Dear Readers:

                Our Catholic Teaching article in this issue explains the true meaning behind pilgrimage.  Most of us have a basic understanding, but Patricia Johnson, the author, will provide you with new information. Many of us are familiar with “The Way of St. James in Spain” which has existed for over a thousand years. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned. The Way of St. James can take one of any number of pilgrimage routes to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Today one can see the primary route marked with the sign of a clam shell.  When I first saw this I wondered why and never found an answer. After reading Patricia’s article now I know. Her message is both interesting and informative.

Following Patricia’s description of a pilgrimage we have a modern day version of a pilgrimage started by Father Jack Lombardi as a 100-mile Pilgrimage for Religious Freedom. It started in Hancock, Maryland, and ended at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. Father started out with 28 pilgrims and ended with 100, all for the purpose of defending our freedom under our current Catholic-adverse Administration. Bob Williams, a guitar playing pilgrim and a fellow resident of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, provides us with a good description and very enjoyable reading of the pilgrimage. Father Lombardi is pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Hancock.

The leading article in this issue concerns the President of the USCCB and is titled Cardinal Dolan, Where Are You? The title really has two meanings. First, we have to wonder where the Cardinal is when so called “Catholic” politicians stand up at a national Convention and proclaim heresy by advocating abortion and same-sex marriage, and Cardinal Dolan and all of the rest of the bishops remain silent, thus leading the rest of the nation into believing it is acceptable for Catholics to believe this. Secondly, we have to wonder where Cardinal Dolan and a good portion of the other bishops are, politically. They seem to imply through their actions, inactions and publications it is quite acceptable to vote for a party that endorses Intrinsic Evils as long as that party is in favor of cash for social causes. We “test flew” this article in advance of this publication, and other editors have published it before we go to press. A must read!

Following the story of the Cardinal, we have a related article on our more and more socialistic government and how the bishops are contributing to it. The article takes a historic view of the Catholic Church’s advocacy of the modern welfare state and its disastrous results. We document how helping the poor can, and often does harm them. When we ask the government to give to the poor, the government becomes the poor people’s God, and they look to the government for their salvation.

We follow this with a heartwarming story on the Rewards of Sidewalk Counseling. As many of you can imagine, sidewalk counseling is a tough job, but the rewards are unbelievable. We describe how one terribly difficult save not only resulted in the birth of a beautiful baby boy, but the remaking of a woman on drugs into a very vibrant woman full of joy and hope.

The story of a Modern Day Saint is about Blessed Anacleto Gonzalez Flores and Cristero Companions. In previous issues we have covered the more familiar saints resulting from the Cristero movement in Mexico; however, we thought we should tell the story of the Cristeros again in light of the present war on the Catholic Church by the current administration and the media and try to imagine ourselves and our children in their position.

Jim Fritz

cc: Most Reverend Bishop Michael J. Bransfield                

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