Sunday 7th February 2016

Home » Featured Today » Currently Reading:

The Legacy Of John Paul The Great

May 16, 2014 Featured Today No Comments

By BENJAMIN BULL

(Editor’s Note: The Alliance Defending Freedom on April 25 cosponsored a Pope John Paul II conference in Rome in honor of his sainthood. Benjamin Bull, an evangelical Christian and executive director of ADF-Global, gave the following address on St. John Paul’s lasting worldwide legacy. ADF provided the text. All rights reserved.)

+    +    +

I speak today as an evangelical Christian and a Christian human rights advocate profoundly influenced and inspired by [St.] Pope John Paul II.
It’s no overstatement to describe John Paul as the most significant and influential Christian leader of the 20th century.
He was much loved by millions of evangelicals across the globe. In a substantial way John Paul made possible the very existence of my own organization, Alliance Defending Freedom. We are an international legal alliance of Catholic and evangelical attorneys working shoulder to shoulder for religious liberty, life, marriage, and family.
As I’ve studied his writings, I’m taken by the fact that for him True Ecumenism was not ignoring differences between evangelicals and Catholics, for they exist, but rather, focusing on what we share in common — Jesus Christ — to promote unity between Christians.
In the words of John Paul and I quote: “The entire life of Christians is marked by a concern for ecumenism; and they are called to let themselves be shaped, as it were, by that concern.”
He added: “Thus, it is absolutely clear that ecumenism, the movement promoting Christian unity, is not just some sort of ‘appendix’ which is added to the Church’s traditional activity. Rather, ecumenism is an organic part of her life and work, and consequently must pervade all that she is and does; it must be like the fruit borne by a healthy and flourishing tree which grows to its full stature.”
The leading evangelical publication Christianity Today, which rarely praises anyone, praised John Paul and observed that his “biggest accomplishment [might be] his ecumenism.”
As the archbishop of Krakow, the future Pope lived out ecumenism and opened doors of healthy dialogue with evangelicals that had never existed before him.
In the 1970s he was personally responsible for providing American evangelist Dr. Billy Graham with the necessary invitation needed for his historic “Crusade for Christ” in Poland, where Billy Graham directly took on, and challenged, the official Communist doctrine of atheism in that country. This is something John Paul would do in his three papal visits to Poland in 1979, 1983, and 1987.
In 1977, John Paul worked in partnership with American evangelical leader Dr. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. Dr. Bright helped John Paul shape the Polish Catholic Youth renewal movement popularly known as Oasis. Oasis ministered mostly to Catholic youth and incorporated Campus Crusade’s core discipleship training series, creating in Poland a Catholic version of American evangelical revivalism.
In the face of Communism and later Western secularism, John Paul easily found common ground with evangelicals in a shared faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After one American missionary heard him speak in Africa, she said, and I quote: “It was the clearest presentation of the Gospel that I [have] ever heard.”
Of course, he was by no means an evangelical. But evangelicals saw him as a man devoted to a biblical faith in Christ with a commitment to proclaiming the Gospel to an increasingly lost secular world.
He shared many core values with evangelicals. In fact, Dr. Bill Bright and other evangelical leaders found more in common with John Paul than they did with some Protestant denominations that had badly fallen away from biblical truth.
In 1993, Dr. Bill Bright was a key founder of my organization Alliance Defending Freedom. Dr. Bright, himself an evangelical, hired as our very first president and CEO my friend Alan Sears, a very faithful Catholic.

