WEDNESDAY     February 16, 2000    vol. 11, no. 33    SECTION ONE

     See why so many consider the Daily CATHOLIC as the "USA Today for CATHOLICS!"

    e-mail: webmaster@dailycatholic.org

To print out entire text of today's issue, print this section as well as SECTION TWO and SECTION THREE


SECTION ONE Contents: Go immediately to the article:
  • Dr. Frank Joseph's Pro-Life Prescriptions
  • Michael Vincent Boyer's column on MOVIES & MORALS
  • 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER - Installment 36: The Crusades
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Daily WORD
  • Monthly Medjugorje Message for January


  • How some Catholics are hurting the pro-life movement

      Today Dr. Frank Joseph begins an eye-opening, conscious-tweaking essay on what Catholics need to do to turn the spiritual fortunes of America around. It begins by being informed and voting only for candidates and measures that promote the Sanctity of Life as the Church teaches. He points out statistics that show Catholics really don't have a clue how much they're playing into the hands of the pro-aborts by splitting their votes and endorsing immoral candidates and measures. For the first part of As the Catholic Church in America goes, so goes America! , see Pro-Life Prescriptions: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

    As the Catholic Church in America goes, so goes America!    part one

          I must say, that as a Catholic, I am greatly saddened by the Catholic Church in America's weak effort in trying to stop the killing of unborn babies. As you read on over the next two installments, you will know the reasons.

          In the not so distant past, I read an article that stunned my every fiber. A column written by Peter Brimelow for the October 18, 1999 issue of Forbes Magazine entitled "Who Has Abortions?" by the Alan Guttmacher Institute. For brevity, I'll just include the differences in religious background, which are striking.

          54% of American women describe themselves as Protestants, but they had only 37% of the abortions. Since most blacks are Protestants, this suggests that the white Protestant abortion rate is quite low. Roman Catholics are more likely to abort than Protestants: They account for 31% of the population -- and of the abortions.

          This last statistic was the stunner. Catholics, lead all other Christian denominations in killing their unborn babies. How could this be? The Church that Jesus Christ founded and is the mother of all other Christian Churches, is lagging behind. The Protestant ministers are doing a better job from the pulpit than Catholic priests.

          Is it possible that Catholics figure that if they have their baby killed, why they'll just go to confession, and their sins will be forgiven? If that's true we need to reeducate the masses as to the gravity of the sin and go back to tweaking consciences where the guilt syndrome prevented so many from committing serious mortal sin. It's also important to realize the many ways of sinning both through active and passive ways.

          Most Catholics don't know that it's a sin to condone the killing of unborn babies, by saying, "I think abortions are wrong, but a woman should have that choice." Because in reality, you are sanctioning the taking of a human life - a mortal sin. This support and encouragement acts as an authoritative permission, which influences women to kill their unborn babies. Thus you are a party to these mass killings and a great delight to satan.

          Most Catholics have never heard of the following Bible quotation and if they have, they don't know what it means: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart" (Jeremiah 1: 5).

          This ignorance is manifested in the Catholic vote. As an example, in California, the last two Sundays before the last elections, nothing concerning abortions was even mentioned on the pulpit from our parish priests.

          Gray Davis, a Catholic, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in California, stated that he was Pro-choice on all of his TV ads. As you know, he won. Dan Lungren, also a Catholic, would not compromise his religious beliefs. In his TV ads, he said he was Pro-life. It was later revealed that Davis got most of the Catholic vote. How could this be?

          I know that the Catholic Church does not want to get involved in politics, because of their tax status -- but this is ridiculous. This is not a political issue -- it's a moral issue!!! You don't have to mention names, or any particular party, but you can certainly tell the parishioners to vote for Pro-life candidates in order to save the lives of God's most precious creations.

          Even if they lost their tax status -- so what. There's a passage in the Bible that says, For what will profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? (Mark 8: 36).

          How those who say they believe in God, can ignore the above scripture is beyond me. Besides they WILL NOT lose their tax status, for trying to save the lives of babies. Clinton, before the last elections, actually went to Black churches to ensure their vote. It paid off -- over 90% of the Blacks voted Democratic (for Pro-abortion candidates). Had the priests and bishops of the Catholic Church made the same kind of effort as the Black ministers -- (only in this case to get their congregation to vote for Pro-live candidates), think of all the lives that would have been saved.

          Lungren, who is a good Catholic lost the governorship to a Catholic, who ignored the Church's teachings on the killing of unborn babies, just to get votes. In plain English -- Davis was rewarded by the Catholic Church by their silence, thus insuring that the killing of unborn babies will be proliferated. Lungren a devout Catholic, was hung out to dry by the Catholic Church, thus denying him opportunities to fight for Pro-life legislation, especially Partial-birth abortions.

