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. HUGH OF GRENOBLE
St. Hugh was born in 1052 in France. He grew up to be tall and handsome, gentle and courteous.
ST. FRANCIS OF PAOLA
St. Francis was born in the tiny village of Paola, Italy, around 1416. His parents were poor but humble and holy.
ST. RICHARD OF CHICHESTER
St. Richard was born in England in 1197. He and his brother became orphans when Richard was very young.
ST. ISIDORE OF SEVILLE
This saint was born in 556. Isidore's two older brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, became bishops and saints, too.
ST. VINCENT FERRER
A most wonderful Christian hero was St. Vincent Ferrer. He was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1350.
This Benedictine monk had once been a sickly child. He had a very noticeable speech impediment all his life. Notker was determined not to let it get in his way.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE
St. John Baptist de la Salle was born in Rheims, France, on April 30, 1651. His parents were from the nobility.
ST. JULIE BILLIART
Mary Rose Julie Billiart was born in Belgium in 1751. Her uncle, the village school teacher, taught her to read and write.
Waldetrudis was born in Belgium in the seventh century. Her mother, her father and her sister have all been declared saints.
BLESSED ANTHONY NEYROT
Anthony was born in northern Italy in the fifteenth century. He joined the Dominican order in Florence, Italy. The prior at that time was another saint, Antoninus.
St. Stanislaus was born near Cracow, Poland, in 1030. His parents had prayed for thirty years for a child.
ST. JOSEPH MOSCATI
His brother's death made a deep impression on Joseph. He asked Jesus in the Eucharist and Mary for answers.
St. Martin was a priest of Rome who had a reputation for being well-educated and holy. He became pope in July, 649.
The name Lidwina means "suffering." Lidwina was from Holland. She was born in 1380 and died in 1433.
BLESSED DAMIEN OF MOLOKAI
Joseph "Jeff" de Veuster was born in 1840, the son of Belgian farmers. He and his brother, Pamphile, joined the congregation of the Sacred Hearts.
ST. BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE
This French saint, born in 1748, led a most unusual life. He was the son of a store owner and was taught by his uncle, a priest .
ST. STEPHEN HARDING
Stephen was a young Englishman who lived in the twelfth century. He was a good student who liked to learn.
BLESSED MARY OF THE INCARNATION
Barbara was born in France in 1566. She was married to Peter Acarie when she was seventeen. She and her husband loved their Catholic faith and practiced it.
BLESSED JAMES DUCKETT
James Duckett was an Englishman who lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. As a young man he became an apprentice printer in London.
ST. AGNES OF MONTEPULCIANO
This saint was born near the city of Monte pulciano, Italy, in 1268. When she was just nine years old, she begged her mother and father to let her live at the nearby convent.
Anselm was born in northern Italy in 1033. From his home he could see the Alps mountains.
ST. SOTER AND ST. CAIUS
St. Soter was pope long ago in the times of the Roman emperors. He was a real father to all Christians.
Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness.
ST. FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN
This saint's name was Mark Rey. He was born in Germany in 1578. Mark went to the famous University of Freigburg to become a lawyer.
ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST
Mark lived at the time of Jesus. Although he was not among the original twelve apostles, he was a relative of St. Barnabas, an apostle.
This saint lived in ninth-century France. No one knows who his parents were. They left their newborn infant on the doorstep of Notre-Dame convent.
Zita is known as the patron saint of domestic workers. She was born in the village of Monte Sagrati, Italy, in 1218.
ST. PETER CHANEL
St. Peter Chanel was born near Belley, France, in 1803. From the time he was seven, he took care of his father's sheep.
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
Born in 1347, this well-known saint is the patroness of Italy, her country. Catherine was the youngest in a family of twenty-five children.
ST. PIUS V
This holy pope was born in Italy in 1504. He was baptized Anthony Ghislieri. He wanted to become a priest, but it seemed as though his dream would never come true.
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?