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June 9, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 111
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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 June 9:
Death of Syrian-born Saint Ephrem, deacon and Doctor of the Church who fostered devotion and writings on the Immaculate Heart of Mary, specifically the Immaculate Conception which would not be proclaimed dogma for nearly fifteen centuries. He died as a hermit in a cave during the great famine of that time.
Death of Saint Columba, Irish monk and missionary to Scotland, who was also known as Colum or Colm. Though he did much to foster the faith, he clashed with many of the Irish saints of his time on the debate of the Celtic liturgy versus the Roman Liturgy. Over the years, after his death, the latter became the staple throughout the British Isles.
Otto of Brunswick was elected on this day to become Otto IV in succeeding Henry VI as king of Germany. Within six months he would be excommunicated by Pope Innocent III for invading Sicily. He would be forgiven in future years and Innocent would crown Otto the Holy Roman Emperor in 1209.
The Papal Legate Cardinal Carpini, returning from his mission work among the Mongols enters the city of Kiev, Russia, bringing the faith to the Ukraine.
Pope Greorgy XVI issues his second encyclical titled Cum primum to the bishops of Poland on civil obedience.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Vatican issues strongest denouncement yet on Iraq embargo, but it's in no way an endorsement of Saddam.
In an effort to bring peace to the mideast, Cardinal Roger Etchegarary, the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (not: peace and justice!) traveled to Bagdad, Iraq where he echoed the hopes of Pope John Paul II that the stiff embargo against Iraq be lifted. While chastising the U.S. and U.N. for their strict measures, he made a point to distance himself and the Holy See from the weapons build-up and the possible nuclear or chemical-warfare chess game Saddam Hussein is playing with U.N. inspectors. The trip, in conjunction with an international ecumenical conference, is part of the planning to lay the groundwork for the Holy Father's possible trip there in the Jubilee Year. For more, click on No to embargo
CARDINAL ETCHEGARAY, IN IRAQ, DENOUNCES EMBARGO
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- In a powerful public statement issued
from Baghdad, Cardinal Roger Etchegarary today called for an end to
the international embargo against Iraq, but also denounced the
country's arms build-up.
Cardinal Etchegaray, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice
and Peace, is on a tour of the Middle East, with stops planned in
Jordan and Israel as well. The appearance of such a prominent
Vatican official in Iraq-- timed to coincide with an international
ecumenical conference in Baghdad-- was a significant new sign of
Vatican interest in ending the embargo, which the Pope has
Cardinal Etchegaray made his condemnation of the embargo a key
point of his address to the international gathering, at which the
leaders of various Christian denominations will spell out their own
positions on the topic. Speaking on the role of the churches as
peacemakers, the cardinal said that Christianity offers "exceptional
realism" in her analysis of public events. But he added that the
Church is "divine as well as human," and cannot be aligned with any
After the symposium, Cardinal Etchegaray will visit the Ur, according
to tradition the birthplace of Abraham. That locale has been
indicated as the possible site of a papal trip to Iraq-- a project which
has been listed among the many goals the Pope would like to fulfill
during the Jubilee Year 2000.
Red China showing their true colors with another arrest of Catholic Bishop
Never trust the Red Chinese for they continue to ignore religious freedom and choose to persecute the underground Chinese Catholic Church which remains loyal to Rome, while the state-approved Patriotic Chinese Church does not recognize the Holy Father. China, presently courting Bill Clinton speaks lie after lie, promising one thing and doing another as evident from the fact-finding tour of three religious leaders a few months ago where they covered everything up. Now it is becoming all too evident they meant to deceive from the start. For more, click on Red China ruse.
CHINESE BISHOP ARRESTED
STAMFORD, Connecticut (CWNews.com) - A bishop in the
underground Catholic Church in Communist China was arrested
on May 31, the Cardinal Kung Foundation reported on Saturday.
Bishop Zhang Weizhu of Xianxian, near Beijing, was detained
while traveling to his village, the foundation said, adding
that no other details were available. Communist China
requires that all Catholics belong to the state-sanctioned
Patriotic Catholic Association, which eschews connections
to the pope and refutes certain Catholic doctrines. The
Vatican estimates that millions of Catholics belong to the
underground Church, led by loyal bishops in danger of
arrest for their activities.
