Thursday, 17 May 2012 09:27
Catholic Communication Campaign helps church evangelize in the digital culture
WASHINGTON—Catholics promote the work of the Church in the worlds of digital and social media through the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign, which will be held May 20 in many U.S. parishes.
The Catholic Diocese of Wichita contributes to this collection through United Catholic Stewardship.
The CCC is a National Collection of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
“The projects funded by the Catholic Communication Campaign help the Church evangelize the digital culture,” said Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati, chairman of the bishops’ CCC subcommittee.
“The bishops firmly believe in the importance of supporting good work that allows the Church to keep pace with today’s rapidly changing communications world.”
In 2011, the CCC funded the Virtual World Youth Day pilgrimage, a web-based project that allowed thousands to share in the celebration of World Youth Day in Madrid by registering online, creating a personal “avatar” and following the five-day event through links to video, news feed and other resources.
Support from the CCC also helped Busted Halo, a website sponsored by the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle, reach a new audience with videos that support evangelization and catechesis. Their “Sacraments 101” project provides videos for each of the seven Sacraments.
Fifty percent of the collection stays in the local diocese to support local communication efforts.
To learn more about what the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign supports nationally, visit www.usccb.org (search Catholic Communication Campaign Resources).
Contribution part of your stewardship
The contribution to this collection from the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is made possible through the United Catholic Stewardship process. Perhaps you wish to send a special gift that will be added to what is contributed from the diocese. If so, you can send the check for your special gift in care of Bryan Coulter at the Chancery Office, 424 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202. Please make the check payable to the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and indicate the specific collection in the memo area of your check. Thank you for sharing with our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
Traditionalist leader says group hopeful about return to Rome
MENZINGEN, Switzerland (CNS) — The leader of a breakaway group of traditionalist Catholics spoke in unusually hopeful terms about a possible reconciliation with Rome, but acknowledged significant internal resistance to such a move, which he said might lead to the group splitting apart.
Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, spoke to Catholic News Service May 11 at the society’s headquarters in Switzerland about the latest events in more than two years of efforts at reconciliation with the Vatican.
The society effectively broke with Rome in 1988, when its founder, the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, ordained four bishops without the permission of Blessed John Paul II in a protest against modernizing changes that followed the Second Vatican Council of 1962-65.
In April the society responded to a “doctrinal preamble” stipulating the group’s assent to certain church teachings, presumably including elements of the teaching of Vatican II, as a prerequisite for reconciliation. The Vatican has yet to respond, but the director of the Vatican press office initially described the latest position as a “step forward.”
The society is hardly united behind its leader’s position, however. In April, according to a letter which surfaced on the Internet May 10, the society’s other three bishops warned Bishop Fellay that the Vatican’s apparent offer to establish the group as a personal prelature — a status currently held only by Opus Dei — constituted a “trap,” and urged him to say no.