Feb. 29, 2012 — In a Feb. 14 note to his people, Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., the archbishop of Chicago, commented on the question of “who speaks for the Catholic Church,” which had become a subject of public controversy thanks to the Obama administration’s “contraceptive mandate”—which is, of course, an abortifacient and sterilization mandate as well.
The cardinal noted the administration’s crude attempt to play divide-and-conquer with the Catholic Church in the United States, a ploy in which some nominally Catholic groups quickly acquiesced. Yet something important in all of this was being missed, the cardinal suggested: “…the bishops of the Church make no attempt to speak for all Catholics; they never have. The bishops speak for the Catholic and apostolic faith, and those that hold that faith gather around them. Other disperse.
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Letters to Editor:
New quiz a gift
I was overcome with joy today (Feb. 22) when I received my Denver Catholic Register. It was a perfect gift! Some time ago the CateQuiz’em was discontinued in the Register. Before it was discontinued, it was the first thing that I turned to, to read.
Today, Ash Wednesday, I received a most generous gift from Mr. Peter Westhoff who has graciously reinstated a quiz (“Nun of the Above”) for this Lenten season. (It’s a lot of work!)
Please consider Mr. Westhoff to continue putting the quiz in our Register. You are a God-send! Thank you for doing this for us and I pray you will continue to do so in the future. The quizzes keep us on our toes. (And now I know what NOTA means!)
Editor’s note: The quizzes are planned to run weekly in the Denver Catholic Register throughout the year.