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New Book Asks:
Is US a 'Nation of Heretics?'
- Are Americans actually trading in faith for a more secular outlook? Or is the country's religious center merely shifting – toward a array of sects, visionaries, charismatic leaders and unorthodox doctrines?

- In response to Blessed John Paul II's call to evangelize formerly Christian societies, the Church must build a “culture of witness,” said representatives of the U.S. bishops in a new document.


How to Win the Culture War
FEATURE ESSAY: To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are: (1) that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or strategies can defeat him. You cannot win a war (1) if you simply sew peace banners on a battlefield, (2) if you fight civil wars against your allies, or (3) if you use the wrong weapons.


San Diego Leaders Share their Story
From Hesitant Observers to Front Line Leaders
"Being Strong Catholic Not Enough"
SAN FRANCISCO, December 30, 2011 -- Amy and Jon Vance, CCG leaders in San Diego, share their story of how they became involved in the marriage movement. Like many of us, they were reluctant at first to speak on the issue. Now they are in the front lines, working with media, and leading others throughout their community. They share their story with us.


Archbishop Chaput Challenges
Catholic Educators to 'Convert The Culture'
- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput encouraged Catholic universities to rediscover the Church's intellectual tradition and use it to shape society's future.

- With the campaign for the 2012 presidential race gaining speed, the U.S. Catholic bishops are saying that their 2007 statement on the political responsibilities of Catholics must not be misused or distorted to justify supporting candidates that do not adhere to Church teaching.


Latino Leaders' Summit Seeks
National Renewal of Faith
-- The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) held its 2011 national summit in Denver from August 12 to 14, offering members a forum to discuss the revival of faith they hope to lead.

Liberals and Conservatives
Apply Social Teaching Principles Differently

SAN FRANCISCO, June 1, 2011--There is a tension between how liberals and conservatives apply Catholic social teachings that sometimes devolves into questions about who is authentically Catholic in their approach to public policy. While there are some moral areas in which the application of Catholic teaching is so clear there is little room for prudential judgment among Catholics who fully accept the teachings of the Church, most leave a lot of latitude for different approaches or strategies to serve the common good. In these cases, it is common for Catholics of good will to have diamentrically opposed positions on issues. Stephen White of the Ethics and Policy Center provides some very helpful insights into this in an article entitled "Catholic Conservatives and the Common Good".


The Catholics for the Common Good Way


Dissolving Silos in the Church
VATICAN, December 2006 -- In the current situation in the West, in any case, Christian morality seems to be divided into two parts.


Abp Chaput's Message for Evangelization of Culture
BALTIMORE, September 27, 2012-- In a speech to the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars on Sunday, September 26, 2010, Archbishop Charles Chaput offered profound teaching and guidance for the evangelization of culture. His talk should be required reading for all Catholics for the Common Good volunteers.


Pope’s Christmas warning: ‘the future of the world is at stake’
VATICAN, December 20, 2010 – In his traditional Christmas greeting to Vatican officials this morning, the Pope drew a link between the times of the fall of the Roman Empire and our own times, arguing that “the future of the world is at stake.”


Witnessing our Faith
In at a time when people are trying to exclude our faith from public life, let's respond by bringing our faith, bringing Jesus , to the streets. See video.


Prop. 8 Judge: Pope Hurt Homosexuals
SAN FRANCISCO, California, August 9, 2010 -- In the 136-page ruling overturning California's ban on "gay marriage," Judge Vaughn Walker cites a document signed by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, to show that "religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful" can "harm gays and lesbians."


Pray for the
Prop 8 Marriage
Trial

No TV Cameras, says Prop 8 Trial Judge
Closing Arguments on Wednesday, June 16

SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2010 -- Yesterday, Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker announced that there would be no TV cameras permitted for the closing argument in the federal trail to overturn Prop 8. He was responding to requests by TV networks to televise closing arguments.




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