An Unarmed Freedom Fighter

Let’s turn for a moment to the early life of John Paul, which of course, shaped his core values.
Warned of the power of the Catholic Church in lands he plotted to enslave, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin once famously sneered, “How many divisions does the Pope command?” Enough divisions — as it turned out — to help bring down Communism in Europe. Divisions — not of soldiers and tanks — but of faith, of courage, and the hunger for freedom.
Their general, of course, was an unarmed Polish freedom fighter named Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II.
He survived the near-destruction of his beloved Poland by the Nazis, only to see it overrun by the Communists. He saw his Jewish friends and Catholic university professors sent to Auschwitz and other concentration camps.
Alone in the world after the deaths of his parents and only brother, he pounded rocks in a limestone quarry under Nazi rule, gaining rough worker’s hands and hard muscles. He risked his life daily by studying secretly for the priesthood, helping to shelter Jews and resisting Nazism as a member of an underground drama group. He was an athlete, a poet, a playwright, an actor, a scholar, an intellectual, and a man of God — and he bloomed like a flower.
After Ordination as a priest, he quickly rose through the clerical ranks as bishop, archbishop, and cardinal in the 1950s and 1960s — all the while courageously — and cleverly — jousting with the ruling Communist government that sought to stamp out all religious life in Poland.
This was the man who returned to Poland in 1979 — a quarter-century after Stalin’s death — as Pope John Paul II. He stood before a million Poles at an outdoor Mass in Warsaw and declared his lifelong motto, “Be not afraid!” “Be not afraid!”
It electrified the world, and shook Communist Party bosses all the way to the Kremlin and signaled the beginning of the end of the Soviet Empire in Eastern Europe — and eventually Russia itself.
Even an assassination attempt didn’t stop the march he led toward freedom. Other dynamic allies joined him: Lech Walesa and the Solidarity workers’ movement, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, the Germans who brought down the Berlin Wall, and dissidents and human rights activists and Christian believers throughout the continent.
But it was John Paul who cracked open the door, and he was the leader who guided the way.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stated — “Without this Pope, it would be impossible to understand what happened in Europe at the end of the 1980s.”
John Paul later stated: “The tree was rotten. All l I did was shake it.”
It’s no wonder that this man was not intimidated in later years by the Western liberal elites who tried to browbeat him into submitting to their über secularist notions of “progress.”
Like the great Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn — his philosophical soul-mate and fellow survivor of Communism — he recognized that the West’s unfettered selfishness, secularism, and radical personal autonomy threatened the human soul just as much as the atheistic totalitarianism he had battled for decades. Like European Communism, the tree of modern relativism was also rotten — and desperately in need of shaking.
One of the hallmarks of his papacy, according to writer Frank Bruni of The New York Times, was his “steadfast refusal to accept that certain modern practices should be deemed morally correct just because they were popular.”
Better to lose the world, John Paul reasoned, than to give in to it. But he had no intention of losing it. He was the missionary Pope. He traveled to 129 countries, spoke eight languages fluently, and possessed a working knowledge of many other tongues — all in order to spread the Catholic faith. But he reached out to all people, and led millions to Christ. And millions of evangelicals loved and respected him for his zeal, his personal warmth, and his unyielding stand for human dignity, the sanctity of life, and many other moral convictions we share.
Following John Paul’s death, Billy Graham declared that he was, quote, “unquestionably the most influential voice for morality and peace in the world during the last 100 years. . . . His extraordinary gifts, his strong Catholic faith and his experience of human tyranny and suffering in his native Poland all shaped him, and yet he was respected by men and women from every conceivable background across the world. . . .
“His courage and perseverance in the face of advancing age and illness were an inspiration to millions — including me.”

Worldwide Evangelization

John Paul had enormous influence on evangelicalism. It’s impossible to quantify his influence, but here is just a sampling that comes to mind.
First: Christianity is a global faith, not a national or regional religion. John Paul didn’t travel the world incessantly just to see the sights. His biographers have observed that he realized at the beginning of his papacy that the growth and future of the Church had moved south to Latin America and Africa and east toward Asia. So he went there to evangelize, while simultaneously working to “re-evangelize” the traditional centers of Catholicism.
I’m told that non-Catholics don’t realize that his globetrotting remained controversial inside the Vatican. Many bishops and cardinals wanted him to stay home like other Popes, administer the Church bureaucracy, and take care of the flock. His evangelistic outreach, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ directly to the people of all nations, is a role model we should all follow.
Second: Young people are the key.
Even in his declining years, he exerted a magnetic attraction on youth all over the world. Even in the secularized United States and Western Europe, they flocked to him in their millions. It wasn’t just that he was a kindly father figure. Ignoring numerous calls to compromise Catholic beliefs to reach the young, he confronted them with the challenge to lead purposeful lives, which is what they yearned for in a seemingly purposeless age.
His message of self-sacrifice — to set aside selfish desires — to live in holiness, and to serve others, was profoundly impactful on the young. Pointing his finger at his youthful listeners, he said: “Christ is looking for young people like you!” And they responded.
Third: Stand firm against the watering down of the Truth. You may be aware that some “liberal” Protestant denominations have drifted away from the truth of Holy Scripture. We conservative evangelicals like to think we’re guarding and practicing the “true faith” while these liberal Protestants hop on whatever social bandwagon the world drags by — even if it’s in direct conflict with the teachings of Scripture.
But John Paul set the best example. He said, and I quote, “This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops.”
Fourth: Suffering becomes holy when we accept it as a gift of God. John Paul earned the right to preach this maxim — and he lived it to the end. He saw believers persecuted and killed for their faith almost from the beginning of his life, and found meaning in their suffering. He embraced the words of Christ, who said: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 5:10 NIV).
Fifth: Every life has dignity and eternal worth, from conception to natural death — and beyond. That includes the unborn and the born, the young and the aged, the weak and the strong, the rich and the poor, the children of God, and the lost.
This is something that John Paul knew intimately. Biographer Milena Kindziuk writes that John Paul’s mother, Emilia, saved him from an abortion. When she became pregnant with the future Pope, the gynecologist of her village told her that she had no chance of giving birth to a live child and recommended that she terminate the pregnancy. The devoutly Catholic Emilia, of course, refused to do so.

