Tag Archives: Timothy Dolan

Monday’s Religion News Roundup: Tornado churches; Dolan’s “Irish”; GCBs

By Daniel Burke
Religion News Service

Houses of worship in Henryville, Indiana, and across the Midwest and South are helping pick up the pieces from devastating tornadoes that killed 39.

Military investigators found that five U.S. service members are responsible for Quran burnings in Afghanistan. They could lose rank, but will not be put on public trial, despite calls from Afghanistan’s top religious council.

“What they did was careless, but there was no ill will,” a military official told WaPo.

Georgetown University’s, John J. DeGioia, quoted St. Augustine in his defense of GU law student Sandra Fluke, whom Rush Limbaugh called a mean word last week. “Let us, on both sides, lay aside all arrogance.  Let us not, on either side, claim that we have already discovered the truth,” runs the quotation from Augustine.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan urged Roman Catholics to get more involved in the church’s religious freedom battle against the govt. Dolan also said the bishops “got our Irish up”when White House officials suggested that they heed more conciliatory Catholic voices.

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Fat Tuesday; “Catholic” Glenn Beck; Southern Baptists’ name

By David Gibson
Religion News Service

Lent started a couple days early for the ESPN editor who wrote a headline about Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin that recalled an ethnic slur against Chinese.

Anthony Federico, 28, was fired on Sunday for the gaffe, which he said had no racist intent. “ESPN did what they had to do,” said Federico who, like Lin, is a devout Christian.

“My faith is my life,” Federico told The Daily News. “I’d love to tell Jeremy what happened and explain that this was an honest mistake.”

Speaking of J-Lin, his pastor tells the WaPo what he’s really like. It’s all good, don’t worry.

New York archbishop Timothy Dolan, who was the “rock star” of the Vatican consistory that created 22 new cardinals, may need a bit of self-denial: he fell off the diet wagon while in Rome, and now can’t take off the new gold ring Pope Benedict XVI gave him on Saturday.

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Friday’s Religion Roundup: Drive-thru edition

By Kevin Eckstrom
Religion News Service

All eyes are on the White House today, where ABC is reporting that POTUS will try to split the baby (so to speak) with religious groups over his mandate to offer contraception coverage to employees. VPOTUS Joe Biden(a Catholic, it’s worth mentioning) says he’s “determined to see that this gets worked out.”

Meanwhile, the NYT reports that U.S. Catholic bishops had anticipated their fight with Obama months before he rolled out the policy change: Hours after President Obama phoned to share his decision with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York … the bishops’ headquarters in Washington posted on its Web site a video of Archbishop Dolan, which had been recorded the day before.”

Mother Angelica‘s EWTN Catholic cable network has filed at least the third lawsuit by a religious group against the contraception mandate. Rick Santorum says the contraception mandate has “nothing to do with women’s rights” (and also thinks female “emotions” could get in the way of military combat). On Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants everyone to just “calm down” already.

Or, as Mother Jones points out, is this all really much ado about nothing? “The central mandate—that most employers have to cover preventative care for women—has been law for over a decade.”

Things are getting downright weird in Philly, where there are calls to make sure that retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua didn’t die of foul play just one day after he was deemed fit to appear as a witness in a major sex abuse trial.

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Top Catholic bishop feels betrayed by Obama

By Dave Gibson
Religion News Service

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WASHINGTON — In the wake of President Obama’s controversial decision to mandate that religious groups pay for contraceptives for their employees, much of the coverage focused on how the president had disappointed progressive allies by giving religious groups an extra year to comply.

    But the decision also had New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, feeling personally betrayed.
    “I have to say, there’s a sense of personal disappointment,” Dolan said Tuesday (Jan. 24) after he gave a lecture on “Law and the Gospel of Life” at Fordham Law School.
    Last November, amid deepening tensions between the bishops and the administration over the pending contraception mandate and other issues, Obama invited Dolan to the Oval Office, where the two men shared what Dolan called a productive and “extraordinarily friendly” meeting.
    “The president seemed very earnest, he said he considered the protection of conscience sacred, that he didn’t want anything his administration would do to impede the work of the church that he claimed he held in high regard,” Dolan recalled on Tuesday. “So I did leave a little buoyant.”
    That optimism ended last Friday, however, when Obama phoned Dolan to tell him that he was not expanding the conscience exemption to include religious institutions — such as Catholic hospitals, universities and social service agencies. In a bid to appease critics like Dolan, the White House gave church organizations an extra year to find a way to comply with the mandate that all health insurance plans provide free contraceptive coverage.
    “I had to share with him that I was terribly let down, disappointed and disturbed, and it seemed the news he had given me was difficult to square with the confidence I had felt in November,” Dolan said.
    Dolan indicated that his preference is to keep the lines of communication with the administration open. But Dolan is already facing pressure from other bishops to take a more confrontational stance toward the White House.
    Dolan was scheduled to leave Wednesday for a nine-day spiritual pilgrimage to Israel; after a brief return to New York, he will head to Rome where he will be formally elevated to the rank of cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI.