Who Gives?

America's Charitable Giving Divide

08/20/2012 Comments (5)

A recent study, "How America Gives" by the Chronicle of Philanthropy reveals that states where religious participation is highest, particularly in the South, give the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charitable organizations. Conversely, states that are less religious give less.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy based the study on IRS records of people who itemized deductions in 2008, the most recent year statistics were available.

The most generous states were Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina. The least generous were New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Utah residents gave 10.6 percent of their discretionary income to...READ MORE

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Register Radio: New Age Influence at the LCWR Assembly

Father Mitch Pacwa and Ann Carey

08/17/2012 Comments (21)
Lisa Johnston for CNA

LCWR gathers around keynote speaker Barbara Marx Hubbard.

– Lisa Johnston for CNA

Today on Register Radio, it was a very special show devoted to last week's St. Louis assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. In our first half, EWTN's Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ, provided some insight into who Barbara Marx Hubbard is. Hubbard was the LCWR's keynote speaker.

"She says that there is a hierarchy of voices that speaks to her," explained Father Pacwa, who is an expert on the New Age movement. "The highest of those voices is what she describes as her 'Christ-self.'"

"She has a very different Christ than what we have in the Gospels, in Sacred Tradition, and what the Magisterium teaches," said Father Pacwa. "Her Christ is an alternative to what the Catholic...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Register's New Editor & Chick-Fil-A

Editor Jeanette DeMelo and Correspondent Wayne Laugesen

08/10/2012 Comments (3)

Our first guest on Register Radio today is new editor-in-chief of the National Catholic Register, Jeanette DeMelo.

DeMelo comes to the National Catholic Register from the Archdiocese of Denver. There, Jeanette served as the director of communications, and general manager of the Denver Catholic Register. Recently married, she’s been editor-in-chief for the past two months. She spoke about her love for journalism and her positions working for a Louisiana Catholic monthly, and in communications for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Archdiocese of Denver. DeMelo fills the position which was vacated by Tom Hoopes three years ago.

“Coming to the National Catholic Register, I feel like...READ MORE

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He Still Walks Among Us

08/06/2012 Comments (18)
Photo by Tyler Peltier. Courtesy of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

– Photo by Tyler Peltier. Courtesy of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

At some point in their Christian journey, most Christians lament that they weren't alive when Jesus Christ walked the earth.

An experience I shared with more than a thousand youth and their priests and chaperones at Steubenville North's youth conference in Rochester, Minnesota a few weeks ago convinced me that He still walks among us.

On Saturday evening, everyone gathered in the convention center arena for praise and worship music, Eucharistic adoration, and Benediction. During adoration, Father Leo Patalinghug processed throughout the arena carrying the monstrance to every corner of the Rochester Civic Center. I've witnessed adoration like this several times over the years, but this...READ MORE

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The Man in Black and the Men in Blue

The Anthropology of Masculine Protection in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

07/25/2012 Comments (8)

Character John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises.

Every good story has at its heart the story, Jesus Christ's crucifixion, death and resurrection. In Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, that story is more self-evident (even in the title) than in most. Christian reviews, such as Focus on the Family's Plugged In have noted it. (See Register review here.)

Most of the reviews that I've read, however, have failed to note the film's attention to the broad theme of masculine protection, which was also modeled by Christ and the Twelve.

The moral clarity in the film makes it clear that evil exists and that we do need heroes to confront evil. Sometimes those heroes wear black; other times they wear blue.

By sheer "Godincidence," for...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Catholicism in the South & Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Correspondent Dana Lorelle and Monsignor Stanley Deptula

07/13/2012 Comment

Today on Register Radio, Register correspondent Dana Lorelle spoke about her recent article on the rise of the Catholic Church in the South.

Lorelle spoke about the rise of the Church in places such as Charlotte, Atlanta, and elsewhere and the phenomenal growth the Church is experiencing there.

She provided statistics on the Church's growth, discussed the plans for a regional seminary west of Charlotte, and spoke about the unique flavor of Catholicism in the South.

"Catholicism in the South is much more Scripture-based," said Lorelle. "If you don't know your faith in the South, you're going to be won over by Protestants."

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

In our second...READ MORE

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Register Radio: The Next America & SSPX

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput and Edward Pentin

07/06/2012 Comments (4)


On today's Register Radio, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput spoke about his recent e-book "A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America" and the challenges facing our nation.

Archbishop Chaput described his reaction to the Supreme Court's recent decision on Obamacare.

"The initial reaction I experienced was surprise and disappointment, but I've seen a re-energized resolve to protect our religious freedom," said Archbishop Chaput. "We're still committed to overturning the mandates of Health and Human Services."

Asked about the Church's involvement in what some have described as partisan politics, Archbishop Chaput explained that the "Catholic Church has for...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Supreme Court Decision & Dangers of Same-Sex Parenting

Law Professor Helen Alvare and Correspondent Sue Ellen Browder

06/29/2012 Comments (10)

Today on Register Radio, George Mason University law professor Helen Alvare tackled the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. She noted three aspects of the decision.

"First, the bulk of the law was upheld, which means that the violations to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion which it spawned are still there," said Alvare. "Secondly, Congress has limited powers: the commerce clause and the tax and spend power. The Supreme Court said that Congress doesn't have authority to expand the commerce clause. Even though the Obama administration denied this was a tax and used the language of a penalty, the Court said that the argument that people should purchase insurance...READ MORE

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Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.