Timothy Cardinal Dolan Timothy Cardinal Dolan
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English Cardinal Dolan op-ed urges passage of nationwide school choice bill
Mar 11, 2017
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York urged President Donald Trump to follow through on a recent call for legislation that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth nationwide.

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French Le cardinal de New York raconte des « moments très touchants » entre Clinton et Trump
Oct 22, 2016
Ils se sont prêtés à un exercice récurrent en fin de campagne pour les candidats à la Maison Blanche: comme le veut la tradition de ce dîner de charité catholique à New York, Hillary Clinton et Donald Trump ont chacun à leur tour pris la parole au Al Smith Dinner, jeudi soir, pour démontrer leur sens de l'humour et leur sens de l'autodérision. Ou, à défaut, un intense de travail de brainstorming de leur staff en amont.

"Je comprends que je ne suis pas connue pour mon sens de l'humour. C'est pour cela qu'il a fallu tout un village pour écrire ces blagues", a ainsi ironiquement fait remarquer la démocrate.

L'occasion aussi, pour les deux adversaires, de se lancer de nouveau quelques piques lapidaires, au lendemain de leurs virulentes attaques lors du dernier débat présidentiel américain et à trois semaines de la fin d'une des campagnes que la presse outre-Atlantique considère comme l'une des plus négatives de l'histoire récente du pays.
"Alléluia général"

Mais en dépit de l'apparente tension face caméra, les relations entre l'ex-secrétaire d'Etat et le magnat de l'immobilier étaient plutôt cordiales, raconte le cardinal de New York, Timothy Dolan, hôte de la soirée.

   "Je n'ai pas de problème à vous dire que j'étais quelque peu nerveux avant d'y aller", a-t-il confié à NBC après la soirée. "Vous connaissez la nature du dîner Al Smith: c'est fait pour être une soirée d'unité, d'amitié et de joie. En être l'hôte, c'est comme un dîner de famille où vous espérez juste que tout se passe bien."

Et l'homme d'Eglise, dont c'était le huitième dîner de charité de ce type, d'adresser un "Alléluia général": "la soirée s'est très bien passée", a-t-il estimé, avant de concéder qu'il y avait eu quelques "moments gênants".
L'hôte "très ému" de leur courtoisie l'un envers l'autre

Mais pas que. Lorsqu'ils se sont vus un peu avant le dîner, et assis à table pendant la soirée, les compétiteurs se sont montrés sympathiques l'un envers l'autre, d'après le cardinal Dolan, qui était assis au milieu d'eux deux:

   "A chaque fois qu'il y a un peu d'humour, il peu y avoir un peu de gêne (...). Mais je vais vous dire ce qui n'était pas gênant: c'était d'être très près d'eux deux. J'ai été très ému par les évidentes tentatives de leur part à tous les deux, Hillary Clinton et Donald Trump, d'essayer d'être courtois, de bien s'entendre, de se dire des choses gentilles en privé l'un à l'autre. C'était plaisant."

"Vous pouvez voir" que Clinton et Trump "sont un peu gênés ensemble", a-t-il reconnu. Mais rien de nouveau, selon lui. "Il y a quatre ans j'étais avec le gouverneur Romney et le président Obama. Vous pouviez voir qu'il y avait une ambiance quelque peu glaciale entre les deux."

   "Le but de cette soirée et de briser un peu de cette glace. Et Dieu merci, ça marche!", s'est-il enthousiasmé. "Je suis assis entre eux, et littéralement, je suis censé être un pont entre les deux. J'essaie de mon mieux. Et il y a eu (entre Hillary Clinton et  Donald Trump, Ndlr) des moments très touchants."

http://www.bfmtv.com/international/des-moments-tres-touchants-entre-clinton-et-trump-a-un-diner-de-charite-1050696.html
English Cardinal Dolan: Trump, Clinton traded jabs at podium — but it was different in private
Oct 22, 2016
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, blessed with the job of playing peacemaker while sitting between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during a white tie fundraiser, said the two presidential candidates demonstrated a kindness toward each other rarely seen in public.

Eun Kyung Kim

While each candidate delivered some biting comments while taking a turn behind the dais at the Al Smith Dinner, "there were some very touching moments" in private, Dolan said, describing one right after he asked both of them to pray with him.

“After the little prayer, Mr. Trump turned to Secretary Clinton and said, ‘You are one tough and talented woman,’” Dolan said. "He said, 'This has been a good experience, this whole campaign, as tough as it’s been.'"

Clinton then returned the compliment.

“She said to him, ‘Donald, whatever happens, we need to work together afterward,’” Dolan said.

Highlights of Trump, Clinton at Al Smith dinner: Jaw-dropping moments, boos, and laughs
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Highlights of Trump, Clinton at Al Smith dinner: Jaw-dropping moments, boos, and laughs
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“This is the evening at its best,” he said, describing the event as “a family dinner where you’re just hoping things go well.”

Dolan said it was obvious the two candidates "are kind of awkward together," but said that's to be expected. He noted four years ago there was a similar "iciness" between then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama at the same event.

“The purpose of the evening is to break some of the ice, and thanks be to God, it works,” Dolan said.

http://www.today.com/news/cardinal-dolan-trump-clinton-traded-jabs-al-smith-dinner-it-t104211
English Ahead of Al Smith Dinner, Cardinal Dolan says Hillary owes Catholics an apology
Oct 21, 2016
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan called for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to disassociate herself from anti-Catholic statements made by her campaign chairman and said the remarks were “extraordinarily patronizing and insulting to Catholics.”

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, October 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Asked about the anti-Catholic comments after speaking at The Bishop’s Respect Life Dinner on Monday night for the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Cardinal Dolan suggested that had other faith traditions been the target of the prejudiced remarks, there would have been a swift apology and absolute disavowal of them.

But as far as an apology from Clinton for the remarks demeaning Catholics, “Hasn’t happened yet,” Cardinal Dolan said.  

Emails released last week by WikiLeaks showed Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta and Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri, both Catholics, in conversations with activists from two left-wing organizations. In the emails, Catholics were debased, with their beliefs being called “severely backwards.” Conservative Catholics also were accused of “an amazing bastardization of the faith,” and Rupert Murdoch was mocked for baptizing his children as Catholics in the River Jordan.

