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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 3, Issue 150 FRIDAY 1 August 2003 First Friday Feast of St. Alphonsus of Liguori, Doctor of the Church * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2003

      Volume 3, Issue 150
      FRIDAY 1 August 2003

      First Friday
      Feast of St. Alphonsus of Liguori, Doctor of the Church

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      • John Paul II Prays That Scientists Make Responsible Use of Their Achievements
      • Pope Proposes Example of King Baudouin to Belgium
      • Homosexual Unions Are "A Problem of Political Ethics"
      • Prophetic Voice of Paul VI in "Humanae Vitae" Went Unheeded
      • Vietnamese Catholics of Diaspora Called to Be Witnesses of Faith
      • More "Blue Helmets" Sent to D.R. of Congo, As Church Requested

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      John Paul II Prays That Scientists Make Responsible Use of Their Achievements

      VATICAN CITY, JULY 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II's prayer intention for the month of August is that scientists be responsible for the use of their achievements.

      Every month, the Holy Father offers prayers and sacrifices for a specific intention, made public by the Apostleship of Prayer.

      In August, his intention will be: "For researchers in the scientific and technological fields, that they accept the incessant appeals of the Church to make prudent and responsible use of the successes achieved."

      The Holy Father also makes a missionary intention each month. On this occasion he will pray for "the catechists of young Churches, that they give faithful witness of their adherence to the Gospel."

      The Apostleship of Prayer started in 1844, at the initiative of French Jesuit priest Father Francois Xavier Gautrelet and the approval of Pope Pius IX.

      As the leadership of the Apostleship of Prayer explained, the purpose of these intentions, which are not just the Pope's but are also assumed by bishops, priests, religious, and the laity worldwide, is, among other things, to encourage Catholics throughout the world to "feel with the Church," as the intentions "are windows open to current problems of the world."

      These intentions "help us to link our spiritual life with the reality of the joys and hopes, sorrows and anxieties of the men to today, especially of the poor, and of all those who suffer."

      "Moreover, by mobilizing the prayer and sacrifice of so many millions of people, the monthly intentions have great value of impetration," he concluded.

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      Pope Proposes Example of King Baudouin to Belgium

      VATICAN CITY, JULY 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II encouraged the Belgian people to follow the example of Belgian King Baudouin whose 10th anniversary was celebrated today.

      Cardinal Godfried Danneels, archbishop of Malines-Brussels, read the Pope's message during the commemorative Mass held in the Cathedral in Belgium's capital. The Pope assured his prayers for the sovereign and his closeness to all the royal family, to the authorities, and to all the people of Belgium.

      May "his life of service, rooted in a profound relation with God and founded on essential values" encourage the Belgian people "to follow in his footsteps to build an ever more just and fraternal society, in respect of the dignity of persons," the papal letter states.

      Born in 1930, he was just 21 when he was constitutionally sworn in as King Baudouin I, fifth king of the Belgians.

      On December 15, 1960, he was joined in matrimony to Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragon.

      Among the most outstanding episodes of his reign was his decision to oppose the 1990 draft law on the liberalization of abortion, approved by the Chamber and Senate. On March 30, the monarch wrote to the prime minister that his conscience impeded his sanctioning that law, as the constitutional system established, before it came into force.

      Based on an article of the Constitution, the council of ministers considered that by reason of his decision, Baudouin was faced with the loss of constitutional power. In such a case, the Council of Ministers could assume the king's constitutional prerogatives. It did so and, on April 3, the Council sanctioned and promulgated the law liberalizing abortion.

      On April 5, the Chambers attested to the end of the king's loss of power and from then on he exercised his constitutional prerogatives once more.

      King Baudouin died on July 31, 1993 in Motril, in the Southern Spain, where the royal couple's holiday residence was located.

      In 1992, a year before his death, King Baudouin wrote this prayer in his journal: "Make your dream, of Fabiola's and my holiness, be realized ..."

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      Homosexual Unions Are "A Problem of Political Ethics"

      Says Commentator of Latest Vatican Document on the Problem

      VATICAN CITY, JULY 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- What is the novelty in the document published on Thursday by the Holy See on the legal recognition of homosexual unions?

      Monsignor Luño, assigned by the Holy See to comment on the text presented to the press explained to ZENIT: "It touches a new aspect, which is that of political ethics; it is not concerned with personal ethics, analyzed previously in other documents." The document is not about any type of discrimination, the monsignor explained.

      The purpose of the document, entitled "Considerations Regarding Plans for the Legal Recognition of Unions Between Homosexual Persons," is to "show that there are comprehensible, rational, biological, social, and juridical reasons which support the teaching of the Church in its opposition to the equating of homosexual unions with matrimony," Monsignor Luño clarified.

      The monsignor, a philosopher and professor of Moral Theology at Rome's Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, said that "the problem of equating homosexual unions with matrimony is that matrimony would be redefined, changed."

      "In no case is it about discrimination of homosexual persons, but of guaranteeing the right action of the State in this concrete area," he told ZENIT.

      "The tone of the document, in line with the "Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life (January 2003) is one of clarification and explanation: reasons are given in a clear way so that it is understood that they are comprehensible and reasoned," the monsignor added.

