Lay Witness Magazine

A Higher Standard – September 1999

CUF From the Sep 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had.” —Mark … Continue reading

All That He Can Be

St. Francis House’s Joe Campo Does More Than Just Show Up Molly Mulqueen From the Sep 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Have you ever seen that recruiting ad for the U.S. Army, where they show you footage of soldiers jumping out of airplanes and crawling on their bellies through the mud and scaling 50 foot walls, all while the sun is rising in the background? Then the voice-over says: “We do more before 8:00 a.m. than the rest of America does all day.” Obviously, those recruiters have never met Joe Campo. Joe Campo holds down two demanding, full-time jobs … Continue reading

Chapter News – September 1999

CUF From the Sep 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Colorado Springs, CO. Michael T. Barry, chairman of Pope John Paul II Chapter, writes that the chapter has continued its study of the Catechism’s teaching on “God the Father.” They also listened to an audiotape of a stirring homily by Fr. John Corrapi, S.O.L.T. A recent meeting featured an address on Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body, entitled “Human Love in the Divine Plan,” by Christopher West, director of the office of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese of Denver. The chapter’s “God the Father” lecture series … Continue reading

Charity Begins At Home

Michaelann Martin From the Sep 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Not too long ago we were sitting in Mass and a rather shabby-looking fellow shuffled in and sat next to my son. All of the children looked alarmed and glanced at me for help. I gave them a calming look and reassuring smile and we made it through Mass. Afterward, when we began our prayer of thanksgiving, the gentleman asked for some money. It wasn’t too long before this that my husband and I had decided to keep a few one dollar bills in our pockets for alms in … Continue reading

CUF News – September 1999

CUF From the Sep 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Catholics United for the Faith is pleased to announce the addition of seven new members to our advisory council. Archbishop James P. Keleher (Kansas City, KS) and Bishops Thomas G. Doran (Rockford, IL) and Edward J. Slattery (Tulsa, OK) have accepted invitations to join CUF’s episcopal advisory council. Archbishop Keleher wrote an article entitled “The Bishop’s Pastoral Authority,” which appeared in the May 1999 issue of Lay Witness and which is available in expanded form on the CUF website ( He also is an outspoken supporter of FOCUS, CUF’s college … Continue reading

Designer Genes

Steven L. Kellmeyer From the Sep 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “We have reached a consensus on this point because current scientific information indicates that this technique is not safe to use in humans at this time.”[1] When the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC) gave their report to President Clinton in June 1997, the newspapers trumpeted the message: cloning was banned. However, not all the news reports mentioned the second half of the conclusion: “. . . clinical use of somatic cell nuclear transfer techniques to create a child should be preceded by research trials that are governed by … Continue reading

Equal in the Eyes of God? Evangelizing the Animal Rights Movement

Helen M. Valois From the Sep 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I was, spiritually speaking, loaded for bear. A young and zealous revert—that is, a cradle Catholic who wandered away only to find that there’s no place like home—I was anxious to test out my new apologetical acumen on someone in need of it. Who better, I figured, than my good friend and college roommate, who had wandered like me but hadn’t found her way home. So I decided to ask her directly why she had left the Church. Knowing Lisa to be an ethical person of clean life … Continue reading

FOCUS Update – September 1999

Fellowship of Catholic University Students FOCUS From the Sep 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Fellowship Of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) trains college students so that they may know the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. FOCUS equips students to extend the lordship of Christ into every area of their lives. For more information, contact Curtis A. Martin, executive director 2204 11th Avenue Greeley, CO 80631 (970) 353-7015 email: web: It was my first year at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. I had a desire to start a women’s fellowship group. I felt … Continue reading

From the Cross…New Life

Phyllis Elder McAndrew From the Sep 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine It is a parent’s greatest fear, the late-night ring that jolts one from a sound sleep. I was alone in the house—a widow of five years, the two youngest of my seven children away at college. But I felt no alarm as I answered the pre-midnight summons. The rates were low and perhaps one of the kids just wanted to talk. But this night, March 11, would be unlike any other. The hospital’s lay chaplain was speaking: “Would you describe your son to me? We think we may … Continue reading

Ground Rules for Sports

Mary Ann Kuharski From the Sep 1999 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine This is one mom who’s learned a lot from my kids’ involvement in sports. First and foremost, I learned the art of juggling! Ask any mom who’s been there. It takes a master juggler to switch dinner hours, plan menus—“I gotta eat light, Mom, or I’ll get a side ache”—and be ready to drop the soup ladle at a moment’s notice to play taxi—“Scott’s mom will pick us up if you’ll drive us there.” And then there’s the frustration of preparing a delicious meal only to see it … Continue reading