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It is never too late to Arise!

Hello to you all!

The Vatican announced this week that the Holy Father has lifted the excommunications of four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X. I was pleased with the news which shows, once again, the Holy Father’s concern for unity and reconciliation in the Church.

In 1988 Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who was critical of some elements of the Second Vatican Council, ordained four bishops without the approval of the Holy Father, incurring in automatic excommunication on himself and the four bishops he ordained.

This action follows the publication of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum a year and a half ago, in which the Holy Father lifted previous restrictions on the celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Missal, commonly known as the Tridentine Mass.

Just before the publication of the Apostolic Letter, I was privileged to be a part of a meeting of cardinals and bishops with the Holy Father in which he expressed his hope that his action would help convince those disaffected Catholics to return to full union with the Catholic Church.

So, his outreach to the communities who follow these bishops is just one more manifestation of his ardent desire to bring these people (which some estimate to be as many as 1.5 million) back into the fold.  We know that these are generally people who practice their faith and try to live a Christian life seriously but, unfortunately, I believe that they have been misled by their leadership.

Of course, lifting the excommunications was a first step; it does not regularize these bishops or the Society of St. Pius X, but it opens the way for a dialogue. This step was in response to a letter in which they professed their desire for full participation in the life of the Church.

It was tragic that one of the four bishops, Bishop Richard Williamson, had made outrageous statements about the Holocaust and about the September 11 attacks on the United States. It certainly raises questions as to the caliber of the leadership that the Society has. Additionally, as terrible as the comments were, it underscores the importance for the Holy Father to have increasing influence over those communities.

We are very sorry that the people in the Jewish community have been so pained and outraged by Bishop Williamson’s statements. I think the Holy Father’s statements and those of Cardinal Walter Kasper, chairman of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, have been very clear to dissociate the Catholic Church from those kinds of sentiments. I was pleased that the head of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, also repudiated the statements of Bishop Williamson.

It is very important for us to always remember the Holocaust so that such an atrocity could never take place again. I recall the words of the Holy Father this week: “May the Shoah be for everyone an admonition against oblivion, negation and reductionism, because violence against a single human being is violence against all.”

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Saturday, I attended the funeral of Father Joseph Bertrand who was my vicar general when I was bishop in the Virgin Islands. Though he was a native of Dominica, his family moved to the Virgin Islands when he was a child.

He was the first West Indian to join the Redemptorist Order and served God’s people faithfully and generously in Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and St. Croix.

I was very impressed at Father Carlisle Blake’s beautiful homily about Father Bertrand’s life in which he said that, if the rule and constitutions of the Redemptotists were lost, they could be reconstructed by studying the life and example of Father Bertrand. It is very true.

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Also this week was the funeral of Rabbi Leon Klenicki of Argentina, a great figure in the field of Jewish-Catholic relations and a man I knew for many years.

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Rabbi Klenicki

At my request, in August 2007 the Holy Father honored him with the Knighthood of St. Gregory, the highest honor that can be given to a non-Catholic.

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Receiving the The Knighthood of St. Gregory in August 2007

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He was a man of God who was a friend of the Catholic Church and a bridge between the Catholic and Jewish community in Argentina and in the United States. His death is a great loss.

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Rabbi Klenicki greeting the Holy Father in 2005

I first met Rabbi Klenicki when I was a young priest. He conducted a Seder meal in Spanish for my parish and, ever since, we had maintained a very close relationship.

I want to express my condolences to his family and his community. We share in their loss at his passing.

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Last week, the March for Life was a great success. The numbers of people who participated — particularly the number of young people — and the enthusiasm of the people for the cause was very encouraging. However, it is disturbing to see that the secular press, for the most part, chose to ignore a gathering of this proportion.

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This week someone shared an article with me written by Don Feder, whom many of you will remember as a long-time Boston Herald columnist.  In the article, he expresses dismay that the March for Life did not even receive a mention in the New York Times. He makes a strong point when he says that, had the cause been one that the liberal media was in favor of, even if there were just a few people there, it would be given prominence of place.

Sadly, the pro-life cause frequently receives this sort of unfair treatment. The media often seem to prefer to ignore the fact that huge numbers of Americans are dismayed at the lack of legal protection for human life in our country and are willing to express that in a public demonstration. This is certainly indicative of what a lacuna there is in our national media when it comes to the pro-life cause.

