VOL. 4, NO. 3
April/May 2001

Dear Fellow Roman Catholics:

This issue of The Defender contains various articles that we think will appeal to most of our readers. Everyone will like A Real Love Song.

We're taking a break in our series of articles on the history of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but will be back with a new one next month. It will deal with the period from the early Mass, up to and including the Mass of Pope St. Pius V, known as the Tridentine Mass.

The newest addition to our writing staff, Juan Rodriguez, has once again written a noteworthy article. He is a young man from New York City who seems to have a knack for picking out thoughts and meanings which are frequently overlooked or regarded as not too important. His article on our Blessed Mother is very well done, and could be used as a basic apologetic tool when we defend our Holy Mother Church's beliefs on Marian doctrine.

From the Church of St. Peter, in Hancock Maryland, we have received permission to reprint an article on Mary which appeared in their Church Bulletin. It very clearly speaks for itself, is very instructive, and should prompt all of us to contemplate seriously these very important Church teachings. Father Joseph Cosgrove's article is a prime example of how a Church bulletin can be used to effectively transmit the truths of our faith to the readers.

Jim Fritz comments on another Chapel of Perpetual Adoration. This one is located in a small mountain town in Virginia. He was very impressed by his visits there. I have visited the Chapel many times, and totally agree with his assessment of this 'oasis' where one can always find the bread and water of life.

Our article on a saint in this issue is on Saint Joseph in honor of Father's Day.

We, the staff of The Defender, have been accused of having a 'hidden agenda'. For the life of me, I cannot see where we have been even the slightest bit reluctant to reveal our agenda. It is very simple; we quote Church teaching and how it is to apply to our lives as Catholics. We use only Church documents, canon law, and Sacred Tradition for the authority that we quote. Our sources are usually cited by name or number.

Stand and Defend Your Faith!

Fred Paschall

CC Most Reverend Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt

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