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CORPUS CHRISTI WEEKEND
June 12-14, 1998
SECTION THREE   vol 9, no. 114
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Wisconsin Supreme Court swings the door wide open for parents to receive school vouchers
While Washington politicos and courts plod along, the Wisconsin Supreme Court put the school voucher issue on the fast track by voting 4-2 that school vouchers are constitutional, making it a landmark case that could have a postive domino effect on the rest of the states and ultimately the nation. Wisconsin parents will now have a choice where to send their children which should enhance their opportunity to attend a Catholic school if they are Catholic and not be taxed as badly by the financial burden. For more, click on School Vouchers
WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS SCHOOL CHOICE LAW
MADISON, Wisconsin (CWNews.com) - The Wisconsin Supreme
Court decided in a landmark ruling on Wednesday that a
state law letting parents use school vouchers to send their
children to religious schools is constitutional.
The court ruled 4-2 that the program does not violate the
separate the judicially-imposed separation of church and
state, because "it will not have the primary effect of
advancing religion ..." Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson
praised the decision as an historic one that "give parents
the power to choose the best school for their children.
It's a landmark victory for thousands of poor children ...
giving them the freedom to pursue the strongest education
Proponents of school choice predicted that decision would
have effects on programs around the country. The Herndon,
Virginia-based Landmark Legal Foundation said: "The court
has recognized two fundamental truths. First, that
everyone, regardless of economic status, should have access
to a quality education, and second, that traditional public
schools, with their self-interested administrators and
all-powerful teachers' unions, are not the only places
where children can receive a first-rate education."
The current program in effect in Milwaukee is being
expanded to allow 15,000 poor children in the city to
attend the private school of their choice, religious or
secular, using education tax dollars.
Call to end enforced embargos comes from all fronts
From the Vatican to Bagdad to Tunis the call came to end the enforced embargos imposed by U.N. sanctions and backed by the United States. In a plea to Western Christian leaders, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz at the close of the Baghdad conference for religious leaders, implored them to see the great harm that has been done by the embargo and petition the U.N. and U.S. to lift this restrictive embargo. The Holy Father as well as Cardinal Roger Etchevary have also called for lifting of the restrictions, and in Tunis the northern Africa Bishops Conference called for an end to the embargo on Libya. Lost among the pleas was any definitive statements from the two main reasons for the embargos: Saddam Hussein and Colonel Mohammar Ghadaffi. For more, click on Embargos
IRAQ CALLS ON WESTERN CHURCHES TO PRESS FOR END TO SANCTIONS
WHILE NORTH AFRICAN BISHOPS LAMENT EMBARGO ON LIBYA
BAGHDAD (CWNews.com) - Iraq's deputy prime minister on
Wednesday called on Western religious leaders to pressure
their governments to lift the eight-year-old sanctions
against the country, imposed by the UN after Iraq invaded
its neighbor Kuwait.
Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz addressed the closing
session of a conference in Baghdad of Christian leaders
from 30 countries, included Cardinal Roger Etchegaray. "It
is time the church played a more active role, particularly
in the West," said Aziz, himself a Christian. He claimed
that 1.5 million people had died as a result of the embargo
which prevents Iraq from freely selling its oil worldwide or
importing many items. "It is very important for the church
to know the facts. There is a big responsibility on it for
the people suffering injustice and violence," he said.
Aziz, who earlier this year traveled to meet Pope John Paul
II, said he told the Holy Father that "those carrying out
the injustices against Iraq are Christian countries, or
countries pretending to be Christian." He said Christians
in these "aggressive countries" have a duty to demand that
their leaders adhere to Christian principles.
At the same time, the bishops' conferences of northern
Africa, at a regional assembly in Tunis, have called for "a just
solution to the problems caused" by the international blockades,
especially on Libya.
In the final communiqué of their meeting, the bishops said that
recent international embargos have caused severe suffering; they
specifically mentioned the plight of the poor in Libya.
The bishops also hailed the recent decline in episodes of violence in
Algeria, and voiced their hope for a "gradual return to a less
worrisome security situation."
Pro-aborts and the courts are consumed with promoting the culture of death
The abortion doctor, commonly known in Wichita as Tiller the Killer, is challenging a Kansas law just passed and signed by pro-life Governor Bill Graves that prohibits late term abortions and requires much stricter reporting of abortions performed, making it more difficult for the slaughter of innocents Tiller is notorious for over the years. Meanwhile, in the nation's capital a pro-abortionist Justice department is trying to silence Operation Rescue head Flip Benham and his followers, stemming from a protest when protesters blocked entrances to abortuaries on the commiseration of the 25th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that has plunged America into the abyss. For more, click on Abortion aberrations.
