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Another Catholic Issue

Leon Suprenant Jr. From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine As the dust continues to settle from the November election, it’s increasingly clear that “moral values” were instrumental in swaying Catholic voters to President Bush. This shift turned out to be more significant than anticipated, especially among Catholics who attend Mass on a weekly basis, where President Bush enjoyed a 56-43 advantage. We all know that by “moral values” we’re talking about the non-negotiable, hot button issues of the day—abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, cloning, and same-sex “marriage”—concerning which the Catholic position is clear and not subject to … Continue reading

Book Reviews – January/February 2005

“Getting it Straight,” “Spiritual Workout of a Former Saint,” and “A Travel Guide to Heaven” Michael Miller, Thomas Nash, and Helen Valois From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Getting It Straight What the Research Shows about Homosexuality Peter Sprigg and Timothy Dailey, coeditors reviewed by Michael J. Miller Family Research Council, 2004. Homosexuals whose consciences bother them are the lucky ones. The person who experiences a same-sex attraction and acts upon it all too often tries to justify himself by arguing, “Who’s to say what’s normal?” Unfortunately, such a person has already set God aside as irrelevant … Continue reading

Breaking Free from the Culture of Death – A Woman Speaks out Against the Lie of Abortion

Elizabeth Brown From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine It would be easier to remain silent than to relay the story of my abortion experience and how I was liberated from the culture of death. Easier because it is a difficult story to tell, struggling as I did with the shame involved with such a “choice” as well as the fear of what some may think. But my faith in Christ demands I move beyond these temporal concerns, with the truth as I have experienced it, so others can be set free. It is my hope that in … Continue reading

Chapter News – January/February 2005

CUF Members At Work CUF From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Midwest Mundelein, IL. We welcome another new chapter, our Blessed John XXIII Chapter, which holds its meetings at Marytown in Libertyville, IL. Members heard noted lecturer and author Br. Charles Madden, O.F.M. Conv., give a splendid presentation on Blessed John XXIII, noting in particular the falsity of the perception held by many that the Pope and Vatican II represented a radical disruption and departure from Church teachings prior to 1962. Br. Madden declared this view a dangerous deception intended to obscure the actual doctrinal continuity marking … Continue reading

Cloning: An Affront to Human Dignity

CUF From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Issue: What is human cloning? Why does the Church teach that cloning is immoral? Response: Cloning is a form of artificial reproduction in which the offspring produced is genetically identical to the individual from whom he or she originated. Human cloning is immoral because it attacks the dignity of human procreation and because it is an affront to the dignity of the individuals involved in cloning. What Is Cloning? Cloning is a form of artificial reproduction in which the offspring produced is genetically identical to the individual from whom he … Continue reading

CUF News – January/February 2005

Current News and Events CUF From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Teen Illustrator Chosen for Bible Study In 2005, Emmaus Road Publishing will release a revised edition of the children’s Bible study, The Life of Jesus. This Bible study is designed for children ages three to seven and includes coloring pages and crafts. It is part of the “Come and See” Bible study series, along with The Gospel of John and Prophets and Apostles—Bible studies for adults and high school youth. The revised edition of The Life of Jesus will include 45 new illustrations. Proposals for the … Continue reading

Exposing the Grief of Abortion

Bishop Robert F. Vasa From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine January 22, 1973. There is not a single adult Catholic for whom this date should lack significance. It is a day of grief and sorrow for some and a day of triumph and rejoicing for others. It is, as we all know, the infamous date of the Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade. On this day in 1973, under the guise of personal freedom and liberty, “privacy” was established as a “right” in our country. This right even surpassed another individual’s right to life. In … Continue reading

Farewell, Big Bob

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I want to tell you about one of my “heroes” who recently died. His name was Bob Casserly. He passed away quietly in his sleep—which is about the only quiet thing I can recall Bob ever doing! He loved to have fun. In fact, when Bob was around he was the “fun.” He could add hope and lift the spirits even on the most serious and somber of occasions. And who doesn’t love to be around someone like that? Which partially explains why Good Shepherd Church in Golden … Continue reading

Friendship

Heartbeats Donald DeMarco From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “HeartBeats” is a regular column on the virtues by popular Lay Witness contributor Donald DeMarco. Dr. DeMarco is professor emeritus of philosophy at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario. He also teaches at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and continues to work as a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. His newest book, Architects of the Culture of Death was released in April. He is also the author of The Many Faces of Virtue, which is a collection of these “Heartbeats” columns. To … Continue reading

Getting It Right – The Foundation of Friendship

Edward P. Sri From the Jan/Feb 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Edward Sri is Assistant Professor of Theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He is the author or coauthor of many Emaus Road books, including Mystery of the Kingdom, and Catholic for a Reason I, II, and III. He is also author of the New Rosary in Scripture (Servant). All references in this column to Pope John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility are taken from the 1993 edition, published by Ignatius Press. These books may be ordered from Benedictus Books. Call (888) 316-2640. CUF members receive a 10% … Continue reading

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