Kathryn Lopez urged Catholic leaders from around the country to “look to media as an apostolic opportunity” at the 2013 Napa Institute Conference in California, according to the Catholic News Agency.
Lopez is the director at Catholic Voices USA, the mission of which is to “put the Church’s case in the public square,” and is also on the Board of Directors at The Cardinal Newman Society.
At the conference which focused on "how to build Catholic culture in a secular society" Lopez offered ideas on how to respond to those in media who criticize the Church and best practices for sharing the Gospel:
“Look for the positive intention behind the criticism,” she advised. “There’s often a Christian value to appeal to. Speak to it.”. . .
“We have to be willing to walk with people where they are, showing them Catholicism in its fullness. Show joy and sacrifice and rigor too. Be for real, making clear that we live in the real world.” . . .
Whether in news appearances, outside of church, at the local bar, or in family life, Catholics should welcome the opportunities to discuss their faith, she said, stressing that “this is our gospel mandate, to let people know what is worth living and dying for.”
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