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Also this week, as we feared, the President has chosen to reverse the Mexico City policy which prohibited U.S. government money from being used in  programs which provide or promote abortions overseas.  We can only speculate on what the implications of that decision are going to be.

When we see the numbers of abortions being performed in the developing world — many of which are directed at girls in the womb — it is very disturbing to think that our country is going to be promoting this kind of assault on human life and dignity throughout the world.

Abortion is a great evil and anytime restrictions to abortion are lifted it is a tragedy. As I said previously, it is very encouraging to see so many young people participating in the March for Life and in other events throughout the year. We must continue to educate new generations about the gift of life.

A friend sent me a link to a video commercial on the issue that I want to share with you. It speaks for itself.

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Last Thursday evening, I went to New York to participate in an ecumenical celebration marking the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity sponsored by the American Bible Society. I gave the Spanish keynote speech. There was a large audience there at the headquarters of the American Bible Society representing various Catholic and Protestant Churches. It is one more indication of the American Bible Society’s desire to work with the Catholic Church and to make their resources available so that the Word of God will be accessible to everyone.

Mario Paredes, who has been working on the Board of the Society and is now on their staff, has done much to create closer ties between the American Bible Society and the Catholic Church.

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Monday evening we had a meeting of over 200 group leaders from Arise! Together in Christ  Program here at the Pastoral Center.

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It was very encouraging to hear their reports and also to learn that the Arise for Youth Program has been developed. Some of our parishes are leading the implementation of those post-confirmation-type of programs to bring our young people together for prayer and faith formation.

The Arise program has been a great blessing and we’re happy that more and more parishes are coming on board.

It was also encouraging to hear from the various ethnic groups — the Haitian, Portuguese-speaking, Spanish-speaking and Vietnamese  communities — that are participating in this program that we initiated as an observance of our Bicentennial year.

I also want to express my gratitude to the Arise participants from St. Mary’s in Dedham who sent me a card expressing their thanks for the program a few weeks ago.

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I am so pleased that Arise is making a difference in the lives of so many around the archdiocese.

In Lent, we’ll have another group of parishes launching the Arise program. So, as they say, it is never too late to Arise!

Until next week,
Cardinal Seán

40 Responses to It is never too late to Arise!


Comments

  1. Comment by Michael Hallman | 2009/01/31 at 00:09:03

    Cardinal Sean,

    Thank you so much for posting this about the SSPX. There has been so much confusion on the lifting of the excommunications, so much misinformation reported by the media, and as John Allen has pointed out, an inexcusable ineptitude on the PR front by the Vatican, that it is very good to hear from a Cardinal of the Church to help guide us through this ordeal. I do believe it was a great act of paternal mercy, in the Holy Father’s words, to lift the excommunications, and I think you make an excellent point that the egregious anti-Semitism by Bishop Williamson is all the more reason why the people of SSPX will be much better served by being in communion with the Church and under the leadership of the Holy Father and the bishops who report to him. Many prayers continue to be offered for reconciliation and peace in the Church.

  2. Comment by Clara | 2009/01/31 at 09:03:08

    Hello Cardinal Sean! Loved your blog this week! I think it is great that the excommunications of the four bishops of the society of St. Pius X were lifted! I loved, loved, loved the video about Barack Obama! How touching!

    Great blog this week!
    Thank You!

    Clara King
    St. Paul Student
    Hingham MA

  3. Comment by Brother Charles | 2009/01/31 at 11:12:07

    Your Eminence,

    Thanks much for the information and peaceful reflections on the Holy Father and the SSPX. It’s been a long week with these issues with many voices. Thanks again.

  4. Comment by The truth speaker | 2009/01/31 at 11:53:10

    Williamson should do everyone some good and make public penance for his actions. He should then retire to a monastery and spend the rest of his life doing the one thing that would truly be considered suffering for him- keeping his big mouth shut!

  5. Comment by memoriadei | 2009/01/31 at 12:12:25

    A beautiful tribute here to beautiful servants of God. Thank you. And, thank you, your Excellency, for all you do !