The U.S. Church’s bishops were slammed in the emails as well, referred to as “a middle ages dictatorship.”

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Palmieri said in one of the emails she thought conservatives that had come to Catholicism did so because “they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion,” and that “their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals.”

Podesta admitted to helping launch a “progressive” infiltration of the Church in another email, and he took an active role in attempting to incite a liberal Catholic revolt against the U.S. bishops.

“We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this,” Podesta wrote. “But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.”

The “Catholic Spring” Podesta referred to had been broached in the email by Center for Progress President Sandy Newman, who had pondered, how one would "plant the seeds of the revolution," or “who would plant them.”

RELATED: Hillary defends partial birth, late-term abortion at beginning of third debate

Newman wrote Podesta:

   Hi John. This whole controversy with the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage even though 98% of Catholic women (and their conjugal partners) have used contraception has me thinking … There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.

The statements "are just extraordinarily patronizing and insulting to Catholics,” Cardinal Dolan told ABC affiliate News Channel 13 on Monday.

“If it had been said about the Jewish community, if it had been said about the Islamic community, within 10 minutes there would have been an apology and a complete distancing from those remarks,” he continued.

“Hasn't happened yet,” he stated.

The cardinal, who is chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, then said he’d like to see the Democratic candidate disassociate herself from the offending comments.

“I'm hoping that she's going to distance herself from these very insulting remarks by her chief of staff," Cardinal Dolan said.

He also told the news station that he trusts people to be guided by their moral convictions, and he expects people to be "acquainted with the issues."

The Clinton campaign has not acknowledged the anti-Catholic emails, though they have been played down by at least one Democratic operative and Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, also a Catholic.

Catholics, some of who have also called for Podesta’s firing, have roundly criticized the email comments.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-dolan-clinton-owes-catholics-an-apology
Spanish Cardenal Dolan critica liberalización de píldora abortiva en Estados Unidos
Apr 08, 2016
El Cardenal Timothy Michael Dolan, Arzobispo de Nueva York (Estados Unidos) y presidente del Comité para Actividades Pro Vida de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB), criticó la reciente liberalización de las normas de la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA) de Estados Unidos, que permite el uso de la droga abortiva Mifeprex, conocida como RU-486, hasta los 70 días de embarazo y eliminando la obligación de que sea un médico el que provea.

NUEVA YORK, 07 Abr. 16 / 12:49 pm (ACI/EWTN Noticias).- En un comunicado en el sitio web de la USCCB, el Cardenal Dolan criticó que el 29 de marzo “la FDA ha relajado irresponsablemente sus directrices para la peligrosa droga abortiva RU-486, extendiendo su uso por un adicional de tres semanas dentro del embarazo, y permitiendo su provisión a manos de personal no médico”.

“El uso no oficial, no aprobado de la RU-486 es ahora el nuevo normal, pavimentando el camino para la destrucción de más vidas inocentes, y poniendo a las mujeres y niñas en riesgo frente a todos los efectos del aborto que cambian la vida”, advirtió.

El Cardenal estadounidense lamentó que los promotores de la práctica antivida, “lejos de querer que el aborto  sea ‘escaso’” ahora “están celebrando este uso extendido como la apertura de una puerta cada vez más amplia al aborto”.

Al mismo tiempo, indicó, quienes promueven el aborto “igualmente están celebrando el abandono de la FDA a la salud de la mujer. Mujeres han muerto a causa de esta droga, y muchas que la usaron después de las 8 semanas de embarazo terminaron regresando por abortos quirúrgicos”.

En efecto, según su evaluación en 2011, la FDA encontró que desde que esta droga fue aprobada en 2000 se reportaron 2207 casos con efectos adversos, incluyendo 14 muertes de mujeres.

Otras 612 resultaron hospitalizadas debido al fármaco abortivo. 48 mujeres sufrieron infecciones severas y 339 sufrieron pérdida
s de sangre que requirieron transfusiones.

Al concluir su mensaje, el Arzobispo de Nueva York recordó que toda mujer embarazada “puede recurrir a las agencias católicas para una asistencia esperada y sin prejuicios” como Catholic Charities, centros de ayuda al embarazo y muchas parroquias que “están preparadas para ayudar a aquellos en necesidad”.

https://www.aciprensa.com/noticias/cardenal-dolan-critica-liberalizacion-de-pildora-abortiva-en-estados-unidos-26611/
English Cardinal Dolan praises ‘unity’ at St. Patrick Parade after inclusion of gay activist groups
Mar 24, 2016
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic archbishop of New York, has sparked renewed outrage among Catholic faithful by congratulating this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers for preserving the “original intent” of the event, despite the inclusion of homosexual groups and the exclusion of pro-life organizations.

March 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – In an open letter published on the archdiocesan website two days before the parade, Dolan writes, “I thank those who love and lead the parade for assuring us all that the original intent of the parade, which has flourished for over two-and-a-half centuries – to celebrate the faith, heritage, culture, and tradition of Ireland – is preserved.”

A CBS News video showed Dolan in a jovial mood, embracing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who joined the march this year after having boycotted it for its refusal to admit homosexual groups. De Blasio also lauded the “unity” he sees in this year’s parade – another apparent reference to the inclusion of gay groups.

“There's a great spirit – the weather helps – a wonderful sense of unity and friendship, I'd say 'Alleluia' but I can't because it's Lent," Dolan said in the CBS video clip.

The archdiocese did not respond to a request for comment from LifeSiteNews by press time.

Many faithful who commented below the cardinal’s letter expressed their perplexity and dismay at the prelate’s apparent betrayal of Catholic doctrine condemning sodomy as a grave sin.

“It is so sad that the parade this year will have two out and proud ‘gay’ groups marching but not even one pro-life group has been allowed to march,” wrote one reader. “I would say that the Archdiocese has rolled over on this one and the secularists are winning. So, so sad.”

Click here to learn more about St. Peter Damian’s Book of Gomorrah, his great work on the crisis of sodomy in the priesthood, now available in a new translation by LSN reporter Matthew Cullinan Hoffman.

