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  • Prayer Request from H_M

    05/06/2002 6:03:40 PM PDT · by history_matters · 111 replies · 109+ views
    May 6, 2002 | history_matters
    I wanted to ask for your prayers. I am going to have surgery on Wednesday May 8th to remove a tumor that is wrapped around my lower spine. The surgery promises to be very long. I've had chemo which has shrunk the tumor considerably. What I need now is for Jesus to guide the surgeon's hands. Please also say a prayer for my wife and family. Christ bless you all.
  • Lies, Common Scolds and Media Bigotry

    05/04/2002 4:16:48 PM PDT · by history_matters · 44 replies · 626+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, April 24, 2002 | Phil Brennan
    The Roman Catholic Church, my church, is being lied about, subjected to the obscene rantings of modern-day common scolds, and made a victim of some of the most overt examples of just plain bigotry I have seen in my long life. During colonial times in New England, certain shrewish women notorious for their constant and unremitting harping about everybody and everything were accused of being "common scolds." Those harpies found guilty of the offense were sometimes tied to a chair attached to long poles and dunked like doughnuts in the nearest body of water until they were choking and...
  • Sexual abuse hits Church finances: Even the Vatican is now being sued

    05/04/2002 7:40:00 AM PDT · by history_matters · 54 replies · 638+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Thursday, 11 April, 2002, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK | Peter Gould
    Payments to victims of sexual abuse by priests in the United States could reach $1bn. The estimate is quoted by the leading Catholic magazine America, which says many people are so angry about the scandal that they want to punish the church. In addition to multi-million dollar law suits, it is thought that some Roman Catholics may now withhold donations to the church. Estimates put the total payments at $350m to $1bn America magazine And many insurance companies, who used to offer the Church cover for claims of sexual abuse, are said to be no longer prepared to take...
  • Canada: PM (Chretien) likes to keep church and state well-separated

    05/03/2002 6:51:58 PM PDT · by history_matters · 19 replies · 257+ views
    National Post ^ | May 2, 2002 | Jane Taber
    Chrétien says not having a priest at Sept. 11 memorial is his 'best decision': 'Rant' to caucus claimed OTTAWA - Jean Chrétien told Liberal MPs and Senators yesterday that the "best decision" he made after Sept. 11 was not to have a priest speak at the memorial service on Parliament Hill for the victims of the terrorist attacks. Insiders say the Prime Minister spoke for almost 10 minutes at the weekly national caucus meeting about the dangers of mixing religion and politics and about the Catholic Church. "It was a rant," one MP said. Dan McTeague, a Liberal MP from...
  • Cardinal's words on gay priests surprise scholars

    05/03/2002 6:38:30 PM PDT · by history_matters · 228 replies · 2,064+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Fri, May. 03, 2002 | JIM REMSEN
    Cardinal Anthony M. Bevilacqua's sweeping rejection of gay men becoming priests diverges from mainstream thinking by U.S. Catholic theologians and policymakers, a range of church scholars said in interviews this week.But his remarks echoed a little-known Vatican decree issued four decades ago that may come into play as church leaders labor toward a national response to the sex-abuse scandal in the church.Upon his return last week from the cardinals' summit conference in Rome, Cardinal Bevilacqua weighed in on the debate about gays in the priesthood - a hot issue in the scandal - with a categorical pronouncement.No "homosexually oriented" men,...
  • Priest's affidavit accuses late bishop

    05/02/2002 7:48:10 AM PDT · by history_matters · 177 replies · 204+ views
    AP via North Jersey.com ^ | Wednesday, May 01, 2002 | JOHN CURRAN
    ATLANTIC CITY - Three years before his death in 2001, a priest said he wanted to end "the silence of the decades" regarding alleged sexual abuse by his colleagues in the Camden Diocese. So Monsignor Salvatore J. Adamo, then 78, went to the office of an attorney who had filed a class-action suit on behalf of victims and gave an affidavit in which he said the diocese promoted homosexual priests and ignored allegations of abuse to avoid moral responsibility and financial liability. He said the late Bishop George Guilfoyle - who he said was known as "the Queen of the...
  • Catholic Caucus - Michael Brown's Appeal to Cardinals and Bishops

