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August 17, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 160
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Events Today in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on TIME CAPSULES: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
Historical Events in Church Annals for August 17:
Death of Saint Hyacinth of Krakow. This Dominican who evangelized Poland, Scandinavia, Prussia and Lithuania is venerated as the "Apostle of Poland."
Death of Pope Paul IV, 223rd successor of Peter who promoted moral reform and, by means of the Inquisition, opposed the Lutheran heresy.
Birth of John III Sobieski who would go on to become king of Poland and Lithuania and join with Emperor Leopold I to form the Holy League which greatly aided the Church in ridding Venice, Hungary and Yugoslavia of the Turkish threat during the reigns of Pope Clement X and Pope Innocent XI.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Polish Leader Debunks Pope's Clandestine Communism Conspiracy. If anything it was a Celestial Conspiracy
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
POPE NEVER SUPPORTED ANTI-COMMUNIST ALLIANCE, WALESA SAYS
BOGOTA, Colombia (CWNews.com) - Lech Walesa, former
president of Poland and founder of the Solidarity trade
union, said that Pope John Paul II never supported or
helped build a "Holy Alliance" against Communism that
helped end the Soviet dominion of Eastern Europe.
Ending a recent Latin American tour, Walesa said in Bogota
that the idea of the Pope secretly working against the
former Soviet Union was "a myth" built by journalists Carl
Bernstein and Marco Politi, authors of the book "His
Holiness." "That book is focused on the idea of a
conspiracy but I want to say that such a conspiracy never
took place, and I can say so, because I was in the middle
of that struggle," he said. "Certainly, this Pope made the
greatest contribution to the decline of Communism, because
when he visits a country he reveals the truth about such a
country and establishes solid paradigms to build a future,"
said Walesa. "I took those ideas and put them into
Solidarity," he added.
Nevertheless, the former Polish president said, "Communism
was doomed to die because it opposed the evidence of
history and human nature." Walesa said, "The Pope was vital
in bringing its swift and bloodless end." He added that such
an achievement "was not the consequence of a conspiracy or a
so-called 'holy alliance,' but the natural effect of the
Pope's role in the world."
"I mean, what do you actually expect from a Pope? To become
a member of the Communist Party himself?" Walesa asked
ironically. "He just did his job and did it extremely
well," he added. Walesa also admitted receiving help from
the Reagan administration, "but again, that was not because
of a secret conspiracy, but because of Mr. Reagan's sympathy
to our cause," he concluded.
Italian Catholics reveal alarming signs of neglecting Church's moral teachings
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.
ITALIAN CATHOLICS BACK CONTRACEPTION, COHABITATION, POLLS SAYS
ROME (CWNews.com) - A poll conducted in Italy for the 30th
anniversary of the landmark papal encyclical Humanae Vitae
showed on Thursday that many Italian Catholics flout Church
teaching on contraception, abortion, divorce, and
The poll by L'Espresso magazine said that 55.1 percent of
professed Catholics disagree with the ban on contraception,
while 31.4 percent adhere to the Church's teaching. About 68
percent said that people who divorce and remarry in civil
ceremonies should be admitted to communion, and 86 percent
said couples should be able to live together without
marrying. The strongest defense of Church teaching came
when respondents were asked about abortion: only 53 percent
said abortion should remain legal while 42 percent said the
1978 law allowing it should be repealed.
An opinion poll last week in the Catholic magazine Famiglia
Cristiana said 72 percent of Italian Catholics believed
homosexuals should be allowed to marry and receive the same
legal rights as heterosexual couples.
Heavens above, U.S poll reveals most Americans count on God's Mercy, but neglect His Justice
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.
MOST AMERICANS BELIEVE HEAVEN IN THEIR FUTURE
NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - A new poll released last week
found that most Americans believe they will go to heaven
after death and generally hold other traditional Christian
The Harris poll found that more than 75 percent of adults
expect to go to heaven, while just 2 percent think they
will be condemned to hell and only 4 percent expect to
spend time in purgatory. Of those who identified themselves
as Christians, 96 percent believe in the Resurrection and 91
percent in the Virgin Birth, while even 49 and 47 percent of
non-Christians believe in those doctrines.
But about 20 percent of Christians believe in
reincarnation, the same rate as the general population, and
37 percent of all Americans believe in astrology and 35
percent in ghosts. Of all Americans, 94 percent believe in
God, 90 percent in heaven, and 73 percent in the devil and
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.
VATICAN AGAIN PROTESTS MANIPULATION AT UN FORUM
LISBON (CWNews.com) -- For the second time, a representative of the
Holy See has issued a public protest against efforts to manipulate a
world youth conference, in this case lamenting the fact that the final
conference statement omits all mention of the role of fathers.
Msgr. Stanislaw Rylko, an official of the Pontifical Council for the
Laity who is representing the Vatican at the Lisbon conference, said
that "despite our best efforts" the conference had neglected to
recognize the importance of fathers as heads of families.
Earlier, the Vatican had joined with pro-life groups to complain that
officials of the United Nations were exerting pressure on delegates at
the Lisbon conference, looking for approval of statements endorsing
"reproductive freedom"-- a term generally used to indicate a legal
right to abortion. UN officials were also reportedly pushing for a
broader definition of "family," to include unmarried couples and
PROVERB OF THE DAY
"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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