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
ALL SAINTS' DAY
This feast day grew out of the love and devotion of God's people.
ALL SOULS' DAY
This feast day is one of the most loving celebrations in all the Church's liturgy.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES
St. Martin was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579.
ST. CHARLES BORROMEO
St. Charles lived in the sixteenth century. He was the son of a rich Italian count.
St. Bertilla lived in the seventh century. The first biography of her life appeared in Latin in the year 800.
ST. THEOPHANE VENARD
St. Theophane, he holy French priest, dreamed of being a martyr even as a youngster.
St. Willibrord was born in England in 658.
St. Godfrey lived in the twelfth century. He received his education from the monks of Mont-Saint-Quentin. Godfrey became a monk and a priest.
ST. THEODORE TIRO
St. Theodore lived in the third century.
ST. LEO THE GREAT
St. Leo, a Roman, lived in the fifth century. At the death of Pope Sixtus, he became pope.
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS
St. Martin, the soldier saint lived in the fourth century.
St. Josaphat was born in the Ukraine and baptized John in 1580.
ST. FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI
St. Frances was born on July 15, 1850. As a child growing up in Italy, she dreamed about being a missionary to China.
ST. LAWRENCE O'TOOLE
St. Lawrence was born in Ireland in 1128. He was the son of a chief.
ST. ALBERT THE GREAT
St. Albert lived in the thirteenth century. He was born in a castle on the Danube River in Swabia (southwest Germany).
ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND
St. Margaret was an English princess born in 1046.
St. Gertrude entered a convent in Saxony when she was very young.
ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
St. Elizabeth, the daughter of the king of Hungary was born in 1207.
ST. ROSE PHILIPPINE DUCHESNE
St. Rose labored for Jesus in the United States. She was born into a wealthy French family in 1769.
St. Nerses lived in fourth-century Armenia. He was an official in the court of King Arshak.
St. Edmund was an English king who lived in the ninth century.
PRESENTATION OF MARY
When she was only three years old, the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken to the Temple.
St. Cecilia, the patroness of music lived in early times. What we know about her goes back to the fourth century.
St. Columban, the most famous of the Irish missionary-monks, lived in the seventh century.
BLESSED MIGUEL AUGUSTIN PRO
Blessed Miguel Pro was born in Guadalupe, Mexico, in 1891. He was destined to become a martyr of the twentieth century.
ST. ANDREW DUNG-LAC AND COMPANIONS
Christian missionaries first brought the Catholic faith to Vietnam during the sixteenth century.
ST. CATHERINE LABOURE
St. Catherine was born Zoe Laboure in 1806. She was the daughter of a French farmer.
ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA
St. Catherine lived in early Christian times. She was the daughter of a wealthy pagan couple of Alexandria, Egypt.
ST. JOHN BERCHMANS
St. John, the Belgian saint once said, "If I do not become a saint when I am young, I shall never become one.
ST. JAMES INTERCISUS
St. James was a Persian who lived in the fifth century. He was a great favorite of King Yezdigerd I.
BLESSED FRANCIS ANTHONY OF LUCERA
Blessed Francis born in 1681, was nicknamed Johnny as a child. He was the son of an Italian farmer.
St. Andrew, like his brother, Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist.
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?