Lay Witness Magazine

A Culture Exposed

Mike Aquilina From the Jan/Feb 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Just a couple of months ago, The Washington Post ran an astonishing opinion column written by one of its own, Patricia E. Bauer, a former Post bureau chief. Bauer has a grown daughter with Down’s syndrome, and she writes about the rudeness she has had to endure through the years. People ask her whether she had undergone prenatal testing. The unspoken assumption is that, if she had, her daughter Margaret would never have been born. One Ivy League ethicist said in her presence that mothers whose unborn children test … Continue reading

A God Beyond Our Control

Colleen Carroll Campbell From the Jan/Feb 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Christians concerned about the increasing secularization of our culture need only glance at The New York Times best-seller list to remind themselves that America is still a religious nation at heart. How else to explain the ubiquity of religious titles that have electrified the publishing industry in recent years? The most famous is The Purpose Driven Life, an evangelical manifesto written by California pastor Rick Warren that has sold more than 22 million copies since 2002. But Warren’s book has no shortage of competitors. From televangelist Joel Osteen’s … Continue reading

A Monumental Endeavor – Project Moses and the Recovery of America’s Moral Foundation

Most Rev. David L. Ricken From the Jan/Feb 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In recent years, one of God’s gifts to the Diocese of Cheyenne has been the promotion of the Ten Commandments accomplished by Project Moses, an organization started by a friend of mine in Kansas City, Mr. John Menghini. After the courthouse across from his parish church decided to throw out their Ten Commandments monument, John noticed that his pastor went to the courthouse to ask if he could have it. The priest took the stone display of the Ten Commandments and put them on the lawn … Continue reading

Avoiding War and Safeguarding Peace – The Church’s teaching on Just War

Jeff Ziegler From the Jan/Feb 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Issue: What does the Church teach about just war? Response: While recognizing the right of nations to legitimate self-defense under the just war doctrine, the teaching Church urges the avoidance of war. Discussion: In the days following Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s election to the Chair of Peter, speculation arose in the Catholic and secular media about why he chose the name Benedict XVI. In his first general audience, the pontiff revealed that he had chosen his name because of his concern for peace: I wanted to be called Benedict XVI … Continue reading

Book Reviews – January/February 2006

Various From the Jan/Feb 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine G.I.R.M. Warfare The Traditional Latin Mass Versus the General Instruction of the Roman Missal by Thomas A. Droleskey reviewed by James Likoudis Chartres Communications, 2005. Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood by Sheila M. Kippley reviewed by Shana M. Buck, S.F.O. Sophia Institute Press, 2005. ————————————————————————————————— G.I.R.M. Warfare The Traditional Latin Mass Versus the General Instruction of the Roman Missal by Thomas A. Droleskey reviewed by James Likoudis Chartres Communications, 2005. This is an extremely painful book to read, as it reflects the suffering of many Catholics who have witnessed the sorry … Continue reading

Chapter News – January/February 2006

The latest events from local CUF chapters. CUF From the Jan/Feb 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Fly Creek, NY. Chairman Martha Wenner of our St. Francis of Assisi Chapter wrote concerning the success of the CUF display table at the county fair. In addition to their distribution of Catholic literature, rosaries and medals, members were also able to speak with a number of fallen-away Catholics and answer their questions. Each issue of this chapter’s newsletter lists “spiritual opportunities”—Masses, devotions, retreats, and special Catholic events—that are available in the area. Special publicity was given to “A Week of Prayer and … Continue reading

Children: Blessings, Not Burdens

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Jan/Feb 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I was recently asked to talk about the blessings of having children—and in particular—the benefits of a large family. The invitation came from Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, who had planned a three-part series entitled “Putting People First” for EWTN. The first hour-long segment was on “The Myth of Overpopulation,” the second centered on “Abuses,” and the third—my interview—was on “The Blessings of Children.” Mosher’s “awakening” began while doing research in China, where he discovered its coercive one-child policy, which is rigidly enforced by sterilizations, … Continue reading

From the Editor’s Desk – January/February 2006

Mike Sullivan From the Jan/Feb 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine January 22, 1973, is a date etched in the minds of many Americans. Being the anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade— which made “privacy” more important to the courts than defending the lives of the unborn—this date has a sad significance and weighs heavily on our hearts. In November 2001, the bishops of the United States mandated with the approval of the Holy See that “January 22 shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person … Continue reading

God Is Pro-Life

Leon Suprenant From the Jan/Feb 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine For I don’t know how long, I’ve had a bumper sticker on my car that says, “God is pro-life.” I usually don’t go in for bumper stickers, and in fact this is the only one I have. I guess when I picked it up at a conference I thought that it would provide an important sound bite to all who would see it. After all, we pro-lifers rightly understand that God is on “our side” in the culture wars. So, I figured that this message would challenge those who … Continue reading

Holy Father, I Have a Question

Pope Benedict XVI’s Dialogue with Children Pope Benedict XVI From the Jan/Feb 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine On October 15, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI met with seven Italian children who had received their First Communion during the year or who were to receive it shortly. After greeting the children, the Holy Father answered their questions regarding the Eucharist. The following is a translation from Italian of the Pope’s conversation with the children. Dear Pope, what are your memories of your First Communion day? I remember my First Communion day very well. It was a lovely Sunday in March 1936, … Continue reading