Quotes from this week’s newsmakers — December 8, 2011

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“If you’ve been away, come home to your parish, and visit CatholicsComeHome.org today.”
— Part of the message of a new advertising campaign airing on major television networks Dec. 16-Jan. 8 sponsored by the Atlanta-based organization Catholics Come Home, which seeks to bring Catholics back to church

“It’s somewhat of a pilgrimage, and somewhat of a retreat, too. We’re having a spiritually enriching time, educationally enriching, an examination of conscience, a call to accountability, fraternal. It’s good. I wish we did it more often.”
— Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, speaking about the New York state bishops’ recent “ad limina” visit to the Vatican, during which they met with the pope and Roman Curia officials and spent time in prayer

“I look at this and, you know what, we got gamed on this. We structured this so tightly, we put language in there that would remove Catholic bishops participating even though they have a great track record, even though they scored so high, even though they outscored other people.”
— Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), raising concerns Dec. 1 during a meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigating that U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services department was denied funding for its program by the Department of Health and Human Services because the MRS does not provide access to services such as abortion, contraception and sterilization

“While I encourage solidarity for them, I pray for all those who are doing their utmost to protect and assist these brothers and sisters in emergency situations, even if it means exposing themselves to serious hardships and dangers.”
— Pope Benedict XVI, expressing concern for the millions of migrants around the world and encouraging the agencies trying to help them, during his noon blessing Dec. 4

“May peace soon prevail and allow a renewed society to look with hope to a future where the innate dignity of every person is respected.”
— Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican representative to international organizations based in Geneva, speaking Dec. 2 to a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the Syrian crackdown on regime opponents that has left an estimated 4,000 people dead in recent months

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