The Influence of the Catholic Church on the Society and the Culture of Nations

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Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.  (Spoken by St. Francis of Assisi)

Where Bush and the Pope Agree, and Disagree

Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe (25 November 2014)

Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Turkey (28-30 November 2014)

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops - The Church in Canada and the World

Pope Francis, Trump hold landmark first meeting

On the Feast of the Lateran Basilica ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

Fides et Ratio, Encyclical Letter, John Paul II, 14 September 1998

Veritatis splendor, Encyclical Letter, John Paul II


Gaudete et exsultate

Sanctify Your Daily Life

The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise

The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order

Pope Francis in Korea 2014


EWTN 2014 Family Celebration-Fr. Barron

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley's 2014 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Speech

Robert George's 2014 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Speech

Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, 2013

USCCB November 2014 General Assembly Presidential Address


Why the Pope Matters to Americans

Redemptor Hominis (4 March 1979)  

Cardinal Burke on faith, the right to life, and the family

Mass in Victory Square, Warsaw, John Paul II, 2 June 1979

Mater et Magistra (May 15, 1961)

Address of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

USCCB General Assembly - 2013 November - Presidential Address

The God That Did Not Fail How Religion Built and Sustains the West

1492 and All That

The Global Vatican

EWTN Live - 2013-07-03- Bishop Jan Liesen - New Evangelization - YouTube

Meeting with the leaders of society in arts, music, politics and religion at the Municipal Theatre (27 July 2013)

At the Crossroads

A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century

Cuban Bishops Pen Pastoral Letter ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization

Encyclical Letter Lumen fidei of the Supreme Pontiff Francis

Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty

Prayer Vigil with the young people at Copacabana (27 July 2013)

Holy Mass for the 28th World Youth Day at Copacabana (28 July 2013)

Meeting with the Coordinating Committee of CELAM, Sumaré Study Center (28 July 2013)

Aparecida-CELAM Document

Universal Church, Global Village by Father John McCloskey

History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium

National Catholic Prayer Breakfast - 2013-05-10 - Helen Alvare, JD, and Bishop Michael Sheridan. - YouTube

Instrumentum Laboris for the Synod on the New Evangelization

USCCB General Assembly - 2012 November - Presidential Address

World Over - 06-21-12 - Fortnight for Freedom Special with Cardinals George & Wuerl, Bishop Morlino - YouTube

World Over - 06-25-12 - Fortnight for Freedom Special with The Catholic Association. w- Mark Shriver - YouTube

Fortnight for Freedom Daniel Cardinal DiNardo Homily, June 30 - YouTube

Catholicism: The Heart of History with Joanna & James Bogle

TRIUMPH:THE POWER & THE GLORY of the Catholic Church--A 2,000 Year History by Harry W. Crocker III


Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio data" Porta Fidei for the Indiction of the Year of Faith (October 11, 2011)

The Bishop and the Conference

Justice Scalia tells young Catholics not to fear scorn for their beliefs

Africae Munus: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace (19 November 2011)

Ecclesia in Medio Oriente: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness (14 September 2012)

To the Bishops of the United States of America on their ad Limina visit (January 19, 2012)

Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States

Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century

Seek First the Kingdom: Challenging the Culture by Living Our Faith

Being Catholic means 'paying a price,' says Detroit archbishop

2011 Fall Meeting - USCCB Presidential Address

Meeting with representatives of civil society, academic, cultural and entrepreneurial world, diplomatic corps and religious leaders (Westminster Hall, City of Westminster, 17 September 2010, Pope Benedict 16)

Meeting with state authorities in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Edinburgh, Scotland, 6 September 2010, Pope Benedict 16)

Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II

Papal nuncio's address to USCCB 11/2010

USCCB 11/2010 Presidential Address

The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II -- The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy

Ecumenical Celebration at Westminster Abbey (City of Westminster, 17 September 2010, Pope Benedict 16)

