Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I still miss him. Today I put the DVD of John Paul the Great's funeral mass in the player. It still impresses. There are several points during Archbishop Foley's (now Cardinal Foley) narration where one can clearly hear his voice almost breaking with emotion. Wonderful. So many impressions; the crowd, the gospel, the simple casket, Bush at times appearing out of place amongst all of this Catholic stuff, the coffin being turned to the crowd one last time before entering the basilica, the applause. How fortunate we are that God gave us this man. How fortunate we are that he was His vicar. How thankful I am that I am a Catholic. I still miss him.
I have not voted for a Democrat since Carter. It is not that I disagree with many of the basic beliefs of the that party, it is more that I feel I have not seen a Democrat running for president that I feel is honest. This is not to say that I am convinced the Republicans are all Mother Theresas. They often as disingenuous as the Democrats.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
This question of a politician's standing within the Church came to a head when the Benedict responded to a reporter's question while en route to Brazil. Thank God we have a pope that is not afraid to tell it like it is. There was a time when pope did not deign to even respond to the press. His response is welcome, correct, and timely. One hopes the bishops will follow his lead.
When politicians take and promote positions that clearly contradict established doctrines of the Church, and do so publicly, the pope is obligated to correct them, not only for their benefit, but for the benefit of all Catholics. Let us all hope he continues to speak out on this issue.