Friday, February 03, 2006

Super Bowl, Super Catholics

The Pittsburgh Catholic recently published this article highlighting the deep Catholic roots of that city's NFL football team, the Super Bowl-bound Steelers. The Rooney family, which, I believe, has owned the team since the early 1930s, is a longtime supporter of the Catholic Church and its ministries in and around Pittsburgh.

Meanwhile out west, the Catholic Northwest Progress, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Seattle--where the Seattle Seahawks, the Steelers' Super Bowl opponent, call home--has published this article about the football loyalties of Seattle's Archbishop Alex Brunnett and Detroit's Cardinal Adam Maida.

Archbishop Brunnett is originally from Detroit, the place where Super Bowl XL is going to be played this Sunday. He is undoubtedly a Seahawks fan. But Cardinal Maida, who was at first reported to be neutral regarding any hopes for the game's winner, has since acknowledged that he is rooting for the Steelers. (He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.)

Apparently the two have laid down a wager on the game, not unlike what mayors of the cities represented in the Super Bowl frequently arrange. We'll know Sunday night who will have pay up.

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