Birth Choice celebrates 45 years of helping moms, babies

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

It was 1972, and Americans watched as the last troops were pulled out of Vietnam. Hippies in bell-bottoms were popular and the sexual revolution had made its mark. It was one year before the U.S. Supreme Court would rule in favor of Roe vs. Wade, officially legalizing abortion in the United States.

One of the consequences of these cultural changes was an influx of unintended pregnancies among both teenage and adult women. It was at this time a group of Oklahomans gathered to discuss concerns and to address the mounting problem.


Saint Mary wins national award for science, engineering program

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

Saint Mary Catholic School in Lawton has been named one of five elementary and middle schools to be offered a grant to provide the initial funding for its Project Lead The Way program.

With the consistent commitment from the teachers, students and staff members, the school achieved the recognition in just three years.

“Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the United States,” said Lauren Curtis, Project Lead The Way spokesperson.


Contagious Faith: The last word

By Carole Brown
Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship

As many of you are no doubt aware by now, the Lord is redirecting my steps onto a new path.

In the coming weeks, I will be returning to my home diocese (Rapid City) to take over the leadership of a small retreat center with an expanding mission. Besides giving me the opportunity to devote more of my energy to spiritual direction, it comes with the added blessing of being only an hour from my parents and siblings. After nearly 25 years away, the prodigal daughter is returning to home turf.


Sherlock Holmes and the Paschal Mystery

Part I: The murder on Calvary Hill

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

Everyone loves a good mystery. In my youth, I couldn’t wait for the arrival of the next selection from the Mystery Book Club. As soon as the book arrived guess who would be playing detective? On TV the old black and white movies, more than a dozen of them, with the British actors Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson, will always be “must see tv.”

Just imagine if we could send Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters back in time to deal with all that occurred on that first Good Friday. A preliminary report would include details like these:


Making sense of bioethics: The wrong-headedness of “wrongful birth” lawsuits

By Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

At its core, the idea of a “wrongful birth” claim is unreasonable and ethically incoherent. Parents who bring these lawsuits against obstetricians and hospitals claim that medical professionals should have detected a particular disease or defect in their unborn baby through prenatal testing and informed them about it.

Had they been given this information, their argument continues, they would have chosen to abort their baby, rather than spending years of their lives caring for a less-than-perfect, possibly infirm child. Wrongful birth lawsuits enable the parents to seek legal redress, often in the form of multi-million dollar settlements.


Book Review: A tour of the Holy Land with Fr. Charles Samson

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

The best-written books come from the heart, and in “Come and See: A Catholic Guide to the Holy Land,” Father Charles Samson, S.S.L., is writing about his experience when “the Lord shared himself with me in a special way.”

He explains that while he had Dutch and Italian friends whom he thought he knew well, “It was not until I went to visit them in their homeland that I felt I really got to know them.” Likewise, by getting to know the many places in the Holy Land where Jesus walked and lived, Father Samson “got to better know Christ.”


To honor Rev. King, 'deepen' commitment to work for justice, bishops urge

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, "we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us," the U.S. bishops' administrative committee said March 28.

On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray gunned down the civil rights leader as he stood on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tenn. Rev. King, a Baptist minister, was 39.


A vocation of mercy

By Sister Constance Veit, L.S.P.

I grew up Catholic without ever hearing about the Divine Mercy devotion, which the Church celebrates annually on the weekend after Easter. Even after I had learned about it, I didn’t understand it. A few sisters in my community placed great confidence in the Divine Mercy image and chaplet, but it never really appealed to me. “Why focus on the sorrowful passion and wounds of Christ when we should be singing our Easter Alleluias?” I wondered.

Even when Saint John Paul II proclaimed that the whole Church would celebrate the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday, I didn’t grasp the beauty and relevance of this devotion – or how much I needed it. It took a few more years and several bumps in life’s “school of hard knocks” to bring me to an understanding of just how precious the Divine Mercy devotion is.


Oklahoma men’s conference draws hundreds of faithful

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

The 22nd annual Oklahoma Catholic Men's Conference proved to be a popular event, drawing hundreds of men from across Oklahoma to deepen their faith and become better husbands, fathers and men.

This year's event, themed "Called to be Saints," featured four speakers who challenged the more than 900 men gathered to change their lives and draw closer to the Lord and their families.


“We are sons of God”

By Steve Gust,
The Sooner Catholic

Many inspirational words were shared with more than 900 men during the 22nd annual "In the Father's Footsteps," Oklahoma Catholic Men’s Conference held March 3 in Norman.