Monday thru Friday on the

See why so many consider the
Daily CATHOLIC as the
"USA Today for CATHOLICS!"

TUESDAY             September 1, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 171

To print out entire text of Today's issue, print this section as well as SECTION ONE

Events Today in Church History

     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES: TIME CAPSULES


Historical Events in Church Annals for September 1:


     Today is the Twenty-Second Tuesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow we stay in the same cycle with the Twenty-Second Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgy and meditations for both days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, September 1, 1998

Wednesday, September 2, 1998


     While his feast is superceded by Ordinary Time, today is the feast of Saint Giles, Abbot and Hermit who is the patron saint of the crippled and handicapped. Below a prayer in his honor: :

     We beseech Thee, O Lord, that the intercession of the Blessed Abbot Giles may commend us unto Thee, that we may obtain through his advocacy those things which we cannot of ourselves deserve. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service



      CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy ( - Pope John Paul II offered advice on Sunday for workers or students who may be feeling down at the end of their summer vacations.

      The Holy Father, looking relaxed and jovial in the midst of his own month-long vacation, addressed pilgrims at his summer residence outside Rome. "I try to imagine what passes through the spirit of one who comes back after a period of relaxation, perhaps long desired and now already over," he said, adding that some people often dread "daily reality, with its concreteness, its problems, its heaviness."

      But he also offered a cure. "All this can also be depressing. But there's an antidote against depression," the Holy Father said. "Keep in your heart a great ideal, of authentic values which give sense to your own life." The Pope's own vacation ends in mid-September.


      LONDON ( - An Anglican priest, upset over his denomination's ordaining of his wife -- and women in general -- as a priest, has announced he will become to Catholic, The Times of London newspaper reported on Friday.

      The Rev. Fred Bonham, 61, said his relationship with his wife, Valerie, 51, is in jeopardy or in question, but he said he could no longer accept the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Church of England. Valerie is presently an ordained deacon working in her husband's parish as a curate, but is scheduled to be ordained as priest in December.

      Bonham said he had no problems with having his wife work as an ordained deacon, but he could not accept the ministry of women as priests. Of his wife's desire to become a priest, he said: "You must be tolerant of the other person's convictions. She is doing what she wants to do and I must allow her that freedom."


      BOGOTA ( - Catholic priests of the Colombian town of Belen de Umbria said this week that at least six youths identified as members of a satanic cult have committed suicide since early this year.

      The priests signed a collective letter asking authorities to investigate the deaths as well as the reason why 31 more teenagers -- friends of the six who died -- also attempted suicide but failed. None of the youths have come forward to explain the reasons for their attempts.

      Both the priests and local parents have related the deaths to the "strange Satanic cults" that the group began to celebrate at night at the local cemetery. "It all started as a dumb fashion, wearing black leather clothes and listening to heavy metal music," one of the parents said. In their letter, the priests insisted: "These suicides have been investigated independently, without looking for the connections that relate one to another. An investigation as one single, collective phenomenon has to be made."

      "These kind of situations do not appear spontaneously," the letter said. "So someone has to be held responsible for inducing our kids."


      SANTIAGO ( - Chilean Cardinal Raul Silva Enriquez, Archbishop of Santiago de Chile during the 1970s, tried to avoid the military coup of September 11, 1973 that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power, a new book by a former Socialist leader said.

      The book, "September 11: Testimonies, Remembrances and a Reflection" was written by Jose Antonio Viera Gallo, a former president of the Socialist Party who escaped political persecution and a possible murder by requesting asylum at the Apostolic Nunciature after Pinochet's coup. Viera Gallo -- now a Senator -- said in his book that Cardinal Silva Enriquez saw the decomposition of Chilean society moving so fast under the Socialist regime of President Salvador Allende, that he believed that a military coup was impossible to avoid.

      "Cardinal Silva talked to me several times and urged me to tell the president (Allende) to call the military leaders and negotiate a peaceful change with them," Viera Gallo said. The book also revealed that Cardinal Silva talked to almost all key political leaders and found that "all of them, including former president Eduardo Frei (the father of the current president of Chile), were convinced that there was no choice but a military coup, since we were facing either a military or a Communist dictatorship."

      The book added that Cardinal Silva, who during the military rule became a harsh critic of Pinochet's violation of human rights, insisted that Allende should negotiate with the military for the end of his own regime. "Do not risk the whole country in just one bet," the cardinal reportedly said. Viera Gallo said that he conveyed the message to Allende, "but he was confident that a large part of the military was loyal to him and that with them and grassroots organizations, the sedition would be defeated."

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site. CWN is not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.


"The just man escapes trouble, and the wicked man falls into it in his stead."

Proverbs 11: 8

Click here to return to SECTION ONE or click here to return to the graphics front page of this issue.

September 1, 1998 volume 9, no. 171   DAILY CATHOLIC