“I agree. It is sad. I really don’t understand what the Cardinal is trying to say in his comments,” responded another reader. “The parade has gone all wrong and the Catholic identity has been destroyed. The organizers are not even active Catholics from what I understand.”

“The sad truth, Your Eminence, is that your decision to serve as Grand Marshal for last year’s Parade was seen as a betrayal by many Catholics. Your words, I am afraid, now have a very hollow ring,” wrote one woman.

Another reader wrote: “The Irish Catholic faith has been erased from the parade. Homosexuality is a sin, which is being celebrated by allowing homosexual groups to march in the parade. It’s unbelievable and very sad.”

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, homosexual acts constitute “grave depravity,” and are “intrinsically disordered,” a doctrine that has been taught throughout the Church’s 2,000-year history. The Catechism also expresses compassion for those who suffer from the temptations associated with same-sex attraction and urges them to a life of chastity.

Cardinal Dolan’s acceptance of homosexual groups in the parade began last year, when an organization of homosexual NBC employees called “Out@NBCUniversal” was allowed to march under its own banner.

Although organizers claimed that the group simply represented people with homosexual tendencies and had no political agenda, its Facebook page contained material “celebrating” Harvey Milk—a politician and pederast who biographers say sexually abused teenage boys—and advocating homosexual “marriage.”

Dolan openly endorsed the inclusion of the group, breaking decades of precedent set by his predecessors, and even agreed to function as grand marshal of the parade. “I have no trouble with the decision at all,” Cardinal Dolan said at a press conference. “I think the decision is a wise one.”

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English Are Those Who Strive for Virtue the New Minority? Cardinal Dolan Thinks So
Nov 06, 2015
The archbishop of New York, part of the ongoing synod on the family, said those striving for virtue also need to feel the Church’s ‘support and encouragement.’

10/14/2015

VATICAN CITY — Married couples who endure hardships together, same-sex attracted men and women trying to live chastely and engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate: What do all of these people have in common?

They’re all striving for holiness, and, according to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, they’re the “new minority” to whom it is important to extend inclusion in the Church.

“These wonderful people today often feel themselves a minority, certainly in culture, but even, at times, in the Church,” the archbishop of New York said in his Oct. 12 blog post. “I believe there are many more of them than we think, but, given today’s pressure, they often feel excluded.”

The cardinal, who is currently in Rome for the synod on the family, said that inclusion has emerged as a “very refreshing, consistent” theme discussed at this year’s synod.

He listed immigrants, those with same-sex attraction, single people, those with disabilities, racial minorities, the divorced or widowed, the elderly and homebound as being essential to the life of the Church.

“We in the family of the Church love them, welcome them and need them,” he said.

However, there is another group of people that should be remembered when discussing those who feel excluded from modern society — and even the Church — he noted.

“I am thinking of those who, relying on God’s grace and mercy, strive for virtue and fidelity,” Cardinal Dolan said.

This includes couples who choose not to cohabitate before marriage, spouses who endure hardships in marriage, men or women with same-sex attractions who embrace chastity, a mother who sacrifices her career for her children and spouses who lovingly welcome children into their marriage.

“They are looking to the Church, to us, for support and encouragement, a warm sense of inclusion,” he said. “We cannot let them down.”

Cardinal Dolan’s comments came shortly after Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput addressed the synod assembly, calling for precise language, especially when speaking about inclusion and “unity in diversity.”

Archbishop Chaput had said, “Brothers, we need to be very cautious in devolving important disciplinary and doctrinal issues to national and regional episcopal conferences — especially when pressure in that direction is accompanied by an implicit spirit of self-assertion and resistance.”

https://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/are-those-who-strive-for-virtue-the-new-minority-cardinal-dolan-thinks-so/
English Rita Moreno dances with New York cardinal at Puerto Rican Day Parade up Fifth Avenue
Jun 15, 2015
Entertainer Rita Moreno took Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan for a dancing spin Sunday in the middle of Fifth Avenue by St. Patrick's Cathedral.

June 14, 2015

NEW YORK – "Hallelujah! Bienvenidos a todos," the cardinal yelled out to the Puerto Rican Day Parade crowd, meaning "welcome to all."

At 83, atop a convertible car, Moreno was the grand marshal of the festivities that turned more than 1 million spectators into a sea of red, white and blue. Topped by a single star, they're the colors of the Puerto Rican flag that also were splashed across 20,000 marchers moving up the avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street.

Puerto Rico's governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, was followed by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Puerto Rico native dancing to the pounding Latino soundtrack of the 58th annual parade.

Dolan, who is archbishop of the city's Roman Catholic archdiocese, offered blessings to the mostly Catholic participants. Dolan then lifted his straw hat to reveal a red skullcap he plopped onto the heads of several bemused boys.

Stephanie Placeres of Boston has been coming to New York for a dozen years to see the parade.

"We always stand here, at the same spot in the 50s; I have a parking lot that I always go to, and there's bathrooms right there in Trump Tower," said Placeres, flanked by her husband, mother-in-law and three young children.

"We're here because of the pride. It's overwhelming, amazing," she said, raising her voice above the noise that hit fever pitch, with hand-held horns and whistles from the sidelines. Placeres, 32, who heads a team of security officers on the Harvard University campus, said she's been noticing a tighter New York police presence at the festivities she said are more organized and disciplined since the violence and drunken mayhem that followed the event in 2000.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio walked all 35 blocks up Fifth, noting "the extraordinary contribution to this city by the Puerto Rican people. This is a community that over the last century has been one of the foundations of this city."

Lydia Rodriguez of Brooklyn stood out with a vibrant feathered headdress she said represents the Taino indigenous peoples who historically inhabited many Caribbean islands.

"People don't know much about them here," said Rodriguez, 40, proudly raising her adorned head to watch the Puerto Rican parade for her 23rd time.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/06/14/rita-moreno-dances-with-new-york-cardinal-at-puerto-rican-day-parade-up-fifth/
English Cardinal Timothy Dolan Speaks at LeMoyne Commencement
May 19, 2015
In the weeks leading up to Le Moyne College's 65th commencement, more than 750 people signed an online petition in hopes of a new commencement speaker for the class of 2015.

May 17, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- But on Sunday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York delivered that speech, urging graduates to use the knowledge and wisdom they gained at school to help others.

