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A Message from Bishop
Frank J. Caggiano


Greetings on the Feast of the Assumption.

We offer our thanks to God for the historic Dobbs decision returning jurisdiction on abortion to the states.

We must now compassionately support pregnant women and their families. Initiatives like the USCCB’s ‘Walking with Moms’ program and many local shelters, religious communities, and support groups in our dioceses provide greatly needed assistance. It is imperative we help sustain these programs and support new ones.

We must also work to dispel misinformation spread by abortion advocates, such as claims that women with ectopic pregnancies or miscarriages will not be able to obtain proper care. While certain medical techniques are used in common with elective abortions, their intent is clearly different and state laws restricting abortion explicitly allow these treatments to save the life of a pregnant woman.

As Catholics we support life and, on this Marian feast, let us especially celebrate the Dobbs decision.

I hope that you find the CAPP-USA newsletter informative and welcome any comments or suggestions at

Yours in Christ,
Frederick F. Fakharzadeh, MD

The Social Teaching of the Church: A Compass for Young Generations

In his address to CAPP, Cardinal Parolin identifies three myths affecting young people and their solution.



Register for the CST Certificate Course!


The 14th iteration of our Certificate Program in Catholic Social Teaching is being held October 23-28 in Washington, DC.

Presented in conjunction with Catholic University of America, this course is an immersive master’s-level program that features a superb faculty in a retreat-type setting. The week consists of expert presentations on CST, discussions that delve into the application of CST, and strong spirituality with daily Mass and communal prayer.

Space is limited and last year, the course sold out so early registration is encouraged.



Our topic is “Renewing Digital Space: Addressing Pope Francis’ Concerns and Warnings”. Join us starting at 09:00.
This year’s theme is “Inclusive Growth to Eradicate Poverty and Promote Sustainable Development and Peace” and will include an audience with Pope Francis.



Christian Social Ethics in Practice!

Members in Germany enjoyed a day seeing CST in action during a visit to Pilz GmbH. The visit coincided with the firm founder and CAPP member Renate Pilz receiving the prestigious Rudolf Diesel Medal, the oldest innovation prize in Germany.

Ms. Pilz developed the company with sincere belief in and as a role model of Catholic social doctrine in the corporate sector.

The day included Mass, prayer, presentations, some touring, and a good meal. (A model for all of us!)


A New Beginning

Cecil Chabot and Danielle Morin have announced the launch of a CAPP chapter in Canada on September 17th. The event will be virtual and conducted from 1PM to 3PM ET. (See the invitation to join at the link). The chapter is under the Ecclesiastical Counsel of Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal.

We wish our northern neighbors every success!

Apostolic Journey to Canada

CAPP-Canada co-organizer, Cecil Chabot, was selected by EWTN to provide the “color commentary” of their coverage of Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Journey. Cecil’s reflections on the Pope’s visit - in light of Catholic Social Doctrine - along with links to EWTN coverage may be found here.




Dr. Wright was among the first members of CAPP in the United States and has served as National Programs Director in addition to facilitating at the international conferences.

Karen says, “The first part of my career was as a chiropractic physician. Following studies at Fordham University, where I majored in spiritual theology and spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition, I transitioned into pastoral care as a hospital chaplain. Now, in part 2, I serve as a spiritual director with the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University, working with student nurses and staff. I also continue a pastoral care practice focused on individuals who have become disabled.”

Her article, “The Principle of Catholic Social Teaching: A guide for decision-making from daily encounters to national policy making” was published in the Catholic Medical Association’s The Linacre Quarterly. Recently, Karen presented “The Three-fold cornerstone principle of Catholic social teaching for servant leadership” to doctoral students at St. Mary’s University.

Karen enjoys “grand parenting, playing with my grandson and working in my new flower garden” and summarizes her professional interests as being at the “intersection of a lay spirituality and the implementation of Catholic social teachings in the health care system.”

A Short Reflection on the Assumption

As our faith’s most recent dogma (a truth that has been infallibly defined by the Church to be divinely revealed) the Assumption proclaims Mary “was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven”. Why is this significant? Mary’s Assumption validates, as it were, her son’s promise to all of us and expressed in the last line of the Creed,  “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” Mary’s Assumption is testimony to and a foreshadowing of the gift which awaits all who die in God’s grace.
Let us not grow tired of uprooting evil from our lives…One of these is addiction to the digital media, which impoverishes human relationships.”

Message for Lent 2022
Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice, Inc (CAPP-USA) is the United States affiliate of Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice at the Vatican.


Loving Father, you gather us together in this time and place. Send your Spirit to be with us and open our hearts to do your will as we make this journey, dedicated to evangelizing your Word through Catholic social teaching.  Help us with your grace to embrace this new evangelization with faith and love. May it empower us to recognize you and to bear witness to your presence in the world.  We ask this through the intercession of our founder, Saint John Paul the Great and Our Lady of Fatima, with her son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


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