volume 9, no. 37
February 20-22, 1998
Two American bishops to receive prestigious Red Hat during Consistory in Rome this weekend!
His holiness John Paul II will officially elevate twenty worthy prelates to the highest rank of Cardinal of the Church Saturday morning at 10:30 Rome time and concelebrate with the new Cardinals at Holy Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica on Sunday morning, observing the feast of the Chair of Peter, not officially celebrated universally in the Church this year. Of the twenty new princes of the Church, seventeen will be eligible to vote for the next pontiff. Two of those are Americans. They are Archbishop Francis George of Chicago, an Oblate of Mary Immaculate who was born and raised in the Windy City and returned there last year as the new head after the death of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. The other, Archbishop James Francis Stafford was appointed to head the Pontifical Council for the Laity last year, no doubt for his excellent coordination of World Youth Days in 1993 in Denver. Denver's new Archbishop may not have to wait too long to be a cardinal with the way he has become an outstanding spokesman for the loyal Catholic conscience in America. That of course is Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. who has written a stirring article against the war in Iraq which we bring you here to realize how the majority of Catholics are against bombing Iraq. Click on MITERS THAT MATTER
An Open Letter to the President!
The growing consternation over a possible war in the Gulf prompts Sister Mary Lucy Astuto to devote her column this week to the moral implications of the entire affair with an emphasis on "affair" as she takes the President to task for his lack of morals in matters that demand morals. She pulls no punches in admonishing him as to his follies. GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Sorry, we don't buy into the idea of war!
Continuing the same thread as Archbishop Chaput and Sister Lucy we devote our editorial today to the insanity of trying to sell a war to people who aren't buying the idea. The hucksterism of the White House in trying to pursuade the American people that America attacking Iraq is just and moral is an abberation even on Madison Avenue. Each day more and more military, political and religious leaders join the growing mass of people who emphatically say no to Clinton's "ad game." The sad thing is, it's not a game! For today's commentary entitled "What if they tried to peddle a war and no one was buying it?", click on Today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
We need to be the beast of burden for Christ
There's a saying attributed to Father Flanagan of Boys Town fame that he encountered a young man hoisting another young man on his back carrying him for quite a while. When confronted, he remarked to Fr. Flanagan, "He ain't heavy, he's my brother!" That's why the Blessed Mother wants us to consider being the "beast of burden" to help carry her Divine Son's message of Peace, Love, Mercy and Reparation to all God's children. That is the essence of Mary's meditation today in Lesson 1: JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart as we continue to bring you daily excerpts from these lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries through Lent. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Last weekend of Ordinary Time until the month of June Before we phase out Ordinary Time we celebrate the Ordinary of the Mass until Monday, but sharing this on Saturday are the feast of Saint Peter Damian a bishop and Doctor of the Church from the time of Saint John the Apostle and the last observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday until June 6th. Though Sunday is the Seventh and last Sunday in Ordinary Time until June 21, it is also the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter which, sadly, is not celebrated this year. Monday we commemorate the martyred bishop Saint Polycarp. For vignettes on all of these and the liturgical readings and meditations through the weekend, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
Medjugorje Monthly Message for
Dear children! Today again I call all of you to prayer. Only with prayer, dear children, will your heart change, become better, and be more sensitive to the Word of God. Little children, do not permit satan to pull you apart and to do with you what he wants. I call you to be responsible and determined and to consecrate each day to God in prayer. May Holy Mass, little children, not be a habit for you, but life. By living Holy Mass each day, you will feel the need for holiness and you will grow in holiness. I am close to you and intercede before God for each of you, so that He may give you strength to change your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call! For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
679 - 678 - 677 and counting,
hoping and praying...
with a Catholic slant
Iraq, not Saddam, hoping Pope will pay visit to their land of Abraham
The Iraqis don't want the Americans, the UN Secretary, Iran or anyone else but they do want the Pope. Despite the fact Iraq is a caldron of tension right now, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq has expressed confidence that the Holy Father will someday visit his land, the land of Abraham so many millenniums ago. Without referring to Saddam Hussein the Holy Father has expressed regrets that he has not been able to visit yet, but is definitely planning on it when the time is right. Click on Iraq visit to read more.
Move over, Medjugorje!
Actually Our Lady's Oasis of Peace for nearly 17 years doesn't have to move but its close neighboring village of Garb is starting to gain some attention because of purported apparition of Jesus in a window in this tinier town in Bosnia. Though it isn't the same type of phenomena as Medjugorje has displayed, it does present another headache for the bishop of Mostar who wishes all apparitions would just go away. For more, click on Bosnia apparition to read more.
Vatican advises putting frozen embryos on ice!
The L'Osservatore Romano strongly criticized the method of in vitro fertilization as immoral and adverse to what the Church teaches that birth should be natural and any other way can result in death, deforming, or scientific abuses. The article came on the heels of a California couple who gave birth to a healthy 8 pound baby boy - the product of seven and a half-years of being frozen in incubation. Though God was merciful with these parents, the method is contrary to God's natural law. Click on Frozen Embryos to read more.
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of the Chair of Peter we include the Apostles' Creed today
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"The honest man's virtue makes his way straight, but by his wickedness the wicked man falls." Proverbs 11: 5
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- Seventh installment on Christifideles Laici in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
We award another "Golden Chalice Award" in SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK
Father Stephen Valenta's column
Part One of Lesson 2 in "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Liturgy of the Day
...and much more in our thirty-eighth issue for 1998!
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