"I mentioned to them that classically in our society,  we usually look at the years up through graduation at 'getting' on the receiving end, and now wisdom would have us give it back," Dolan said.  

Students argued Dolan does not embody the values taught at Le Moyne College, including his views on gay marriage. There have also been allegations that he covered up clergy abuse.

Some we caught up with were not aware of the controversy surrounding the Cardinal and thought his speech was moving.

"I actually teared up, it was very beautiful. It was very inspiration to the graduates, and the message of going out to the world and making a difference and looking at the bigger picture," said Kelly Phillips, Cortland resident.

Others though, while they might not agree with Cardinal Dolan's views, they say there's a bigger lesson to be learned.

"I've been here 25 years, open, respectful civil debate, that's what's going to change the world. If you can't talk to each other about it, you're never going to get anywhere. That's what we really try to teach and that's what today was all about," said Le Moyne Education Professor Cathy Leogrand.

We did ask Cardinal Dolan about the petition. He said he only recently became aware of it. He also added it was a freedom of expression.

In total, about 650 students received diplomas Sunday. Cardinal Dolan also received an honorary degree at the ceremony.

http://www.twcnews.com/nys/binghamton/news/2015/05/17/lemoyne-commencement.html
English Church refutes claim Cardinal Dolan lives lavishly
May 09, 2015
A spokesman for Cardinal Timothy Dolan refuted claims the archbishop lives in a "mansion" while churches are being closed under the "Making All Things New" pastoral planning initiative.

May 08, 2015

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Cardinal Timothy Dolan attends service at Coptic Church in GreaCardinal Timothy Dolan rountinely travels in a mini-van, according to a church spokesman. (Staten Island Advance/Ryan Lavis)

Church mergers and closures throughout the country have prompted scrutiny of the residences where Cardinal Dolan and other prelates live.

Cardinal Dolan announced on Friday the merger of St. Margaret Mary R.C. Church in Midland Beach with St. Christopher R.C. Church in Grant City.

He also decreed that St. John Neumann in Greenridge will remain its own parish rather than being merged with Holy Child R.C. Church in Eltingville or St. Joseph-St. Thomas in Pleasant Plains as previously suggested.

The Franciscans may be returning to Staten Island with a new ministry, although the fate of the former St. Francis Friary on Todt Hill is unresolved, the cardinal announced.

Michael Bilotti, a parishioner at Holy Child R.C. Church in Eltingville, chided the archbishop of New York for a supposed extravagant lifestyle. Bilotti suggested that the cardinal "sell his mansion."

Joseph Zwilling, communications director for the Archdiocese of New York, issued a strong defense of the cardinal's lifestlye.

"His 'mansion' is part of Saint Patrick's Cathedral – literally," Zwilling said.  "It is not 'in the shadows.'  It is a physical part of the Cathedral.

"You can't sell Saint Patrick's Cathedral.  To claim it is worth $30 million is nonsense, since it cannot be sold.  How can you sell off pieces of the Cathedral?  Plus, that has been the residence of the Archbishop's of New York for over 125 years.  It is not as if he bought or built it for himself."

Bilotti also had suggested that the cardinal avoid traveling in luxury cars and take the bus as Pope Francis did while living as a cardinal in Argentina.

"The Cardinal rides in a mini-van," Zwilling said of Cadrinal Dolan. "He uses the mini-van since he so often has people travelling with him, and he does a fair amount of work in his car."

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/05/cardinal_dolan_lives_in_cathed.html
English Cardinal Dolan's diet advice for the pope: 'Get a new doctor!"
Apr 13, 2015
After Italian doctors reportedly put Pope Francis on a diet that includes a drastic reduction in his weekly pasta consumption, TODAY brought in its own eminent expert on the matter: Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Apr. 2, 2015 at 4:11 PM

"Holy Father, you said you always listen to your cardinals," said Dolan, the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York: "Listen to me: Get a new doctor!"
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Italian news service ANSA reported that doctors have told the pope to reduce his pasta consumption to just twice a week. They also encouraged him to incorporate a few more walks into his schedule.

http://www.today.com/health/cardinal-dolans-diet-advice-pope-francis-get-new-doctor-t12616
English Cardinal Dolan leads NYC St. Patrick’s Parade as first-ever gay activist group joins
Mar 18, 2015
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan led Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Tuesday as grand marshal, despite backlash from faithful Catholics unhappy with the organizers’ decision to allow an openly homosexual activist group to march in the event.

“I’m as radiant as the sun, so thanks be to God for the honor and the joy,” said Cardinal Dolan on Tuesday morning, as he led 250,000 marchers down Fifth Avenue – including a delegation from “Out @ NBC Universal,” a group of gay activists who work for NBC, the network that televises the parade.

Catholic commentator Michael Voris and his team from ChurchMilitant.TV were present at the parade and were able to question Dolan on his decision during a press scrum. “Your Eminence, do you have anything to say to the loyal Catholics who find what you’re doing here a great scandal to the faith?” Voris asked.

“No, come on in. We’d love to have you,” Dolan replied.

Voris reports that he and his cameraman were then removed from the press scrum, providing video of an official telling them to leave, and then calling police over to escort them out of the area.

Both the parade’s organizers and Cardinal Dolan drew criticism from faithful Catholics last year by approving Out@NBC Universal’s request to march in this year’s parade, under a banner that makes reference to their homosexuality.  The controversial decision prompted the Catholic League and at least one Catholic school to pull out of the parade, while nearly 5,000 people signed a petition urging Cardinal Dolan to withdraw from the event as a show of support for Catholic teaching forbidding homosexual behavior.
Image New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan responds to a question about his decision to serve as grand marshal at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. ChurchMilitant.tv

But the cardinal refused to back down, expressing support for the group’s inclusion.  “I have no trouble with the decision at all,” Cardinal Dolan said at a press conference announcing his appointment as grand marshal. “I think the decision is a wise one.”

Meanwhile, the parade’s organizers further upset rank-and-file Catholics by refusing to let a pro-life group march, saying they didn’t want to risk taking attention away from the gay group.

“That won’t be happening,” parade committee vice chairman John Lahey said of the pro-life group’s request to march. “What we want to do is keep 2015 focused on the gesture of goodwill we made towards the gay community with the inclusion of OUT@NBCUniversal.”

