Spiritual Media Warfare in Chicago

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Catholics Come Home Prepared to Defend Truth

Our TV messages are designed to lovingly bring Truth to those who are away from the practice of faith, or have never been exposed to faith. As always, God has a perfect plan with perfect timing - bringing these CatholicsComeHome.org TV ads to Chicago and other great cities across our country

Just a few weeks after Catholics Come Home announced the kick-off of its December TV campaign to call fallen-away Catholics in Chicagoland back to the Church, several Chicago atheist organizations have launched a campaign peddling life "without God".

Catholics Come Home Inc., a lay, non-profit charity, faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church, is the Catholic group behind the upcoming December 2009-January 2010 TV advertising initiative in the Chicago, Joliet, and Rockford media markets. Portraying the beauty, spirituality and history of the Catholic Church, the television messages reach out to inactive Catholics and others on their faith journey, encouraging their return to a more active practice of faith. The commercials direct viewers to the http://www.CatholicsComeHome.org interactive Website to explore answers to questions of faith and to utilize the site's parish-finder feature to locate their local parish community.

In a news story released yesterday, the Chicago Coalition for Reason, the atheist group responsible for the "Are you good without God?" campaign is intent on luring people away from belief in God.    http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/religion_theseeker/2009/10/atheist-billboard.html

Of no coincidence, less than a month ago Pope Benedict XVI, when addressing the dangers of secularism in our societies said, "History has demonstrated the absurdities to which man descends when he excludes God from the horizon of his choices and actions. "

Approximately 85 percent of all Americans believe in God. Christians, Jews and Muslims are all united in the belief that there is a God and we are here to do His will. For the 233-year history of America, our slogan and our belief as a nation remains, "In God We Trust."

The Catholics Come Home TV commercial "Epic" which depicts the accomplishments of the Catholic Church in serving the needs of humanity throughout history received a 78 percent dial testing approval from both practicing and inactive Catholics, Protestants and even secular respondents before it first aired in Phoenix in 2008. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs6qZd_xP1w The ad illustrates the fact that the Catholic Church has spanned the centuries and the globe, established orphanages, helps the poor and is the largest charitable organization in the world. The Catholic Church founded the college system, educates more children than any other scholarly or religious institution, developed the scientific method and laws of evidence and compiled the Bible, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. http://www.catholicscomehome.org/epic/Epic_%20proof.pdf

"Without God, our society will have self-centeredness and chaos," says Tom Peterson, President and Founder of Catholics Come Home.org. "There will be millions of 'false gods' running around imposing their selfish agenda on others rather than living a life centered on God and in loving service of our neighbors." Peterson is excited that the CatholicsComeHome.org commercials will be seen by the members of the Chicago Coalition for Reason when the ads air this December. "Our TV messages are designed to lovingly bring Truth to those who are away from the practice of faith, or have never been exposed to faith. As always, God has a perfect plan with perfect timing - bringing these CatholicsComeHome.org TV ads to Chicago and other great cities across our country," stated Peterson.

Another Catholics Come Home commercial "Movie" takes a creative approach of inspiring TV viewers to reflect upon the 'movie of one's own life' and offers hope in Christ's mercy, forgiveness and opportunity to start anew. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha8_QIoB4Ow

Peterson says that the "Without God" campaign is decidedly antichrist. "If they don't believe in God, why would they invest their money dissuading others?"

In addition to Chicago, Joliet and Rockford, other archdioceses and dioceses launching major Catholics Come Home prime time television campaigns include: Seattle, Sacramento, Colorado Springs, Omaha, Lincoln, Green Bay, Atlanta, Charlotte, Providence and Venice, Florida. Of special importance is the area served by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, known to have a higher percentage of agnostics and atheists.

The Chicago area campaign will feature television commercials in English, Spanish and Polish languages, and also closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. Viewers watching the Spanish language ads will be directed to http://www.catolicosregresen.org/.

Next year, the media initiative will begin airing on national U.S. television networks. The Australians are also planning to air Catholics Come Home ads on their continent.

According to Catholic News Service, a recent Catholics Come Home campaign in Phoenix helped 92,000 inactive Catholics and converts return to the active practice of their faith. In addition, the Diocese of Corpus Christi experienced similar results following a bilingual campaign this past Lent, which increased Mass attendance by 17.7 percent.

"We need to empower believers in God to support advertising that promotes the Truth," says Peterson. "The announcement of the atheist ad campaign should motivate Christians to sponsor the Catholics Come Home.org ads and spread the good news of Jesus and His Church to a world in need of truth and love." +

CatholicsComeHome.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit media apostolate, dedicated to producing and airing Catholic evangelism television ads on local, national, and international television networks.

To receive a copy of the commercials for media broadcast or to schedule an interview with Tom Peterson of Catholics Come Home please contact Susan Gerdvil, Program Director at 678-585-7886 x106 or email susan (at) catholicscomehome (dot) org

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