“Apparent Departure was in Truth the Beginning of a New Newness”

Pondering St. Luke’s description of  Christ’s disciples immediately after the Ascension–”[They] returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Lk. 24:52)–Pope Benedict XVI  commented: “That does not quite correspond to our normal psychology.” How can it be that the disciples were full of joy when once again their Lord and Master was going where they could not […]

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Signs of Hope and Renewal in the Church: the CDF Provides Continued Direction to LCWR

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has just published the opening comments of Prefect Cardinal Gerhard Muller’s meeting with the superiors of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The LCWR has been placed under the guidance of Archbishop Peter Sartain and have been given the opportunity to amend their statutes based […]

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Synod Prep 101: Are You Ready?

In roughly six months’ time, the Church will convene an extraordinary synod to discuss  the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” (Read the lineamenta, or preparatory document, in full at the Vatican website). In the days preceding and following the synod this October, Catholic news sources–as well as secular–will be abuzz […]

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“Let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ”

The January/February issue of Lay Witness magazine has arrived! This issue features articles by Mark Shea, Michael J. Miller, Dan Burke, and Ted Sri. We take a special look at Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium and feature articles on the various aspects of the pro-life movement. For more information on subscribing to Lay Witness magazine or becoming […]

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Update on Eric Stoutz

Dear Friends of CUF, This week longtime CUF staff member Eric Stoutz has suffered a significant setback in health as he continues his battle with pancreatic cancer. We ask that you keep Eric and his family in your prayers at this time, asking in particular for God’s mercy and grace. If you would like to […]

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Introducing the Latest Lay Witness

The September/October issue of Lay Witness magazine discusses Catholic Social Teaching–in particular, the balance between the things of this world and the things of eternity. The print edition features articles by some of your favorite authors. David Fagerberg gives an entertaining and enlightening summary of Catholic Social Teaching from the perspective of beloved Catholic writer G.K. […]

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Introducing the Latest Lay Witness

The July/August issue of Lay Witness magazine is now in mailboxes! This issue provides commentary and guidance on one of the greatest cultural battles of our time: Marriage. William B. May, author of the award-winning Getting the Marriage Conversation Right, contributes to this issue, as well as Bishop Michael Sheridan, David Prosen, Maura Colleen McKeegan, and […]

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Want to Help Elect a Pope?

Although the date for the conclave to elect a new Pope has not been determined yet, the Church has the opportunity to pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance at this time, and in particular for the Cardinals involved in the election process. A new website that randomly selects a Cardinal for “spiritual adoption” is […]

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