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E-mail: [email protected] June 25, 2004 A.D.-Issue 71. Founded Palm Sunday 1985 in Palmdale, California

Crisis in American Church-Percentage of Catholics in the World Slips

Miami;Florida Catholic,April 29. Peter Steinfels who was the senior religion reporter for The New York Times from 1988 to 1997 now writes a biweekly column for the Times called A Beliefs.@ He holds master= s and doctoral degrees in history is the author of a number of books including the recently published A A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America.@

A The first line of my book says, > The Roman Catholic Church in the United States will either experience irreversible decline or thoroughgoing transformation. This was written before the 2002 priest molestation revelations. Part of what has been most problematic is dialogue within the church itself.@

According to Stenfels, who taught at Georgetown and Notre Dame universities, the church is undergoing two internal changes: Leadership is passing from priests and religious to lay people; and from strictly-formed pre-Vatican II lay people to more A unstable@ Catholics.

The one thing the council did validate was dialogue as a response to the modern world.

A Forty years after the council, there is now this movement to revert back toward hostility instead of dialogue because of the culture of death and materialism that exists. The commitment to dialogue remains, but under serious pressure,@ Steinfels said.

A History will give us the obstacles, openings, costs, risks of dialogue but we must have two rallying cries: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue and fidelity, fidelity, fidelity...Both of their opposites monologue and infidelity, are root causes of the problems.@

Before entering into true dialogue, however, individuals must consider their own identity as Catholics.

A Identity is a prerequisite of real dialogue. One must bring something deep and lived to the table.@

Francis Sicius, a professor of religious studies and history at St. Thomas University, said A It was very profound. It left the church with a challenge: to encourage dialogue for the faithful to remain faithful.@

Ed. The challenge is that Catholic politicians have taken over the role of the Bishops in formulating Catholic faith and morals. Politicians promote abortion, birth control, divorce, gay marriage, stem cell research, mass media perversity. Bishops do nothing to stop these politicians so the lay people think that these are the new Catholic Church beliefs. If the Bishops say nothing these new beliefs must be the official Church teaching. Do you know of any Bishop protecting their flocks from Catholic politicians? A few are beginning to emerge.

Vatican City, May 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The number of Catholics in the world is increasing, but their percentage has decreased slightly, according to newly released Church data.

The Statistical Yearbook of the Church for 2002, prepared by the Central Office of Church Statistics and just published by the Vatican press office, tracks data from the start of John Paul II= s pontificate through 2002.

The yearbook indicates that the crisis of the dwindling ranks of diocesan priests has passed, but not the crisis of religious vocations.

The number of Catholic faithful rose from 757 million in 1978 to 1.07 billion at the end of 2002. By continent, the increase was 150% in Africa; 74% in Asia; 49% in Oceania; 45% in the Americas; and 5% in Europe.

Yet, the percentage of Catholics as a share of world population dropped. In 1978 17.99% of the world= s inhabitants were Catholic; in 1990, the tally was 17.689%; in 2002, 17.2%.

Half the world= s Catholics are in the Americas (49.9%); 26.15% in Europe; 12.87% in Africa; 10.3% in Asia; and 0.78% in Oceania.

The overall number of priests decreased 3.78% from 420,971 in 1978 to 405,058 in 2002.

A closer study of the data reveals that the number of diocesan priests increased 1.85% to 267,334 from 262,485. The number of religious priests fell by 13.19% to 137,724 from 158,486 in 1978.

Professed men religious (non-priests) plunged by 27.67% from 75,802 in 1978 to 54,828 in 2002.

Professed women religious fell by 20.98% from 990,768 to 782,932 in the same period.

There is a growth industry in permanent deacons who can be married lay people and were introduced after the Second Vatican Council. Permanent deacons grew by 441% from 5,562 in 1978 to 30,097 in 2002.

The number of candidates to the priesthood (students of philosophy and theology) both in diocesan as well as in religious centers, soared from 63,882 in 1978 to 113,199 in 2002.

News Briefs

Vatican City; The Holy See= s secretary for relations with states visited London to promote diplomatic relations and ecumenical dialogue.

Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo met Foreign Minister Straw, Chancellor Brown, and members of both houses of Parliament as well as Cardinal Murphy-O= Connor and Anglican Archbishop Williams of Canterbury.

The section for relations with states fosters diplomatic relations with nations on other subjects of international law; represents the Holy See in international organizations and congresses on public issues; and reviews the activity of papal nuncios abroad.

Vatican City; A non-governmental organization launched an appeal from the Vatican calling for cooperation between rich nations and developing countries to make good-quality pharmaceuticals available at low prices, especially to poor people.

The NGO, Convivium, was founded last December by the International Federation of Catholic Pharmacists, in collaboration with Vatican officials and representatives of some 80 pharmaceutical companies.

Bishop Redrado, secretary of the Pontifical council for Health Care Workers, renewed an appeal for people affected by the HIV virus that they be given full access to anti-retroviral drugs.

He said that Africa, with 25 million AIDS patients and 2.2 million AIDS deaths has the poorest population with the least possibility of access to treatment.

Khartoum, Sudan; Violence has produced thousands of victims in the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan, where a process of Arabization is under way, says a Catholic bishop.

In a U.N. report, Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid gave evidence of the subjection of Darfur region to a reign of terror by the Sudanese government.

The strife is reckoned to have claimed 10,000 victims, forced 800,00 to 1 million from their homes, and left a legacy of 130,000 refugees in neighboring Chad.

Since February 2003, Darfur has been the scene of violent confrontations between the Sudanese regular army and two rebel groups--the Justice and Equality Movement, and the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement.

The population of Darfur is black while the Sudanese Army is Arab which is forcing a conversion to their type of Islam and bringing in Arabs for the beautiful pasture land and forcing the blacks west into Chad.

Rome. Cardinal Sepe urges that the mission of evangelization must be relaunched and supported, especially in those areas where poverty and persecution threaten the very survival of missionaries.

Addressing 117 national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies he stressed that A this task of animation and missionary sensitization depends on the active and sincere cooperation of all: bishops, priests, religious and laity@

Bucharest, Romania; Romania is celebrating the anniversary of John Paul II= s visit on May 6, 1999, the first of a Pope to a majority Orthodox country by welcoming the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Cardinal Walter Kasper arrived May 10 in Bucharest, where he met with representatives of the Orthodox patriarchate, with civil authorities, and with the Catholic community. He then met Patriarch Theoctist of the Romanian Orthodox Church who visited Rome in October 2002.

Vatican; Oct.21,2003. Among the 30 new cardinals whose names are known, only one is generally identified by Vatican watchers as papabile---a possible candidate for the papacy. That is Cardinal Angelo Scola, the patriarch of Venice, although he is relatively young to be considered papabile at the age of 62--at a time when most analysts believe that the next conclave will choose an older pontiff. But his predecessors as Patriarch of Venice include three 20th-century pontiffs; Pius X, John XXIII and John Paul I who was poisoned by Cardinal Villot who gave the Pope a poison in a wine glass.

Cardinal Scola is very close to the Italian movement, Communion and Liberation, which is very influential in Italy and Latin America, and highly esteemed by Pope John Paul II. He is a former student of the late theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, who in turn was a close colleague of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A specialist on family issues, he had been--- prior to being named Patriarch of Venice in January 2002---a professor at the John Paul II Institute for Family Issues, teaching at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

Words of Wisdom on the Consecrated Life.

A In the intimacy of the monastic cloister or working next to the poor and marginalized, among youths or inside ecclesial structures, in the various apostolic activities or in mission lands, God wants you faithful to his love and completely dedicated to the good of others.

Christ calls you to conform yourselves to him, the one who for love became obedient, poor and chaste. Contribute to dedicate yourselves with passion to announcing and promoting his kingdom. This is your mission, necessary today as in the past.@

Pope John Paul II in his homily during the feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the eighth annual World Day for Consecrated Life.