      "To shed light on the ethical-political problems that homosexual unions pose to lawmakers and persons in power in different parts of the world" is, therefore, the objective of the text, directed to both Catholics and non-Catholics, he said.

      Monsignor Luño's note, published by the Holy See' Press Office when issuing the document, reminds his audience that "all the great cultures of the world have given matrimony and the family specific institutional recognition."

      For this Consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "the public importance of matrimony is not based on the fact of being any form at all of institutionalized friendship or human communication, but of its condition as a stable state in life that carries out an essential and multifarious function in favor of the common good: order of the generations, survival of society, education and socialization of children."

      From this perspective, "the supposed comparison or assimilation between homosexual unions and matrimony is manifestly unfounded," the expert in morality concluded.

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      Prophetic Voice of Paul VI in "Humanae Vitae" Went Unheeded

      BUENOS AIRES, JULY 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Pope Paul VI's anticipation of "evil that would follow... contraception," found in his encyclical "Humanae Vitae" 35 years ago, went unheeded, says Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina.

      "He spoke of the weakening of the family, of the ease with which conjugal infidelity would be introduced within the family, of a general degradation of customs and this is, in fact, what has happened," the archbishop said in the program: Keys for a Better World. "He also mentioned how human fragility needs to be reminded of the moral order, to be sustained in the struggle against disordered passions, especially in the case of youth," the archbishop continued.

      "And there is something else which from the cultural and political point of view was fundamental: the Pope anticipated the disaster it would mean if the public power, especially when it is not subject to moral exigencies, were to make use of these contraceptive methods to undermine the sources of life," the archbishop said. "This is what has happened in many countries where today there is talk of a demographic winter!"

      "I think that, to a large extent, because the Pope's voice was unheeded and because, unfortunately, also within the Church that call did not have the resounding echo it should have had, especially in the case of many priests who have not applied the encyclical's doctrine and, therefore, have deformed the conscience of the faithful," he stressed.

      Archbishop Aguer concluded that "the Church is not afraid to seem unpopular. This is a question of recalling fundamental exigencies of the natural order and respect for what God has created and God knows how man should behave to reach his true end, to be fulfilled according to that order of creation and to reach true happiness."

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      Vietnamese Catholics of Diaspora Called to Be Witnesses of Faith

      Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe Closes Significant Meeting Held in Rome

      VATICAN CITY, JULY 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Sepe invited Vietnamese Catholics of the diaspora to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world, as the crowd of 3,000 pilgrims returned to over 18 coutries.

      "Today the Lord is calling you to proclaim the Gospel in the places where you have chosen to live, making resound in your hearts the words he spoke to Peter and the others apostles: 'Duc in altum!- Put out into the deep!',"the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples said during his homily.

      "Peter and his first companions trusted in Jesus, they let down their nets, and made a large catch of fish. This same call is valid also for you, as we are taught by the Pope who encourages us not to forget the past, to live with joy the present, and open with confidence to the future," the cardinal said.

      The Vietnamese attending the Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, July 27, in St. Peter's Basilica included priests, men and women religious, young people and families. The Mass was celebrated with typical Vietnamese music, musical instruments, hymns, and liturgical dancing.

      This was the crowning moment of the four-day meeting of faith, the first organized at the world level since the diaspora. Promoted by the Office for the Co-ordination of Pastoral Care for Overseas Vietnamese Catholics (set up by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples), and directed by Monsignor Dinh Duc Dao, the meeting focused on the theme "United to Live and Proclaim the Gospel."

      At present more than 2 million Vietnamese are living outside their homeland, of which, 500,000 are Catholics.

      "You have come from various parts of the world, pilgrims of faith to gather in the name of the Lord Jesus whom we all believe to be the Son of God and the Redeemer of our humanity. As pilgrims you carry on your backs a rucksack of emotions. In the backpack there is a bit of everything: joy of the traveler who reaches his destination, happiness for meeting so many brothers and sisters in the faith which unites as in a family, but also a deep longing for the people you left behind whom you have not seen for many years," the cardinal continued.

      "Some of you left the country carrying only memories, others have only faded photographs to recall the past," he said, adding "[n]evertheless, despite so much hardship, you have kept strong and vigorous the faith received from your fathers."

      At the conclusion of the Mass, Cardinal Sepe entrusted a mission crucifix to representatives of the Vietnamese communities on the different continents saying, "receive the Cross and the Book of the Word of Life," he said to each as he handed them the Cross and the Gospel. "The Church sends you out into the whole world to proclaim the Word of God to all peoples that they may be saved."

      According to the Church's 2001 Statistical Yearbook, of the 80 million inhabitants in Vietnam, 5,412 million are Catholics. The majority of the population is Buddhist or professes other traditional religions.

      In 2001 there were in Vietnam 37 bishops, 2,027 diocesan priests, 474 priest religious, 1,487 men religious, 9,548 women religious, 305 consecrated lay women, and 49,862 catechists. Following the Philippines, East Timor, and South Korea, Vietnam is the country of South East Asia with the highest percentage of Catholics.

