VOL. 6, NO. 1
January/February 2003

Dear Readers:

Apologetics in this edition concerns artificial contraception, a practice forbidden by the Catholic Church as well as in the Old Testament all the way back to Genesis. The writings of our Popes suggest that natural family planning is perfectly acceptable. Information on this system used to control births is readily accessible from your local parish or diocese. John Paul II mentioned recently that the period of abstinence when the woman is fertile enhances the joy of marital relations between husbands and wives at other times. Many people, among them priests, have been in dissent from the Church in the matter of artificial contraception, claiming that the “Spirit of Vatican II” changed the importance of obeying our consciences, rather than written instructions. I will remind them that we, as Catholics, have to accept and obey our Church’s instructions concerning artificial contraception. A priest who denies this is in schism from the Magisterial teaching of the Church.

Jim Fritz, in his commentary, identifies the positive effects that many laity and some of our clergy are having on our Holy Mother Church. He mentions some of the more prominent bishops and cardinals in the United States who have taken a stand in favor of orthodox teaching in an attempt to halt any further destruction to our Church. I’m sure the Blessed Mother is smiling on them, for they are fighting to defend the Church her Son established. Jim notes that very few of our bishops in the United States openly castigate those in elective office who profess to be Catholic and vote in favor of all anti-life issues, such as abortion and euthanasia.

If the people speaking from the pulpits of this country were more ardent in proclaiming the desires of Pope John Paul II that the pro-life issue should be uppermost in our minds when we are in the voting booth, we would not be re-electing those who legalize the killing of millions of babies a year. Out on the “left coast” (read California) a cardinal has actively supported every pro-abortion candidate as long as s/he is in the Democratic Party! I’m sure the Blessed Mother and her beloved Son are not smiling about that.

The autobiography of the Saint in this issue is the story of a courageous priest, Blessed Damien of Moloka’i, who willingly sacrificed himself to death by leprosy so that he would be able to minister to the lepers in Hawaii. His self-written story will make you doubt that you would have the courage to undertake what he did for Our Lord.

Fred Paschall

CC Most Reverend Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt
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