    05/01/2002 6:24:00 AM PDT · by history_matters · 100 replies · 244+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | 5/1/02 | Michael Brown
    CARDINALS AND BISHOPS, PLEASE LEAVE THE CHANCERIES AND COME AMONG US TO HEAL Dear Cardinals: We wrote the American bishops a month ago. At that time we suggested (hopefully with adequate humility) that the current crisis in the Church could be resolved in large part by a return to tradition -- by a return to basic Christian holiness.  If you would so allow, we'd like to extend that argument. We write you again with what we hope is obedience. But we write with urgency. There is revolution in the air. Lay groups are forming. Radical nuns are expressing rage. The...
  • Chesterton's Hymns and Others

    04/30/2002 8:21:15 AM PDT · by history_matters · 16 replies · 142+ views
    Various
    O God of earth and altar O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry, our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die; the walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide, take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride. From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen, from all the easy speeches that comfort cruel men, from sale and profanation of honor, and the sword, from sleep and from damnation, deliver us, good Lord! Tie in a living tether the prince and priest and thrall, bind...
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PROCLAMATION

    04/30/2002 6:40:51 AM PDT · by history_matters · 46 replies · 420+ views
    4/30/02
    FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, 2002 A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA "Since our Nation's founding, Americans have turned to prayer for inspiration, strength and guidance. In times of trial, we ask God for wisdom, courage, direction and comfort. We offer thanks for the countless blessings God has provided. And we thank God for sanctifying every human life by creating each of us in His image. As we observe this National Day of Prayer, we call upon the Almighty to continue to bless America and her people. Especially since September 11, millions...
  • Abuse victims in Los Angeles sue church for conspiring to hide molestation

    04/29/2002 8:50:43 PM PDT · by history_matters · 40 replies · 478+ views
    Yahoo News - Singapore ^ | Tuesday April 30, 8:33 AM
    Four men who say they were molested by a priest in the largest US Catholic community sued Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony for allegedly covering up sexual abuse by clergymen for years. The lawsuits claim the cardinal and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles effectively conspired to protect priests through racketeering, negligence and fraud. The alleged victims filed two lawsuits with the Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming they were misled about the fate of priest who allegedly molested them in the 1960s while he was allowed to continue ministering. "We would not be here today if I was not lied to...
  • L.A. Cardinal Mahony Hospitalized

    04/29/2002 4:06:50 PM PDT · by history_matters · 24 replies · 4+ views
    THE WIRE - News from the AP ^ | J+M+J APRIL 29, 2002 | ROBERT JABLON
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardinal Roger Mahony, who leads the nation's largest Catholic diocese, was in good condition Monday after being hospitalized for treatment of a blood clot in his lung, church officials said. Mahony, 66, was admitted Sunday night to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, the archdiocese said in a statement. He is expected to remain hospitalized for several days. Mahony returned last week from a two-day Vatican summit where he met with the pope and other U.S. cardinals to discuss the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic church. Since returning, he has maintained...
  • Catholic Caucus - A Venerable - Anne Catherine Emmerich

    04/29/2002 7:48:45 AM PDT · by history_matters · 15 replies · 404+ views
    Catholic Encyclopedia ^ | May 1, 1909 | E.P. GRAHAM
    Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich An Augustinian nun, stigmatic, and ecstatic, born 8 September, 1774, at Flamsche, near Coesfeld, in the Diocese of Munster, Westphalia, Germany; died at Dulmen, 9 February, 1824. Her parents, both peasants, were very poor and pious. At twelve she was bound out to a farmer, and later was a seamstress for several years. Very delicate all the time, she was sent to study music, but finding the organist's family very poor she gave them the little she had saved to enter a convent, and actually waited on them as a servant for several years. Moreover, she...
  • Priest Leaves Bethlehem Church

    04/28/2002 2:07:42 PM PDT · by history_matters · 5 replies · 218+ views
    The Wire - News from the AP ^ | Apr 28, 2002 | IBRAHIM HAZBOUN
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The priest in charge of the Church of the Nativity left the besieged compound Sunday for the first time in a month so he could celebrate Mass at a nearby church. The Rev. Ibrahim Faltas and another monk from inside the church were escorted by Palestinian and Israeli vehicles to St. Anthony's Church, about 1 1/2 miles from the Church of the Nativity. They returned a few hours later. More than 200 Palestinians, including about 30 gunmen, took cover in the compound April 2 in a hail of gunfire during an Israeli invasion, part of...
  • Catholic Caucus - St. Catherine of Siena

