Why this former rock journalist authored a book about chastity

By Maggie Lawson

Catholic News Agency
July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNA) -- One day, when Dawn Eden was 31-years-old, she ventured into the section of a bookstore that she had never visited before. This was somewhat out of character for Eden, who preferred listening to rock music instead of delving into books.

Media-savvy bishop-designate is appointed in Los Angeles

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service
July 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In an era where Catholics are pretty much an afterthought on television, the sight of any cleric on the small screen almost immediately evokes thoughts of "the next Bishop Sheen" — the 1950s prime-time inspirational program host Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Yet in pretty much all past cases, those clerics weren't bishops themselves. But now Father Robert E. Barron, a media savvy priest, has been named an auxiliary bishop.

For those considering religious life, VAP provides answers, community

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
July 23, 2015
Father James Pemberton

IRVING -- Eighteen-year-old Joseph didn’t spend June 26-28 weekend going to the beach or Six Flags with friends. Instead of enjoying typical summer amusements, the St. Andrew parishioner packed a bag and traveled to the University of Dallas in Irving to take part in a Vocation Awareness Program (VAP).“I’ve been thinking about the priesthood for the past one or two years, and I’m hoping this weekend will help me find out whether I have a vocation,” said the high school senior. 

Cardinal Baum, longest serving U.S. cardinal, witnessed and made history

By Mark Zimmerman
Catholic News Service
July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal William W. Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died July 23 at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years — the longest such tenure in U.S. church history. Cardinal Baum witnessed history from the Second Vatican Council through the election of the first Latin American pope, and he made history himself.

Diocese striving to put Catholic education within reach of all

By Jerry Circelli
North Texas Catholic
July 14, 2015

FORT WORTH -- The faithful in the Diocese of Fort Worth have a tremendous opportunity to help form future leaders in the local Church. And it begins with support of Catholic school education, said Paula Parrish, executive director of the diocese’s Advancement Foundation. A graduate of Nolan Catholic High School, Parrish returned to that school for 23 years, including 15 years teaching and playing key roles in development, alumni relations, and communications.

Archbishop reflects on religious liberty challenges after Obergefell

By Sean Gallagher
Catholic News Service
July 24, 2015

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (CNS) -- The Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage will likely have broad effects across the legal system, said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. "Marriage, as understood between one man and one woman, is embedded throughout the law," he said, "so to upend that is to produce a sea change in our legal system." The archbishop made the comments in an interview with The Criterion, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Fr. Kyle, a former engineer, now builds bridges to Heaven

By Jerry Circelli
North Texas Catholic
July 16, 2015

DENTON -- If you drive the highways and byways of Fort Worth, chances are you regularly travel over several of the 50 bridges in the area designed by Father Kyle Walterscheid, pastor of St. John Paul II University Parish in Denton. From 1990 to 1995, before he became a priest, designing bridges was the nature of Fr. Kyle’s work. With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in structural engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, Fr. Kyle spent a decade studying and working in a field he truly enjoyed.