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FRI-SAT-SUN      October 30 - November 1, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 213

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     This weekend we celebrate the glorious Solemnity of All Saints on Sunday after observing the Thirtieth Friday and Saturday in Ordinary Time along with observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. Monday, of course, we commemorate All Souls Day. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the above feasts for this weekend, click on LITURGY

Friday, October 30, 1998

Saturday, October 31, 1998

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SUNDAY, November 1, 1998


Monday, November 2, 1998



     In honor of All Souls Day on Monday, we present special Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory. Click on PRAYERS FOR ALL SOULS

Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory


     There is also the special prayer that in honor of the poor souls in Purgatory. When one prays this prayer from the heart countless souls are released from Purgatory at God's will. It is an excellent way as members of the Church Militant to fulfill our role in the Communion of Saints:

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Inquisition on the Inquisition begins with Vatican Symposium


      VATICAN ( -- Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, the president of the committee preparing for the Jubilee Year 2000, today opened a symposium on the Inquisition by observing that the term itself-- the Inquisition-- refers to one ecclesial reality, although many different tribunals were involved, at different times and in different countries.

      Some historians speak of "Inquisitions" in the plural, Cardinal Etchegaray, in order to help categorize the different historical events. But he said that such a system of classification could be misleading, since the Church did not delegate power to different national governments; the Inquisition was a single entity, he said, with under ecclesial authority. Underlining the point, he refused to use "apologetic" argument that Spanish Inquisition, for example, was a creature of that country's government, under lay rather than ecclesial control.

      To be sure, the French-born prelate continued, the Inquisition took different forms and followed different practiced in the course of its long history, which stretched from the 13th to the 17th centuries. He argued that the phenomenon should be studied with all its variations, in different times and places. For his own purposes he saw two different periods: one covering the Middle Ages, and the other the modern era-- especially in Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Latin America.

      The cardinal's address was the first of a three-day conference in Rome, at which historians are discussing the history and organization of the Inquisition. The conference is a response to the challenge issued by Pope John Paul II for an "examination of conscience" by the Church in preparation for the coming millennium.

      The history of the Inquisition, Cardinal Etchegaray suggested, is replete with errors, inconsistencies, and offenses against charity. He welcomed the historians who will reflect on the history of the institution, saying that the Church asked nothing of them but to examine the Inquisition carefully, rigorously, and freely. "The Church does not fear passing under the judgment of historians," he said.

      Father Georges Cottier, OP, the theologian for the papal household, delivered the next major address at the conference. He explained the Pope's call for an "examination of conscience" as a matter of seeking "purification of memory."

      Recognizing that the Pope's call "surprised more than a few people," the theologian pointed out that Christians must keep in mind "the certainly of God's pardon." Requests for pardon are appropriate, he continued-- citing the Pope's words-- whenever the faithful of the Church acted in ways that are inconsistent with the Gospel, in effect giving scandal rather than evangelical witness.

      Specifically, in the case of the Inquisition, Father Cottier pointed to the "methods of intolerance and even of violence in the service of the truth" as offenses as Christian charity.

      In examining the past, Father Cottier added, the faithful should not fail to notice the implications for the future and for the present. In this examination of conscience, he said, Christians "must put ourselves humbly in the presence of the Lord to ask about our responsibilities, too, for the evils of our own time." He added: "The judgment of the past cannot be disassociated from the examination of conscience about the present."

Another new ambassador received by the Holy Father


      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II today greeted the new ambassador to the Vatican from Costa Rica, and praised that country for making the choice to forego military development in favor of economic welfare and interventions on behalf of peace in the Latin American region.

      The Pope noted that the Church in Costa Rica has undertaken a number of projects in social development: on behalf of orphans, homeless children, AIDS victims, and women dealing with problem pregnancies. Recognizing the government's efforts to spur economic growth, the Pontiff said that "a better economic situation will benefit the poorest people most of all." He lauded Costa Rica's history as a country committed to the cause of peace, and a refuge for those who have been oppressed in neighboring lands.

      The new ambassador, Javier Guerra Laspiur, has served at previous diplomatic postings in Madrid, London, Paris, and Tirane.

Vietnam in the spotlight over religious persecution


      HANOI ( - The UN special envoy for religious affairs complained on Wednesday that the Communist government of Vietnam is interfering with his visit to the country to examine the state of religious persecution.