    04/28/2002 12:28:00 PM PDT · by history_matters · 77 replies · 5,157+ views
    Mary Ann Sullivan: St. Catherine of Siena ^ | 28 Apr AD 2002 | Mary Ann Sullivan
    St. Catherine of Siena by Mary Ann Sullivan St. Catherine of Siena deliberately told popes, queens and kings how to behave. She was spontaneous, unafraid of authority and fearless in the face of death. She was a Dominican religious who corresponded with Popes and peasants alike. Born in 1347, at Siena, Italy, Saint Catherine lived through the Black Death, famine and numerous civil wars. During her lifetime the papal residence moved from Rome to Avignon and back again, and the great western Schism pitted Pope against anti-pope. Even at a young age, Catherine sensed the troubled society around her and...
  • A message from Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.

    04/28/2002 12:35:48 AM PDT · by history_matters · 75 replies · 849+ views
    Ignatius Press ^ | Apr.27, 2002 | Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.
     A message from Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., Publisher, Ignatius Press.In the papers, on the talk shows, the mantra is repeated: the cure for the present scandals is a married clergy. Of course, celibacy has nothing to do with these scandals: 1) Look at the Anglican church, which may soon be bankrupt in western Canada because of sex abuse lawsuits. 2) The majority of reported cased are of homosexual relations with young boys, not pedophilia; the perpetrators wouldn't be marrying women even if they had the chance. (And what kind of woman would marry these twisted souls?) And, of course,...
  • Pilgrims Flock to Site of Alleged German Apparition

    04/27/2002 11:11:50 AM PDT · by history_matters · 16 replies · 330+ views
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ^ | Apr. 25, 2002 | Peter Schilder
    SIEVERNICH. More and more visitors are coming to the village church of St. John the Baptist in Sievernich. Not waves of pilgrims yet, but in Sievernich, a district of Vettweiß in Voreifel near Bonn, the influx of visitors is increasing. The village has 460 residents, about 360 of whom are Roman Catholic. Like other visitors, I cross the churchyard where the gravel between the graves crunches beneath my feet as I search for the entrance. My eyes wander through the church. Just past the door on the left stands a Fatima Madonna. Candles lit by earlier visitors burn in...
  • Catholic Caucus - The Second Sorrow of Mary

    04/26/2002 11:33:35 PM PDT · by history_matters · 17 replies · 80+ views
    The Sorrows of Mary | J+M+J Anno Domini | St. Alphonsus Liguori
    from THE SECOND SORROW OF MARY: THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT ... The most holy Virgin one day appeared to Blessed Collette, a Franciscan nun, and showed her the Infant Jesus in a basin, torn to pieces, and then said: ' Thus it is that sinners continually treat my Son, renewing His death and my sorrows. My daughter, pray for them, that they may be converted.' To this we may add another vision, which the venerable sister Joanna of Jesus and Mary, also a Franciscan nun, had. She was one day meditating on the Infant Jesus persecuted by Herod, when she...
  • BBC: US priest helped children take drugs

    04/26/2002 9:36:09 PM PDT · by history_matters · 89 replies · 539+ views
    BBC News | Americas ^ | Friday, 26 April, 2002, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK | BBC.co.uk
    An alleged victim says he was abused for years. A Boston priest at the heart of a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church taught children how to inject drugs, his diary has revealed. Reverend Paul Shanley, who was involved with the North American Man Boy Love Association which promotes sex between men and children, also suffered from sexually transmitted diseases, he wrote. Personal papers and other documents relating to Mr Shanley have been discovered by the Boston archdiocese and handed to lawyers suing the Church on behalf of an alleged victim of molestation. Revelations about...
  • Copper Sunday - a Message to the Catholic Bishops

    04/26/2002 6:56:28 PM PDT · by history_matters · 79 replies · 772+ views
    4/26/2002 | me
    CATHOLIC ACTION COPPER SUNDAY May 19, 2002 If you are Catholic and you favor (1)ONE STRIKE, YOU'RE OUT, (2)criminal prosecution of all perpetrators of sex crimes (whether cardinals, bishops, priests or deacons),(3)weeding homosexuals out of the seminaries; and, (4)the promotion of orthodox leaders in the Church show your displeasure with the current inactionof the US Catholic Cardinals and US bishops by putting only a single penny in the collection basket on Sunday, May the 19th, 2002. Remember to pray, fast, and make sacrifices for the welfare of the Catholic Church, for the Pope, and for Christ's godly and holy...
  • Pope reported set to give Law Vatican posting

