Friday, May 12, 2006

Mother's Day, Rapture, Excommunications and a Catholic US president?

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms. The epitome of all mothers is Our Blessed Mother. While most people these days ask, “What Would Jesus Do?” all mothers should challenge themselves to ask, “What would his mother do?”

Sunday is the holiday that salutes all the Moms for all they do for us. And just how much is that? A recent study concluded that a full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work.

The Catholic Church remain clear, courageous and compassionate in speaking about one of the most vital issues of our time: Marriage. The Church also continues to preach that missionary work is required of all baptized.

Pope Benedict reminds us all this week that over the centuries, bishops have succeeded the original Twelve Apostles, so that through them and over time, "Christ comes to us." And turning to newly ordained priests last week, he reminded them that priesthood isn't a career and their vocation is about serving and not a race to get to the top.

The tension between China and the Vatican over the unauthorized ordination of Chinese Bishops continue to heat up as the Vatican threaten excommunications for the said bishops. And speaking of excommunications, we bring you the most notable excommunications in Catholic Church history.

The Da Vinci Code movie is almost upon us and the heat is beginning to pile up against it. In Singapore, children will be barred from watching it. In the Philippines, Bishops are pushing for a national ban. In Greece, the Orthodox Church is taking action and at the Vatican, Cardinals are urging a boycott and even considering legal action against its fraudulent assertions.

Back in the U.S., is an American Catholic president in our stars? If President Bush has his way, we can. He has endorsed his Catholic brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, as a potential future U.S. president. While Condoleeza Rice, who is about to receive an honorary degree from the Catholic Boston College, is facing opposition because of her role in the Iraq War.

Recently uncovered documents reveal that the first act of Pres. Bill clinton when he assumed office in 1992 was to push the Abortion pill RU-486 upon the American people. Also, an Oregon Bishop warns that the growing social acceptance of contraception and abortion has influenced Catholics to abandon the teaching of the Church. And a recent survey indicates that Americans are becoming pro-life.

We have the story of a Catholic man in Prince Edwards, Canada who has taken to the streets in his fight against abortion. While in Wisconsin, a teacher in a Catholic school was fired for undergoing through in vitro fertilization treatments to obtain her two daughters. And in San Diego, a federal judge ended a 15-year battle over a hilltop cross in the city, ordering the city to remove it.

My daughter was asking me the other day about the Rapture and I thought I should share with you all an article that explains the Catholic understanding of this Evangelical Christian thought.

A Catholic family stars in TV's Extreme Makeover and stands by their faith on the air. And finally, we have the story of a nine-year-old boy who was born deaf and this week found himself singing for the Pope at the Vatican.

Happy Mother's Day. God bless all mothers.

Keep the faith. Peace.

Wally Arida
Publisher and Editor in chief

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