"Another approach to discrediting the Church — and one in which the news media are quite culpable — involves distorting Church history or Church teachings, or giving disproportionate attention to actual or alleged misdeeds by individual Catholics.
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It would seem that the age-old 'debate' over Pope Pius XII's actions is going to enter a new chapter in the next few weeks. Dawn Eden of The Dawn Patrol has alerted me to a new news story about a letter that somehow incriminates Pope Pius XII, making it seem that he ordered Jewish children who were helped by the Catholic Church during the Holocaust be detained from their families if they had been baptized.
The central issue, In My Humble Opinion, concerns certain groups' and individuals' anti-Catholic bias and vendetta against the Church. But, since this letter is the cause of much confusion and misinformation, I will analyze it as best I can.
For those of you who don't already know, January 1st is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. Now, most dioceses in the United States do not require Catholics to attend Mass on this date this year (as a Holy Day of Obligation) because it falls on a Saturday; but in many other countries (and in New York, I'm told), today is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Anyways, I would just like to let everyone know what a wonderful blessing it was for me to be able to celebrate the New Year with a holy hour before the Lord during Eucharistic Adoration, then Mass at midnight (fireworks were present outside the chapel!), and finally a small celebration afterwards (complete with pretzels, chips and cheesecake!). I found this to be a wonderful way to kick off what I think will be the best year of my life so far.
May Mary intercede for us as we begin this New Year, and may we remember to thank our blessed virgin Mother on this day for her acceptance of God's Son into her womb over two millenia ago!
I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year:
I'm not sure if many blog readers have noticed, but there is a link on the sidebar of this blog, and many other blogs throughout the blogosphere, that says 'Feed (RSS)', 'Syndicate this site (XML)' or something similar. What exactly does this mean?
RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" - for allowing people to view, via a 'newsreader' updates of information (usually news or updated blog information, for our purposes). For more history and information concerning RSS, read XML.com's article, "What is RSS?"
So, what does this mean for you and I? This means you don't have to visit a blog or news website to find out if it has updated news or a new blog entry; you can simply open up your newsreader program (list of a few at end of this entry), and it will tell you if there are new blog entries! Some websites even give you some or all of the blog entry or news article, so you can see if you're interested in reading the whole entry by going to the site.