    04/26/2002 11:03:22 AM PDT · by history_matters · 75 replies · 554+ views
    Boston Herald online ^ | Friday, April 26, 2002 | Jack Sullivan and Eric Convey
    PHILADELPHIA - Embattled Boston archbishop Bernard Cardinal Law, under siege from the epic sex scandal threatening his 18-year legacy, will likely be replaced and sent to the Vatican by the beginning of June, according to sources. Law, who arrived in Newark, N.J., yesterday after the historic two-day conclave of American cardinals at the Vatican, will be reassigned by Pope John Paul II to an as-yet determined position prior to a scheduled deposition of Law in a legal suit against the archdiocese, according to church officials. ``There will be a promotion by June at the latest,'' said one source. ``They...
  • Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, claims RCF has no evidence

    04/25/2002 4:43:48 PM PDT · by history_matters · 128 replies · 591+ views
    Roman Catholic Faithful ^ | Spring/Summer 2001 | Stephen Brady
    On February 26, 2001 RCF sent the following to Cardinal George of Chicago. Your Eminence, I recently received a letter from a Mr. Matt Abbott regarding his Feb. 24, 2001 conversation with you at St. Rita High School during Parish Leadership Day. According to Mr. Abbott: ‘..he [Cardinal George] doesn’t like the fact that you make accusations with no evidence to back them up. He used the [Bishop] Ryan case as an example: He claims that there as no evidence of wrongdoing, other than Ryan’s “imprudent” association with certain individuals’ Surely Mr. Abbott misunderstood your comments, to assume otherwise would...
  • Grand jury to probe allegations of abuse by local priests (Philadelphia)

    04/24/2002 3:17:52 PM PDT · by history_matters · 22 replies · 243+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer online ^ | Wed. Ap. 24, 2002 | Christopher K. Hepp
    District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said today that she will convene a grand jury to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Philadelphia. The grand jury will look into "all allegations involving priests whether they are dead, dismissed or retired," Abraham said. "We intend to have have full and wide-ranging inquiry to make sure all laws were complied with and if they were not, why not." She said she expected the grand jury to look into allegations going back "at least 35 years." Abraham said the Philadelphia archdiocese, through its attorneys, had pledged full cooperation with her efforts....
  • Pope says no place for paedophiles in Church

    04/24/2002 2:45:14 AM PDT · by history_matters · 19 replies · 238+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Tue Apr 23, 2002 | Philip Pullella and Crispian Balmer
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope John Paul (news - web sites), formulating his own zero tolerance policy on child abuse by priests, told American Catholic leaders on Tuesday that paedophilia was a crime that had no place in the Church. Addressing a crisis meeting of top U.S. churchmen and Vatican (news - web sites) officials, he also offered comfort to victims of paedophile priests and said he hoped the scandal that has rocked the United States would lead to "a holier priesthood". "The abuse which has caused this crisis is by every standard wrong and rightly considered a crime...
  • Catholic Church said to be struggling to keep homosexuals out

    04/23/2002 11:50:04 AM PDT · by history_matters · 232 replies · 611+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 23, 2002
    The head of the US episcopal conference Wilton Daniel Gregory said there was an ongoing struggle within the Catholic Church to ensure that the priesthood is not "dominated by homosexual men". Gregory and Chicago Archbishop, Cardinal Francis George, told reporters that the issue of homosexual priests had been discussed in a solemn morning meeting between Pope John Paul II and US cardinals on the issue of paedophile priests. "It is an ongoing struggle. It is most importantly a struggle to make sure that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men," Gregory told a news conference after the...
  • A Meeting of the Minds - John Paul II calls the U.S. cardinals to Rome

    04/23/2002 11:17:31 AM PDT · by history_matters · 24 replies · 418+ views
    Newsweek via MSNBC.com ^ | 29 April 2002 | Kenneth L. Woodward (Erik Amfittheatrof in Rome)
    A Meeting of the MindsJohn Paul II calls the U.S. cardinals to Rome. Let the damage control begin His office said he was in seclusion, spending his time in prayer. But somehow Boston’s embattled cardinal, Bernard Law, managed to slip past the American paparazzi stationed outside his mansion, board a plane unnoticed and make it to a haven inside Vatican City. NOT EVEN HIS fellow American bishops, who were lunching with the pope, knew that Law had secretly arrived for his own private sit-down with John Paul II. And not until they arrived back in the United States last week...
  • Text of Pope's Address to U.S. Cardinals

