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US Bishops Clarify Pelosi Misinterpretation
Catholic Church Has Always Been Pro-Life

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2008--Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Doctrine, have issued the following statement: In the course of a "Meet the Press" interview on abortion and other public issues on August 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church against abortion.


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.


Catholic Witness Based on Reason
Explained by Cardinal Pell

SYDNEY, Australia, October 3, 2007-- Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, provided a superb example of employing reason to argue positions prompted by the faith in his response to the report clearing him of contempt of Parliament over the comments he made about parliamentarians voting to support stem-cell research legislation earlier this year.
The Cardinal's response is an important example of arguing effectively in public debate- read the statement to learn more.


Catholics for the Common Good volunteers at office blessing with Bishop Ignatius Wang
Photo by Kelly Connelly
CCG members and supporters with Bishop Ignatius Wang.

CCG Office and Volunteer Center Blessing
Bishop Ignatius Wang presided at the blessing and opening of the Catholics for the Common Good Office and Volunteer Center in Daly City on July 15, 2006. About thirty CCG members and supporters attended the beautiful blessing ceremony.
Catholics for the Common Good is a lay organization formed in response to the call of Pope John Paul II to transform our culture through a new Catholic Action. CCG seeks to foster the spiritual growth of Catholics through a deeper understanding of the social teachings of the Church and to mobilize informed citizens to influence public policy on concerns related to life, family, freedom, the poor and the vulnerable.


Former U.S. Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn to the Vatican and former mayor of Boston

Flynn Calls for Catholic Action
At a recent members-only dinner, the San Francisco chapter of Catholics for the Common Good honored CCG advisor, Ambassador Raymond Flynn. After speaking for a time about his personal relationship with Pope John Paul II, the former US Ambassador to the Vatican under the Clinton Administration and three-time Mayor of Boston spoke poignantly to the sold out dinner about the responsibility of Catholics to be informed and active participants in the political process of the United States.




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