KANSAS PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION BAN CHALLENGED IN COURT
WHILE IN D.C. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES PRO-LIFE PROTESTERS
TOPEKA, Kansas (CWNews.com) - A Wichita abortionist filed a
legal challenge in the Kansas state Supreme Court on
Wednesday against a new law banning partial-birth
abortions, just days after it was signed by Gov. Bill
Graves and before it goes into effect on July 1.
George Tiller of the Women's Health Care Services asked for
an injunction against the new law until the justices have
determined its constitutionality. The lawsuit contends that
the new law is vague, has unconstitutional reporting
requirements, "and places unconstitutional limits on a
woman's right to an abortion." The law prohibits abortions
of viable unborn children after 22 weeks' of pregnancy and
requires detailed reporting of abortions to the Kansas
Department of Health and Environment.
Dave Gittrich, a spokesman for Kansans for Life, said the
organization would file briefs in support of the law. "This
bill hurts his business, and now he's challenging it,"
Gittrich said of Tiller. "It goes to show that he has been
aborting babies that can live outside the womb, and that
comprises a considerable amount of his business."
Tiller, in urging the court to hear the case, said it
should take the action now because if the case is filed in
a lower court, appeals eventually will bring it before the
justices anyway. The court is expected to decide before the
end of the month whether to hear the case, dismiss it, or
send it to a district court.
While challenges were being made in the midwest, in the east the
US Justice Department on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against 17 pro-life protesters
who demonstrated in front of a Washington abortion clinic
The Rev. Flip Benham, director of Operation Rescue, and the
other defendants blocked the entrance to an abortion clinic
on January 24, the anniversary of the landmark 1973 Roe v.
Wade decision legalizing abortion. The government is asking
for an injunction against the pro-life advocates, preventing
them from further picketing, under the 1994 Freedom of
Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
The suit says Benham and two others led a group of
protesters to the clinic and told the group to block the
building's three doors. "By sitting and standing in front
of the entrances, the defendants effectively rendered them,
impassable," Justice Department lawyers said.
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. For the Consecration to the Two Hearts click on Consecration
CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Jesus, we know that You are merciful and that You have offered Your Heart
for us. It is crowned with thorns and with our sins. We know that You
implore us constantly so that we do not go astray. Jesus, remember us when
we are in sin. By means of your Heart make all men love one another. Make
hate disappear from amongst men. Show us Your love. We all love You and
want You to protect us with Your Shepherd's Heart and free us from every
sin. Jesus, enter into every heart! Be patient and never desist. We are
still closed because we have not understood Your Love. Knock continuously,
O Good Jesus, make us open our hearts to You at least in the moment we
remember Your Passion suffered for us. Amen.
(Dictated by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilij on November 18, 1983)
CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULTE HEART OF MARY
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, ardent with goodness, show Your Love towards
us. May the flame of Your Heart, O Mary, descend on all mankind. We love
You so. Impress true love in our hearts so that we have a continuous
desire for You. O Mary, humble and meek of heart, remember us when we are
in sin. You know that all men sin. Give us, by means of Your Immaculate
Heart, spiritual health. Let us always see the goodness of Your maternal
Heart and may we all be converted by means of the flame of Your Heart Amen.
(Dictated by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilij on November 28, 1983)
We conclude the Novena to the Body and Blood of Christ for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Click on PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Novena honoring the Body and Blood of Christ
(In preparation for the Feast of Corpus Christi]
I thank You, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, for coming upon the earth for our sake, and for instituting the adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world. I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your Mercy.
I thank You, most loving Jesus, for having made Your- self my food, and for uniting me to Yourself with so much love in this wonderful Sacrament that I may live in You.
I thank You, my Jesus, for giving Yourself to me in this Blessed Sacrament, and so enriching it with the treasures of Your love that You have no greater gift to give me. I thank You not only for becoming my food but also for offering Yourself as a continual sacrifice to Your Eternal Father for my salvation.
I thank You, Divine Priest, for offering Yourself as a Sacrifice daily upon our altars in adoration and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, and for making amends for our poor and miserable adorations.
I thank You for renewing in this daily Sacrifice the actual Sacrifice of the Cross offered on Calvary, in which You satisfy Divine justice for us poor sinners.
I thank You, dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul.
I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal, which He has bestowed upon me.
In union with Your offering of Yourself to Your Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I ask for this special favor: (Mention your request).
If it be Your holy Will, grant my request. Through You I also hope to receive the grace of perseverance in Your love and faithful service, a holy death, and a happy eternity with You in Heaven. AMEN.
O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
You have given them bread from Heaven.
Having all sweetness within.
Let us pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.
O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.
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