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FRI-SAT-SUN-MON      July 2-5, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 128

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The Mystery of the Most Precious Blood should never be watered down!

      In this weekend's editorial, we remind all that July is not only known for fireworks and Fourth of July celebrations and summertime, but for Catholics should be remembered as the month of the Most Precious Blood Which was shed for all of us for the remission of sins. We also tackle the sticky issue of the habitual behavior of so many who take for granted Who they are receiving and why. Our Independence Day began on the day of our Baptism and continues with the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist - the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Without Him we can never be free. For the commentary, We are freed through His Most Precious Blood - the Elixir of exctasy!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

We are freed through His Most Precious Blood - the Elixir of ecstasy!

Michael Cain, editor

There's never a busy signal when we call on God!

     In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto relates how blessed we are that God does not have one of those nagging automated answering machines where one can never get through to someone, causing constant frustration as we shout and stew waiting to talk to someone, anyone. God's line is never busy and we need no technology to reach Him. He'll always answer immediately and we need not shout, a whisper will do for He hears us before we speak. She points out that many of us haven't been calling Him enough and as we enter the second half of this final year before the new millennium - in the Year of the Father, we should make a concerted effort to realize His availability and dial Him up with our soul in simple prayer at every opportunity we have. For her column this weekend, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


Last week's top hit "Big Daddy" is a disgrace in the year we honor the Father!

      For the Top Ten Films in the final week of June the phenomenal success of another Adam Sandler vehicle of scatological humor "Big Daddy" proves there's no accounting for good taste. But then, this may sadly be a trend since "South Park - the Movie" was released on the public this week! Meanwhile, "Tarzan" kept swinging high in second followed by that other swinger of ill repute - "Austin Powers: the Spy who...". Another sleaze-filled film "The General's Daughter" came in fourth while the megahit Star Wars' "Episode One - The Phantom Menace" continued to lose speed, dropping to fifth ahead of "Notting Hill" and "The Mummy" which is still wrapped in 7th place followed by "Instinct", then "An Ideal Husband", and holding up the rear in this week's sad commentary on what the public wants to see: "The Matrix." For the Top Ten reviews for the final week of June prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS


  • 1.   BIG DADDY

  • 2.   TARZAN



      (20th Century Fox) -    $14.1 million last week/   $351.6 million in six weeks:
            Because of sci-fi swordfights and battle sequences, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is A-II - adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "The Phantom Menace" is a disappointing prequel to the "Star Wars" trilogy in which two Jedi knights (played by Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor) intent on saving the planet Naboo from Federation invaders enlist the help of a young boy who will eventually become the evil Darth Vader. By emphasizing fantastical creatures and myriad special effects, writer-director George Lucas loses much of the movie's human dimension and ends up achieving mostly visual spectacle. May 1999

      (Universal)   $5.5 million last week/   $89.5 million in five weeks:
           Because of an off-screen sexual encounter, some crude references, occasional profanity and minimal rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Notting Hill" is a gauzy romantic comedy in which a Hollywood movie star (played by Julia Roberts) and a timid London bookseller (Hugh Grant) fall in love but he finds himself too intimidated by her fame to pursue the relationship. The contrived crowd-pleaser is long on stunning smiles and sugary sentiment but short on realistic romance. May-June 1999.

  • 7.   THE MUMMY
      (Universal)   $2.1 million last week/    $146 million in eight weeks:
            Because of recurring stylized violence and fleeting partial nudity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "The Mummy" is a spirited horror adventure set in 1920's Egypt where a treasure hunting Yank (played by Brendan Fraser) is confronted by a revived 3,000 year-old mummy whose evil powers seemingly know no bounds. The lavishly shot action movie is stuffed with spooky special effects and comical moments that downplay horror in favor of rousing, old-fashioned entertainment. May 1999

  • 8.   INSTINCT
      (Disney)   $1.9 million last week/   $30.6 million in four weeks:
           Because of intermittent violence and a few instances of rough language and profanity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. In "Instinct", psychiatrist Cuba Gooding, Jr. must uncover why imprisoned American anthropologist Anthony Hopkins chose to abandon civilization for life among Ruwandan gorillas which led to his killing two park rangers a few years later. Balancing out a simplistic script and formula scenes of prison brutality are the steely performances of the two intense actors. June 1999.

