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March 19-21, 1999
SECTION THREE vol 10, no. 55
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NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
New venture by Pope: CD music to reach the masses through just released "Abba Pater"
It's not the Swedish group "Abba" but the Vatican is hoping the new CD "Abba Pater" - the first music CD to embody the voice of Pope John Paul II released yesterday will rise in the charts and reach the non-churchgoer in the new place of evangelization: Blockbuster Music, the Warehouse, Musicland, Sam Goody and other music stores the world over. It is music of hope and redemption for the new millennium reflecting the wisdom and compassion of one of this century's greatest spiritual leaders. For more, click on Platinum Pope
NEW CD FEATURING POPE SEEN AS EVANGELICAL TOOL
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Cardinal Roger Etchegary, the chairman of the
Vatican committee preparing for the Jubilee, has introduced a new CD
recording by Pope John Paul II, saying that it is "not the result of a
commercial operation, but a new means of service to the mission of the
The new CD, entitled "Abba Pater," is a collection of the voice of Pope John
Paul, set against the background of music composed by two Italian
musicians, Leonardo De Amicis and Stephano Mainetti. Produced by Vatican
Radio and St. Paul editions, the CD is being distributed by Sony Music. One
million copies have been produced by worldwide distribution.
The Pope's words are taken from his homilies, from traditional prayers, and
from readings of the Gospel and the Psalms. They are chanted or spoken in
five languages: Latin, Italian, French, English, and Spanish. The entire CD
contains 11 different items, lasting a total of 50 minutes.
Zemin's demands might be too much for Vatican to stomach if they keep Chinese Roman Catholics suppressed
It looks like Chinese President Jiang Zemin is trying to play hardball with the Vatican by issuing ultimatums before he even sets foot in Italy. In order to establish diplomatic relations Zemin is demanding the Vatican break ties with Taiwan; something the Holy See has already agreed to. But the second might be more difficult considering China's dismal track records with religious rights and that is that the Church cannot "interfere" in China's internal affairs. On the surface this would seem agreeable but if China maintains the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association which is in the minority with 3 million compared to the underground Roman Church's ten million it will be difficult for the Vatican to acquiesce to Zemin's unrealistic terms. This next week should foretell a lot. For more, click on Crafty Chinese.
CHINESE LEADER ADAMANT ON VATICAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
ROME (CWNews.com) - The leader of Communist China told an
Italian newspaper on Thursday that conditions for
diplomatic relations with the Holy See remain unchanged.
As Chinese President Jiang Zemin prepared to arrive in
Italy on Saturday, he told the Milan newspaper Corriere
della Serra that the Vatican must agree to two conditions
in order to secure relations. "We are willing to improve
relations with the Vatican. But on two conditions. The
first: their breaking of relations with Taiwan and
recognizing China as the only legitimate government," he
said. "The second: China's internal affairs cannot be
interfered with, using religion as a pretext."
Recent reports have said the Holy See and China were
prepared to initiate formal diplomatic ties with the
Communists recognizing papal authority over Catholics in
China as the result of secret talks. The report said the
Holy See was already prepared to sever relations with
Taiwan. China's government mandates that all Catholics
belong to the state-sanctioned Catholic Patriotic
Association, which eschews any connections to the Vatican.
The association has an estimated 3 million members while
there are an estimated 8-10 million underground Catholics.
Jiang is expected to meet with Vatican officials during his
visit to Rome. He will also travel to Switzerland and
Austria before returning to Beijing.
Detroit's Cardinal Maida asserts that we must convert hearts before we can change culture
Following on the heels of Cardinal John J. O'Connor and Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI speaking out strongly for the Sanctity of Life and human dignity last week, another United States cardinal has spoken out this week - Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit. He spoke to law students at the University of Detroit Mercy echoing the same need as the other cardinals for Catholics to get involved in all aspects of society to make a difference. For more, click on Laws and culture.