  6. Comment by Chris | 2009/01/31 at 13:26:14

    Your excellency,

    I think your comments regarding the SSPX are most unkind. One would think that the ordinary from Boston — an archdiocese that has greatly embarrassed the Catholic world — would not lecture any group on the caliber of its leadership. Moreover, considering the state of the American Church, I respectfully believe you should instead be lecturing your brother bishops regarding their woeful leadership of the Church. You can say whatever you want about the folks who turn to the SSPX, but in my humble opinion they are serious Catholics who have been mistreated by people with seemingly the same mindset your bring to bear. Evidently, you appear to ignore that perhaps the Holy Father wants the SSPX in the Church not to control them but to help the Church right itself after fifty years of nonsense.

    I hope my comments have not been uncharitable.

  7. Comment by Maureen Crowley Heil | 2009/01/31 at 17:57:06

    Dear Cardinal O’Malley,
    I was happy to see you point out on your blog that lifting the excommunication of the SPPX members does not allow them to practice their ministry, much less bring them back into full communion with the Church. I think that point is being overlooked by not only the secular media, but the Catholic media as well. The Canadian Bishops’ Conference issued a very plainly worded, staight forward statement on the subject. I hope the USCCB’s response will be as clearly formulated.
    Blessings!
    Maureen Crowley Heil

  8. Comment by Maria Teresa Frias | 2009/01/31 at 19:53:01

    Querido Padre Sean

    Congratulations for your new Deacons Frank, David, Sean, Huy and Israel! Beautiful names indeed and beautiful souls at the service of Christ’s Church.
    We thank God to be able to be united with you at the Mass in prayer and thanksgiving thanks to BCTV. Like you said in your Homily today, we are like Barnabas, the new Levy in Christ: serving, encouraging and consoling each other in Him by supporting each other’s vocations.
    Thank you for your Blog Padre Sean. As always, you are teaching us the teaching of Christ and every one of us in our own capacities are true witness of Christ, as we are defending and protecting the sacredness of all human life. We all have friends, family members and our own politicians who are not recognizing the fundamental sacredness of life and we need to be more closely to God to be able to try to help them to encounter Him in their lives. We said in the Creed that God alone is the giver of Life and we know that He lives in us in despite our sinfulness. He alone could transform us because He gave Himself to Judas, in the Last Supper and He wanted to meet Saul in his way to murder God’s people. God never tires to look for the opportunity to meet us and in Christ we truly live in the “Land of the free” because He has giving us the free will to use our freedom well so we could disperse the notion that we are predestined by Him to be or do good or to be or do evil. In Christ we are constantly free, raising our souls and our bodies to Him in humility so we could know His teachings and love Him and truly live in Him. We want to think that President Barack Obama is blessed as the meaning of his name is as we all are because we are God’s creatures regardless who we are. We think that God has giving this President a unique opportunity in this world to do good in this time of many crises and we trust in God that God is going to use him in despite of his wrongs against the Source of Life. We need to pray for him just as we need to pray for our family members and circle of friends who have their own contradictions and wrongs in regard to the Ten Commandments and plain natural law: humans don’t kill humans. We ask God to help us persevere in prayer because with our prayers and our actions we want to defeat this evil of killing that it is very much ingrained in the minds and hearts of many human beings in today’s world. We are all aware that all the scandals that affect us in this world today, are scandals committed by human beings like us that are Catholics, Christian, Jews, Muslims, Buddhist who are not living fully are own true humanity as human beings let alone living the faiths that we professed. It has to encourage us that God never tires to reach out to us sinners and that He is always ready to transform us if we submit our minds and our souls to Him in true humility.
    Recently in Catholics newspapers in the USA a professor from a Catholic University scandalized many readers just pretending to honor the life and passing of Father Richard Neuhaus. We all need to amend ourselves from our wrongs with God and also it is our responsibility to do the same with our brothers and sisters if we are humble enough to admit our wrongs. For us Catholics, in the sacrament of confession, we are very mindful of our own conversions and with God in us we want to spread God’s mercies to those who are in need to know Him and to amend themselves with Him. If we truly pray, we are going to continue fighting this battle with Him, armed with His love, His words and His Redemption. He alone is the source of all graces, goodness and holiness and it is our obligation and our duty not only to lead ourselves to God but to lead our brothers and sisters to God because atheists do better than us because they, at least, are not causing the scandals that many of us are causing.

