Thursday, August 30, 2012

Condoleezza Rice


Condoleezza Rice spoke last night at the GOP Convention. I think this is a video worth watching and hearing. And she did it "without" a teleprompter !





"And on a personal note– a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham – the most segregated big city in America - her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant – but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter – she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State."


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

St. John the Baptist


Dear brothers and sisters, the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist reminds us, Christians of our time, that we can not stoop to compromises with the love of Christ, his Word, the Truth. The Truth is the Truth and there is no compromise. Christian life requires, so to speak, the daily "martyrdom" of fidelity to the Gospel, that is the courage to let Christ grow in us and direct our thinking and our actions. But this can only happen in our lives if there is a solid relationship with God. Prayer is not a waste of time, it does not rob much space from our activities, not even apostolic activities, it does the exact opposite: only if we are able to have a life of faithful, constant, confident prayer will God Himself give us the strength and capacity to live in a happy and peaceful way, to overcome difficulties and to bear witness with courage.

St. John the Baptist intercede for us, so that we always maintain the primacy of God in our lives.

Pope Benedict XVI

Catholic Rick Santorum Speaks at the GOP Convention


Great speech Rick !

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Neil Armstrong, An American Hero


Neil Armstrong
August 5, 1930–August 25, 2012



I will never forget - it was 1969, I was at my uncle Nondo's house in Long Branch, New Jersey. Our family huddled around the small black and white TV - watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. It still gives me chills today.

God bless you Neil Armstrong. You will always be an American hero. We will never forget you.




Friday, August 24, 2012

Legitimate Rape ?





Fr. Jim Chern, Catholic chaplain at Montclair State University, has written a thought provoking article concerning the comments made by Missouri Senator Todd Akin on the subject of rape and abortion.


LEGITIMATE RAPE?

The other night, a former student sent me a video with a note “Not sure if you saw this, but found this very interesting.” It was a total of 38 seconds, and so I clicked it to check it out. It was of the Senate Candidate from Missouri (who I had never seen or heard of before) Todd Akin being interviewed on one of the thousands of news interview programs on one of the hundreds of News Channels on our cable systems.

In this short 38 second clip, it was obvious the candidate and the interviewer had been discussing Akin’s pro-life beliefs when the interviewer asked a follow up question “what about in the case of rape? Should it be legal or not?”

Years ago when I was in college, I remember that same question coming up in debates in a variety of forums. I remember declaring that I was Pro-Life and that abortion should be made illegal except in the cases of Rape, Incest or when the life of the mother was in danger. I figured that was an acceptable and completely reasonable position.

I remember our professor (a woman by the way) during one of these debates challenging me on my beliefs. First she explained that in the cases of the life of the mother, abortion isn’t the only alternative. That there are many medical approaches that can be taken. It was true that sometimes those approaches could result in the death of the mother, the child, both individuals or neither... But the difference was in the approach – try to save both lives: let the doctors work as hard as they could; allow the patients and their families to support one another and rally around the precious gifts of life that we all desire personally and want to see win out in this case; and to be open to reverence towards God, the author of life and realize how precious a gift this is. That was much different than unilaterally deciding that the baby was going to die as abortion would clearly decide.

I realized the wisdom, the gentleness and beauty of her explanation and said “I never thought of that like that – that makes sense...” and quickly augmented my stance to say “OK, I get it, so I guess what I meant to say or what I believe is that I think abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape and incest.”

At that, she pressed me further and said “Jim, why are you Pro-Life?” and I answered “Well, because I believe that abortion is killing a baby in the womb.” She said “So you believe that it is a baby in the womb?” I wasn’t sure where she was going with the debate, so I said “well yeah, what else could ‘it’ be - how many pregnant women have delivered a plant or a fish or something other than a human being.” She underlined this point “so you’re pro-life beliefs are based solely on the belief that this is a human baby and that abortion kills that human baby?” Getting a bit frustrated now and fearing I was being set up I responded “Yeah!”

That’s when she said the argument that made me even more firmly pro-life than I had ever been before. “If that’s what you believe, and if that’s the basis for your beliefs - that a pregnant woman has within herself a human baby – and that abortion is the killing and destruction of that human baby, then how could you legitimately support the murdering of any baby? How does the murdering of the baby because he or she was conceived due to rape or incest the fault of this innocent baby? Why does he or she deserve a punishment for the crimes of the father?”

I had solely based my beliefs on a mistaken thought that I was being compassionate for the victims of rape or incest and in that was ignoring the innocent human being I was so quick to defend from receiving a death sentence in every other circumstance.

All of these thoughts came back to my mind as I watched that initial 38 second clip. Because as I watched it, I focused on how Mr. Akin in his response tried to point out that many Pro-Abortion proponents often cite abortion and incest in this emotionally charged, moral debate that has raged for every year I have lived (1973 was the year I was conceived and born which was also the first year it was legal to kill a child in the womb, so I have been blessed that my mother chose not to abort me) Understandably we are repulsed by the violence that women suffer because of evil individuals in this horrendous crimes of Rape and Incest. But I remembered learning from this professor back in college how the number of abortions due to rape and incest were less than 1% because often times the women’s body in the midst of such horror shuts down as a defense, preventing conception from occurring.

So as I watched this video clip, that was what I heard in Mr. Aiken’s response: “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,"


The Clip is here: http://youtu.be/fdisTOKom5I

I wrote back to the student who had forwarded the video: “Have you never heard that before that abortions due to rape are extremely rare because they rarely result in a conception?” I never believed from the tone and tenor of the conversation that Mr. Aiken was saying there was defining some instances of rape as “legitimate” or that some victims claims of rape were “illegitimate.” Hearing and watching the video, he seemed to be having a conversation that underlined his beliefs that because he was pro-life and believed that a pregnant woman had an innocent human life in her womb, that you could never make a legitimate argument for the death of that child.

From the “news” and media reaction today, it’s looking likely that by this time tomorrow, Mr. Aiken will be the former senate candidate from Missouri. The political fallout for his poor choice of words that have been characterized and interpreted as at a minimum insensitive, un-empathetic, backwards have most likely successfully ended his political career. Whether that’s fair or not? I don’t know. Politics is a tricky, bizarre game that rarely makes sense to me. (Is there a double standard in politics? Considering the Vice President gets away with saying his opponents want to put “y’all back in chains” to a large number of African Americans at a speech he gave last week and he remains on firmly on the ballot for a second term this November - I’ll let you decide if there’s a double standard or not)

But what’s sad to me watching and reading all this tonight is the hysterical outrage of our society to a few poorly chosen words taken out of context while the 38 years of continued murders of millions upon millions of innocent babies has been allowed to be“legitimate.”


You can find Fr. Chern's Blog HERE

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time


In June of this year, at the 50Th Int’l Eucharistic Congress Mass in Dublin Ireland, Bishop Edward M. Rice of the Archdiocese of St. Louis told a story he had heard from a Catholic Chaplain. It involved a group of American Prisoners of War during WWII, who were held captive for 3 years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, on an island in the South Pacific. For three years, the prisoners received appalling treatment. Labor seven days a week, poor food, malaria, all with no medical attention.

When the Japanese realized that the war was lost, they began to withdraw from the island they held. One morning, the American POW’s woke up to find their captors had abandoned the camp. They were free. The closest allied base was British, on the other side of the island. The only way to get there would be to walk. And so they did. Sick, starving, exhausted – bare feet….they walked. most made it, some did not.

Drawing near to the British camp, they were recognized as Americans. The base commander saw them from a distance, he ran out to meet them. Horrified at what he saw, he was practically speechless. He said later that they looked like the "walking dead." In his pity he cried out to them, “What can I do for you now? He knew they would need food, medical attention, a hot shower, and clean clothes.

