2012 Courageous Quotes

By the editors of National Catholic Register: edited for length

We are going through a crisis of Catholic identity both in terms of individuals who claim to be Catholic, but neither talking nor acting in accordance with Church teachings, and in terms of institutions such as universities and health-care organizations.”

— Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, following his decision that St. Joseph’s Hospital can no longer be considered Catholic.

“Solid marriages and families are essential to a thriving society.”

— Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, a champion for God’s definition of marriage.

“The important series of articles on the theology of the body in these pages is an effort to show the pastoral effectiveness that is within the Holy Father’s rich catechesis. The theology of the body is not over our heads. It is deep in our hearts.”

— Cardinal Justin Rigali introduces “Theology of the Body: A Register Symposium.”

“By his teaching and his manner of life, he made the Christian proposal interesting and compelling in a world that imagined it had outgrown the ‘need’ for religious faith.”

— Papal biographer George Weigel on the Christian witness of John Paul II.

“We are a believing society. The overwhelming majority of Americans have a personal faith in God. Religion is an important part of our life, but it’s less and less seen as an integral part of our public life. There’s a push to relegate religious faith to the private realm alone.”

— Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George

“As we began to think about certain matters, our hearts began to melt, and we moved towards Rome.”

— Father Mark Lewis, rector of a church that was formerly St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Bladensburg, Md.

“As the Pope’s representative here, Archbishop Sambi put a face on that presence that was happy, cheerful and welcoming. We saw that same warm spirit during the Pope’s visit, and after the Holy Father’s departure, his caring presence remained in the person of Archbishop Sambi.”

— Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, about the late U.S. papal nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi.

“Jesus Christ shows you the way and the aim of real happiness. Not only to you, but also to your fellow friends. … Jesus is asking you to put down roots in the hearts of young people of the third millennium.”

— Cardinal Antonio Ruoco speaks to youth in his homily at the opening Mass of World Youth Day on Aug. 16.

“It was a time of great tragedy, but also of great heroes. New York and the world saw examples of self-sacrifice that I don’t think have ever been matched in our time. … We saw heroism and self-sacrifice — expressions of great holiness.”

— Cardinal Edward Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York, about 9/11 tragedy, 10 years later.

“This visit has demonstrated that the Christian belief is something which relates to today’s society, and this was evident in some of the speeches of the Holy Father, in the people he met, and overall in the emotional presence of the flock.”

— Jesuit Father Hans Langendorfer, chief coordinator of the Pope’s visit to Germany.

“Our world would often have us believe that culture is light years ahead of a languishing, moribund Church. But, of course, we realize the opposite case: The Church invites the world to a fresh, original place, not a musty or outdated one. It is always a risk for the world to hear the Church, for she dares the world to ‘cast out to the deep.’”

— Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the bishops’ conference, in his opening address at USCCB fall meeting.

John Paul II 
“helped believers throughout the world not to be afraid to be called Christian, to belong to the Church, to speak of the Gospel.”

— Pope Benedict XVI at beatification Mass for 
John Paul II.

We “prepare our hearts and our lives for the coming of Emmanuel, God-with-us.”

— Pope Benedict XVI in an Advent Angelus address

“Christ is risen; he is alive, and he walks with us. For this reason we sing and we journey on, faithfully carrying out our task in this world with our gaze fixed on heaven.”

— Pope Benedict XVI’s 
Easter message.

“The ‘door of faith’ is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace.”

— Pope Benedict in declaring a ‘Year of Faith’ for 2012

“If a bishop experiences the fatherhood within his own vocation and office, he will not only demand what Christ calls from all of us, but live that call himself.”

— Archbishop Charles Chaput on the need for a bishop to take a firm stand against abuse for the good of his flock.

“Mary didn’t expect the Annunciation. She didn’t expect to be mother of the Redeemer. And yet her act of obedience changed the course of history and led to a new covenant of love and fruitfulness. I have no illusions of being worthy of this ministry, but I do trust in the wisdom of the Holy Father. So I’m deeply grateful for his confidence and the privilege of serving this Church.”

— Archbishop Charles Chaput in his homily at his installation Mass as archbishop of Philadelphia.









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