  9. Comment by Marianne Caldwell | 2009/02/01 at 08:32:18

    What a shame that the Roman Catholic church once again abandons the Jewish people with this callous decision. My Catholic, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim friends here in Eurupe are aghast….this has decisively been the last straw for some to give up on Church leadership; or utter lack of.
    I pray for you in this dark hour that the hierarchy will see that once again they are alienating themselves from the flock…the faithful who now look elsewhere for spiritual guidance, ethical and moral models, and courageous leadership. Pope John Paul the 2nd would be saddened by this decision.

  10. Comment by Arthur Farrington | 2009/02/01 at 09:24:03

    This serious step toward reconciling the S.S.P.X. is indeed a good thing for their adherents but also for the Church at large. I’m pleased to hear the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston acknowledge this although I am saddened that so much emphasis has been laid upon the nonsensical comments (and, apparently, beliefs) by one of the bishops – who, by the way, is not part of the “leadership” of the S.S.P.X.

    In charity I’d suggest that the good cardinal might wish to delve a little deeper into these matters before commenting further. One of the reasons that the entire Lefebvre Affair reached the stage where the late archbishop proceeded to the illicit ordination of bishops was the misinformation disseminated by both the media and many in the Church. And had Paul VI not taken the whole thing rather personally there would be no need for Benedict XVI to have taken this courageous step.

  11. Comment by Papa | 2009/02/01 at 09:29:54

    Cardinal O’Malley

    Read the story in the Globe today and understand your duty to support the Pope..but and a big but, it really isn’t necessary to confirm that the Holacaust really happened or that millions of Jews and other were gassed and cremated…

    Those of the St.Pius Society who still profess that the Jews are guilty of deicide unless they accept Jesus should either be condemed for their beliefs, or brought into the fold without comment.

    Papa

  12. Comment by Marissa | 2009/02/01 at 10:05:27

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    Hello, I am a student of Saint Paul School, I thought the video about President Barack Obama was magnificent, I had already seen it once before and it still gets my attention every time! Once again your blog was very nice. Keep it up!

    ~Marissa

  13. Comment by Rj DiFrancesca | 2009/02/01 at 13:58:24

    Dear Cardinal:
    Why is it that the Catholic Church seems to be led around by the whims and fancies of the Jewish clergy.
    Yes, the Jewish people have been hurt and we owe them an apology for all the harm done them by our actions and inactions.
    Take for example the slow process for the canonization of Pius XII-it is only because of the objections of the Jews that the late
    Holy Father has not been canonized.The church seems to be afraid of stepping on the toes of the Jews.Another example is the prayers that have been omitted because they offend the Jewish people
    Can’t the Catholic Church act on its own beliefs with out contstantly being forced to rethink its core values?

  14. Comment by Mary E. Delabruere | 2009/02/01 at 14:41:39

    Cardinal Sean: As always, you are a clear voice in the worldly wilderness! I would like to express my gratitude for your comments on the ban of excommunication which was lifted by Holy See. Our Holy Father is a wise, just, and merciful man whose steady hand continues to keep the Church on course. The unspeakable atrocities committed against the Jewish people by the Nazi’s have always been condemned by the Church. Pope Benedict XVI and his family, endured suffering and loss of freedom due to the maniacal dictates of Adolph Hitler as carried out by the Nazi party. The lifting of the ban of exommunication is in no way related to nor a pronouncement of approval of the tragic events which took place. As a Roman Catholic I am proud of your strong leadership and your faithfulness to the Holy See, Catholic doctrine, and of course, to Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior. Thank you.

  15. Comment by Caroline Smart | 2009/02/01 at 15:42:03

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    You had another wonderful blog this week. Everything was very interesting, but what really caught my eye was the video on Barak Obama. Thank you so much for posting every week!

