Lay Witness Magazine

A Convert’s Pilgrimage

Christopher Cuddy From the Jul/Aug 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine My “pilgrimage” to the Catholic Church began when I was 18 years old. I was a first-semester college freshman enrolled at one of the most prestigious evangelical Protestant colleges in the country. I was a theology/philosophy double major, and my childhood heroes included men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, R.C. Sproul, and Greg Bahnsen. My grandfather was an evangelical pastor. My uncle was a Presbyterian elder. Reformation theology was deeply imbued in every aspect of my being. My life’s dream was to become a Protestant seminary professor, … Continue reading

A Vocation to Orthodoxy

Colleen Carroll Campbell From the Jul/Aug 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The standard secularist line on religion, bandied about so often in the days and weeks following the death of Pope John Paul II, is that a church can only remain a vital force in the world if it accommodates itself to the values of the world. As more than one billion Catholics mourned the passing of their beloved Holy Father last spring, we heard variations of this mantra repeated by pundits who predicted the steep decline of the Catholic Church and increase in the priest shortage should the … Continue reading

Are We There Yet?

Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. From the Jul/Aug 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I doubt that there are any Lay Witness readers with children old enough to speak who haven’t heard (I daresay more than once) from the deep recesses of the car, “Are we there yet?” Rather than get annoyed by this persistent question, I usually seize the opportunity to tease them a little bit. I explain to them in convoluted ways that we’re never going to be “there.” We’re always going to be “here.” Once we arrive at our destination, it will cease to be “there,” but will … Continue reading

Book Reviews – July/August 2005

Various From the Jul/Aug 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger reviewed by Jeff Ziegler Ignatius Press, 1998. In one of the homilies delivered when he took possession of the Chair of the Bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI discusses the subservience of the Roman Pontiff to the truth of the Word of God: “The power of teaching in the Church involves a commitment to the service of obedience to the faith. The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law. On the contrary: The Pope’s ministry is a guarantee … Continue reading

Calendar – July/August 2005

CUF From the Jul/Aug 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine July 7-10 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN National Catholic Bible Study Conference Speakers include: Mark Shea, Tim Gray, Jeff Cavins, Steve Ray, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Rosalind Moss, Ted Sri, Kristine Franklin, Curtis Martin, and Matthew Pinto. For info call: (888) 842-2853 July 8-10 Irondale, AL Young Adult Retreat Sponsored by Sister Servants of the Eternal Word. Retreat master: Fr. Wade Menezes. For info call: (205) 956-6760 July 15-17 Lenexa, KS Kansas City Catholic Conference Speakers include: Bishop Raymond J. Boland, Bishop Robert W. Finn, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Mark Shea, and Ted … Continue reading

Chapter News – July/August 2005

CUF Members At Work CUF From the Jul/Aug 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Northeast Buffalo, NY. The Credo of Buffalo Chapter held a luncheon to hear CUF President Emeritus James Likoudis speak on “Questions and Answers” regarding the Church and its teachings. Chairman Joseph McLaughlin noted that the chapter rejoiced in the election of Pope Benedict XVI. He also expressed the concern of members that the Buffalo Gay Men’s Choir along with the Unitarian–Universalist Choir had been invited to sing in one of the diocese’s most beautiful churches. The chapter is presently planning for its Annual Day of Recollection. … Continue reading

CUF News – July/August 2005

Stepping out in Faith CUF From the Jul/Aug 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine My Pilgrimage to Rome by Nicole Nelsen I would not be a Catholic today if it were not for the “yes” of Pope John Paul II. He was elected pope a couple of months after I was born and he had been my “Papa” for 26 years. While I had never had the opportunity to meet John Paul II, I had hoped that I would meet him in Cologne at World Youth Day 2005. On the Thursday after Easter, I heard that Papa’s illness had become … Continue reading

Heaven – Where The “Tyranny of Time” Shall Be No More

Angus Sibley From the Jul/Aug 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine For many people today, the traditional idea of heaven is archaic and forgettable. But our lives are developing in ways that strikingly reflect that ancient concept. . . Heaven is an unfashionable topic, even in church. In half a century of regular worship, I have hardly ever heard a preacher celebrate the joys of the hereafter. The old hymns that ecstatically envisage those joys, such as Bernard of Cluny’s “Jerusalem the Golden,” are seldom sung today. Sean Innerst has argued in these pages that “if we do not occasionally … Continue reading

Holy Ground

Steve Ray From the Jul/Aug 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine And God said, “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground” (Ex. 3:5). Holy ground? What holy ground? This was a harsh wilderness. Vultures circled above during the day and hyenas prowled at night. There were no church steeples rising into the sky—no prophet or priests worshiping here. Moses was tending sheep among the rocks under the hot sun. Why take off his sandals in the rocky wilds? While stepping over stones and weaving through scrubby plants, Moses had seen a burning … Continue reading

In Brief – July/August 2005

Current Issues CUF From the Jul/Aug 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Holy Father’s Intentions JULY 2005 Missionary-For the baptized all over the world: That they may be committed to transforming the world with the light of the Gospel. General-For all Christians: May they share the message of the Gospel with all its radical demands while showing respect for the beliefs and opinions of others. AUGUST 2005 Missionary-For students from mission Churches in Rome: May their studies in the Eternal City be a time of spiritual enrichment. General-For World Youth Day: May this occasion draw young people everywhere to meet … Continue reading