Today begins Catholic Press Month. Those volunteering to be pallbearers for the Catholic press may have to leave their dark suits hanging in the closet longer than they anticipated — infinitely longer, I hope. While the vehicle is changing, what we do — informing, instructing and inspiring — continues. No medium covers the Catholic Church in southeastern Wisconsin as thoroughly and as accurately as the Milwaukee Catholic Herald.
Driven to greatness and goodness: The sports world needed the Donald Driver retirement story at this particular time. Yes, I am biased in acknowledging his greatness on the field, but the goodness off the field is what really matters. One gets the impression that all of Driver’s commitment to family and helping others is genuine. Dare I say “role model”?
A super ‘I don’t care’ game: When my kids were younger and I’d be watching an NFL game that didn’t include the Packers, e.g., Oilers vs. Jets, they’d ask, “Who do you want to win?” I would tell them, “It’s an ‘I don’t care’ game.” My description of this Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Not since 2002: That was the last time the Holy See appointed someone 52-years-old to head an archdiocese in the U.S. The archdiocese was Milwaukee; the archbishop was Timothy M. Dolan. This past Tuesday, the Vatican tapped the 52-year-old bishop of Marquette, Mich., Alexander K. Sample, to be archbishop of Portland, Ore. In case you’re wondering, the K is for King.
Speaking of archbishops, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez has relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of his duties because of the way he handled — or didn’t handle — the priest sex abuse scandal. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0201-mahony-curry-20130201,0,3456166,full.story
We need it: Even though the Feast of St. Blaise falls on a Sunday, I hope parishes will bless throats. Given it has been cold and flu season since September, that would be the best thing they could do for their parishioners’ physical and spiritual health.
Warm thoughts to offset the wind chill: Here’s something from nearly 49 years ago to help you think about summer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6DrMkLNYKw.