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January 16, 1998   vol 9, no. 12    

SECTION ONE



You can choose to spiritually adopt an unborn child for the cost of a daily prayer!

     This weekend and throughout next week there will be a lot of hoopla on both coasts. On the west coast, of course, is the hype buildup for Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium next Sunday in San Diego. On the east coast, the hype is over the twenty-fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous Roe vs. Wade decision which started this country on a steady downward spiral toward the depths of the culture of death and ultimately hell. While many will be observing this occasion in prayer and reparation, pro-abortion advocates will be hailing the decision and calling for even more liberal measures for this "legalized" murder. They call themselves "pro-choice," but in today's editorial, entitled, "There is no other choice!, we urge our readers to adopt the wise advise of that holy prelate who was years ahead of his time and mode - Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen who encouraged all to spiritually adopt an unborn child and pray for that child for a year with the special prayer that appears below in the PRAYERS & DEVOTION section of this page. God's cup is running over and His Justice will be meted out for abortion is Murder! There are no innocent culprits, only innocent victims - the aborted fetuses - the aborted souls. All others will have to answer for their nefarious deeds. Click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

There really is no other choice!

       Next Thursday we commemorateÖor should we say commiserate the twenty-fifth anniversary of an event that would forever change the face of America. A Twenty-Five-Year Anniversary is usually a silver anniversary but there is no silver lining to the twenty-five year acknowledgment of the disastrous decision by the Supreme Court on January 22, 1969 that launched the United States of America on the downward path - the road towards the abyss that dead-ends with the culture of death. The infamous Roe vs. Wade landmark decision opened Pandoraís box for from this would not only come the loss of more human souls than in all the major wars in world history, but seriously decrease the moral fiber and soul of this once great country. It officially marked the end of the age of innocence for there was nothing innocent in senseless killing the pre-born innocents out of selfishness on the part of pregnant women who shunned accepting Godís plans for them as loving, nurturing mothers in favor for a promiscuous "do-whatever-you-want," "itís my body" attitude. For two and a half decades feminists have cried out "Choice" - labeling the pro-abortion, pro murderers a more sedate moniker such as "Pro-Choice." Choice, what a catch-all phrase! The only choice is life! How low have we sunk to even, for one moment, believe by any stretch of the imagination that abortion is not murder? It is unadulterated murder! Over 60 million innocents have been slaughtered since abortion became "legal" twenty five years ago compared to only one million, one hundred seventy thousand killed in all the wars America has ever fought. No wonder Our Lady - the Immaculate Conception, Mother of God - has warned over and over that the Almighty Father can no longer hold back His Divine Justice. All those who choose to condone abortion - whether they be mothers-to-be, doctors, midwives, pro-abortion activists, or those who remain silent, refusing to get involved - all those will be avenged by the avenging angels at the appointed time.

     So how can we get involved to help promote the culture of life? First, and foremost: Prayer. Holy Mass and the Rosary, the most powerful weapon the Blessed Virgin Mary has bequeathed to us - the links or chains that will ultimately bound satan. If we truly live the messages Our Lady has been imparting at Medjugorje for well over sixteen years as well as taking the words she conveyed at Rue de Bac, Lourdes, LaSalette, and Fatima to heart then we can be assured we are striving to do her Divine Sonís Will and we will see results. Secondly, choose adoption, not abortion. The esteemed spokesman for Catholic Faith and Morals, the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen over three decades ago, before abortion was declared "legal" in this country, encouraged the spiritual adoption of an unborn child. This may be done by praying that one unknown childís life be spared and allowed to live and be born. To accomplish this, it was recommended that the following prayer be said daily for a period of one year. Today this prayer is needed more than ever. You can find this prayer in todayís PRAYERS & DEVOTION. As Bishop Sheen pointed out, during the adopterís earthly life this spiritually adopted child of theirs would be known only to God. In Heaven both the adoptive parent and child will find happiness in each otherís company. A beautiful thought and ideal solution to the hideous crime being committed at an alarming rate.

