VOL. 7, NO. 2
June/July 2004

Dear Readers:

In this issue of The Defender, we have included a variety of subjects, ranging from Holy Communion to Islamism.

In Gestures and Postures we discuss the apparent lack of belief in the Divine Presence by about seventy percent of Catholics. If we don’t accept the dogmatic fact that the Holy Eucharist is the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, we are declared anathema!

A list of ‘gay friendly’ Catholic Churches was published in a “lesbian” web page. During a visit to the only Church listed in West Virginia, (St. Agnes in Shepherdstown) I found it to be very depressing. The Mass was celebrated in their own manner, rarely adhering to Church instruction or Rubrics. The Bishop was informed and hopefully will make the proper corrections to this parish.

In The Dishonest Media, Jim Fritz does a very thorough expose of how the media distorts the news in order to bend it to their agenda. Most of the members of the media believe in the right to abortion, euthanasia, premarital sex, homosexuality and adultery, and twist the news in an attempt to push their agenda unto the public.

The article Wedding Gown is a response to those Catholics who do not accept the new order of Mass, believing that only the Tridentine Mass promulgated by Pope Pius V on July 14, 1570 is the only true sacrifice of the Mass. This is an erroneous claim, and denies the inspiration of the Holy Spirit during, and following the Second Vatican Council.

We have included an article written by Rev. Franklyn McAfee (one of our consultants) that is an eye opening account of the real aims of Islamic nations. Father McAfee describes in vivid detail how most of the world was held in fear by Moslem hordes for seven centuries. Now, we are once again witnessing their terrorist tactics all over the western world. It is an excellent study.

Jim Fritz provides a thought provoking account of Sacred Heart parish in La Plata, Maryland. It is a story about a priest who had a vision, and with the help of his many parishioners, proceeded to make it come to true. The story of a Modern Day Saint in this issue is the story of Father Matt Siekierski the priest who was so active in rebuilding Sacred Heart parish school after a tornado destroyed it. He was only 53 years old when he died of a heart attack, but accomplished so much in such a short time.

Fred Paschall MI

CC Most Reverend Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt

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