About Adoremus - Click Here
What is "The American Catholic?" - Click here
Catholic Spiritual Direction - Click here
Crisis Magazine - Click here
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty - Click
About.com: Catholicism -
Catholic Answers - click here
The Catholic League - Click here
The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment
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The New Theological Movement - Click here
Part of the New Evangelization is the use of the new forms of
communication. The benefit to each of us is the many resources
available on the internet to enrich our spiritual lives. As we enter
into the time of Lent it is a good time to check out these resources
to see if any of them fit our style. Every effort has been made to
ensure that these are valid Roman Catholics sites acceptable to our
About Adoremus -
I. Statement of Mission, Goals and Principles
1. Adoremus - Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy
is an association of Catholics established on the
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
1995, to promote authentic reform of the Liturgy of the Roman Rite.
2. The mission of Adoremus is to rediscover and restore the beauty,
the holiness, the power of the Church's rich liturgical tradition
while remaining faithful to an organic, living process of renewal.
The purpose of such a renewal cannot be stated more eloquently than
this statement by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: “Christian Liturgy is
cosmic Liturgy, as Saint Paul tells us in the Letter to the
Philippians. It must never renounce this dignity, however attractive
it may seem to work with small groups and construct homemade
liturgies. What is exciting about Christian Liturgy is that it lifts
us up out of our narrow sphere and lets us share in the Truth. The
aim of all liturgical renewal must be to bring to light this
liberating greatness.”-- Feast of Faith
What is "The American Catholic?" -
The American Catholic
is an online community of Christians, motivated by a rich heritage
of Catholic spiritual and intellectual tradition, seeking to engage
American society and culture in pursuit of the common good.
Following the Second Vatican Council’s ecclesial call for greater
Christian witness in contemporary society, we are dedicated to the
renewal and “Christian animation of the temporal order.” We are all
deeply inspired by our Catholic faith and seek authentic sacramental
lives centered upon the “broken bread” of the Eucharist, the source
and summit of the Christian life.
Catholic Spiritual Direction -
The purpose of this site and related resources is to serve you in
your journey to and with God. If you are like many Catholics who
desire a deeper relationship with Christ and His church, you have
probably discovered that the paths to pursuing that relationship are
not always clearly illuminated. Thus this humble effort. Our desire
is bring greater light to His path and to serve you in your search
for greater depth in Him.
That said, no blog, book, or retreat can take the place of healthy
Spiritual Direction. Instead, these tools help us form healthy
perspectives and improve our opportunities to grow in faith and to
participate in the important work of our journey to God.
What you will find here:
Questions and Answers about Spiritual Direction
Perspective on Spiritual Direction
Perspective on Prayer and other Matters Relating to Our Spiritual
Book and Resource Reviews
Links to Resources for Further Spiritual Development
Crisis Magazine -
is an educational apostolate that uses media and technology to bring
the genius of Catholicism to business, politics, culture, and family
life. Our approach is oriented toward the practical solutions our
faith offers — in other words, actionable Catholicism.
Our mission is three-fold:
To equip Catholics with the life- and culture-renewing wisdom of our
To engage and evangelize non-Catholics of goodwill.
To defend the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
We believe that the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ not
only to serve as the ark of salvation, but also to act as the
channel of God’s transformative grace in the world.
We believe that, as beings created in the image of God, we are part
of a vast and growing human family spread across history. We remain
in solidarity with our brothers and sisters through our common,
We believe that all human rights flow out of the first — the right
of every human being to his or her own life — and that it’s the
moral obligation of all people, nations, and economies to protect
We believe that the principles of Catholic Social Teaching — the
universal destination of goods, private property, solidarity,
subsidiarity, and the common good — are best achieved through
We believe that the principles of Catholic Social Teaching are
morally right, positively beneficial, and encourage the pursuit of
business and economic success.
We believe it’s the role of the family and intermediate institutions
— churches, charities, local communities, and social organizations —
and not the state, to create culture and teach morality.
We believe that what is good in our culture, including popular
culture, should be both encouraged and enjoyed, whether its origin
is secular or religious.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty -
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit,
public-interest legal and educational institute that protects the
free expression of all faiths. The Becket Fund exists to vindicate a
simple but frequently neglected principle: that because the
religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious expression
is natural to human culture. We advance that principle in three
arenas-the courts of law, the court of public opinion, and the
academy-both in the United States and abroad
About.com: Catholicism -
The Basics of Catholicism
Learn about the basics of the Catholic Faith. What does the Catholic
Church teach about the Trinity, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the
role of the Catholic Church, the seven Sacraments, Heaven, Hell, and
Purgatory, the Virgin Mary, and the saints? Discover basic Catholic
prayers and practices, and begin to learn more about Catholicism!
