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September 23, 1998
SECTION TWO vol 9, no. 186
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Events Today in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on TIME CAPSULES: MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Historical Events in Church Annals for September 23:
Death of Pope Saint Linus, immediate successor of Saint Peter. Linus was elected in 67 A.D. and created the first fifteen bishops after the Apostles. He forbade women to enter a church with uncovered heads, a custom that survived nearly 2000 years until Vatican II liberals did away with that. During his pontificate the evangelists Saint Luke and Saint Mark were martyred. He is buried near St. Peter in the crypt below the altar.
Death of Saint Thecla who is said to have bribed the gatekeepers at the Roman prisons where Saint Paul was incarcerated in order that she could get inside and learn from the Apostle often for she had heard him preach and was so moved by the Word of God that she renounced her fiance and was baptized. She is said to have been in Paul's entourage in his journeys, all the way to his imprisonment.
Death of Saint Adaman. This Irish-born abbott of Iona wrote the life of Saint Columba.
On this day the Nazis began experimental gassing executions at Auschwitz in Poland. Millions of Jews and thousands of Catholics would be slain including the priest Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe and Blessed Edith Stein who Pope John Paul II will canonize next month.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Any Catholic Senator voting for abortion could very well excommunicate themself through their actions according to Canon Law
Targeting the two Illinois senators' disregard for Catholic doctrine as a slap in the bishops' face by Carol Mosely-Braun and Dick Durbin for their response to the bishops' plea to overturn the Partial Birth Abortion Ban veto by going against Catholic belief, the Executive Director of Pro-Life Action League Joseph Scheidler cites grounds for excommunication of any senator who claims to be Catholic and casts a vote for abortion. While Scheidler was referring to Illinois specifically and his call to Cardinal Francis George, OMI to take action, he was also including such travesties as Ted Kennedy who claims to be Catholic but his voting record has shown consistent disregard for Catholic doctrine. For more, click on Excommunication
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PRO-LIFE ACTION LEAGUE CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST CATHOLIC PRO-ABORT SENATORS
CHICAGO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire
"The partial birth abortion procedure is the most barbaric way they have come
up with to kill an unborn child," said Joseph Scheidler, Executive Director of
the Pro-Life Action League. "It is disguisting and abhorrent that our two
Illinois senators, who claim to be Catholics, have again voted against an
override of President Clinton's veto, ignoring the advice and counsel of all
the Bishops of Illinois."
"We are asking Cardinal George, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Illinois,
to issue a statement censuring Carol Moseley-Braun and Richard Durbin," said
Scheidler. "Canon Law and Papal Encyclicals are very clear on the
consequences of involvement in abortion. Moseley-Braun and Durbin may well
have excommunicated themselves with their vote to allow a procedure the
Catholic Bishops have called 'infanticide,'" he said.
"Catholic voters are entitled to a clear statement of the senators'
excommunications," said Scheidler. "If Moseley-Braun and Durbin persist in
their unrelenting support for the killing of unborn children, they should, at
least, be confronted with the reality that they can no longer call themselves
On Sept. 9, the five Bishops of Illinois sent a joint letter to Senator
Moseley-Braun and Senator Durbin, asking them to switch their votes on the
partial birth abortion ban. But claiming that they had to represent people of
all religions, both refused and cast their votes to uphold Clinton's veto. In
point of fact the majority of Illinois voters, no matter what their religion,
oppose the brutal procedure.
"It is particularly offensive when a politician supports killing children and
then pretends to belong to the Catholic Church, which holds all life to be
sacred," said Scheidler. "Our unborn brothers and sisters deserve protection
from public officials, not extermination. I hope that Cardinal George, Bishop
Gregory, Bishop Meyer, Bishop Doran and Bishop Ryan are poised to issue a
statement on excommunication."
Pope and Italian President to meet on the latter's turf in October
A month shy of six years after the Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro first visited the Vatican, his Holiness John Paul II will return the favor when he journeys the short distance to the seat of Italian government on the Quirinal in Rome to meet with the head of Italy, a custom that is traditional in Italy and, to our knowledge, no other country extends the same to the Pope. It has long been the procedure for the Italian President, after his election, to pay an official visit to the Supreme Pontiff in recognition of their sharing the same city. This time discussions may include the recent harassment of Naples Cardinal Michele Giordano. For more, click on Vatican-Italian summit
POPE TO MAKE FORMAL VISIT TO ITALIAN PRESIDENT
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II will make an official
visit to Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro on October 20. The
meeting will take place at the Quirinal-- the presidential palace,
named for the section of Rome where it stands.
