Lay Witness Magazine

Book Reviews – Jan/Feb 2002

Various From the Jan/Feb 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God by Scott Hahn reviewed by Daria Sockey Doubleday, 2001. Oh great! Scott Hahn’s apologetic text on Mary. This is going to be good, I thought. But I had no idea how good-because Hahn does more than provide an arsenal of scriptural references and logical arguments in defense of Catholic mariology. He quite obviously wants his readers to be more than able defenders of Marian doctrine-he wants them to be ardently devoted sons and daughters of heaven’s queen. Hahn … Continue reading

Chapter News – Jan/Feb 2002

CUF From the Jan/Feb 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Virginia Beach, VA. Chairman Fran Loch of Mary, Mother of the Church Chapter writes that plans are well underway for the chapter’s 2002 conference to be held the Saturday after Easter on April 6. Dr. Bernard Nathanson will be the main speaker. He is well known for his dramatic conversion from abortionist to staunch pro-life Catholic. The chapter is also sponsoring an annual raffle to raise funds to help with meetings and conferences. For more information on the conference, write Mary, Mother of the Church Chapter, P.O. Box 61947, Virginia … Continue reading

Conquer Evil Justly: Waging War and the Culture of Life

Fr. William Saunders From the Jan/Feb 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City, and another highjacked airplane crashed in Pennsylvania. These terrorist acts killed thousands of innocent people, affected far more families, and left all Americans traumatized. Nine days later, President Bush announced Operation Infinite Justice, later renamed Operation Enduring Freedom. In the address to the nation, he announced that there would be a multi-pronged, multi-national offensive of overt and covert operations to defeat terrorism. In his speech, the President said, “Freedom and fear, … Continue reading

Debating Embryo Adoption

Sheila Diamond From the Jan/Feb 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Magisterium has not formulated a position on the adoption of frozen embryos. The unsettling nature of embryonic stem cell research has thrust this option into the limelight and generated much public discourse about the ethical management of embryos created and stored through in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. The Catholic Church does have a settled position on IVF and other methods of reproductive technologies. In Donum Vitae (1987), the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith strongly condemned the ongoing practice of creating embryos outside the womb. These embryos … Continue reading


Heartbeats Donald DeMarco From the Jan/Feb 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “HeartBeats” is a regular column on the virtues by popular Lay Witness contributor Donald DeMarco. Dr. DeMarco is a professor of philosophy at the University of St. Jerome’s College in Waterloo, Ontario. The Many Faces of Virtue, a collection of essays on the virtues by Dr. DeMarco, may be ordered by calling Emmaus Road Publishing at (800) 398-5470. For information on other DeMarco titles, call Benedictus Books toll-free at (888) 316-2640. Experience may be the sharpest teacher. “One thorn of experience,” the poet James Russell Lowell tells us, … Continue reading

House of Christ the King: Churches of the Early Christian Century

Sacred Space Michael S. Rose From the Jan/Feb 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The earliest Christian “houses of God” not only established themselves as permanent sacred places, they reflected in many ways the divinely inspired design and construction of Solomon’s Temple and its transient precursor, the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. But because of the religious persecutions of Christians, the faithful were not able to build such great edifices to the glory of God until 300 years after Christ’s death on the Cross. Constantine the Great (274-337), a solar henotheist (a pagan sun-worshipper) was the first Roman emperor to favor … Continue reading

In Brief – Jan/Feb 2002

CUF From the Jan/Feb 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine No Monopoly on Sin In an interview with Zenit news, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver commented on the U.S. military action in Afghanistan. When asked why those outside the United States talk less about just war and more about economic and social inequalities, Archbishop Chaput replied: “The first and overriding inequality Americans face at the moment is this one: The real murderers, the architects of these murders, are alive and determined to kill again, while the murder victims have been robbed of their lives, their futures, their hopes, dreams, … Continue reading

John Summe: A Special Tribute

CUF Profiles Fred and Pam Summe From the Jan/Feb 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much.” These words from Matthew’s Gospel describe John Summe-a faithful and faith-filled servant. To his wife Jessie of 45 years, who died in 1985, John was faithful and loving. He was devoted to his nine children: John, Marguerite, Fred, Chris, Martha, Tony, Eleanor, Frederick John (their first-born who died as an infant), and their youngest child Billy, who died of leukemia at age five. John was greatly … Continue reading

Life in America

Pope Speaks His Holiness Pope John Paul II From the Jan/Feb 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The following is excerpted from the Holy Father’s apostolic exhortation, Ecclesia in America, given January 22, 1999. The Gospels tell of Jesus encountering people in very diverse situations. At times these are situations of sin, which show the need for conversion and the Lord’s forgiveness. At other moments we find people searching for the truth and genuinely trusting in Jesus-positive attitudes which help to establish a friendship with Him and awaken the desire to imitate Him. Like the social virtues, sins do not … Continue reading

Medicine’s Best Kept Secret: The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

Joel Brind From the Jan/Feb 2002 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The public health establishment and the abortion industry know all about it, but they don’t tell the women who need to know. Consider the following dialogue: Q: “So in other words, a woman who finds herself pregnant at age 15 will have a higher breast cancer risk if she chooses to abort that pregnancy than if she carries the pregnancy to term, correct?” A: “Probably, yes.” The only thing surprising about this matter-of-fact admission is that it was made by a scientist appearing under oath as a witness for … Continue reading