VOL. 4, NO. 2
Dear Fellow Roman Catholics:
In this issue we have included an editorial written by Father Kenneth Baker S.J., entitled Catholicism Lite. Father Baker is one of the great theologians of our era, and is totally loyal to all of the teachings of our Church. He does not 'waffle' on issues. He is the editor of the Homiletic and Pastoral Review, which is read by thousands of priests and religious teachers all over the world.
We have a very good article by our newest contributing writer, Juan Rodriguez. He is a young man living in New York City, and our last issue contained his first article. He writes with a really impressive grasp of what is actually being taught in the Gospels. His current article is based on the parable about the Prodigal Son. His relating this to the Sacrament of Reconciliation shows us that the message given by Jesus is clearly understood by him; Divine forgiveness is always there for the asking, but we have to ask for it!
We have a very interesting letter, merely signed M.Q., but obviously written by an astute observer of Church history, with an extremely wry as well as dry sense of humor. It is entitled: Little-Popes, Little-Popes, Little-Popes, and describes those people who suddenly appear on the scene when they think a Pope is too aged, or ill, to continue in his duties as our spiritual leader.
M.Q.'s letter was in response to an article in our church bulletin concerning Pope John Paul II's new appointees who are to be raised to the status of cardinals. The author of this ridiculous diatribe in our bulletin questions our intelligence, as well as our knowledge of those who would destroy our Faith, by undermining it with false teaching.
There is also a commentary revealing the history behind many of these individuals, and the gravity of their dissension from the orthodox teaching of our Holy Mother Church, under the thinly veiled guise of so called modern thought.
I have addressed the misconception that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a "new Mass". There cannot ever be a "new Mass", despite the claims to the contrary by those who celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass the way they think it should be done, disobeying the very clear instructions laid down by our Holy Fathers, and the teaching authority of the Church, the Magisterium, on how it must be done. The article is entitled The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Stand and Defend Your Faith!
CC Most Reverend Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt
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