Volume 2 - Issue 9  



November 18, 2011

(podcast) When Giving to the Church is the Result of Coercion
Patrick O’Meara, President and Founder of O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan, and Conway speaks of the dangers of coercion in this podcast. He states, “In Mission Advancement it is easy to use coercion to facilitate gifts, and such coercion takes many forms: guilt, building a false sense of obligation to a community, exerting pressure, creating a false community from which they fear exclusion, and others. Regardless of the method, coercion destroys that which it seeks, namely the mission of the Church to build the Kingdom of God and is equally destructive of the
individual’s self donation to Christ.”
For Pat O’Meara, asking a donor to give a gift is to invite that person to do something eminently personal, for giving to the Church is “in the highest form, the incarnation of an individual’s self donation to Christ.” ...

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Good Steward Newsletter – November 2011
November is Gratitude Month
Robert Morneau is the Auxiliary Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is also the pastor of one of his diocese’s largest parishes, a Packers fan (some might say fanatic), and an inspiring poet and preacher. He shares all these gifts—with warm humor and keen insight—whenever he speaks on stewardship at diocesan, regional and international conferences.
If Bishop Morneau is listed as a speaker at a conference you’re thinking about attending, do whatever is necessary to get there. You will come away deeply satisfied by the power of his message, by his evident spirituality and by laughter, which truly is the best medicine for the physical and spiritual ills that beset us all.
At the annual meeting of the International Stewardship Council held in Orlando last month, Bishop Morneau told the more than 1200 participants that we have two choices in life. We can be grateful for all that God has given us, or we can be perpetually dissatisfied ...

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Stewardship in a Postmodern World:
Affirming the Truth under a “Dictatorship of Relativism”
Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be “tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine”, seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a
dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.
  ~ Ratzinger, Joseph Cardinal. Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice,
     April, 2005
The day before he was elected Pope and received the name Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger proposed the descriptive phrase “a dictatorship of relativism” to define the central threat of Postmodernism, the prevalent belief system of the early 21st Century. Postmodernism, a philosophical worldview that is highly skeptical of any system which claims to be valid for all groups, cultures, traditions, or races, vehemently denies all truth statements in favor of a more enlightened position that all truth is relative to the individual. Nothing is definitive. There is no Truth.
It should be no surprise that the Church faces a challenge from relativism at the dawn of the 21st Century. As Rene Girard has pointed out, the predisposition towards relativism has evolved, in part, from the necessities of our time. Societies are mixed. A plurality of peoples and belief systems dwell side-by-side on the local and global stage. Mankind inhabits a truly “global village.” Such diversity of beliefs living in close proximity to one another requires a sense of tolerance and, at the very least, an acknowledgment of the worth of the individual regardless of beliefs ...

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Catholic Education: Sustaining the Mission
Integrating Finance, Development, Planning and Operations to Strengthen Catholic Education
 • February 8 – 10, 2012 / San Antonio, Texas
 • Keynote: Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit
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The Growing Hispanic Church: Unique Challenges and Opportunities in Catholic Education
 • Thursday, February 9th, 2012 — 3:30-6:30 p.m.
 • Conducted in Spanish with simultaneous English translation
Benefit from and offer your own insights to the wisdom and vision of leaders as they address the challenges of the Hispanic community in the Church and Catholic Education.
This series of talks, concluding with a panel discussion, will be lead by H.E. Archbishop Emilio Carlos Berlie Belaunzaran, Yucatan, Mexico.
Also presenting will be: Bishop Oscar Cantú, S.T.D. (Archdiocese of San Antonio), Martha Fernández-Sardina (Archdiocese of San Antonio), and Fr. Joseph Corpora, CSC (University of Notre Dame)
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