Lay Witness Magazine

All in the Family – Home Schooling as Battlefield Formation

Gerald Korson From the May/Jun 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area; they are educators because they are parents,” wrote Pope John Paul II in his 1994 “Letters to Families,” reiterating a fundamental principle of family life that has been articulated many times in Church history. A growing number of Catholic parents are taking that responsibility very literally by schooling their children at home. They do this with a variety of curricula that cater to the home-schooling market, using … Continue reading

Ask CUF – May/June 2008

CUF From the May/Jun 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine What is “restored order”? For some time now in the Roman Church, the sacraments of initiation for children have been administered in the sequence of Baptism at birth, First Eucharist at the age of reason, and then, often years later, Confirmation. The early Church, however, administered Baptism and Confirmation together, with the initiation culminating in Holy Communion (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1290). “Restored order” is a phrase that primarily signifies a change back to this original sequence. “Restored order” implies that Confirmation is not seen as a … Continue reading

CUF Link – May/June 2008

CUF From the May/Jun 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Pssst . . . Throughout this issue of Lay Witness, you may notice urgent reminders to register for CUF’s 40th Anniver sar y Conference, “‘You Too Go Into the Vineyard’: Courageous Catholics in the New Millennium.” We don’t want you to miss out on the early registration rate, so we’ll mention it one more time: Register today! This reduced, bargain-basement rate is only available until June 11. Visit or call (740) 283- 2484, phone menu option 6, to learn more or register. CUF LINK Why do so many relationships … Continue reading

CUF Mailbox – May/June 2008

CUF From the May/Jun 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Loving God First Dear Editor, I am a high school senior in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I just wanted to share with you how touched I was by your article (“From the Editor’s Desk”) in the March/ April ’08 issue of Lay Witness. My all-girl Catholic high school has very much embraced New Age and liberal philosophies, causing many of my fellow students to view the Church as an unwelcoming and sexist institution. To say the least, it has been a constant struggle for me to remain charitable toward those responsible … Continue reading

Faces of Virtue – Can Democracy Survive Without Virtue?

by Donald DeMarco The noted Harvard sociologist Gordon Allport worked on his classic study, The Nature of Prejudice, during the aftermath of World War II. This was a period of high unemployment and widespread hunger throughout the civilized world that was further burdened by pervasive cynicism and nervous insecurity. It was not a climate in which people were eager to embrace the democratic ideal. Rather, it was a time when people fell prey to demagogues who were only too eager to wrap them in a pseudo-protective blanket of totalitarianism. In times of uncertainty, people often choose not the moral ideal, … Continue reading

Fear Not the Dragon, but Yourself

An Exerpt from Mark Miravalle’s The Seven Sorrows of China CUF From the May/Jun 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Last summer, author and Mariology professor Mark Miravalle traveled to China, meeting with Catholic missionaries, members of the underground Church, and the people they serve. In journalstyle entries, The Seven Sorrows of China (Queenship, 2007) chronicles Miravalle’s experiences, calling into question the “new face” that China is putting forward with horrific exposés of current abuses of religious and human rights. This situation requires not only prayer, support, and sacrifice with and for our persecuted brethren, but an effort to raise … Continue reading

Forgotten Treasures – The Counterrevolutionary Lion, Part II

by Peter A. Kwasniewski In the last column we looked at a number of masterful social encyclicals that Pope Leo XIII promulgated for the universal Church in order to guide her in the midst of delicate and difficult dealings with modern nation-states and modern economic situations. What Leo was really grappling with was the emergence of a thoroughly secularized way of life and worldview, a worldview severed from the Christian past and obsessed with the pursuit of worldly “progress.” Setting Up the Defense Pope Leo was among the first to size up the full magnitude of the change that was … Continue reading

From the Editor’s Desk

Valerie Striker From the May/Jun 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Several colleagues and I were blessed to participate in Franciscan University’s second Media & Faith: Engaging the Culture conference in early April. The conference is geared toward media-minded students and professionals who are seeking to combine their passion for their faith with the best in media technologies. This year, largely due to wide promotion among Catholic podcasters, people from all over the country—and the world—came together to discuss the particular challenges that confront Christian and Catholic media workers. (Our keynote speaker was from the Netherlands—Fr. Roderick Vonhögen, the award-winning … Continue reading

In Brief – May/June 2008

CUF From the May/Jun 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine CUF congratulates Jerome and the late Gwen Coniker, who were the recipients of the Pro Fidelitate et Virtute Award at the 2008 National Meeting of the Institute on Religious Life, held March 28–30. In addition to forming the Apostolate for Family Consecration, a private association of lay faithful, the Conikers founded the Catholic Corps— communities of single, apostolic, celibate lay men and women who serve the needs of the Apostolate by working and praying for the building up of family life and God-centered communities. Learn more at and … Continue reading

Knowing Mary Through the Bible: Mary’s Queenship in Revelation 12

Edward P. Sri From the May/Jun 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In our last reflection, we saw how the woman figure in Revelation 12 should be identified as Mary. Now we are prepared to explore how Revelation 12 reveals Mary as having three beautiful roles in salvation history. She is the New Eve, the Mother of All Christians, and the Queen Mother. The First Prophecy First, Mary appears as the New Eve in the cosmic battle between God and the devil—a battle foretold at the very beginning of Scripture. In a passage known as the protoevangelium (“first Gospel”), God … Continue reading