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+Dolan's First Presidential Address

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan delivered his first presidential address to the full plenary of the USCCB today since taking the helm of the bishops’ conference last year.

“Love for Jesus and His Church must be the passion of our lives,” Dolan began, quoting Blessed John Paul II, moving into a discourse on the necessary connection between Christ and the Church, quoting the great theologian Henri deLubac, “For what would I ever know of Him, without her?” Dolan acknowledged the difficulty this linkage has faced in recent years, saying, “Because, as the chilling statistics we cannot ignore tell us, fewer and fewer of our beloved people – to say nothing about those outside the household of the faith – are convinced that Jesus and His Church are one.”

Off to B'more

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For the next couple of days, I shall be live blogging from the USCCB meeting which kicks off this morning in Baltimore. This morning features the first presidential address by Archbishop Timothy Dolan and the first address from the new nuncio, Archbishop Vigano, who dined last night with all the U.S. cardinals and the officers of the conference. In the afternoon, there are a few action items and, most importantly, the election of some key committee chairs, including new chiefs for the Pro-Life Activities Committee, the Committee for International Peace and Justice and the Committee on Doctrine.
Stay tuned.

Obama meets quietly with head of U.S. bishops

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President Obama met quietly with New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan Nov. 8, the White House has confirmed. Dolan is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The men discussed a range of issues related to the often complicated and recently fractious relationship between the administration and the U.S. church hierarchy. A spokesperson for the USCCB declined to confirm or deny the meeting.

The meeting came in advance of next week’s plenary meeting of the USCCB in Baltimore at which the bishops will discuss their new ad hoc committee on religious liberty. It was sandwiched between two of President Obama’s foreign trips, to France for the G-20 summit and his forthcoming trip to Asia.

According to a White House official, who spoke with NCR on background, the meeting was part of the Obama Administration’s work with faith leaders from across the spectrum, and was one among many meetings with officials from the Catholic Church and the Administration.

MSW Responds to Garnett

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My friend Rick Garnett has taken issue with my verdict on the Ohio election in a posting at his blog "Mirror of Justice."

Certainly, I do not endorse every provision of every contract that has ever been negotiated between public employee unions and local and state government authorities. Nor do I always support the political positions taken by these unions. But, I do know that oftentimes, politicians would convince union members to forego an increase in wages in exchange for better pensions or better benefits. For the politicians, this had the effect of keeping the current pols from having to raise taxes to pay for higher wages and pushing the long-term expense of such agreements on to future politicians. There may be a need to re-visit those arrangements, but such changes should be negotiated at the bargaining table, just as the original agreements were. That is why I supported the effort to overturn the Ohio law.

Just Say \"Nein\" to Nienstedt

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Next week, at the annual USCCB Plenary meeting, the bishops will select several new committee chairs. One of those committees, the Committee on Doctrine, is an especially delicate assignment. Even a man with as clear and careful a mind as Cardinal Donald Wuerl has found himself in the midst of controversy.as chair of the Doctrine Committee. Sometimes controversy is unavoidable, to be sure, but it serves the best interests of the Church when such controversies are handled by bishops, like Wuerl, who are known for their thoughtfulness.

Yet Another Sign of Sanity - ad intra

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The voters in Arizona exercised some sanity be recalling a viciously anti-immigrant state senator. And, from San Jose, California comes news, of a more ad intra character, of sanity reigning there. Bishop Patrick McGrath has written to the priests and people of his diocese reaffirming his commitment to permit priests to provide for communion to be distributed under both species at all Masses. The letter comes after the bishops of Phoenix and Madison indicated that the Prescious Blood should not be given to the people at Masses in their diocese. Bishop McGrath cites chapter and verse of why giving the Cup to the people is encourgaed by both the General Instructions of the Roman Missal and the USCCB.
Once again, Bishops Olmsted and Morlino have shown themselves to be outliers, pursuing some kind of agenda that could not appear more out of touch if they tried. Kudos to Bp McGrath for restoring some sanity.

Foolishness on the Left

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From the category "Dept. of Self-Inflicted Wounds," some liberal organizations are upset with the decision by the Democratic National Committee to appoint the Rev. Derrick Harkins of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church to lead its religious outreach efforts. According to a report at Christianity Today, some groups are upset because Harkins is not slavishly pro-choice and he has been ambivalent about gay marriage.

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