PUBLIC WITNESS / PUBLIC SCANDAL--Faith, Politics, and Life Issues in the Catholic Church ("The World Over" Air Date: 10/29/2004)

Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life ("The World Over" Air Date: 8/22/2008)

Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Render Unto Caesar by Fr. Pavone

USCCB meeting-November, 2009 Presidential Address

A Simple Guide to Faith, Culture and Public Life

FULL TEXT: Archbishop Burke's Keynote Addres from Friday's National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

The Pope, Bush, Right-to-Life and Religious Freedom

Proclaim, Don't Maintain: Preaching the Gospel to a World in Need (2 CD set)  

Benedict XVI: Church Does Not Impose Faith

Archbishop Burke's Address to National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Bishop Wenski leads Mass of Reparation for Obama invite and Catholic ‘complacency’

Catholic ‘complacency’ shares blame for country’s failures, Archbishop Chaput says

Mexican bishop responds to threats 'I will continue preaching in support of life'

Rendering Unto Caesar: The Catholic Political Vocation

Religion, the Church and Politics in America

Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization

The President and The Pope from the Ronald Reagan Memorial Issue of National Review

President George W. Bush - John Paul II: Servant of God, Hero of History

President Bush Orders Flags Flown at Half Staff in Honor of Pope John Paul II

President Bush Presents Medal of Freedom to Pope (2004)

President's Statement on the Death of Pope John Paul II

The Pope as Monarch: Reflections on Politics

Pope's Legacy as a World Leader

Archbishop Gomez: Want to make America great? Be saints

President Attends National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Old Europe's New Despotism

Roman Catholic Political Philosophy

The King's Good Servant: Some Thoughts at a Crossroad

John Paul II, the Law and Human Rights

Is the Church "Too Political?" by Fr. Pavone (10/25/2004)

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization (Article)

Gaudium et Spes

Divided Hearts: Americans, Religion and National Policy

The Cube and the Cathedral

Church Differs in Structure From Civil Society, Says Pope

The Church on Political Life

The Clergy and Politics

The Church and Politics

The Laity and Political Affairs

Cheney Salutes Pope at Media Dinner


Bush, Clinton at Odds Over Pope

George Weigel talks about the state of Europe ("The World Over" Air Date: 5/20/2005)

Bush Hails New Pontiff as "Man of Great Wisdom"

Bishop Rene Gracida's Prayer at the 2004 GOP National Convention

"A Brief History of U.S. - Holy See Relations"

Europe, Secularism and the Church

On France's Rejection of the European Constitution

Europe's Bishops Analyze "No" on Constitution

How the Church Helped Build the West

What Is Future of European Constitution?

New Zealand's Role in International Issues

New Evangelization Must Unite Entire American Continent

Europe in Need of Soul Searching, Says Review

Fighting Corruption Is a Form of Charity, Says Pope

Benedict XVI Urges Italy to Guard Christian Roots

Bishops Renew Call for Reference to Christianity in Constitution

Priestly Identity Isn't Political, Says Benedict XVI

John Paul II: Winning the Cold War

Catholics are called to convert the world through faith and action

The Task of Evangelization in Secular America

The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization (Book)

Fearless: How John Paul II Changed the Political World

Ignoring Europe's foundations

Santorum Comments on the Passing of Pope John Paul II

Restoring Trust: A Plea for Moral Values in Philippine Politics by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (July 8-11, 2005)

On Europe's Christian Roots

The Church and Politics: Are We as Restricted as We Think?

