Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Rigali’

Sweet Victory

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Today, at the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, my good friend, Justin Cardinal Rigali, graciously made good on our World Series wager. Victory never tasted so good!

Photo by Emily Marlow

photo by Emily Marlow


photo by Emily Marlow

photo by Emily Marlow

photo by Emily Marlow

A Baseball Crisis Resolved

Monday, October 26th, 2009
photo by Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

photo by Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

It’s been hard for this bishop to be against angels, but fortunately that crisis of conscience has passed with the Yankees 5-2 victory last night over the Los Angeles Angels, giving them their 40th American League pennant and sending the Bronx Bombers back to the World Series.

Rooting for the Yankees has been a very natural thing for me, as I have been a Yankee fan since 1961 when, as an 11 year old in Saint Louis, I closely followed the Maris/Mantle home run race.  (Of course, being a Cardinal’s fan is a part of my D.N.A.)

With the Angels out of the way, and my beloved Redbirds having been sent home in the first round, there will be no dilemmas when it comes to cheering unreservedly for the Yankees in the Fall Classic.

However, I will feel bad for my friend and mentor, Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia, when the Yankees beat his Phillies.

And for Mets fans, please remember that October 28, the first day of the World Series, is also the Feast of Saint Jude, the Patron Saint of Impossible Cases.

Clear Thinking on Health Care Reform

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Last Thursday, three of my brother bishops released an excellent and powerful letter on health care reform. The letter, which was addressed to members of Congress, was written on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by Justin Cardinal Rigali, Chairman of the Pro-Life Activities committee, Bishop William Murphy, Chairman of the Domestic Justice and Human Development committee, and Bishop John Wester, Chairman of the Migration committee. I’d like to share this letter with you, as well as make the letter’s words my own.

The text of the letter can be found here on the USCCB website.