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July 27, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 145
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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 July 27:
Death of Pope Saint Celestine I, 43rd successor of Peter who served for ten years, calling the Third Ecumenical Council which condemned the followers of Nestorius, the Patriarch of Constantinople. It was Celestine who sent Saint Patrick to Ireland.
Death of Saints Aurelius and Natalia.
Death of Saint Clement Slovenski from Okhrida, first Slav to become bishop. He founded a monastery and is considered one of the Seven Apostles of Bulgaria.
Death of Pope Nicholas II, 155th successor of Peter, is remembered for calling the a synod at Rome which forbade the investiture of bishops without papal authorization, a real sticking point with the feudal lords and emperors during that era, It was also Nicholas who decided that the election of the Pope should be reserved to Cardinal-bishops and Cardinal priests only.
The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II of the House of Hohenstaufen is condemned and deposed by the Council of Lyons during the reign of Pope Innocent IV.
Polish Astronomer Nicholas Copernicus is installed as a Canon of the Frauenberg Cathedral with the blessing of Pope Alexander VI.
Death of Blessed Mary Magdalen Martinengo, a former countess of Borco who gave up all to become a Poor Clare nun and devote her life to God as a chosen mystic who followed a life of vigorous penance.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
With scuttling of the Freedom from Religious Persecution Bill, it doesn't look good for pro-life hopes in the Senate
The news that the Senate scuttled the Freedom from Religious Persecution Bill does not bode well for those who were hoping the U.S. Senate would follow the House of Representative's majority vote in overriding the president's veto of the ban on Partial Birth Abortion. Once again party politics and the chess game of compromise bills played a big part in killing the freedom bill for this year, sounding what could be the death knell for pro-life hopes in the Senate as well. For more, click on U.S. Senate
US SENATE SHELVES RELIGIOUS-PERSECUTION BILL
WASHINGTON (CWNews.com) -- A new legislative measure designed
to combat religious persecution was shelved by a US Senate
committee yesterday, after Republican members found themselves
unable to agree on a compromise bill.
The Freedom from Religious Persecution Bill, which would curb US
subsidies to governments that engage in religious persecution, was
pulled off the agenda of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
when sponsors realized that they could not gain majority approval.
The bill is not likely to be considered again this year.
Although the bill had been passed by an overwhelming majority
(375-41) on the floor of the House of Representatives, opponents
argued that it might interfere with foreign commerce, and alienate
some of America's strategic allies. Those arguments were enough to
cause a split in the Republican ranks, eroding support for the bill.
ABC Television accused of Catholic Bashing...again!
From the Disney-owned network that gave us the modernist trash show "Nothing Sacred" now we have the Catholic Health Association forcing ABC to commit spin control in their PR department. This is the result of ABC News airing a segment on Catholic hospitals, accusing them of being more loyal to Rome and Christ in their morals and values than going along with the politically correct bandwagon. Hooray for them. But ABC's slander is par for the course the media have taken against the Church and it's time all Catholics exposed it for what it is. For more, click on Catholic hospitals.
CATHOLIC GROUP SCORES ABC PROGRAM ON HEALTH CARE
ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CWNews.com) -- The Catholic Health Association
of the United States has sharply criticized an American television
network for a program on Catholic hospitals.
An ABC News feature which aired on Tuesday, July 21, was "biased
and distorted" in its treatment of Catholic health-care providers,
charged Father Michael Place, the president of the Catholic Health
Association in a letter of protest to ABC. "It appears that there was a
predetermined story line predicated on the biased premise that
communities in this country are ill served because Catholic hospitals
remain faithful to the ethical and religious directives of the Catholic
The ABC program had emphasized that at a time when many
hospitals are merging in order to operate more efficiently, the
restrictions which Catholic institutions impose on abortion and
sterilization are having a wider effect on the American health-care
industry. Father Place said in taking this approach, and treating
religious institutions as a danger to the health-care industry, ABC
"totally ignored the fact that Catholic hospitals are considered valued
civic partners, employers, and providers of high-quality,
compassionate care in communities across this country."
Catholics and Muslims have one very important thing in common: Family
Realizing their common bond of protecting families, Catholic and Islamic groups met in Cairo, Egypt to hammer out an ecumenical agenda wherein both faiths can do more to protect the fiber of family life in a society that is denigrating the sacredness of marriage and rearing offspring. Despite differences in faith, this interfaith group set aside their differences and went right to the heart of all human rights issues.
For more, click on Catholic-Islamic agreement.
CATHOLICS, MUSLIMS AGREE TO DEFEND FAMILY
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- A working group of Catholic and Islamic
leaders, meeting in Cairo last week, concentrated their discussions on
the prospects for cooperation in defense of the family.
The interfaith group met to discuss human-rights issues, and in
particular those which affect family life. Msgr. Michael Fitzgerald, the
secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, told
Vatican Radio that there was a broad agreement on the need for new
initiatives to protect families. He added that Catholics and Muslims
share a common conception of marriage, rejecting new definitions of
the family which could include same-sex couples.
The working group also agreed that its efforts should be
concentrated on the mass media, Msgr. Fitzgerald reported. He said
the discussions ended with a common determination to work with
media and political leaders to strengthen the understanding of, and
concern for, family life.
Age-old war of words continues between Arab and Jew
While Catholics seem to be setting aside their differences with the Muslims, the Arab State of Palestine and Israel remain at odds, bitter enemies sharing a common border. The tensions intensified late last week when Palestinian authorities demanded the Israeli troops withdraw from the celebrated West Bank/ However Israeli officials reiterated that to do so would only make it easier for terrorism to spread. For more, click on Palestine-Israel.
PALESTINIANS INSIST ON ISRAELI PULLBACK
JERUSALEM (CWNews.com) -- The chief negotiator for the Palestinian
Authority announced on Friday that he was prepared to re-open
talks with Israeli leaders on minor issues involved in the peace
process. But he insisted that there could be no debate on the
Palestinian demand for Israeli military withdrawal from the West
Saeb Erekat insisted that the Israeli government had already made a
commitment to withdraw from 13 percent of the territory on the
West Bank, according to the terms of a proposal put forward by the
United States. He said that commitment had also been accepted by
American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
But Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated that the 13
percent pullback would only take place if the Palestinian Authority
agreed to crack down on terrorist operations on the West Bank.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"Senseless is the man who give his hand in pledge, who becomes surety for his neighbor."
Proverbs 17: 18
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