Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Cardinals keep their titular for life, even in retirement from "active ministry". The only exception being if they are promoted within the College of Cardinals, in which case they receive another titular church from the Holy Father.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Archbishop Dolan’s motto is “Ad Quem Ibimus,” translated “Lord, to whom shall we go?” It is taken from the Gospel of John 6:68. This phrase, spoken by St. Peter to Christ, highlights our Lord as one true savior who alone has the words of everlasting life and commemorates the primacy of St. Peter and his successors among the apostles.
The archbishop’s personal emblem ... features in part the traditional coat of arms of the Dolan family. The shield is royal blue, with a silver horizontal bar, called a fess, across the middle. Placed in the center of the fess is a red crown, which is borrowed from the coat of arms of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Archbishop Dolan's home diocese. The position in the center emphasizes the importance of the centrality of Christ in our lives and his kingship over all. On either side of the crown, in the fess, are placed natural scrolls. These items represent Archbishop Dolan’s baptismal patron, St. Timothy, a disciple of Paul and recipient of two of his pastoral letters.
Above the fess is a silver crescent, which symbolizes Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States. This is taken from the coat of arms of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where Archbishop Dolan studied for the priesthood and served for seven years as rector. The other crescents are gold and are retained from the traditional Dolan coat of arms to honor his family, particularly his mother and father.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Conservative columnist Jeff Jacoby picked up on this pro-choice connection in a February 11 column in the Boston Globe when he wrote, “What are we to make of all this criticism? Is it once again acceptable in politically-correct society to disparage other people's unconventional or unwise reproductive decisions? … It was only a couple of weeks ago, after all, that the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade was being commemorated with the customary paeans to the right of American women to make their own decisions about pregnancy and parenthood. Haven't we been told for years that society has no authority to second-guess what a woman does with her own body? Haven't the champions of ‘choice’ and ‘reproductive freedom’ repeatedly instructed us that what happens in a woman's womb is between her and her doctor? How is it that so many feel free to pass judgment on the choices made by Suleman and her doctors, let alone to call for new regulations banning such choices in the future? …
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Some of you may remember the 1973 movie, The Paper Chase, the story of first year law students at Harvard, and their incredibly tough teacher, Professor Charles Kingsfield (played by John Houseman, who won an Oscar for the role). I never saw the movie (in the early 70s, Mister Rogers Neighborhood was more my style). But a few years later, while I was in high school, Showtime aired "The Paper Chase" the TV series! They even had John Houseman come back to reprise his role as Kingsfield. It was right when I was facing some tough teachers who tested my disdain for school work, kicked my butt, and made me work my brain. I instantly loved the show, which ran for four seasons and ended with Hart, Ford, and Bells' graduation from law school. It even got me, for a little bit, to think about going to law school.
But back to the smile. This morning's smile on my face came to me because the first season of that series is now being released on DVD. It's due for release on April 7. Yay!!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
- Priests for the Third Millennium, first published in 2000 by Our Sunday Visitor. It's a collection of Rector's Conferences given by then- Monsignor Dolan to the seminarians of the North American College. It'll give you a glimpse into is writing and speaking style, as well as the way he lures you into a story to make a point about the life of parish Priests.
- New Men: Inside the Vatican's Elite School for American Priests, published in 1997 by the Diane Publishing Company. OK, I've got a little problem with the North American College being called an "elite school" for a bunch of reasons, first among them that the NAC is not actually school but the place where the seminarians live. The seminarians live at the NAC, but actually go to a number of schools in Rome (the Angelicum, the Gregorianum, San' Anselmo, etc.). Sorry, my "Mount Pride" kicked in. But besides that, the book is essentially following the seminary years of a group of "new men" just beginning their studies in Rome, their struggles, hopes, experiences, etc. The book has a few great passages about Abp. Dolan, who was Rector at the time. It gives you insight into his personality, his care for the students, his sense of community building for Americans who may be out of the country for the first time (and maybe a bit homesick).
Thursday, February 12, 2009
"The Catholic Church was a more difficult case. Many Catholics were Irish or German. Irish-Americans had long strongly supported the Democratic Party and German-Americans had been less fervent Democratic supporters whom Republicans sought to attract. President Lincoln was not above using members of the clergy for his purposes and the purposes of preserving the Union. Roman Catholic Archbishop John J. Hughes was requested by President Lincoln to serve as an envoy to France to plead the Union's cause. The New York City archbishop dutifully visited France, Italy and Ireland because of the President's personal intervention:
"It was proposed by the cabinet that I should accept a special mission to England and France in connection with very important national questions between the United States and these powers. I declined until it was made known to me that the President of the United States made it a special request that I accept, and if possible render some service to the United States in the present condition of public affairs. I could not refuse this request, and at the same time I imagined if any success should attend my mission, it would redound to the benefit of the Catholics, and to the promotion of the interests of the church."The President was not close to Archbishop Hughes, but Secretary of State William H. Seward had friendly relations with the Catholic Church dating back to Seward's years as governor of New York. "I am sure you will pardon me if in my ignorance I do not address you with technical correctness," Mr. Lincoln began a letter to New York Archbishop John Hughes in October 1861. He requested that the New York archbishop submit to him names of "one or more suitable persons of the Catholic Church" who could be appointed as hospital chaplains. He closed the letter by giving "thanks for your kind, and judicious letters to Gov. Seward...which he regularly allows me both the pleasure and the profit of perusing." A year and a half later, President Lincoln submitted a list of appointments for West Point - one of which had been recommended by "Bishop Hughes."
Thursday, February 05, 2009
"Il Santo Padre ha nominato Vescovo di Gallup (U.S.A.) il Rev.do James S. Wall, del clero di Phoenix, Vicario Episcopale per il clero della medesima diocesi.
Dopo aver frequentato la scuola superiore a Chandler High School, ha conseguito il baccalaureato presso l’Arizona State University. Entrato poi nel seminario, ha ricevuto un Master in teologia presso il St. John’s Seminary a Camarillo in California. Ha poi continuato gli studi presso il Liturgical Institute in Mundelain.
È stato ordinato sacerdote per la diocesi di Phoenix il 6 giugno 1998."
Your Italian does not have to be excellent to see what I saw: The Bishop elect is 44 years old, and was ordained to the priesthood in June of 1998 (A week after my ordination; this makes him the first bishop I know of ordained less time than me!)
The recommendation must've come from the Bishop Elect's Ordinary, Bishop Thomas Olmstead of Phoenix. The Diocese of Gallup has been without a bishop for a while, with Bishop Olmstead serving as Administrator. Bp. Elect Wall is the Vicar for Clergy for the Phoenix Diocese.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Sunday, February 01, 2009
- NBC refused to show a commercial from CatholicVote.org about the sanctity of human life, but I just watched a commercial for the movie Angels and Demons, which talks about the destruction of Vatican City and shows St. Peter's Basilica exploding.
- How many commercials involves people getting really, really hurt? I mean, the Bud Light guy getting thrown out of a window, the Doritos guy getting smashed by a bus, and the Pepsi Max guys having all sorts of stuff happen to them. This was the kind of stuff that used to happen to the coyote when he chased the Roadrunner on Saturday morning cartoons.
- Commercials with animals seem to be big this year. The Pedigree adoption one was great. Budweiser always has great ones with horses.