Interesting Letters to the Florida Catholic

Why is it that Episcopal priests who are married and have children, are offered a welcome into the Catholic priesthood, while we have so many Roman Catholic priests are not welcomed who have left active ministry to marry and have children, and that would joyfully come back.

Why cannot we welcome our own back, but we welcome the Protestants? I believe that both should be welcomed back equally. There is something seriously wrong with this picture. I believe that this should be a topic for discussion.

Michael Riley; Pinellas Park, Florida.

The article in the April 1 edition of the Florida Catholic on the decline in confessions was way off the mark. I believe our theologians, educators and other intellectuals are sometimes quite removed from the mainstream Catholic public. Do even 10 percent of the readers know that A auricular confession@ refers to the outer ear: It then quotes some reasons for the decline that are far off base.

1. Speed? In 65 years, I have never had a priest unwilling to spend as much time or as little as I wanted in confession.

2. The fear of being yelled at preceded the 1960's and people went to confession way more often back then.

3. I may be missing something but how often do people confess A fundamental options@ or A social sins@ ? Sounds like more psychobabble from the experts.

4. Contraception as a sin was not something new. Why would that start to cause the decline in those years?

No, what they fail to address is that much of the fault is with our leaders themselves. After Vatican II, many priests, nuns, teachers and theologians mistakenly stopped teaching the fundamentals of our religion. It all became relative; do what your conscience tells you is OK.

Of course, our youth had not been given the proper foundation in the faith to make these judgments. We are now reaping the rewards of this liberal thinking. It goes beyond confession. Look at our Mass attendance, abortion, divorce, acceptance of homosexuality and premarital sex. They all stem from that era of liberal, fuzzy, feel-good cafeteria Catholicism. We must again start to educate our Catholics of all ages in the basic tenets of our faith.

Fred Holt; Englewood, Florida.

By not denying John Kerry the reception of the Eucharist on Easter Sunday in the face of his very vociferous support of abortion, the church seems to have traded its moral authority on abortion for political expediency. By doing so we, the church, have helped John Kerry and the abortion industry to gain Catholic approval and more importantly its votes to defeat a pro-life President. In this way we have eliminated the condemnation of abortion and reclassified it from a mortal sin to a venial matter.

The right to life is far more important than the quality of life. Mr. Kerry supports the quality of life at the expense of life itself. You cannot have a quality life if you are killed in a mothers womb.

Francis X. Classon; Orlando, Florida.

Vatican calls for tougher stance against human trafficking

Rome. Individual governments must join efforts to combat human trafficking, said the Vatican= s top representative at the United Nations in Geneva.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said trafficking in humans is the worst among the violations of the rights of people on the move and that a recent international protocol on the prevention and suppression of traficking is not enough.

Governments must join forces through A the collection and sharing of data, including the strategies and routes used by traffickers,@ he said.

This would be an important A tool to step up both investigations and prosecutions,@ he said.

Up to 1 million people are shuttled across national borders every year and forced into A slave-like conditions in work, prostitution and begging,@ fueling a multibillion-dollar criminal industry, the archbishop said.

In the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth.

Chapter III.

Explanation of the Creation.

Q. What do you mean when you say that God is the Creator and Sovereign Lord of all things?

A. I mean that this one, only, living and true God, one in substance, and three in Persons, created the heavens and the earth, and all that they contain, all things visible and invisible; and that he still continues to preserve, govern and dispose of all things according to his own good will and pleasure.

Q. What do you mean by created all things?

A. I mean that God made all things out of nothing, by his word alone; for, as the scripture expresseth it, A He called those things that are not, as those that are,@ Rom. Iv. 17, A He spoke and they were made, he commanded and they were created,@ Psalm cxlviii. 5. A And God said, Be light made, and light was made.--And God said, Let the waters that are under the heaven be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was done so,@ --and God said, Let the earth bring forth the green herb--and it was so done,@ Gen. I. And of the Son it is said, A All things were made by him, and without him was nothing made that was made,@ Jo. i.3. Also, A In him were all things created, in heaven and in earth, visible and invisible---All things were created by himand in him,@ Col. I.16.

