DAILY CATHOLIC for November 14
volume 8, no. 31   
November 14-16, 1997

Vatican cracking down on lay liberalities
On the very same day (yesterday) that the DAILY CATHOLIC ran the weekly feature VATICAN II VERIFICATIONS in which the editors unmasked the myth about the importance of Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and the abuses perpetuated in parishes throughout this country and most probably the world, the Vatican released a 37-page document outlining these same things and called for a reining in of those who do not follow these guidelines, signed and sealed by the heads of all eight Curia dicasteries. For more on this see the article from Catholic World News Service on placing limits on the lay ministry. Click on Laity and Priesthood We hope to make available by link the new document as soon as possible. Stay tuned.
Sister Mary Lucy Yes, it is sad when people try to twist things - portraying something that isn't what they think it is. Such is the case of the latest document released last month by the US Bishops regarding Homosexuality and the furor that followed. Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her weekly column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER gets down to brass tacks by setting the record straight regarding gays and their lifestyles. Click on "Love the sinner, not the sin" to better understand where the Church stands now, has always stood, and will always stand on this issue. In other words, no changes, folks!
Speaking of gays, abortion and that ilk, Bill Clinton's snaky foreign monetary bill (part of his "fast-track" initiative), which many were hoping wouldn't see the light of day, was passed after Congress was coerced into dropping their stiff opposition to overseas abortion funding. Slick Willy got his way this time, but not without a price: Congress drastically cut almost one billion from the budget by taking away 900 million the president had earmarked for his beloved UN cronies. Sorry, not this time. The other price is a fiercer fight in the future against any abortion funding. It's coming. If it doesn't something else will come: God's wrath. Today's scathing editorial entitled, "Double-dealing doublespeak doubles the troubles of a double cross" alerts us all to the snake in the grass who sits in the oval office and the amoral atmosphere that has clouded our consciences in society and in the Church. Click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Cyndi Cain We're speaking, of course, about that glorious day when Christ will come again in all His glory. How close are we to that time? Are we near the End of Time or the End Times. Confused? Not if you understand God's Will and, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the teachings of Holy Mother Church gain a greater insight as to what Christ meant in the Gospel for this Sunday. In her regular weekly feature "COME UNTO ME" Cyndi Cain helps clarify this question of the times in her reflection on Sacred Scripture. Click on Have we forgotten how to tell time? These reflections help us focus more on the readings at Sunday Mass and understand what Holy Mother Church is telling us.
Today's prayer is a very simple one that many of us say each and every day at Holy Mass after the Consecration during the Canon of the Mass and which reminds us that, though we know not the day nor the hour, Our Lord will return:
Christ has died!
Christ has risen!
Christ will come again!

Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life.
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

When we eat this bread and drink
this cup we proclaim your death,
Lord Jesus, until you come in glory.

...the greatest celebration continues perpetually on every Catholic altar throughout the world: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in which the Most Holy Eucharist - the Blessed Sacrament - is confected. We conclude our week-long topic on the Eucharist with capsule paragraphs taken from the new Catechism of the Catholic Church in alignment with the old Baltimore Catechism in clarifying what Holy Mother Church teaches about this precious gift available to all in the state of sanctifying grace. Click on today's CATECHISM CAPSULES
The full Liturgy for Friday, Saturday and Sunday with reference to all the readings and vignettes on Saturday's saint - Saint Albert the Great and the background on the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday are inside. Click on LITURGY OF THE DAY to prepare for Masses this weekend.
Medjugorje Monthly Message
October 25th Message
The Gospa Dear children: Also, today I am with you and I call all of you to renew yourselves by living my messages. Little children, may prayer be life for you and may you be an example to others. Little children, I desire for you to become carriers of Peace and of God's Joy to today's world without peace. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray! I am with you and I bless you with my motherly peace. Thank you for having responded to my call!
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with a Catholic slant
    Bishops' Conference Concludes
        The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, already in full agreement to seriously study returning a sense of fast and abstinence on Fridays, wrapped up their week-long bi-annual fall meeting in the nation's capitol with resolutions to approve a new Spanish lectionary and sacramentary, as well as reinforcing their united stand against abortion, drawing up a a document earmarked for the 25th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade landmark decision which officially cast the dark shadow of the culture of death over the United States. click on Bishops to read more.
    If you're Catholic, display the cross of Christ proudly!
       That's the message Washington D.C. Cardinal James Hickey firmly sent to the Jesuits at Georgetown University in the upscale district of the city. He decried the liberal allowance of factions such as gay organizations at the Catholic college that are in direct philosophical and theological confrontation with Holy Mother Church while the leaders of this Catholic University seem to be watering down the faith and ashamed of the crucifixes which had been removed from classrooms. Click on Hoyas
    to read more.

    Pete repeats his promise to crack down
        Just a week after California Republican Governor Pete Wilson talked the talk in doing the right thing to members of the Christian Coalition, he is starting to walk the walk. He is holding hostage millions of dollars in contracts in protest of Sodom and...oops, make that San Francisco's new law that could adversely effect the ultra-liberal Cal Berkely and other organizations. Click on Pete to read more.

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"The oppression of the wicked will sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is right."

Proverbs 21: 7

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DAILY CATHOLIC for this past week

To review articles appearing this past weekend, click on Archives to read text or the following articles in graphics:

  • Significant Site of the Week
  • The Vicar of Christ Speaks
  • Father Stephen Valenta's Column
  • ...and much, much more!

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