VOl. 11, NO. 2
May-August 2008


Dear Readers:

           

Our Catholic Teaching in this issue is a reprint of an article by Fred Paschall on Intercessory Prayers.  Frankly, it is the best article on the subject I have ever read and certainly worth repeating.  It is helpful in understanding the theological definition of the “Communion of Saints.”
           

We have two unrelated articles on sidewalk counselingAn Unusual day at the Abortuary is the story of a young woman who did not want an abortion and her boyfriend who insisted she have the abortion. In an unusual charade, she actually entered the abortuary – read about the interesting outcome. The other article is about just as the name implies, A ‘Save’ by a Prayer Warrior on Her First Try. This is a real motivational message for new prayer warriors.
           

Between our sidewalk counseling articles we have another essay on the Traditional Latin Mass. It is a moving history of a devout Catholic family Finding the Pearl Without Price after many active years of living as ‘normal’ Catholics.  We know our guest writer, Judith Graham, through the Catholic Media Coalition.  She is a great writer, and you will enjoy her story about a Catholic Family’s Journey to Traditionalism.
           

With sadness we report the death of one of our very long time members, Francis Popper.  His career was quite remarkable and he has deeply touched the lives of many of us in the Pro-Life ministry. He is considered a hero by everyone who knew him.
           

Our main story concerns the failure of the majority of our bishops to adhere to the Vatican’s instructions; specifically, Canon 915, on dealing with pro-death Catholic politicians. It has become a great source of embarrassment, frustration and even righteous anger. Also of concern, the USCCB will not provide a clearly written voter’s guide. This is a source of disunity and confusion for the faithful.
           

Mary Tillman, another guest writer, provides some eye-opening information on vaccinations. As she states, she addresses only the pro-life issues with vaccines and does not address the many other issues such as medical complications and unwarranted vaccinations.  Her article is directed to West Virginia, but is applicable to all states. She also provides a chart indicating ethical alternatives to fetal cell-derived vaccines.
           

Our Modern Day Saint is the story of Irena Sendler who was a Polish Catholic social worker. During World War II she was an activist in the Polish underground and helped save 2,500 Jewish children by providing them with false documents and sheltering them in individual and group children's homes. She hid lists of their names in jars in order to keep track of their original and new identities. In 1943, Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo and severely tortured. After the war, she dug up the jars containing the children's identities and began an attempt to find the children and return them to living parents. A play, called “Life in a Jar,” based on Sendler’s life has been presented in many high schools during 2008. Sendler was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 but did not receive if for an interesting reason. Read why!

                                                                                      
Jim Fritz          .
cc: Most Reverend Bishop Michael J. Bransfield