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Cardinal DiNardo speaks to crowd at Briar Cliff University

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A former Bishop of Sioux City Diocese, now a Catholic Cardinal, is back in town.  Bishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is now in charge of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas.

He spoke to a packed house at Briar Cliff University.  The hundreds who gathered in the Saint Francis Center got more than a lecture on theology.  They received an important history lesson about the Catholic Church.

Cardinal DiNardo said, "Most everyone agrees that the church was in need of reform and wanted renewal and reform."

Bishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo spoke as part of the Sister Ruth Agnes Ahlers Lecture Series, his first visit to Sioux City since 2009.  The former Bishop of the Sioux City Diocese focused on changes approved by the Second Vatican Council.

DiNardo said, "Conscious, active participation in the liturgy is to be considered the norm and what all renewal is meant for."

In 1963, Vatican II led the way for mass to be said in English and other languages, not just Latin.  It allowed priests to face the congregation.  Some of the many changes that had been talked about for centuries.

"Some of the issues we've heard spoken about were already being spoken about even as early as the 1570's & 1580's.  But obviously the church had other concerns," said DiNardo.

The opportunity to hear insight from one of only eleven Catholic cardinals in the United States was a big draw for many.

"So it's always been a pleasure to be able to be with him, listen to him, to learn new ideas, to get new perspectives from somebody that now has made it up the line after he started here as a bishop," said Sam Hacker of Sioux City.

Rev. Jerry Feierfeil said, "He's so articulate, he knows the church fathers, he knows church history. A bishop is meant to be a teacher. This is a bishop, now a cardinal that teaches his priests."

"He's brilliant and I always feel like I learn something when I'm with him," said Marilyn Christiansen of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.

And, it's a chance for students to get a better religious understanding.

Jake Rosenmeyer, Junior Theology & History major at Briar Cliff said, "We get his insights on the changes we've experienced in the last year or so with liturgy and what might be coming up next."

Cardinal DiNardo says he was excited to see a lot of old friends from his time as Bishop here from 1997 until 2004.  Wednesday afternoon he paid a visit to the Carmelite Monastery.

The sisters have limited contact with the outside world, and devote their days to prayer, and service.

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