Q. Had then this world a beginning?

A. Yes it had, and the scripture says, A In the beginning God created the heaven and earth,@ Gen. I.1.

Q. What was there before this world began?

A. Nothing but God alone, who had no beginning, but was from all eternity, perfectly happy in himself, and in his own divine perfections.

Q. Why did God create this world?

A. Not of any necessity, or through force, but out of his own free will and good pleasure, and for his own glory; A for the Lord hath made all things for himself,@ Prov. Xvi.4.

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Why do Catholics do that?

Q. Why do Catholics bless themselves before and after entering/leaving church?

A. Old Testament Jews washed with water before entering the Temple precincts. Building on a ritual familiar to the Jew, John the Baptizer used water to represent repentance of sin and purification.

We also refer to our Baptism when the priest used water to wash away our sins and to protect us from evil.

Q. Why do Catholics make the Sign of the Cross?

A. Back in the second century when this practice began, it was common to honor a ruler with a gesture of respect. Whether bowing down on one knee or touching the forehead, such gestures were ritual ways to show humility before a person of great power.

The Sign of the Cross became one such devotion to the Holy Trinity and acted as a sign of recognition between early Christians who were sometimes forced to worship in secret.

Now a prayer in itself, each time we make the Sign of the Cross we express respect for God and call down his blessings on ourselves.

Q. Why do we believe that the Pope is head of the Church?

A. Jesus gave Peter his name which means Rock, and declared that he will build his church on the Rock. Jesus also gave Peter A the keys of the kingdom of Heaven@ (Matthew 16:19).

In Jesus= day, the person who held the keys to the kingdom represented the king, and acted with his authority. So he was signaling that Peter was given a special role of leadership.

Catholics believe that the authority given to St. Peter did not end with his death but is passed to his successors who also become head of the Church.

Q. Why do Catholics pray the Rosary?

A. In the early Church, monks led services with a Latin recitation of the Psalms called, A The Psalter@ . But most people couldn= t read or write Latin, so the A Our Father@ prayer was substituted so that people could easily pray together.

Tradition holds that St. Dominic combined the Our Father and Hail Mary prayers with meditations on the mysteries of our faith into the rosary we know today.

So the Rosary makes it easy for us to pray together and to focus on Jesus= life and glory.

Q. Why do we sometimes use incense in the Mass?

A. Today= s incense is made from Frankincense which is derived from the sap of desert trees. It has been prized in the Middle East for centuries, and became associated with Jesus since the Wise Men offered it as a gift. (Matthew 2:10-11).

The sweet smell of incense is intended to please God and its smoke is like our prayers rising up to Heaven.

Incense can be used during Mass to show reverence for the altar, the Gospels, the bread and wine, the assembly, and the body of the deceased during a funeral.

Q. Why do Catholics go to Confession?

A. Disobeying God damages our friendship with him, so we need his forgiveness to heal it. That= s why Jesus initiated the Sacrament of Reconciliation also called Confession. A Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven@ (Matthew 16:19).

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Father Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh has been appointed Bishop of Thanh Hoa following contacts between the Holy See and the Vietnamese government. The Vietnamese government does not allow the direct appointment of bishops. It insists that the Holy See present a list of candidates from which the government can choose. This has happened in Europe at various times in Church history, eg. The Austrian-Hungarian Emperor had a veto over a bishop= s appointment.

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A dozen new priests will be ordained by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the Institute of Christ the King and the Society of St. John Cantius. God is blessing these traditional orders with vocations and more priests to say the Latin Mass.

In addition to Ordinations, many young priests are studying and learning how to say the Latin Mass, often tutored by priests from the above-mentioned groups. The St. Gregory Society in New Haven, CT offered a successful program last year, training 5 young priests to offer Low Mass. More such programs are planned for this year.

Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of the underground Church= s Diocese of Zheng Ding, China was released June 20. He leads 1.5 million active Catholics.

Father Van Ly an activist had his sentence reduced to 5 years with 5 years of house arrest in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Pro-Abortion Politicians Can Be Denied Communion say U.S. bishops who warn Catholics not to cooperate with evil.

