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June 8, 1998
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Fall predicted release date for Faith and Reason Encyclical
The Vatican has let it be known through an Italian press agency that the Holy Father will release his 13th encyclical sometime this Fall and it will be on "Faith and Reason," entitled Fides et Ratio and is expected to deal with debunking new age thoughts and scientific theories that deny God's part. No exact date has been set, but speculation centers around the fact it will be released in conjunction his declaring the Jewish philosopher Edith Stein a saint. Her work, which he greatly respects, centered on the coorelation of faith and reason, giving rise to the idea that the Pope would tie-in the two. For more, click on encyclical
NEW ENCYCLICAL ON FAITH AND REASON REPORTED
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- According to the Italian news
agency ANSA, the new papal encyclical to be released this autumn will be entitled Fides
et Ratio-- Faith and Reason.
This would be the 13th encyclical by Pope John Paul II. If
it is indeed
published in the autumn months, that publication come alongside the expected canonization
of Edith Stein, the Jewish philosopher who became a Carmelite nun, whose work on the
relationship between faith and reason has earned the Pope's explicit praise.
According to the ANSA report, the encyclical discusses two
key problems in contemporary thought: the technique of "methodological doubt"
and the "neo-Gnostic" tendencies sometimes associated with New Age ideology.
Through the use of methodological doubt, the Pope argues (according to ANSA), philosophers
seek to put man in the center of the cosmos, as the arbiter of all truth, and with the
capacity for total domination of his world. On the other hand the neo-Gnostic impulse--
often mixing elements of music and Asian religions-- suggests some "universal
energy" rather than a Creator God.
Each of these approaches contradicts the essence of
Christian philosophy, the Pope argues. The ANSA report notes that Pope John Paul himself
is trained as an academic philosopher, and has always paid careful attention to the latest
developments in the field.
Web intrigue arises as Vatican expands behind Great Wall and Red China feeling intimidated
The new Chinese language news service from Fides, the news service for the Vatican Congregation for Evangelization, that began late last week and can penetrate into China has Red Chinese authorities upset. They have complained loudly that the Vatican stay out of Chinese affairs and that the underground Church in China, loyal to the Holy See, is illegal in that country. The communists promote the Patriotic Catholic Church which does not recognize the Pope nor all the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church. For more, click on China syndrome.
CHINA WARNS VATICAN OVER NEW CHINESE-LANGUAGE NEWS SERVICE
BEIJING (CWNews.com) - Communist China on Friday warned
the Vatican not to interfere in its internal affairs after the Fides news agency announced
on Thursday that it is launching a Chinese-language service aimed at Internet-savvy
"China hopes the Vatican will not use media and the
Internet to interfere in China's internal affairs, including China's religious
affairs," a foreign ministry spokesman said by telephone. Fides, the news agency of
the Vatican Congregation for Evangelization, said the service is intended to spread news
about the underground Catholic Church in China. Catholic Chinese are required by law to
belong to state-sanctioned Patriotic Catholic Association which rejects certain Catholic
doctrines, including the authority of the pope.
The first official edition of the Chinese service,
online at (http://www.fides.org), included news about the political crisis in Indonesia
and the nuclear tests in India, Fides said.
Leave it to the Clinton Administration to continue promoting the culture of death
Should anyone be surprised by the announcement by Attorney General Janet Reno late last week that the U.S. Government and their enforcement agencies will not stand in the way of doctors who prescribe suicide medication in states that allow suicide assistance such as Oregon. Though the DEA disagrees with Reno's decision, they are powerless to do anything about it as are the rest of America's citizens. Pro-life groups are livid with Reno's irresponsible decision that basically makes her responsible before God for the lives and souls of those who may take their own lives. For more, click on Suicide decision.
CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WON'T PURSUE
OREGON ASSISTED SUICIDE DOCTORS
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - Attorney General Janet Reno will
tell federal drug enforcement agents not to
investigate any doctors who prescribe medication in
connection with Oregon's doctor-assisted suicide law,
Justice Department officials said on Friday.
The sources said Reno and President Clinton still
assisted suicide, but Reno decided that the Drug
Enforcement Agency does not have authority under the
federal Controlled Substances Act to take action against
Oregon doctors who provide lethal doses of medicine for
terminally ill patients in ways that conform to the Oregon
state law. The officials said the DEA disagreed with that
Lori Houghens of the National Right To Life Committee
Washington, called Reno's decision tragic and horrible. "We
think for this government, for this Justice Department to
pull the safety net out from under the most vulnerable
people in our society, people who are terminally ill,
people with severe disabilities, we think it's
unconscionable, and right now we call on Congress to act
promptly to prevent any more tragic deaths in Oregon," she
After the Oregon law was passed by voters the Justice
Department began reviewing its jurisdiction over assisted
suicide. Dozens of members of Congress called on Reno to
accept an interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act
that would disqualify assisted suicide as a "legitimate
medical purpose" of drugs.
Pro-life advocates optimistic in spite of failed Religious Freedom Amendment
Even though the Religious Freedom Amendment, which would have opened the door for returning prayer to the classroom, failed because it did not garner the necessary two-thirds vote in the House last Thursday, the fact the amendment passed 224-203 has buoyed the spirits of many. The vote has given pro-lifers in Congress to push even harder for it the next time is is introduced on the floor and it will be. The sponsor of the amendment pointed to the fact that most amendments fail the first three to five times before finally passing. For more, click on Renewed hope in the amendment .
RELIGION AMENDMENT SUPPORTERS UPBEAT DESPITE DEFEAT
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The proposed Religious
Freedom Amendment was defeated in the US House on Thursday
by 61 votes, but supporters were upbeat despite the loss
saying that just getting a vote was a kind of victory.
"We consider it a victory to have had this vote, the first
of its kind in the House in 27 years," said Randy Tate,
executive director of the Christian Coalition. Rep. Ernest
Istook, R-Oklahoma, sponsored the amendment which
specifically states that governments cannot endorse or
establish any religion, "but the people's right to pray and
to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, or
traditions on public property, including schools, shall not
be infringed." The House voted 224-203 in favor of the
amendment, but short of the two-thirds majority necessary.
The Clinton administration opposed the amendment, saying it
was unnecessary since religious freedom, especially in
public schools, was already protected under federal
guidelines. But Istook said three decades of judicial
decisions and bureaucratic mandates have weakened the
ability to be publicly religious, and cited instances where
schools have forbade children from praying before meals or
carrying a Bible.
Istook said the amendment fell short because it usually
takes four or five attempts to win approval of a
constitutional amendment, and "the political correctness
movement has acquired a stranglehold on many members of
Congress." Rep. Merrill Cook, R-Utah, lamented: "We now
live in a world where birth control devices can be
dispensed at public schools but a voluntary moment of
silent worship is often forbidden."
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