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Holy Father continues to hammer home theme of Faith and Reason during his final Sunday Angelus at Castel Gondolfo
Continuing with one of his favorite themes, "Faith and Reason" from his most recent encyclical Fides et Rationis, Pope John Paul II elaborated further on the reasons for Faith and through Faith we find the reasons to believe. It was his last Sunday Angelus Address at his summer residence of Castel Gondolfo. He returns this week permanently to the Vatican after an extended summer stay as the weather becomes cooler. For more, click on Holy Father's Angelus
Cardinal O'Connor decries sacriligeous art, urges Mayor and all New Yorkers to reject Catholic-bashing exhibit at Brooklyn Museum
As if there is not enough anti-Catholic events going on, the latest is a slap in the face to the Church and Mary the Mother of God who is defamed and defaced with an obscene, disgusting montage creating an image of Our Lady on display at the Brooklyn Museum. New York's Archbishop Cardinal John J. O'Connor decried it and applauded New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's threat to withold seven million in grants from the museum if they do not remove it immediately. When the procurators and artist responded it was protected by the First Amendment, the Mayor shot back that when tax money is used and it upsets the public then "There is nothing in the First Amendment that supports horrible and disgusting projects." For more, click on Sacrilege in Brooklyn.
Vatican sets record straight in refuting the defamations by head of UN's Population Fund
On the heels of ridiculous comments by Nafis Sadik, head of the United Nations' Population Fund Committee, that the Roman Catholic Church had softened its stance on her UNFPA agency, the Holy See shot back strongly saying nothing was further from the truth and that the Vatican will always oppose any family-planning programs that include abortion of any kind. The Vatican's chief press secretary Joaquin Navarro-Valls spoke out strongly reaffirming that the Church would only support those programs that promoted the Sanctity of Life. For more, click on Vatican as committed as ever .
Pope emphasizes to Canadian bishops the importance of clear demarcation line between clergy and laity during ad limina visit
Seeking to ensure that the Catholic faithful realize the shortage of vocations is not an open invitation to "clericalize" the laity, the Holy Father strongly insisted that the Canadian Bishops convey that point to their flocks so they don't get the wrong impression of the laity's role in the administration of the sacraments and the life of the Church. This could confuse the laity into feeling pressure to do too much themselves and overstep bounds that they should not venture into. Such confusion would also demoralize priests as to their true responsibilities. For more, click on Canadian ad limina.
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- The 52nd selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- The sixteenth installment in our daily series on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.
- The twentieth installment of our weekly abridged series on the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
- Biography on Cardinal Vinko Puljic, the 104th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on September 29th.
- More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for Wednesday's Feast of the Archangels Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael and the Feast of Saint Jerome, Doctor of the Church on Thursday.
- ...and more in our 185th issue for 1999!
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
53. TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Bishop John J. Myers
Peoria's shepherd, one of the shining lights in the new wave of loyal orthodox bishops, is destined for greater heights
Today we bring you the 53rd person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Bishop John Joseph Myers, the 58 year-old Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois. Born and raised in the Diocese he has exhibited a strong loyalty to the Holy Father and the orthodox curriculum of the Church, promoting vocations throughout the Diocese during his nine-year tenure as shepherd there. Many predict this bright star of the new genre of loyal bishops will be promoted soon to a larger diocese or archdiocese; others are looking further into the future proclaiming him as cardinal material. For more on the 53rd selection, click on BISHOP JOHN J. MYERS
satan is conducting a cacaphony of heresy in Keene, New Hampshire
In today's editorial, we follow up our Friday commentary with part two of the expose on Ron O'Brien and his heretical cult. Every time that seriously soul-sick man opens his mouth he digs himself a deeper hole in satan's domain. Not only has he attacked the editor, but has cruelly made slanderous remarks toward Pope John Paul II and Mother Angelica as well as his rightful shepherd Bishop John McCormack. What more can this demented and heretical pied piper of Keene, New Hampshire do to aid the evil one? He can continue to attack those who remain faithful to the Magisterium. That's satan's modus operandi. For the editorial, "Begone, satan!" see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Appreciation of the Pontifical Councils
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 Roman Curia, treating today the fourth and final part of the Pontifical Councils. For the twentieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
SIMPLY SHEEN: Hatching humility!
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".
"Religion starts with an emptying of self. The Spirit cannot come into the soul until the ego begins to hang outside its tinsel dwelling the sigh: 'Immediate Occupancy.' The ego or the selfish part of existence has to be broken like the shell of an egg before there can be the development of the personality which at the beginning is as helpless as a chick."
Today is the only day we commemorate Ordinary Time, but it is shared with the Feast of Saint Wenceslaus, ruler and martyr plus the Feast of Saint Lawrence Ruiz, husband and father, and his companion martyrs. Tomorrow we begin a string of four glorious feasts with the Feast of the Archangels Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on all these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
For the Feast of Saint Wenceslaus, we bring you Opening Prayer for the Mass in his honor:
Lord, You taught Your martyr Wenceslaus to prefer the kingdom of Heaven to all that the earth has to offer. May his prayers free us from our self-seeking and help us to serve You with all our hearts.
For the Feast of Saint Lawrence Ruiz and his companion martyrs of Nagasaki, Japan we bring you Opening Prayer for the Mass in their honor:
Lord God, in our service to You and to our neighbor give us the patience of the holy martyrs Lawrence and his companions; for those who suffer persecution for justice' sake are blessed in the kingdom of Heaven.
The DAILY WORD
"But when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, 'Lord, wilt Thou that we bid fire come down from Heaven and consume them?' But He turned and rebuked them, saying, 'You do not know of what manner of spirit you are; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.'"
Luke 9: 54-56
Events Today in Church History
Today is the twenty-first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul I, the immediate predecessor of our current Vicar of Christ. Cardinal Albino Luciano was chosen on August 26th and, in effect, served thirty-three days, dying mysteriously in his bed. He was the first Pontiff in history to take two names of previous Popes out of respect for the two preceding Popes. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Retroactive articles on Church history available from 33 to 1515 A.D. for review
To allow all readers to catch up on our popular on-going series, we present a review of the period from the time of Christ when He founded the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 1 through 106. Until we are back to full strength we will continue the archives, giving readers the opportunity to catch up To read any of the 105 installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.