November 18, 1999

  • Today's Top Catholic:
       Father Joseph Fessio, S.J.
  • Pat Ludwa advises on how to bow to a King
  • Appreciating the Church's teaching on Purgatory
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November 18, 1999
vol. 10, no. 219

Ordinary Time and Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter & Paul in Rome and Feast of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne


with a Catholic slant


VICTORY for the Pope and loyal bishops of America with unanimous passage of mandate to rein in liberal college administrators!

    In a stunning 223-31 vote, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly sent a message to higher institutions in America that they had better toe the mark and preach orthodox Catholic doctrine on their campuses in accord with the Holy Father's directives in Ex Corde Ecclesia. The result had to surprise and open the eyes of the declining vestige of liberal bishops clinging to their last hope of reviving the American Church which had looked so promising for them under Cardinal Bernardin but is now slipping away with orthodox bishops gaining in numbers and influence. For more, click on NCCB strikes victory for Pope

Holy Father's Wednesday Papal Audience filled with reflection on Papal Trip to India and Georgia

    During his regular Wednesday Papal Audience, his first at the Vatican in three weeks, the Holy Father reminisced about the good points of his Papal Trip to India and Georgia. Looking healthier, he exuded confidence that his visits will eventually produce fruits in both lands where Catholics are in the vast minority. He also reminded all that he could not apologize for past efforts by missionaries to evangelize the Faith to non-Catholics as Hindu fundamentalist had demanded for that interreligious dialogue includes and completes evangelizing and to do otherwise would be defeating the purpose. For more, click on Weekly Papal audience.

Domino effect through curia with resignation of Cardinal Pio Laghi creates two new posts

    The appointment of Archbishop Zenon Grocholewski to replace the retiring Cardinal Pio Laghi as the new Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, as we reported yesterday, created an opening in the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura vacated by Archbishop Grocholewski. Pope John Paul II moved quickly, appointing the former Dean of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota Archbishop Mario Francesco Pompedda of Sardinia. The latter had been head of the Rota since 1993 and continues as well as President of the Annulment Court of the Vatican City State. For more, click on Domino effect in the Curia .

Can anything good come out of Nazareth in 2000? Mosque controversy could shut Pope out of this holy place during his "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land in March

    Bishop Crescenzio Sepe, Secretary General of the Vatican's Committee for the Grand Jubilee, announced Wednesday that the Holy Father most probably will visit the Holy Land the last ten days of March next year. It was hoped this would coincide with the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th where the Pope could celebrate in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, but it looks like nothing good is coming from Nazareth because of the mosque controversy that threatens to derail any hopes of the Sovereign Pontiff stopping there. We can only hope and pray Israel and the Moslems will realize the importance of the visit and make a compromise agreeable to the Holy See. For more, click on Historic "Jubilee Journey" will take .

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  • The 17th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

  • Fifty-sixth installment of our new daily feature APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 19th through the 21st.

  • DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time, the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the Solemnity of CHRIST THE KING on Sunday.

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Achille Silvestrini of Italy in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • ...and much more in our 220th issue for 1999!
  • TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown - Number 18:

    Father Joseph Fessio, S.J.

    One of America's leading orthodox lights as founder of Ignatius Press, The Catholic World Report and numerous other publications while serving as a thorn in liberal educators' sides

        Today we bring you the 18th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Joseph Fessio, S.J., the founder of Ignatius Press who has given America a number of leading Catholic publications during this decade in addition to founding Adoremus and Radio Guadalupe. He also co-founded Catholic Family Radio. With so many Jesuits leaning toward the left, Father Fessio helps balance the scale with total allegiance to the Holy Father and his good friend Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. For more on the 18th selection, click on FATHER JOSEPH FESSIO, S.J.

    "My Kingdom is not of this world."

    John 18: 36

        In his column today, Pat Ludwa focuses on Sunday's Feast of Christ the King. The Catholic author G.K. Chesterton said it best, "The right kind of monarchy is one where everybody goes about with the permanent conviction that the king can do no wrong." That would only apply to Christ the King for all other monarchs are fallible. Pat points out that we need to realize that and give our Ruler all the respect and adoration we can as loyal Christians. A King can delegate and Jesus has done just that by delegating His authority in His Vicar of Christ on earth - Pope John Paul II, the 264th successor of Peter. Pat points out that the same allegiance is due His delegate for he comes in the name and by decree of the King. The Kingdom established by Christ is not a democracy, but rather a kingdom where entrance can only be attained through obedience to the King and all He asks, even fighting to the death for our King. For Pat's column If Christ is King...?, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

    Appreciation of Purgatory

    The Heroic Act of Charity

        Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We look again today at that merciful gift from God - Purgatory - where we are able to be cleansed before looking upon the Beatific Vision forever. There have been many misconceptions about this intermediate "stopping off point" between earth and Heaven and today we continue with the Heroic Act of Charity. For the fifty-fifth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened this day in Church History

        On this date in 1210 the youthful Pope Innocent III officially excommunicated Emperor Otto IV of Germany because of his interference over the investiture issue, his failure to obey the Pope's directives, and his disregard for human life by invading southern Italy and Sicily. It signaled a turning point in a power struggle between the Sovereign Pontiff and sovereigns of secular nations though the struggle would ensue for several more centuries. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    If we go with the ego, we go it alone!

        They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

    "Once the ego has become the center around which everything else revolves, we are vulnerable: our peace can be destroyed by a draft from an open window...the ego is always insatiable, if it is in command; no indulgences and no honors quiet its craving."

    The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today

        Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?


    "But Peter answered Him and said, 'Lord, if it is Thou, bid me come to Thee over the water.' And He said, 'Come.' Then Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water to come to Jesus. But seeing the wind was strong, he was afraid; and as he began to sink he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!' And Jesus at once stretched out His hand and took hold of him, 'O ye of little faith, why didst thou doubt?' And when they got into the boat, the wind fell. But they who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, 'Truly Thou art the Son of God.'"

    Matthew 14: 28-33


        Today, besides being the 33rd Thursday in Ordinary Time, it is also the Feast of the Dedication of Roman Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul as well as the Feast of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin and Religious Missionary. Tomorrow is the 33rd Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.

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    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 43 and counting, hoping and praying...

    October 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

        Dear children! Do not forget: this is a time of grace; that is why, pray, pray, pray! Thank you for having responded to my call.
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

    Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!

       With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS

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