VOL. 4, NO. 5
August/September 2001

Dear Fellow Roman Catholics:

This issue of the Defender contains the third and final part of the history of the Mass. When the Vatican publishes the new lectionary, there will be some changes made relative to our actions and postures, as well as those of the celebrants. We will provide them to you as they are released.

We have a story authored by a “revert” to Catholicism who had left the Catholic faith. Many of us know friends and family members who have dropped away from the true faith, and for whom we pray daily. The writer discovered what she had been missing in her life while away from the Church, and came back stronger than ever. She explains her experience and the reason for her return.

My comments on the importance of Eucharistic Adoration in our lives as Catholics is in response to an insulting phrase found in a church bulletin which I and others found denigrating to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It is one more indication that self-styled modernists do not comprehend what the Church means by “ecumenism”, and who are attempting to “protestantize” our Holy Mother Church.

In the same vein we have for our Modern Day Saint, a beautiful story told by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, when he was asked what it was that most inspired him. This young Chinese girl truly understood the “Real Presence” of Jesus under the form of bread, and gave her life for it.

John Burke has another timely article regarding the September 11 terrorist attack and its relationship to other evils within our own society.

Jim Fritz continues with the second part of his Hidden Agenda series. He covers the requirements of the Church that a crucifix be visible while the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is being celebrated. Some Churches have replaced the Crucifix with a cross with the Risen Christ on it. The new GIRM, when completed, will address this quite clearly, requiring the cross to have the Crucified Christ, not the Risen Christ.

Jim also addresses indulgences, and the importance with which we should regard them, both for ourselves and for our loved ones.

Stand and Defend Your Faith!

Fred Paschall

CC Most Reverend Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt
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