The Catholic Difference G.K. Chesterton, genius

In a review quoted on the back cover of Ian Ker’s G.K. Chesterton: A Biography (Oxford), Susan Elkin suggests that Father Ker’s book “has the potential to establish Chesterton in what Ker regards as his rightful place as a major English author.” That’s certainly true; but one does wonder about that “Ker regards…” business. Does Ms. Elkin not regard Chesterton as a “major English author”? I imagine she would regard George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton’s friendly antagonist, as such; and Shaw without doubt regarded Chesterton as such.

List of Life Chains in and near the Diocese of Fort Worth

Started in 1987, Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing in honor of 56 million lives lost to abortion, praying for our nation, for people in crisis situations, and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death.

Romanians flock to beatification of 'major apostolic vagabond'

BUCHAREST, Romania (CNS) -- A pavilion designed for trade fairs became Eastern Europe's biggest church when more than 10,000 people participated in the beatification of Msgr. Vladimir Ghika, tortured to death at age 80 in 1954.

Catholics draw line in sand over HHS mandate

Dcn.-Hall-in-Chile-BUTTON.jpgDeacon Greg Hall prayed hard earlier this year before waging a costly legal battle over a federal law requiring his company to offer health insurance for abortion-causing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization. It was not the first time Dcn. Hall, a business owner from Cypress, Texas, has had to dig down deep in his soul and stand firm about his convictions, his company, and his Christian beliefs.

Vocations Director Fr. Jonathan Wallis followed an inner calling to serve the Catholic Church

Wallis-BUTTON.jpgThere are times when Father Jonathan Wallis feels like his childhood is coming back to revisit him as he goes about his calling to serve Catholics in the Diocese of Fort Worth. The son of an Episcopal priest, Fr. Wallis regularly accompanied his father on a lengthy church circuit in Wyoming. And when his father served at churches in Wisconsin and Missouri, the youngster was often right there by his side.