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Catholic Complacency exists because it’s been allowed to; perhaps even cultivated by those entrusted with helping us gain our salvation. 

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  1. What is 4C Today ... ?
  2. What is the ultimate goal of 4C Today ... ?
  3. What Catholic Authority empowers 4C Today ... ?
  4. Doesn't 4C Today need sanctioning from the USCCB ... ?
  5. My Bishop only occasionally makes Pro-Life statements. what can be done to get him  to speak out more often? .
  6. My pastor is awfully quiet when it comes to Pro Life matters.  Is there anything we can do to encourage him to speak out on Life issues? We certainly don’t want to offend him or show any disrespect ...
  7. Our pastor refuses to openly address Abortion. He says it's too confrontational; too divisive in his parish. what can we do? ...
  8. I really like the approach 4CToday has taken. How can I become a part of this effort? ...

What is 4C Today ... ?

4C Today is a grass roots Pro Life Catholic laity organization with a dual purpose.

 

First, we exist to initiate communication with those bishops who are at the forefront of defending Pro Life issues. Our aim is to recognize those bishops who are unafraid to speak against the culture of death in our country and encourage their further leadership on life issues, within and outside of their respective dioceses.

 

Second, we seek to create a grassroots movement within Catholic parishes to encourage local clergy to more boldly and clearly proclaim the beauty of Catholicism so as to increase the number of Catholics actively practicing their faith through regular participation at Mass and in the Sacraments.  Preaching Pro Life matters to empty pews is fruitless.  4CToday exists to identify specific actions that lay people can take to restore a culture of life in our country through effective dialog with Bishops and Priests/Deacons.  We seek to attack Catholic complacency on this issue through the leadership of our clergy, at the encouragement of the laity.


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What is the ultimate goal of 4C Today... ?

Our ultimate objective is an end to legalized abortion, protection of traditional marriage and religious freedom in the United States by significantly reducing the current level of apathy and complacency in the Catholic church today, as evidenced by both clergy and lay people

 

 

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What Catholic Authority empowers 4C Today ... ?

Our authority to act is recognized in three areas; The Bible, The Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

As Catholics, we are called to be instruments of God's work on earth. We are called, as Jesus followers, to testify to the truth. In John 18:37 Jesus said "For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth." Earlier in John 14:6 Jesus proclaims, "I am the way, the truth and the Life". Further in John 14:12, Jesus continues, "Amen, Amen I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do". Lastly Psalm 143:10 asks; "Teach me to do your will for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level?"

 

The role of Catholic Laity is defined in Paragraphs 897 through 913 of the Catholic Catechism. While the points contained in these paragraphs are too numerous for inclusion here, we specifically reference Paragraph 899 (" ... especially when the matter involves discovering or inventing the means for permeating social, political and economic realities with the demand of Christian doctrine and Life." and Paragraph 900 (.... they have the right and duty, individually or grouped in associations to work so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth.")

 

Further support of lay Catholic involvement resides within the Pro Life Pastoral plan of the USCCB. Interested individuals may access it at www.usccb.org/prolife/pastoralplan.shtml.


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Doesn't 4C Today need sanctioning from the USCCB ...

 

No. Sufficient Biblical and USCCB writings justify and empower the laity to action.  

 

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My Bishop only occasionally makes Pro Life Statements?  What can be done to get him to speak out more often?

 

This situation is not uncommon.  Bishops are concerned with a multitude of Catholic issues.   So when he does speak out on behalf Life, simply follow the 4CToday strategy; send him a note, (either by email or letter), a fax, or call the diocesan office and tell him how much you appreciate his recent stand on the Life issue. Let him know that you and other Catholics need to continue seeing and hearing him leading the faithful.  Tell him that you look forward to his next Pro Life statement.  The 4C Today management has adopted this approach as its chief method of communication.  Our efforts are highlighted on the 4C Today website. 

 

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My pastor is awfully quiet when it comes to Pro Life matters.  Is there anything we can do to encourage him to speak out on Life issues?  We certainly don’t want to offend him or show any disrespect ...

 

You are absolutely correct.  In any contact with our church clergy, Respect must be our Number One guideline.  As the priestly representative of Jesus, we must always remember that he has been chosen to be the Shepherd of your parish flock.  If your Bishop is Pro Life, share some of his writings with your pastor.  Learn more about the Church’s teaching on Abortion and the other non-negotiable items and ask your pastor to include some reference to  these in a homily, especially in October (Respect Life Month) or January (Anniversary of Roe-v-Wade).  You might consider asking your Parish’s Pro Life Ministry for assistance in dealing with him. 

 

A more subtle approach, and the one most highly recommended by 4C Today, is to encourage your parish priests to connect scripture based homilies to/with Catholic doctrine.  It is our belief that the more he does so, church attendance will increase, and he will become more comfortable in addressing Pro Life matters. 


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Our pastor refuses to openly address Abortion.  He says it’s too confrontational; too divisive in his parish.  What can we do? ...

 

If you’ve tried the things outlined in the FAQ above, without success, let the Diocesan Respect Life office know. Do not necessarily expect them to respond to you.  They may already be aware of his tendencies on this matter.  Let other Pro Life parishioners know; share your observations with them.  If enough pressure is brought to bear, your pastor may be moved to some Pro Life preaching.  If not, re-directing your parish tithing’s to another worthwhile Catholic organization is an appropriate tactic of last resort. 


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I really like the approach 4CToday has taken.  How can I become a part of this effort? ...

There are always things to do to keep 4CToday running.  Donations (Tax deductible), which help defray the cost of running the website and all of our written materials (all of us are volunteers), are always needed and welcomed.  After your prayers, your respectful interactions with your parish priests will do a lot to lessen the level of apathy and complacency in your parish.  4C Today welcomes your involvement!  If you are good at giving compliments, have a good relationship with your pastor, and believe you can offer constructive ideas to him in a positive way, you are just the person 4C Today needs in your parish.  We can and will support you.  Contact us for more specific information on how to create a 4C Today group in your parish.  (Hint:  the group does not need to be large to be effective.)



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