For the second year in a row, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to attend, saying that despite all the controversy, the organizers behind the celebration of Ireland’s patron saint haven’t done enough to make the event gay-friendly.

According to the mayor, while he saw the inclusion of a single homosexual group as “progress,” he won’t participate in the parade until it is “open to [homosexual groups] who would like to participate who don't happen to work for NBC."

"Having only one delegation associated with one company that allows members of the LGBT community is, obviously, a pretty narrow concession," said de Blasio, after marching in the gay-oriented “St. Pat's for All” parade in Queens on Sunday. "We'd like to see something that's more inclusive."

"I will not be marching [in Tuesday’s parade], but I look forward to progress in the future," de Blasio stated, at an unrelated press conference the following day. "I do think the first step was taken this year and I'm hopeful that soon there'll be others taken."

It seems likely that de Blasio’s hopes will be realized.  While at least one homosexual group was turned away from participating in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, organizers were quick to note that it was simply a matter of the available slots having been filled prior to the group’s application to march, and said homosexual groups were “welcome” to apply for slots in 2016’s parade.

Meanwhile, a number of Catholics disillusioned by the organizers’ actions offered an alternative event on Tuesday at Church of the Holy Innocents, not far from the festivities on Fifth Avenue.  Proudly on display was the Children First Foundation’s “Choose Life” banner – the same one that was rejected by parade organizers.  The event, dubbed the “St. Patrick’s Day Lenten Pilgrimage,” included four Masses, the opportunity for Confession, and a prayer vigil for unborn children.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-dolan-marches-with-homosexual-activists-at-nyc-st.-patricks-parade
Spanish El cardenal Dolan asegura que los yihadistas son tan musulmanes como católicos eran los terroristas del IRA
Mar 08, 2015
El Arzobispo de Nueva York (Estados Unidos), Cardenal Timothy Dolan, ha asegurado que los terroristas del Estado Islámico (ISIS) son musulmanes, así como los del desaparecido Ejército de la República Irlandesa (IRA) eran católicos. Sin embargo precisó que en ambos casos se trata de una «perversión» de sus credos. Entrevistado el 3 de marzo por la CNN, el cardenal Dolan aseguró que los ataques del Estado Islámico son un genocidio dirigido contra los cristianos en Medio Oriente.

«Es tiempo de hablar de esto con honestidad, y pienso que es un intento sistemático, bien coreografiado, muy bien enfocado de erradicar de Medio Oriente a la antigua población cristiana», señaló.

Sin embargo, precisó que «creo con toda mi alma y corazón que estos extremistas no representan el genuino pensamiento islámico. Ellos son (musulmanes), por supuesto que lo son. Yo diría que una forma particularmente pervertida de ser musulmanes».

El arzobispo de Nueva York explicó que los terroristas de ISIS «aseguran ser musulmanes, a pesar de que la mayoría de musulmanes que aman la paz dicen ‘tengo miedo de que tengan una particular fuerza’».

El prelado estadounidense hizo una analogía con el IRA, un grupo terrorista irlandés que buscaban la separación total de Irlanda, incluyendo Irlanda del Norte, de Reino Unido.

«¿Recuerdas hace 30, 35 o 40 años con el IRA en Irlanda? El IRA aseguraba ser católico, y estaban bautizados, tenían una identidad católica», recordó el purpurado, señalando que lo que hacía este grupo terrorista «era una perversión de todo lo que la Iglesia defendía».

«Los obispos de Irlanda, cada vez que el IRA explotaba un carro o una casa» o atacaba al ejército británico, indicó, «decían ‘ellos no son católicos’».

Por ello para el arzobispo de Nueva York la analogía de IRA con el Estado Islámico «es algo acertada».

   «Estos no son puros ni buenos musulmanes. Lo que necesitamos, y lo que el Papa Francisco ha dicho, es que las fuerzas musulmanas moderadas, genuinas, se levanten y digan ‘ellos no nos representan’. Eso está comenzando a suceder. Dios puede sacar bien del mal»-

El Cardenal Dolan indicó que «mis amigos musulmanes aquí en Nueva York me dicen ‘uno de los problemas que tenemos que ustedes los católicos no tienen, es que no tenemos un líder para que nos hable. Ustedes tienen al Papa Francisco, nosotros no tenemos eso, porque hay diferentes vertientes de pensamiento islámico, de práctica islámica’».

«Pero creo algo bueno está saliendo de esta crisis, vemos la voz de importantes moderados y justos islámicos, que dicen ‘estos fanáticos no nos representan’», destacó.

http://infocatolica.com/?t=noticia&cod=23439
English Cardinal Timothy Dolan, are you listening?
Feb 21, 2015
Sometimes the news that surrounds us becomes so overwhelming that you just want to run away and go sit on a green hill near County Mayo, Ireland.  Everything is so peaceful there, lovely to look at and free of the stench that is created by man as he looks for ways to insult God and His laws.

Such is the case in New York City these days. That city is fast approaching the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, an event fit for the one hundred percent Irish men and women, like that city’s chief Catholic leader, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

But wait! There is a fly in that ointment this year. It seems that the parade has been quite literally taken over by the activist, disrespectful homosexual rights community. What a shock it is, but truer words were never spoken.

You see there used to be a ban on openly “gay” groups marching in that parade, but last September the ban was lifted.

The New York Times reported: “The decision is a striking reflection of the evolution of gay rights in the city and in American society, and is a measure of changing attitudes in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.”

It’s that reference to the measure of changing attitudes among the hierarchy that got me right in the cranium, as I had to ask myself, what? How could this be? Who in the hierarchy honestly thinks that the fundamental teaching of the Church on the practice of homosexual behavior has changed? Or could it be that the news report is wrong and the hierarchy is as strong as always on this fundamental moral teaching?

You see, I always thought that the reason the “gays” were banned was specifically because they were blatant in their advocacy of a lifestyle the Church does not approve of, never has, and never will. So what’s up?

Well, apparently Cardinal Dolan, himself the Grand Marshall of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, has taken it upon himself to explain that the Church can be opposed to same-sex marriage and still embrace the individual homosexual person. Well, of course, the Church has always embraced such people! But it has never embraced their practices, lifestyles or public advocacy of what is clearly sinful.