Cardinal Ratzinger On Europe's Crisis of Culture (Part 1)

Cardinal Ratzinger On Europe's Crisis of Culture (Part 2)

Cardinal Ratzinger on Europe's Crisis of Culture (Part 3)

Cardinal Ratzinger on Europe's Crisis of Culture (Part 4)

Bishops as Players

Party Politics and the Priesthood

Kenyan bishops approve-- but do not endorse-- new constitution (2005)

Belgian Bishops Backing a Pro-Family March

Bishops of Brazil call for serious political reform

On Catholic Political Philosophy (Part 1)

On Catholic Political Philosophy (Part 2)

Taking On a Secular Society

Prelate Tells Why Europe Needs a Vibrant Christianity

Church is a vital sign of unity in Europe, says Archbishop Lajolo; its history and role cannot be ignored, or put aside

"The Only Unifying Factor Among European Countries"

Thousands march in Europe in defense rights of Belgium children

Benedict XVI Says Church's Dialogue With Culture Is Vital

Cardinal George discusses role of church at St. Mary

Zenit-How the Church Built Western Civilization

Church's Role in Policy Debates Hits a Nerve

Bishop asks for prayers for politicians

Redemptoris Missio (On the Permanent Validity of the Church's Missionary Mandate)

Faith and Change in Mexico

Pro Life, Civil Law and Individual Duty

Rediscovering the Soul of Europe

Statement on Political Action - Oct 28, 2005 by the Catholic Leadership Conference

Pope Urges U.S. to Respect Ethics in Politics

Pope Says Church Not Seeking Privileges From State

Common Goals Mark U.S.-Vatican Relation, Says Envoy

Secular Societies Often Interested in Religion, Says Pope

Benedict XVI Says Church Respects Civil Authority

On Christ, King of the Universe

Secularism Doesn't Have All the Answers, Says Pope

Pope Urges World Leaders' Effort Against Violence

How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and the Success of the West

The Clergy and the Laity: Who's Responsible for Whom?

How Can I Love This Country?

Benedict XVI and European Cultural Renewal

Time for Catholics to Act by Bishop Myers (1996)

Petition drives tackle moral, societal issues by Bishop Robert N. Lynch ("The Florida Catholic", 9/30/2005)

Church must shine the light of Christ to the World says Pope Benedict XVI

Peruvian cardinal asks candidates to affirm pro-life policies (2006)

Alito and the Catholics

Mexican bishops urge laity to participate in politics

The Person, Not Politics, Is Focus for Church in Italy

"Europe for Christ!" -- a Project to Restore Hope

Secularism Needs Christianity, Says Vatican Official

"Deus Caritas Est"

Evangelization Needs Dialogue With Modernity, Says Pope

Interreligious Dialogue Aids Religious Liberty, Says Pope

The Universalization of European Culture and the Ensuing Crisis

Christians Serve by Proclaiming Gospel, Says Pope

The European Union: United We Fall

What We Owe the Monks

Papal Address to Secretariat of State, Representatives

U.S. Ambassador's View of Benedict XVI

Apostles as Envoys of Christ

The Gift of "Communion"

Papal Talk to Conferees Gathered by Popular Party

Europe's Christian Tradition Is No Threat, Says Pope

Church of Love Is Also Church of Truth, Says Pope

The Service to Communion

Homily at Mass for the Election of the Pope, 2005 by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (dictatorship of relativism speech)

Redeemer of Man

On the Mercy of God

Bush Hails Church's Contributions


Church Can't Be Silent on Rights, Says Official

Church Urged to Tackle "Religious Illiteracy"

Benedict XVI Extols a "Healthy Laicism"

Society Cannot Hope Without God, Says Pope

Lack of Hope In Life Is the "Dark" Evil of Modern Society

Peace, A Divine Gift to Be Constantly Implored

Archbishop Nichols on being a Catholic in a secular world

International Association of Missionaries of Political Charity

Truth Can't Be Relativized, Insists Benedict XVI

Proclamation of God's Love Incites Faith, Says Pope

Lech Walesa Calls for Globalized Values

Caesar Must Obey God

Pope: Religious Values Vital in Globalization


Gospel Answers Europe's Woes, Bishops Say

Papal Plea to Political Leaders: Value the Family

MSGR. Michael Reed's Trinity Sunday Homily-6/11/2006 "God's package for us to live a fulfilled Christian life" (Monsignor is the Fmr. Rector of The Cathedral of The Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Florida)

What Christianity gave the West by George Weigel (July 5, 2006)

Europe Without Christ?

