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July 24, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 26   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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• Catholic Press Association Best Web Site: Third Place, 2005

Award of Distinction, The Communicator Awards 2002 Print Media competition

Print edition: Award winner, Catholic Press Association, 2007 awards competition:

• First place for best single ad (black and white)

• Third place for best single ad (color);

2006 awards competition:

• First place for best editorial on a local issue

• First place for best news writing on a local/regional event

• First place for best general news photo

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World Youth Day 2008 coverage

The Catholic Herald will be covering World Youth Day 2008 on location in Sydney, Australia. From our WYD page, get more information and read updated coverage at our blog.

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses." -- the World Youth Day 2008 theme, Acts 1:8

Humanae Vitae: A sign of contradiction
July 25 marks 40th anniversary of encyclical on human life

logo: Humanae Vitae -- Celebrating Love & Life • 1968-2008
Special Events

• Natural Family Planning Week, July 20 to 26, 2008

Humanae Vitae Lectures, October 23 to 24, 2008, Madison:

Dr. Bradford Wilcox: "Humanae Vitae Got It Right: The Social Scientific Vindication of Catholic Moral Teaching"


Humanae Vitae text online under Holy Father/PaulVI/encyclicals at

• Diocesan Web site on Humanae Vitae events at

• Diocesan Natural Family Planning Web site at

Related items this week:

MADISON -- On July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI released the encyclical letter Humanae Vitae - Of Human Life.

At that time, there were many who anticipated that the Catholic Church would relax its prohibitions on the use of contraception. After all, most Christian denominations had done so.

Contraception was gaining wide acceptance and societal changes were occurring that made the teaching appear outdated and wrong.

Affirmed consistent teaching

Surprising many, Pope Paul VI instead affirmed the consistent Christian teaching of the past 2,000 years on the sanctity of marital love and the error of contraception.

In the following four decades, the Church, through the guidance of Pope John Paul II, deepened its understanding of marital love and continues to hold up sexuality as a critical component of God's divine plan for love and life.

All the while, the world around us seems to continue to abandon these truths. How are we, as faithful Catholics, to respond?

Called to be 'sign of contradiction'

We are called to be "a sign of contradiction - just as was [Christ] her founder." We are called "to teach the law that is proper to human life restored to its original truth and guided by the Spirit of God."   Full story ...

Only in the print edition ...
News & Features:

Special Section: Retirement Living

'If you build it, they will come': New church in Belleville to meet expanding needs

St. James School celebrates
100 graduations

Green is the new black: How NFP is good for your soul and the earth

Religious differences
can't stop dialogue


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
What constitutes heresy

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Back to School: August 14, 2008

Retreat Centers, Senior Focus: August 21, 2008

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Providing flood support,
neighbor to neighbor

Resource Centers

Spring Green
Town Hall: 4411 Kennedy Rd.

• Wednesday, July 23, through Friday, July 25: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Saturday, July 26: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall: 155 N. Main St.

• Wednesday, July 23, through Friday, July 25: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Saturday, July 26: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Mobile Food Pantry on Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SPRING GREEN -- Jim Blau's house is uninhabitable, but for the second day in a row he was at the Community Resource Center at the Spring Green Town Hall, volunteering to help his neighbors recover from the floods.

"I thought, I can't do anything more here now - I figure why not help someone else out?" Blau said. "A lot of people have it worse than we do."

Blau is one of several volunteers from the congregations at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Spring Green, and St. Luke Parish, Plain, who are stepping up to help their neighbors through a Catholic Charities of Madison and Diocese of Madison cooperative effort for flood recovery.   Full story ...

Keeping the light burning
Catholic women hold annual convention

MADISON -- "Keep Your Light Burning," was the title of the keynote address at the recent Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (MDCCW) convention held here at the O'Connor Center. It was given by Jody Waterman from Aurora, Ill.

She asked the women, "Are you on fire? Are you passionate about the council or are you just hanging around?"

She then stressed the importance of National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) mission statement which she then read: "Through its members, NCCW supports, empowers, and educates all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service. We have to respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world."   Full story ...

Diocesan finance director retires
after 14 years

MADISON -- Greg Keller, director of finance for the Diocese of Madison, retired as of July 18 after 14 years of service to the Church.

Keller worked nearly 20 years in corporate business before starting work for the diocese.

"My time here has been very rewarding," Keller said in a letter dated May 9 announcing his retirement to coworkers. "I feel much progress has been made and hope that you will agree that, overall, the Diocese of Madison [is] in a better condition than it was 14 years ago.   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, the Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for four issues. The remaining issue to be skipped is August 7. At right is the deadline for the issue prior to the week skipped.

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
July 31 First two weeks of Aug. July 23 August 7

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