First Topic – They're Back: Dissenters Form The American Catholic Council
Claiming that they are attempting to address the “serious deterioration of the US Church today,” organizers of a new Catholic reform organization are planning a national conclave in 2011 called the American Catholic Council. In what is being billed as a kind of off-site Vatican Council, the proposed gathering promises “thoughtful discussion” of scholarly papers and presentations by Catholic theologians, scholars, and activists—all directed toward the goal of creating a new Church that is “fully in tune with the authentic Gospel message.” It’s called the American Catholic Council and is an attempt to resurrect the ashes of “Call to Action” along with many other famous dissident groups. Anne Hendershott has been researching the group and has a report for us.
Second Topic – Voices of the Saints: A 365-Day Journey With Our Spiritual Companions
Catholics around the world rely on the Catholic saints for guidance and inspiration…so it's important that the saints and their stories be easy to find. Voices of the Saints by Bert Ghezzi provides readers with many convenient ways to look up 365 Catholic saints: chronologically, alphabetically, by feast day, even by theme. The saint's patronage is also listed when available, as is the date of beatification or canonization. The voice of each Catholic saint comes through clearly in quotations drawn from their own writings, the recollection of witnesses, and the careful work of biographers. A prayer or Scripture verse concludes each entry. We talk with Bert.
Third Topic – New at the March for Life: The Flashlight Vigil
New to the March for Life this year is flash-light rally taking place this evening near the White House. Because the March for Life tomorrow is on the Mall at a long distance from the President’s residence, it is necessary to bring the Life Principles to the President of the United States as a Part of the 37th annual March for Life. Event organizers have a permit for 3,000 marchers to Rally on this evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Lafayette Park, north of the White House. The program will be prayer, song, and explanation of the theme of the March for Life and Life Principles. Teresa Tomeo is on site to report.