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THURSDAY      October 28, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 206

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See no evil, hear no evil, beware of speaking evil for it lurks where you least expect it!

    In his column today, Pat Ludwa warns about the hidden demons in the denizons of doublespeak who say one thing, but mean something else. They lull unsuspecting souls into a false sense of security, sneaking up on them in sheeps' clothing and not revealing the wolf within until it is too late to escape the clutches of the goblins of greed and power. It happened with Hitler and it is happening again today in our system of checks and balances where the scale is tilting toward self-righteousness and the means justifies the end rather than the end justifying the means. This is evident with the pro-aborts, the gay rights advocates, the live-and-let-live pacifists who preach tolerance for all as long as one adheres to what they want. Any veering from that agenda and we see how they really feel about tolerance. But that is what Christ preaches: tolerance and forgiveness. He asks us to be on our guard, but do not shut out the sinner, only the sin. For Pat's column The hidden face of evil!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

The hidden face of evil!

with a Catholic slant



    VATICAN ( - A visit by Pope John Paul II to Iraq has been delayed until January, according to the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon on Wednesday.

    Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid told the Vatican news agency Fides that the time required to organize the visit precludes the visit until after the new year. "There is no longer time to organize a visit for the start of December, and now we expect Father (Roberto) Tucci to come in mid-November," Bidawid said. Father Tucci leads the papal advance team that travels to future papal visit sites to organize the trip with local officials.

    The patriarch continued, "If Father Tucci had been able to come in early October perhaps the Pope could have come in December, but this was impossible because of preparations for the Holy Father's journey to India and Georgia, and the organization of the Pope's pilgrimage to us was postponed. But we are confident he will come!"

    The Holy Father intends to travel Iraq to visit Ur, the birthplace of the biblical patriarch Abraham, but several Western nations and Iraqi dissident groups have urged him to cancel the trip. Some groups believe Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will use the papal visit to pressure the international community to lift economic sanctions.

    Some internal elements in the Iraqi government had also contributed to problems for the visit. A group of academics, connected to members of the regime, had released an open letter critical of the Pope and intimating that he was unaware of the effects of the UN embargo on children. The Holy Father has repeatedly, publicly voiced his opinion that the embargoes unfairly harm innocents in Iraq.


    CHICAGO ( - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld bans on partial-birth abortions in two states, setting up a Supreme Court review of the controversial laws.

    The US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 5-4 ruled that the bans passed by Illinois and Wisconsin are constitutional. Thirty states have passed bans, but in 20 cases courts have overruled or restricted them. Pro-abortion groups have vowed to appeal the appeals court's decision. Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, said the Supreme Court would perhaps review an appeal next year.

    The decision reversed a ruling by a federal judge in Chicago that held the Illinois law unconstitutional as well as an appeals panel's order that temporarily halted enforcement of the Wisconsin statute. "We conclude that both laws can be enforced in a constitutional manner," Judge Frank Easterbrook wrote for the majority. The court added that additional laws could circumvent opponents' charges that the bans would be used to punish abortionists for performing otherwise legal abortions.

    Last month, a federal appeals court in St. Louis struck down similar laws in Nebraska, Arkansas, and Iowa, setting up the Supreme Court review to settle the differences.


    VATICAN ( -- After two days of discussions in Rome, the 230 participants in an inter-religious assembly traveled to Assisi on October 27, to pray together in the town made famous by St. Francis.

    The inter-religious prayer service was held on the 13th anniversary of the historic occasion when Pope John Paul II gathered leaders of many different faiths to Assisi for a day of prayer for peace.

    After the different religious leaders toured the Basilica of St. Francis--which has been extensively renovated since an earthquake two years ago-- Cardinal Francis Arinze convened their prayer meeting in the lower church. He introduced a Franciscan priest, Father Guenole Jeusset, who remarked that the gathering was taking place in an appropriate site. "St. Francis did not abolish the differences among religions, but he tore down the walls between them," the Franciscan argued.

    The gathering concluded when a Buddhist monk offered Cardinal Arinze a parchment containing the signatures of all the participants, as an indication of their thanks to the Vatican for hosting the meeting. Before a final dinner, the participants paused for a moment of prayer at the tomb of St. Francis in the crypt of the Basilica.

    The religious leaders spent the afternoon in tours of the region. They were scheduled to return to Rome for a meeting with Pope John Paul II on Thursday, October 28, before heading back to their respective homes.


    CHICAGO ( - Media reports of the appearance of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago at the recent conference of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian & Gay Ministries failed to report his "surprising" intervention at the beginning of the conference, according to a national Catholic newspaper.

    The Wanderer newspaper reported this week that the cardinal gave an unscheduled address at the NACDLGM conference opening. For his decision not to cancel the conference, as had been requested by many faithful Catholics, the cardinal received a standing ovation as he approached the microphone. But the enthusiasm was severely dampened as he presented an orthodox message calling the organization to submit to the Church's teaching against homosexual sex.

    The cardinal said that the conference "could not be to criticize or mount a movement against" the Vatican's teaching, nor would it be "a gathering place for Dignity and others who are publicly opposed to Church teaching." He further stated that the "Church's teaching, the teaching of Jesus Christ, from Divine Revelation [is that] the gift of human sexuality is oriented toward uniting a man and woman in marriage for life, for their own unity in Christ and for the giving of new life to children."

    "That teaching," he said, "will not change because it cannot change, based as it is in faith and in human nature itself. To deny that the power of God's grace enables homosexuals to live chastely is to deny, effectively, that Jesus has risen from the dead."

    The cardinal warned the NACDLGM members that the "organization is at a crossroads. You are without an episcopal moderator; when you ask for another, you will have to explain who you are and make clear your purpose and your goals in the Church."


"And when day broke, He summoned His disciples; and from these He chose twelve (whom He also named apostles): Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alpheus, and Simon called the Zealot; Jude the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who turned traitor."

Luke 6: 13-16

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