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THURSDAY      October 21, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 201

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Appreciation of the Infallibility of the Church

    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We turn today to the issue of Infallibility and what it means in respect to doctrine and faith and morals for the Church cannot teach error because it was founded by the Son of God Himself. For the thirty-seventh installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


part one

Events that happened this day in Church History

   On this day 1,689 years ago the 31st successor of Peter passed away. Pope Saint Eusebius who died a martyr's death, one of the last Sovereign Pontiffs to die in such a way for on the horizon was the Emperor Constantine who, through his Edict would free Christianity from Roman persecution and help nourish it throughout the world. But nothing nourished the Church more than the blood of the martyrs and during Eusebius' reign he offered himself for the Church, fending off schism and being put to death eventually by the Emperor Maxentius on this date in 310. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 21:

True character goes deeper than the surface

    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".

"Many a tree as it stands in the forest looks fair, fine, solid and valuable, but when it is cut down and sawed for use reveals rottenness, cross grain and knots. Social conformity to low standards may give the appearance of goodness, but in the judgment of God the true character is revealed."

The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today

    Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?


    Today is the Twenty-ninth Thursday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow we commemorate the Twenty-ninth Friday in Ordinary Time with Saturday being Ordinary Time as well shared with the Feast of Saint John of Capistrano, priest and religious missionary, and the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday leading up to WORLD MISSION SUNDAY. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, October 21, 1999

Friday, October 22, 1999

with a Catholic slant



    WASHINGTON, DC ( - The US bishops' conference will release a pamphlet early next year to every Catholic in America listing their civic and moral responsibilities as Catholics.

    The booklet, "Faithful Citizenship: Civic Responsibility for a New Millennium," will outline the Church's teachings on a number of issues, including abortion, debt relief for poor nations, the death penalty, assisted suicide, and "moral priorities for public life," but the bishops stressed that it will not a listing of candidates' positions or voting records and is not an attempt to tell Catholics how to vote. They have issued such guides during every presidential election year since the mid-1970s.

    Countering expected arguments that the bishops have breached the separation of church and state, the document claims that the Church "as an institution also has a role in the political order." They added, "The Church's participation in public affairs does not undermine but enriches the political process and affirms genuine pluralism."

    The bishops said in a statement, "We urge our fellow citizens to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not simply party affiliation or mere self-interest."

    Other principles in the pamphlet include respect for human rights and fair economic policies. "The economy must serve people, not the other way around," they said, adding a call for basic rights for workers such as "productive work," decent and fair wages, and the right to join unions.


    VATICAN ( - The virtue of charity was the theme given by Pope John Paul II during his general audience on Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.

    The Pope said charity has two closely related dimensions: the love of God and love of another. "It is not possible to love God if one does not love his brothers," said the Holy Father to pilgrims from around the world under a sky which threatened a deluge of rain. He added that the love that impels all Christians towards their neighbors is "the extension of the merciful kindness" of God for Man.

    He concluded, "Only those who allow themselves to be involved with their neighbors and by their needs, clearly show their love for Jesus. To be closed or indifferent to the 'other' means to be closed to the Holy Spirit, to forget Christ and to negate the universal love of the Father."


    ROME ( - "In Vietnam there is a blossoming of faith that truly represents a new spring," said Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Newark, recalling his recent visit to the Asian country together with other American bishops.

    The prelate, chairman of the US Bishops' International Policy Committee, also said in an interview published on Tuesday by the Italian newspaper Avvenire that "it would be great if the Pope could see all this personally."

    Archbishop McCarrick explained that the aim of the trip was to "express our solidarity with the Catholic Church in Vietnam, to demonstrate that we are united in the love of Jesus, even though we are separated by an ocean." He pointed out that they wanted to "pay a visit of reconciliation," and to "thank the Vietnamese for their witness of faith, and for all the people of good will they have sent to the United States."

    Regarding the trip, the archbishop said that he had a "very positive" impression during his visit. "There is a blossoming of faith among the people that has really impressed me," he said. He recalled the pilgrimages to the Marian sanctuary of La Vang, where "thousands of faithful always fill the place to pray."

    Nevertheless, the archbishop said that there is still some resistance from the government to the work of the Church. He noted that the "Catholic Church practically has no access to mass media," and the government "does not allow more than 20 candidates every two years" at the seminary, denying entrance to many young people.


    VATICAN ( - For the Holy See, the economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations to punish regimes which do not follow its directives "are a provocation whose consequences are inhuman and immoral," said Archbishop Renato Martino, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, within the framework of the 54th session of the UN's General Assembly.

    Archbishop Martino said that if "precise measures" against countries are "inevitable and justifiable" when their leaders "represent a threat against international peace and security," "the economic sanctions against an entire population in general, and more vulnerable groups in particular, require a special attention and a different consideration."

    "The weak and the innocent cannot pay for faults for which they are not responsible," he said and imposing sanctions by the United Nations "should not cause famine and the death of anyone in the world," nor harm the health or education of the children." He added, "A provocation having such consequences is inhuman and immoral."

    Although the archbishop did not specifically cite Iraq during his speech, the allusion to the embargo imposed on the regime of Saddam Hussein was not missed by many, Iraq being at the center of the interests of the Holy See recently.

    On Wednesday, Vatican sources said that the major difficulties which remain for the planned trip by Pope John Paul II to Iraq in December, are mainly due to the Iraqi government itself, which has still not offered an official invitation to the Pope, than from the opposition of the United States or Britain to the trip.

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September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Today again I call you to become carriers of my peace. In a special way, now when it is being said that God is far away, He has truly never been nearer to you. I call you to renew prayer in your families by reading the Sacred Scripture and to experience joy in meeting with God Who infinitely loves His creatures. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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