Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Cardinal adds heavy dose of politics to benediction
Invited to bless both the Republican and Democratic conventions, Cardinal Dolan seized the opportunity to speak on contentious issues.
- John Gizzi
- United States
- September 11, 2012
In closing the Democratic National Convention, the prayer of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York had a not-so-subtle appeal for the sanctity of life and for traditional marriage. In so doing, Cardinal Dolan directly challenged the Democratic Partyâ€™s platform planks â€” not to mention many prime-time speakers during the week â€” supporting â€śa womanâ€™s right to chooseâ€ť and, for the first time, gay marriage.
Now the questions start. Will His Eminence actually speak out in favor of the Romney-Ryan ticket in the fall? Will Cardinal Dolan follow the advice of a petition drive by many Roman Catholics and uninvite President Obama to the Alfred E. Smith banquet in New York this October, the largest event for Catholic charity in the nation?
In a benediction quite similar to that with which he closed the Republican National Convention in Tampa a week earlier, Cardinal Dolan said before Democrats in Charlotte Thursday: â€śThus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us to defend it. Life, without which no other rights are secure. We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected.â€ť
In an obvious reference to traditional marriage, Dolan went on to say in his benediction: â€śShow us anew that happiness is found only in respecting the laws of nature and of natureâ€™s God. Empower us with your grace, so that we might resist the temptation to replace the moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions you have given us for the nurturing of life and community.â€ť
Following the news that Cardinal Dolan would deliver the closing prayer at the Republican National Convention, His Eminence came under criticism from such outlets as the liberal Catholic publication America for appearing to favor one party over another. Dolan promptly announced he would be in Charlotte to deliver the benediction right after President Obamaâ€™s acceptance speech.
But the involvement of leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in U.S. politics is not new. New Yorkâ€™s Cardinal John Oâ€™Connor requested President Bill Clinton not attend the Alfred E. Smith dinner in 1996, as did Cardinal Edward Egan of New York with Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004. In both cases, the reason for the â€śplease donâ€™t comeâ€ť signal was the pro-abortion stands of the Democratic nominees.
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Source: Human Events