Cardinal Dolan…or Bruce Wayne?

From Cardinal Dolan’s twitter page:

Lots of folks have asked me about the cape photo from CUA’s [Catholic University of America] commencement.  I call it my Batman pose: 

Cardinal Dolan Batman 1

The same day as this photograph, Cardinal Dolan delivered an excellent commencement address to the Catholic University of America’s Class of 2012.

Here’s a tidbit of the awesomeness:

Jesus Christ … His Church … this university … truth … love … the words of Pope Benedict … the achievement and hopes of the Class of 2012 …

Let me try to bring all of these together with the coherence I learned at this University.

Might I suggest these all coalesce in what we call the Law of the Gift.

“Greater love than this no one has, than to give one’s life for one’s friends.”  There’s the Law of the Gift as defined by the Son of God Himself.

“For we are at our best, we are most fully alive and human, when we give away freely and sacrificially our very selves in love for one another.” There’s the Law of the Gift as described by Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Not long ago I at a dinner I sat next to Admiral Mike Mullen, a Marine, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, himself a Catholic, who asked me, “What percent of the American population is Catholic?”

I replied, “I’m not sure exactly, but I think about 24%.”

“But do you realize,” he went on, “that 40% of the Marine Corps identify themselves as Catholic?”

I did not realize that, but I was not surprised, nor was Admiral Mullen, for at the heart of the Church’s ethos is the Law of the Gift, and it would be tough to be a Marine if you didn’t believe in that.

Or, as the head of the department of pediatric oncology at a leading hospital recently told me, “Cardinal Dolan, I’m not even a religious believer, but, when I hire doctors, nurses, attendants, or staff for this grueling work of trying to heal kids with cancer, the applicants who are alumni of Catholic school have a leg up.”

I didn’t know that either, but, I’m hardly surprised, for, while it’s not listed in any catalogue, the course on the Law of the Gift is part of the DNA of any Catholic school, this sterling one included.

… At this university where every classroom features the most effective audio-visual aid of them all, the crucifix; and where the entire campus is overshadowed by the dome of the shrine devoted to the Jewish woman who whispered, “Be it done unto me according to Your will, not mine,” that I’m looking out at graduates who have majored in this Law of the Gift. 

If you have an opportunity, do read the entire address by Cardinal Dolan – it is fantastic!


The Pope is on Twitter!

Did you know that Benedict XVI is on Twitter?  Our beloved 85-year-old Holy Father joined the social networking site on Monday, December 3rd, with the username @Pontifex.  His Holiness “tweeted” for the first time today during his weekly Papal Audience!

So, as the Vicar of Christ, what is the first thing you “tweet” to your 800,000+ followers on one of the largest social media websites in the world?

Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter.  Thank you for your generous response.  I bless all of you from my heart.


(Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

Wondering if there are any other bishops on Twitter?

Our very own bishop, Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, signed up last week in the Pope’s footsteps!
You can follow him at @BishopMorlino

Other tweeting bishops:

Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette, Michigan: @BishopSample

Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York City: @CardinalDolan

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles: @ArchbishopGomez

Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis: @abp_carlson

Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas: @Bishop_Farrell

Archbishop Sean Cardinal O’Malley of Boston: @CardinalSean

If you know of other tweeting bishops, let us know and we’ll add them to the list!