August 17, 1998
Pope's Apostolic Letter - Ad Tuendam Fidem

August 17, 1998

vol. 9, no. 160


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GIF images used with permission of EWTN Whoever denies a truth of the Church let him be declared an anathema
     In the second of two parts on the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter AD TUENDAM FIDEM, Pope John Paul II asserts in no uncertain terms the consequences of anyone who veers from the teachings of Holy Mother Church. His words are an effort to stem the plethora of dissenters who don't feel they should be held accountable. Now, thanks to the Pope's Motu Proprio, they will have no choice but comply. For the second part, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

We can't rush God, but satan would sure like us to in order to keep us impatient and confused.
Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.      In his fifth part on The subtleties of satan in his weekly column, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. points out the subtle ways the father of lies confuses God's children, planting nefarious negatives that cause us to doubt and lose faith in our Holy Church. Satan loves to force us into hurrying, for the more we hurry, the longer we will wait for God's graces...maybe forever! For Father's column, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK

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    Polish Leader Debunks Pope's Clandestine Communism Conspiracy. If anything it was a Celestial Conspiracy
    Holy Father let the natural course play out according to Lech Walesa      One of the Holy Father's close allies in Poland came to the pontiff's defense recently over allegations that Pope John Paul II was part of a conspiracy to bring about the fall of communism as Carl Bernstein, famed for his book "All the President's Men", intimates. It is a known fact the former Polish president Lech Walesa worked closely with the Pope and therefore should be a much more reliable, not to mention credible, source For more, click on Debunking Conspiracy

    Italian Catholics reveal alarming signs of neglecting Church's moral teachings
    Italy in big trouble     Spurred by the 30th anniversary of the release of Pope Paul VI controversial but solid encyclical Humanae Vitae, a poll by a major Italian magazine shows an alarming, overwhelming number of Italian Catholic polled continue to spurn Church teachings on sexuality - including birth control, cohabitation, abortion, and homosexuality. The staggering percentage is an omen of what the Blessed Mother has prophesied at La Salette, to Saint John Bosco and many other visionaries/messengers including the esteemed Padre Pio and Father Don Stefano Gobbi. For more, click on Italian demise.

    Heavens above, U.S poll reveals most Americans count on God's Mercy, but neglect His Justice
    Majority of Americans believe they're going to Heaven     Evidently the majority of Americans are oblivious to the fact they must be responsible for their actions and must answer to God for a recent Harris poll reveals the fact that three/fourths of the citizens polled assume they're going to Heaven, while only four percent have any thoughts of stopping off in Purgatory, and just two percent think hell is in their future. It is a further confirmation of the desensitizing of sin in this country where many are of the mind it simply doesn't exist. Are they in for a surprise. What was also surprising was the overwhelming number who believe in the virgin birth. Yet, we ask, why do so many deride and deny Our Lady? For more, click on Poll on Heaven.

    Vatican increases pressure on UN tendency toward minimizing traditional role of families
         The Vatican representative Monsignor Stanislaw Rylko at the UN Conference underway in Lisbon, Portugal, objected strongly to efforts to diminish the traditional role of families and the underlying plot to allow abortion worldwide. On behalf of the Holy See, the Monsignor also strongly objected to the UN platform of promoting same-sex unions in a subliminal attempt to justify homosexuality. The fact the UN purposely left out any mention of the paternal role in the family structure especially irked the Church's official from the Pontifical Council for the Laity. For more, click on Vatican protest.

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     Today is the Twentieth Monday in Ordinary Time before five consecutive days of feasts beginning tomorrow with the feast of Saint Jane Francis de Chantal. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, and the click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

     Though it is no longer celebrated in the Liturgical calendar as an official feast, it is the feast of Saint Hyacinth, Apostle of Poland. Therefore, the prayer is in honor of him:

O God, Who dost make us to rejoice in the yearly solemnity of Blessed Hyacinth, Thy Confessor; mercifully grant that we, who celebrate his heavenly birthday, may likewise imitate his deeds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

"Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have more than enough of you, and hate you."
Proverbs 25: 17

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