Register honored with four press awards

The Denver Catholic Register won four 2014 Catholic Press Association Awards June 20.

The awards were presented at the annual Catholic Media Conference, which drew journalists from across the nation and Canada. This year’s event was held in Charlotte, N.C.

The Register was recognized with the following:

• Most Effective Use of Small Space – Second Place for “Look Who’s Reading the Denver Catholic Register” a series promoting the newspaper’s Look Who's Reading the Denver Catholic Register - Missy FranklinJoin the Mission subscription campaign that featured Register syndicated columnist George Weigel, Olympic medalist Missy Franklin and Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, by Roxanne King, Julie Filby, James Baca and Nissa LaPoint. The judges said, “…good use of subheads, good page balance.”

• Best Newspaper Website – Third Place for the Register’s new online presence at by Karna Swanson, David Hazen, Roxanne King, Julie Filby and Nissa LaPoint. The judges said, “This well-designed website allows for browsing content in a logical and helpful manner.”

• Best Front Page, Tabloid – Honorable Mention for “Catholics urged to draw spiritual weapons, defend religious liberty,” “Court rulings may threaten state’s same-sex marriage ban” and “Denver’s World Youth Day transformed local, universal Church, says cardinal” by Roxanne King and Filippo Piccone. The judges said, “Good use of color and photographs. It was obvious what the editors deemed the most important topic.”

• Best Coverage of the Year of Faith – Honorable Mention for “Year of Faith Pilgrim Passport and Map,” “Faithful invited to Year of Faith Pilgrim's Mapmake Year of Faith pilgrimage” and “The graces of pilgrimage” by Filippo Piccone, Julie Filby, Jean Torkelson and Roxanne King. The judges said, “The Pilgrimage Passport is a great way to bring the Year of Faith to life.”

The Register’s sister publication, the Spanish-language monthly El Pueblo Católico, received eight CPA Awards. For full story, click here.




COMING UP: Q&A: USCCB clarifies intent behind bishops’ Eucharist document

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Last week, the U.S. bishop concluded their annual Spring meeting, during which much about the Church in the U.S was discussed. In particular, the bishops voted to draft a document on the meaning of Eucharistic life in the Church, which was approved by an overwhelming majority.

Since then, speculation about the nature of the document has run rampant, the chief of which is that it was drafted specifically to instigate a policy aimed directly at Catholic politicians and public figures whose outward political expressions and policy enactment do not align with Church teaching.

The USCCB has issued a brief Q&A clarifying the intent of the document, and they have emphasized that “the question of whether or not to deny any individual or groups Holy Communion was not on the ballot.”

“The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life,” the USCCB said. “The importance of nurturing an ever
deeper understanding of the beauty and mystery of the Eucharist in our lives is not a new topic for the bishops. The document being drafted is not meant to be disciplinary in nature, nor is it targeted at any one individual or class of persons. It will include a section on the Church’s teaching on the responsibility of every Catholic, including bishops, to live in accordance with the truth, goodness and beauty of the Eucharist we celebrate.”

Below are a few commonly asked questions about last week’s meeting and the document on the Eucharist.

Why are the bishops doing this now?

For some time now, a major concern of the bishops has been the declining belief and understanding of the Eucharist among the Catholic faithful. This was a deep enough concern that the theme of the bishops’ strategic plan for 2021-2024 is Created Anew by the Body and Blood of Christ: Source of Our Healing and Hope. This important document on the Eucharist will serve as a foundation for the multi-year Eucharistic Revival Project, a major national effort to reignite Eucharistic faith in our country. It was clear from the intensity and passion expressed in the individual interventions made by the bishops during last week’s meeting that each bishop deeply loves the Eucharist.

Did the bishops vote to ban politicians from receiving Holy Communion?

No, this was not up for vote or debate. The bishops made no decision about barring anyone from receiving Holy Communion. Each Catholic — regardless of whether they hold public office or not — is called to continual conversion, and the U.S. bishops have repeatedly emphasized the obligation of all Catholics to support human life and dignity and other fundamental principles of Catholic moral and social teaching.

Are the bishops going to issue a national policy on withholding Communion from politicians?

No. There will be no national policy on withholding Communion from politicians. The intent is to present a clear understanding of the Church’s teachings to bring heightened awareness among the faithful of how the Eucharist can transform our lives and bring us closer to our creator and the life he wants for us.

Did the Vatican tell the bishops not to move forward on drafting the document?

No. The Holy See did encourage the bishops to engage in dialogue and broad consultation. Last week’s meeting was the first part of that process. It is important to note that collaboration and consultation among the bishops will be key in the drafting of this document.

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