NEWS & VIEWS
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Civic responsibility in respect to God's laws crux of special guide on issues being sent to every Catholic by NCCB
Hoping to prevent the problems that have arisen in past elections as to the clarity of the Church's stance on such issues as abortion, capital punishment, human rights, etc. the National Catholic Conference of Bishops will be sending out to every parishioner in the country a detailed guide on Church teaching so voters cannot claim ignorance as many have done in the past. Through this guide they will realize the extreme responsibility before God to vote for those who uphold and exemplify the Gospel message in preserving human dignity and the Sanctity of Life. The guide does not speak on candidates, only issues, but that should be enough to inform Catholics as to their moral right to vote for the right person. For more, click on Bishops' guide
Pope continues on theme of the virtue of love during his Wednesday Papal Audience
The Holy Father continued with his theme of the theological virtue of charity and how we cannot possibly love God if we do not love our neighbor as Jesus asks. It was the fourth in a series on the Theological Virtue of Charity during his regular Wednesday Papal Audience yesterday in St. Peter's Square where over 15,000 gathered under threatening skies to hear the Pope. The full text of his talk will be carried in Monday's issue in The Vicar of Christ Speaks. He thanked all in attendance for their prayerful support and good wishes on his 21 year pontificate. For more, click on Wednesday Papal Audience.
Church in Vietnam is like a flower ready to bloom according to Archbishop McCarrick
Returning from a tour with two other American bishops, Newark's Archbishop Theodore McCarrick expressed great optimism as to the Faith in Vietnam, citing the growing Catholic population, reverence and enthusiasm he saw throughout the country especially during festivities for the nation's patroness Our Lady of La Vang. He expressed concern over the government's curtailment, however, of the Church and limiting only 20 seminarians a year. Without those restrictions Vietnam's seminaries would be teeming. For more, click on Vietnam findings.
Vatican lashes out at UN for imposing sanctions on countries that punish innocent civilians because of the actions of their leaders
Speaking on behalf of the Holy See, permanent observer to the UN Archbishop Renato Martino railed against their agenda that is "inhuman and immoral." Rather than looking out for the welfare of the whole person, the UN, by their actions, are dictating that human dignity and worth mean nothing as they continue to sell out to those advocating abortion and contraception. He was especially upset that the UN levees sanctions against nations who refuse to go along with this culture of death agenda or impose the sanctions to punish a leader for his actions when in effect the latter suffers little but the people bear tremendous suffering because of the sanctions. While he didn't mention Iraq, it was the perfect example and with the pending Papal visit in December, it is very much on the Church's mind. For more, click on UN sanctions.
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The 35th 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
Thirty-eighth 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 October 22nd through 24th
DAILY LITURGY for the weekend of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time including the Feast of Saint John of Capistrano and the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday leading up to WORLD MISSION SUNDAY.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales of Brazil in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
...and much more in our 202nd issue for 1999!
TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown - Number 36:
Father John A. Hardon, S.J.
Loyal Jesuit Theologian who has become a giant in defending the Faith in his innumerable writings and lectures
Today we bring you the 36th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father John Anthony Hardon, the 85 year-old Jesuit Theologian who has become legendary in scholastic circles for his total allegiance to the Church. He has written countless books and articles, been a lecturer, professor and spiritual director for over half a century, leaving a legacy of Catholicity that rivals anyone else in the Church today. His goal of leading the faiithful to Heaven he owes to his devoted Mother, who taught him to kneel before he walked and he has never forgotten that God is first in his life. For more on the 36th selection, click on FATHER JOHN A. HARDON, S.J.
The Magisterium of the Church
"He who hears you hears Me, and he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him Who sent Me."
Luke 10: 16
In his column today, Pat Ludwa exposes the false magisterium that has cropped up in which they challenge indirectly the True Magisterium of the Church by doing an end run to quote all those dissenters without ever acknowledging the truths of Scripture and the Sovereign Pontiff. They say misery loves company and in this the liberals wallow as they try to pull others down to their heretical way of thinking. Pat shows through the Word that what Jesus decreed to the Apostles still holds today and that the Holy Spirit may be present in all, but not equally and is first and foremost in His fulness in the Vicar of Christ and the successors of the Apostles who have composed the True Magisterium of the Church for close to the past 2000 years. For Pat's column A new magisterium?, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Appreciation of the Infallibility of the Church
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 turn today to the issue of Infallibility and what it means in respect to doctrine and faith and morals for the Church cannot teach error because it was founded by the Son of God Himself. For the thirty-seventh installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this day 1,689 years ago the 31st successor of Peter passed away. Pope Saint Eusebius who died a martyr's death, one of the last Sovereign Pontiffs to die in such a way for on the horizon was the Emperor Constantine who, through his Edict would free Christianity from Roman persecution and help nourish it throughout the world. But nothing nourished the Church more than the blood of the martyrs and during Eusebius' reign he offered himself for the Church, fending off schism and being put to death eventually by the Emperor Maxentius on this date in 310. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
SIMPLY SHEEN: True character goes deeper than the surface
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".
"Many a tree as it stands in the forest looks fair, fine, solid and valuable, but when it is cut down and sawed for use reveals rottenness, cross grain and knots. Social conformity to low standards may give the appearance of goodness, but in the judgment of God the true character is revealed."
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?
The DAILY WORD
"Do you think that I came to give peace upon the earth? No, I tell you, but division. For henceforth in one house five will be divided, three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against his father; mother against daughter and daughter against the mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
Luke 12: 51-53
Today is the Twenty-ninth Thursday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow we commemorate the Twenty-ninth Friday in Ordinary Time with Saturday being Ordinary Time as well shared with the Feast of Saint John of Capistrano, priest and religious missionary, and the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday leading up to WORLD MISSION SUNDAY. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.