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+Cupich to Chicago: What Does This Mean?

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Perhaps it was a coincidence. Last night, watching the fifth installment of Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts,” Jon Meachem was explaining that, as happens at key moments in history, in FDR and Churchill, the moment had found the men it needed. Also last night, my cell phone and emails were on fire as the news broke that Bishop Blase Cupich was to be named the ninth Archbishop of Chicago. Again, the moment found the man.

"Maybe 'tis our brother."

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The other night I picked up Churchill’s Marlborough, His Life and Times, for bedtime reading. As I mentioned earlier, I had begun re-reading these volumes with an eye towards visiting the battlefield in Blenheim, but then could not put them down. I have been engaged with them fitfully since – too heavy to bring on a trip, other books with a claim on my more immediate attention. As luck would have it, this week got me to 1707 and the Act of Union with Scotland. The issues then were political and, largely, dynastic.

+Dolan Defends Stance on St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan has penned a defense of his decision to serve as Grand Marshal of next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade. I would point out to his critics that nowhere, not once, does +Dolan suggest he disagrees with the Church's teaching in any regard. That is not the point. What is the point, as +Dolan notes, is this: "So, while actions are immoral, identity is not!

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