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MONDAY      January 25, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 16

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Truth is singular and reason alone cannot determine it; only through the alliance of faith can truth be reached

      On the feast of one of the first women Doctors of the Church Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Holy Father issued his 13th encyclical on the foundations of faith and reason entitled Fides et Ratio. Today we continue with the fifteenth part of this lengthy and important encyclical in installments spread out over several issues. The fifteenth installment completes the sixth chapter The interaction between Philosophy and Theology focusing on The different stances of philosophy in which the Holy Father points out how secular philosophies can be constructive when reason is placed in the context of what God intended, namely rooted in the Gospel and based on theology and linked with faith. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the fifteenth installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.


NEXT WEEK: CHAPTER VII: CURRENT REQUIREMENTS AND TASKS The indispensable requirements of the word of God


John Paul II is more than a man, he is the Vicar of Christ!

      Today we begin a new special feature we will be bringing you on a regular basis as we introduce Pat Ludwa, a dedicated and articulate lay Catholic who will add a lay person's perspective to these pages. As the days go on, we are sure you'll gain a greater appreciation for your faith and how to express it through the simple but serene way Pat explains the truths. For more, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

The Pope

From the heartland to the nations' capitol to inside the Vatican, Cardinal Baum has served his Church well.

      Today's featured Prince of the Church is 73 year-old American Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, This Dallas-born prelate is the former Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and former Archbishop of Washington D.C. After serving those sees he has become a permanent fixture in the Roman Curia for nearly the past twenty years where he is currently Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary after serving as head of the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican for ten years. For more on Cardinal Baum, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

10.   Cardinal William Wakefield Baum

Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:

The Pope

      Many believe the terminology "Pope" is derived from the the Greek word "papa" which means "Father." This is true, but in actuality the term "Papa" is an anagram from from the initials of the Latin words "Petri Apostoli Potestatem Accipiens" determined late in the fourth century. It stands for "Receive the Authority of the Apostle Peter" and was first established by Pope Saint Siricus, the 28th successor of Peter and the first to assume the title "Pope" around the year 385. Ever since that time the sovereign pontiffs have been referred to as "il Papa" in Italian. Other titles he goes by is the Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Successor of Peter, Prince of the Apostles, Holy Father, Supreme Pontiff, Sovereign Pontiff, His Holiness, Patriarch of the West, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman province, and Sovereign of the State of Vatican City. (sources: I Sommi Pontifici Romani, Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)


"And as he went on his journey it came to pass that he drew near to Damascus, when suddenly a light from Heaven shone round about him; and falling to the ground, he heard a Voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute Me?' And he said, 'Who art Thou, Lord?' And He said, I am Jesus, Whom thou art persecuting. Arise and go into the city, and it will be told thee what thou must do.'"

Acts 9: 3-6

December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! In this Christmas joy I desire to bless you with my blessing. In a special way, little children, I give you the blessing of little Jesus. May He fill you with His peace. Today, little children, you do not have peace and yet you yearn for it. That is why, with my Son Jesus, on this day I call you to pray, pray, pray, because without prayer you do not have joy or peace or a future. Yearn for peace and seek it, for God is true peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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January 25, 1999 volume 10, no. 16   DAILY CATHOLIC