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On Judging Others
Excerpts from Introduyction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales


Caravaggio Passion

Pope's Profound Reflection for Holy Week 2010
The true goal is communion with Him.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2010 -- The reason that marriage and the family are susceptible to being redefined is because of a lost sense of the reality of who we are, how we are made, and what we are made for. In his Palm Sunday homily, the Holy Father, himself currently under attack, provided us with an important reflection. He said, "Following Christ demands as a first step the reawakening of the nostalgia for being authentically human and thus the reawakening for God." Then he added that through the Church, we must become like a group of mountain climbers, roped together endeavoring to reach the "true height of our calling."


Archbishop Chaput Criticizes JFK's Rigid Secularism
ROME, March 2, 2010 – Precisely fifty years after the memorable speech, preserved in the anthologies, that John F. Kennedy gave to the Protestant pastors of Houston in order to convince them and the entire nation that as a Catholic he could be a good president (see photo), the archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, has returned to the scene of the crime, in Houston, for a Baptist conference on the role of Christians in public life.


Pope Benedict XVI Lenten Message
See video report

Go Against the Current During Lent
Path of Conversion and Openness to Divine Love

VATICAN CITY, February 17, 2010 - "Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin the Lenten path that lasts forty days and which leads us to the joy of the Lord's Easter", the Pope said at the beginning of his catechesis during today's general audience, celebrated in the Paul VI Audience Hall.


Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, Pastoral on Lay Vocation, new evangelization

Laity Called to Step Up for New Evangelization
Pastoral Letter of Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TX, February 15, 2010 -- On the fifth anniversary of his installation as archbishop, the Most Rev.José Gomez released a pastoral letter reminding the laity of their privilege and obligation to serve Christ and His Church in a very unique secular role.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Book

Celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe December 12
Star of the New Evangelization
Patroness Special to CCG and Marriage Advocates

On the Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II gave the Americas a new patroness for the evangelization of culture, Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom he identified as the "Star of the New Evangelization". During Proposition 8, we placed the volunteers and the entire campaign to restore marriage under her protection. Since then, we have come to recognize that she is playing a critical role in the life of this apostolate. She is not only our mother and intercessor, but our model and guide.


 Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena for Maine on Marriage

Novena and Help Needed for
Critical Marriage Vote in Maine

Polls Show Toss Up

SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, October 23, 2009 -- On November 3 the voters of Maine have one last chance to restore the definition of marriage and block the teaching of same-sex "marriage" in schools by passing Question 1 (similar to Prop 8 in California). StandforMarriageMaine.com campaign is being swamped by massive TV advertising expenditures, and imported paid staff and volunteers by the other side. Being outspent by a margin of two to one and polls showing a tie, prayers are desperately needed.


Democracy Not Enough, Says Pope
Affirms Need for Values Founded on Truth of Person
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 21, 2008.- Despite the value of democratic principles, they alone are not enough to form a solid foundation for a society, says Benedict XVI.


Holy Father Calls for Unity of Life and Faith
VATICAN CITY, November 17, 2008 - Benedict XVI says laypeople are called to show the unity that should exist between faith and life, and urged Christian politicians to be coherent with the faith they profess.


Bishop Urges Catholics to Get Involved Politically,
Study Social Teaching of the Church

ASSISI, Italy, September 28, 2008- Catholics need to wake up when it comes to politics, and stop leaving "God in the pew," says a Vatican aide.


How to Conduct Politics as Catholics
A book by American archbishop Chaput is making a stir ahead of the presidential elections, against those who want to water down the faith or remove it from the public sphere. "L'Osservatore Romano" is the first to review it, and recommends that it be read "in the United States and elsewhere".


The Lay Catholics' Moment on Marriage
"Help Them with Prayer"
Now is the moment for the sleeping giant of the Catholic laity to step up, with the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, and be the salt, light and leaven God wants with regard to the gift of marriage God has given us. 


Most Rev. Allen Vigneron, Bishop of Oakland, Episcopal Advisor to Catholics for the Common Good

A Pastoral Statement on The CA Marriage Ruling
Beautiful Guidance from Bishop Vigneron of Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2008 -- This past weekend the Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, Bishop of Oakland, asked his priests to read a brief pastoral message at Masses regarding the California Supreme Court same-sex "marriage" ruling.


Will, Reason, Hope. Which Comes First?
Nowadays we see a vast range of wishes demanding to be transformed automatically into rights. This is tantamount to saying that the will comes first and reason just has to adapt. The will establishes the ends and reason deals with nothing more than the means. This primacy of the will over reason is proper to both totalitarianism and relativist democracy. As a matter of fact, this is what these two systems share in common. This is what John Paul II wanted to say when on numerous occasions he laid bare the premises of totalitarianism and said that when democracy also espouses such premises it can drift in an evident or deceitful way towards forms of totalitarianism.


Just Ordering of Society
A Response to "Separation of Church and State
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When we live our faith in the public square, are we trying to impose our faith on others? Are we crossing the line between separation of church and state? In his Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict discussed these questions and others regarding our responsibility for participation in the development of public policy that respects the dignity of the human person and serves the common good.




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