Cardinals Wear Scarlet to Show They Are Willing to Shed Blood For The Catholic Faith


The following appeared in the Wall Street Journal today (h/t Ophelia Benson, Butterflies and Wheels):-

Cardinal-designate speaks of joy, love – and blood

Associated Press VATICAN CITY  — The top U.S. bishop, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, has told a meeting of the pope and his fellow cardinals that they must spread the faith with joy, love — and blood if necessary.

Dolan, archbishop of New York, gave the keynote address Friday to a gathering of the cardinals who will participate in the ceremony Saturday to bring Dolan and 21 other cardinals into the elite men’s club that will elect the next pope.

Dolan said the Vatican No. 2 had told him to speak about spreading the faith in a secular world since New York was the “capital of a secular culture.” Dolan said while there’s “graphic secularism” in the Big Apple, “it is also a very religious city.”

Cardinals Wear Scarlet to Show They Are Willing to Shed Blood For The Catholic Faith.

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