From their midst a young soldier spoke up, "Sir, we would like to go to Mass." The British Commander, not Catholic, did not at first understand the request, so the soldier repeated himself, "Sir, we would like to go to Mass."

Many of the prisoners were Catholic. Along with poor food and scant medical attention, they had been deprived of the Sacraments for over three years. And so, before a morsel of food passed their lips, before any medical care was administered, before they even changed clothes, a Catholic chaplain, a priest, was sent for and all participated in Holy Mass – receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. Those men, starving and sick, almost dead, became “Alive Again” in the Body of Christ.” Are we not blessed? Here in these United States, we can receive Jesus, not only on Sunday’s – but every day. How many souls around the world cannot? We need to recognize this most beautiful GIFT from Our Lord.

Our Gospel reading today is the climax of St. John’s lengthy “Bread of Life” discourse. The beginning of the discourse spoke of the “spiritual” nourishment brought into our famished world. Now Jesus declares that He IS the” Bread of Life” – the NOURISHMENT that offers Eternal Life to those who BELIEVE in Him.

Jesus begins by speaking to the crowds “the bread I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews, who stood there listening, were astonished and bewildered by his words; they quarreled and murmured amongst themselves. “This talk is crazy.” “What does he mean”? “Give us His flesh to eat”? Many knew Jesus since childhood, making his words all the more troublesome.

Jesus hears their discussion. He makes no attempt to soften what he said, no attempt to correct any “misunderstandings.” No, he goes on to emphasize the “objective truth” of His words by saying “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life within you” (Jn 6:53). Jesus words are unmistakable. The Jews understand that Jesus means what he says - in no uncertain terms, that to have Eternal Life, we MUST eat His Flesh and drink His Blood.

For the Jews, the fire had been stoked; this talk of drinking blood was abhorrent. Dietary laws forbade the Jews to consume blood. The words were just too hard to take.

Like the Jews, we also struggle with Jesus’ words. There is confusion today among Catholics concerning the belief in the real presence. Some solutions may be more Eucharistic Adoration, more catechesis, better example of reverent reception of Holy Communion, proper, reverent and beautiful celebrations of the sacred liturgy. St. Paul told the Ephesians “not to continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.” It is time for all of us to review the Catholic teaching on the Eucharist.

The Eucharist IS the Mystery of Faith – it cannot be reduced to human logic. Pope John Paul II said “Truly the Eucharist is a mystery which surpasses our understanding and can only be received in faith.” So we are called to “believe.”
Jesus reveals to us the importance of “believing” when he says “Whoever believes has Eternal Life.” Today, on this altar, Bread and Wine will be changed into the “Body and Blood” PRESENCE of Christ. Do we really believe it? Our “Amen” says “Yes Lord, I believe it is YOU.”

Our BELIEF in the Eucharist must be reflected in our lives. The Eucharist is Body-Broken and Blood poured-out for others. Our belief compels us to imitate Jesus in His the generosity, in his unselfishness, in his compassion and forgiveness - and in his commitment to love and serve others. Pope Benedict Says “When we receive Christ, the love of God expands in our innermost self, modifies our heart radically and makes us capable of gestures that, by the expansive force of good, can transform the life of those that are next to us.”

The soldiers in our story, released from captivity so long ago, waited, persevering in their trials – always longing for the real presence of Jesus. Let us pray for that same longing.

Mary, Mother of the Holy Eucharist,

Obtain for us the light we need to realize that your Divine Son is present on earth in the Holy Eucharist. Help us to see with the eyes of faith what you saw during your years on earth with Jesus. You saw a child and a man but you believed that He was your God. Like you, we wish to see more deeply and more clearly that this same Jesus Christ is with us in the Blessed Sacrament, and is waiting for us in that everlasting Holy Eucharist for which we were made. Amen.



Deacon Brian J. Murphy

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Assumption of Mary


Father in heaven,
all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom
she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.





Above painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens 28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cardinal Dolan Addresses the Knights of Columbus.




