Saturday, November 21, 2009

By George, is it Catholic?

Controlling Catholic media
November 20, 2009, 3:21 pm
Posted by Paul Moses

There are some interesting comments from the, U.S. Catholic and National Catholic Reporter about what a statement by Cardinal Francis George means for Catholic media  ( does that include this blog??) and, by the way, what it might mean to Commonweal. Here is what the cardinal said in opening remarks at the recent meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

If there is a loosening of relationship between ourselves and those whom Christ has given us to govern in love, it is for us to reach out and re-establish connections necessary for all to remain in communion. As you know, we have recently begun discussions on how we might strengthen our relationship to Catholic universities, to media claiming the right to be a voice in the Church, [italics added] and to organizations that direct various works under Catholic auspices. Since everything and everyone in Catholic communion is truly inter-related, and the visible nexus of these relations is the bishop, an insistence on complete independence from the bishop renders a person or institution sectarian, less than fully Catholic. The purpose of our reflections, therefore, is to clarify questions of truth or faith and of accountability or community among all those who claim to be part of Catholic communion.
Read full article and comments here

ps Note for Australian readers: Cardinal George should not be confused with our very own George Cardinal
Here they are in pictorial form should you bump into one of them down the street.George Cardinal likes to wear the big red number when he goes out as it employs a few lads to carry the excess material. As far as I know this gear does not include pockets so I am not sure where George 1 carries his Ipod and mobile. Perhaps he has a secret compartment in the red hat.

Cardinal George also likes red but does not appear to own as much red as George 1.  He likes seeing other men dressed up at his outings and enjoys long walks and waving to people. He too does not have pockets or a manbag as part of the outfit. However his hat allows room for Ipods, mobile (which he insists on calling a Cell Phone) and a thermos of hot coffee for those long ceremonies.

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