Wednesday, November 17, 2010

News Updates, 11/17

Cardinal O'Connor's Revenge (The "Seamless Garment" Unravels)
In the years following Roe v. Wade, the US bishops debated the place of abortion in their agenda. Cardinal John O’Connor of New York argued for giving primacy to the abortion issue, while Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago wanted abortion integrated into a long and dubious list of “threats to life.” The latter view prevailed in the USCCB, and became known as the “Seamless Garment.” The upset election of New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the USCCB presidency over Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, the media-described Bernardin “protégé,” is a posthumous victory of sorts for O’Connor...

US bishops buck tradition choosing new president
Kicanas passed over in favor of NYC's Archbishop Dolan

Dolan is surprise pick to lead US bishops' group
Conference's more liberal vice president passed over

George defends criticism of health care reform
Chicago cardinal: 'Our moral judgments are secure'

Bishops asked to release more priests for military
Chaplains needed in all branches of the armed forces

Christian man, daughter killed in bombing in Iraq
Strikes targeting country's dwindling Christian population

Men entering English seminaries hit 10 year high
Rise coincided with four-day visit of Pope to Britain

US dioceses urged to embrace Facebook, Twitter
Bishop: 'It doesn't have the makings of a fad'

US experts rap Vatican's PR approach on sex abuse
George Weigel and John Allen both say change needed

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