The foundation also reported that the Chinese government
has again refused to renew the passport of Cardinal
Ignatius Kung Pin-mei, for whom the foundation is named.
The 96-year-old cardinal is the bishop of Shanghai, was
imprisoned for 32 years, and now lives in exile in the
United States. He recently submitted his passport to the
Chinese Consulate in New York for renewal, but the
consulate confiscated the document, said the cardinal's
nephew Joseph Kung.
Banned in Boston stands as Cardinal defrocks pedophile priest. It's about time!
For the first time ever in the Archdiocese of Boston, a priest has finally been defrocked for violating his vows and bringing shame and scandal on his Church. It's about time and hopefully Cardinal Bernard Law, head of the eastern seaboard see, has set a precedent that other bishops will follow in ridding the church of this cancerous disease of pedophilia. By the Church taking action it will hopefully stem the tide of lawsuits agaisnt the Church for past abuses where the suspect priests are jockeyed to another parish and the people and diocesan administration that inherits the problem are forced to face the consequences. For more, click on Banned in Boston
BOSTON CARDINAL DEFROCKS PRIEST IN SEX ABUSE SCANDAL
BOSTON (CWNews.com) - Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston on
Saturday officially defrocked a retired priest accused of
sexually molesting dozens of children over 20 years, just
days after media reports that the archdiocese settled
lawsuits with many of the accusers.
The cardinal's decision to defrock Father John Geoghan, 63,
is the first time such drastic action has been taken against
a priest of the archdiocese and was broadly welcomed by
those who were allegedly molested by the priest as well as
many Boston-area Catholics. Geoghan is accused of raping or
molesting more than 50 children over a period of three
decades at five parishes in the Boston area.
A Suffolk County grand jury is investigating the case which
became public in 1995 and could still hand down indictments.
The archdiocese reportedly paid at least $2.5 million to
settle the lawsuits stemming from the priest's abuse, and
further settlements could bring the total to $10 million.
Holy Father stresses nourishment of the lay ministry to U.S. bishops during ad limina visit
Reiterating his words from Pentecost weekend when 200,000 lay persons gathered for an international conference at the Vatican, Pope John Paul II reinforced the need to foster lay movements, especially in the United States as he spoke to bishops from the upper midwest during their ad limina visit. He strongly urged the bishops to follow the lay initiatives released by the Vatican last fall which, for the most part, have gone unnoticed. He emphasized the necessity of obedience and knowing the teachings of the Church so the flock will not be mislead. For more, click on emphasis on laity.
POPE TELLS US BISHOPS: ENCOURAGE LAY INITIATIVE
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Greeting a group of US bishops who had
traveled to Rome from their ad limina visit, Pope John Paul repeated
his insistence that the growth of lay movements constitutes an
"extraordinary and surprising new springtime of the Church."
The newly emerging groups manifest "the dynamism of the faith.
living hope, and charity" stimulated by the Holy Spirit among the
laity, the Holy Father said. His remarks came in a meeting with
bishops from Minnesota and the Dakotas, one week after a dramatic
meeting in Rome in which he had greeted thousands of members of
"The new evangelization which could make the 21st century a
springtime for the Church is the task of the entire people of God," the
Pope said; "but it will depends in a decisive way on the manner in
which the lay faithful are conscious of their baptismal vocation and
their responsibility to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to their
culture and their society."
The task of bishops, the Pope continued, is to teach, sanctify, and
govern in ways that will help the lay people to develop and exploit
their evangelical abilities.
Addressing himself to several questions which have provoked
problems for the Church in the United States, the Pope also called
upon the bishops to encourage faithful obedience to the Church
teaching on artificial contraception. The American people have
special "need to listen" to that teaching, he said, because of the "false
promises of the sexual revolution" which have produced so much
suffering in society. He also encouraged the bishops to follow the
recent Vatican directive on the proper limits of lay ministry,
especially in the celebration of the liturgy.
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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)
Today's Prayer is the continuing Novena to the Body and Blood of Christ leading up to next Sunday's 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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