Last Tuesday, in Anaheim California, Timothy Cardinal Dolan addressed the
Knights of Columbus
on the topic of "married love." As always, the Cardinal was thoughtful, profound, wise...certainly inspired by the Holy Spirit. His talk is beautiful. This is a long post, but I think it is worth it to take the time to read it and reflect.

Supreme Knight and Mrs. Anderson; Past Supreme Knight and Mrs. Dechant; my brother knights and beloved wives;

My brother cardinals;

Bishop Brown, Archbishop Viganó, my brother bishops, priests, and deacons;

our consecrated women and men religious;

seminarians, guests, friends one and all . . .

Que viva Cristo Rey!

To anyone who claims the Church is lackluster;

To anyone who thinks the Church has lost the dare given us by Jesus to "cast out to the deep!"

To anyone who doubts the solidarity between God's people and His priests and bishops;

To anyone who contends that Catholics are beaten down by constant attacks on faith, the Church, our values, and our God-given freedom of religion . . .

I say, "Let them come to the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus!"

As we anticipate the Year of Faith, I thank you, brother knights, for 130 years of vibrant, salt-of-the-earth-light-to-the-world Catholic witness!

As we prepare for the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome on the New Evangelization, I congratulate you, brother knights, for taking that ball and running with it, in the same missionary spirit that characterized Christopher Columbus.

It's good to be in California; they love us here in Anaheim. Heads up, though: one of the bell boys here at the hotel did complain to me that we knights don't tip that well. "We love these Knights of Columbus," he said, "but, they arrive with the Ten Commandments and a ten dollar bill . . . and leave without breaking either!"

Carl, thanks for giving me the "honeymoon suite." I was a bit surprised. Let me assure you that's the first time that's ever happened!

I am reminded of the story told by the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Seems as if he, too, was offered the "honeymoon suite" at a hotel where he was to give a talk. It was in a southern city, at that time unfamiliar with Catholics. As Archbishop Sheen was leaving his honeymoon suite for supper, the housekeeping attendant asked if she could turn down the bed, and the archbishop told her he would appreciate such service. When he returned later that evening, sure enough, the bed was turned down, and there was a mint on both pillows. On one side of the bed was the archbishop's pajamas laid out; on the other, apparently for Mrs. Sheen, was his beautiful lace alb he wore for Mass!

Which brings me to my topic: Marriage.

Usually, at this State's Dinner, thousands of our knights look up in admiration to this dais, the head table, to this "crimson tide" of bishops and cardinals.

Tonight, I'm going to literally "turn the tables" as we up here look out with awe, admiration, and deep appreciation upon you, our knights and their wives, united in marriage.


For this evening, I want to salute marriage. . . and it would be tough to find anyone who has done more to defend, strengthen, and promote marriage than you, Knights of Columbus, and your cherished wives and families. In fact, as you are aware, one of the driving motives of the Venerable Father Michael McGivney in founding the Knights was to assist men to better fulfill their vocation as husbands and dads.

We Catholics are hopeless romantics, you know, when it comes to married love . . .

Against all odds, we still believe that, when a man and woman vow that they'll love and honor each other, "for better or worse, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, until death do us part," they really do mean it;

We still hold fast to the teaching of the Bible that God so esteems marriage that He compared His personal, passionate, eternal love for Israel to that between a husband and a wife; that Saint Paul tells us that the love of Jesus for us, His Church, is just like that of a groom for His bride;

We still have in our gut the Church's timeless "Valentine's Day card," that the love between a husband and a wife has the same characteristics as does that of God for us: it is faithful; it is forever; it brings about new life in children.

We are such hopeless romantics that we contend the best way to get a hint of how God loves us now, and in eternity, is to look at how you, married couples, love one another. "The love of a man and woman is made holy in the sacrament of marriage, and becomes the mirror of your everlasting love . . . ," chants the Preface in the Nuptial Mass.

You see why we, mostly celibates up here, look out upon you married couples with awe? We gaze out now at thousands of icons, reflections, mirrors of the way God loves us.

