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April 30, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 84
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
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Will Clinton cut off his nose to spite his face?
It's more a case of having to save face for the Clinton administration for Bill Clinton has vowed he would veto any bill that includes abortion restrictions attachments. Such is the case yesterday when the U.S. Senate voted to approve funding Clinton's pet project of paying back the United Nations but attached a bill banning funding for abortions overseas. Clinton can't have his cake and eat it too. By now he has to realize if he wants the badly needed funding for the UN he'll have to accept the abortion ban. If he vetoes it, the UN can blame no one by the president for being in arrears. For more, click on Clinton backed into a corner
SENATE PASSES UN FUNDING BILL WITH ABORTION PROVISO
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The US Senate voted on
Tuesday to approve a State Department funding bill that
pays back dues to the United Nations, but also includes a
ban on giving US funds to organizations that promote or
provide abortions overseas.
President Bill Clinton said he would immediately veto the
bill because it contained the abortion provision, even
though it would scuttle UN funding for another year. The US
has been assessed $926 million in unpaid dues that cover
several years. Congressional Republicans urged Clinton to
sign the bill as approved because it contains several
important reforms of the State Department and foreign
operations, and might be the only way to provide UN funding
in this election year.
Supporters of the abortion ban warned Clinton that if he
vetoes this bill, they will attach the same amendment to
his request for $18 billion for the International Monetary
Fund that he has made a cornerstone of his foreign policy
Long sought after tax break could be bliss for married couples
A bill that would significantly reduce the tax penalties imposed on married couples was introduced by House Republicans on Tuesday. Sponsored by two midwestern congressmen, it would level the playing field between married couples and singles. Presently couples are penalized for filing jointly while single tax filers gain a tax break. This has not been fair and many Church leaders, as well as politicians, have lobbied for being more fair to those who have taken on the responsibility of marriage and parenthood. For more, click on Tax break.
PROPOSED LAW WOULD END MARRIAGE TAX PENALTY
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - House Republicans introduced
new legislation on Tuesday combining a number of earlier
bills that would reduce a tax penalty for married couples
who end up paying as much as $1,400 a year more in taxes
than if they were single.
Under the bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Weller,
R-Illinois, and Rep. David McIntosh, R-Indiana, married
couples would be taxed at 15 percent on the first $49,300
of their total income -- which is comparable to two single
people each paying 15 percent on their first $24,650 --
while currently, married couples are taxed at 15 percent on
their first $41,200. "This reform would allow families an
additional $8,100 of income taxed at the low 15 percent
rate, instead of the current 28 percent rate, giving
families up to $1,053 in tax relief," McIntosh said. The
bill also would increase the standard deduction for married
couples to $8,300 -- double the $4,150 for singles -- from
the current $6,900 for a couple.
One result of the current tax law is that it taxes the
income of a family's second wage earner at a higher rate
than it would if that earner were single, in some cases
taking up to 80% of the that spouse's earnings as taxes.
The bill is strongly supported by Republicans as well as
pro-family groups including the Christian Coalition.
Opponents criticize the bill because it does not make any
provision for in spending reductions to match the estimated
$150 billion in reduced taxes over five years. Weller and
McIntosh said they hoped at least some of the loss would be
covered by money from an expected government budget surplus.
McIntosh also suggested reducing welfare spending.
Pope to mark worldwide Vocations Day by ordaining thirty priests in Rome
Talk about a blessing: to be ordained to the priesthood by the Pope himself! That opportunity awaits 30 Roman candidates who will be ordained at St. Peter's on Sunday when the Church observes Worldwide Day of Prayer for Vocations. Prayers are very necessary as vocations continue to fall off. We desperately need more priests in the Church. Our Lady has said there are so few clergy and until we can replenish she has advised "Mobilize the Laity!" The thirty new priests for the Diocese of Rome will spend the evening in prayer vigil at the Lateran before receiving Holy Orders the next day. For more, click on ordinations to read more.
30 TO BE ORDAINED FOR ROME DIOCESE
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- On Sunday, May 3, Pope John Paul II will
ordain 30 new priests for service to the Diocese of Rome. The
ceremony, to take place at St. Peter's Basilica, will coincide with the
world day of prayer for religious vocations.
In preparation for the sacrament, the young men to be ordained will
participate-- along with members of their families-- in an evening
prayer vigil at St. John Lateran on Saturday evening, May 2.
During the 1990s, the number of ordinations for the Rome diocese
has consistently fallen between 30 and 40.
Chile's Archbishop-elect seeks to carry on where his predecessor left off"
Replacing the retired Cardinal Carlos Oviedo Cabada, the new Archbishop of Santiago, Chile Archbishop Javier Errazuriz Ossa pledged to continue the programs of reconciliation begun by his predecessor. He acknowledged that the task is overwhelming but he will be obedient to the Pope and trust totally in God for helping him lead the flock. For more, click on Archbishop of Chile to read more.
