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By Barbara J. Farrah, Crisis Magazine, July 9, 2021

Barbara J. Farrah is a convert to the Church, a former Marxist atheist. She spent 30 years in Strategic Management roles before retiring two years ago.  …

 

It’s fitting that the battle for our persecuted priests is raging in the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois. It was here, one hundred years ago, that the diocese’s first bishop, the Reverend Peter J. Muldoon, issued letters to his priests calling them to form what he called “parish councils.” Muldoon had come of age in the aftermath of Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical considered to be the first of the Church’s “social teachings,” and he sought a means whereby each parish could implement those teachings in their local communities. His vision was to use the parish councils to bring in members of the laity, teach them Leo’s principles, and then send them out, “as spokes going outward from the center of a wheel,” into the world to make it a better place for the poor and oppressed.  …

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