    04/23/2002 7:18:12 AM PDT · by history_matters · 62 replies · 1,387+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 23 April A.D. 2002 | Pope John Paul II
    Dear Brothers,                1. Let me assure you first of all that I greatly appreciate the effort you are making to keep the Holy See, and me personally, informed regarding the complex and difficult situation which has arisen in your country in recent months. I am confident that your discussions here will bear much fruit for the good of the Catholic people of the United States. You have come to the house of the Successor of Peter, whose task it is to confirm his brother Bishops in faith and love, and to unite them...
  • Pope blunt before U.S. cardinals

    04/23/2002 7:11:21 AM PDT · by history_matters · 52 replies · 472+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 23, 2002 | NBC, MSNBC AND NEWS SERVICES
      VATICAN CITY, April 23 —   Pope John Paul II bluntly told American cardinals Tuesday that sex abuse by priests is “rightly considered a crime by society,” and that there is no place in religious life for abusers. The pontiff made his comments — his strongest yet since allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests began pouring in this year — during an extraordinary meeting between U.S. cardinals and Vatican officials.        THE POWERFUL and specific words by the pope could have a determining effect on whether the Catholic Church in the United States formulates...
  • Russia s Expulsion of Bishop Assailed by Vatican: "Grave Violation" of Religious Rights

    04/21/2002 5:34:47 PM PDT · by history_matters · 87 replies · 261+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | 2002-04-21 | Zenit.org
    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican protested to Russian authorities over the expulsion of Bishop Jerzy Mazur of the Catholic Diocese of St. Joseph of Irkutsk, in Eastern Siberia. On Friday night, when the Polish-born bishop arrived in Moscow´s Sheremetievo-2 airport "he was expelled from the territory of the Russian Federation and forced to take a flight to Krakow, from where he came," says a statement issued Saturday by the Vatican Press Office. The bishop "was given no reasons for the measure," the statement adds. The Vatican "State Secretariat and the pontifical representation in Moscow appealed immediately...
  • A Warning from Catholic Archbishop in Moscow

    04/19/2002 10:25:34 AM PDT · by history_matters · 29 replies · 354+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | 2002-04-18 | Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz
    A Warning from Catholic Archbishop in Moscow Statement by Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz MOSCOW, APRIL 18, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The following is a statement by Metropolitan Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of the Mother of God Catholic Archdiocese in Moscow. The archbishop is also president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Russian Federation. * * * Recent events affecting the Catholic Church in Russia are causing concern about a serious threat to freedom of religion in our country. On one hand the Constitution of the Russian Federation (Art. 28) and the federal law on the freedom of association and religion (Art.3, sect.1) guarantee...
  • Prosecutor Accuses Archdiocese of Stonewalling on Records Request, Subpoenas Officials - Cincinnati

    04/19/2002 8:56:39 AM PDT · by history_matters · 8 replies · 291+ views
    ap.tbo.com ^ | Apr 19, 2002 | Terry Kinney, Associated Press Writer
    CINCINNATI (AP) - A battle over church records of possible child molestation escalated into angry recriminations between a prosecutor and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In an extraordinary move, prosecutors subpoenaed the archbishop to appear before a grand jury, but then excused him after the church released information, officials said. Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, a former president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Chancellor Christopher Armstrong both received summons to discuss child abuse allegations Thursday. Pilarczyk, 67, was excused because the archdiocese turned over requested information, Hamilton County Prosecutor Michael Allen said. He wouldn't say what the information...
  • Bishop Rebukes Negative Publicity

    04/19/2002 8:40:35 AM PDT · by history_matters · 21 replies · 206+ views
    Tampa Tribune online ^ | Apr 19, 2002 | BRAD SMITH bsmith@tampatrib.com
    TAMPA - Saying his accuser is fabricating facts about their relationship, Bishop Robert Lynch lashed out at continuing news coverage of sexual harassment allegations against him. Yet, in an interview in Thursday's edition of The Florida Catholic, Lynch also suggested he might follow disgraced Palm Beach Bishop Anthony O'Connell and resign if Catholic opinion starts turning against him. Lynch didn't detail the ``fabrications of fact'' he said were made by former diocesan communications director William Urbanski. Nor did he mention that Urbanski was paid $100,000, despite a Lynch-appointed church panel's conclusion that Urbanski's allegations were unprovable. Diocesan spokeswoman Mary Jo...
  • Catholic - VANITY - Confirmation Names...