Catholic Answers -
Catholic Answers is one of the nation's largest lay-run apostolates
of Catholic apologetics and evangelization. Its mission statement
explains its purpose:
Catholic Answers is an apostolate dedicated to serving Christ by
bringing the fullness of Catholic truth to the world. We help good
Catholics become better Catholics, bring former Catholics "home,"
and lead non-Catholics into the fullness of the faith.
Catholic Answers is one of the nation's largest lay-run apostolates
of Catholic apologetics and evangelization. Catholic Answers' plan
for the future will allow the apostolate to continue its ministries,
both in ongoing operations and also with special projects to address
new issues as they arise.
In the upcoming year, we will continue to strive to be faithful
servants to God and his Church. To accomplish this, our focus will
Continue to seek improvements and efficiencies in our existing
Develop new campaigns to address important topical issues as they
Help good Catholics become better Catholics
Help bring former Catholics "home"
Help lead non-Catholics into the fullness of the faith
Continue as good stewards to the financial resources entrusted to us
by our supporters.
The Catholic League -
What is the Catholic League?
The Catholic League is the nation's largest Catholic civil rights
organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J.,
the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics - lay and clergy
alike - to participate in American public life without defamation or
Motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment, the
Catholic League works to safeguard both the religious freedom rights
and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they
are threatened. The Catholic League is listed in the Official
Catholic Directory and has won the plaudits of many bishops.
Is the Catholic League Necessary?
Absolutely. Harvard professor Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. once observed
that prejudice against the Catholic Church was "the deepest bias in
the history of the American people." Mount Holyoke College professor
Peter Viereck commented that "Catholic baiting is the anti-Semitism
of the liberals."
And today's brand of anti-Catholicism is more virulent and more
pervasive than ever before in American history. While it is true
that Catholics as individuals have made progress in securing their
rights, the degree of hostility exhibited against the Catholic
Church is appalling. Quite simply, Catholic bashing has become a
staple of American society.
The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment -
In the great civil rights struggle to secure the right to life for
all, Archbishop John Roach, testifying on behalf of the Catholic
Bishops, expressed the guiding vision: "We are committed to full
legal recognition of the right to life of the unborn child, and will
not rest in our efforts until society respects the inherent worth
and dignity of every member of the human race."
November 5, 1981 Statement before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee
on the Constitution
The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment is dedicated to
pursuing this vision. The organization's objectives include
educating citizens, developing pro-life legislative networks, and
offering programs in support of pro-life legislation. Among its
various activities, NCHLA produces educational and program
resources, communicates with leaders about legislative priorities,
and presents legislative seminars throughout the year. In a special
way, NCHLA assists dioceses, state Catholic conferences, and
Catholic lay groups. The Committee also works closely with the
Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops.
The New Theological Movement -
Friends of the New Theological Movement,
There has been much written, and rightly so, since the beginning of
Benedict XVI's Pontificate about the "hermeneutic of continuity"
with respect to the Sacred Liturgy. The consequence of continuity
cannot be understated for the life of the Church not only in the
liturgy but also in doctrine and theology. Theology and liturgy are
inseparable because they both inform and enrich each other as the
lex orandi, lex credendi of the Church.
(There is a Latin maxim that addresses the centrality of worship in
the life, identity and mission of the Church; "Lex Orandi, Lex
Credendi". The phrase in Latin literally means the law of prayer
("the way we worship"), and the law of belief ("what we believe").
It is sometimes written as, "lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi",
further deepening the implications of this truth - how we worship
reflects what we believe and determines how we will live. The law of
prayer or worship is the law of life. Or, even more popularly
rendered, as we worship, so will we live. and as we worship, so will
In response to the Holy Father's request that priests make full and
responsible use of the modern means of communication, the New
Theological Movement was created. First, however, the words of the
Holy Father: "Responding adequately to this challenge amid
today's cultural shifts, to which young people are especially
sensitive, necessarily involves using new communications
technologies. The world of digital communication, with its almost
limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more
Saint Paul's exclamation: "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel"
(1 Cor 9:16) The increased availability of the new technologies
demands greater responsibility on the part of those called to
proclaim the Word, but it also requires them to become become more
focused, efficient and compelling in their efforts. Priests stand at
the threshold of a new era: as new technologies create deeper forms
of relationship across greater distances, they are called to respond
pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service
of the Word... Using new communication technologies, priests can
introduce people to the life of the Church and help our
contemporaries to discover the face of Christ. They will best
achieve this aim if they learn, from the time of their formation,
how to use these technologies in a competent and appropriate way,
shaped by sound theological insights and reflecting a strong
priestly spirituality grounded in constant dialogue with the Lord.
Yet priests present in the world of digital communications should be
less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart,
their closeness to Christ. This will not only enliven their pastoral
outreach, but also will give a "soul" to the fabric of
communications that makes up the "Web"
- Benedict XVI, 44th World Day of Communications