          There are pro-abortion professors teaching theology in our Catholic Universities. Not only are they teaching, but they are pushing their views on the students. Is it any wonder that more Catholics, voted for pro-abortion candidates, than Evangelical Christians? We send our children to Catholic grade and high schools, only to have their minds exposed to pro-abortion views.

          One such person is Daniel C. Maguire, who teaches several freshman sections of, "Theology and Morals" at Marquette. He has been neither excommunicated nor removed from his tenured position -- although the Vatican issued a 49-page document in September 1990 - Ex corde Ecclesia charging universities to be more accountable for what they teach. Bishops have a "right and a duty," the document states, "to watch over" universities in their dioceses.

          According to records filed with the IRS, Catholics For a Free Choice, of Washington, DC, has received thousands of dollars from the Playboy Foundation, which deals in pornography. Maguire is on the board of directors of Catholics For a Free Choice which is no more Catholic than Playboy! Here are quotes from one of Maguire's articles: "If you are concerned about the possibility that the fetus might experience pain you need to balance that concern ... Physical and emotional pain occur in all our lives. It is not the determining fact in making a moral decision about abortion or anything else."

          Better to kill your unborn child than "ignore the needs and rights of other persons, your husband and children," Maguire says. Besides, the "possibility" that the fetus might be a person, pales in light of the fact that you definitely are. "Think about the relative value of your life versus that of the fetus.... many good religious people believe that the woman has to welcome the life in her womb and consent to the pregnancy, before God considers it a human person ... when the woman consents to the pregnancy ... God then infuses a soul into the body."

          Have you ever read such insidious garbage?!? And he teaches at a Catholic university. If you want his whole article -- let me know at DFJosephMD@aol.com.

          Next week I will continue with this same thread, detailing how some within the Church in America are undermining the pro-life movement and, through their words and actions, not worthy to be called Catholic. I will expose the lies they are spewing and I will continue pleading for all Catholics, regardless of political affiliation, to campaign and vote for the pro-life candidate nationally and locally for that is the only way we can preserve not only the soul of America, but the souls of many Catholics and the lives of millions of preborn babies.

          God bless.

      Dr. Frank

    Back to Top of Page

    The licentious and larcenous link between Hollywood and the White House in selling out!

        Today we continue a probing, in-depth series begun Friday by Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider on what's happening in the entertainment industry. He delves into the connection between Bill Clinton and his administration and the Hollywood establishment and shows the hypocrisy of both sides in betraying the trust of the public and selling out while buying favors in a mutual madness that is corrupting society. For his column, see MOVIES & MORALS-VIDEOS & VIRTUES-TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE

    What Hollywood doesn't want you to know

    part three

    The devil's disciples: Hollywood and Washington part one: The Ties that Bind

        "It was a perfect match for the brazen, cynical, and vulgar entertainment industry to have someone in Washington they could call their own. In fact, the entertainment industry and communist China were the two largest contributors to Bill Clinton."

          The increasingly cozy relationship between Washington and Hollywood was never more evident than in the 1990's, especially after the 1992 election of Bill Clinton as president. Bill Clinton was and always has been infatuated with celebrity; his own and Hollywood's. It was a perfect match for the brazen, cynical, and vulgar entertainment industry to have someone in Washington they could call their own. In fact, the entertainment industry and communist China were the two largest contributors to Bill Clinton. Together, the president and the entertainment industry have dragged the moral fiber of this country into the mud with images and speeches that are rooted in their mutual 1960's counterculture disdain for standards, decency, and positive values.

          The first rumblings began in 1992 when record and movie producer David Geffen held massive fund-raisers for Bill Clinton that would raise several hundred thousand dollars - at least in money that was reported to the Federal Elections Committee (FEC). Much more was funneled through vague political action committees that found their way to Clinton's campaign. And it's anyone's guess how much was handed under the table. Selling the Lincoln Bedroom during the re-election in 1996 for "overnight visitors" to raise money was unprecendted and unethical, if not outright illegal. An administration memo was even uncovered with directions directly from Clinton to "increase" the Lincoln bedroom strategy. It is here that many insiders say even more money was funneled to the president in cash. And, many of the "overnighters" were actors, directors, and other "personalities."

