Will you partner with us to reach a new generation?

Are you one of the 80 percent of Americans who check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up? Do you, on average, check your phone about 110 times a day? Is your phone the place you go to shop, research information, express opinions, or just kill time?

Regardless of how you personally answered these questions, our young people, our mobile-first, smartphone-centric generation, who are probably not reading this column (or a diocesan newspaper), will answer with an emphatic ‘yes’ to all of the above.

That is we are making an appeal to all of our readers today to “go paperless.” You probably noticed a big advertisement wrapped around this week’s edition of the paper inviting you to do just that.

Let me explain why.

Everything was different on March 17, 1900, St. Patrick’s Day, when the Denver Catholic was born, with the cover printed in green ink in honor of St. Patrick. In its day, the diocesan newspaper was the tool every local church needed to communicate to its flock.

After changing its name to Denver Catholic Register, the publication slowly grew in size and prominence to become a key source of news and information for Catholics in northern Colorado. People young and old read it faithfully.

Did you know that it was here in Denver that the entire Register system of newspapers was born, and that this archdiocese published some 35 diocesan papers, as well as the National Catholic Register, boasting a combined weekly circulation of some 850,000?

It was an incredible operation, with impressive reach and influence, until everything began to change; at first slowly, and then very quickly.

Fast forward to 2015, and by now several generations have grown up in an almost exclusively digital world. Those coming of age today are the paperless generation, and they don’t read newspapers.

For this reason, the Archdiocese of Denver is aggressively seeking new and innovative ways to communicate with all Catholics of northern Colorado, particularly the younger, paperless generations.

But to do all of this, and to make room for these new tools and strategies, we need to reduce our print production.

Beginning in September, we will launch a new twice-monthly publication schedule for the print edition of Denver Catholic. This will considerably reduce the time and money the archdiocese invests in print, and give our team the ability to expand our digital content.

Second, we will launch a weekly Denver Catholic newsletter that will be sent to your inbox every Friday. It will be the same great content of the print product, but in digital form.

Third, we ask those who already read their news on digital devices to “Go paperless.” By reducing our print circulation, we will save on costly postage. Simply fill out the reply card embedded on the front page of this issue, fill in your email so you can receive the Denver Catholic digital edition, and drop it into the mailbox.

For those who love the print edition, and who want to keep it, particularly if you don’t own a computer or have Internet access, we will happily continue to send the newspaper to you free of charge.

Lastly, we need your support as we shift from a print-first to a digital-first model. I know many of our faithful print readers might be tempted to think we will forget about them.

But I invite you to look at it this way. We have important work to do to connect our young people with the message of the Church, and we want our print readers to be our partners. One way to do that is to actively promote Denver Catholic in print and online to every young person you know.

If we work together, we will reach, engage and form a new generation of Denver Catholics equipped to effectively address the challenges of their day with courage, strength and knowledge.

Go paperless here: http://denvercatholic.org/paperless

 

Go paperless!

COMING UP: Colorado bishops issue letter on the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life Congressional policies

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We, the Catholic bishops of Colorado, urge Congressional Representatives to support the Hyde Amendment and the Walden Amendment. We also ask the Faithful to sign The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) petition to lawmakers encouraging them to preserve the Hyde Amendment, which can be accessed at: NoTaxpayerAbortion.com, and to contact their Congressmen and women to support the Hyde and Walden amendments.

The House Appropriations Labor and Health and Human Services subcommittee recently passed a spending bill that strips protections for pre-born children, healthcare providers,and American taxpayers by excluding pro-life provisions, including the Hyde and Weldon amendments.

The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion in most cases, except for rape and incest, has received bipartisan support since its inception in 1976 – including by pro-abortion administrations. Hyde is critical in saving lives. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that approximately 60,000 pre-born babies are saved every year because of the Hyde Amendment.[1] This is the first time in 40 years that the Hyde Amendment was not included in the annual appropriations bill[2] and failure to include pro-life amendments will only further increase divisions in our country.

The Weldon Amendment prevents any federal programs, agencies, and state and local governments from discriminating against health care practitioners and institutions that do not provide abortion services. It ensures that pro-life individuals and organizations can enter the health care profession without fearing that the government will force them to perform a procedure that violates their well-founded convictions. It has also received bipartisan support and was added to the appropriations bill every year since it was first enacted in 2005. [3]

Congress’ recent actions endanger the lives of pre-born children and infringe on the rights of millions of Americans who do not wish to participate in the moral evil of abortion. A recent Knights of Columbus/Marist poll found that 58 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions[4] and a 2019 Gallup poll shows that 60 percent of Americans think abortion should either be illegal or only legal in a few circumstances.[5]

The government should neither use taxpayer funds for the killing of pre-born children nor compel medical practitioners and institutions to violate their well-founded convictions. Congress must uphold these long-standing, common-sense bipartisan policies that promote a culture of life in our nation.

Human reason and science affirm that human life begins at conception. The Church objects to abortion on the moral principle that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with respect due to every human person. There has never been and never will be a legitimate need to abort a baby in the womb.

It is critical that Congress continue its long-history of supporting policies such as the Hyde and Walden amendments, and that all Colorado Catholics and people of good will make their voice heard in supporting these life-affirming policies.

Sign the petition to Congress here: www.NoTaxpayerAbortion.com

Contact your Congressional Representatives here: https://cocatholicconference.org/news/

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of Denver

Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo

Most Reverend James R. Golka
Bishop of Colorado Springs

Most Reverend Jorge Rodriguez
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver