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"The formation of adolescent boys is best accomplished by male role models, as the formation of girls is best accomplished by women ... Hence in the boys' athletic competitions, it is important that the various role models (coaches and referees) be men."

-- Rev. Vicente Griego, headmaster of St. Mary's Academy, explains why Micheile Campbell was told she could not officiate in a high school basketball game. (1)

"If you're a Democrat can you legitimately vote for someone who is prochoice? l imagine so...But you have to tell them forcefully you want them to change. [Voting for a prochoice candidate] might be OK as long as you operate out of Catholic moral principles."

--Archbishop Charles Chaput explains that there are many moral issues outside of abortion that should be considered when choosing for whom to vote. (2)

"The homosexual lobby has been extremely effective in aligning itself with minority groups ... It is ever present at the service each year for the Holocaust memorial--as if to create for themselves the image of a group of people under persecution ... I take it you're beginning to see that there is a huge, well-orchestrated conspiracy taking place which the Catholic community completely missed ... I saw actor Ian McKellen being honored for his work on behalf of homosexuals, when a century ago Oscar Wilde was put in jail ... [Having a gay child] must be a nightmare moment for any parent. There are many days when I'm glad to not be a parent ... I would try to handle it with a degree of compassion. But I would not tolerate that kind of behavior. "

--Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Devine, speaking to an audience in Glasgow about homosexual groups. (3)

"The condemnation of abortion is made on the basis of rational arguments, not revelation, and a person not convinced by the arguments has a right to dissent from the teaching on conscience and its relationship to authority."

--Catholic priest Paul Surlis in a letter to the Washington Post qualifying another letter writer's statement that "according to the Catholic catechism, abortion is a serious sin." (4)

"I don't feel I have a responsibility or an obligation to make people do what the church says. In fact, I think it would be wrong."

--Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin, Tex. (5)

"You've got a very strong body of teaching that is consistent--it's comprehensive-and whether we like it or not, Catholics, as everybody else, tend to be shoppers ... they go through the Catholic world with a shopping cart and pick and choose what they believe, and the task of the bishop is to call people to more than that."

--Roy. Lou Brusatti, the dean of humanities at St. Edward's University in Austin, Tex., comments of the role of a bishop in the midst of cultural change. (6)

"On contraception and divorce, the rule of thumb in the parishes has become "don't ask, don't tell'...priests are beginning to adopt the same approach towards Catholics who are homosexual, of either gender, for similar reasons."

-- Tablet columnist Clifford Longley explains why fewer people attend confession. (7)

"It is a great suffering for the church in the United States and for the church in general and for me personally that this could happen. As I read the histories of those victims, it is difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betrayed in this way. Their mission was to give healing, to give the love of God to these children. We are deeply ashamed and we will do what is possible that this cannot happen in the future."

--Pope Benedict xv, starts out his trip to the United States with the first of many apologies for the sexual abuse scandal. (8)

"What I find fascinating about the United States is that it began with a positive concept of secularism. [Its founders] wanted to have a lay, secular state that would open the possibilities for all the churches and for all forms of religious practice. So it was designed as a secular state, it was really against a state church, but secular specifically for love of religion and of its authenticity, which can only be lived freely... This seems to me to be a fundamental and positive model that should also be considered in Europe."

--Despite many reports to the contrary, Pope Benedict praised secularism. (9)

(1) Margaret Stafford, "Kansas school offers explanation on removal of female ref," Associated Press, February 20, 2008. (2) Jean Torkelson, "Chaput weighs in on voters' choice," Rocky Mountain News, February 12, 2008. (3) Tristan Stewart-Robertson, "So much for Christian compassion the Bishop bashes gays once again," Express (UK), March 13, 2008. (4) Paul Surlis, "Catholicism and Abortion," Washington Post, March 4, 2008. (5) Eileen E. Flynn, "Bishop speaks for tenets amid cultural changes," Austin American-Statesman, March lo, 2008. (6) Eileen E. Flynn, "Bishop speaks for tenets amid cultural changes," Austin American-Statesmen, March 10, 2008. (7) Clifford Langley, "People are telling themselves that contraception is a sin but a necessity," The Tablet, March 15, 2008. (8) John Holusha and Ion Fisher, "Pope Begins U.S. Visit; Says He Is Ashamed of Sex Scandal," New York Times, April 16, 2008. (9) CNS, "Papal inflight press conference," April 15, 2008.
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Date:Mar 22, 2008
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