Lent started a couple days early for the ESPN editor who wrote a headline about Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin that recalled an ethnic slur against Chinese. Anthony Federico, 28,was fired on Sunday for the gaffe, which he said had no racist intent. “ESPN did what they had to do,” said Federico who, like Lin, is a devout Christian. “My faith is my life,” Federico told The Daily News. “I'd love to tell Jeremy what happened and explain that this was an honest mistake.”
Speaking of J-Lin,his pastor tells the WaPo what he's really like. It's all good, don't worry. New York archbishop Timothy Dolan, who was the “rock star” of the Vatican consistory that created 22 new cardinals, may need a bit of self-denial: he fell off the diet wagon while in Rome, and now can't take off the new gold ring
Pope Benedict XVI gave him on Saturday.
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David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He writes for RNS and until recently covered the religion beat for AOL's Politics Daily. He blogs at Commonweal magazine, and has written two books on Catholic topics, the latest a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.