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More on Linsanity: 'For God and God's glory'


So says Jeremy Lin in response to a question from the New York Post's writer Steve Serby.

Q: You want to use that platform for what?

A: For God, for God's glory, and I think that's shown in a lot of different ways. It simply could be the way I live my life, what I talk about in my interviews, what I talk about through social media. It could be what I do in my spare time, what I do through my foundation ... just a lot of different areas ... how I spend my offseason.

Later in the Q&A, Lin gives this response:

Q: Would the best compliment for you be for someone to say, "He makes his teammates better"?

A: I think that would be the second-best compliment. The best would be, "When I see Jeremy play, I see him play for God and I see him bring joy on the court."

Lin is currently single, but not without plenty of offers for marriage. And he has a clear view of what kind of woman he intends to marry.

Q: Describe your ideal mate.

Magisterium faces theologians' fire


The current position of the church's magisterium that all its teaching is to be accepted as definitive, authentic and binding and is not subject to disagreement is experiencing growing rejection by established Catholic theologians. Some telling samples of their views are presented in a chapter of the new book The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity.

Gerard Mannion, a senior fellow at the Catholic University of Leuven (in Belgium)
argues that the very notion of magisterium must undergo a severe updating:

"I would suggest that any effective ... exercise of magisterium must free itself from and pretense of omniscience for, in reality, the character of its exercise in recent times would on occasion appear to hold more in common with the 'view from nowhere genre.' In other words, far from being grounded in fundamental and universally agreed upon traditions, pronouncements have ... appeared to claim an authority that transcends context, culture and history alike. And yet ecclesial authority is inescapably rooted and shaped by each of these factors."

When Congress acts like the bishops


When I saw the photo of a hearing Thursday before the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Darrell's Issa (R-Calif.), I was stunned and shocked. The subject dealt directly with women's health, and there were five men testifying. All clergy and no women!

Worse than that, women members of Congress asked for a woman to testify, and they were refused.

All I could think was this: These congressional Republicans have been listening for too long to the Catholic bishops. For all the world, Darrell Issa could have been wearing a miter.

Then, I thought wistfully to myself, these congresswomen are all Catholics now! They suddenly know what it feels like to be part of an institution that does not value gender equality or women's voices, even when the issues relate directly to women. Welcome to my world.

When Democratic women asked for a woman to be included, Issa said the hearing was about religious liberty, not women's health.

Baloney! In this case, the two issues are intertwined.

Rome notebook: Dolan's the rock star of this consistory


ROME -- Theologically all cardinals may be equal, but in terms of celebrity appeal, some are obviously more equal than others. Each consistory, when a pope inducts new members into the church’s most exclusive club, tends to have its own “rock star” – that one new cardinal who is head and shoulders above everyone else on the buzz meter.

Undefeated: A sports film that highlights 'agape'


The nation, indeed the world, is enthralled by Jeremy Lin, the undrafted humble Harvard underdog who has stunned the NBA and the New York Knicks with his performances on the basketball court these last couple of weeks.

But hidden in the deep South, somewhere around the decrepit environs of North Memphis, Tenn., a high school football team struggles to succeed just as it did in 2010 when The Tigers, the school’s football team, for the first time in the school’s 110 year history, made it to the playoffs.

Kennedy launches campaign for congressional seat held by Barney Frank


According to The Associated Press:

Joseph Kennedy III has launched his campaign for the Massachusetts congressional seat now held by retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.

Kennedy released a video announcement on his campaign website Thursday morning before heading out on a campaign swing through the district.

Kennedy started the day greeting commuters at the Newton Center Green Line MBTA Station and was scheduled to make stops later in Milford, Attleboro, Taunton and Westport.

Kennedy, the son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II and a grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, recently moved from Cambridge to Brookline, part of the state's newly redrawn 4th Congressional District.

The family has deep ties to the Boston suburb. Brookline is the site of the birthplace of Kennedy's great-uncle, the late President John F. Kennedy.

For more on Joe Kennedy, see his campaign website.

Bronx priest to start growing hops for local brewery


Regular readers of my Mission Management column may recall my story in September about Fr. Andrew O'Connor, who created a new line of clothing called Goods of Conscience. O'Connor said in that interview, "The soul of a parish is making."

O'Connor has found another opportunity for his parish: growing hops for a local artisan brewery called the Bronx Brewery.

According to the New York Daily News:

A Bronx priest known for creating his own clothing line has a new trick up his sleeve: Artisanal beer crafter.

The recently opened Bronx Brewery has found an unlikely partner in Rev. Andrew O'Connor of Holy Family Church in Castle Hill, who is reserving space in the church garden to grow hops, a seed that flavors beer.

Stephen Colbert on the contraception mandate


The basic summary of the contraception mandate debate, according to Stephen Colbert?

“Obama is forcing priests to hand out condoms at Mass."

The reason the mandate is gaining so much attention?

“There is nothing we American Catholics enjoy more than defending our church’s stance on contraception. It is a central tenet of our faith. As deeply held as our belief in marble, Jesus on snack food, and unintentionally hot school uniforms.”

Those we just a few nuggets of humor found in a bit Colbert did on his show on Tuesday, which I've embedded below.

Fair warning: The video contains language and imagery that is a bit crude at points. It is a late-night cable program, after all.


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