And in this particular case, we are not talking about homosexual individuals quietly joining the ranks to march down the street, singing Irish ditties. We are talking about a group of gay rights activists. “The first group to march in next year’s parade under a gay banner will be OUT@NBCUniversal — a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employee resource group.”

In other words OUT@NBCUniversal represents individuals who have joined together to advocate publicly as an organized force in support of homosexual lifestyles.
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Cardinal Dolan, are you listening?

And that is not all.  Other homosexual organizations could march under the Irish blessing in 2016, according to a report by Matthew Hennessy:

“Other gay groups will be ‘free to apply’ to march in the parade under banners proclaiming their predilections.

The parade committee called its decision “a gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics.” But the gay groups were not satisfied. The executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda called the announcement “disappointing and self-serving,” since the application and selection processes were not open to the public. Irish Queers has said, “There is no change. This is not progress. This is a farce.” The group continues to call on New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to forbid NYPD and FDNY officers to wear their uniforms while marching in what Irish Queers calls an “explicitly anti-gay parade.”

You see even when the camel gets his nose under the tent he is not satisfied. They always want more and more.

Cardinal Dolan, are you listening?

We urge you, Cardinal Dolan to immediately step down as Grand Marshall of this once genuinely Irish Catholic event, making it clear that the decision of the committee was indeed political and hurtful to those who uphold Catholic teaching and have been the mainstay of this parade for many years.

There is nothing less that the Cardinal can do now. Well, yes there is. The Cardinal can spend the day, March 17h, 2015 sitting on a hill near County Mayo. I will look for him there.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/cardinal-timothy-dolan-are-you-listening
English A gift to New York for generations
Dec 31, 2014
Everybody loves Saint Patrick’s, and all are welcome there.

The image actually came from a neighbor at her desk across the street at Rockefeller Center, high above Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. She thoughtfully wrote:

“Since 2006, when that ugly scaffolding went up around the cathedral, I’ve wondered everyday when I’d have the wonderful view of ‘my cathedral’ back. As the scaffolding has been coming down there in recent weeks, I feel like my own Christmas present is being unwrapped! Thanks!”

You’re welcome!

I hope you’ve noticed it. The whole city seems to be talking about it. The façade of our historic Saint Patrick’s is now revealed — radiant, tuck pointed, glistening, protected and secure for the future.

“That scaffolding reminded me of the braces I had on my teeth when I was a kid,” another New Yorker wrote, “and I was as eager for it to come down as I was to get the braces off!”

True, the repair and restoration continues — the rest of the exterior, the garden areas, the heating and air, the rewiring, pews, roof, and floors, the artwork and windows — as does the fundraising!

But, I agree with my neighbor across the street: St. Patrick’s Cathedral is back, and what a Christmas gift it is!

Everybody loves Saint Patrick’s, and all are welcome there.

I call it “America’s parish church,” and nobody has yet to disagree. Pope Benedict XVI called it “one of the most famous churches in the world.”

A prominent Jewish benefactor recalled how, as a boy, coming home from the synagogue each Saturday morning, his mom and dad would take him to the cathedral to light a candle, whispering, “This is the Catholic big church, but we’re welcome here too.”

We uncovered in our research a postcard of Saint Patrick’s from 1878, the year it opened, from a recently arrived immigrant back to his Mom in Ireland. “Don’t worry, Mom. This is Saint Patrick’s, and this is where I go!”

I wasn’t here too long before I was told of the tourist who asked the cabbie to take him to Christ Church, that wonderful church on Park Avenue. The driver drove him to Saint Patrick’s!

“This isn’t Christ Church,” the agitated passenger yelled.

“Listen, buster,” the cabbie retorted, “I don’t know nothin’ about religion, but I do know that, here in New York, this is where Christ lives!”

Bravo! and, Christ does live there.

It’s one of the top attractions in our city. Between Thanksgiving and Epiphany (the Sunday after New Year’s Day) alone, over two million people come here. Each reports a sense of awe, a touch of the divine, a hint of God, a whisper of beyond.

Christmas is about the most sublime present of all: God the Father’s gift to us of His only Son, whose name is Jesus, and whose birth we celebrated on December 25th.

No wonder we give one another gifts at Christmas! We learned that from “Our Father.” How thrilled I am that so many consider Saint Patrick’s Cathedral one of the most memorable gifts of all, especially as it’s being unwrapped right now.

Far too many of us believe that the Christmas season ends on Christmas Day, when, in fact, it is really just beginning. May the Spirit of Christmas remain with us today and throughout the New Year!

Dolan is archbishop of New York. From his sermon Sunday at St. Patrick’s cathedral.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/timothy-cardinal-dolan-gift-new-york-generations-article-1.2057580
Italian Il mondo ha bisogno della speranza che porta Francesco»
Nov 20, 2014
Intervista al Cardinale Arcivescovo di New York alla Mostra sul Santo di Assisi all’Onu: «Il Papa è portatore di amore, fede, dignità della persona». «Bergoglio vuole gli hot dog»

«C'è bisogno di speranza e di luce in questo momento, specie dinanzi al buio che talvolta ci circonda, e la visita di Papa Francesco negli Stati Uniti è portatrice di questa luce». È questo il solenne auspicio che arriva dal cardinale Timothy Dolan nei giorni in cui giunge la conferma sul viaggio che il Pontefice effettuerà a Filadelfia, nel settembre 2015, per l'Incontro mondiale delle Famiglie.

L'arcivescovo di New York è alle Nazioni Unite per l'inaugurazione della mostra «Frate Francesco: tracce, parole, immagini», una raccolta di manoscritti e documenti pontifici riguardanti il Santo, provenienti dal Fondo Antico della Biblioteca comunale presso la Biblioteca del Sacro Convento di Assisi, e per la prima volta giunti al Palazzo di Vetro. A margine dei lavori, il cardinale commenta le notizie provenienti dal Vaticano, confermando con tutta la sua ironia, la vicinanza alla gente. Gli parliamo mentre sorseggia un calice di birra.

