Magazine article Conscience


Magazine article Conscience


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"I am disappointed." (1)

--Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League, referring to the fact that Pope Francis did not explicitly refer to abortion in his speech before the US Congress.

"At least we aren't poisoning each other's chalices anymore. " (2)

--Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, a British priest speaking to the Washington Post in praise of the open discussion within the church, even though he was "afraid" of "some of what we're seeing."

"Voices are not Hints from Heloise. They are indeed the magisterium that was appointed by Jesus Christ." (3)

--Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, reminding "so-called serious Catholics" about the authoritative voice of the magisterium of the church.

"[T]he pope is not really a theological liberal in the way the Western media generally understands the term; he's certainly not Garry Wills with a miter." (4)

--New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, challenging the idea that the pope is cut from the same cloth as a liberal Catholic author.

"But I doubt Dolan is betting the archdiocesan cemetery fund on getting such a reaction from the pope of the poor." (5)

--Robert Mickens, referring to Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan's hopes that Pope Francis would say "'Wow,' when he sees the splendor" of the renovated St. Patrick's Cathedral.

"So soft and fluffy was the report that it should have been delivered with a big pink ribbon tied around it and pictures of Walt Disney characters on its cover." (6)

--Kevin McKenna, a Catholic journalist writing for the Guardian (UK) about the McLellan Report on clergy abuse in the Scottish church.

"[W]ould it have killed us to have a female presider at one or two prayer services?" (7)

--Sr. Christine Schenk, reflecting on the lack of women in the liturgies celebrated by Francis in the US, even though half of the prayer services were not Masses. …

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