The Culture Of Life

Turning to the question of Life, John Paul’s influence on evangelicals cannot be overstated. It was John Paul, of course, who invented the phrase “culture of life.”
One need only recall that after the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that the Southern Baptist Convention of the United States actually passed a resolution supporting the pro-abortion point of view. There were many reasons for this.
But the preeminent voice leading Southern Baptists and many other evangelicals out of this darkness was none other than John Paul. As evangelicals woke up to the “culture of life,” he provided the moral impetus, and not just on abortion, but also on the question of euthanasia and related issues. Together with the great evangelical leader Francis Schaeffer, John Paul gave the moral rationale and underpinnings that galvanized Catholics and evangelicals together on the issues of life as we took on the modern culture of death.
John Paul most clearly expressed his views on Life in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae: The Gospel of Life. In it he essentially argues for the integrity of every individual person made in the image of God, and that the Gospel requires us to be advocates for the sanctity of life whenever we encounter it. And his message was one of all Christians standing together on this.
In Evangelium Vitae he warns of an “extraordinary increase and gravity of threats to life” in our day. These new threats arise from the application of science and technology, such as abortion and embryo research. These “crimes against life,” as he called them, have taken on an “even more sinister character” precisely because they are often regarded not as tragedies but as an exercise of individual rights and freedoms.
Thus, paradoxically, what were once crimes now “assume the nature of ‘rights’,” to the point that the state is called upon to give them legal recognition and to make them available through free health services.
Moreover, he observed that these new “rights” are vigorously promoted around the globe by the richest and most powerful nations, which are haunted by the specter of demographic growth among the “most prolific and poorer people.”
He explained that abominable practices like abortion and euthanasia are falsely justified by a radical mind/body dualism that identifies moral worth solely with mental abilities such as self-awareness and consciousness, while denigrating the non-self-aware human body to the level of raw material — a “blob of tissue” — that can be readily tinkered with or simply disposed of.
Of course, John Paul was absolutely right and the currency, and coherency, of his arguments penetrated not only the Catholic culture, but informed Christians of all denominations. His views converged with the views of Francis Schaeffer and spearheaded a dawning awareness of the life issues among evangelicals. As Baptist theologian Timothy George noted: “It was the Pope and Francis Schaeffer who brought evangelicals on board with [the] pro-life issue.”
As a brilliant intellectual, he provided the theological ballast for the Christian position on life. And he did this quite apart from his role within Roman Catholicism. The currency and weight of his teaching transcended Catholicism and spoke to the soul of all Christians of every denomination. This was no small feat.
In closing, as I reflect on John Paul’s role and impact on evangelicals, all I can think to say is that he was an authentic man of God in every possible way. He came at exactly the right time and served exactly the right role for God’s Kingdom. In the absence of his leadership on every moral issue he touched, the world would be in far more desperate straits. His God-given ability to present the intellectual, moral, and scriptural argument for life in a pious, winsome, articulate, and all-embracing way, not only profoundly influenced evangelicals worldwide, but most importantly, saved millions upon millions of innocent lives.
And his voice resonated with evangelicals in a way that invites us to stand in unity with Catholics, shoulder to shoulder, in Christ, fighting for the sanctity of life and for religious freedom.

