FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IF MAY BE FOUND: "I have had people tell me indignantly to read the Bible instead of the Catechism. I have had others denounce Catholicism as a "man-made" religion. Others argue vehemently against the rosary or the teachings against contraception, about the pope, et cetera. Virtually all of them have not done one thing though: They have not read why Catholics believe what they do. They say "I disagree" without knowing the premise. They disagree only with conclusions - the surface level - not the teachings. The Church has a formal instruction of the Faith because of its depth, beauty, and truth." Stephen Muff in This Rock magazine
IN OTHER NEWS:
Mary sent this in: "As I continue to follow your blog, with a particular appreciation for your appreciation of beauty, I thought you'd really enjoy this Catholic Exchange blog, The Way of Beauty. The blogger, David Clayton, is a teacher at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire, where he directs a program called, also called the Way of Beauty, which is an integral part of the curriculum, in which all students participate. Just take a look at yesterday's blog on "What is Culture?" for a glimpse of this man's writing. I am confident you'll be inspired. Also yesterday, he wrote about the "Traditional Symbolism of Four", which again, I think you'd find of interest." Thank you Mary.
Here is a headline from the Diocese of Cleveland Enewsletter: "Cleveland-based law firm files suits across the U.S. representing 43 Catholic dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies . . . Diocese of Cleveland in full support" Read more here.
Are you looking for Church statistics in the United States for the past half a century? Here is a good place to start. I came across it doing research for last week's post on priest to parishioner ratios.
Another Catholic Movie is coming out. This one looks to have some real potential. "Academy Award® nominee Andy Garcia headlines an acclaimed cast as General Gorostieta, the retired military man who at first thinks he has nothing personal at stake as he and his wife (Golden Globe nominee Eva Longoria) watch Mexico fall into a violent civil war. Yet the man who hesitates in joining the cause will soon become the resistance's most inspiring and self-sacrificing leader, as he begins to see the cost of religious persecution on his countrymen." Here is the website for the movie, "For Greater Glory."