Lay Witness Magazine

A Catholic Approach to Tubal Pregnancies

CUF From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine ISSUE: What is an ectopic, or “tubal,” pregnancy? What moral principles must be taken into account in treating a tubal pregnancy? What alternatives are available that respect both the mother’s life as well as the life of her unborn child? RESPONSE: A woman’s egg or ovum descends from an ovary through the fallopian tube to the uterus. While on this path, the egg is fertilized and naturally continues this descent and implants in the uterus. Sometimes, however, the egg is impeded in its progress and instead implants somewhere along the … Continue reading

Book Reviews – January/February 2004

“Three Approaches to Abortion,” “The Bible and the Qur’an,” “The Catholic School in an Age of Dissent” and “Catholic Customs Various From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Three Approaches to Abortion A Thoughtful and Compassionate Guide to Today’s Most Controversial Issue by Peter Kreeft reviewed by Regis J. Flaherty Ignatius Press, 2002. After more than 30 years of legalized abortion in America, and the deaths of millions of pre-born babies, publishers continue to print new titles about the effects of abortion, the sanctity of life, and what is needed for healing. I continue to buy these new … Continue reading

Breaking the Bread

Stephen Pimentel From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Immediately after the craftsmen’s riot, Paul left Ephesus for Macedonia as he had been planning to do before his departure was delayed by that disturbance (cf. Acts 19:21-22). The purpose of his swing through Macedonia and Greece was to take up a collection for the Church in Jerusalem (cf. 2 Cor. 8:1-7). Luke refers to Paul’s time in Macedonia very tersely (cf. Acts 20:2), but Paul apparently traveled throughout Macedonia for about a year, gathering up the collection and composing the Second Epistle to the Corinthians. He finally came … Continue reading

Chapter News – January/February 2004

Forming Our Culture CUF From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Essexville, MI. Mrs. Geraldine Elbers, treasurer of our Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapter, expressed the pleasure of all its members at the Bay City Times’ running a superb major feature story on Sally Havercamp. Sally was appropriately quoted in explaining why she has always devoted her energies to CUF: “Our culture and society is so degraded as far as morals go, and we need to turn back to God. Faith is the most important thing in life. The hereafter is what we are here for. I’m afraid … Continue reading

Contraception and the Consistent Life Ethic

Jason T. Adams From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine We’ve heard a lot about a “consistent life ethic”— where our focus on life centers not just on abortion but on other critical issues like euthanasia, capital punishment, assisted suicide, healthcare, and poverty. This is a positive development because it puts pro-life issues within our greater calling to love our neighbors as ourselves, which in turn draws our attention to the fundamental principle of human dignity. The need to “preserve the sanctity of human life in all stages from conception to natural death” has become the catchphrase of … Continue reading

CUF News – January/February 2004

The Latest at CUF CUF From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine What’s New in Lay Witness? Lay Witness has a new look in 2004. We’ve added new departments, including, “Meet the Staff” (p. 42), which is an interview/profile of a member of the CUF staff; “The Road to Emmaus” (p. 12), which highlights a chapter or section from one of Emmaus Road Publishing’s dynamic titles; and “CUF Replies” (p. 44), which presents questions posed to CUF’s information specialists and their well-documented, personalized answers. There is also a new column, “Mother of the Church” by Fr. Charles Mangan … Continue reading

CUF Replies – January/February 2004

Answers You Can Trust CUF From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Dear Catholics United for the Faith, What does the Church teach concerning resuscitation (as far as general norms are concerned), and how do these norms apply in the following case? If something were to happen to a man who has severe brain damage and is comotose (though he can feel pain), is it necessary to resuscitate him? Dear CUF Member, In 1980, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued the Declaration on Euthanasia which states: When inevitable death is imminent in spite of … Continue reading

Forgiving Those Who Trespass Against Us – Finding Healing for Victims’ Families

Maureen Kramlich From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Perhaps the most poignant moment in the book Dead Man Walking—a moment not shown in the film—is Lloyd LeBlanc’s recollection of the day he identified the murdered body of his son. The author, Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., recounts: [When] he arrived with the sheriff’s deputies there in the cane field to identify his son, he knelt by his boy—‘laying down there with his two little eyes sticking out like bullets’—and prayed the Our Father. And when he came to the words: ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those … Continue reading

Good Shepherds – Fr. John Higgins

Molly Mulqueen From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Good Shepherds” is a regular column devoted to priests who with God’s grace have been exemplary ministers of the Gospel. If you know a priest whom you’d like to see profiled in this section, email author Molly Mulqueen at or contact the CUF office. When Fr. John Higgins was growing up, the religious life was sort of like the family business. “I grew up in New York with a lot of priests in the family. My dad’s uncle is a Jesuit. Two of my mom’s brothers are priests—Capuchins—and … Continue reading

Her Silent Fight – What Terri Has Taught Us About the Culture of Life

Fr. Robert Johansen and Pete Vere From the Jan/Feb 2004 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine An old story is told about Pope St. Pius X and his war against modernism. After promulgating his papal encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis, and purging from the Church the blight of modernism, one of his friends congratulated him on finally destroying this pernicious heresy. “We have not destroyed it,” the saintly pontiff replied. “We have merely succeeded in driving it underground for the time being. Unfortunately, it will surface again.” Through divine providence, the present authors were blessed with the opportunity several months ago to … Continue reading