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FRI-SAT-SUN      June 11-13, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 112

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Peace depends on how well we've learned from history

      In this weekend's editorial we continue our take on Peace in the Balkans as we are reminded of what Heaven has said and the causes and effects of the ethnic factions in the Balkans over the past two-thousand years. We alert those who might have a polyanna perspective of the situation in Kosovo that this peace is very, very brittle and just signing a piece of paper will not assure peace. For why this is true, as documented in this weekend's commentary, Beware of the False Peace! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

"Beware of the false peace!"

Michael Cain, editor


There can be only one peace process: Prayer!

      In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto addresses what's on everyone's hearts and lips - the Peace pact signed late this week in the Balkans. While Sister would like to be optimistic, she lists reasons why we should be very, very cautious in basically an extension of the editorial above, calling on all to invoke the dove of Peace - the Holy Spirit Who is the only One Who can make it a lasting Peace. For her column this weekend, Is the Peace real? click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

IS THE PEACE FOR REAL?


Star Wars still leaving rest of Top Ten Movies in the dust in second week of June

      In the third week the megahit Star Wars' "Episode One - The Phantom Menace" continues to leave all other competition in the dust with "Notting Hill" continuing second-best. The newest entry "Instinct" did not have very good ones for it could only garner a third place rating while "The Mummy" and "Entrapment" held their positions in fourth and fifth as last week. As predicted last week, the big flop "The Love Letter" dropped out of sight and we say good riddance to a movie that promotes the lifestyle of avowed, blatant lesbian Ellen DeGeneres. The ratings prove the people feel the same way. For the Top Ten review for the first week of June, click on MOVIES AND MORALS

TOP TEN MOVIES FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF JUNE

  • 1.   STAR WARS: EPISODE ONE - THE PHANTOM MENACE


  • 2.   NOTTING HILL
      (Universal)    $49.4 million in two 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.


  • 3.   INSTINCT
      (Disney)    $10.4 million in one week:
           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.


  • 4.   THE MUMMY
      (Universal)    $127.5 million in five 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


  • 5.   ENTRAPMENT
      (20th Century Fox)    $75 million in six weeks
            Because of a romanticized view of crime, fleeting violence and a few instances of rough language and profanity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-IV, adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Entrapment" is a mindless escapist caper in which a wily insurance investigator (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) appears to join forces with the world's craftiest art thief (played by Sean Connery) to nail him red-handed. The glossy fantasy of double-crossing daredevils is sluggishly directed which limits the suspense. April 1999


  • 6.   THE MATRIX
      (Warner Brothers)     $158.3 million in ten 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


  • 7.   THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR
      (Sony)    $7.4 million in two weeks
            Because of sporadic nasty violence, some sexual innuendo, intermittent rough language and a few instances of profanity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "The Thirteenth Floor" is a densely plotted sci-fi thriller involving a murder in parallel worlds, including Los Angeles 1937 and the present, with characters slipping between dimensions as they search for one true reality. The convoluted tale plays intriguing mind games with viewers until the weakly constructed climax goes over the top then ends unconvincingly. May-June 1999.


  • 8.   NEVER BEEN KISSED
      (Fox)    $50.6 million in nine weeks
            Because of implied affairs and sexual references, a sex-education scene involving condoms and occasional profanity, 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. "Never Been Kissed" is a bogus romantic comedy in which 25-year old rookie reporter Drew Barrymore goes undercover as a high school senior to write about teen life and ends up reliving her adolescent insecurities before winning the heart of her English teacher. Movie cliches and stereotypes abound, and Barrymore's clunky performance further sinks the contrived coming-of-age tale. April 1999


  • 9.   A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
      (Fox Searchlight)    $13 million in four weeks
            Because of romantic complications and, fleeting 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. William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is an uneven adaptation of the Bard's comedy in which forest fairy Puck causes all manner of romantic upheaval overnight by casting spells on a quartet of mismatched young lovers, a hammy actor (played by Kevin Kline) and fairy queen Michelle Pfeiffer. Not all the cast excel in articulating Shakespearean dialogue but the fanciful and luminous visuals look sprinkled with, fairy dust. May 1999


  • 10.   ELECTION
      (Paramount)    $12.3 million in seven weeks
            Because of several sexual situations, fleeting nudity, crude sex references, recurring rough language and an instance of profanity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-IV, adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Election is a biting satire in which idealistic but flawed teacher Matthew Broderick goes overboard in trying to prevent scheming senior Reese Witherspoon from being elected president of the student council. The sharply observed comedy examines with ironic, sometimes nasty wit such human foibles as sexual obsession, hypocrisy and rationalization of such behavior. May 1999

      Reviews provided through Film & Broadcasting Division of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and figures provided through Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.

    Events this weekend in Church History

         June 11th was a significant date throughout Church history beginning with Saint Barnabas who died on this date in 60 A.D.; then in 1509 it was the happy occasion of the marriage between Catherine of Aragon and King Henry VIII who would be named "Defender of the Church" but satan would infiltrate the British throne and things would go terribly wrong as Henry would bolt and throw the Church in England into the throes of schism that remains to this day. On this date in 1997, Pope John Paul II said goodbye to his beloved homeland and returned to Rome. Now, two years later he is in the midst of what he has confirmed is quite possibly his last trip home. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for June 11:

    • 60 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Barnabas, Apostle who traveled to Cyprus and Asia Minor with Saint Paul. He also traveled to Rome and consulted with Saint Peter before returning later to be with his cousin in Cypress and it was there that he was stoned to death by pagans in Salamis. His relics were found in the fifth century and preserved. While many historians believe Barnabas composed the Letter to the Hebrews, there is no definitive proof of this.

    • 1474 A.D.
    • King Louis XI of France ratifies the Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges which decreed that royal approval was necessary for the publication of papal decrees in France. This was strongly denounced by Pope Sixtus IV.

    • 1496 A.D.
    • Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after another excursion to the New World.

    • 1509 A.D.
    • The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon which was hailed by the Church and all were in the good graces of Rome. In 1521 the king would be named "Defender of the Faith" for his stance against Martin Luther but when he divorced Catherine twenty years after they had been married, the split between Rome and England had begun.

    • 1899 A.D.
    • Today is the one-hundred year anniversary that Pope Leo XIII prayed the Consecration Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as decreed by the 256th successor of Peter in his May 25th, 1899 69th encyclical Annum Sacrum.

    • 1997 A.D.
    • Pope John Paul II bids adieu to his beloved homeland of Poland after an eleven day trip to Poland that included visits to his childhood sites and the Shrine of the Black Madonna.

    SIMPLY SHEEN:

    Hope for the future!

       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".

    "The world, and in particular our own country, is filled with thousands and thousands of good people; there is an intensification of spiritual life that is inspiring; intercession has multiplied; the young are craving for spiritual sacrifice. We are not lost! We are only losing our pride. God never puts the crown of victory on a swollen head."


    May 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

        Dear children! Also today I call you to convert and to more firmly believe in God. Children, you seek peace and pray in different ways, but you have not yet given your hearts to God for Him to fill them with His love. So, I am with you to teach you and to bring you closer to the love of God. If you love God above all else, it will be easy for you to pray and to open your hearts to Him. Thank you for having responded to my call.
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

    DAILY WORD

    "Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden light "

    Matthew 11: 28-30


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