CARDINAL MAIDA: NO AUTHENTIC FREEDOM WITHOUT TRUTH AND GOD
DETROIT, 18 (NE) "I propose to discuss the way religion can help
shape public policy and the world of law, especially in the
current debate about the dignity of human life," said
Cardinal Adam Maida in a recent lecture given March 16 at the
University of Detroit Mercy Law School. The Cardinal's
conference highlighted "The voice of religion in shaping
culture and law."
The Archbishop of Detroit emphasized interaction between law and
culture: "Laws reflect society and culture", he stated, "but
they form our values as well". Affirming that "laws alone cannot
give us freedom, or preserve human rights and dignity", the
Cardinal highlighted that "we need to go to the root of all
culture...our very self transcendence itself, our ability to
reach out to God and our undeniable need for God."
"The voice of religion," said Michigan's Archbishop, "helps all
people realize that there will be no freedom without truth and
no genuine human rights unless people acknowledge the origin and
source of all human rights: God Himself."
Cardinal Maida urged to "first convert hearts, then you can
change culture." He also added that, "Our Holy Father Pope John Paul II himself has
exemplified this very pattern in his writing and in his
preaching: we best proclaim the Gospel of Life by committing our
time and resources to all efforts that affirm and uphold the
dignity of human life from the first moment of conception until
last natural breath. Consistency, clarity and conviction in
the civil discourse will eventually win the day. Our voices may
seem small but they can become powerful if joined together in
prayer and action."
San Francisco Archdiocese and gay activists embroiled in controversy over Easter Parade
Gay demonstrators are demanding that they be allowed to mock the Catholic Church with a sacriligeous display on Easter Sunday, proclaiming they are not pagan but there to educate and celebrate. What are they celebrating? Trying to condone sin. Who are they educating? Naive youth who are being brainwashed to accept this abhorrent lifestyle. Is it pagan? What else would it be? The Archdiocese is not going to stand for this abrasive assault on all that is holy and have asked Mayor Willie Brown and the City to revoke the gays' permit to march. For more, click on Sad situation in Sodom.
SAN FRANCISCO ARCHDIOCESE PROTESTS ANTI-CATHOLIC EVENT
SAN FRANCISCO (CWNews.com) - The Archdiocese of San
Francisco called on the city on Wednesday to revoke the
permit for a group planning a street party on Easter
featuring men dressed as nuns, mocking the Catholic Church
and her teachings.
The group, known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,
planned to celebrate their 20th anniversary on Easter with
a street party in the Castro District, which has a large
homosexual population. Allowing a group that "mocks the
Catholic Church" to close a public street on Easter is
comparable to "allowing a group of neo-Nazis to close a
city street for a celebration on the Jewish feast of
Passover," said archdiocesan spokesman Maurice Healy.
A spokesman for the mock-nuns said the party will be held
despite the opposition. "We're really appalled at the
insensitivity of comparing us to neo-Nazis, which totally
invalidates the Jewish struggle against Nazis," the
spokesman said. "The Catholic Church should be ashamed for
promoting such absurdity. There are no pagan rituals. The
goal is education and celebration."
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Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
This encompasses the Third and Fourth Commandments of the Church - "To confess our sins at least once a year" and "To receive Holy Communion druing the Easter Time." This term "Easter Duty" means one is obligated to receive Holy Communion at least once between the First Sunday of Lent and Trinity Sunday. This is also according to Canon Law 920 and, in compliance with Canon Law 989, all are required to confess serious sins at least once a year as well. (source: My Catholic Faith, My Mission House Publishers; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers; Code of Canon Law, Benziger Brothers Publishers)
SITE OF THE DAY
With CD's so popular today and the release of the Pope's "Abba Pater", we feature this weekend a very special site which offers unique CD's of traditional, inspirational holy cards like you probably have never seen. The site is ANTIQUE HOLY CARDS owned by a devoted, vivavious soul named Professor Julie Ann Brown who lives, eats, and sleeps her faith with total dedication to doing God's Will. The site is designed and maintained by Alex Gray, also known as Angel Alex. The CD's are very affordable, unique, and promise to provide hours of edification for Catholics of all ages. Check out the special collection of holy cards featuring Saint Joseph this weekend.
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