     The United States has the highest rate of abortion in the western hemisphere. Almost 50% of todayís abortions are by teenagers. The real solution is not contraceptives and sex education. Itís been proven this only adds to the problem. The real solution is a re-emphasis of who we are - children of God, made in the image and likeness of God and thus our bodies are truly temples of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Father has affirmed this when he proclaimed, "Human life is precious because it is the gift of God Whose Love is Infinite; and when God gives life, it is forever." It is not only time to choose chastity, but to preach chastity from the roof-tops to offset the satanic influence of immorality prevalent in our society today. Yes, a woman has rights over her body - rights to take care of her body, to make it a worthy sanctuary for a new soul of which she plays a role in its creation. For that human being inside her womb is someone distinct from herself. Therefore she has no right, no choice to decide for herself that she can play God. Only God can make that decision. His decision is obvious. He created that childÖnot to have it aborted, but to have it loved with a parental care just as the woman carrying that child was cared for. To all "pro-choicers" we ask, what if your parents had "chosen" to abort you?

     Our Lady has cautioned us over and over at Medjugorje and elsewhere around the world through her chosen messengers and visionaries as to what satan is trying to do. So far the insidious one has been succeeding. Enough is enough! Pope John Paul II has ushered an ultimatum to our country: "America, if you want liberty and justice for all and lasting peace...defend life." Even though God gave everyone a free will, when it comes to abortion, there is no choice! It is true that abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States. Not smoking, not cancer, not coronary attacks, not automobile accidents - but Abortion! And every abortion is premeditated which makes it all the more a hideous crime. Plain and simple, Abortion is Murder! God said it! We believe it! That settles it! From conception to natural death, life is sacred. Itís time for all of us to get off the proverbial fence and commit totally to ending abortion. Itís time to speak up and enlist in Maryís little, but mighty army through praying the Rosary - the most powerful prevention of abortion, and take up the cause fostered by Bishop Sheen in spiritually adopting an unborn little one. Jesus has said to render to Caesar the things that are Caesarís and to God the things that are Godís, but in the case of legalization of abortion in America, this does not count for the right to life does not belong to "Caesar" but to God. Rather we must follow Saint Peterís words, echoed by the Apostles in Acts 5: 29, "We must obey God rather than man." There really is no other choice!

Michael Cain, editor

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

Prayer composed by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to be said daily for a year after spiritually adopting an unborn child.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love You very much. I beg You to spare the life of the unborn child I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.


Life in all its stages doesn't include cloning
      While the fight continues to preserve life, some want to manufacture life on their own through artificial means, circumventing God's law and creation process to become a god themselves in controlling their own creations; namely cloning. In today's column by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto she points out the unnaturalness of cloning as she explains in Science cannot clone a soul! Click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

COLUMNS: GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

Science cannot clone a soul!

      There is a great deal of discussion these days in the news media about human cloning. It was bound to happen once science succeeded in cloning Dolly, the sheep.

      I am quite taken aback by comments from Christians and even Roman Catholics on some talk shows. For example, a few days ago, I turned the radio on to a local station and heard a Roman Catholic (he identified himself as such) state that he would not have any problem with the cloning of humans. I sometimes wonder why I even turn the radio or TV on because when I hear such things, I then feel obligated in conscience to make a statement of correction. This subject is, after all, very serious and grave matter.

      I called the station, identified myself as a Catholic Religious Sister (not a nun, as nuns are cloistered; are confined to their monastery; and do NOT do an active work with people, such as teach or work in hospitals. Most Catholics donít know there IS a difference.) I stated that there was something seriously missing in the discussion regarding human cloning. No one had mentioned that every soul, the life principle of the body, is unique, God-given and incapable of duplication by any scientist. The human soul, after all, is immortal.

      The talk show host was somewhat silent, as this point hadnít been given the slightest regard until then. I acknowledged that I was coming from a position of faith but the fact remained that humans are not just body (which science certainly may be able to genetically clone), but humans also have a soul, which no person can create, and which is unique to each individual.

      Therefore, amidst the talk that if a couple loses a baby, they can have that baby cloned and go on with their life as though the cloned baby was the baby they lost. That has been the presumption!

      No way, Jose!!! No matter how much a cloned human being might look like, or sound like or walk like the person cloned, it will NOT BE the SAME PERSON. Even identical twins have their unique differences because they do not share the same soul, but each has its own unique and God-given spirit.

