Suggested Reading – List prior to 10/18/12

The following Links have been submitted for your consideration:

1. Below is a link to the Diocese of Richmond’s First Men’s Ministry Conference scheduled for Saturday, November 10.  This may be old news to some, but I would appreciate it if you could forward this to the respective groups.  The goal is for each Parish to send at least 12 men.  Leon, I will not be at our next Men’s Ministry so I would ask that you make an announcement on this.  Many thanks.

 2. USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate; The statement referred to was made by the current Vice-President:

3. Subj: Worth a Read 

4. Subj: Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty at The Shrine

5.  Subj: Vatican II–50 years later/ By George Weigel

6. Subj: Website Provided by K of C

St. Bridget Church Men’s Ministry – Next Meeting

Next Saturday Meeting 10/6/12 6:30 AM  at St. Bridget

 We will continue our program for the year with the eighth chapter of Peter Kreeft’s book “How to Win the Culture War: A Christian Battle Plan for a Society in Crisis”

Available on or at other bookstores for about $11 each

We need someone to facilitate both the book and reading portions of our October meeting.

Thanks to David for facilitating our September meeting.

Please let me know if you can facilitate a meeting!!   Thanks to those who have volunteered so far!

ZENIT—The World Seen From Rome – 10/1/12

Archbishop John Myers: Marriage in the United States Is Threatened and Undermined
Head of Newark Archdiocese Releases Pastoral Letter on Marriage

ROME, SEPT. 25, 2012 ( The subject of marriage has been an area of constant debate in recent years. As election season approaches in the United States, advocates of same-sex “marriage” have increasingly gained more and more influence in politics and the entertainment industry. Those on the other side of the debate have faced criticism, even so far as being accused of bigotry for voicing support for traditional marriage.

The Catholic Church in the United States has not remained silent despite many attempts by supporters of same-sex “marriage” to quiet and discredit them. In spite of many attacks from different fronts, the U.S. bishops have remained steadfast in support of the traditional union between man and woman.

Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, New Jersey has released today a pastoral letter on the definition, purpose and sanctity of marriage. As head of one of the nation’s largest diocese with well over 1 million Catholics, Archbishop Myers set out to help the faithful “form their consciences” on the sacrament of marriage. Using the writings of philosophers, both religious and secular, the American prelate makes the case for traditional marriage according to the natural law, thus giving a balanced view of the sacrament of marriage through the eyes of both faith and reason.

Archbishop Myers spoke with ZENIT on his pastoral letter and on the state of marriage in the United States.

ZENIT: What prompted you to write the pastoral letter on marriage?

Archbishop Myers: Well, I worked for some time on it because marriage is one of the foundations of any society and, of course, important in the Church.  In our society, it’s being undermined in many ways, both by some government actions, also by cultural pressures and the preferences of people. So, my concern is that people live the mystery of the sacrament of marriage; and also that we have the stability which is required for stability in society and for rearing children properly. So, I was concerned about all those things when I set out several months ago to write the pastoral [letter].

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Suggested Reading – Catholic Voting and The Order of Truths

Catholic Voting and The Order of Truths


A common mistake that Catholics make is assuming that every Catholic teaching carries equal weight, and that as the faithful, we are equally bound to follow everything that the pope or a bishop says. Related to this is the idea that a politician who goes against Church “teaching” on one issue, like supporting a particular social program, is equal to a politician who goes against another Church teaching, like the right of unborn children to live.