NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Archbishop Tauran dismayed at Muslim leaders' lack of compassion for the countless Catholics slaughtered in East Timor; fears further genocide if UN troops don't move in immediately
Amid dire warnings that troops are needed, not air drops, those in the know in East Timor know that anything less than full military support to protect the people will result in their annihilation for the Indonesian militia are just waiting for the air drops to identify their hiding places so they can ferret out and kill those hiding in the mountains of East Timor. Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran expressed dismay that Muslim leaders were not outraged by the killings thus far in East Timor and is greatly concerned about their sincerity. For more, click on Turmoil in East Timor
Kangaroo court in Kigali continues as Bishop Misago reasserts his innocence in the face of persecution against the Church in Rwanda
Despite trumped-up evidence fabricated by the anti-Catholic president of Rwanda intended to frame Bishop Augustin Misago as the scapegoat for genocide in the early and mid-nineties, it is merely a cover-up to both throw off the scent of the president's and his party's intrinsic involvement in the genocide and discredit the Church which has been the champion of the people there. For more, click on Kigali kangaroo court.
Two-faced Red China arrests bishop and priests same week they deny transgressions against religious freedom
Even while China was denying to the world any kind of religious persecution, they were clandestinely arresting a bishop and three priests of the underground Church in China which is loyal to Rome. Red China has been trying to establish the Patriotic Catholic Church as an official church of China being beholden to Beijing not Rome and have dismissed all overtures to dialogue with Vatican representatives. For more, click on Chinese persecution.
Pope John Paul II to be busy and on the go as year winds down
The Holy Father won't be resting on any laurels as he finishes off the second millennium for his schedule is packed during the final 100 days of 1999 as the Holy See released his itinerary yesterday. The docket will begin in Slovenia, then the unveiling of St. Peter's facade and blessing followed by the opening of the European Synod in October before heading to India and Georgia in November. While it was not included in his itinerary, many suspect December will include the first leg of his "Jubilee Journey" to Ur in Iraq and Mt. Sinai in Egypt. On Christmas Eve he will officially open the "Holy Door" thus issuing in Jubilee 2000. For more, click on Pope's year-end schedule.
Holy See calls for drastic changes in United Nations' attitude toward humanity at all levels and life in all its stages
As the 54th assembly of the UN convened Wednesday, Vatican permanent observer to the UN Archbishop Renato Martino delivered the Holy Father's message to the body of global representatives, calling for reform and a greater role in protecting the Sanctity of Life in all its stages. This was confirmed by Cardinal John O'Connor also in attendance who emphasized the need to defend human dignity and reach out to help others and fight the culture of death which the UN has kowtowed to recently with distribution of contraceptives and abortion measures in poorer countries. For more, click on UN reform.
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Coming this weekend:
The 60th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT and review of past commentaries
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Thirteenth 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 September 17th through 19th
DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-fourth Friday and and Saturday in Ordinary Time plus the Friday Feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church and the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday plus the TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta of India in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
...and much more in our 177th issue for 1999!
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown
Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.
Notre Dame's President emeritus who oversaw the meteoric rise of this high-profile Catholic institution during the turbulent times covering three and a half decades
Today we bring you the 61st person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the Holy Cross priest whose association with Notre Dame University spans sixty-five years. He took the institution from the quiet, simple stature of a Catholic college in northern Indiana to a world-renowned university with endowments totaling $350 million. His legacy was one of agony and ecstasy during the turbulent sixties and seventies in which he steered the University into a new stratosphere while also navigating the many changes within the Church after Vatican II. For more on the 61st selection, click on FATHER THEODORE HESBURGH
There's nothing novel about Truth!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa puts novelty and truth under the microscope where we will always see the fallacies and impure elements in the former and we should always see the purity and unyielding solidity of the latter when thoroughly analyzed, dissected and tested. That is why, as Pat points out, the truths of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church have stood the test of time and science for nearly 2000 years while all other novelties have had their moment in the sun and quickly wilted. The saddest part of that, however, is that they have infected others along the way, inflicting impurities that have resulted in the loss of souls. This has happened in this century as the result of novelties introduced by those advocating the "spirit of Vatican II" as we alluded to yesterday in our take on Karl Rahner, the Jesuit Theologian who walked a precarious tightrope of heresy and truth. Too often he opted for novelty and his folly has come back to haunt many in our seminaries and universities today. For Pat's column Truth and novelty, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Appreciation of the Roman Curia
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 with the Hierarchy - today introducing the Roman Curia, the governing body of the Church and the highest of those offices: the Secretariat of State. For the twelfth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this day in Church History
Today is the anniversary of the death of three Popes - Pope Saint Martin I 1,355 years ago; Pope Valentine, 100th in the line of Peter 1,172 years ago; and Pope Blessed Victor III who died 912 years ago. Also, 535 years ago Pope Paul II was elected the on this date in 1464. Cardinals today wear the red-hat or three-cornered red beretta thanks to this 211th successor of Peter. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
SIMPLY SHEEN: The character of 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".
"One of the most dangerous effects of reducing education to the amassing of knowledge rather than the acquisition of truth, is that it forgets the relationship between truth and character."
Today is the Feast of the martyrs Pope Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian, bishop while tomorrow is the Twenty-fourth Friday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine, bishop, religious, and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes for these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
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?
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
The DAILY WORD
"And turning to the woman, He said to Simon, 'I came into thy house; thou gavest me no water for My feet; but she has bathed My feet with tears, and has wiped them with her hair. Thou gavest Me no kiss; but she, from the moment she entered, has not ceased to kiss My feet. Thou didsn't not anoint My head with oil; but she has anointed My feet with ointment. Wherefore I say to thee, her sins, many as they are, shall be forgiven her because she has loved much. But he to whom little is forgiven, loves little.'"
Luke 7: 44-47