• Kathleen Whelan
    November 22, 2010 Reply

    Wow! That is a powerful article and I thank you for sharing it. It is much easier as a Catholic to have things like these when we are put in the position of defending something we clearly see as an accusation without merit by the press. We are often not connected well enough to come accross them on our own so need to rely on our priests and bishops to help in getting them to us. It is a great service that I greatly appreciate.

  • Ann
    November 23, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop, i just read the article about you in today’s NYT (why i subject myself to it I do not know). The article wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but so many of the comments were so horrible. Sometimes think people are possessed, they are so full of hatred toward the Church. I just don’t get it. but that’s the NYT, I guess.

    Please stand up for us, I see a different reality at Mass.

  • Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S.
    November 23, 2010 Reply

    I thought the article in the NY Fishwrap, sorry New York Times, was fairly balanced. I was not there, so only you could say. I take the Times here in California so I can keep track of what the enemy is saying.

    I am sure that they took lots of pictures during that interview. It is telling they picked the most unflattering picture.

    I howled when I read that this is the only third time in history we have a new Roman Missal. I am sure you probably said this was the third edition of this Missal, but that the Times has such a poor grasp of history in their religion reporter is remarkable. If their reporter on the Yankees was as ignorant of the subject on which they were reporting they would be fired.

    We met in Quebec City during the Eucharistic Congress.

    I always appreciate your words. Your book was a treasure to me when I was a Formation Director. Thank you for your ministry. I will pray for you in your new position and always enjoy reading and hearing what you say. Blessings+

    Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, Pastor of St. Edward Catholic Church in Newark, CA

  • Irene
    November 24, 2010 Reply

    I believe the NY Times take was consistent with the excerpt from the Pope’s interview Weigel cited.

  • Irene
    November 25, 2010 Reply

    The NY Times interview with the Archbishop cites his concern that Mass attendance has gone into free fall since its peak in the 1960s. That would have been the years after Vatican II, right? I don’t think that’s a coincidence; maybe if we tried to move closer to the spirit of the second Vatican Council, we would see a reinvigoration of our Church.

  • Billy Atwell
    December 6, 2010 Reply

    One of the most beautiful and comforting aspects of Catholic theology is that we only learn more about the long-held beliefs. We never find out that the last 1000 years of teaching was wrong and we need to start over. It’s concrete nature is such a blessing that we often overlook.

  • John Davis
    December 8, 2010 Reply

    I think that this topic brings about a lot of heated debate among people. I for one believe that people are entitled to their own opinion, but at the end of the day, those who follow the Catholic faith have to understand and respect the teachings of the church, whether they personally agree or not.

  • Elaine OBrien
    December 24, 2010 Reply

    this whole question statement etc. is just looking for an easy way out for most of us. some of the Church’s teachings are very hard to follow without an abundance of grace at which time they become relatively easy. for we live in time towards eternity and eternal Truth. that sounds high minded and it is but it is what we strive after and with due diligence attain. even lowly ones like me and you. God bless and Blessed Christmas


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