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October 29, 1998
SECTION TWO vol 9, no. 212
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NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Holy Father calls for prayers for peace in troubled countries
To accommodate the massive numbers of faithful who want to be present for his Wednesday papal audiences, the Holy Father abandoned Paul VI Hall this week in favor of the expansive St. Peter's Square on a brisk Autumn afternoon to address the people on the Holy Spirit and to beseech them to join him in prayerful petition that peace will come to Romania through ecumenism in the bitter fight between Orthdox and Catholic, in Guinea-Bissau on the far-western coast of Africa, and in the Congo where in both African countries civil war has torn those lands and people asunder. He expressed concern for all the peoples in those respective territories and reiterated his desire to travel to Romania, but asked for prayers to resolve the present impasse that could jeopardize his trip. For more, click on Papal Audience.
POPE ASKS PRAYER FOR ROMANIA, CONGO, GUINEA-BISSAU
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- As he closed his weekly public audience
in St. Peter's Square today, Pope John Paul II asked the faithful to
join him in prayer for three particular intentions: for the cause of
ecumenism in Romania, for an end to the suffering of the people of
Guinea-Bissau, and for progress toward "honorable and peaceful
solutions" to the warfare in Congo.
The Pope's audience centered on the Holy Spirit, "who gives life" and
"victory over death." He said that the Holy Spirit, active in believers
throughout their lives, continues to work in them after death, "as he
conducts us on our final voyage to the Father."
But as he closed his catechetical talk, the Holy Father turned to the
three concerns for which he would ask special prayers. He told the
audience that a mixed commission of Church leaders from the
Romanian Orthodox and Romanian Catholic churches would begin
meeting today, and prayed that their discussions would bear fruit.
The key point of contention between the two religious bodies
involves the disposition of parish properties which were confiscated
from the Eastern-rite Catholic churches in Romania by the old
Communist government, and now remain in the hands of the
Orthodox Church. A mutually acceptable resolution of this question is
regarded as a precondition for a papal trip to Romania. The Pope has
made it clear that he would like to make such a trip-- which would
be his first visit to a predominantly Orthodox country.
Regarding Guinea-Bissau, the Pope spoke of the "immense
displacement of population" which has occurred during four months
of civil warfare. He observed that Catholic missionaries have been
caught up in the fighting, which has produced a flood of refugees.
In Congo, the Holy Father continued, another civil war has produced
"tragic and destructive effects" throughout the country. Noting also
that neighboring countries had become involved in the Congo
fighting, he urged the crowd in St. Peter's Square, "Let us together
raise a fervent supplication to the Queen of Peace," asking her help to
find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Church to examine self in respect to Inquisition with Symposium at the Vatican this weekend
There have been many horror stories about the Inquisition over the centuries, but the Church is set on getting the truth out and dispelling myths that the Inquisition was a torture chamber. Rather, as many theologians have attested to, the symposium will show that it was a safeguard against heresy and a measure to enhance the faith. Yet at the same time the Church is not afraid to examine her own conscience and admit mistakes that were made in the early years, all in preparation of cleansing Holy Mother Church before the new millennium as all Christendom looks forward to Jubilee 2000. For more, click on Inquisition of the Inquisition.
VATICAN SYMPOSIUM ON INQUISITION TO OPEN
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- A long-awaited international symposium
on the Inquisition will convene in Rome this weekend, with 30
scholars from different disciplines participating in the discussions.