Share Button

Comment on this Article:

COMPLETE 3 PART Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Insights On The State Of The Church In The Aftermath Of The Ordinary Synod On The Family

Cburke3

By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently traveled from Rome to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., a magnificent place of worship which he founded and dedicated. (His Eminence graciously granted an extensive interview to The Wanderer during which he…Continue Reading

‘Justice has been served’ – Bishop Conley on why he invited Bishop Finn to Lincoln

Lincoln, Neb., Feb 5, 2016 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln defended his decision to allow Bishop Robert Finn, former bishop of Kansas City, Mo., to take a position as chaplain of a community of…Continue Reading

Marco Rubio, David Daleiden; Chi-Town priest ‘outs’ himself

The young investigative journalist and pro-life activist David Daleiden – whom GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio recently defended – will present himself before Judge Brock Thomas in Houston on February 4. Peter Breen, special counsel for the Thomas More Society,…Continue Reading

Catholic Italy mobilises as conservatives mount last stand against same-sex unions

It has been 2,000 years since Romans gathered at the Circus Maximus to watch chariots roar around the racetrack, but a new battle was brought to the ancient site on Saturday . Clutching banners reading “We defend our children” and…Continue Reading

New documents prove Planned Parenthood profited from selling aborted body parts: pro-life group

HOUSTON, January 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-life organization has released documents that may show Planned Parenthood illegally profited from the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, furthering a Texas state investigation and possibly triggering a new grand jury in…Continue Reading

TRUMP’S SPOKESWOMAN MUST APOLOGIZE

Bill Donohue comments on a remark made by Donald Trump’s national spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson: On December 18, 2011, Katrina Pierson sent the following tweet: “Just saw a commercial from Catholic Church stating that Catholic Church

Faithful Catholic Education Offers Understanding of True Freedom, Says Archbishop Lucas

Catholic education prepares students to live a life of faith, but also offers students a true understanding of God-given freedom in an environment in which they can grow in virtue, said Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Neb.,…Continue Reading

NFL star who refused to meet Obama over abortion gives powerful talk at March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – All the speakers at the 2016 March for Life play a pivotal role – but only one was regularly called an MVP. Matt Birk, the former center for the Minnesota Vikings and the…Continue Reading

2016 March for Life heats up blizzard-stricken Washington (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The blizzard snows are falling on the nation’s capital, layering the city in a blanket of frost that could be two to three feet thick by tomorrow morning. But for awhile this afternoon,…Continue Reading

SPECIAL REPORT: Planned Parenthood Offices Located Near Half of Catholic Colleges, Alarming Pro-Life Leaders

Half of all four-year, residential Catholic colleges in the U.S. are within five miles of Planned Parenthood facilities, a study by The Cardinal Newman Society has found. Catholic pro-life leaders warn that the close proximity of these Planned Parenthood centers…Continue Reading

81 percent of Americans support dramatically stronger pro-life reforms: Poll

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An overwhelmingly majority – including two-thirds of self-described “pro-choice” Americans – would support greatly strengthening laws that protect the unborn, according to a new poll released this morning. In all, 81 percent of…Continue Reading

New initiative aims to make Catholic men ‘watchmen’

For years, Chad Crow has attended the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ annual conference for men. And the father of four, who is a parishioner at Transfiguration in Oakdale, said that he and other men who attend the conference…Continue Reading

Vatican Parishes Are Now Welcoming Refugees

Diocese of Rome Responds to Holy Father’s September Invitation for Parishes to Host a Family of Refugees January 15, 2016  By ZENIT Staff Responding to Pope Francis’ appeal this September, Vatican parishes have begun welcoming refugee families. In his Sept.…Continue Reading

Newsmax

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our new website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for over 145 years in our weekly print edition. Now we are introducing the online daily version of our print journal.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 145 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

Today . . .

Christie and Bush attack Cruz, Rubio for being too pro-life

Fr. Mark Hodges WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-lifers across the nation are scratching their heads and saying, “With friends like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush, who needs enemies?” Their frustration comes from both Christie and Bush attacking other presidential candidates as unelectable because they are pro-life without compromise. This morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie attacked Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio for not favoring aborting children conceived in…Continue Reading

INTERVIEW: Padre Pio In Rome: Saints as Living Icons of Divine Mercy

Stefano Campanella, Director of Padre Pio TV and Author of Publications on the Friar of Pietrelcina, Reflects on Significance of the Historic Transfer •February 4, 2016•Osvaldo Rinaldi• Stefano Campanella, born in 1964 in Putignano, Italy, lives with his family at San Giovanni Rotondo. He has been a parliamentary journalist and Vatican expert. Currently, he serves as director of Padre Pio TV and heads the press office of the religious province of Sant’Angelo and Padre Pio…Continue Reading

