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  • We tweak the Bishops' collective conscience with Ecclesia Dei
  • Pat Ludwa on "Spiritual Warfare"
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    September 6, 1999
    vol. 10, no. 168
    23rd Monday in Ordinary Time


    with a Catholic slant


    East Timorese choose independence by a 78% margin, now await UN enforcement

        UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan released the results Saturday of the independence referendum East Timor citizens voted on last Monday. The result was an overwhelming endorsement for freedom from Indonesia by 78.5% for to 21.5% against. This is truly astounding considering the on-going threats and intimidation by pro-Indonesian forces throughout the island which continue to inflict fear. Now East Timor is hopeful the UN will move in and enforce the referendum, removing the militant segment so East Timor can get on with living as a free country after nearly 25 years of repression and violence in which a fourth of the population have been murdered. For more, click on East Timor Independence

    Pope's September Prayer intentions focus on media and missionary efforts in evangelizing the Word to millions of refugees

        The Holy Father announced on Friday that the Prayer intentions for September center around the media's responsibility to promote human dignity and the culture of life and that all take the "Bread of the Word of God" to millions of refugees around the world, especially in Africa where so many have been misplaced and persecuted. The second is part of the Apostolate of Prayer which the Pope chooses each month submitted by Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples. The first is the general intention presented by the Apostolate of Prayer pious union promoted by the Society of Jesus. For more, click on September intentions.

    Tensions between Hindus and Catholics in India erupt with murder of priest

        Just in the days of the Apostles to the times of Saint Francis Xavier evangelizing has its price of martyrdom. So also today for it has been reported that Hindu fundamentalists murdered Father Arun Das Thursday morning in the village of Jamudhi, in the middle of the Similipal forest in Eastern India. Hindus tried to justify the attack by saying too many of their people are being proselytized by Catholic missionaries. Despite their feeble rationalization Indian police arrested two men Friday, accusing them of the murder of the priest. Hindus nationwide are mounting an assault against Christians on the eve of a month-long vote to see what party will rule India. For more, click on Martyred priest .

    Fox Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch now trying to buy out the Church in LA with ten million donation for new Cathedral

        It would seem if multi-billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch were really sincere in helping the Church it wouldn't be in the ten million dollar gift he gave to Cardinal Roger Mahony Friday but rather in cleaning up his media conglomerate and adhere more to what the Holy Father asks in promoting human dignity and the Sanctity of Life by eliminating all the violence and sex so prevalent on FOX and his other media holdings. The ten million was given to help finance the cardinal's personal monument of the new LA Cathedral for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles - an edifice that, from architectural specs, looks to be as sterile as can be, devoid of the spiritual ambiance associated with a Catholic cathedral. Many question if this isn't Murdoch's payout for the cardinal's influence in awarding Murdoch the coveted papal award. Eyebrows have also been raised regarding Murdoch's intentions to promote the cathedral for "ecumenical, interfaith and cultural endeavors." Why do so many forget that the new cathedral should be, first and foremost, God's House where Jesus Christ resides in the Most Blessed Sacrament. How about using some of that money for 24-hour security in order to keep the doors open in providing the people Perpetual Adoration? For more, click on Murdoch and Mahony .
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    • Number 68 in our countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

    • Earlier installments of our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

    • 1999 installments of the series of editorials CATHOLIC PewPOINTS

    • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on events that occurred on September 7th.

    • DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-third Tuesday in Ordinary Time and Wednesday's Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    • More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

    • And more in our 169th issue for 1999!

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    NUMBER 69:

    Dorothy Day

    The Mother Teresa of America who concentrated on chasing out of God's world the money changers of commercialism and greed

       Today we bring you the 69th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Dorothy Day whose cause for beatification has been introduced. It must be a God-incidence that her selection falls on Labor Day for, though it was not planned that way, it's only apppropriate that we honor the founder of The Catholic Worker. Following in the example of Our Lord, she devoted her life to living the Beatitudes and chasing the money changers of commercialism and greed out of the temples of capitalism by tweaking America's conscience into remembering the poor, the oppressed and the downtrodden. For more on the 69th selection, click on DOROTHY DAY

    The Clarion to conquer the enemy with love and truth!

        In his column today, Pat Ludwa talks about the current war being waged, not in the theatre of Asia, Africa and Central America so much as in the trenches between the pews where dissident groups taunt and bait orthodox Catholics. Pat reminds us it would be easy to fall into the trap of retaliating with the weapons of hate, but he shows where this was not Christ's way and should not be our way. We are to win our enemy over with love, not hate and violence. It is easy to be a dissident, much harder to be loyal and toe the line. It is easy to lash out at others, much harder to hold our tongue and open our heart. For Pat's column Spiritual Warfare, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

    Appreciation of Apostolic succession

        Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the great treasuries of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We continue today with the essence of the Church - the four marks of the Church - One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic; today exploring the fourth mark: Apostolic. For the fourth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Memo to the Bishops of America: Have you fully replied to the Holy Father's request to provide the Latin Mass?

        In conjunction with our abridged series on the Church THE 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER and the installment this weekend and the upcoming one Wednesday on the Gregorian influence on the Mass and the solid establishment of the Latin Mass, we bring you Pope John Paul II's eleven year-old landmark Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei in which he requested the Bishops cooperate and provide the Tridentine Mass for those who preferred the traditional. Since so few of the bishops have truly responded in kind, but choose to "wait it out" until all the old traditionalists die out, we resurrect this Motu Proprio issued on July 2, 1988 in response to the Schism in the Church caused by the ordinations by Archbishop Marcel LeFebvre which incurred excommunication. For the Pope's short but meaningful Apostolic Letter, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

    Retired Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints Cardinal Pietro Palazzini helped promote a record number of saints

        We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our ninety-fourth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 87 year-old Cardinal Pietro Palazzini of Italy, the Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints during most of the eighties. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI during the Consistory of March 5, 1973. For more on Cardinal Pietro Palazzini, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    Events Today in Church History

        On this date 85 years ago in 1914 at the outset of World War I, Cardinal Francis Della Chiesa was chosen to succeed the popular and holy Pope Saint Pius X as the 258th successor of Peter. He would choose the name Pope Benedict XV and his pontificate would last eight years, dying on January 22, 1922 sorrowed by the devastation visited upon Europe. He would issue twelve encyclicals and canonize three saints, including Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque who received the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Joan of Arc the liberator Maid of Orleans who had been burned at the stake as a heretic. Her canonization in 1920 totally absolved her and elevated her to the highest honor in the Church she loved. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


       Today is the Twenty-third Monday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Twenty-third Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.


    Passing the buck to hide the truth!

          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".

    "The great appeal of so many modern political philosophies is that they make all the evils of the world economic, and thus dispense its victims from the need of moral betterment."

    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

    August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

       Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you. Little children, may prayer flow from your hearts like fresh water from a spring. May the wheat fields speak to you about the mercy of God towards every creature. That is why, renew prayer of thanksgiving for everything He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


    "And having looked around upon them all, He said to the man, 'Stretch forth thy hand.' And he stretched it forth and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury, and began to discuss among themselves what they should do to Jesus."

    Luke 6: 10-11
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 116 and counting, hoping and praying...

    September 6, 1999       volume 10, no. 168

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