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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 3, Issue 21 FRIDAY 31 January 2003 Feast of St. John Bosco * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 3, Issue 21

      FRIDAY 31 January 2003

      Feast of St. John Bosco

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      WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
      PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE WHOLE
      WORLD AND FOR CHURCH UNITY

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      • Crisis of Marriage Is Crisis of Meaning of God, Says John Paul II
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      • Cardinal Sodano Wonders Who Would Benefit from Iraq War
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      • Vatican Looking for a Gesture to Help Avert War
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      • Putin Wants a Political Dialogue with Vatican
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      • Concept of "Preventive War" Is Inadmissible, Say Italian Bishops
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      • Nuncio Views the Dire Situation in Holy Land
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      • Nuclear War, as Viewed by Archbishop Pell of Sydney
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      • CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      • HOW TO POST A QUESTION TO THE CATHOLIC REFERENCE DESK AND
      HOW TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE FOR PUBLICATION
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      • EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
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      • DAILY REMINDER
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      • ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      • COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      Crisis of Marriage Is Crisis of Meaning of God, Says John Paul II

      A Problem of Love, He Tells Judges of Roman Rota

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- A key cause of the crisis of the family is the crisis of the meaning of God characteristic of secularized societies, says John Paul II.

      The Pope expressed this concern, which "I feel particularly in my heart," when he met today with judges of the Roman Rota, in his traditional annual encounter.

      This Vatican Court of Appeals reviews the judgments made by ecclesiastical tribunals. These cases are, to a great extent, appeals on sentences of declarations of nullity of marriages presented to Rome, the Pope noted.

      The Catholic Church considers marriage indissoluble for life, but it can establish, after a rigorous process, that on occasions there are marriages that were never valid for reasons contained in the Code of Canon Law.

      "Today's mentality, highly secularized, tends to affirm the human values of the institution of the family by separating them from religious values and proclaiming them all together autonomous from God," the Pope explained.

      "Fascinated by models of life proposed too often by the mass media, the question is asked: 'Why must one always be faithful to one's spouse?' and this question becomes existential doubt in critical situations," he said.

      "Conjugal difficulties can be of various kinds, but all stem in the end from a problem of love," the Pope added. "Therefore, the preceding question can be reformulated thus: Why must one always love the other, even when there are so many motives, apparently justified, that would impel one to leave the other?"

      "Many answers can be given, among which, without a doubt, the good of the children and the good of the whole society are very forceful," the Holy Father said. "But the most radical answer passes first of all through recognition of the objectivity of being spouses, seen as reciprocal gift, made possible and guaranteed by God himself."

      He continued: "This is why the ultimate reason for the duty of faithful love is none other than that which is at the basis of the divine Covenant with man: God is faithful! Therefore, to render heartfelt faithfulness to one's spouse, even in the hardest cases, one must appeal to God, with the certainty of receiving help."

      So, the Pope concluded, "the crisis over the meaning of God and over the meaning of moral good and evil has succeeded in obscuring the knowledge of the foundations of marriage itself and of the family that is founded on it."

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      Cardinal Sodano Wonders Who Would Benefit from Iraq War

      Vatican Secretary of State Analyzes Possible Attack

      ROME, JAN. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican secretary of state appealed to the United States and Great Britain to analyze the moral aspects and consequences of a possible war against Iraq.

      "Whom does it suit to confront 1 billion Muslims and run the risk of decades of hostility from the Muslim world?" Cardinal Angelo Sodano asked Tuesday in the Holy See's nunciature in Italy, where he celebrated his 25 years of episcopacy.

      During an informal meeting with journalists, Cardinal Sodano confirmed that the Vatican is committed "with all the means at its disposal" to find a solution to this crisis.

      He reminded Western heads of state that a "war" of attack is not justifiable ethically, and less so if it is "preventive," as reflected in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which focuses on a country's right to legitimate defense. In this connection, the cardinal said the "West has the right to defend itself from terrorism," but it also has the obligation to do so according to morality.

      This poses the question of the clash of civilizations, "poorly presented, certainly, by some, but possible," he cautioned.

      In any case, he added, "there is not just one Islam. There are many tendencies within it and Muslim ambassadors to the Vatican speak of tolerance," although there is "the problem of the situation of Christians who are suffering" in some of those countries.

      Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the secretary of state said that there have been "errors and blindness on both sides, but the two peoples must be able to have two states with secure borders."

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      Vatican Looking for a Gesture to Help Avert War

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican might make a "concrete gesture" to avoid a military intervention in Iraq, a top official says.

      Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican secretary for relations with states, did not exclude the possibility of sending a peace emissary to Baghdad on behalf of the Pope.

      "For the time being, there is nothing concrete," the archbishop told the press today. "We are just thinking about it. It is a possibility, not yet a plan."

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      Putin Wants a Political Dialogue with Vatican

      MOSCOW, JAN. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Russian Federation would like to engage in "a political dialogue" with the Vatican, says President Vladimir Putin.

      The leader made his comment today when he received the letters of credence of Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the new Vatican representative in Russia.

      "Russia pronounces itself in favor of developing a political dialogue with the Vatican," Putin said.

      "We are convinced that our bilateral relations will contribute to resolve difficult questions" that the international community must address, such as terrorism, he emphasized.

      Previously, Archbishop Mennini had been apostolic nuncio in Bulgaria, where he fostered good relations with the country's Orthodox Church, organizing the papal visit last May.

      Russian authorities have expelled Catholic Bishop Jerzy Mazur of St. Joseph's in Irkutsk, in Siberia, and seven priests, denying them residence permits. The expulsions took place after John Paul II established four new dioceses.

