CatholicMaine Launches Web Site for News, Views and Discussion
Bringing Faith, Politics and Culture to Mission Country
Woolwich – CatholicMaine is a new web site with the goal of providing Catholics and non-Catholics alike a place to read and post news and opinion relevant to living life as a Catholic in a climate that is increasingly hostile to Christian values.
Co-founders Brian Souchet, Sr. and Michael Pajak, Sr. launched the site in mid-August at http://www.catholicmaine.com. CatholicMaine provides daily updates from a wide range of sources, including local contributors and Catholic web sites from around the nation and the world. “It is our aim for CatholicMaine to be more than a warehouse of news and links to other Catholic web sites,” said Pajak. “We are praying for a vibrant comments section that will grow as a result of interesting local commentary submitted by Maine people with compelling stories to share and dynamic perspectives on the world.”
“CatholicMaine does not claim to speak for the Church,” added Souchet. “The Church speaks for itself. We only hope to represent the teachings of the Church in an honest and forthright manner, and to analyze the world through the lens of our Catholic faith. We do this without apologies to a secular society that has grown increasingly hostile to religious expression in the public square.”
With an emphasis on faith, politics and culture, CatholicMaine also features links to daily Mass Readings, defense of life and marriage discussions, videos and The Daily Chesterton, a nod to the wit and wisdom of famed Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton. The list of local contributors promises to include people from all walks of life, and all regions of the state.
Quoting Pope John Paull II, “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live," the editors point to a 2009 study conducted by the Pew Research Center which found that 58 percent of Mainers surveyed claimed that religion was not very important in their lives. Less than 1 in 4 attend church services weekly, and only 2 in 5 pray daily. Said Souchet, “For many in Maine, faith has become at best a private affair, one that is exercised only within the confines of one's home or place of worship. CatholicMaine celebrates Maine as it once was: mission country.”
CatholicMaine can be found at http://www.catholicmaine.com.
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