Chaput’s Take on America’s Future

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, at this year’s Napa Institute, delivered a spot-on lecture assessing our cultural climate and what Catholics need to do to help get our country back on track. Here’s an excerpt: Critics often accuse faithful Christians of pursuing a “culture war” on issues such as abortion, sexuality, marriage and the family, […]

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A Policy of Bloodshed

The New York Times reports that recent attention from Westerners as well as economic questions have presented a new challenge to the One-Child Policy in China. Stories of forced late-term abortions have been reported and circulated through blogs, shedding light on what the “family planning” policy looks like at the micro level. Edward Wong writes: […]

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What Does Marriage Mean?

In order to grasp the full meaning and power of marriage, we must understand why man was created. Reading the first paragraph of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we learn: “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in Himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed […]

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Announcing NFP Awareness Week

The USSCB has announced that the week of July 22-28 will be celebrated as “NFP Awareness Week.” It marks the anniversary of the release of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae and will afford pastors the opportunity to preach on God’s plan for marriage and family life. For an introduction to the Church’s teaching on contraception, […]

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The Latest Lay Witness

The July/August 2012 Lay Witness explores the Church’s understanding of human love, marriage, and sexuality. This excellent issue includes articles by Jennifer and Greg Willits, Matthew Bowman, David Mills, Arland K. Nichols, and more! Check out our web exclusives by Patrick Coffin and Chris Sparks, and for more information on subscribing to Lay Witness, visit the […]

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Directing our Zeal

As Catholics United for the Faith, we pray daily that even before the priorities of our apostolate, God would “direct our zeal first of all to the renewal of our own hearts.” For our own interior conversion we need constant encouragement, faithful prayer, and most of all perseverance when we recognize our weaknesses. Let a brief word of encouragement from […]

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Why Leisure Suits You

The following article by Mike Aquilina won 3rd place in the Best Feature Article in a General Interest category of the 2012 Catholic Press Association awards. It was originally featured in the July/August 2011 issue of Lay Witness. Congratulations to author Mike Aquilina for this honor! I have no business writing this article. I am a […]

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