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 20, 2004 (Zenit.org). - The U.S. bishops= conference issued a rebuke to Catholic politicians who support abortion and said that the decision to deny them Communion is up to individual bishops.

Saying that A those who formulate law@ are obliged in conscience A to work toward correcting morally defective laws.@ the bishops called on Catholics in public life to protect the unborn and oppose legal abortion A lest they be guilty of cooperating in evil and in sinning against the common good.@

The bishops also pledged to counsel Catholic public officials who act A consistently to support abortion on demand@ that this support A risks making them cooperators in evil in a public manner.@

The statement, A Catholics in Political life,@ was adopted by a vote of 183-6. It came after the Task Force on Catholic Bishops and Catholic Politicians made an extensive interim report at the episcopate= s special assembly, held in Colorado last week.

In the statement, the bishops highlight the need A to continue to teach clearly@ and help other Catholic leaders to do so about their A unequivocal commitment to the legal protection of human life from their conception until natural death.@ The statement notes that Catholic A teaching on human life and dignity should be reflected@ in all parish and all A educational, health care and human service ministries.@

The prelates see a need to do more A to persuade all people that human life is precious and human dignity must be defended.@ The bishops welcome A conversation initiated by political leaders themselves.@

They also see the need for Catholics A to act in support of these principles and policies in public life.@

The statement insists that A the Catholic community and Catholic institutions@ should not honor those A who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles@ with awards, honors or A platforms which would suggest support for their actions.@

The bishops stated that A all must examine their consciences@ about their worthiness to receive Communion, including with regard to A fidelity to the moral teaching of the Church in personal and public life.@

The statement notes that A the question has been raised@ whether it is necessary to deny Holy Communion to Catholics in public life who support abortion on demand.

A Given the wide range of circumstances involved in arriving at a prudential judgment@ in this serious matter, the bishops state that they recognize that such decisions rest with the individual bishop in accord with established canonical and pastoral principles.@

Noting that A bishops can legitimately make different judgments on the most prudent course of pastoral action,@ they express their shared A unequivocal commitment to protect human life and dignity.@

The bishops conclude their statement by saying that respect for the Eucharist A demands that it be received worthily and that it be seen as the source for our common mission in the world.@

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Computer 2 has 2 hard disks with only XP Pro operating system with several partitions on the hard disks. XP Pro was installed over MS Millenium operating system which erased our mailing list. We installed a Jan. 2003 version of our list and found mail for past year in a box which brought the list up to date but send corrections if needed. We use My Mail List Deluxe for the mailing list. I wish we could find a better way of keeping track of the mailing list.

When new operating systems become available, we will be unable to buy the cheaper upgrade version as we must buy the full operating system due to our African purchase being an OEM version and not eligible for upgrades or patches to repair the problems in the system.

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Vatican Wants to Meet With U.S. bishops.

Cardinal Ratzinger said church leaders should be cautious about refusing Communion to Catholic politicians who oppose Catholic teachings.

Redemptionis Sacramentum-norms for celebration of Holy Communion.

Approved by Pope JP II on March 19 and signed by Cardinal Arinze, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation.

The document states that A priests are always and everywhere permitted to celebrate Mass in Latin. The faithful may not be denied communion solely because they wish to kneel when they receive the Most Holy Eucharist. Bishops should diligently foster Eucharistic Adoration. It altogether laudable to maintain the noble custom of altar boys while permitting bishops who wish to allow female altar servers. Only out of true necessity is there to be recourse to the assistance of extraordinary ministers in the celebration of the Liturgy. True necessity is defined as when the Priest and Deacon are absent, when the Priest is prevented by weakness or advanced age or some other genuine reason, or when the number of faithful coming to Communion is so great that the very celebration of Mass would be unduly prolonged. This, however, is to be understood in such a way that a brief prolongation, considering the circumstances and culture of the place, is not at all a sufficient reason.@

Defense Secretary: Russian Nuclear Attack against US Still Possible

The threat of a devastating nuclear attack by Russia against the United States has not diminished, warns former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. McNamara and co-author Helen Caldicott writing in April 26, 2004 Los Angeles Times claim that the threat of a nuclear catastrophe remains real, whether by accident, human fallibility or malfeasance.