          That this massive fundraising effort would have an impact on policy was soon realized immediately after Clinton took office. Many speculated that Geffen's influence on the president as a result of the fundraisers was largely due to one of the president's first acts as president; a new policy allowing gays in the military. But, while Hollywood pushed for the policy, the military brass strongly protested the change. Trying to pander to everybody resulted in the infamous "Don't ask, don't tell" policy which has confused enlistment, recruiting, and training in the military to this day.

          The Hollywood fund-raisers continue unabated going into the new year and the entertainment industry feels comfortable knowing that the president will have to occasionally "scold" them for their responsibility in the rapid rise of vulgarity, extreme violence, and debased values showing up on the nation's screens as he demonstrated in the 1996 election, only after Senator Bob Dole made it an issue first. A similar phony scolding was delivered in May 1999 after a rash of school violence was traced to the perpetrator's infatuation with violent movies and video games, some of which were promoted to youth with slogans like "Kill Your Friends Guilt Free."

          During the May 10th "scolding" to the industry at the White House, which few industry leaders attended, Clinton denounced the trash coming out of Hollywood. The following week, Clinton was on the taxpayer's airplane known as Air Force One on his way to Hollywood where SKG Dream Works partners David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg helped Clinton raise $1.5 million for the Democratic National Committee. Attendees said there was a lot of laughing and backslapping going on concerning the "residential scolding" Because of the president's well recognized penchant for lying, perjury, stonewalling, and eventual impeachment, Clinton is not trusted by the American people because he places no backbone or commitment into his phony calls for accountability.

          The FEC records all donations to presidential candidates in the amounts of $200 or more. Public Disclosure, Inc., a non-partisan organization, has put together an extensive contributor's list for cycles going back to 1980. When the 1996 campaign list of contributors to the President and Political Action Committees sympathetic to Clinton were published, an unusually large number of entertainers were listed in the "actor" and "actress" categories alone (see list below). Many of the same people, and even more, have shown up on the lists for the 1998 congressional campaign cycle as well as the year 2000 cycle for president. Universal Pictures Chairman Emeritus Lew Wasserman has already thrown a massive fund-raiser this year for Vice President Al Gore, who "used to" point the fingers at Hollywood for their actions. But he freely accepted the money raised by Wasserman, the reviled Universal Studios chairman who vehemently pushed distribution of the money losing "Last Temptation of Christ" despite over-whelming public protest.

          Tomorrow we will name names of many prominent Hollywood celebrities who may not all have slept in the Lincoln bedroom but are certainly in bed with the corrupt Clinton administration.

    Michael Vincent Boyer

    Tommorow: The devil's disciples: Hollywood and Washington part two: The Quagmire

    Back to Top of Page

    The beginning of the Crusades mark a new chapter in the cultural change of the Church and Europe

        We resume our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we cover the beginning of the Crusades, briefly summarizing the meaning of this all-consuming campaign that would encompass eight different wars over a span of 200 years and forever change the culture of Europe. For though most left for the Crusades for noble reasons, often greed and power overcame virtue and many who did not die on the rocky deserts of the mideast, returned with the spoils of war and in the process began the spoiling of the continent - a cancer that would also effect the Church. For Installment thirty-six A New Battlefront: The Crusades, see BARQUE OF PETER

    Installment 36: A New Battlefront - the Crusades
          In the last installment we covered the beginning of Pope Blessed Urban II's pontificate. It was Urban II who, at the Council of Clermont, announced the First Crusade in 1095, though the Christian army did not enter Jerusalem until 1099. These Crusades were major military campaigns that lasted over 200 years. They were not only promoted by the Popes but partly financed as well. The fervor against the Islam invasion of the Holy Land reached feverish pitches, motivating kings and peasants to fight together for the cause under the banner of the Cross. Despite this being a holy and noble endeavor intent on recouping the land Jesus Christ walked - therefore "Holy Land" - it also profited many politically, economically, and idealistically. Many also sought the adventure and the notion that "to the victor go the spoils" as a way to gain independence and a better way of life.

          The Crusades helped to solidify the Christian cause, unifying various cultures throughout Europe. Though they spoke different languages, they could always come together in worship under one language - Latin - during the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass presided by missionary chaplains who had joined the ranks. The Church was always there for their spiritual care as well as many times for their temporal welfare. Today this "bond" of Latin is sorely missing in the universal Church and it shows. Taking its place in Europe is the Euro-currency for they still speak a different language throughout the old continent but it is the almighty dollar - the Euro-dollar that unites the masses. Sadly, the temporal has usurped the spiritual. That also gives credence that were there to be a crusade today it would never work. This has already been proven in East Timor where the Muslims annihilated hundreds of thousands Christians and the world barely blinked.

