Quotes of the Week December 5

“It’s certain that he will be coming, but not when. We have to wait and see.

Latin Patrarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Fouad Twal gives hints of a papal visit to Jerusalem in 2014.


“Pay attention to the ‘virus of individualism’ which only serves to make poor people always poorer.”

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference,calls for more attention to the needs of the poor during a conference in Assisi.


“People, who cannot tolerate religion try to suppress the voices of people they perceive as religious and their arguments and views by using a derogatory label and dismiss them on the basis of that label. For them, calling a person religious is highly derogatory. This strategy allows them to eliminate their opponents’ arguments, without needing to deal with the substance of those arguments.”

Canadian Catholic academic Professor Margaret Somerville, writing of recent experiences in communicating ethical and legal issues within her medical specialism.


“I forgive them, but they should write their problems down and we shall work on them.”

Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga of Kampala, Uganda, who learned that employees of a diocesan hospital had employed a witchdoctor to kill him as a result of an employment dispute.


“I commend you and your partners for tireless efforts to negotiate an agreement that allows continued dialogue with Iran on this crucial issue… a diplomatic solution with Iran is greatly preferable to military action, which could have unpredictable and negative repercussions for the region.”

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, USA, and chair of the US bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, November 27 following the conclusion of nuclear talks with Iran.


 “All the data we have suggests that the number of priests harming minors today is very, very low, and that's based on reports not just from the United States but from other nations as well, where we see a dramatic drop in incidents of abuse. Certainly, we have much more to do, which is why our congregation asked episcopal conferences around the world to review their abuse guidelines.”

Father Robert Oliver, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s promoter of justice, speaking during an interview on the current state of child safeguarding in the Catholic Church.