Thousands of Russian nuclear warheads are still pointed at the U.S. targeting many civilian population centers. The pair cite a January 2002 document from the U.S. Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., titled A Prototypes for Targeting America, a Soviet Military Assessment.@

The study reports that New York City is the single most important target after military installations on the U.S. Atlantic coast.

A report commissioned in the 1980's by the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment is still relevant today. It said Soviet nuclear war plans called for aiming two one-megaton bombs at each of the following: The three airports serving New York City; Wall Street; each major bridge; all major rail centers; all power stations; four NYC-area oil refineries; and the NYC port facilities.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in a recent report on nuclear-attack preparedness, featured a map showing an obliterated New York City from nuclear blasts and the resultant firestorms and fallout.

It predicted millions of people would instantly perish, while most survivors would die shortly thereafter from radiation burns and exposure. All North American cities will be destroyed and hundreds of millions of people will die.

Russia, despite reports to the contrary, remains a nuclear superpower, arguably the greatest nuclear superpower with 8,200 missiles pointed at European and North American cities and military sites.

Of the 7,000 warheads in the U.S. arsenal, 2,500 are maintained on a 24-hour ready alert status and can be launched within moments.

The Strategic Air Command has only 3 minutes to decide if a nuclear attack warning is real or not. Then he has 10 minutes to find the president and give him a 30 second attack briefing, including options.

After that, the president has 3 minutes to decide whether or not to retaliate and if so, which targets will be hit. Once they are launched, U,S. Missiles would reach their Russian targets in about 15 to 30 minutes.

Moscow= s early warning system is rapidly aging sounding false alarms daily in response to wildfires, satellite launchings and solar reflections off clouds and oceans. This Russian decay is making it difficult for Moscow to determine whether alerts are real or not and thus will have to rely more on human judgment rather than computerized early warning systems.

A new Russian mobile intercontinental missile the Topol-M weighs 47 tons, carries one warhead and has a range of 6,900 miles. Ground based Topol-M rockets are already in use. The mobile version will be operational by 2006.

President Putin of Russia has silenced all his mass media foes by seizing their property so there is no one to challenge him just as in the happy days of Pravda which means truth but of course is mostly lies. Our Pravda is the New York Times which prints a lot of lies such as Castro is not a communist, Iraq has Weapons of Mass Destruction (100's of stories), Bolshevik Government of Russia is a good government (murdered millions of its citizens especially religious and educated persons and anyone who would challenge them).

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Editor= s Mother Dies.

Kathryn Louise Law, my mother (editor, John Walsh) died May 10 in Dayton, Ohio in her sleep with a smile on her face. Her son, Augustine Walsh had visited her that Mother= s day and when he and his wife left, she said A Pray for me@ . She died later that evening in her sleep. She was born in Belmont, Massachusetts 2/13/16 and attended Rosary Academy there. 1940 on the family was raised in Canton, Massachusetts next to Paul Revere= s house whose stairs and floor creaked when walked upon. It was a different era when all meals were eaten together as a family at least breakfast and supper on weekdays. Confession on Saturday afternoon, Sunday school after Mass, released time for religious education on Monday mornings for public school students, King James Bible and the pledge of allegiance to the flag to begin the public school day. During World War II when air raid sirens would be sounding she would scream at me outside to come in immediately or you will be killed.. She went to work making circuit boards at a Radio Shack factory when my father= s ulcer disabled him for several months or more. She had 6 children of whom 4 are living. One was stillborn and another lived 3 days because of a spina bifida defect which is a deformed spinal column. She ruled with an iron hand using a belt to make her point on my hands. When she wacked me on my hands when I was age 17, I told her that was the last time she was going to use the belt on me and she complied. We were not a family that said the Rosary together. When my father asked me why I was late for supper, I told him I had been inquiring at the seminary on how to become a priest. At that he ran upstairs crying as he yelled, A If you become a priest, I am going to run away and become a monk@ . Mom had to protect me.

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