For the Catholic Herald
MADISON -- On July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI released the encyclical letter Humanae Vitae - Of Human Life.
At that time, there were many who anticipated that the Catholic Church would relax its prohibitions on the use of contraception. After all, most Christian denominations had done so.
Contraception was gaining wide acceptance and societal changes were occurring that made the teaching appear outdated and wrong.
Affirmed consistent teaching
Surprising many, Pope Paul VI instead affirmed the consistent Christian teaching of the past 2,000 years on the sanctity of marital love and the error of contraception.
In the following four decades, the Church, through the guidance of Pope John Paul II, deepened its understanding of marital love and continues to hold up sexuality as a critical component of God's divine plan for love and life.
All the while, the world around us seems to continue to abandon these truths. How are we, as faithful Catholics, to respond?
Called to be 'sign of contradiction'
We are called to be "a sign of contradiction - just as was [Christ] her founder." We are called "to teach the law that is proper to human life restored to its original truth and guided by the Spirit of God." Full story ...
Providing flood support,
By Kat Wagner
SPRING GREEN -- Jim Blau's house is uninhabitable, but for the second day in a row he was at the Community Resource Center at the Spring Green Town Hall, volunteering to help his neighbors recover from the floods.
"I thought, I can't do anything more here now - I figure why not help someone else out?" Blau said. "A lot of people have it worse than we do."
Blau is one of several volunteers from the congregations at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Spring Green, and St. Luke Parish, Plain, who are stepping up to help their neighbors through a Catholic Charities of Madison and Diocese of Madison cooperative effort for flood recovery. Full story ...
MADISON -- "Keep Your Light Burning," was the title of the keynote address at the recent Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (MDCCW) convention held here at the O'Connor Center. It was given by Jody Waterman from Aurora, Ill.
She asked the women, "Are you on fire? Are you passionate about the council or are you just hanging around?"
She then stressed the importance of National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) mission statement which she then read: "Through its members, NCCW supports, empowers, and educates all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service. We have to respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world." Full story ...
MADISON -- Greg Keller, director of finance for the Diocese of Madison, retired as of July 18 after 14 years of service to the Church.
Keller worked nearly 20 years in corporate business before starting work for the diocese.
"My time here has been very rewarding," Keller said in a letter dated May 9 announcing his retirement to coworkers. "I feel much progress has been made and hope that you will agree that, overall, the Diocese of Madison [is] in a better condition than it was 14 years ago. Full story ...
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