    04/18/2002 8:14:08 PM PDT · by history_matters · 80 replies · 20,589+ views
    18 April 2002
    What was your Confirmation name?Why did you choose it?
  • BBC: Jenin camp 'horrific beyond belief'

    04/18/2002 4:34:54 PM PDT · by history_matters · 109 replies · 663+ views
    BBC online ^ | Thursday, 18 April, 2002, 20:01 GMT 21:01 UK | news.bbc.co.uk
    The UN envoy likened Jenin to an earthquake zone A United Nations envoy has said that the devastation left by Israeli forces in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank is "horrific beyond belief". ________________________________I think I can speak for all in the UN delegation in saying that we are shocked Terje Roed-Larsen ________________________________ Terje Roed-Larsen, who toured the Jenin refugee camp on Thursday, said it was "morally repugnant" that Israel had not allowed emergency workers in for 11 days to provide humanitarian relief. The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked the Security Council to consider sending an...
  • Siege at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - Catholic Chancellor speaks

    04/17/2002 11:56:48 AM PDT · by history_matters · 24 replies · 183+ views
    The Washington Post online ^ | April 16, 2002 | Father Raed Abu-Sahlia
    This offsite link will take you to a Washington Post online article with valuable information from the Catholic Chancellor of Bethlehem. This article does a fine job of representing the views of the Catholic Church on Bethlehem and the siege of the Church of the Nativity.
  • Catholic Caucus- EWTN - Mother Angelica's Birthday

    04/17/2002 6:17:52 AM PDT · by history_matters · 11 replies · 333+ views
    EWTN ^ | 17 April 2002
    This Saturday April 20th is the 79th birthday of Mother Angelica, the foundress of Eternal Word Television Network and the Abbess of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Hanceville, Alabama.Please say a prayer for Mother on her birthday, a prayer for her recovery from stroke, and a prayer of gratitude for everything she has done to singlehandedly hold real Catholics in America together.You can write Mother at the following address: The Rev. Mother M. Angelica, PCPAOur Lady of the Angels Monastery Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament3222 County Road 548  Hanceville, Alabama 35077
  • Shooting breaks out at Nativity Church

    04/16/2002 5:49:34 PM PDT · by history_matters · 105 replies · 469+ views
    UK Yahoo News ^ | April 16, 2002 | Reuters
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen hiding in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity have exchanged fire with Israeli soldiers who have surrounded the traditional birthplace of Jesus in a two-week-old standoff. Fransiscan Father Seweryn Lubecki, who is one of several dozen Christian clerics stranded in the church after Palestinian gunmen burst in two weeks ago, said the fighting lasted for about an hour. "We could hear heavy rifle and tank shooting. It is hard for us to determine who started the shooting. We are locked up and we could not see the whole thing," he told Reuters by telephone....
  • Israelis blast church with invisible weapon

    04/16/2002 1:49:54 PM PDT · by history_matters · 201 replies · 255+ views
    The Daily Telegraph via smh.com.au ^ | 16 April 2002 | Alan Phillips
    Israelis blast church with invisible weapon By Alan Philps in Jerusalem April 16 2002 Daily Telegraph, London Getting an earful ... loudspeakers held up near the Nativity Church pump out the noise. Photo: AFP, The Israeli Army is broadcasting ear-splitting screeches and wails at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, traditional site of Jesus' birth, to force out 200 Palestinians besieged there. Troops brought in a crane to hoist loudspeakers over the ancient basilica, one of the holiest shrines in Christendom, as part of what one person inside called "psycho terror". One of the noises sounds like a car alarm....
  • Pope telephones Franciscans in Bethlehem church

    04/16/2002 12:40:21 PM PDT · by history_matters · 25 replies · 284+ views
    Top News at Netscape ^ | Tuesday, 16 April 2002 | Reuters
    ROME (Reuters) - Pope John Paul has telephoned Franciscan monks holed up in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to express his solidarity with them, the Vatican said Tuesday. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the Pope spoke Monday afternoon to Father Ibrahim Faltas, Catholic head of the shrine. "The Pope thanked them for their Christian witness and sent them his blessing in this moment of particular difficulty," the statement said. Israeli soldiers have surrounded the church which Christians believe stands on the site of the birthplace of Jesus, for about two weeks in a standoff with about 100 Palestinians...
  • Pope takes action: Cardinals ordered to Vatican over scandal