Cardinale, cosa ci insegna San Francesco oggi?
«Siamo grati a questa mostra. Speriamo che New York possa diventare una nuova Assisi, sarebbe un grande miracolo, abbiamo tutti bisogno dell'esempio di Frate Francesco, e della semplicità di Assisi».

Questa mostra apre i battenti in un giorno particolare, sentendo le notizie che giungono dal Vaticano….
«Speriamo, sarà un segno di speranza, una spinta per la Chiesa cattolica qui e per l'intera America. Siamo molto contenti che il Papa venga a trovarci, noi saremo qui ad accoglierlo nel migliore dei modi, con grande gioia».

Cosa si aspetta dalla visita di settembre?
«Il Santo Padre è un simbolo di grande speranza, di fede, di carità e di amore, la gente lo ama. Quello di cui noi abbiamo bisogno in questo momento è che la speranza venga rafforzata, e soprattutto abbiamo bisogno di un po' di luce che ci possa dare indicazioni nel buio che talvolta ci circonda. E Papa Francesco ci può dare proprio questo».

Lei dice che c'è bisogno di un po' di luce, chi in particolare ne ha bisogno?
«L'America ne ha bisogno, ma anche il resto del mondo, lui è il Papa ed è un dono di tutto il mondo. È portatore di amore, fede, speranza, dignità della persona umana, lui predica tutto questo».

C'è affinità col Santo che viene celebrato qui oggi?
«San Francesco è in qualche modo un esempio, un ispiratore per le Nazioni Unite, in molti modi, dal punto di vista della comunità internazionale, del rispetto della persona, del rispetto della vita, della pace e della giustizia. Egli ha viaggiato un po' in tutto il mondo, e noi oggi abbiamo bisogno dell'umiltà e della semplicità di Assisi, io stesso ne ho bisogno. Ed il Santo Padre ci può aiutare in questo».

Vuole aggiungere qualcosa in italiano?
«Certo, dove posso trovare un bel piatto di pasta qui a New York?».

È noto che lei sia un intenditore, a proposito è già allo studio un menù papale?
«Le dico una cosa, il Papa vuole gli hot dog».

Mi sembra di capire quindi che ci rivedremo presto, in meno di un anno?
«Me lo auguro, nel frattempo se le serve un barbiere me lo faccia sapere, posso suggerirle il mio».

http://www.lastampa.it/2014/11/19/esteri/vatican-insider/it/dolan-il-mondo-ha-bisogno-della-luce-di-francesco-vSmfykO17gToGyQuRjGyPK/pagina.html
English Cardinal Dolan Analyzes the 'Francis Factor'
Oct 11, 2014
“Nobody needs to coach the Pope,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan at a media launch event last night, “he’s a natural.”

Asked to speak on Pope Francis and what makes him so popular, the Cardinal homed in on the Pope’s style and substance.

“I live on Madison Avenue,” said Dolan. “That means PR; that means marketing. Madison avenue is almost a synonym for advertising.”

“So many people come up to me and ask me: ‘Who is doing the Pope’s marketing? Who is coaching this guy? Who is choreographing him? Who is setting this all up?'”

“And I tell them, ‘Nobody.’ He’s the essence of simplicity and sincerity. He’s not a captive to protocol. He’s his own man,” said Dolan.

And that goes a long way to explain the Francis Factor, the Cardinal explained.

“No one needs to tell the Pope the day after he’s elected that he needs to go pay his hotel bill,” Dolan continued. “This is something that a courteous, thoughtful, responsible human being does.”

“Nobody needs to tell him the day after Ash Wednesday that it might me a good idea to get in line for confession, telling him it would be a great photo op. He does it because he wants to do it. It’s sincerity,” Dolan said.

According to Dolan, the “Francis factor” has inaugurated an era of good feeling toward religion. “People like him, they love him, they are fascinated with him, intrigued with him,” he said. “People are beginning to get interested in religion.”

The cardinal noted that this new interest in religion “is particularly providential at a time when religion is caricatured as a source of dishonesty, duplicity, violence, hatred, divisiveness, anger, bigotry, superstition—the caricature of religion in enlightened societies.”

“And look at our newspapers,” he said, that portray “religion as the cause of so much strife and violence in the world today.”

Dolan said that one of the keys to Francis’ success is that he does not lead with the chin, or even with the mouth. He leads with the heart.

Instead of starting out with doctrine and morals, the Cardinal said, “he starts with a person. Jesus.”
“Francis wants to return the church to the shores of Galilee,” he said.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/10/09/Cardinal-Dolan-Analyzes-the-Francis-Factor
Italian Il cardinale di NY è gay friendly
Sept 30, 2014
Timothy Dolan apre a gay e lesbiche la cattolicissima Parata del giorno di San Patrizio.

Se Papa Francesco per un suo «chi sono io per giudicare?» mal compreso è diventato gay-friendly, ecco che il cardinale arcivescovo di New York Timothy Dolan è riuscito a superarlo tra i coccoloni venuti ai conservatori americani e qualche appoggio dei progressisti.

Il 17 marzo 2015 sarà infatti il «grand marshal» della Parata del giorno di San Patrizio, festa molto sentita a New York, e ha fatto sapere di non aver alcun problema in merito alla decisione del comitato organizzativo di permettere a gay e lesbiche di marciare come gruppo nella più antica parata tributata negli States a San Patrizio.

Tutto bene: solo che San Patrizio è anche patrono dell'Arcidiocesi guidata da Dolan, e a lui è intitolata la cattedrale della Grande Mela sulla 5th Avenue, dove sfilerà la parata. Non è una parata religiosa, ma c'è chi la vive anche in questo senso: la Messa precede l'inizio della parata e per tradizione il «grand marshal» saluta l'Arcivescovo di New York al momento in cui passa innanzi alla cattedrale. Apriti cielo: i conservatori hanno iniziato a lamentarsi per la scelta di Dolan, mentre America, la rivista dei Gesuiti yankee, evidenzia, in un suo editoriale, che: «Dolan ha anche degli obblighi pastorali. Molti cattolici sono gay, amici di gay, in rapporti con loro. È una realtà con cui fare i conti». Tanto che nel 1997 la Commissione dei vescovi Usa su matrimonio e famiglia ha votato una dichiarazione, «Always Our Children», che parla della relazione tra genitori e figli gay portando sollievo a famiglie divise tra quello che per loro era l'insegnamento cattolico e l'amore di genitori per i figli.

