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September 21, 1998
SECTION TWO vol 9, no. 184
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Events Today in Church History
Historical Events in Church Annals for September 21:
Feast of the Apostle and Evangelist Saint Matthew
Death of Pope Conon, the Thrace-born pontiff who was the 83rd successor of Peter. He served just under a year and his pontificate was deeply disturbed by the anarchy which prevailed in the Church.
Richard I the Lion Hearted is captured by Saracens thus basically ending the Third Crusade.
Death of the celebrated Pontifical Librarian Bartholomeus Platinum.
Pope Clement XIV issues his first encyclical Decet quam maxime on abuses in taxes and benefices.
Pope Benedict XV donates one million lira to feed the Russians.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
So close and yet so far as Senate lets God down once again by failing to muster enough votes to overturn veto on partial birth abortion ban.
Three measley votes! That's how close it came in the United States Senate to overturn the President's veto of the partial birth abortion ban. If anything the blame can be placed on the Republicans for it was four GOP senators who voted against overturning the ban despite the pleas of Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum to "let the babies live." Many think, with the Clinton fallout that when it is voted upon the next time after elections there will be enough Republicans to garner the necessary two-thirds majority. For more, click on abortion
ABORTION VETO OVERRIDE FALLS SHORT
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The US Senate on Friday
failed to muster enough votes to override President Bill
Clinton's veto of a ban on partial-birth abortions.
The Senate voted 64-36 in favor of the override, but needed
three more to reach the required two-thirds majority. Four
Republicans voted with 32 Democrats to sustain the veto,
while 13 Democrats and 51 Republicans voted for the
override. The House had previously approved the veto
The sponsor of the override in the Senate, Sen. Rick
Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, pleaded with his colleagues, "Let
the baby live." Santorum rebuffed pro-abortion arguments for the
procedure which takes the lives of babies near full term,
asking "Why is it healthier for the mother to insert a
pair of scissors into the baby's skull, fracturing and
shattering that skull inside the mother, causing potential
harm to that mother by doing so?" he asked. "There can
be no rationale for destroying this little baby by executing
this little baby at that point in time when it is almost
born," Santorum said.
A gift of love for the homeless from one of Brazil's Archdioceses
How many times have we heard people say of those who have: "Why not give it to the homeless?" For once someone has: the Archdiocese of Uberaba has donated land and, in concert with the city government in southern Brazil who will make low interest loans, the Church is giving people a chance in the spirit of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. For more, click on Helping the homeless.
BRAZILIAN ARCHDIOCESE DONATES LAND TO HOMELESS FAMILIES
UBERABA, Brazil (CWNews.com) - The Archdiocese of Uberaba
in southern Brazil decided this week to donate a large
urban property to help sixty homeless families.
Archbishop Aloisio Roque Oppermann signed an agreement with
a Brazilian construction company, the homeless families, and
representatives from the local government, according to
which the archdiocese will provide the land while the city
council will help the families with low-rate loans to pay
for the construction of the new neighborhood.
The archdiocese has donated an urban property of 260,000
square feet, located in the a densely populated area, which
is valued at "several hundred thousand dollars," according
to a city council spokesman. Archbishop Oppermann said the
families have agreed to build a "model community" with
several common facilities, including a chapel, a health
care center, a soccer field, a community hall, and offices
for the neighborhood council.
One of the new owners said to the press that "we are very
happy with this gift and we really appreciate what our
Catholic Church is doing for us. Our pastors understand our
sufferings and try to help us spiritually and materially
too." Officials in Uberaba said the Church's decision "has
helped defuse a social problem," since the families were
recently displaced from public property where they tried to
build a shantytown.
Guatamala government wagging the dog now that dog bites don't show up on slain bishop
Government authorities were pinning their hopes on finding dog bites on the interred body of auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera who had been killed back in April days after speaking out strongly against the government in favor of human rights. Had they found the canine teeth marks they might have had a case against Father Mario Orantes
Najera who they charged with the murder, much to the Church and people's chagrin. Most believe it is a "witchhunt" - merely a coverup to protect the government operatives who had the activist bishop silenced. For more, click on Dogging it in Guatamala.
NO DOG BITES ON GUATEMALA BISHOP'S BODY
GUATEMALA CITY (CWNews.com) - A re-examination of the body
of a slain Guatemalan bishop on Thursday found no signs of
dog bites as investigators had surmised.
Nine experts took part in a five-hour autopsy on the late
Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera looking for evidence of dog
bites to connect the chief suspect, Father Mario Orantes
Najera, to the murder. Father Orantes owns a dog which
reportedly responds only to his commands, and Spanish
experts had told prosecutors that they had seen evidence of
dog bites while examining photographs of Bishop Gerardi's
The bishop was bludgeoned to death on April 26, two days
after releasing a report critical of the military for its
role in the 36-year civil war. While human rights groups
claim Bishop Gerardi was murdered because of his human
rights work, prosecutors have charged Father Orantes, who
lived with the bishop, with the crime.
UN lobbying for abortion again despite pleas from Holy Father to uphold life
Just a week after the Holy Father made an impassioned plea delivered by Cardinal John O'Connor to the Secretary General and all major principals of the UN General Assembly, the abortionists are up to their old tricks in trying to con the world that less is better. The pro-aborts are demanding freedom from restrictions regulating sexual and reproductive health, citing religions, especially the Roman Catholic Church as obstacles in the way of denying women their freedom. Never mind the child. All this jabberwocky is an euphenism for culture of death - abortion and lowering the moral standards. They got shut down in Cairo but, like their master satan, are not giving up easily. For more, click on UN smokescreen.
UN OFFICIAL CALLS FOR REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - The head of the UN Population Fund
(UNFPA), addressing the annual non-governmental
organization (NGO) conference this week, called for a new
emphasis on "reproductive freedom."
The conference, which was focused on the fiftieth
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
gathered more than 2,000 representatives from 600 NGOs.
Dr. Nafis Sadik, director of the UNFPA said that
"fundamental to freedom of choice are decisions concerning
reproductive and sexual health ... A number of issues still
limit women's freedom to exercise their right to
reproductive health." One of those limiting factors has
been identified as organized religion by population control
proponents in UN-connected groups. UN documents and
initiatives often use the term reproductive health as a
euphemism for birth control and abortion.
Sadik also called for freedom from "sexual and reproductive
health" restrictions and said UNFPA was proud to have
supported initiatives that called for extending the "right
to reproductive health" to youth.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"Man's pride causes his humiliation, but he who is humble of spirit obtains honor."
Proverbs 29: 23
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