Pope: The Faith is the greatest inheritance we can leave

(Vatican Radio) The most beautiful inheritance we can leave to others is the Faith: that was Pope Francis’ message during Holy Mass on Thursday morning at the Casa Santa Marta. In his homily, he invited us to not fear death, because the course of life continues. Thinking about death illuminates life The day’s first reading tells the story of the death of King David. “In every life there is an ending,” the Pope said. This…Continue Reading

The Pope: consecrated life must be close to the people

pope301

Vatican City, 2 February 2016 (VIS) – The following are extensive extracts of the Holy Father’s extemporaneous address to the participants in the Jubilee of Consecrated Life, which took place yesterday in the Paul VI Hall. This afternoon in St. Peter’s Basilica he will celebrate the Mass to conclude the Year of Consecrated Life. “I have prepared a text for this occasion regarding the themes of consecrated life and three of its most important pillars:…Continue Reading

Pope’s Morning Homily: If You’re Not Humble, You Won’t Be Holy

During Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Francis Says Sometimes We Need to Be Humiliated to Entrust Ourselves Truly to God February 1, 2016 Deborah Castellano Lubov Zenit If you wish to be holy, then you better start by being humble. According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis stressed this during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta this morning, as he recalled the story of King David who, aware of his own sin, accepted humiliation…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The New Literalism And Fundamentalism

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society…Continue Reading

Sources, Methods, And Lives

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO This has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton. She prevailed over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses by less than four tenths of one percent of all votes cast, after having led him in polls in Iowa at one time by 40 percentage points. In…Continue Reading

Is A New Era Upon Us?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Whoever wins the nominations, the most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, where America is going. Bernie Sanders, with his mammoth crowds and mass support among the young, represents, as did George McGovern in…Continue Reading

Fire From Ice

By DONALD DeMARCO One of the most improbable ways of getting a fire started is by using ice. That’s right, using ice. No survivor’s manual would be complete without describing how this can be accomplished. First, one finds some clear ice and then shapes it into a disk that can be used as a lens.…Continue Reading

The Jurisprudence Of Benedict XVI Vs. That Of August Comte

By JUDE DOUGHERTY In his address to the German Bundestag on September 22, 2011, Benedict delivered a lecture on the framing of law that is worth revisiting in this election year. Well, in any year. Speaking to that body of lawmakers, he asks, “How do we recognize what is right and may be given the…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Life Everlasting — The Particular Judgment

By DON FIER In concluding our examination of the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on article 11 of the Creed, we saw that in order “to rise with Christ, we must die with Christ” (CCC, n. 1005). Death, with all the mystery which surrounds this common fate of all mankind, is the gateway to everlasting life.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. I know that in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are supposed to practice more fervently the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Most of these are fairly easy to understand, but I wonder about the one that says we are to “admonish the sinner.” How can one do that without judging another person, which we’re not supposed to…Continue Reading

One Truth, One Lord, One God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Lent (YR C) Readings: Deut. 26:4-10 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13 In the Gospel reading today we hear about Satan tempting our Lord. In the third temptation the Devil offers all of the kingdoms of the Earth to Jesus if He would just bow down and worship the tempter. In response, our Lord quotes…Continue Reading

Pope’s Address To Roman Rota… Proclaim The Truth Of God’s Plan For Marriage

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ January 22 address to the tribunal of the Roman Rota in the Vatican. In his talk, the Holy Father affirmed: “The Church, in fact, can show the indefectible merciful love of God to families, in particular those wounded by sin and by the trials of life and, at…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Rest In Peace, Fr. Mark Wayne Ervin

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In a welcome example of bringing greater clarity to moral teaching, Pope Francis is urging us to distinguish sacramental marriage from other unions. As reported by Catholic News Service on January 22: “Pope Francis said there can be no confusion between God’s plan for marriage as an indissoluble bond between one man and woman who…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church observes the Church Unity Octave from January 18 through January 25. For each day of the octave, we pray for a different form of unity. For example, on January 18, the intention is for the return of separated Eastern Christians to communion with the Holy See. Another day the intention is for the restoration…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Vincent Pallotti

By CAROLE BRESLIN Throughout the history of the Church, beginning with Christ Himself, disenfranchised youth have found a friend in the followers of the Lord. St. John Bosco and St. Philip Neri come to mind. There is another saint who also helped both young men and young women, St. Vincent Pallotti, a man born and raised in Rome during the…Continue Reading