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2 bishops reviewed: Cardinal O’Malley & Archbishop Burke get the once-over in Time Magazine

Not sure there is much of a story here, but Amy Sullivan of Time magazine tries to make some kind of evaluation of style of two churchmen, Cardinal Sean O’Malley (of Boston) and Archbishop Raymond Burke (of the Holy See & formerly of St Louis). Judge for yourself

To everything that gives life and love the Church says Yes!

You know, the church is the one who dreams, the church
is the one who constantly has the vision, the church is the one that’s
constantly saying ‘Yes!’ to everything that life and love and sexuality and
marriage and belief and freedom and human dignity–everything that that stands
for, the church is giving one big resounding ‘Yes!’ The church founded the
universities, the church was the patron of the arts, the scientists were all
committed Catholics. And that’s what we have to recapture: the kind of exhilarating,
freeing aspect. I mean, it wasn’t Ronald Reagan who brought down the Berlin
Wall. It was Karol Wojtyla. I didn’t make that up: Mikhail Gorbachev said
that…I guess one of the things that frustrates me pastorally is that there’s
this caricature of the church–of being this oppressive, patriarchal, medieval,
out-of-touch naysayer–where the opposite is true.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, New
York Magazine

There’s no cheap grace in following Christ & the Church

The 40 days of Lent is leading to a dramatic climax in our
liturgical imagination: the prayer, fasting, almsgiving is pointing us directly
to what we’ve been promised and hoped for–salvation. These days of Lent offered
us an entrée into the Divine Mystery and yet I fear that a great many people,
including myself–may not have heard Jesus’ prophetic rebuke of the Pharisees
and others for their errors and for their self-righteousness and have missed
the essential purpose of our Lord’s sharp words. Certainly hearing Peter deny
Christ three times indicates that same tendency in us to stand back from that
which is life-giving. In the Scriptures we heard at Mass and in the Divine
Office we hear the Lord not condemning the people for love of God’s Law but
calling them to follow him more closely and in doing so enter more deeply into
the spirit of the Law. Christ makes it clear that living in the Kingdom of God
requires us to be sacrificial: to turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel.
Here is the certainty we have: to follow Christ entails self-denial and the
acceptance of his cross as ours. No embrace of the cross, no life eternal.

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Presence in the blogosphere

Sometimes I get weary about blogging because of the time it takes and some days it seems so boring. So I ask questions like: is it useful, for whom am I writing, for what reason, is this just an ego-trip, etc. I came across a few lines of Pope John Paul II which gives me slight encouragement. He said:


The special challenge before you, is to find ways to ensure that the voice of the Church is not marginalized or silenced in the modern arena of the media. You have a role to play in ensuring that the Gospel is not confined to a strictly private world. No! Jesus Christ must be proclaimed to the whole world; and therefore the Church must enter the great forum of the media with courage and confidence.

The Beauty of the Church

From outside she [the Church] looks like an establishment, like one organization among others. From within she is the medium, one might almost say the magic, whereby God is able to be all in all within his creation, without suppressing the creature he has made free.


(Hans Urs Von Balthasar, In the Fullness of Faith)

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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