"Top Ten Fascinating Catholics 2008"

Lisa Hendey of Faith and Family has published her list:

1. Pope Benedict XVI - He moved hearts and captivated our imaginations with his visit to the United States in 2008. His writings, his homilies and his general presence inspire me to try to be a better, more loving and giving Catholic.

2. Sister Helena Burns - Otherwise known as the “Media Nun”, Sister Helena runs a blog called “Hell Burns” (catchy title, huh?) and is one of the most forward thinking media minds I know. This Daughter of St. Paul is constantly on the lookout for new uses of media to evangelize. Next time you’re in Chicago, look her up at the Pauline Book and Media Center on Michigan Avenue. You’ll be inspired!

3. Fr. Frank Pavone - National Director, Priests for Life and Missionaries of the Gospel of Life; President, National Pro-life Religious Council; and Pastoral Director, Rachel’s Vineyard, Fr. Pavone is a tireless advocate for the right to life of every person. I admire Fr. Pavone’s endless conviction and courage....

...and so far I've found Jeff Miller's:

#6 Doug Kmiec. Yeah right.

#7 Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM. The bishop is a favorite of mine for years and this year was no exception. He spoke out multiple times this year and not just about the election. Whether he is speaking out to defend life, sex abuse, immigration, etc - he has been willing to engage the media instead of complaining about how unfair it is. This year he wrote the book "Render onto Caesar."

#8 Bishop Martino. There were many bishops who spoke out this year and who responded to the silly comments from Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. But I especially give the tip of the Jester's hat to Bishop Morlino for saying "The USCCB doesn't speak for me." It is certainly the bishop who is the primary teacher in his diocese and his excellency takes this seriously. Too many bishops allow the USCCB provide cover so they don't have to be as strong as they could be, not so in this bishops case....

They've made this into a 'meme', so keep looking...there will be plenty more interesting and informative lists out there !

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