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MONDAY      September 14, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 179

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      Today we celebrate the glorious feast of THE HOLY CROSS while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. For the readings, liturgy, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Monday, September 14, 1998


Tuesday, September 15, 1998


Events Today in Church History

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Feast of The Holy Cross

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      WASHINGTON, DC ( - On the same day as the US House releases the Independent Counsel's report on possible impeachable offenses by President Bill Clinton, the president apologized to religious leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast, and for the first time apologized to Monica Lewinsky.

      Clinton told the assembled priests, ministers, rabbis, and imams that he acknowledges his sin and has asked for forgiveness. "I don't think there is a fancy way to say that I have sinned," he said. "It is important to me that everybody who has been hurt know that the sorrow that I feel is genuine first and most important my family, also my friends, my staff, my cabinet, Monica Lewinsky and her family and the American people."

      He added that to be forgiven, he needs to do more than express sorrow. "If my repentance is genuine and sustained, and if I can maintain both a broken spirit and a strong heart, then good can come of this for our country as well as for me and my family," he added.

      The gathered religious leaders were split in their reaction to the president's troubles. "It's time for compassion. Regardless of what he's done, he's still a child of God," said the Rev. Barbara King, founder-minister of the nondenominational Hillside International Truth Center Inc. in Atlanta. But Southern Baptist leaders have said they will call for disciplinary action by the president's Southern Baptist church in Arkansas against him. "I would just say the church cannot be silent. That would be cowardice," R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said during a news conference Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky.


      VATICAN ( -- Cardinal Michele Giordano of Naples, the man at the center of a church-state controversy in Italy, broke a week-long silence today with a press conference at which he discussed the search of his office by local police, the investigation into Mafia activities which prompted that search, and his own future as archbishop.

      Cardinal Giordano-- whose financial records were confiscated by local investigators shortly after his brother was arrested on loan-sharking charges-- once again denied any wrongdoing. He insisted that he had loaned his own personal funds to his brother, to help him through a financial crisis. No archdiocesan funds had been involved, he said.

      The cardinal reported that during a private visit with Pope John Paul last week, he had received assurances of papal support. He also responded directly to the suggestion of one writer, Indro Montanelli, that he should resign. "I respect Montanelli as a journalist," he said, "But on this question I only have to answer to my conscience, to my people--who I love and admire--and to the Holy Father."


      WASHINGTON, DC ( - The US House Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a $16.2 billion foreign aid bill without including funding for groups that promote or provide abortions.

      The Clinton administration and House Democrats said they will seek changes to the bill when it reaches the floor of the House for debate. Among the controversial provisions in the bill is a ban on US funding for international population control organizations that lobby foreign governments to legalize abortion. The measure also bans funding for groups that use money from other sources to provide abortions, although it allows the president to waive the restrictions in some cases.

      Even if passed by the House in its current form, the bill must be reconciled in conference committees with a Senate funding bill.


      SAN JOSE, Costa Rica ( - Archbishop Roman Arrieta Villalobos of San Jose on Wednesday strongly criticized the new baby sex-selection method developed by American scientists, explaining that "it is not morally acceptable and breaks the intimate union between marital love and procreation."

      Reports about the new method to select the sex of a child developed by geneticists in Fairfax, Virginia, have sparked controversy in the region. Archbishop Arrieta said the Catholic Church finds the new method "unacceptable," because "from the very beginning, it isolates the process of human conception both from the natural course of procreation and love."

      "Because of our respect for life and for the human person, Catholics cannot agree to a capricious will to choose the sex of their child -- by violating both natural and supernatural laws," the archbishop said. Archbishop Arrieta also said that the laws of Central American countries forbids genetic manipulation, "because most of the experts in the field are aware that such action has ethical and moral implications."

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     The Nine Day Novena for Life sponsored by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops continues with Day Three. The Novena stretches from the Vigil of the feast of the Birth of Mary to September 15 - the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is appropriate that these liturgical feasts fall during the same time Congress will once again consider the important legislation impacting the lives of unborn children in trying to rescind Clinton's veto of the ban on partial-birth abortion. Below is the daily prayer for the Novena for Life and click on NOVENA FOR LIFE:


Day Eight

A nine day Novena from the Vigil of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and endorsed by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Compiled by Father James Moroney Executive Director, NCCB Secretariat for the Liturgy

Tomorrow: Day 9 of the Novena for Life


"Everyday is miserable for the depressed, but a lighthearted man has a continual feast."

Proverbs 15: 15

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