It is traditional that a new president of Italy visits the Vatican soon
after his election, and the Pope eventually returns the visit. The
visits are marked by a formal address by each leader, and an
exchange of symbolic gifts. The Holy See has no similar tradition for
an exchange of visits with other heads of state.
President Scalfaro came to the Vatican on November 22, 1992, but to
date Pope John Paul II has not returned the visit. Scalfaro's term will
expire in June 1999.
The visit, a clear indication of good will, comes at a time when
relations between the Italian government and the Holy See have
been tested by the government's search of the offices of Naples
Cardinal Michele Giordano-- a search which Vatican officials
protested, saying it was a violation of the concordat which governs
church-state relations in Italy. Vatican officials have also been
pressing the government for more favorable treatment of Catholic
Another Anglican priest returns to the True Fold over disintegration of his church's policies
We could've told him it would happen. After all, a church not founded by God but rather a rebellious, sinful king cannot last. It might have saved Father Francis Brown the transition problems had he studied Catholic doctrine earlier in his life, but nonetheless another lost sheep returns to the fold with his announcement that he is leaving the Anglican Church and converting to Catholicism chiefly because of the Church of England's insistance on ordaining women priests and disregard for tradition. Let's hope and pray he doesn't have to deal with those same issues in the Roman Catholic Church. For more, click on Prodigal Priest
ANGLICAN OPPONENT OF WOMEN PRIESTS ANNOUNCES CATHOLIC CONVERSION
LONDON (CWNews.com) - One of the Church of England's most
vehement opponents of women priests announced this week he
will join the Catholic Church. Father Francis Bown, vicar
of St. Stephen's Church in Hull, England, has claimed the
Church of England is spiritually, morally, and
A leading campaigner against women priests, Father Bown hit
the headlines four years ago when he paraded a coffin
outside the church headquarters in London and performed the
funeral rites of the Church of England while the General
Synod voted to allow women priests. A notice outside his
parish church in Hull reads: "This Anglican parish has no
part in the apostasy of priestesses."
Father Bown, who has been a priest for 21 years, said he
felt sad to leave his parishioners, but the Church of
England was no longer a fit home for anyone who believed in
orthodox Christianity. "In contrast to the pathetic and
broken Church of England," he said, "the Catholic Church
speaks with the clear voice of authentic Christianity. I
now realize that the proper course for faithful Anglicans
is not to go on attempting to revive the corpse of the
Church of England, but to place themselves in communion
with the Holy See." Father Bown will officially leave his
parish on October 17 and plans to move to London.
Greater accord between the Church and Jews evident in light of announcement a special Jewish ceremony will be held on Vatican grounds
Despite all the rhetoric between Jews and Catholics over the holocaust, the Auschwitz controversy, Palestine, etc. the Vatican is extending the olive branch by acknowledging the high Jewish holydays currently in progress and announcing that on December 18, the feast of Hannukah will be commemorated in the Vatican garden with participation by both faiths. It is the first time ever such an event will have ever be held at the Holy See. For more, click on Cooperation.
VATICAN RADIO NOTES JEWISH HOLIDAYS
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Vatican Radio today acknowledged the
Jewish holy days, broadcasting a recorded interview with Rabbi
With the marking of Rosh Hashanah on Monday, September 21, the
Jewish people opened the new year-- the year 5759 by their
reckoning. The holiday season continues through the Day of
Atonement (Yom Kippur) on September 30, and the feast of Sukkoth
on October 5.
Yom Kippur, the rabbi explained, is the day when Jewish people seek
pardon for their offenses. Sukkoth is a harvest feast, but it also
recalls the 40 years which the Hebrew people spent in the desert
before entering into the Holy Land. Thus, Rabbi Piattelli said, the
feast is "a symbol of divine providence."
Beginning on December 14 this year, Judaism will observe the feast
of Hanukah, commemorating the rededication of the Temple in
Jerusalem by the Maccabees. For the first time, that feast will be
marked by a special celebration in the Vatican gardens, at which
Cardinal Edward Cassidy will preside along with the Israeli
ambassador to the Holy See, Aharon Lopez.
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today and tomorrow are regular weekdays in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on LITURGY
Wednesday, September 23, 1998
First Reading: Proverbs 30: 5-9
Psalms: Psalm 119: 29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163
Gospel Reading: Luke 9: 1-6
Thursday, September 23, 1998
First Reading: Ecclesiastes 1: 2-11
Psalms: Psalm 90: 1, 2-6, 12-14, 17
Gospel Reading: Luke 9: 7-9
PROVERB OF THE DAY
"Many curry favor with the ruler, but the rights of each are from the Lord.."
Proverbs 29: 26
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