Also worth noting …

Oldies but goodies from around clientland that have been piling up in my virtual inbox:

NAC scores first victory in Clericus Cup

The North American College scored its first victory of the 2007-08 Clericus Cup season with a 4-0 win over the French College. (Deja vu? See last season’s 4-0 win.) Even though the U.S. team’s seminarians and priests had been running all week hosting visiting cardinals and dignitaries for Saturday’s consistory, they had enough kicking power left on Sunday to give the French a little coup d’etat. 

The NAC’s manager, coach and star player from Paterson, N.J., Daniel O’Mullane, netted 2 goals for the team, known as the Martyrs, while another goal was sealed after a “power play by two forwards,” NAC media master Greg Rannazzisi told Catholic News Service.

The fourth point could probably make Clericus history: NAC goalie Father Andy Roza of Omaha, Neb., (profiled by his archdiocesan newspaper last March), put his toe to the leather and slammed the ball down the field from the goalie box. The kick went far enough that all it took was a header by another player to tap it into the French goal. Voila!

Of the more than a dozen U.S. cardinals in Rome for the so-called “Red Storm,” retired D.C. archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was the only scarlet dignitary to make it up the hill and cheer on the home team for the first half.  

Rannazzisi said the fan turnout was surprisingly good given that not only was it a Sunday, but the Rome rain clouds did nothing but drizzle the whole afternoon. “We used a lot of Catholic guilt” to get about 30 people up to the field and cheer on the U.S. from the sidelines, he said.

The Martyr’s next game is this Saturday when they go head to head against the College of St. Anselm, which lost 2-1 in its opening game Saturday against Rome’s Latin American College.

This week in Origins

Here’s the rundown for the latest edition of Origins: CNS Documentary Service dated Nov. 29:

  • The U.S. bishops’ quadrennial statement on politics and elections, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States,” rejects politics based on “powerful interests, partisan attacks, sound bites and media hype” and calls for “a different kind of political engagement” shaped by the “moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good and the protection of the weak and vulnerable.” (Subscribers: Click here)
  • The notion of the “common good” underlying much of Catholic thinking about politics, governance and policy can be a challenge for contemporary Americans used to thinking in terms of rights and interests, says political scientist Stephen Schneck. (Subscribers: Click here)

Yes, you can get the bishops’ political responsibility statement free of charge from the U.S. bishops’ conference. So why do we put it in Origins? Because Origins is more than just a place to read the latest church texts: It’s also an ongoing compendium and research tool, especially when you can subscribe to it online.

Besides, it’s still easier to read church documents in a print format like Origins, not to mention that as an Origins subscriber you don’t have to search all over the Internet for a past text when the editors of Origins already have done the research for you.