Christianity and Culture

Bishop calls for Catholic reaction to “moral emptiness of society”

Rimini Hears of Christ, "the Greatest Revolution"

Rimini Meeting Warns of Secularist Threat

Europe Needs Christians in Public Square

Catholic Politicians in Europe Unite

Gospel-Culture Rift Needs Mending, Says Pontiff

Western Societies Deaf to God, Says Pope

Preach a simple faith to a secular world, Pope says (2006)

Pope Tells of Basis for Religious-Cultural Dialogue


Pope Urges Witness to Faith in Secularized World

"Three Stages in the Program of De-Hellenization"-Papal Address at University of Regensburg

Pontifical Council for Culture-Resources

Europe Must Show Young People Its Roots, Says Pope

Papal Power

"Truths of the Gospel" Took Benedict XVI to Bavaria

Cardinal Martino on Pope's Speeches in Bavaria

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus: Benedict XVI and Islam (9/18/2006)

Evangelization Requires a Love of Christ, Says Pope

Tolerance Is Not Indifference, Says Benedict XVI

Pope Urges Malawi Bishops to Proclaim Truth

Be Firm in Your Catholic Identity, Says Pope

The Rosary, Faith and the Public Square by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Catholics in the Public Square by Bishop Olmsted

Giving Politics a Faith Lift

Politics Shouldn't Undercut Life or Family, Says Pope

Benedict XVI Tells What Sharing the Faith Requires

Cardinal McCarrick Shares Political Wisdom

Hope Unites Church and State, Cardinal Says

Pope on Italy, Politics and the Trials Facing Catholics

Pontiff Urges Positive Role in Coexistence

Benedict XVI Says Human Sciences Need God

Cardinal Martino Extols Church's Public Value

Secularization a "Providential Challenge," Says Pope

Weigel Ponders Cardinal Ratzinger's View of Crisis

Christ, King of the Universe

Pope Places Society in Mary's Hands

Preacher Says Believers Mourn Society's Rejection of God

Urbi et Orbi Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI (2006)

Pope's 2007 Address on State of the World

Pope Says Europe's Christian Heritage Is Key

Civil Responsibility of Catholics

Distance From God Rooted in Heart (Part 1)

On Educating Youth and Forming the Heart (Part 2)

Papal Address to Roman Politicians

On the Faith-Reason Synthesis

Vatican Official Notes Catholics' 3 Weaknesses

Scholar Notes Positive Response to Regensburg Speech

Interreligious Dialogue a Must, Pope Says

Pope Extols Gospel as Antidote to Consumerism

Pope: Courage Needed for Sake of Truth

Bishop Urges Catholic Politicians to Defend Life

On European Integration

"A Crisis of the Truth About Man"

Laundry List Politics

European Association Worries for Future of Union

Pope Cites 3 Weapons to Combat Evil

The Ecumenical Adventure

Lenten Message of Patriarch of Jerusalem

Pope cites 1st-century Pope's views on church-state

On St. Clement of Rome

Public Reason and the Truth of Christianity

Thomas Woods talk about how the Catholic Church built civilization ("EWTN Live" Air Date: 5/23/2007)

Life and family are “non negotiable” values for politicians who desire Communion

A Conscience Decision

Reason Is Antidote to Relativism, Pope Says

On St. Justin Martyr

Benedict XVI Warns of Syncretism

Benedict XVI's Easter Message (2007)

Pope Says Campus Shootings "Senseless"

Robert George on Politics and Conscience

Religion and the Common Good - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Holy See Says Interreligious Dialogue a Must

Don't Just Keep the Faith, Spread It

Archbishop O'Brien Red Mass Homily at St John the Evangelist (Oct, 26 2004)

When Will the Prodigal Return?

