.

      Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, will retire as president of Franciscan University of Steubenville in June and will become the school's first chancellor, according to a statement from the board of trustees. Father Scanlan became president of the then-College of Steubenville in 1974 and initiated a series of reforms that radically altered student life to become more Christ-centered, attracting students from all 50 states and around the world.

      "It has been my great privilege to serve Franciscan University as president for 25 years," he said in a statement. "I am very pleased that I can continue to support the mission of the University through my preaching, writing, and networking in the new position of chancellor." The trustees are expected to vote on a successor in April, and the current front-runner for position appears to be current executive vice president Father Thomas Bourque, TOR, who took the position in August 1997.


      ROME, 24 (NE) A series of conferences on Pope John Paul IIs last encyclical Fides et ratio began yesterday in Rome. The event, organized by the Lateran University, started with an introduction to the Holy Father's thought in the encyclical by the rector of the university, Angelo Scola.

      In his conference "Faith and Reason: Reality, Knowledge, Truth," Scola stated that the encyclical marks a new stage in the path of thought. We find in it, "the concern to maintain the prerogative of human freedom, of the person as free subject in its search of a way to reach God, freedom, good." The necessary and urgent step from phenomenon to foundation pointed out by the Holy Father would be the fundamental element of this way.

      "This option," he added, "shows how the encyclical opens a new beginning to the reflection on the relationship between philosophy and revealed truth. Fides et ratio, far from putting limits or ends to investigation, has opened space for the genuine philosophical and theological investigation. In this sense it represents a milestone in the path of the great tradition of the Magisterium and it strongly and deeply promotes the freedom that human nature needs in order to answer the questions that always arise from experience."

      Scola also emphasized that, "the process of separation of faith and reason goes through the whole of modernity and reaches post-modernity, and characterizes the way of thinking of our present lives." These two realities are seen as separated, as two extrinsic realities when not in opposition. And all this due to a presupposition, "denounced by the Pope as a 'dogmatic' assumption, in the sense of uncritical, not rigorously thought." This would "consist in starting from a reason that is considered absolute, separated and universal, that pretends, as it is separated, to become the horizon that encloses everything."


      NAIROBI ( - Sudanese Catholic and government officials said on Wednesday that a US Seventh-Day Adventist aid agency baptized hundreds of Catholic school children without permission of their parents or school officials.

      The National Association for the Prevention of Starvation (NAPS) visited war-torn southern Sudan at Christmastime to deliver food and teach Bible stories, but witnesses said the group baptized about 275 Catholic school children in the village of Panlit without getting permission from parents or authorities.

      Peter Ring, spokesman for the Diocese of Elobeid, said the whole school had been baptized as Adventists in the local river. "It is un-Christian," said Ring. "It was like going to someone's house as a guest and while he is not looking burning his house down." A NAPS spokesman in the US said the children were only baptized at the headmaster's request and they had believed them to be orphans. Ring said the baptisms were performed in collusion with the Catholic teaching staff, which also consented to be baptized. The headmaster and the head catechist at the school were later arrested and charged with acting without county authority and without consulting the diocese, officials said.

      Dozens of foreign agencies are pouring aid into Sudan as part of a massive United Nations program to stem the effects of the country's ongoing civil war and resulting famine. Local Catholic officials said NAPS' actions contravened an agreement to limit itself to humanitarian work.


      WASHINGTON, DC ( - Two youth-oriented pro-life groups on Wednesday blasted Planned Parenthood's new Teenwire web site as an immoral guide to sexual deviance and experimentation designed to increase business for their abortion clinics.

      Why Life? and Rock for Life said in a statement that the site benefits only "perverts and pedophiles." "As if the tragically hip, extreme sexual content isn't enough, Planned Parenthood, via Teenwire, does its best to portray parents as uncommunicative, old-fashioned, and ignorant in comparison to the 'young people' who purportedly write the nonsense on this page," said Andrew Daub of Why Life? "The page has nothing to do with education or talking to parents about sex. It's about soliciting approval for a life of immorality."

      The new site contains articles on the proper use of condoms and determining if one is homosexual as well as a discussion area open only to teens. "The family planning and abortion-service referrals throughout the Web site, solely for Planned Parenthood's network of clinics, highlight their true motives. This site is about nothing more than profit -- and the no-consequence, unsafe sexual agendas of repressed, guilt-stricken baby boomers," said Kemper.

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