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
US cardinal hastens to clarify pope's remarks on civil unions
Pope seeks dialogue but did not endorse unions, insists Dolan
File picture: AFP Photo/Rob Kim/Getty Images
- Evan McMurry for Mediaite
- United States
- March 10, 2014
Meet the Press host David Gregory pressed Cardinal Timothy Dolan Sunday morning about several of Pope Francis’ unorthodox positions, especially with regards to gay marriage, including comments the pontiff made this week that suggest he could be open to civil unions.
Dolan denied that Francis had indicated support for civil unions, merely a willingness to engage in dialogue over them.
“If I saw the reports accurately, he didn’t come right out and say he was for them,” Dolan said. “Once again, in an extraordinarily sincere, open, nuanced way, he said, ‘I know that some people in some states have chosen this. We need to think about that and look into it and see the reasons that have driven them.’ It wasn’t as if he came out and approved them. But he just, in the sensitivity that has won the heart of the world, he said rather than quickly condemn them, let’s see if — let’s just ask the questions as to why that is appealing to certain people.”
Gregory asked if the Catholic Church’s endorsement of civil unions would make Dolan uncomfortable.
“It would in a way,” Dolan said. “Marriage, between one man and one woman forever leading to life and love, that’s not something that’s just a religious sacramental concern — you bet it is that, and that’s how god has elevated it to making a sacrament — but it’s also the building block of society and culture. So it belongs to culture. If we water down that sacred meaning of marriage in any way, I worry that not only the church would suffer, I worry that culture and society would.”
Dolan also rejected the claim that conservative Catholics in the U.S. were feeling alienated by Francis’ statements.
“I haven’t sensed too much bristling among the conservatives,” he said. “They honestly will say his style is a little different and might periodically cause us a little angst, but in general they too seem to be rejoiceing in what you might call the evangelical fervor, the good interest in the life of the church. So I haven’t sensed a lot of massive discontent among the conservative Catholics.”