VOL. 9, NO. 3
We had several letters regarding Father Briggs’ billboards and the ‘billboards’ held up by the volunteers on the Face the Truth Tours. One reader from Morgantown, WV, told us she participated in the Face the Truth Tours but missed seeing Father Briggs’ excellent messages. Correspondence flew between several of us. I have enclosed one of the letters to Father from Missy Smith who was pictured in the last issue holding a photo of an aborted baby.
Our Catholic teaching in this issue concerns the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is a very important day in the Catholic Church; yet surprisingly, a great number of Catholics do not understand the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. Hopefully, this article will clear up any misunderstanding.
Our first story is about “sidewalk counseling” outside abortion clinics, trying to talk women (and girls) out of aborting their babies. This story is the account of an unusual day at one abortion center.
Following this we have a powerful testimonial from a woman who had two abortions, completely turned her life around and has used her experience in a positive manner to save another woman from committing the same mistake.
Our key story, Persecuted Priests: A Growing Problem in US, by Mary Ann Kreitzer, describes how our U.S. bishops continue to persecute priests who do not toe the line. These bishops deny their orthodox priests pastorates, forbid them to engage in media apostolates, post them to jails and nursing homes and generally make them outcasts. These situations get little or no publicity, and abused priests often avoid attention for fear of even greater retaliation. This contributes to the "damaging culture of silence." Mary Ann gives numerous detailed examples of how priests who defend the faith against the evils of modernism practiced by their bishops, and those priests who oppose the homosexual subculture in their diocese are victimized by their bishops.
Following this article, we have a letter written on behalf of a parishioner who tries to defend the faith against a priest who alters the Mass according to his whim. It is an example letter that may be used by other parishioners.
Of course, we always include a story of a modern day saint as inspiration to all of us. In June 1999, Pope John Paul II, at a special Mass celebrated at Warsaw on June 13, beatified Sister Alice Kotowska as one of the first of 108 Polish martyrs of the World War II period. She was truly a brave woman and deserves sainthood. This article also reminds us of the cruelty of the ordinary German soldiers, many of whom had been raised Catholic. We must ask ourselves, “Why?”
CC Most Reverend Bishop Michael J. Bransfield
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