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Keeping an eye on the news around the Nation.
BY John Lilly
Lincoln Diocese Attracts the Faithful
STAR JOURNAL, Nov. 29 — The Nebraska daily reported on Catholics who
have moved to Lincoln
specifically because of the reputation of the diocese there. The piety,
devotion and adherence to correct doctrine and practice attracted people like
Julie and Alton Davis, who had figured on spending the rest of their lives in Texas.
But they got such
glowing reports from their son, Matt, who studied for the priesthood in Lincoln, that they
decided to move there too.
Of Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, Julie Davis commented: “We were really
impressed by a man who would exercise such leadership, because it was so
dioceses across the country, the Lincoln Diocese does not allow female altar
servers and allows female extraordinary ministers of holy
Communion only in exceptional circumstances.
Because of the
diocese’s orthodoxy, said the Star,
there is a high number of vocations both to the priesthood
and female religious orders.
Bishop Bruskewitz, “We do what we’re supposed to do
and do it the best we can.”
Nativity Story Rejected by Christmas Festival
Nov. 27 — Chicago
city officials determined that a public Christmas festival was no place for the
motion picture The Nativity Story.
The city doesn’t want to appear to endorse one religion over another, reported
Line Cinema had planned to play a loop of their film on televisions at the
German Christkindlmarket, but the Mayor’s Office of
Special Events asked them to reconsider.
guidance was that this very prominently displayed advertisement would … be
insensitive to the many people of different faiths who come to enjoy the market
for its food and unique gifts,” said Jim Law, executive director of the office.
Line had planned to help sponsor the event by spending $12,000 in Chicago.
Said Christina Kounelias,
executive vice president of New Line: “One would assume that if people were to
go to Christkindlmarket, they’d know it is about
‘Bible Geek’ Advises Catholic
TUCSON CITIZEN, Nov. 25 — Mark
Hart, aka “Bible Geek,” is on a crusade to
reinvigorate the faith of Catholic teens, said the Arizona daily. Hart is vice president of the
Mesa, Ariz.-based Life Teen International.
with a degree in telecommunications from the University of
Notre Dame, Hart decided to serve a year as youth minister at St. Maria Goretti Church in Scottsdale.
One year turned into two, and in 1997, he applied for a position with Life
Hart launched “Bible Geek” as an
e-mail-based Scripture commentary written for Catholic teens. It has garnered
more than 40,000 readers and led to his first book, Ask the Bible Geek: Answers to Questions from Catholic Teens.
Hart said he is “trying to dismantle every misconception that
people have about Scripture, Christianity and the Catholic Church.”