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On this special day it is an -- to talk with our next -- cardinal Donald -- archbishop of Washington your eminence Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you Chris great to be written.
As people are busy opening their Christmas gifts today you in the archdiocese have been conducting a campaign you call.
But find the perfect -- -- -- -- the opened the -- -- even distributed 101000 yard signs what is the perfect yet.
The whole idea behind it find the perfect if -- simply to remind everyone.
We already see the -- the perfect.
God has come to us got his second -- Christ and a perfect gift is that beautiful -- Jesus that he will.
A message to me that's huge hole.
All of that is part the wonder of Christmas so when we're out.
Looking around for that perfect here we already have it just go to find the perfect -- dot org you can hear all about it.
Do you worry that we lose sight.
Of that went all the emphasis.
Over the season them on material gifts.
I think that's part of the the challenge that we face throughout the year we are so wonderful -- in this country we have so much.
God has been so good to us but we have to remember that all of these things we can.
And -- quick thing.
All the things -- accumulate are not at the heart of the real life and Christmas just tells us thought long enough.
The present moment and be on the material things and -- the glory.
-- the glory of god with us and the science of it in love and peace jewelry.
All those things that say to us there's more to life -- -- that things you can hold on to.
You have another big project in 2012 -- been chosen to lead a conference of bishops at the Vatican and in October.
On what's called the new low evangelists -- spreading.
The Christian faith and you have a new book out.
What you you've been busy -- seek first the kingdom which is on this same -- Is that -- the Catholic Church at this moment in decline or is it on.
I think we have turned.
A band and right now we are seeing so much the low energy.
The spirit at work in the church where CNET especially among our young adults there is a -- who read.
Evaluation -- appreciation.
Of the church.
Her message and I think that's the -- and losing should use all about.
The Pope is encouraging all of us to look around and and -- -- care.
The great -- of faith.
With people who should be with us who maybe once thought of themselves as part of our family but it's simply drifted away.
You were named.
A cardinal of the Catholic church and and enormous honor for UN for the whole archdiocese last year there have been reports recently.
That the Pope who is 84 years old.
Is -- Declined to showing signs of decline that he's too tired for instance to meet -- visiting bishops first of all.
How is the holy father's health and and secondly.
Do you think it's possible as he raised in a recent interview that it -- that if his health would decline further he might voluntarily stepped down which hasn't happened since the fourteen months.
Well when I look at our holy father and I was there a month ago.
-- I I am just.
-- -- So who are so grateful.
That he has the energy he does and that this person -- 84 years old team continuing to.
Go to meeting after meeting travel all over the world conduct -- -- business of the church.
So every once in while when someone says when he looks tired.
I say to myself.
Why shouldn't -- But the -- carrying on all of the of the work when we go to Rome for these meetings he's been here.
And -- The where -- being done.
I think it's.
Just a sign of God's Greece and and degrees of office that he is evil it is to do what he does so well.
Is of course an election year and I'm gonna talking about that because that's what we do on Sunday talk shows.
Rick Perry ran an ad in Iowa recently in which -- sad that that President Obama is conducting as he put it.
A war on religion and one of the things he talked specifically about -- that the president is taking government money federal money from Catholic Charities.
People who have been involved who have been the victims of human trafficking.
Because they refuse.
To provide birth control and abortions -- -- what do you think of the administration policy there.
And -- what do you think of calling not a war on election.
We're one of the things that our conference of bishops has done in response to.
As some early and some of the regulations and some of the difficulties that are Catholic institutions are finding.
Used to to call all of us to reflect again on the importance.
That out in a pluralistic society.
The importance of respecting.
The religious traditions the religious freedom the freedom of conscience of every.
Our our hope is that just stands in the history of the church the history of our country.
The church -- always been a part via the public effort.
Issues like feeding the hungry providing care for people who need homeless that we would always be a part that.
And to do that today we we need to be all the more respectful.
Freedom of conscience and freedom of religious expression of every one.
So so win -- -- -- processor the the the administration the Obama administration decides to take money away from Catholic Charities because of the fact that they insist as a matter of conscience not to provide.
Birth control or abortions.
Is not as Rick Perry -- a war on religion.
But I think what it is right now is something that's under great discussion it's all being.
-- reviewed and certainly the position of the Catholic Church is that no one no one should be penalized.
Because of there position.
Nolan should be penalized -- -- there -- freedom the free exercise of their conscience you know we we serve.
Whether it's an education.
Catholic Charities whether -- -- and relief of migrants immigrants whether these and social service ministry we serve the people all of this nation what we don't do is.
-- The conscience.
Of all of us involved there's something we simply do attack should be respect because it's all.
Newt Gingrich is baptism when he became a member converted to the Catholic church and obviously some voters as they as they try to -- Mr.
Look back at his three marriages and what he says about what he calls mistakes and his his personal search for redemption.
How do you suggest that that -- his way.
Gingrich's life story.
Since I had the the privilege but confirming that.
You can reach I really wouldn't be -- to talk about.
He use his past.
Experience with the church's relationship church.
I don't -- that anybody who comes from ministry church but I think we can all learn a lesson.
Particularly when we get -- to the world an election.
I think we want to respect.
In here who can see when we're looking at.
What's the best leader for our country who would do it shouldn't be some sort of litmus test what religion -- along to.
What is there -- religious.
I think what we want to do is look at the candidate to see does that person share the news.
That I think -- important is that person.
Present policies that I think.
That's the common -- Of our country like and not to make any personal judgment.
Any candidate for public office.
And at and briefly.
And without making -- -- -- -- any person if it's someone has -- in the past.
How should we judge.
We're church's forgiveness because we've all been forgiven when in fact we pray for you -- -- fast -- as we forgive those who trespass against us.
The only petition in the lord's prayer -- its contention.
We ask for everything else that we just expect aren't -- but when we come to forgiveness from me Jesus said to us.
As you forget.
We all we all ask for forgiveness that's one of the reasons why leading up to this wonderful celebration of Christmas we had -- it.
As a reminder.
Get to church.
Get to confession.
And remind yourself that none of -- -- perfect.
And when we come to this Christmas Day we want to be able to bring in as our gift.
Not only faith -- and -- that the contracts are finally cardinals.
Do you have a Christmas message for our viewers to.
The peace and they surely the problems.
With knowing god is with this Christmas is all about.
Coming among them god being with that she's seen -- -- And when we realized that.
There's a sense.
And jewelry and recognition.
Each one of us he's capable.
In our hearts.
Families in this world so my wishes that this would be truly blessed Christmas of peace and -- and cardinal is a delight to have you with us thank you so much for coming in Merry Christmas you sir Merry Christmas thank you and happy thing to you.
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