Lamplighter Award given to those fostering the light of truth in a dark world:
To the International Youth Coalition who presented a statement signed by 57,000 young people at the recent U.N. Convention on Youth. According to C-FAM's (CAtholic Family and Human Rights Institute) weekly newsletter, "Archbishop Francis Chullikatt [said], 'The young panelists beautifully manifested the important role of young people in transforming today's society and culture through Gospel values. Their personal witness to Christian life is the kind of legacy that needs to be left for future generations.'" As usual the U.N. kept a tight script on the meeting and turned away many pro-life youth although they had invitations and the meeting halls were nearly empty. It was the typical U.N. strategy for preventing any disagreement with their culture of death agenda. The final document promotes "reproductive rights" for minors and elimination of parental oversight of their children. Thank God for the young people who witnessed for Christ that they are more than animals in heat. The principles they articulated in their statement rang out for human dignity and the Culture of Life. May the early Christian martyrs pray for these brave youth who entered the belly of the beast that they will be an army of Christian soldiers in the years ahead courageously proclaiming the faith to a world that needs their voices.
Millstone Award given to those who through ignorance or malice scandalize God's people:
To Fr. Robert Perkins of Hampton, VA who made the Sunday Mass at Immaculate Conception Church his personal plaything through his disobedience and liturgical abuse. May St. Anthony Mary Claret who worked vigorously to reform his diocese intercede for Fr. Perkins and pray that he comes to his senses and restores the authentic faith in his parish.