Now, you are, we are, the first to acknowledge that this romantic, poetic, lofty, divine lustre of marriage can at times be tarnished a bit in the day-in-day-out challenges of lifelong, life-giving, faithful love.

For example, I recently had the golden jubilee of a wonderful couple I've known for decades.

"What's the secret to the success of your fifty years of marriage? I asked Pat.

"Well, you know Eileen and I are both of Irish background, so, for our 25th anniversary, I took her back to Ireland."

"Pat, how thoughtful," I remarked.

"Yeah and then, for our 50th, I went back to get her! There's the key to our success!"

Tension, trial, temptation, turmoil - - they come indeed, but - - just as Jesus worked His first miracle, at the request of His blessed Mother, for a newly married couple at Cana by turning water into wine - - so does Jesus transform those choppy waters of tension, trial, temptation, and turmoil, into a vintage wine of tried-and-true-trust in marriage.

So, brother knights and wives, I thank you for being such metaphors of God's love; and I exhort you, please, to continue, now, more than ever, to be so. Why, now more than ever! Let me give you a few reasons.

When I was Archbishop of Milwaukee, at an archdiocesan pastoral council meeting, we were discussing ways to increase vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life . . . yet another project, by the way, you Knights have vigorously promoted.

Well, Jan Ruidl, one of the members, commented:

"Archbishop Dolan, in talking about an increase in vocations for priests, sisters, and brothers, I think you're barking-up-the-wrong-tree!"

Uh-oh, here it comes, I thought, buckling my bullet-proof vest, figuring Jan would begin arguing for an end to celibacy or to the male-only-priesthood.

But Jan continued: "The greatest vocation crisis today is to lifelong, loving, faithful, life-giving marriage. You take care of that one, and you'll have all the priests and sisters you need!"

Well-said, Jan!

"For an increase in vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, and the Sacrament of Marriage" should perhaps become the new phrasing for a prayer of the faithful at every Mass, as we are sobered by the gloomy statistics that only 51% of our young people are approaching that sacrament, a piece of data you all somberly see verified even among your own children and grandchildren.

A vocation crisis in the call to the Sacrament of Matrimony . . . reason #1 for this sense of urgency regarding marriage I speak to you about this evening.

Reason #2: the very definition of marriage as a lifelong, life giving, faithful union of one man and one woman is in peril, with a well-choreographed, well-oiled crusade to conform marriage to the whims of the day instead of conforming our urges to God's design, as revealed in the Bible, nature, and reflective reason. Once again, a tip of our zucchetto to you knights who have been indefatigable in defending marriage.



And, a final fact that prompts us to a sense of renewed promotion of marriage? Its singularly pivotal, irreplaceable role in what the modern Popes have called the civilization of love, a topic eloquently written about by our own Supreme Knight in his book by that very title.

See, it's not just saints, pontiffs, or theologians who predicate marriage and family as the central, love-promoting cell of the human project, but historians, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists. They demonstrate that, when the normative relationship for a man and woman's existence is that of a husband, wife, father, and mother, well, then, home, industry, finance, culture, society, and governing structures are more easily directed to virtue, responsibility, and the restraining of the primitive lust and selfishness that destroy civilization. Ask, for instance, Edward Gibbon, the author of The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, what happens when a culture loses this focus.

The most effective guarantee of a civilization of love rather than the survival of the fittest; the culture of life over the culture of death; the law of the gift rather than the law of the "get", solidarity rather than selfishness, is precisely the preservation of traditional marriage and family. When that goes, we all go.

Enough from this man in the honeymoon suite! Because I'm preaching to the choir!

I'm looking out with awe upon Knights of Columbus and their wives who radiantly live the vocation of marriage, and who got kids and grandkids to prove it; who have chosen to accept God's invitation to everlasting life as a couple, not alone; who worry about the weakening of marriage and its toxic effect on our culture and the Church we cherish; but who, rather than wring hands have joined hands to defend, promote, and strengthen the very relationship between one man, one woman, united in lifelong, life-giving, faithful love, that dates back to the Garden of Eden itself.