      There is, of course, also, the grave matter of how cloning is done. If it requires (and probably does) the fertilization of human eggs and the destruction of those that donít work out, we have then the destruction of human life in its very early stages. This is ABORTION. Catholics cannot be supportive of this issue, and must respect human life in ALL of its stages.

      What is involved here is HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION which, in summation, is no better, and could be far worse, than what Hitler and his cohorts did.

      The discussion of human cloning, however, may have a positive side. It may force pro-aborts to face the fact that human cloning is working with HUMAN LIFE at its earliest stages.

      Letís stay faithful to authentic Catholic teaching. God bless you!


After life - then what?

      They call it the "afterlife" but after life expires in our temporal bodies, we have to pass through one of three portals - either Heaven or hell or, for most of us, a mandatory time, hopefully short, in Purgatory. There are countless souls who are currently members of the Church Suffering and, through indulgences the Church Militant can help expedite their elevation to the ranks of the Church Triumphant as well as earn points for shortening our stay in Purgatory. Many have been confused about indulgences and changes made after the Second Vatican Council. In today's third and final stanza on the Council Fathers' document on Indulgences we outline the changes and norms for both Partial and Plenary Indulgences. Click on VATICAN II VERIFICATIONS

INDULGENCES

part three

      There have many misconceptions that Vatican II changed many things in the Church and "we don't do it that way anymore" has become the refrain in all too many parishes throughout the world. However, surprise! It hasn't changed that much! To prove this, we go to the source: the Vatican Council Postconciliar Documents, expertly compiled by the revered Dominican Austin P. Flannery in two volumes.

      We complete our three part sixth "bone to pick" with dissenters on the subject of Indulgences, tying in with our topic which we continue next week in "Catechism Capsules." There has been a misconception that Vatican II threw out indulgences because they were "superstitious" and out-moded. Wrong! In fact the Vatican II documents make it very clear that indulgences are still very much in vogue as we highlight just what was decreed at the Second Vatican Council below. Today we outline the changes that were actually made in which the Council Fathers reduced the excess of indulgences in order to enhance the meaning and merits of both Partial and Plenary Indulgences, emphasizing the good deeds performed through active rather than passive participation. The following are taken from VATICAN COUNCIL II, VOLUME II, More Postconciliar Documents; General Editor Austin Flannery, O.P. Costello Publishing Company, Part Six, pages 62-79 on the APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION ON THE REVISION OF INDULGENCES (Paul VI, Indulgentiarum Doctrina, 1 January, 1967).

NEW RULES FOR PARTIAL INDULGENCES

Concerning partial indulgences, the way they have been determined hitherto, by days and years, is abolished. Instead, a new standard for measuring them has been laid down. It takes into account the action itself of the faithful Christian who does the work to which the indulgence is attached. The faithful can obtain by their actsóapart from the merit which is the principal fruit of the actóremoval of temporal punishment, and this to a greater degree according to the love of the one who performs the act and the value of the act itself. In view of these facts it has been thought appropriate that this remission of temporal punishment which the Christian faithful gain through an action should serve as the measurement for the remission of punishment that the authority of the Church adds by way of partial indulgence.

FEWER PLENARY INDULGENCES

In order that the faithful may esteem plenary indulgences more, it has been though proper to reduce their number appropriately. This will help people to gain them with right dispositions. The more indulgences are multiplied, the less they are esteemed. What is offered too abundantly is not sufficiently appreciated. Besides, many of the faithful need considerable time to prepare themselves properly to gain a plenary indulgence.

NORMS:

1. An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain defined conditions through the Churchís help when, as minister of Redemption, she dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfaction won by Christ and the saints.

2. An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.

3. Partial as well as plenary indulgences can always be applied to the dead by way of prayer.


Medjugorje Monthly Message for December 25th

    Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you to the good. I desire that each of you reflect and carry peace in your heart and say: I want God in the first place in my life. In this way, little children, each of you will become holy. Little children, tell everyone, I want the good for you and he will respond with the good and, little children, good will come to dwell in the heart of each man. Little children, tonight I bring to you the good of my Son Who gave His life to save you. That is why, little children, rejoice and extend your hands to Jesus Who is only good. Thank you for having responded to my call! For more on Medjugorje, Click on MEDJUGORJE

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