Lay Witness Magazine

Blessing Expectant Mothers

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I’ve often thought that one of the Catholic Church’s most visible pro-life acts is her blessing for expectant mothers. Let’s face it, pregnancy and motherhood in today’s anti-child “culture of death,” as Pope John Paul II describes it, has taken a bad rap. In this darkened era, it’s far more fashionable, if not downright nobler and more patriotic, to have no children or at least a “limit of two”! But here stands the Catholic Church, never wavering in her support of marriage, family life, and the sacredness of … Continue reading


Donald DeMarco From the Jan/Feb 2003 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. CUF members receive a 10% discount. No virtue is more misunderstood than compassion. The truly compassionate person loves … Continue reading

Contraception and the Covenant of God

Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas From the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Why does the Church continue to teach something allegedly rejected by 80 percent of Catholics? Take a look at Scripture. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical which taught that each and every act of sexual intercourse must be open to new life. To hear some people talk, one would get the impression that the prohibition of artificial birth control came out of the blue. However, even a brief review of history reveals a strong and consistent ban on all … Continue reading

CUF News – January/February 2003

CUF From the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Glaube und Leben CUF’s critically acclaimed Faith and Life elementary catechism series is now available in German. The “Glaube und Leben” series meets a real need for sound catechesis in Austria, where the new edition was translated and published. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna and General Editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, wrote the following in his foreword to the German edition (translated into English by Madeleine Stebbins): “The appearance of the reworked German edition, ‘Glaube und Leben‘ of the American ‘Faith and Life‘ catechism is a … Continue reading

CUF Profiles – Kirk Kuykendall

CUF From the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Marital Status: Single. Education: BA, Philosophy, Christendom College. Occupation: Workers’ Compensation Claims Adjuster. Favorite Saint: St. Maria Goretti. Hobbies: Watching fish in aquariums, conversation over beer and new kinds of food. Favorite Christian Prayer: Mass. Favorite Old Testament Book: Jeremiah. Most difficult class ever taken: The Ideas of Explanation. Books currently reading: A Crisis of Saints by Fr. George Rutler, The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper. Pets: None. What do you like most about Texas: Familiar territory, laid back feel. Favorite movie: Braveheart (minus certain vile language and sexual … Continue reading

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Scott Hahn From the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Dr. Scott Hahn is professor of theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in biblical theology from Marquette University. This series explores God’s fatherhood, drawing from Sacred Scripture and the Church’s Tradition. This is the seventh installment. Dr. Hahn’s numerous books, including  Understanding “Our Father”: Biblical Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer, Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God, and Catholic for a Reason II: Scripture and the Mystery of the … Continue reading

Immunity from Evil? Vaccines Derived from Abortions

Jameson T. Taylor From the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “You’ve got to warn everyone and tell them! Soylent Green is made of people!” Science fiction fans may recall the 1973 classic Soylent Green, in which a wily detective played by Charlton Heston reveals that government food rations foisted upon the starving masses are manufactured from human body parts. Discovering that several common vaccines are derived from baby body parts may not be quite as bad as eating Soylent Green, but for many pro-lifers it’s a close second. While most parents are shocked to learn that their children … Continue reading

In Brief – January/February 2003

Current News and Events CUF From the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for January and February of 2003: January That Christian communities, in this particular moment of our history, may welcome ever more completely the Lord’s invitation to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. That the Christian communities of China, docile to the Word of God, may strengthen their ties and cooperate more effectively in spreading the Good News. February That all Christians, sensitive to the distressing … Continue reading

Letters to the Editor – January/February 2003

CUF From the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Respect Life Dear Editor, On Sunday, October 6th, the Catholic Church here in the Diocese of Bridgeport, and around the country, observed Respect Life Sunday. The note in my church bulletin described it as supporting life in all forms, including the environment. On the surface, the “respect life” concept seems to be a good thing. What could be more Christian than to remind people that all human life— from the unborn child in the womb, to the frail elderly at the twilight of life—is special in the eyes of God? … Continue reading

Margaret of Cortona: The Saint of Second Chances

Helen Valois From the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine She was still a girl, really, though her form was that of a woman, when her world, long crumbling, finally came crashing down around her. Grieving the death of her mother and made unwelcome by her father’s new spouse, the daughter had little to trade on but her own blossoming beauty. So she accepted a one-way ticket away from home in the form of a young man of means. He was willing to give her the affection she sorely longed for in exchange for carnal intimacy, and the shelter … Continue reading