September 24-26, 1999

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    Cardinal Joseph Bernardin
  • Beware of sheep in wolves' clothing
  • Natural disasters are God's wake-up call
  • The Pontifical Councils - part two in the GIFT OF FAITH series
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September 24-26, 1999
vol. 10, no. 182

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

The chief architect of the modern liberal movement in the Church in America, his legacy should be his deep love and concern for all God's children and sincere spirituality

   The voters chose Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the former Archbishop of Chicago who died of cancer at the age of 68 on November 14, 1996. He was both praised and criticized for his political stances on national issues and his liberal tendencies within the NCCB of which there is no argument he was the leader and molded the framework of the current body of bishops in America. He was touted as the next American Pope but it was not to be. Despite his modernistic leanings, he was a man of sincerity, love and deep spirituality who embraced death in a way that inspired millions. For more on the 55th selection, click on CARDINAL JOSEPH BERNARDIN


with a Catholic slant


Pope tosses ball in German Bishops' court as to whether they will continue counseling or pull out altogether

   Breaking its silence on the Pope's directive to the German Bishops over the abortion counseling centers and the controversy surrounding the government laws, the Holy See announced that the Holy Father has given the bishops the opportunity to decide if they want to continue fighting this with no exceptions and no compromise as to counseling against abortion and standing up to the German government or to extricate the Church totally from these convoluted laws and restrictions that literally tie the Church's hands and works against the Sanctity of Life. An answer is expected from the German Episcopal Conference this weekend after they take a vote of their membership. For more, click on Counseling Centers

Cross-examination reveals further harassment of Bishop Misago in Rwandan Kangaroo court in Kigali

   Prosecutors, trying to grind Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro in Rwanda, were unable to break or rattle the Catholic prelate who is being framed for genocide by an anti-Catholic government trying to pass the buck and throw the blame on the Church by convicting the Bishop. So far their arguments have been flimsy at best but since it is a kangaroo court it does not look good for Bishop Misago though Church officials feel the judges will be fair. For more, click on Kangaroo Court in Kigali.

Pro-lifers in Congress send strong message to UN and Clinton: None of the money can be used for abortions!

    As much as the UN and Bill Clinton cry and whine over the United States' being over twelve billion dollars in arrears, pro-life senators and congressman remained steadfast in trying to block the approval of foreign aid unless the UN can assure them it will not go for abortions overseas even though Clinton is trying to use intimidation tactics on the House and Senate. For more, click on Standing up to Clinton and the UN.

Holy See lauded by Film Industry for upholding Human Dignity as Cardinal Paul Poupard addresses Venice Film Festival

    The President of the Pontifical Council for Culture Cardinal Paul Poupard, who we feature today to the right, was the featured speaker for the Vatican at the annual Venice Film Festival this past week and received a surprising standing ovation from the international audience. He challenged the industry to throw off the shackles of sex and violence which demeans the dignity of women and the values of life and break free by portraying human dignity in all its glory. The response was overwhelming with cards and letters flooding the Vatican in gratitude including Islamic Iran. For more, click on Venice Film Festival.

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and counting,

God cannot be put up for sale!

One can sell his soul by leaving the Church through the far-right door as well as the far-left door!

    In this weekend's editorial, we venture into an area we have hitherto not journeyed, speaking out about a purported messenger. The events and disobedience of the messenger in question and the danger he poses in duping so many prompts us out of conscience as loyal Catholics and responsible journalists to expose the error of his ways, for rather than following Jesus and His Vicar on earth, he has chosen the same path as men like Martin Luther, Henry VIII and those who stubbornly adhere to the Society of St. Pius X. Souls are at stake. That makes the consequences much higher. For the editorial, Do not be deceived by the heathen and the publican!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

God is trying to get our ATTENTION!

Time to buckle up for the ride ahead and batten down the hatches of our souls!

   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto reminds us that the rash of recent "natural" disasters are a reminder of Supernatural Mercy in which God is trying to warn His children all over the world, give them a wake-up call to return to Him just as He did in Old Testament times. He's trying to get our attention. Are we focused yet? That is the lesson she imparts in looking ahead to times that could get a lot rockier for all. For her column this weekend, What to learn from natural disasters, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

The President for the Pontifical Council for Culture Cardinal Paul Poupard has his pulse on the world

   We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our ninety-ninth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 69 year-old Cardinal Paul Poupard of France, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture for the past fourteen years. There is an accompaning news story on him in NEWS & VIEWS today as well. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Paul Poupard, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Events this weekend in Church History

    On Sunday we remember the 102nd anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Montini in Breschia, Italy on September 24, 1897. He would go on to become cardinal and Archbishop of Milan before being elected the 263rd successor of Peter on June 21, 1963 as Pope Paul VI and bring Vatican II to its conclusion in 1965. He died on August 6, 1978 after a fifteen-year papacy that saw, in his own words, "satan enter the sanctuary." For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


   This weekend we observe the Twenty-fifth Friday and the Twenty-fifth Saturday in Ordinary Time plus the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. We finish the weekend with the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes, click on LITURGY
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Appreciation of the Pontifical Councils   part two

    This weekend 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 Roman Curia and today deal with the second three Pontifical Councils in a four-part series on these dicasteries. For the eighteenth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


   Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Twenty-fifth Saturday in Ordinary Time:
"But while all marveled at all the things that He was doing, He said to His disciples, 'Store up these words in your minds: the Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of men.'"
Luke 9: 44

The weekend movie reviews return by popular demand

Top Ten Films for the third week of September

    Frankly, we were surprized by the response we received from readers after we had ended the summer run of weekend movie reviews. Many requested we continue them year-round so they can review movies before plunking down their hard-earned dollars and be forewarned of films that are offensive and harmful to their souls. For those reasons, we have decided to heed their wishes and will therefore reinsert this feature each Friday. To be honest there are few films out there worth seeing right now and some that are downright reeking with Catholic-bashing scenes such as the lurid "Stigmata" which is just another effort to demean the Church with its For the Top Ten reviews for the third week of September prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS

Humility is knowing our true selves

    They say a picture is worth 1000 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 luminarydid 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".
"To explore the Truth in all its complexity there must come moments when we confess ignorance, when we frankly admit that we were mistaken or bigoted, or prejudiced. These admissions are painful, but they actually enrich character just as much as all approximations to falsehood forfeit it."

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

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

September 24-26, 1999       volume 10, no. 182

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