Catholic Values for a Secular World

Pope's Opening Address for Aparecida Conference

Pope Encourages Defense of Europe's Heritage

Christ Is the Light of Nations, Says Cardinal Re

Spokesman for CELAM says political involvement by priests destroys unity

Pope Lauds Christian-Muslim Collaboration

Benedict XVI's Address to Brazil's Bishops

Evaluation of Trip to Bavaria

Aiding the Family Serves Italy, Says Pope

Benedict XVI: Human Heart Longs for Christ

Father Cantalamessa on Pentecost

Benedict XVI: Baptized Must Be Missionaries

Nonviolence Is a Law of Life, Says Pontiff

Pope Lauds Estonia's Defense of Freedom

Globalized World Needs the Gospel, Says Pope

Pope Warns Slovak Bishops of Secularism

Cardinal: Challenge Is Linking Culture and Faith

Greeting the Fourth

Van Thuân Observatory on Laity

Danger and Opportunity: A Plea to Catholics

Catholic political leaders essential today, Pope says

How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization (Online E-Book)

Respect for life and protecting marriage are not just Catholic values, they are human values, declares the Pope

The Church contributes to politics by promoting the common good, insists the Holy Father

Father John Flynn, LC - God and Caesar Seen From Down Under

Urbi et Orbi - Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI (2007)

The Catholic Church: Builder of Civilization (EWTN Show)

Pope sends advance message to US

Interdependence and Solidarity to Meet World Challenges

Remarks of Pope Benedict XVI at the White House Welcoming Ceremony

President Bush Welcomes His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to White House


A United Society Can Indeed Arise From a Plurality of Peoples

Homily, Mass at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY -Pope Benedict 16

The Role of the Priest in Public Affairs

10 points for Catholic citizens to remember by Archbishop Chaput (1/16/2008)


The Pope's quest to save Western civilization

Evangelii Nuntiandi (December 8, 1975)

Bishop Doran talks about the culture ("EWTN Live" Air Date: 4/29/2009)

Pope speaks on Christian unity, dangers of nationalism

A Shepherd's Message (July 18, 2008) by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo on "Faithful Citizenship"

A Shepherd's Message (August 22, 2008) by Cardinal DiNardo on "Faithful Citizenship"

A Shepherd's Message (September 12, 2008) by Cardinal DiNardo on "Faithful Citizenship"

Faith and Politics Better Together

Public Servants and Moral Reasoning by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. and Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley

The Bishops, Justice, Health Care, and Social Change

Stand Up and Be Counted!


Timothy Cardinal Dolan enters the 'No Spin Zone' - Interviews - The O'Reilly Factor - Fox News

Bishops Offer Resource For Re-Energizing The Faithful In Disciples Called To Witness: The New Evangelization

EWTN THEOLOGY ROUNDTABLE - A Catholic Conscience - YouTube

Father Connor speaks about his new series on The Thought of Pope Benedict 16 ("EWTN Live")-YouTube

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (2012 USA Election)

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH, AND MARTYRDOM by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò-Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, University of Notre Dame-November 4, 2012

Jesus of Nazareth 3 Volume Set - Ignatius Press

Sunday Night Prime - 2014-7-27- CATHOLIC IDENTITY - YouTube

The Catholic Advantage

God in Action: How Faith in God Can Address the Challenges of the World

Pope Francis in America and Cuba 2015

Misericordiae Vultus - Bull of indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (11 April 2015)


Archbishop Kurtz Lauds ‘Devout Believer, Media Pioneer’ Mother Angelica

Amoris Laetitia

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World


A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century


To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age 


Who Am I To Judge?: Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love

Abortion, Religious Freedom, and Catholic Politics


Heroism and Genius, by William Slattery


How Catholic Art Saved the Faith, by Elizabeth Lev

The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