“One of the good things that God might bring out of this is some kind of alliance between the church and the educational community. We might come with a little wisdom earned the hard way to that table.”
— Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, responding to a question about the sexual abuse scandal rocking Penn State University during a Nov. 14 news conference following the first session of the USCCB fall general assembly
“What if we women of compassion reach out to the people on both ends of this cross?”
— Sister Helen Prejean, a well-known death penalty opponent, speaking at the National Council of Catholic Women’s annual conference in Chicago, where she likened the issues surrounding the death penalty to a cross with the victim’s family on one side and the perpetrator on the other
“We have focused so much on disengaging form Iraq and getting our soldiers back to our families. Our president and our Congress have to realize there’s more to the question than bringing the soldiers home. We’re leaving a country that’s in very difficult straits and they need our help more than ever before.”
— Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, at a Nov. 15 press briefing during the U.S. bishops’ fall general meeting in Baltimore following a four-day visit to Iraq with Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.
“A monk at Belmont Abbey may preach on Sunday that pre-marital sex, contraception and abortions are immoral, but on Monday, the government would force the same monk to pay for students to receive the very drugs and procedures he denounces.”
— Hannah Smith, senior legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Belmont Abbey College in its lawsuit against the federal government over a new regulation that requires employer health insurance plans to cover contraceptives and sterilization, even if it may be contrary to the employer’s religious beliefs