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Catholic Bishops in the Public Square

Archbishop_DolanRead Archbishop Dolan's thought provoking article about anti-Catholicism in the American news media. The archbishop originally submitted his article which explicity criticizes The New York Times to The New York Times as an op-ed piece. Is anyone surprised it was rejected? You won't be after you read his article.


BishopThomasTobin In a separate matter, Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy has agreed to meet with Bishop Thomas Tobin on health care after Kennedy's remarks some days ago which Bishop Tobin called "irresponsible" and for which he demanded an apology. Bishop Tobin's remarks are found on the Diocese of Providence's webpage. Kennedy had criticized Catholic opposition to health care coverage which does not include a ban on abortion funding as fanning "the flames of dissent and discord." Bishop Tobin remarked that Kennedy "contines to be a disappointment to the Catholic Church and to the citizens of the State of Rhode Island."


ArchbishopPicture I hope you follow Archbishop Chaput of Denver's remarks at least from time to time. From the Archdiocesan webpage his recent remarks :

If we stand up to evil, we may lose.  But if we don’t stand up we will lose.  Our God is a God of justice; a God who does not abandon his people and who rewards courage in the face of evil.  So have courage, serve the truth, love the Church, take confidence in the Lord, and stand up to witness for your faith.  We’ve got nothing to lose.  We have everything to gain. [Oct 8]

Catholic public officials who take God seriously cannot support laws that attack human dignity without lying to themselves, misleading others and abusing the faith of their fellow Catholics.  God will demand an accounting.  Catholic doctors who take God seriously cannot do procedures, prescribe drugs or support health policies that attack the sanctity of unborn children or the elderly; or that undermine the dignity of human sexuality and the family.  God will demand an accounting.  And Catholic citizens who take God seriously cannot claim to love their Church, and then ignore her counsel on vital public issues that shape our nation’s life.  God will demand an accounting.  As individuals, we can claim to be or believe whatever we want.  We can posture, and rationalize our choices, and make alibis with each other all day long -- but no excuse for our lack of honesty and zeal will work with the God who made us.  God knows our hearts better than we do.  If we don’t conform our hearts and actions to the faith we claim to believe, we’re only fooling ourselves. [Oct 16]