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March 1, 1999
SECTION THREE vol 10, no. 41
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Abortion counseling crisis in Germany prompts bishops to turn to Pope for answers
Frustrated over German laws that conflict with the German bishops' 250 counseling centers, the prelates are turning to the Holy Father for help, hoping he can reach a modicum of common sense in the madness that many German bishops are afraid is a political time bomb. Caught in the vice of being forced to give counsel on abortion, the majority realize this is in direct conflict with Catholic teaching and they refuse to do so. The consequences are that the German government will squeeze the Church out of counseling young women. It basically boils down to a real catch 22 and now the horns of the dilemna rest with the Solomon-like Polish Pontiff. For more, click on Appeal to the Pope .
GERMAN BISHOPS TURN TO POPE OVER ABORTION COUNSELING DISPUTE
LINGEN, Germany (CWNews.com) - The German bishops'
conference said on Wednesday following a meeting this week
that they would ask Pope John Paul II to give them guidance
on whether to continue giving abortion counseling.
The Catholic Church in Germany operates more than 250
counseling centers as part of the country's abortion
counseling system which requires a woman to receive
information and advice before she can have an abortion.
Last year, the Holy Father said the Church should not
participate in the program by issuing the mandated
certificates which allows a woman to seek an abortion.
The German bishops' responded to the Pope's request by
saying they would continue counseling, but would gradually
phase out participation in the certificate process. Some
critics said the phase-out is taking too long, while others
claim that women will be reluctant to go to Church-run
counselors because they will not be able to have an
abortion if they choose, losing the opportunity to change
some women's minds.
Bishop Klaus Lehmann, president of the bishops' conference,
said after the meeting that the bishops had been unable to
formulate a compromise. "There was a tussle about this. The
Pope will have the final decision now," he said.
Is the Vatican going the way of the Smart Card?
That is the question many are asking with the announcement by the Vatican's Central Committee for Jubilee 2000 that they may plan on issuing over six million "Pilgrim Cards" for those pilgrims coming to Rome and Italy for the Jubilee year. While the new web site is up only in Italian, that does not require information, but the "smart cards" will and many are dubious if this is such a good idea in light of the dangers of the mark of the beast. For more, click on Pilgrim Card.
JUBILEE PLANS INCLUDE "SMART CARDS," WEB SITE
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The Vatican's Central Committee for the
Grand Jubilee held a press conference on Friday, February 26, to
update reporters on preparations for the Year 2000 celebrations.
The two main subjects for discussion were the "Pilgrim's Card" which
organizers have designed, and the new Web site (www.jubil2000.org)
which was recently launched to provide information about the
The "Pilgrim's Card" is a "smart card" which will help visitors to Rome
use gain entry to Vatican sites, find information about Jubilee events,
use public transportation, make telephone calls, and pay for their
food and lodging. At the same time it will help organizers to track the
number of pilgrims, their countries of origin, and the places they
visit. Six million such cards are being prepared for 2000. The
"Pilgrim Card" for each visitor will include some personal
information-- including medical data which might be needed in case
of an emergency. The price for the cards-- which will offer different
levels of services-- has not yet been set.
The Jubilee Web site, opened to the public on February 22, has
already drawn an enormous amount of attention; organizers report
that there were 45,000 "hits" on the first day of operation. The site,
which offers information in seven different languages, is intended
primarily to help pilgrims prepare for the Jubilee celebration.
Archbishop Chaput to keynote Colorado Catholic Medical Association Convention
Catholic Doctors in Denver have set a course for integrating Catholic beliefs into their practice where morals and ethics are involved. A Mass and homily by Denver's Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Conv. will highlight the Colorado Catholic Medical Association's annual meeting in which serious moral dilemnas such as abortion and euthanasia as well as business and counseling ethics will be discussed from a Catholic perspective. For more, click on Catholic Doctors.
COLORADO DOCTORS SEEK TO INTEGRATE CHURCH TEACHINGS WITH MEDICAL
DENVER, 27 (NE) Conscious of "the dramatic changes in medicine
in the last years," which in many cases have serious moral
implications, the Colorado Catholic Medical Association (CCMA)
will carry out a meeting to present teaching programs to
physicians and medical students that integrate Church teachings
with medical and ethical issues
The meeting will commence with a Eucharistic celebration
presided by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver. The Colorado
Catholic Medical Association looks forward to "serve through a
moral and spiritual support, for the doctors and students of
medicine face the dilemma of practicing their profession in a
cultural atmosphere very often adverse," one of the organizers
of the meeting pointed out.
Has the prodigal son film company come home?
The Film Company Miramax has come a long way back after disgracing themselves, Hollywood and drawing the wrath of Catholics and Christians everywhere with the disgusting movies "Priests" and "Kids" a few years ago. We say this for the Catholic organization the Christophers presented their annual "Christopher Awards" to four films, three of which were distributed by Miramax, for portraying the highest values of the human spirit. The films were "Down in the Delta","Smoke Signals" and the Academy Award nominee in seven categories "Life is Beautiful" which we strongly recommended in our February 16th issue. For more, click on Be missionaries of the Word
MAYA ANGELOU, STEVEN SPIELBERG HONORED BY THE CHRISTOPHERS
NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - The Catholic group The Christophers
announced the winners of its annual media awards this week,
giving awards to poet Maya Angelou and director Steven
Spielberg among others.
Angelou won the award for the film "Down in the Delta"
which marked her debut as a director. Spielberg was honored
with his fifth Christopher Award for "Saving Private Ryan."
Also winning awards in the film category were the Italian
movie "Life is Beautiful" and "Smoke Signals."
All of the winners in the film category, except "Saving
Private Ryan," were distributed by Miramax Films. Miramax
has come under fire in recent years from Catholic groups
for distributing anti-Catholic or immoral movies including
"Priest," which depicted a priest who was persecuted for
being homosexual, and "Kids," which portrayed a group of
high school boys keeping score as they made a series of
Five awards were also handed out in the television category
and 14 awards were given to books.
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The CHRISTOPHER AWARDS
Our final news story today highlights the Christopher Awards with this year's recipients including Stephen Spielberg for "Saving Private Ryan", Maya Angelou for "Down in the Delta", and Roberto Benigni for "Life is Beautiful!" to name a few. Though not officially a part of the structure of the Church, the Christophers is a Catholic media-watchdog organization founded over half a century ago which sets as its philosophy that "it's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness." It is one of the most visible and well respected in the media industry with their famous "Christopher Notes" and "Three Minutes a day" inspirations that we can remember being circulated in the fifties to all the Catholic schools. Today this New York City organization is headed by Father Tom McSweeney. For fifty years they have been publicly recognizing quality and media material in the entertainment field in movies, television, and books. Though not possessing the media hype of the Academy Awards or the Golden Globes or Emmies, the Christopher Awards carry a prestige and decency that says "job well done" to the directors, producers and writers who have portrayed to the audience ideas and ethics that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit." This year the Christophers will celebrate their Golden Anniversary of presenting these awards. Over the past fifty years these deserving recipients may not have received the overall recognition from the public, but they are recognized where it most counts in helping others, just as their namesake Saint Christopher did as the legend says in carrying the child Jesus across the river. (source: The Christophers Web Page at Christophers.org).
SITE OF THE DAY
Continuing with the theme above regarding the Christophers, we see no reason not to honor The Christophers as Site of the Day for you can apply for a free subscription to their famous Christopher News Notes as well as keep up with the "Three Minutes a Day" inspiring 'Rest of the Story' vignette for each day of the week.
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