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      VATICAN CITY, JUL 31, 2003 (VIS) - Pope John Paul's general prayer intention for the month of August: "That researchers in scientific and technological fields may welcome the Church's incessant calls to make wise and responsible use of the successes they have attained."

      His mission intention for August: "That the catechists of the young Churches may bear witness faithfully to their attachment to the Gospel."

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      VATICAN CITY, JUL 31, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

      - Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Huambo, Angola, presented by Archbishop Francisco Viti in accordance with Canon 401, para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

      - Appointed Bishop Mathias N'Garteri Mayadi of Moundou, Chad, a metropolitan archbishop of N'Djamena (area 620,100, population 1,837,585, Catholics 95,000, priests 46, religious 102), Chad. He accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese presented by Archbishop Charles Vandame, S.J., upon having reached the age limit.

      - Appointed Fr. Guillermo Loria Garita, pastor of San Vicente Ferrer in Moravia, Costa Rica, as bishop of San Isidro de El General (area 10,346, population 343,955, Catholics 310,241, priests 57, religious 76), Costa Rica. The bishop-elect was born in 1937 in Tierra Blanca, Costa Rica was ordained a priest in 1963. The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese presented by Bishop Ignacio Nazareno Trejos Picado upon having reached the age limit.

      - Appointed Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, apostolic nuncio in Nigeria, as apostolic nuncio in Costa Rica.

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      The fifth section of Chapter 2 is entitled: “The Meaning of Scripture”. Fr. Boyer shows the development from the Jewish interior and eschatological sense of Scripture to the threefold Christian tradition: allegorical, tropical and anagogical senses of Scripture.

      The Jews interiorized the morality revealed in Scripture while also discerning the eschatological “figure of things to come” regarding the promised Messiah and salvation drawn from things past.

      The Christian allegorical sense of Scripture is that all things in the Old Testament foreshadowed Christ. The tropical sense is the moral sense that we interiorize in the ancient Jewish tradition but centered in Christ. The anagogical sense reveals to us the eschatological fullness of life attainable in Christ through grace. The anagogical sense then is the Christian mystical sense of Scripture that leads us to union with Jesus through divine love in living contemplation of Him in prayer.

      These last two: tropology and anagogy are further expressed through the Church’s sacramental life that bring the Mystery of Christ to intimate fulfillment within us.

      The Christian mystical sense is particularly clear in the writings of St. John where “what takes place on earth” receives its content from “what takes place in heaven”.

      Baptism is a new birth with water that receives its life through the gift of the Spirit from on high.

      The Eucharist bread receives its transformation through Christ becoming His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity that gives us a new and transforming life. We see the bread and wine on earth but receive the Person of Christ from heaven.

      “It is for just this reason that the reading of this Gospel traditionally took place during Passion and Easter-tide: to reveal to us how the cross of Christ, relived by us in the sacramental liturgy, leads us like Him, with Him, in Him, by suffering to glory, by the elevation on the cross to the elevation of the Ascension.” (39).

      Louis Boyer, Cong. Orat., Introduction to Spirituality. Translated by Mary Perkins Ryan. (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1961).

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      More "Blue Helmets" Sent to D.R. of Congo, As Church Requested

      Archbishop of Kisangani Called for Additional Forces to Avoid Genocide in Bunia

      NEW YORK, JULY 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The United Nations' presence in the Congo (MONUC) will be reinforced and its present mandate extended, following Tuesday's resolution to increase its soldiers and observers in the country from 8,700 to 10,800.

      Until now, MONUC's "blue helmets" could only defend themselves and their structures. However, the security council resolved that, henceforth, they will "protect civilians and dependents of humanitarian organizations who are in imminent danger of physical violence."

      On Wednesday, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano applauded the extension of the presence of U.N. troops in the D.R. of Congo until July 30, 2004.

      On July 17, Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kisangani, vice-president of Pax Christi International, and Etienne De Jonghe, secretary general of the organization, sent letters to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, requesting an enlarged intervention of United Nations and European Union operations in Ituri, in the northwest of the country.

      Chris Patten, European Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, and Javier Solana, top representative of the European Union's Foreign Policy and Security were also sent letters to this effect (see ZENIT, July 21, 2003).

      In fact, the plan was for MONUC's mandate to end today. The representatives of "Pax Christi International" warned that "the need for a strong presence of the U.N. to prevent a genocide is evident in Bunia."

      Following the U.N. resolution, the "blue helmets" should also relieve Bunia, principal town of Ituri, whose civilian population suffered many attacks the past few months. The European Union with the approval of the United Nations, deployed approximately 1,500 men of the ARTEMIS mission to protect the civilian population in that area.

      Since 1998 the war has cost almost 3 million lives in former Zaire, where the regional powers of the Great Lakes are disputing control of the territory's immense natural resources. Last spring, Bunia was the scene of heavy fighting between the Hema and Lendu militias, notoriously backed, economically and militarily, by Uganda and Rwanda.

      The grave situation in the Ituri district impelled the security council to appeal to the European Union to send a multi-national force headed by the French. This force will remain in Bunia until September, when the "blue helmets" will replace the European soldiers.

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      "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."

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      "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

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