We have two winners of the Crosier of Iron Award
for this week.
The first is the Archbishop of New Orleans, Alfred C. Hughes
, for his public boycotting of [Dis]Loyola[l] University
's bestowal of an honorary doctorate upon a pair of pro-abortion politicians:"Not all members of the family have been faithful to the church's teaching regarding public policy," Hughes said in a statement. He added that he would boycott commencement exercises because he didn't want to "confuse the faithful" by giving the "impression that it is appropriate to include in an honor anyone who dissents publicly from Church teaching
The second is Edward Cardinal Egan
of the Archdiocese of New York, who had the courage to call a spade a spade, declaring Marymount Manhattan College
'no longer Catholic' after that institution's repeated honoring of pro-abortion politicians, including Senator Hillary Clinton:"There is tremendous value to clearly and formally identifying wayward Catholic institutions as no longer Catholic, as Cardinal Egan has done so courageously
," [Cardinal Newman Society's
Patrick] Reilly said. "If Senator Clinton had a similar degree of dignity, she might have declined the College's honor out of respect for faithful Catholics who are appalled by her stridency on abortion and embryonic stem cell research. If the College's trustees and officials had a similar degree of dignity, they might have chosen to respect the College's roots and give their students something young people today are longing for -- a moral education rooted in the truth about God and man
). Hat tip, Curt Jester
& Old Oligarch
Christopher of the Ratzinger Fan Club
has his own collection of what he (using Mark Shea's coinage) calls 'Episcopal spine alerts' here
. I think he runs it in his spare time. I mean, between his other sixteen online projects.