      Adelfattah Amor said that the government has allowed him to meet with select leaders of state-run groups, but has kept him from seeing Catholic, Buddhist, and other leaders. "The special rapporteur regrets that he was not able to hold meetings with certain officials, with representatives of (some) religious communities -- Hoa Hao, Taoist, Confucionist, Hindu," Amor said in a statement released after he left Hanoi.

      While Vietnam's constitution guarantees freedom of religion, the government places severe restrictions on appointment of clergy, movement for religious purposes, and ties to foreign bodies including the Vatican. Amor said officials refused to allow him to talk privately with some people and directly prevented him from meeting others during the 10-day trip, which took three years to arrange. He is due to present a full report at the next session of the UN Human Rights Commission next year.

Signs scarier than Halloween as those opposing God's laws raise their ugly heads!


      WASHINGTON, DC ( - US Attorney General Janet Reno met with abortion supporters on Wednesday, and reassured them the Justice Department would step up its activities ensuring access to abortion.

      The meeting between Reno and about 20 representatives of abortionists and abortion lobbying groups took place five days after a gunmen shot and killed Buffalo, New York, abortionist Barnett Slepian.

      "It was an extremely productive meeting. We came away from it very optimistic that the attorney general, who has always been very responsive, is going to be even more so and is prepared to take on some vigorous and coordinated work," said Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood, which lobbies for abortion rights. "She understands the urgency and the fact that although we have freedom of access and that the Justice Department has certainly stepped up its activities, she clearly understands how dire the situation is right now."

      Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. a teen pro-life group criticized the MTV cable music network on Wednesday for a new "safe sex" program that it says actually encourages teens to engage in sexual activity.

      MTV, in association with Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, has launched a multi-million dollar ad campaign and toll-free phone number to promote their new teen sex guide, "It's Your (Sex) Life." The program promises to mail teens information on abortion, abortifacients, and contraception in a plain white envelope, "in an effort to undermine concerned parents," said the Rock for Life group.

      "Our nation's youth are being told that it is okay to carry on sexual relationships as long as they use a condom," the group said in a statement. It also claimed MTV is taking over parents' role in forming the moral values of their children. "It is outrageous for MTV to think that they can take over the role of parents and to push the 'sex without consequences' mentality onto young people. When this 'safe sex' lie fails, they simply direct their victims to Planned Parenthood to erase their so-called 'mistake' with an abortion," said Bryan Kemper, founder of Rock For Life.

      At the same time in Dallas, the Cathedral of Hope church, which caters mainly to homosexuals, filed a lawsuit against a nationally-syndicated Chicago television station this week, saying the station broke a contract to show a half-hour infomercial on the church.

      The lawsuit said WGN accepted a $12,000 check from the church for the first broadcast of the show which portrays the worship life at the largest homosexual-specific church in the country. But, the lawsuit says, the station returned the money, claiming the infomercial was "not appropriate content for this station." Christopher Wolf, a lawyer for the church, said: "I think those are code words for homophobia and for anti-gay discrimination." Lawyers for the station had no comment on the lawsuit.

      The church said in a statement that the infomercial was intended to counter recent newspaper ads by Christian groups that encouraged homosexuals that they can be freed from their lifestyle.

      Also in the Metroplex area, an Arlington, Texas, police officer gained nationwide support this week in his effort to be allowed to wear a small cross on his uniform.

      Sgt. George Daniels, a 13-year veteran, has appealed his dismissal by Chief David Kunkle for violating the department's uniform policy and for insubordination. An appeal hearing is scheduled for November 9. Daniels asked for permission to wear the small gold pin in July and Kunkle rejected the request. Daniels continued to wear the cross and an investigation by the department found he had violated the uniform policy and was insubordinate for failing to comply with Kunkle's order.

      The Rutherford Institute, a group that supports legal fights over religious rights, has said it will back Daniels if he is not reinstated after the hearing, saying Daniels has a constitutional right to wear the cross on his uniform. Robert Boston, a spokesman for the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said a police officer must remain neutral in the enforcement of the law and the cross might raise questions.

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"The stronghold of evil men will be demolished, but the root of the just is enduring. "

Proverbs 12: 12

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