Lay Witness Magazine

“Hitler’s Pope” or Hitlers Greatest Enemy? Historical Facts and Analysis in the Pius XII Debate

Ronald J. Rychlak From the Sep/Oct 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Since 1999, numerous books and articles have analyzed Pope Pius XII and his leadership of the Catholic Church during the Holocaust. Many of them are highly critical. One author charges that Pius helped Nazis escape to South America. Another book dismisses that, but raises the claim that the Pope was too concerned about centralization of papal power. The next book rejects those charges, but raises new ones. Getting It Wrong The controversy over Pope Pius XII and his leadership during World War II stems in significant part from … Continue reading

Athanasius and Anthony

Giants of the Spiritual Life Jeff Ziegler From the Sep/Oct 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine St. Athanasius (c. 297-373; feast day, May 2), chronologically the first of the Church’s 33 Doctors, is traditionally reckoned among the four greatest Eastern Fathers. He is remembered for his courageous defense of Christ’s divinity against Arianism, both as a deacon at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 and later as bishop of Alexandria in Egypt (328-73). The late Fr. Adolphe Tanquerey also numbers the Father of Orthodoxy among the masters of the spiritual life because his Life of St. Anthony ( Vita … Continue reading

Book Reviews – September/October 2007

Various From the Sep/Oct 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI reviewed by Pete Balbirnie Doubleday, 2007. When I learned that Pope Benedict XVI was writing a book on Jesus in the Gospels, I couldn’t wait to read it. Having read it, I can’t wait to read it again. Benedict’s latest book, Jesus of Nazareth, is a theological and pastoral work that effectively reintroduces the faithful to the Jesus of the Gospels. From Jesus’ baptism to the Transfiguration, the Holy Father provides a biblical portrait of Our Lord based on a coherent canonical reading … Continue reading

Catholic Quiz – Harvesters for the Kingdom

CUF From the Sep/Oct 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine 1. All of the following Marian feast days are celebrated in September except: a. Our Lady of Sorrows b. Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary c. Our Lady of the Rosary d. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary e. Both (b) and (d) 2. Between 1642 and 1649 these Jesuit missionaries were killed on North American soil after first undergoing severe torture. Their blood truly became the seed of the Church in the New World. The feast of these martyrs is celebrated on October 19, and they are … Continue reading

CDF Clarification

CDF Responds to Questions on the Nature of the Catholic Church The Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Vatican’s doctrinal office, just issued a document clarfiying the doctrine of the Church on June 29, 2007, the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. Important issues addressed in this document include the relation of Vatican II statements to prior Church teaching; the meaning of the word “subsists” in Vatican II’s statement that “the Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church” and why “subsists in” is used instead of “is”; and why “church” is not an appropriate term for … Continue reading

Champion of Truthful Dialogue

Forgotten Treasures Peter A. Kwasniewski From the Sep/Oct 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I had thought to call this article “Maligned Minister of Evangelization,” but it sounded too much like a newspaper headline. The fact is, no modern pope has been as relentlessly under fire as Paul VI was when alive, and as he has been long after his death. During his life, he was smeared as a modernist by the traditionalists and shunned as an arch-conservative by the modernists; for some he was moving too fast in making reforms, while for others he was hidebound and hard-line in … Continue reading

Changing Faces, Unchanging Mission

At A Glance Leon Suprenant From the Sep/Oct 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine I got involved with CUF rather accidentally, or so I thought. In 1993, my wife, Maureen, and I discerned that I should leave my Southern California law practice and devote my energies full-time in service to the Church. While I had received extensive training in seminary, I thought it would be important to receive some additional formation before going to work for a diocese or parish, so I started to look around. Unfortunately, at that time I could not find a suitable graduate school on the … Continue reading

Chapter News – September/October 2007

CUF From the Sep/Oct 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Many of our chapters take a summer break from their meetings and other activities to accommodate vacations, family commitments, and the like. Member Spotlight Jane Haley Requiescat In Pace Longtime CUF member Jane Haley passed away on June 12, 2007. She died as the result of an inoperable brain tumor. She was 65. Jane was an active member of CUF’s Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Chapter. Her husband, Joe, is the chapter’s chairman. They have been CUF supporters for 20 years. Though baptized Catholic, Jane was not raised in the faith. She … Continue reading

CUF Update – September/October 2007

News and Notes from Our Headquarters CUF From the Sep/Oct 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine As you may have read in the July/August issue of Lay Witness (pg. 5), Leon Suprenant has stepped down as CUF president. CUF’s board of directors has elected Vice Pres ident Mike Sullivan to succeed Suprenant as the new CUF president, effective September 1. Suprenant will continue to work for CUF from his new home in Kansas, where he will serve as director of outreach. On page 4 of this issue, you can read the final edition of Suprenant’s column, “At a Glance.” (If … Continue reading

Dualism and the – Defending the Dignity of Body and Soul in End-of-Life Decisions

Colleen Carroll Campbell From the Sep/Oct 2007 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Dr. Jack Kevorkian is back. A retired pathologist who assisted at the suicides of some 130 people before being convicted of second-degree murder in 1999, Kevorkian was released from prison in June. The infamous “Dr. Death” was greeted by a media circus and offers for speaking engagements valued at $100,000 a pop, where he can continue his crusade for legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia. With a reputation for dumping his dead at motels and emergency rooms and a conviction for euthanizing a man whose death he videotaped for … Continue reading