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Lay People and the Public Square

“If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.” So says Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia in an interview with National Catholic Register. I essentially agree with the Archbishop.  Yet, we do need leadership from the bishops.  They need to […]

More on Paul Ryan

After I wrote my blog last week about Paul Ryan, I read a couple of things related to the issue that I thought worth mentioning. The first is a piece by Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, WI, Congressman Ryan’s diocese.  I quote: “[T]he formation of conscience regarding particular policy issues is different depending on […]

Note to the Bishops: Faith and Morals Yes. Politics No.

If the bishops of the United States spent more time fighting for things that are matters of faith and morals and less time interfering in political matters that are none of their business, we’d be a lot better off. Abortion is a matter of faith and morals.  So is the HHS mandate requiring Catholics to […]

Bishop Jenky and Persecution of the Church

“In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work – like that very first apostolic generation – we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for […]

Why a Public Service Announcement for This?

I saw in the Catholic World News newsletter the other day a story about a public service announcement recently released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The announcement urges people to petition their representatives not to cut federal programs that provide money for international poverty programs. Now, I ask you:  Of all the […]

Am I the only one who isn’t happy about the death of Osama Bin Laden?

Am I the only one who isn’t happy about the death of Osama Bin Laden? Yes, I think his killing was just, and necessary. I’m hopeful that this will make the world, my country and maybe a few Christians in the Middle East a little bit safer until a new Al Qaeda leader is situated. […]

The Intelligent Catholics Guide® News and Notes for Catholics

Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana (viewed as a possible presidential candidate) has said that he will sign a bill making Indiana the first state to defund Planned Parenthood. In his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Benedict reiterated the Catholic teaching about creation.  “If man were merely a random product of evolution in some place […]

The Fight Against Abortion in a Flawed Political System

“It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion.  It is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad.” So stated Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana after introducing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act which would […]

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