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ICC celebrates 50 years as public policy voice of the Church in Indiana
The Second Vatican Council, with its profound and sweeping changes for the Catholic Church, had concluded less than a year before. The social and political upheavals of the 1960s were reshaping American culture. And in the midst of it all, Indiana Catholics stepped forward to be heard. In October of 1966, a small group of dedicated Catholics met in Indianapolis to do what their counterparts in only a handful of states had accomplished—to formalize a way for the Catholic Church to speak on both state and national issues. That was the genesis of the Indiana Catholic Conference (ICC), which this fall marks the 50th anniversary of its establishment as the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana. (Page 3)
Ten years after canonization, sisters say foundress motivated by love for God and his love for her
The quaint country town of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, a few miles northwest of Terre Haute, seems a far cry from the “Wild West,” but when Mother Theodore Guérin arrived there in 1840, the Indiana forest was frontier country. “It is astonishing that this remote solitude has been chosen for a novitiate and especially for an academy,” Mother Theodore recorded in her journal. “All appearances are against it.” Today, those very words are emblazoned on the walls of a shrine that now stands on the tamed landscape. The pioneer-religious sister accomplished what she thought impossible, successfully establishing a thriving congregation and a school in the midst of the wilderness. (Page 16)
Respect Life Month: Author reveals how authentic feminism was hijacked by proponents of sexual revolution
The word “feminism” and the feminist movement can call to mind images of pro-abortion, free-spirited women who rebel against Christian morals. But this is not what the founders of feminism intended at the turn of the last century. Rather, the pro-life, pro-family feminist movement was hijacked by proponents of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Such was the truth revealed by Sue Ellen Browder—a self-proclaimed repentant witness to and perpetrator of this travesty—to more than 900 pro-life advocates at the Right to Life of Indianapolis “Celebrate Life Dinner” on Oct. 4 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. (Page 1)
See our news coverage of the naming of Archbishop Tobin as a cardinal
On October 9, Pope Francis named Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin to the College of Cardinals. In the day afterward, he conducted a 30-minute sit down interview with The Criterion, as well as held a press conference at the Catholic Center in Indianapolis. Both videos as well as news stories and more are available on our website.
Watch videos of the speakers from the Marian Jubilee event on Oct. 8
Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin and evangelist Dr. Scott Hahn were the featured speakers at the Holy Year of Mercy Marian Jubilee event, held on October 8 at St. Bartholomew Church in Columbus. Watch their presentations on our video page.
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