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      Concept of "Preventive War" Is Inadmissible, Say Italian Bishops

      U.N. Authorization Isn't Enough, They Contend

      ROME, JAN. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Simple U.N. authorization doesn't justify a "preventive war" with Iraq, and in any case such a military action would be unacceptable because it is unlimited, say Italy's bishops.

      The Italian episcopate manifested its position on an eventual conflict in Iraq during a press conference to present the final statement of the bishops' Permanent Council, which met here Jan. 20-22.

      Bishop Giuseppe Betori, secretary-general of the episcopal conference, said that while "the U.N.'s authorization is an element that can never be given up in a military action, [...] it is not the only one."

      "If the preventive dimension of a war continues and the conflict in question is not a concrete response to a situation of attack," the U.N. authorization does not make a war just, he said.

      The very concept of preventive war is "unacceptable in itself, because prevention, in fact, has no limit," the bishop added. "Without a concrete situation of threat, actual or possible, no act of war can be justified."

      In regard to the possibility that the U.N. inspectors might find weapons of mass destruction on Iraqi soil, Bishop Betori emphasized that "it is not the competence of bishops to judge the degree and level in which such weapons can become a concrete and effective threat."

      Regarding war scenarios, "the Church's intervention is in the aspect of the formation of consciences," he said. "Today it is not enough to make appeals for peace, but consciences must be formed capable of carrying out concrete plans of peace; otherwise, invitations to peace are ineffective."

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      Nuncio Views the Dire Situation in Holy Land

      Scene Facing Ariel Sharon's New Government

      JERUSALEM, JAN. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Ariel Sharon's new government in Israel will have to take into consideration the deep impasse in the Mideast conflict, says a papal nuncio.

      "We must be honest," Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the nuncio in Israel, told Vatican Radio after the victory by the Likud Party in Tuesday's elections. "The Pope has pointed out four pillars on which peace is based: the first is truth, the second is justice, the third is love, and the fourth is liberty."

      The present situation, in which "not only peace has disappeared from the horizon, but the horizon itself has disappeared," shows that the way chosen so far, that of violence, is wrong, the archbishop stressed.

      He pointed out the courage of Christians who have decided to stay in the area. They can receive support in many ways, including from people who make pilgrimages to the holy places.

      A pilgrimage is not only useful for one who undertakes it, but also "helps Christians who see that their brothers in the faith are present," the nuncio said.

      "There has been no pilgrim martyr," Archbishop Sambi pointed out, rejecting the idea of danger as regards pilgrimages. "I have received several groups since Christmas ... none had problems."

      There is great concern in the Holy Land over a possible war against Iraq, the nuncio said. A "war cannot be waged except in a case of extreme necessity, once all other means have been exhausted," he said. "In any event, war is always a defeat for humanity."

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      Nuclear War, as Viewed by Archbishop Pell of Sydney

      Australian Prelate Weighs in at Videoconference

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 30, 2003 (ZENIT.org).- Archbishop George Pell of Sydney, Australia, delivered this talk on nuclear war during Wednesday's videoconference organized by the Vatican Congregation for Clergy (http://www.clerus.org). The theme of the videoconference was "Peace Challenged by War, Violence and Terrorism."

      Is Nuclear War Licit?
      By Archbishop George Pell

      War is always terrible and so the Church urges Christians to pray that God may free us from the ancient bondage of war. This result is unlikely before the Lord's return in glory.

      Modern science and technology have radically increased the human capacity for destruction. Atomic weapons are the most spectacular example of this, but biological and chemical weapons are too, together with modern developments in conventional armaments. Atomic weapons are different from others only because of their huge capacity to kill and injure.

      The just war theory was first spelt out by St. Augustine in fifth century North Africa and the criteria listed in the Catholic Catechism are one authoritative version of this. The theory has been in development and this will continue as we grapple with changes such as atomic warfare and the growth of terrorist networks with increasing access to these means of destruction.

      The just war theory discusses the rights of properly constituted governments to go to war, when all peace efforts have failed and outlines what constitutes appropriate activity in wartime. All is not fair in love and war.

      There must be a just cause in order to go to war; in other words rigorous conditions for moral legitimacy must be met.

      Use of military force could be legitimate when the damage inflicted by the aggressor is lasting, grave and certain, and other means of stopping the aggression are ineffective. There must be serious prospects of success and the war must not produce disorders greater than the evil to be eliminated.

      Violence against civilians, wounded soldiers and prisoners is not to be condoned.

      The effects of atomic warheads vary enormously, from the limited damage of tactical weapons to the capacity to destroy huge cities.

      The destruction of huge numbers of civilians, especially when their death is expressly intended or foreseen, can never be moral. There should never be a repetition of Hiroshima or Nagasaki, or the firebombing of Dresden or the London blitz.

      Atomic weapons of limited destruction might be used legitimately by governments if they meet the criteria of the just war theory, particularly the duty to avoid civilian casualties. This would be rare.

      But the use of mass weapons of destruction against civilians can never be justified.

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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 30, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Colorado Springs, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Richard Charles Hanifen, in accordance with Canon 401, para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Michael John Sheridan.

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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY

      When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you the crucified Body of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

      When the Eucharistic chalice is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you the precious Blood of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

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      DAILY REMINDER

      "during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium approaches unity among all Christians of the various confessions will increase until they reach full communion." John Paul II, Tertio Millennio Adveniente, 16

      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus clinging to her robes while walking down a dusty and busy crowded street and you'll always be safe."

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