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WEDNESDAY             June 24, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 122

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What the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass truly means

     In our second installment as part of our retro marathon week on the early chapters of our on-going megaseries on the Mass and Church History, we present the basics for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and its deep meaning as described by many experts and saints, entitled THE MEANING OF THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS. For the second installment, click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Installment Two

The Meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

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Good News and Bad News!!! - First the good news:


      WARSAW ( - Pope John Paul II is the greatest Pole in this century, according to Poles in a recent survey by the Warsaw political weekly Polityka.

      Former President Lech Walesa, the legendary leader of the Solidarity union, only made sixth place with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie-Sklodowska and writer Henryk Sienkiewicz ranking higher. Former Communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski placed in the ninth place, which is not surprising considering that more than 20 percent of Poles believe that compromises he made during his rule hastened the fall of Communism. More than 50 percent of the population said they were convinced that his decision to introduce martial law in 1981 prevented Soviet intervention.

      Poland credits Pope John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyla, for contributing to the dissolution of the Communist regime and in shaping the new Europe. Participants in the survey were asked to name the attribute of each person in the poll that describes them best. The Holy Father was described as pious and famous, Walesa as famous with a fairy-tale career, Jaruzelski as talented in achieving compromises with a sense of honor, Marie Curie was called knowledgeable, and Sienkiewicz as a talent that does not fade away after 100 years.

      Another survey by the weekly "Wprost" concentrated on the question of who contributed the most to the fall of Communism in Poland, placing Walesa first place and the Pope second.


      JAKARTA ( - Indonesia's foreign minister said on Tuesday that his country is ready to grant a special status to disputed East Timor, and Indonesian President B.J. Habibie will meet with Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili, East Timor to discuss the situation on Wednesday.

      "This meeting is in order that the president is proactive in communicating with prominent Indonesian figures, including from East Timor," said Secretary of State Akbar Tanjung told reporters on Tuesday. "Various things will be discussed, including the East Timor issue." Foreign Minister Ali Alatas, who will also attend the meeting, said he had met with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in New York last week to present the plan to the international community for its approval. "For this aim, Indonesia is also ready to discuss the substantial elements of the special status for East Timor with Portugal, under the framework of the tripartite dialogue under the mediation of the UN Secretary General," he said.

      Indonesia invaded mainly Catholic East Timor in 1975 and annexed the former Portugese colony the following year in a move not recognized by the United Nations. Bishop Belo was a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, along with self-exiled resistance leader Jose Ramos-Horta, for their efforts in seeking a peaceful settlement. The meeting with Habibie will occur one day before the president is due to give a major policy speech on human rights.

      Alatas said the Indonesian government believes that giving East Timor a special status is the real solution to the issue and could be accepted by all parties concerned. Many resistance leaders reject the special status proposal, instead demanding a referendum on independence.

...and now the bad news:


      WASHINGTON, DC ( - The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Alabama Gov. Fob James of a lower court ruling that strongly restricted the expression of religion in Alabama's DeKalb County schools.

      US District Judge Ira DeMent last year struck down an Alabama law that would have allowed "nonsectarian, non-proselytizing, student-initiated, voluntary prayers" at all school-related events. He said the law would be coercive and lead to "excessive entanglement" between religion and government. He said eliminating administration-approved or teacher-led prayers or devotionals does not limit individual exercise of personal religious beliefs.

      James appealed the judge's order to the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, but then asked the Supreme Court to bypass the appeals court and order DeMent to rescind his injunction. In the appeal, he attacked a series of court decision over the past four decades that have limited public expression of faith. "Freedom of religion is disappearing in America," he argued in the appeal. "Because of this court, a few people claiming freedom from religion can silence others in public places such as schools."

      Meanwhile there's shocking news out of New York that two Americans are engaged in a controversial campaign to export a controversial sterilization drug to women in developing countries in order to limit immigration to the United States, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.

      The newspaper said Stephen Mumford, 55, and Dr. Elton Kessel, 79, who are the only distributors of quinacrine pellets in the world, operate the non-profit Center for Research on Population and Security, manufacturing the drug in Switzerland and distributing it in 20 countries. Quinacrine irreversibly sterilizes women after it is inserted in the uterus and then scars the fallopian tubes. The process is painful, causing some women to faint, and may have dangerous side-effects.

      Quinacrine is banned in the US and even most population control groups, as well as the World Health Organization, oppose its use. Mumford told The Journal that his organization believes Quinacrine is a way to decrease world population and reduce the potential number of immigrants to the United States from developing nations. "This explosion in human numbers, which after 2050 will come entirely from immigrants and the offspring of immigrants, will dominate our lives. There will be chaos and anarchy," Mumford said. Many demographers dispute those numbers and most claims of a dangerous population explosion that could threaten the world's food supply.

      Mumford estimated that more than 100,000 women have been sterilized over the past decade. The report said the population control group is supported by anti-immigration organizations in the US.

      Meanwhile things are getting worse in London as well for the British House of Commons on Monday voted to lower the age of consent for homosexuality from 18 to 16, giving to intense lobbying by radical homosexual groups and rejecting a plea by religious leaders not to further erode declining moral values.

      The proposed law, which was supported by Prime Minister Tony Blair, passed the House of Commons by a vote of 333-129, but it must still be approved by the House of Lords where senior Anglican bishops who seated there may block it. Several opinion polls this week indicated a majority of Britons opposed the law. Blair said the law brings Britain into line with other European Union nations which also have the lowered age of consent.

      Archbishop George Carey of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, and Cardinal Basil Hume of Westminster, Catholic primate of England and Wales, were united in their opposition to the bill. "Pressures are at work to legitimize any and every lifestyle, irrespective of any difference in value quality between them," the country's Anglican bishops said in a statement before the vote. "These pressures should be resisted." They later said the vote violated the government's duty to offer "a vision of what is good."


      VATICAN ( -- Relations between the Holy See and the government of Israel have suffered a setback, according to the former apostolic nuncio to the Holy Land.

      Archbishop Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, who recently returned to Rome, said that the Israeli decision to build a new housing complex in Jerusalem, in an Arab neighborhood, is a "very grave" problem, which will cause further damage to the peace process.

      However, the veteran Vatican diplomat indicated that he has changed his mind on one question: After several years of stating his opposition to a papal trip to the Holy Land, on the grounds that political conditions there would make such a visit premature, Archbishop Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo now says that a visit by Pope John Paul might actually help to unblock the peace process.

      Finally, the former nuncio charged that Israel still does not allow free movement of pilgrims around Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. And he noted that a treaty ensuring the legal status of Church entities, signed last year, has still not been formally ratified.

      The archbishop, who was posted in Jerusalem for 8 years, was a key figure in the negotiations that produced the historic 1993 accord which led to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Holy See. He has recently taken up new responsibilities as apostolic nuncio to Italy.

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