Lay Witness Magazine

10 Turning Points in Christian History

Alan Schreck From the Jan/Feb 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine As the third millennium dawns, most people are looking ahead to the future. This article looks to the past in order to understand the future and to give reasons for hope. Christians have hope because, despite the trials, struggles, and failures that the Church has experienced the past 2,000 years, the words of God have been proven true: “. . . in everything God works for good with those who love him” (Rom. 8:28). In this article I will not focus on the highlights of the Church’s history, but … Continue reading

A Higher Standard – Jan/Feb 2000

Various From the Jan/Feb 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. -John 15:12-14 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always … Continue reading

Book Reviews – Jan/Feb 2000

Various From the Jan/Feb 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pope Pius XII by John Cornwell reviewed by Thomas J. Nash Viking Penguin, 1999. In his new book, John Cornwell describes Pinchas Lapide’s Three Popes and the Jews (Hawthorn Books, 1967) as “a formidable and scholarly riposte to those who would paint Pius XII and the Holy See as villains” regarding the Nazis’ rise to power, World War II, and the Holocaust. Yet, because Lapide worked for an Israeli government that was seeking better relations with the Vatican, Cornwell concludes that his book “carried … Continue reading

Chapter News – Jan/Feb 2000

Carmelite Saints CUF From the Jan/Feb 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Philadelphia, PA. Anne Wilson, chairman of St. John Neumann Chapter, reports that the recent “Conference on Carmelite Saints,” which the chapter sponsored at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, was very successful. It featured outstanding addresses on St. Teresa of Avila, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and St. John of the Cross by Fr. Augustine Esposito, Fr. Frederick Miller, and Dr. Janet Haggerty, respectively. Joining these three speakers-all members of the seminary faculty-was Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, who spoke on St. Edith Stein. The chapter also helped publicize the veneration of … Continue reading

Debunking the Overpopulation Myth

Faith Facts Helen M. Valois From the Jan/Feb 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Issue: Is the world overpopulated? Could we not cure countless social problems if we stabilized or curbed the rate of population growth? Response: No. The claims of the Zero Population Growth (ZPG) lobby crumble in any encounter with the facts. Proponents of population control argue that the earth has too fragile an environment and too limited space and resources to sustain population growth. Historic and scientific facts prove these arguments false. More importantly, Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church on man’s nature and … Continue reading

First Things First: Build Your Marriage On Solid Ground

Curtis and Michaelann Martin From the Jan/Feb 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine How to Succeed Every week 45,000 people get married in the United States. Each couple hopes to find joy, happiness, and love in their marriage. They stand with sincerity before their family and friends. Many of the marriages even take place in churches, so the man and woman are also standing before God to profess their love. So why does the majority of these marriages fail? These aren’t bad people. What’s wrong with these marriages? Where do we turn to find the support and assistance we need … Continue reading

Flying with Both Wings: Why Christians Need Philosophy

John F. Crosby From the Jan/Feb 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Dr. John F. Crosby is the chairman of the Philosophy Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also a member of CUF’s board of directors. “Behold the Man” is a ten-part series on the personalist philosophy of Pope John Paul II. This is the first installment. We don’t have to listen to Pope John Paul II for long before noticing his fascination with the human person. We are struck by how often and how passionately he speaks about the dignity of the person. He has become a … Continue reading

FOCUS Update – Jan/Feb 2000

Testimonies Various From the Jan/Feb 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I have always considered myself an average Catholic. I grew up in a good Catholic family and attended Mass every Sunday. Like many college students, I was indecisive about my major and really had no ambitions. So, I decided to take the year off. The trouble was, I had no idea what I was going to do. Not long after making this decision, my cousin Mary Claire, who works for FOCUS up here in Colorado, told me that a position for a job with FOCUS had just opened up. … Continue reading

In Brief – Jan/Feb 2000

CUF From the Jan/Feb 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for January and February 2000: January Communion and reciprocal respect among Christians. Growing communion and reciprocal respect among Christians. The spread of the peace of Christmas to the hearts of all. Discovering in Christmas the source of peace during this International Year of the Culture of Peace. February A welcome by Christians to every kind of consecrated vocation. A healthy openness and welcome among Christians for every variety of consecrated vocation. Witness to Gospel … Continue reading

In His Image: The Incomparable Value of Every Human Person

Fr. Charles Mangan From the Jan/Feb 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Human life is sacred.” This assertion has become a rallying cry for those who love human life and-through both prayer and work-seek its protection. Although it is rather easy to express this familiar truth with frequency and conviction, this belief is evidently not a given for literally hundreds of thousands of persons today. Casual observation shows that many behave as if human life is not sacred. Consider the unfathomable number of abortions. In the United States alone, approximately 1,300,000 surgical abortions are reported annually, not to mention the … Continue reading