    –Caroline

    A Student from
    Saint Paul School
    Hingham, MA

  16. Comment by Youliyan Markov | 2009/02/01 at 16:27:37

    Your excellency,

    I am deeply touched that You rose your voice to aid our Supreme Shepard.I don’t know how much time it should pass until any bishop or priest ought to say these words.We all know, that the Holy Spirit is guiding the Pope and His decisions are the True.It cannot be subject of discussion-to heal a wound is always a great deed.Every person should not forget that his deeds has theirs consequences.And every person should be responsible for his or her own deeds and words.The Pope could not heal the church if he had not lifted the excommunications of all four bishops,but to some of them.Because many people think they have the biggest brains as much as their mouths, it is to be said to them:”Why should the Holy Roman Church always retreat and silence its own voice and teaching,just to satisfy all the people in all the world?”There raises an influence in the press and other media,that people can defy the church like defying a local politician and challenge it with sharp words and loud cries.The Holocaust denial is something very dangerous ,because as the time passes and the eyewitnesses are getting fewer so the younger generations can be deceived by such words,but it is not the position of the Holy Roman church.The man ,who said these words is not an official of the Church and he wasn’t saying the Church’s visions,but his own.

  17. Comment by Dorothy | 2009/02/01 at 17:10:59

    I appreciate the Cardinal’s thoughtful comments on the Society of St. Pius X and their followers. The Catholic Church is truly a big tent, and we all need to have more patience with the others who shelter there with us. On the other hand, it does seem that there are some forms of disobedience — those to the right of the official Vatican positions — that are treated with greater sensitivity than the left leaning searching of conscience that is more common in the United States.

  18. Comment by Colby | 2009/02/01 at 20:20:48

    Cardinal Sean,

    That clip about Barack Obama was very touching. I enjoyed your blog this week very much.
    Thank you,
    Colby

  19. Comment by Kelly Callahan | 2009/02/01 at 20:38:36

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    I loved your blog this week! My favorite part was the commercial for President Barack Obama. The commercial taught me that anyone can succeed even those without fathers, mothers, or money. I believe that President Obama will lead our country and make many improvements.
    ~Kelly

  20. Comment by Gabriella (a student from St. Paul School) | 2009/02/01 at 20:42:08

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    This week’s blog was very interesting. I am delighted to hear the success of such projects as the March for Life and the Arise Together in Christ Program. I believe that both of these endeavors are wonderful ways to be closer to God. I am also happy to read that the enthusiasm level behind these two causes was high. I can’t wait until your next blog! God Bless.

  21. Comment by Michael | 2009/02/02 at 15:17:45

    Cardinal O’Malley, thank you for the time you donate to this blog.

    I do wonder if the unrealistic optimism that opened the Second Vatican Council (and remained in parts throughout) led to the Council documents being jettisoned for a phantom “Spirit of the Council”, by some. This may have contributed to fermenting a pessimism and ultimately erroneous interpretations of the Council by some, including Archbishop Lefebvre? One fruit of this pessimism being “the caliber of the leadership that the Society has.” The flip side being the Sacred Liturgy so abused the Christcentric unity is lost – and thus the Living Word along with it. Let us pray for the unity Jesus prayed for.

  22. Comment by Hannah | 2009/02/02 at 17:50:45

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    This week’s blog was very interesting!! I thought the video about Barack Obama was great. I had never seen it before! Thank you for another great blog, I can’t wait until next week’s.

    ~Hannah

  23. Comment by Elizabeth | 2009/02/02 at 18:03:29

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    Another wonderful blog! My favorite part of your blog this week was the video about Barack Obama. It was a very intresting video and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for your blog this week Cardinal Sean!

  24. Comment by Mike | 2009/02/02 at 20:34:33

    I couldn’t agree more with Dorothy (above). Why are those who dissent to the right unashamedly sought out by this pope while those who disagree to the left are not sought out gently by the (supposed) shepherd of all

  25. Comment by Paul & Jayne | 2009/02/03 at 00:15:59

    Dear Padre;

    God Bless you, and thank-you for being the correct man for our day and time, for all Christians here and everywhere. I read the blog this week and it is super. Thank-you for your presense among us. I especially liked Maria teresa Freas’s comments and Glad that there is at least one person oput there that I can wholeheartedly agree with, with great vigor!!
    Also, The Arise program is just what we as a Christian Family really need; something to re-awaken our evolving Christian values, based on love, community, fellowship, and Christian sharing of our beliefs and communities’ spirit of mutual support.

