Is this guy Catholic yet?
10 years later how are we doing?
|Without a resident priest pastor
|Percent of U.S. population||24%||23%||23%||23%||22%||23%||22%
|Catholic elementary schools||—
|Students in Catholic elementary schools||—
|Catholic secondary schools||—
|Students in Catholic secondary schools||—
Is this guy Catholic yet?
I wrote this the day the following article was published and post-dated it to be published in ten years…
In 2008 I am wondering:
- What was the impact?
- Yesterday Pope Benedict left America after his first pastoral visit as Pope… Talking on the phone with Father J. Steele of the Holy Cross Fathers he seemed to be uncertain what impact this visit was to have. (In his defense he was unable to watch most of the broadcasted portions of the visit due to his pastoral duties this weekend!) I believe it to be the case that this visit will have a long and lasting influence on strengthening the vision of the papacy as a strong leader in these times of moral crisis, and that the liturgical experneices we saw (we the unfortunate exception of the Mass at National Stadium! – it looked like a multi-cultural review, not a Mass!) strengthened and confirmed more tradition-minded liturgists what the new norms were going to be – far closer to more traditional norms. Was that the case?
- 10 years later did we see the expansiono of vocations as predicted in this article?
Monday, April 21, 2008
People are doing the inevitable Monday morning quarterbacking after the Pope’s visit — but nearly everyone is giving him Read the rest of this entry »
Paola Brenda sacrifices life for “gift of motherhood, the gift of having children”
By Michael Baggot
PIEVE DI SOLIGO, Italy, May 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an act of sacrifice comparable to that of pro-life patroness St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Italian mother Paola Breda recently died after having declined potentially life-saving cancer treatment that could have harmed her unborn child.
Breda was diagnosed with breast cancer six months into her pregnancy with her child Nicola, but postponed treatment until after Nicola’s birth.
During her funeral, Vittorio Veneto Bishop Corrado Pizziolo called Breda an exemplification of Jesus Christ’s Gospel call “to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
“What Jesus did – the Gospel which He lived for us – this is what we see carried out in the life of our sister,” said the Bishop according to the Italian newspaper Avvenire.
Father Giuseppe Nadal told Radio Vaticana that Breda was disappointed that she and her husband Loris Amodei were unable to have a child until a decade into their marriage.
Both Breda’s first child, Illaria, and her second child, Nicola, brought their mother great joy, said the priest. Fr. Nadal also recounted a teary-eyed Breda coming to him during her second pregnancy.
“‘I’ve been diagnosed with cancer, and they are suggesting chemotherapy, but that would hurt the baby. I absolutely don’t want that, because I always asked for the gift of motherhood, the gift of having children,” said Breda.
St. Molla was a Milanese pediatric doctor pregnant with her fourth child when she learned of a fibroma in her uterus and declined either the abortion or complete hysterectomy that would have saved her life.
Before surgery to rescue her unborn child, St. Molla told doctors, “If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child – I insist on it. Save him.”
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Paola Breda.
Prayers for the repose of the soul of the servant of God, Archbishop Paulos. His body was found ten years ago today.