Putting the ‘Catholic’ back in Catholic Schools

Catholic School Kids Mass at Sacred Heart CathedralFrom the National Catholic Register:

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was inspired by [a] ground-breaking assessment of U.S. seminaries and concluded that a similar study could help boost the Catholic identity of the 14 high schools under his jurisdiction.

“We hear stories of children going through 12 years of Catholic education and then they leave the Church,” Archbishop Cordileone told the Register. “Somehow, we are not instilling a sense of Catholic identity in many of our students.”

“They should be the leaders of the Church,” he said, “but if we don’t give them good reasons to be Catholic, they won’t play that role. … I would like to focus on what is uniquely Catholic and instill a sense of confidence in what the Church teaches,” said Archbishop Cordileone.

There are practical things the Church can do to promote a Catholic educational environment, he suggested, from incorporating great music, art and literature to celebrating the Church’s contribution to science and scheduling Eucharistic adoration.

Read the rest at the National Catholic Register.

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Drifting: Small steps that lead far from Christ

drifting-boatThe Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University estimates that there are approximately 32 million adults in the United States who were raised Catholic but no longer identify themselves as a member of the Church. This group is often referred to as “fallen-away Catholics.”

Some people leave the Church over one single issue, but for many it is a process of “falling away.” Derwin L. Gray over at Christianity Today refers to this process of falling away as “The D.R.I.F.T

In his post he outlines the process by which many people “drift” from their Christian faith.

Distracted from Jesus and His Gospel
Refusing to Repent
Intentional Acts of Disobedience
Fake Fellowship
Treasuring Something or Someone More than Jesus

Many of these steps are very easy to fall into, but it’s not all bad news. Gray offers some ways that you or a loved one can keep from drifting away from your Christian faith. Read the article at Christianity Today for the details.

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OneLife LA: Thousands gather to support human dignity for all

Photo credit: Victor Aleman/AngelusNews.com

Photo credit: Victor Aleman/AngelusNews.com

Nearly 10,000 people gathered in Los Angeles on Saturday to support the dignity of human life at OneLife LA. As Peter Jesserer of the National Catholic Register wrote:

OneLife LA is a unique pro-life march. While pro-life marches in the U.S. generally focus almost exclusively on the injustice of abortion, OneLife LA took a different approach by celebrating all human life, and encouraging participants to commit to doing something concrete to build a culture of life in their families and communities. Instead of providing a forum for activists and politicians, OneLife LA gave a platform to national and local speakers who had made a choice for life and human dignity, inspiring others to do the same in their lives and the lives of those they meet.

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles led the crowd in prayer before the march through downtown Los Angeles. He also addressed the crowd, saying:

“My friends, we are being called to build a culture of life — a culture that loves life and defends life. A culture where every human life is welcomed and wanted and cared for. … This duty to protect life begins with the life of the child in the womb. There is no one more innocent, no one more defenseless in our society than the unborn child. So we need to protect the unborn. That means ending legal abortion. But it also means reaching out in love to support the mother who carries the unborn child in her womb.

The duty to protect life means that we need to stand with all those who are suffering and exploited and vulnerable in our society, especially those who are elderly and terminally ill. We need to protect them against the false compassion of euthanasia — which suggests that the sick would be better off dead than to be loved and cared for.”

Featured at the event were community partners who offered concrete ways participants could build a civilization of life and love, by helping unwed mothers, foster children, and children with incarcerated parents; by fighting human trafficking, helping the homeless and being involved with those who have intellectual disabilities.

For more photos and information, visit The National Catholic Register or Angelus Newsthe online newspaper of the Diocese of Los Angeles.

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