Lay Witness Magazine

Table of Contents: September 2000

A Higher Standard – September 2000

Various From the Sep 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The most disastrous scandal of our time is the separation of the practice of religion within the church building from its practice in society. -Archbishop F.X. Nguyen Van Thuan No better citizen is there, whether in time of peace or war, than the Christian who is mindful of his duty; but such a one should be ready to suffer all things, even death itself, rather than abandon the cause of God or of the Church. -Pope Leo XIII [T]he faithful should learn to distinguish carefully between the rights and the … Continue reading

CUF Stalwarts

Chapter News CUF From the Sep 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Dubuque, IA.  Secretary Lois Pusateri of our Father Samuel Mazzuchelli Tri-State Chapter writes concerning the chapter’s many years of service to the CUF apostolate, and gives this touching reminiscence of Dr. Leo Becher: “Our founding chairman, Dr. Leo Becker (RIP), of Lancaster, Wisconsin, was always most generous with his time and finances in organizing us, and it was through him that we participated in so many functions over the many years of our chapter’s existence-retreats, holy hours, pro-life demonstrations, support against city wide “gay rights” efforts. . . … Continue reading

Cultivating Hope for Family Farms: Salt of the Earth

Molly Mulqueen From the Sep 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Autumn is the time of year that Americans are especially mindful of the bounty of the land. At farmers’ markets and groceries, orchards and pumpkin farms, we delight in the tastes and smells, the colors and textures of the fruits of the farmers’ labors. It all seems so idyllic that few of us city dwellers are aware that a civil war of sorts is raging in rural America between traditional family farms and large corporate farming operations. The outcome will determine the means of production of much of the … Continue reading

Election 2000

What’s a Catholic Voter To Do? Russell Shaw From the Sep 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine What are the obligations of American Catholics who want to vote responsibly this year? A letter from a conscientious Catholic, responding to something I’d written, sheds light on a dilemma many now believe they face. “Here is how this Catholic thinks and feels about the 2000 vote,” he wrote. “I come from a Republican family, but for many years I have been a Democrat. Like many other Catholics I know, I am frustrated with both major political parties. What once drove me from … Continue reading

Election and the Right to Life

Fr. Frank Pavone From the Sep 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Another election season is upon us, and our bishops have given us valuable guidance in how to assess the issues and the candidates. The document of the U.S. bishops, Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics (1998), and the document of the Administrative Board of the United States Catholic Conference, Faithful Citizenship: Civic Responsibility for a New Millennium, are so helpful in this regard that Priests for Life is making them available free of charge, and has also prepared camera-ready bulletin inserts containing excerpts from … Continue reading

FOCUS Update – September 2000

Answered Prayer: Nikki’s Story CUF From the Sep 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST COMFORTING TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH is that God has created and knows us as individuals, each with his or her own unique story to tell. Although our missionaries have all arrived at the same destination-service to God through FOCUS-each has arrived by a different route. Below is the journey of Nikki Beran, one of our new FOCUS missionaries. At age 2, Nikki, her parents, and brother and sister moved off their Nebraska farm into Columbus, a “Town of the … Continue reading

Graciousness, a Cardinal Virtue

Heartbeats Donald DeMarco From the Sep 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine HeartBeats” is a regular column on the virtues by popular Lay Witness  contributor Donald DeMarco. Dr. DeMarco is a professor of philosophy at the  University of St. Jerome’s College in Waterloo, Ontario. The Many Faces of Virtue, a collection of essays on the virtues by Dr. DeMarco, is now available through Emmaus Road Publishing (see ad on opposite page). For information on other DeMarco titles, call Benedictus Books toll-free at (888) 316-2640. CUF members receive a 10% discount. Human beings are equal in dignity, but unequal in talent, … Continue reading

In Brief – September 2000

CUF From the Sep 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Holy Father’s Intentions Pope John Paul II has announced the following general and missionary intentions for September and October 2000: September That scientists and the academic world may find in the search for truth the way to God, the heavenly Father. That Muslim- Christian relationships may be marked by mutual understanding and respect. October That young married couples may be sustained by the example and assistance of their parents and other families. That a revived awareness of the universal co-responsibility of bishops may multiply initiatives of missionary cooperation among … Continue reading

Judea to Samaria

Witnesses of the Messiah Stephen Pimentel From the Sep 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Stephen Pimentel is pursuing graduate studies in theology at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. He is currently working on a series of Bible study materials integrating Sacred Tradition and Scripture. “Witnesses of the Messiah” is a ten-part Bible study of the Acts of the Apostles. This is the seventh installment. The murder of Stephen marked the beginning of a campaign of persecution against the Church in Jerusalem, primarily targeting the Hellenist disciples who had been close to the martyr. Saul of Tarsus … Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate!

10th Anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae Brings Signs of Hope Patrick J. Reilly From the Sep 2000 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Ten years ago, Pope John Paul II issued what has become one of the best-known Vatican documents in the United States, aside from Humanae Vitae. Like the latter encyclical’s tremendous impact on the Church’s role in modern culture, Ex Corde Ecclesiae has become an integral part of the “new evangelization” in this country. So why aren’t we hearing much about the 10th anniversary of this magnificent “apostolic constitution,” which defines the nature and mission of Catholic higher education … Continue reading