Let the dawn of the Year of Faith, the ringing call for the New Evangelization, only renew our knights, their wives, and their families in this noble joining of hands.

Thank you, Knights of Columbus!

Que viva Cristo Rey!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Ethiopian Runner Meseret Defar Clutching an Image of the Madonna and Child

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London, England, Aug 10, 2012 - Ethiopian athlete Meseret Defar provided one of the most emotional moments of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she crossed the finish line in the 5000 meter race to win the gold.

She then pulled a picture of the Virgin Mary out from under her jersey, showed it to the cameras and held it up to her face in deep prayer.

An Orthodox Christian, Defar entrusted her race to God with the sign of the cross and reached the finish line in 15:04:24, beating her fellow Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba, who was the favorite to win.

A teary-eyed Defar proudly showed the picture of the Virgin Mary with the Baby Jesus that she carried with her for the entire race.

Read more HERE

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Paul Ryan, Catholic, Tapped as Romney's Running Mate


Paul Ryan a Catholic, a defender of life, has been chosen by Mitt Romney to be his VP running mate. Mr. Ryan is a good man. A man who loves his faith, his family and his country.

Author, philosopher and Catholic theologian Michael Novak says he is thrilled with the selection of Paul Ryan, “because it emphasizes family, character and a vision that is on the offense against President Obama and that sees Obama as destroying the country’s military and financial structure and pitting class against class.”

As Catholics, we must hope and pray, that whoever is elected President and Vice President of our country, that it be God's Will. We also have a responsibility to do all in our power to see that whoever is elected, that they will defend all human life, from conception to natural death.

John Paul II said,"Woe to you if you do not succeed in defending life
." He also says, "America, Defend Life!" "America, your deepest identity and truest character as a nation is revealed in the position you take towards the human person. The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless ones."

Friday, August 10, 2012

Saint Lawrence the Deacon

O glorious Saint Lawrence, Martyr and Deacon, who, being subjected to the most bitter torments, didst not lose thy faith nor thy constancy in confessing Jesus Christ; obtain in like manner for us such an active and solid faith, that we shall never be ashamed to be true followers of Jesus Christ, and fervent Christians in word and in deed.


Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

V. Pray for us, O holy Lawrence,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, the grace to quench the flames of our wicked desires, who didst give unto blessed Lawrence power to be more than conqueror in his fiery torments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

Curiosity Landing

NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).

I find this "Curiosity" story absolutely amazing. Only with God's help is mankind able to do the extraordinary. If we could only learn to love each other as God loves us.

>> read the rest of the "Curiosity" story HERE !

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cardinal Francis E. George says Mayor Rahm Emanuel shows contempt for many residents of Chicago.



This article is out of Catholic News Agency today...God bless Cardinal George - a man not afraid to speak the truth....

Chicago, Ill. - Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago says the city's mayor showed contempt for many residents' beliefs by stating that Chick-fil-A's stance on marriage was against “Chicago’s values.”

“Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the 'values' that must be held by citizens of Chicago,” the cardinal wrote in a July 29 online post, responding to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's assertion.

“I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval,” Cardinal George wrote.

He wondered: “Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city? Is the City Council going to set up a 'Council Committee on Un-Chicagoan Activities' and call those of us who are suspect to appear before it?”

“I would have argued a few days ago that I believe such a move is, if I can borrow a phrase, 'un-Chicagoan.'”

The cardinal made his remarks on the Catholic Chicago blog after the mayor ventured into an ongoing controversy about the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain.

Many homosexual “marriage” advocates took offense at company president Dan Cathy's support for “the biblical definition of the family unit” in a recent interview.

During a July 30 press conference, Mayor Emanuel said he stood by his July 25 statement that was interpreted by some as supporting a plan to bar the restaurant from the city's First Ward.

After Alderman Proco Moreno said he would block the restaurant's plan to open a new location, Emanuel issued a statement saying that “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”

Read the rest HERE