This will be the second symposium of its kind organized by the
special Vatican committee charged with preparations for the Jubilee
Year 2000. Last year the Vatican hosted a conference on "the
Christian origins of anti-Judaism." These discussions are a response to
the challenge issued by Pope John Paul II, in Tertio Millennio
Adveniente, for an "examination of conscience" regarding the history
Father Georges Cottier, the theologian of the pontifical household, will
be among the first people to address the symposium. He told a
Vatican Radio interviewer that a primary purpose of the meeting will
be to establish a factual basis for the discussion, setting the
Inquisition in the proper historical context. The Inquisition, he
added, was a reaction to a real menace: the heresies which
threatened to destroy Christian unity. In that regard, he said, the
problem was not unlike the dangers posed by "dangerous ideas" in
today's world; he mentioned in particular the threat of anti-
However, Father Cottier continued, it is legitimate to raise the
question of whether force-- including torture and the death penalty-
- can be reconciled with the Gospel. Over time, Christians concluded
that they could not. But that understanding had not been developed
at the time of the Inquisition, he observed.
In the presence of the King of Kings, you better present yourself properly asserts Columbian priest
While some are criticizing the pastor of San Luis Beltran parish in Baranquilla, Columbia Father Glotario Emer for demanding that parishioners dress modestly or they will be refused the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, we say more power to him for more priests need to speak out. Maybe then the decorum and reverence will return to Holy Mass where Jesus is truly present, body and blood, soul and Divinity. Too many people forget that He is the King of Kings and just as we would dress for earthly royalty, how much more should we be properly dressed for Heavenly Royalty? For more, click on Dress Code Decorum .
COLOMBIAN PRIEST: INAPPROPRIATE CLOTHES? NO COMMUNION
BOGOTA (CWNews.com) - A priest in Colombia said on Tuesday
that parishioners who show up to Mass wearing skimpy or
inappropriate clothing will be refused Communion.
Father Glotario Emer, pastor of San Luis Beltran Church in
Baranquilla, said: "I'm not demanding that they dress in
luxury, just decently. He added that there were theological
reasons to demand certain minimum standards of dress. "A low
cut blouse is one thing. But if it's a cut where you can see
the breasts, and where the belly is shown, I think it's
inconsiderate for people to dress like that," he said.
He also cited instances of parishioners showing up to
Mass "in slippers, gym shorts, undershirts, and sometimes
almost in their pajamas." Father Emer said he understood
that the tropical heat drives people to seek relief, but
added that the faithful must observe a degree of solemnity
Bulletin: Christians accused of trying to restore the Blessed Trinity in America!
On the eve of the national elections and in the aftermath of the murder of a baby murderer in Buffalo, New York, pro-aborts are crying that Christian interests are trying to rewrite the Constitution regarding Church and state. The problem is they've got it wrong. The Christian Coalition and other Christian interests are merely trying to reinstate what our founding fathers intended and which, because of Godless legislation over the years, has been so watered down that deception and slander has taken over. They also attack pro-lifers for placing God first and working toward a "theocratic" society where God is first. As far as that goes, Christians everywhere admit it and plead guilty in striving to fulfill the Divine Will for a country dedicated to the Immaculate Conception - a country which has been anything but "immaculate" lately! For more, click on Accused and assured.
CHRISTIANS TARGETED BY PRO-ABORTION REPORT
NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - A pro-abortion activist group on
Tuesday released a new report that blames Christians for
trying to rewrite the US Constitution and limiting "women's
The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy pointed out the
12 pro-life lobbying groups have raised more than $40
million annually in recent years, giving them
"disproportionate clout in the public sphere." The center
also claimed that all of the groups have a hidden agenda.
"Every one (of these groups), when you really scratch the
surface ... they have an agenda that's Christian-based,
their goal is to change the constitution to become a
Christian constitution," said Janet Benshoof, the report's
The report singled out broadcaster Pat Robertson and his
Regent University, Christian Broadcasting Network, and
American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) as trying to
destroy the concept of the separation of church and state.
Benshoof called ACLJ "one of the biggest and best-funded
of the new crop of public interest law firms formed by the
Christian right, and arguably the most influential."
The center's report also highlighted the National Right to
Life Committee and a dozen other pro-life groups, citing
their connections to religious organizations and warning of
the attempt to creat a virtual theocracy in the US.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"The prating of some men is like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise is healing."
Proverbs 12: 18
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