1. In sharp contrast to having the most pro-abortion president in the history of our great nation, my favorite prelate Francis Cardinal Arinze delivered an electrifying speech at Thomas More College which is located in Merrimack, New Hampshire. His Eminence touched on the importance of a Catholic university shaping and forming solid Christian citizens. Some highlights include the following [emphasis mine]:
“A Catholic college or university educates students to appreciate that moral rules of right and wrong apply also to science, technology, politics, trade and commerce, and indeed to all human endeavors.”
“But what does it profit us if a student is an intellectual giant but a moral baby… if he or she can shoot out mathematical or historical facts like a computer but is unfortunately a problem for the parents, corrosive acid among companions in the College, a drug addict and sexual pervert, a disgrace to the school, a waste-pipe in the place of work and Case number 23 for the Criminal Police? It is clear that intellectual development is not enough.”
Cardinal Arinze doesn’t play the cowardly intellectual game of “nuance”. That is why I love this man. He speaks the truth without inhibition and with charity.
2. In a recent Knights of Columbus-Marist College survey, Pope Benedict XVI is receiving a 59% approval rating from Americans. The number jumps up to 76% when polling only American Catholics. One interesting fact from this poll is that Americans want to hear our German shepherd speak out about abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and marriage by a margin of 2 to 1 or more!
Very impressive numbers considering the negative light the mainstream media has put his papacy. It goes to show that Pope Benedict XVI’s communication skills are highly effective and have found a receptive audience in America. The constant barrage of moral relativism and biased reporting from the likes such as CNN and the New York Times hasn’t been able to cloud the message of love that our Pope constantly sends out.