    Thank-you again for your true self-evident dedication to all human beings. It is truely re-assuring to know that a Catholic leader is that Christ-like to walk amoung us the way that our Lord once did. This is what we all really need is some-one today who cares with-out a hidden agenda other than to continue to be like our Lord. I look forward to your weekly communication on you Blog, and say VIVA La BlOG, from my wife and I. Good Day!!

  26. Comment by Mary | 2009/02/03 at 12:02:23

    Dear Cardinal Sean, Weren’t we supposed to get postcards to send to representatives against the Freedom of Choice Act last month? I understand those in the Worcester diocese did get the postcards and information on the proposed law. In my parish in the western suburbs, not a word was said about this important issue.

  27. Comment by Johnny | 2009/02/03 at 16:09:39

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    My name is Johnny and I attend St. Paul School in Hingham, Massachusetts. Thank you for writing such a great blog. My favorite part was the video on Barack Obama. I thought that the video was wonderful. I am very excited to see the new changes that Barack Obama will bring to this country. Thanks again for such a great blog and I can’t wait to hear from you next week!

  28. Comment by Caroline J.M. | 2009/02/03 at 19:50:31

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    Once again, I can see that you had another busy week. I enjoyed the part about the March for Life, and I am pleased to see so many people young and old taking their time to help others. I enjoyed your blog very much, and I can not wait until your next blog.
    God Bless.
    Caroline Sullivan

  29. Comment by Jakob | 2009/02/04 at 10:56:57

    Greetings,

    I agree with those who wished the same outreached hand would go both to the left as much as to the right. I have not given up hope that the Pope won’t do it yet. It seems unlikely however.

    There are so many priests who left active ministry to get married. With a shortage of priests we won’t bring them back even though we accept married anglican priests who are married. I would much rather have a married priest who left his ministry out of love rather than a SPX priest who thinks the words of consecration only work if people don’t understand them.

    Sorry for the rant but we have excluded women, married men, gay celibate men and we have the gal to complain of a vocation crisis… what did the Church do with the people who God sent to it?

    I know this is none of your doing Cardinal Sean. You are a GOOD MAN (which is a better compliment than being an orthodox bishop). You always have my support.

  30. Comment by Paul Neal | 2009/02/04 at 13:21:19

    - The Vatican on Wednesday demanded that a prelate who denied the Holocaust recant his positions before being fully admitted as a bishop into the Roman Catholic Church.

  31. Comment by Kelly | 2009/02/04 at 14:24:14

    Glad I found your site. Linked you. Too much to comment on here, but I enjoyed your entire post, head to toe.

    “We are very sorry that the people in the Jewish community have been so pained and outraged by Bishop Williamson’s statements. ”

    I am sorry to EVERyONE pained by it, Catholics, non-catholic Christians, …good humans…, it was not a statement (in my ever be humble opinion LOL) of ignorance but mean-spiritness/SIN with intent to harm. When you say something that you know will REALLY pain/hurt/upset terribly….you come from a place of selfishess, pride (I’ll say what I WANT to say regardless), and sin of mean spirit injury. We need to take a stronger phraseology….like “We are all pained and injured and totally completely outraged by BishopW’s statement…and are very sorry to the ppl in the Jewish community who had to hear such meanspirited remarks which could only serve to hurt and injure and divide…” blah blah blah…

    Great blog!! Keep it up! :) ) God bless you and your ministries.

  32. Comment by Joe Rizzo | 2009/02/04 at 17:08:58

    WOW! An historical week and a hysterical week.

    With all the rhetoric coming back with the very mention of Bishop Williamson’s name, I cannot help but pound the keyboard. As a former member of the SSPX, be assured, Williamson’s road on his journey to be home to Rome will be short lived. He lacks humility and common sense.

    His “my way or the highway” mindset will soon be his own demise.

    I also must say that there was no need for Cardinal Sean to issue an apology to the Jewish community. It’s not his fault that this sort of hate exists.

    As for the Pro-Life march, I was there in spirit and offered a rosary for those that will never have a chance at life.

    BTW, were any of the SSPX bishops there?

    Joe

  33. Comment by F Murray Rumpelstiltskin | 2009/02/04 at 17:42:08

    Vatican turnaround: Holocaust denier must recant [The Associated Press]

    Well, it’s not quite like getting burned at the stake for his sins – but I guess it’ll have to do.

    question
    Why did the Vatican change their tune?

    answers
    1 Honest to god penance?
    2 PR move.

