Thomas J. Euteneuer
The announcement of a brand new baby
girl for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes reached the ears of the fawning
media last Tuesday, but I just can't celebrate with them. It was
not the baby who made me feel out of sorts—you know that a
pro-life priest loves all babies! It's her parents' wretched example
that irks me. While so many others will be congratulating the happy
couple on their new (out of wedlock) baby, I will be praying for
For those who don't know, both Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are former
Catholics who have totally abandoned their Catholic faith, upbringing
and education by joining Scientology which is hardly more than a
weird New Age cult. Katie's departure from Catholicism is, well,
shocking and repugnant given that she was allotted the best Catholic
education money can buy. She is also on record as saying that she
intended to remain a virgin until marriage, but Cruise blew that
one out of the water like the good top gunner that he is. Doctrinal
aberrations and moral degeneration usually go together. And needless
to say, the Cruises do not plan to baptize their baby.
Although the term apostasy is not used much these days, Catholics
who "convert" to Scientology are prime candidates for
the label. Case in point, the Cruises shed their Christian faith
and replaced it with Dianetics, and as Tom's pseudo-evangelistic
interviews with Parade magazine, The Today Show, Oprah and others
has made clear, not a vestige of the old time religion remains.
The Catholic Catechism defines apostasy as "the total repudiation
of the Christian faith" and with it heresy as "the obstinate
post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with
divine and catholic faith" (n. 2089). Yes, the Cruises fit
However, Cruise and Holmes are not unique in their repudiation
of the Catholic Faith. They fit a disturbing genre that faithful
Catholics should not just gloss over as typical of Hollywood sell-outs.
So many "Catholics" in public life have either completely
rejected the faith or are living in irreconcilable, scandalous conflict
with it, and we shouldn't be silent about this lest our silence
be interpreted as consent.
Political apostates like Ted Kennedy and John Kerry repudiate the
faith daily while pretending to embrace it. Pop star anti-role-models
like Bruce Springsteen hardly make an effort to justify their irregular
marriages while Brooke Shields evangelizes the culture about in
vitro fertilization apparently without the slightest notion that
her Church condemns the practice utterly. Media compromisers like
Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Chris Matthews take only those doses
of the faith that leave their politics or their bloated opinions
undisturbed. And Madonna—well, she just blasphemes the faith.
What more is there to say?
When I was growing up my dad never hesitated to point out such "Catholics"
and make it abundantly clear to his family that people like the
Cruises and their ilk were reprehensible examples of Catholics in
public life. He always let me know that the faith deserved better.
In other words, I regularly heard the witness of a good Catholic
man defining for me what "Catholic" really means and of
course what it manifestly does not mean.
Faithful Catholics have to relentlessly expose apostasy, heresy
and any other compromises of our faith to the younger generations
so that the inordinate influence of the high profile apostates doesn't
hasten the death of faith in kids—or worse—the death
of their souls.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International
Spirit & Life
"The words I spoke to you are spirit
and life." (Jn 6:63)
Human Life International e-Newsletter
Volume 1, Number 12 | Friday, April 21, 2006
OF THE SAINTS
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA
St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL
Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI
Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI
Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.
St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI
St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.
ST. ANDREW FOURNET
St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.
St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER
Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.
St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON
St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.
ST. JOHN I
St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.
ST. CELESTINE V
Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA
St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD
Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.
ST. RITA OF CASCIA
St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI
St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND
St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.
Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.
ST. PHILIP NERI
St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.
BLESSED MARGARET POLE
Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.
St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.
ST. JOAN OF ARC
St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.
THE VISITATION OF MARY
Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?