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Society & Culture  (tags: religion, Catholics, Pope Francis, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, friendship, world, interesting )

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Stephen Colbert may be--as he bragged in character last month at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner--"America's most famous Catholic." But he has serious competition for the title of most important Catholic in the United States.


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Peta Clarke (30)
Monday November 11, 2013, 4:16 pm
Noted a very good article it is refreshing to see two great like minded men that support each other as they walk in the shoes of the greatest fisher of men. Thank you Carrie.

Kit B (276)
Monday November 11, 2013, 5:12 pm

O'Malley sounds like a good choice to replace the loud mouthed and obnoxious Dolan who has not been a friend to American Catholics. That man sounds like he would like to bring about the another round of the Inquisition.

Pope Francis is the best thing that has happened within the Catholic church in longer than anyone can remember. His dedication to living his life honestly, giving charitably from his heart and understanding that humans are not made all the same in one mold, but like rainbows there are colors of human differences and that makes life interesting, not worthy of papal condemnation. When he said "Who am I to judge?" I think he won the admiration of millions.


Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday November 11, 2013, 5:17 pm
Thank you for the news.

Birgit W (160)
Monday November 11, 2013, 7:09 pm
Who cares.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday November 11, 2013, 9:54 pm
I am old enough to remember John XXIII, in fact he almost singlehandedly is why I am a Catholic. But few are quite as old as I, so I agree with you, Kit.

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Tuesday November 12, 2013, 5:30 am

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 10:36 am pleased to see O'Malley has been chosen instead of Dolan also! Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air for the Church. Peace, Light and Love.

Edwin M (346)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 11:45 am
I was raised a Catholic, was an altar boy and was educated by Nuns in a parochial school but somewhere along the way the Catholic church lost all meaning for me. I felt that the church had lost it's message, at least for me it did, but with Pope Francis I see someone that for me represents all that the Catholic church should and can be. This Pope for me is the embodiment of the spirit of the teachings that Jesus wanted us to live by.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 3:00 pm
Noted. I left the Catholic church a long time ago, but am glad to see that it's taken a nice humanitarian turn for a change. This pope has a lot to make up for, though. The words that he speaks remind me of words I used to hear so many decades ago in my very early childhood.....many spoken to me by my grandmother, who, looking back, really knew the true meaning of love, peace & justice.
I imagine a day where Pope Francis picks out one of the finest pieces of art in the Vatican and puts it up for auction.....then uses the money to care for those most in need----probably to the horror of so many in the church hierarchy that they die from

Thomas P (276)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 10:39 am
Noted...great article Carrie. I hope Cardinal O'Malley can move the Pope's message here in the states, where he faces the myopia of the US Catholic Bishops, who continue to ignore the gross majority of the laity with impunity. Cardinal O'Malley is a much more progressive mind and significantly more representative of the laity than is Cardinal Dolan.

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 3:05 pm
Noted - I am happy that O'Malley is so close to Pope Francis. Seems they have a lot in common in their way of living in honestly and charity.
Thank You Carrie.
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