Connecting the Dots
“Connect-the-dots” is a tagline used to explain the joining of scripture based homilies to one or more Catholic Catechism elements in an environment which recognizes the unique beauty of Catholicism. The phrase is intended as a way (but certainly not the only way) to draw attention to fact that Catholicism is the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ Himself. One should understand two basic premises in order to accept the legitimacy of “connecting the dots”.
Who We Are
welcome to 4c
What Can I DO?
Catholic Complacency exists because it’s been allowed to; perhaps even cultivated by those entrusted with helping us gain our salvation.
Great leadership combats Complacency! So, what can ordinary good lay people do? Click here for a short list for your consideration.
Our Mission Statement
4C TODAY is a Pro Life organization of Catholic laity
concerned about the apathy and complacency prevalent within the Catholic
community of the United States. We believe we are experiencing a leadership
crisis; a crisis that can be addressed by empowered faithful Catholic lay
people. Our mission is to encourage
parish clergy to boldly and clearly proclaim the beauty of Catholicism. We aim to be a positive force in helping
RE-evangelize the Church in the United States, increasing the number of
Catholics who regularly attend Mass and receive the Sacraments. Declined Mass attendance has made Pro Life
messages less effective than they can/should be. A stronger, larger base of Catholics becomes
a more formidable force against the Culture of Death.
The social history of the United States has been heavily influenced by the country's Roman Catholic Church. As the champion of the poor and the common man, the Church has led the way for reforms which improved the quality of life for all Americans. From Woman's Suffrage, to Labor Unions, and Civil Rights, the Church has stood up and defended the inalienable rights of the citizens of our country. The basis of its actions has been the moral principles and foundations of our faith which coincide, and are consistent, with this country's Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
Ours is a group of Laity deeply concerned about the Leadership void. We've taken the name "Catholics Confronting Complacent Catholicism", CCCC, or 4C, to draw attention to the problem. Our goal is to awaken the moral conscience of Catholics in this Country, through the leadership of our Bishops and priests at the urging of faithful lay people. We are interested in being part of the RE-evangelization of the Church in the United States. To that end we focus our attention on encouraging Catholic Leadership to become more proactive in promoting the practice of our faith, especially in the daily events that threaten it. And, we seek to assist in re-establishing pride in being Catholic as a necessary remedy for complacency. We will be guided by the truths of Catholic precepts. Our message will be delivered in the respectful manner rightfully due the bishops, the clergy, and the laity with whom we come in contact.
We call upon the Church to again pronounce its Truths and Beauty as evidenced in its founding by Jesus Christ himself. The Catholic Church must once again be an effective force in influencing our county and culture. It is called upon to preach the principles of our religion, and the principles upon which our country was founded, most of which are embedded in faith. We are often reminded that WE are the Church…WE, the Laity. WE must do our part as well.
An organization exists from which leadership should emerge to meet these challenges. The United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) consists of the most powerful men of the Church; those men ordained by our Holy Father, The Pope, to lead us, the laity, in matters consistent with our Catholic faith. It is these men who have the responsibility of doing so; and we Catholic Laity, have the responsibility to follow and obey. We stand ready to do so.