    #2, of course. O’Malley – will you be saying you made a mistake? No, of course. There’s no PR pressure on you in particular.

    And will you post this comment. Well, that’s not really even a question.

    That’s the really great thing about the church – it’s free and open acceptance of ideas and opinions.

  34. Comment by *Megan* | 2009/02/04 at 17:42:18

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    I cant believe that many people did the Mrach for Life. People must be pretty devoted to saving other’s lives! It just goes to show how much of a catholic “family” we are. Great blog and I can’t wait untill your next one!

    -Megan Daley
    A student from St Paul School in Hingham MA

  35. Comment by Jamaes O’Leary | 2009/02/04 at 18:21:30

    There wasn’t any news value in the March for Life. I, for one, am sick of the pro-life movement, very sick of it.

  36. Comment by John Lamb | 2009/02/05 at 09:53:51

    Hello,
    It has been a long time since I have spoken on your website. I am pleased to say that I am all read up on your current blog. I think the entry about President Barack Obama is very interesting. I did not know he did not have a father. I believe the beginning of the video said it was a super bowl ad which I was very pleased to see because it informed the world that the president of these United States came from nothing, and struggled to get there. God Bless!

  37. Comment by Susie | 2009/02/05 at 10:00:20

    Hello! This is Susie from Saint Paul school in Hingham. Your blog was wonderful, as always, this week. I thought it was very kind of you to apologize for the actions of Bishop Richard Williamson’s statments that may have very well insulted many people. I also enjoyed that you included the Presidential race in your blog. It is a truly historical time in our nation.
    Thank you for writing this blog!
    ~Susie

  38. Comment by Kate | 2009/02/05 at 10:01:15

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    Your blog this week was wonderful! I enjoyed the video about President Obama. It was great! I look forward to next week’s blog! God Bless!

    ~Kate
    St. Paul School, Hingham MA

  39. Comment by OJ Christopher | 2009/02/08 at 22:59:02

    Dear Cardinal O’Malley,

    We read in today’s gospel by Mark (1: 29-39) about the miraculous cure by Jesus of Simon’s mother-in-law and of many other cures conferred by Jesus. We are reminded that Jesus provided remarkable cures but His words and spirit provide remarkable healing for any of us who are open to it. The careful reader is acutely aware that Jesus’ healing actions in today’s gospel took place in and around many Jewish synagogues. In stark contrast, there has been neither a cure nor healing of the painful and ulcerous rift between the Catholic Church and our Jewish brethren, a wound that has in recent days been inflamed by Pope Benedict’s inexplicable reversal of the excommunication of Richard Williamson, the extreme rightwing denier of the WWII Holocaust. With every passing day, we are forced to question the Pope’s leadership abilities as he allows a mistake to become a public relations disaster, and we pray this will avoid becoming a fullblown crisis.

    You reside only minutes away from a disquietingly beautiful memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Nearly 1 in 20 of our MA State population is Jewish, and our Jewish brethren are inextricably woven into the fabric of our great Boston academic and artistic Institutions and teaching hospitals as well as our legal, banking, and business communities. Your quiet leadership has been remarkable in cleaning up and moving us forward after the ugly clergy sexual abuse scandals. Your blog today quietly speaks to us about the need to understand the context of the Pope’s actions. Your words are sincere, compassionate, and truthful. With all due respect, however, your statements contain too much defense of a reconciliation that has no relevance to the healing of the sick, caring for the poor, and defense of life that are perhaps the most important contributions of the Roman Catholic Church to the world around us, and yet you offer virtually no comment about the Pope’s poor judgement. I applaud the German Bishops who have today directly confronted the Pope and asked him to rectify his mistakes. I urge that you continue to make clear your unequivocal solidarity with the local Jewish community and your belief that the Holocaust was a horrible event that should never be forgotten.

    Respectfully yours,

  40. Comment by Kate Fallon | 2009/03/29 at 21:28:35

    Dear Cardinal Sean, this is the first week that I received your blog e-mail. Thank you. I really enjoyed it. My husband and I just got home from our last session of our second season of Arise! It has been a wonderful experience for the two of us and very meaningful. I hope that more people join in the Fall.


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