Lay Witness Magazine

40 Years in the Vineyard

CUF From the Nov/Dec 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Catholics United for the Faith has done good work over the last 40 years in proclaiming the Gospel in and out of season. As a distant admirer of the work of Catholics United for the Faith in the United States, I am very grateful for the courageous witness all those involved have shown to its work in promoting the teachings of Christ and in defending the Church. May the Lord bless you all abundantly for the next 40 years. —Cardinal George Pell Archbishop of Sydney, Australia In Catholics United for … Continue reading

All In The Family: Two Thumbs Up on Vetting Children’s Viewing

Gerald Korson From the Nov/Dec 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Consider these situations: ¦ Your 11-year-old daughter is invited to a movie with her friends. You check the newspaper and find it is rated PG-13. While you hesitate, your daughter implores you, “All the other sixth graders have seen it, and besides, I’m almost 13!” ¦ Your college-age son rents a DVD . The story line printed on the back cover sounds decent enough, and your other two sons, 14 and 10, ask if they can see it, too. ¦ Your 8-year-old returns home from a sleepover at a … Continue reading

Apostle to the Gentiles: St Paul: A Force of Grace

Scott Hahn From the Nov/Dec 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Pope Benedict XVI has called the Church to a full year in honor of St. Paul the Apostle—from June28, 2008, to June 29, 2009. We should remember this saint with gratitude. It’s impossible to imagine what the last 2,000 years would have been if St. Paul had not lived at the far end of them. All the years since then have borne the mark of Christianity—the sign of the Cross—and so much of what we understand about Christianity, and especially about the Cross, we have learned from the great … Continue reading

Are Catholics Passionate About God’s Word?

The 2008 Synod of Bishops Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. From the Nov/Dec 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In mid-August, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his condolences to the people of Bolzano-Bressanone, Italy, on the sudden death of their bishop, the Capuchin Wilhelm Emil Egger. A few days earlier the Bishop had welcomed the Holy Father to his cathedral and a meeting with his priests. It was noteworthy that Bishop Egger had been looking forward to serving as Special Secretary for the October Synod of Bishops on the “Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” A Passionate … Continue reading

Ask CUF: Did the Church put Chains on Bibles to Keep Scripture from the Laity?

An acquaintance has told me that the Church once kept the Bible from the laity. Did the Church actually put chains on Bibles to prevent Christians from reading the Word of God? Did the Council of Trent limit use of Bibles? How should I respond to her? There are a number of ways to handle any apologetics question. If you take the “win souls, not arguments” approach, this particular question can lead to some fruitful discussion. The strategy here is to get your friend to think about the way she thinks. The question is so very poor that she might … Continue reading

CUF Link – November/December 2008

CUF From the Nov/Dec 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In September, CUF President Mike Sullivan and Director of Catholic Responses Eric Stoutz traveled to Rome, where they represented CUF members to Vatican officials and prayed for the CUF apostolate at holy places throughout the Eternal City. Sullivan and Stoutz spoke with representatives from the Congregations for the Clergy, for Bishops, for the Doctrine of the Faith, for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. They also met with officials at the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Apostolic Signatura, the … Continue reading

Faces of Virtue – Balancing Charity with Truth

by Donald DeMarco A kindly priest, who is the editor of an orthodox Catholic newspaper in the United States, told me about the misgivings he had concerning an article he had published. The article centered on the passing of Fr. Robert Drinan, S.J., (January 28, 2007) and was somewhat critical of his pro-abortion stance. Angry readers remonstrated against the kindly editor for being uncharitable about the late Fr. Drinan. The secular press, predictably, had lionized the Jesuit for being, “a towering moral giant” (Washington Post), “for battling injustice” ( Boston Herald), for waging “war for peace” (Newseek), and for being … Continue reading

Feasting on the Word of God – Getting Started with Bible Study

David Rodriguez From the Nov/Dec 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine One morning over breakfast, my family began discussing the temptations of Jesus in the wilderness. My 11-year-oldson’s assignment had been to read the temptation narrative found in the Gospel of Matthew. He told me that after Jesus had fasted for 40 days, Satan tried to tempt Jesus by challenging Him to turn stones into bread. Jesus responded, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” My son began to move on to the next temptation, but I slowed him … Continue reading

Forgotten Treasures – The Pope Without an Encyclical

by Peter A. Kwasniewski With this column, the series “Forgotten Treasures” comes to an end. Over the past two years, we have been focusing on important papal writings whose timeless wisdom Catholics would do well to rediscover and make their own. A review spanning from Leo XIII to Paul VI inevitably deals with pontificates of massive sweep, leaving behind multitudinous encyclicals and other documents. As a final installment, and in commemoration of the recent 30th anniversary of his death, I would like to examine a single speech by the one-month pope John Paul I, namely, the address he delivered on … Continue reading

From the Editor’s Desk – November/December 2008

Sarah Rozman From the Nov/Dec 2008 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I went to a small Christian college, and the “language” we spoke amongst ourselves was seasoned with Scripture. Whether proffering encouragement or a teasing rebuke, someone always seemed to have an appropriate verse. A professor once warned us against writing without editing, quoting Pontius Pilate: “What I have written, I have written.” And I doubt there was a student on campus who couldn’t imitate precisely our chaplain’s inflection as he prayed a favorite verse of Scripture before chapel services. Not only did we quote and discuss the Bible amongst … Continue reading