Lay Witness Magazine

A Mother’s Heart for Art

by Laurie Manhardt The lovely woman with the curly blond hair and blue eyes cradled her infant daughter, who had a patch over one eye. “Emily needs surgery to remove a corneal dermoid,” she explained to the other women at the Bible study. “The doctor expects an opaque scar from a donor graft, but I’m going to anoint her eye with holy water from Lourdes and pray.” Melissa Dayton invited the women to pray with her. To the doctor’s surprise, after surgery the eye was crystal clear. Photographs of Emily’s eye remain in medical textbooks, and the teenager has perfectly … Continue reading

Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy

Jeff Ziegler From the Sep/Oct 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In 1967, twenty-six influential figures in the Catholic academic world signed the Land O’Lakes Statement on the Nature of the Contemporary Catholic University. The document contains much that is non-controversial-for example, it states that “university decisions and administrative actions should be appropriately guided by Christian ideas and ideals and should eminently display . . . respect and concern for persons.” However, the text’s view of academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and what it calls “critical reflective intelligence” marks a radical departure from previous practice at Catholic universities in the United … Continue reading

Book Reviews – September/October 2006

“The Grail Code: Quest for the Real Presence,” “Outnumbered!: Raising 13 Kids with Humor and Prayer,” “The Catholic Experience in America,” and “The Joy of Priesthood” Various Authors From the Sep/Oct 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Grail Code: Quest for the Real Presence by Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey reviewed by Regis J. Flaherty Loyola Press, 2006. The Grail Code  is a bit difficult to characterize as a particular type of literature. Is it history? In tracing the story of the Grail from its Celtic roots during the height of the Roman empire through the 20th century, the … Continue reading

Canon Law and Catholic Education

Pete Vere From the Sep/Oct 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine A friend of mine emailed me a disturbing article concerning her diocesan bishop. She lives in the Diocese of Calgary, Alberta, under the pastoral care of Bishop Fred Henry. His Excellency is well-known for his outspoken and uncompromising defense of Catholic teaching. During Canada’s debate over same-sex marriage, Bishop Henry wrote a pastoral letter outlining the Church’s position on various sexual vices. Many homosexual activists were upset that Bishop Henry listed homosexuality alongside prostitution. One activist lodged a formal complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal-a quasi-judicial body with … Continue reading

Coach So As To Win

Michaelann Martin From the Sep/Oct 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine It is not uncommon in our home for many young people to surround the television while watching a game in one sport or another. I guess you can expect that in a family with seven boys-including Dad. As our boys cheered while watching the NBA finals this year, I was amazed at how teams were able to rally from behind in order to actually win games. Intrigued, I watched one game with greater interest than usual and saw a team that was behind by more than 10 points take … Continue reading


The Many Faces of Virtue Donald DeMarco From the Sep/Oct 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Donald DeMarco is professor emeritus of philosophy at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario. He also teaches at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and continues to work as a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. His newest book, Architects of the Culture of Death, was released in April of last year. He is also the author of The Many Faces of Virtue , which is a collection of favorite Lay Witness columns. To order Dr. DeMarco’s books, call Benedictus … Continue reading

CUF Update – September/October 2006

News and Notes from Our Headquarters CUF From the Sep/Oct 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine CUF Staff Changes CUF welcomes Valerie Striker as the new assistant editor of Lay Witness. Valerie has earned a degree in theology and journalism and is a recent graduate of Franciscan University. An Ohio native, Valerie has worked in publishing for many years and was editor-in-chief of The Troubadour, the Franciscan University newspaper. According to CUF’s vice president, Mike Sullivan, “Valerie is a welcome addition to our staff. She has a passion for sharing the truths of the faith and is eager to put … Continue reading

From the Editor’s Desk – September/October 2006

Mike Sullivan From the Sep/Oct 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine This past summer, our family joyfully welcomed Regina Marie into our home. As our seventh child, she is constantly smothered with love and kisses from her siblings. Nothing brings joy to the home like a new baby does. New life brings with it such hope and potential. But it also brings huge responsibility for parents and catechists. It is our responsibility to see to it that this child is brought up in such a way that she will be properly catechized and disposed to live the Christian life. During … Continue reading

God and the Public Schools

Colleen Carroll Campbell From the Sep/Oct 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “We have no government armed with power of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our Constitution is made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” -John Adams As American elementary and secondary students head back to school this fall, roughly 90 percent of them will attend public schools. The nation’s 12,000 school districts are charged with the task of forming these students into wise and virtuous citizens capable of self-governance. That task … Continue reading

Good News Is Hard to Beat

Families for Life Mary Ann Kuharski From the Sep/Oct 2006 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Mary Ann Kuharski is a homemaker and mother of 13, six of whom are adopted and of mixed races, most with special needs. She is the author of several books, including Raising Catholic Children, Parenting with Prayer, and Building a Legacy of Love. She is also the director of PROLIFE Across AMERICA, a non-profit organization that uses billboard, television, radio, and newspaper advertisements to provide positive, persuasive pro-life messages. For more information, visit “The family has a special role to play throughout the life … Continue reading