    04/16/2002 8:54:13 AM PDT · by history_matters · 134 replies · 862+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, April 16, 2002 | Jack Sullivan and Eric Convey (with Tom Mashberg
    Eight American cardinals, some of them under siege in the wake of the spiraling sexual abuse scandal, have been ordered to an extraordinary meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican next week to discuss the exploding tempest. ``I can't think of anything exactly like it,'' said Avery Cardinal Dulles, a theologian at Fordham University in New York and one of the foremost authorities on Catholic church history. ``I don't remember any case where he's called the cardinals and bishops together (but) prompt action is needed at the present time to restore public confidence.'' Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer representing...
  • Catholic Caucus - Prayers for Priests

    04/16/2002 8:05:03 AM PDT · by history_matters · 145 replies · 906+ views
    Canopy of Prayer | Cardinal Carberry of St. Louis
    Prayer for Priests A Prayer for Priests of the Latin Rite O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests.Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.In their loneliness, comfort them.In their sorrows, strengthen them.In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through sufferingthat the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Churchthey are needed by soulsthey are needed for the work of redemption. Amen. O Loving Mother Mary,...
  • BBC: Pope orders talks on US sex scandals

    04/15/2002 12:11:55 PM PDT · by history_matters · 99 replies · 629+ views
    Pope orders talks on US sex scandals The Pope has spoken out against "evil" abusers Pope John Paul II has summoned leaders of the Roman Catholic church in the United States to the Vatican to discuss recent disclosures of sex scandals, which have rocked the church. The Vatican says the meeting with American cardinals will probably take place next week. Demonstrators have been calling for Archbishop Law to go The Archbishops of New York and Boston - traditionally the two most important posts in the Catholic church in the US - have been under pressure to resign because of their...
  • EWTN Global Catholic Radio

    04/14/2002 5:47:32 PM PDT · by history_matters · 43 replies · 589+ views
    EWTN Global Catholic Radio ^ | current | EWTN.com
    HOME - EWTNews - FAITH - TELEVISION - RADIO - LIBRARY - GALLERY - CATALOGUE -WHAT'S NEW -MULTIMEDIA- GENERAL BECOMING A CATHOLIC Fr. Ed Krause instructs, encourages, and inspires listeners with the wisdom and strength of the Catholic creed, moral tradition, and sacramental life. He demonstrates that becoming a Catholic is a lifelong struggle, beginning with Baptism and ending in Heaven.Sundays at 11:30am & 11:30pm ET  HAIL HOLY QUEEN Dr. Scott Hahn and Mike Aquilina, hosts of EWTN’s highly successful series “The Lamb’s Supper,” join forces once again to give us a fresh and enlightening new perspective on Mary, the Mother...
  • Catholic Caucus - Bud MacFarlane: Tell Father...

    04/13/2002 7:08:49 AM PDT · by history_matters · 43 replies · 248+ views
    CatholiCity.org ^ | April 13, 2002 | Bud Macfarlane Jr.
    Tell Father You See Jesus by Bud Macfarlane TAKING FATHER'S HAND The late Alec Guiness, esteemed actor and movie star, wrote in his autobiography of playing the part of a Catholic priest. A little boy approached Guiness as he was wearing a Roman collar while on location for a film and took the actor's hand with sublime trust and innocence. The boy called Guiness "Father." The youngster's tenderness struck the actor so powerfully that Guiness was prompted to investigate the Catholic faith, and eventually converted to Catholicism. SUPERNATURAL INSTITUTION It is understandable that non-Catholics view the Catholic Church as a...
  • Catholic Caucus - St. Therese of Lisieux

    04/12/2002 4:46:50 PM PDT · by history_matters · 71 replies · 1,188+ views
    St. Therese of Lisieux
    I know some Catholic FReepers are Third Order Carmelites and others have an interest in the Little Flower, so I thought we might discuss her Little Way -- or perhaps simply post quotes from her that have been meaningful in our lives as Christians. Living Bread Ah! Lord let me hide in your face. There I'll no longer hear the world's vain noise. Give me your love, keep me in your grace Just for today. Near your divine Heart, I forget all passing things.I no longer dread the fears of the night. Ah! Jesus, give me a place in your...