- Jan 18, 2020
A New York State judge has ruled, “The petitioner (Joan Sheen Cunningham) is granted the right to remove the remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York … to St. Mary’s Cathedral (in Peoria).”
Sometimes lost in the shuffle in the debate over the Al Smith dinner is the fact that Smith himself is an inspiring role model worth recalling, in terms of his concern for immigrants and the poor, and as a symbol of Catholic emancipation in America, having blazed the trail for many other pioneers to follow.
In the face of calls from some Catholic conservatives to stop hosting the annual Al Smith dinner because it gives a platform to pro-choice candidates, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said, “The event is great and nothing can ruin it … In my mind, it’s America and the Church at their best.”
Thursday night’s Al Smith Dinner in New York, probably the last time Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will share a stage before the election, was a reminder that even in the midst of contentiousness, the Catholic Church still has the ability to bring people together and offer hope and a better way of engaging the world.
Calling sexual abuse by priests “nauseating” and a sin that has “gravely wounded the Church,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has launched a compensation plan for victims, although advocacy groups are calling it “another tactic designed to fend off disclosure.”
Three identical cars that Pope Francis used during his July visit to Poland are being auctioned online by a Catholic Church charity to fund support for Syrian refugees and Polish people in need, following similar auctions after the pontiff’s visit to the United States last year.