NEW CHILE ARCHBISHOP TO FOLLOW "PATH OF RECONCILIATION"
SANTIAGO, Chile (CWNews.com) - In his first message to the
Catholics of Chile's capital city on Monday, the recently
appointed Archbishop-elect Javier Errazuriz Ossa of
Santiago said he will follow the "path of reconciliation"
set by his predecessor, Cardinal Carlos Oviedo Cabada, to
solve political tensions in Chile's society.
Archbishop-elect Errazuriz, who had been bishop of
Valparaiso for only a year and a half was named successor
of Cardinal Oviedo last Friday. Cardinal Oviedo, who was
only 69 years old, was forced to step down due to illness.
The archbishop-elect will be installed in the largest
Chilean archdiocese on May 17, after the General Assembly
of the Chilean Episcopate.
Before becoming bishop of Valparaiso, the
archbishop-designate worked for nine years at the Vatican
as Secretary of the Congregation for Consecrated Life and
Societies of Apostolic Life. Archbishop-elect Errazuriz
said during his first press conference that he will start
his new mission "with hope and feeling a special synchrony
with all the initiatives of Cardinal Oviedo. I want to
continue his efforts to reconcile Chilean society and work
"The Holy Father is asking me to assume a responsibility
that overmatches my own capacities. But his decision
doesn't discourage me, it gives me trust, because God's
plan and actions are after all His own actions, held with
His never-ending power, wisdom, and the unlimited
generosity of His mercy," he added.
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LITURGY FOR THE DAY
Today, as mentioned above, is the Feast of Pope Saint Pius V. For the liturgy, readings, meditations and vignettes on this stellar saint as well as preparation for tomorrow's special feast of SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Thursday, April 30, 1998
Thursday, April 30:
Thursday in the Third Week of Easter and
Feast of Saint Pius V, Pope and Religious
First Reading: Acts 8: 26-40
Psalms: Psalm 66: 1, 8-9, 16-17, 20
Gospel Reading: John 6: 44-51
SAINT PIUS V, POPE AND RELIGIOUS
A Dominican who followed in the tradition of St. Catherine of Siena nearly two centuries later was
Cardinal Michael Ghislieri who went on to become the great Pope Saint Pius V. Another of the great saints who God rose up in the "Century of Saints," Pius V was one of the most influential in Church history as he brought about renewal in the Church, carrying out many of the reforms that would reinstate the holiness
and status of Holy Mother Church. Amidst the ruin of the Protestant Reformation, the corruption within the
Church, and the threat of Turkish invasion, Pius carried out the teachings of the Council of Trent which
had begun in 1545. The fruits of Trent are still evident today for Pius ordered the founding of seminaries
for the training of priests, published a new Missal, Breviary, Catechism and initiated the Confraternity of
Christian Doctrine (CCD) for the youth to learn the faith. In addition, he established the Tridentine Mass
which he proclaimed would be said "in perpetuity." His devotion to the Rosary and spreading the power of
Our Lady's special weapon, proved victorious when he summoned all Catholics to throw themselves
upon the Mercy of God and pray the Holy Rosary in begging God to save the Church from the Turks. On
October 7, 1571 against unsurmountable odds, the Christian forces were miraculously victorious over the
Turks in the Gulf of Lepanto off of Greece. The tremendous power of the Rosary was made manifest and
that date became the official feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Pius died in 1572.
Friday, May 1, 1998
Friday, May 1:
Friday in the Third Week of Easter and
FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER, PATRON OF THE CHURCH
First Reading: Acts 9: 1-20
Psalms: Psalm 117: 1-2
Gospel Reading: John 6: 52-59
SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER, PATRON OF THE CHURCH
So much has been said about this very special, holy, pure and quiet saint...and yet, so little is really
known about Saint Joseph. No one can pinpoint the exact year he died, but we do know he died a happy, peaceful death richly deserved because of his obedience to the Will of God in being the earthly guardian
of God's Own Son and the Immaculate Mother He chose to fulfill the Act of Redemption. Saint Joseph is
the saint most often invoked for the grace of a happy death and the assurance that Jesus is spiritually
present at that time with every dying soul. While Mary was the heart of the Holy Family, Joseph was the
head, yet always submitting to a higher Power in all things...from accepting Mary's virgin birth as truly from
God to rallying the family in the cold of the night to flee from Herod's wrath into a land he knew nothing
about, only that God would not abandon him nor those he was charged to watch over. Every virtue can be
attributed to this saint who bridged the Old Law, born into the royal family of David's lineage, and the New Law and guided to maturity Jesus Christ, our Savior. Because of his role in protecting the Holy Family he has been designated Protector of Holy Mother Church as well. He is the patron saint of workers for he
lifted the work ethics to a new level and taught these values to the Son of God.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass for Saint Pius V.
Father, You chose St. Pius V as Pope of Your Church to protect the faith and give You more fitting worship. By his prayers help us to celebrate Your holy mysteries with a living faith and effective love.
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