In This Year of Faith: Thank You, Mr. Monaghan, for the Catechism

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“Before we begin,” said Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, “I want to thank Tom Monaghan for funding the Catechism.”The group gathered at the Archbishop’s Palace in Vienna gasped—Mr. Monaghan, despite occasional snips in the press, has always been modest about his personal philanthropy, and even his office staff had never heard this story.  I was there, and I heard the Cardinal’s heartfelt expression of thanks.On this twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, I join with C … [Read more...]

Bells Herald the Year of Faith

San Gabriel Mission bells

Church Bells. School Bells.  Hand Bells. Sleigh Bells. Bicycle Bells. Even Doorbells!At 12 noon on October 11, 2012, hundreds of Catholic churches and thousands of people across the United States will be joining together to ring in the first day of the Year of Faith.  Declared by Pope Benedict XVI for the period from October 11, 2012 through November 24, 2013, the Year of Faith is intended as “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the Savior of … [Read more...]