          The word "Crusade" was taken from the Latin for "to mark with a cross" which was cruciare, and the French croisade as well as the Spanish cruzada. Hence, the word "crusade" became a household word. In short it became a crusade to crusade for the Crusades. Every Crusader's emblem was a cross emblazoned on their chest, shield, and/or banner. It became part of the European culture.

          Some of the greatest saints during this era were Saint Dominic who was given the Holy Rosary as the most powerful prayer weapon we can have by Our Lady in an apparition in 1208; Saint Francis of Assisi who was charged by God to "rebuild My Church" and founded the Order of Friars Minor better known as the Franciscans. Yet St. Francis' greatest desire was to be a martyr in the cause of the Cruades. Another follower of St. Francis, probably his most loyal, was Saint Anthony of Padua who effected countless conversions in Italy. St. Anthony wanted so much to join the Crusades and ransom prisoners taken by the Saracens and Moors. He was even willing to give his life. if necessary, for God and the recovery of the sacred soil Christ walked. Another was Saint Clare who founded the Poor Clares and defended Assisi against the infidels by exposing the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on top of the gate to her convent crying out to God: "Deliver not to beasts, O Lord, the souls who confess to Thee." God responded, "My protection will never fail you." True to His words, the Saracens fled. Saint Simon Stock, to whom the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared and bestowed the Scapular for protection in 1245 came because the Scapular was necessary at the time for all those going into battle and is just as important, if not moreso, today. Three other great saints during the time of the crusades were a trio of the some of the greatest Doctors of the Church: Saint Albert the Great, Saint Bonaventure, and Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor. There were countless other saints during the times of the Crusades, including the great Saint Louis IX, King of France who contracted typhus and died in Tunisia while leading another Crusade.

          There were eight Crusades in all. The first lasted six years from 1095 to 1101; the second was a five year war from 1143-1148; the third covered four years from 1188-1192; the 4th Crusade lasted only two years from 1202-1204 and the fifth was even less - one year in 1212. The 6th Crusade in 1229 also lasted only a year with the six-year 7th Crusade being the longest from 1248-1254 and the 8th and final Crusade was completed in 1270 after having begun three years earlier in 1267. In the next installment we will cover the Apostolic Line of Peter for the first half of the 12th century covering the 1st and 2nd Crusades.

    Next Wednesday: Installment Thirty-seven: The Church and Empire: struggle for control.

    Back to Top of Page

    DAILY LITURGY

       Today is the Sixth Wednesday in Ordinary Time while we observe the Sixth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the Seven Servite Founders. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on this feast, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Wednesday, February 16, 2000

        First Reading: James 1: 19-27
        Responsorial: Psalm 15: 2-5
        Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 22-26

    Thurday, February 17, 2000

      Thursday February 17:
      Sixth Thursday in Ordinary Time and
      Feast of the Seven Servite Founders

      Green or white vestments

        First Reading: James 2: 1-9
        Responsorial: Psalm 34: 2-7
        Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 27-33

    Feast of the Seven Servite Founders, Religious

       There were seven concilors of Florence who founded the Servants of Mary or Servites in 1233. The best known were Saint Buonfiglio dei Monaldi and Saint Alessio de' Falconieri, who served as a lay brother all his life.The other five were also from influential families in Florence and were all members of the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through this association, they grew spiritually and longed for something more. Thus, under the direction and advice of their bishop, the majority became priests, forming the Servants of Mary or Servites. They adopted the Rule of Saint Augustine, wore black cassocks and strove to emulate the mendicant friars like the Franciscans and Dominicans. Their Order was officially approved by Pope Innocent IV in 1259; canonically approved by Blessed Pope Benedict XI in 1304; and canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. Their feast is celebrated in Church Liturgy on February 17th. There was also a contemplative order of Servite nuns founded by two penitents of Saint Philip Benezi and a Third Order of nuns dedicating to treating the poor and sick as well as educating children. This was founded by a relative of St. Alessio's, Saint Juliana Falconieri in 1306.

    Back to Top of Page

    The DAILY WORD

    "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror: for he looks at himself and goes away, and presently he forgets what kind of man he is."

    James 1: 22-24

    Back to Top of Page

    January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

      "Dear children! I call you, little children, to pray without ceasing. If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation. That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who give a gift of peace and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God's peace and love which He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

    Back to Top of Page


    Click here to go to SECTION TWO or SECTION THREE or click here to return to the front page of this issue.

    To research any of the past 500 plus issues in archives from November 1, 1997 to the present, see ARCHIVES


    February 16, 2000     volume 11, no. 33
    The DailyCATHOLIC is available Monday thru Friday at www.DailyCatholic.org