      (Miramax)    $1.1 million last week/   $1.4 million in two weeks
           Because of fleeting nudity and sexual innuendo plus references to fraud and deceitful behavior, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "An Ideal Husband", Oscar Wilde's 1895 drawing-room comedy of manners, finds a rising London politician (Jeremy Northam) in danger of losing his career and adored wife (Cate Blanchett) unless a spoiled bachelor ally (Rupert Everett) can outwit a blackmailing femme fatale (Julianne Moore). The streamlined adaptation is visually and verbally elegant with an able ensemble cast skewering the era's social pretensions.

  • 10.   THE MATRIX
      (Warner Brothers)     $1 million last week/   $165.6 million in thirteen weeks
            Because of excessive violence and recurring profanity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification, O -- morally offensive. Motion Picture Association of America rating, R -- restricted "The Matrix" is a convoluted sci-fi tale in which a tiny band of cyber rebels led by Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne do battle with virtually indestructible humanoid killers from the 22nd centry. The action movie's violence is glorified, glamorized and made to look exciting with a dazzling array of eyepopping special effects. April 1999
    Reviews provided through Film & Broadcasting Division of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and figures provided through Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.

    Seeing God in everything

       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".

    "Blessed is the one to whom the universe is not opaque like a curtain, but transparent as is a window, and to whom reason's Author is seen behind every true act of reasoning."

    Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky, the head of all Ukrainian-Rite Catholics, guides a peoples who have had more than their share of suffering and martyrdom

         We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our seventy-third red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky , Archbishop of Lviv and head of all Ukrainian-Rite Catholics. A U.S. citizen since 1952, he was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Lubachivsky, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    73.   Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky

            Though Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky was born in Dolyna in the Ukraine on June 24, 1914 in the Eparchy of Ivano-Frankivsk, he has been a U.S. citizen since 1952. He entered the seminary in Leopoli, of the Ukraine at the age of 19 in 1933. He continued his major seminary in Innsbruck, Austria and then Sion, Switzerland because of Communist suppression of the faith in his own country. He was ordained on September 21, 1938 in Rome where he continued his studies, obtaining a degree in Sacred Scripture from the Gregorian in the eternal city in 1942. After various assignments by the Eparch in and around Rome, he relocated in the United States in 1947. After twenty-years of pastoral work with Ukrainian parishes in the U.S. he returned to Rome in 1967 to teach at the Ukrainian Pontifical College of San Giosafat for a year. In 1968 he returned to America, becoming Spiritual Director of the Ukrainian Seminaries of Washington and Stanford. On September 13, 1979 Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of the Ukrainian-rite archeparchy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and he was installed two months later on November 12, 1979.

            A year later the Holy Father named him coadjutor Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians on March 27, 1980 and the acting Archbishop of Lviv on September 7, 1984. A year later the Pope included him in the Consistory of May 25, 1985 elevating him to the cardinalate with the titular church of St. Sofia on the Via Boccea. At the same time he was appointed Major Archbishop of Lviv and appointed head of all Ukrainian Eastern-Rite Catholics. His compassion has been legendary with his flock who have undergone decades of suffering and martyrdoms for the faith brought on by the heavy hammer and sickle of atheistic communistic regime. Now, with the fall of communism in the Ukraine he is able to minister more to his people who have suffered so. But, like the fruits of the early martyrs who shed their blood to spread the faith, so also in the Ukraine are vocations on the increase and the fruits are manifesting themselves greatly as we head into a new millennium. Cardinal Lubachivsky, now 85 and ineligible for the Sacred Conclave, resides at Sobor Sviatoho Jura, Ploshcha Sviatoho Jura 4, 200000 Liviv, Ukraine.

    June 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

       Dear children! Today I thank you for living and witnessing my messages with your life. Little children, be strong and pray so that prayer may give you strength and joy. Only in this way will each of you be mine and I will lead you on the way of salvation. Little children, pray and with your life witness my presence here. May each day be a joyful witness for you of God's love. Thank you for having responded to my call.

    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


    "'Peace be to you!' Then He said to Thomas, 'Bring here thy finger, and see My hands; and bring here thy hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.' Thomas answered and said to Him, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him, 'Because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed. Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed.'"

    John 20: 27-29

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