E quindi? America osserva che: «La posizione del cardinal Dolan sulla parata è pastorale: non allontani la gente perché è fatta in un certo modo. Se il genitore di un figlio o di una figlia gay o lesbica chiedesse se poter invitarlo/a al Ringraziamento, un qualsiasi decente uomo di Chiesa direbbe di sì. Quando si è divisi tra essere pastorali o politici, una comprensione minima di quello che significa essere una comunità ecclesiale chiede che l'atteggiamento pastorale prenda il sopravvento».

Per conto suo, Dolan il 3 settembre ha reso pubblica una dichiarazione nella quale rinnova appoggio e confidenza negli organizzatori della parata. Poi sottolinea: «Né i miei predecessori, né io, abbiamo mai deciso chi potesse o non potesse marciare in questa parata (o nelle altre parate che marciano lungo la 5th Avenue, se è per questo), ma ho sempre apprezzato la cooperazione degli organizzatori nel tenere la manifestazione vicina alle sue radici cattoliche». E ancora: «Come faccio ogni anno, aspetterò di celebrare la Messa in onore di San Patrizio, il Patrono d'Irlanda e di quest'Arcidiocesi, per dare il via alla festa, e pregherò perché la parata continui a essere una fonte di unità per tutti noi». Non male per uno che nel 2012 andò a benedire - anche qui tra i distinguo - la chiusura della convention repubblicana che incoronò come sfidante di Barack Obama il mormone Mitt Romney e qualche settimana dopo anche quella democratica.

http://www.italiaoggi.it/giornali/dettaglio_giornali.asp?preview=false&accessMode=FA&id=1922413&codiciTestate=1
French Saint-Patrick : la parade qui divise
Sept 13, 2014
L’annonce faite, au début du mois, par les organisateurs de la traditionnelle parade new-yorkaise de la Saint-Patrick que des groupes homosexuels pourront désormais participer à ce grand rendez-vous de la communauté irlando-catholique suscite une polémique au sein de l’Église américaine.

Bien sûr, l'événement, organisé chaque 17 mars à New York en l'honneur du saint patron de l'Irlande, n'est pas à proprement parler religieux. Mais comme les Irlandais d’origine forment une part importante de la communauté catholique new-yorkaise, cette fête débute toujours par une messe célébrée par l’archevêque de New York. Et pour l'édition 2015, le cardinal Timothy Dolan est même président d'honneur de la parade. C'est pour cette raison que certains catholiques lui demandent, depuis plusieurs jours, de condamner la décision prise par les organisateurs de la parade de la Saint-Patrick et de se retirer.

Le 3 septembre, ces derniers ont publié un communiqué (en anglais) mettant fin à la règle qui, depuis les origines de la parade au XVIIIème siècle, empêchait les groupes homosexuels de défiler. Une règle contre laquelle la communauté homosexuelle s'élevait depuis les années 1990.

Une décision que le cardinal Dolan a soutenue dans un communiqué (en anglais) publié le même jour sur le site de l'archidiocèse, assurant les organisateurs de sa “confiance” et de son “soutien”. “Ni mes prédécesseurs comme archevêque de New York, ni moi-même n’avons jamais déterminé qui pouvait ou non marcher à cette parade, a insisté le cardinal Dolan. Comme je le fais chaque année, je me réjouis de célébrer la messe en l’honneur de saint Patrick, saint patron de l’Irlande, et saint patron de cet archidiocèse, pour commencer la fête, et je prie pour que la parade continue d’être une source d’unité pour nous tous.”
Le cardinal Dolan critiqué

“Ayant d’abord accueilli, quoique avec réticence, la décision des organisateurs, William Donohue, [président de la Ligue catholique, un organisme de défense des catholiques américains, ndlr], a ainsi changé d’avis, regrettant que plus d’un groupe gay puisse être autorisé à marcher dans l’avenir”, analyse (en anglais) Crux, le nouveau site Internet d’information catholique porté par le Boston Globe.

“L’objectif de ces militants, soutenu par l’élite, est de neutraliser l’élément religieux de la parade, explique Wiliam Donohue, cité par Crux. Il s’agit d’un défilé irlando-catholique, et si ce qui vient après le trait d’union est coupé, il en sera de même de son soutien de la parade, à commencer par celui de la Ligue catholique.”

Dans un billet paru sur le site Internet du diocèse de Washington et supprimé depuis - mais toujours disponible (en anglais) sur le site traditionaliste Rorate Caeli - un prêtre, Mgr Charles Pope, s’est quant à lui demandé s’il fallait continuer à organiser cette parade. Sans citer le cardinal Dolan, Mgr Pope a vertement critiqué ceux qui “élevent des toasts et profitent d’une nuit de frivolité avec ceux qui pensent qu’il est acceptable d’abandonner des enfants par millions chaque année, avec ceux qui pensent que la sodomie doit être célébrée comme une expression de l’amour”.
Guerre culturelle

Dans billet intitulé “Vous avez été Dolanisés” paru (en anglais) le 4 septembre sur le site The American Conservative, Rod Dreher, écrivain catholique devenu orthodoxe, explique à quel point ses “amis catholiques à New-York se sentent mal”. “Je me demande combien de temps passera avant qu'il [Dolan, ndlr] se rende compte qu'il n'a gagné aucun nouvel ami - les personnes qu'il essaie de charmer le détesteront toujours et continueront de se moquer de lui - et qu'il a perdu ses anciens amis qui auraient été, normalement, ses soutiens les plus fidèles ?”, poursuit-il.

Dans un entretien accordé le mois dernier à Crux (en anglais), Mgr Timothy Dolan affirmait, pour sa part, que la guerre culturelle dans l’Église touchait à sa fin.

Un entretien dans lequel, analyse Crux, il précisait “notamment que la mise à l’écart de la communion des politiciens catholiques pro avortement “appartient au passé”, soulignant que le pape François voulait des évêques pastoraux, axés sur la justice sociale et 'qui ne soient pas associés à un seul camp idéologique'”.

http://www.lavie.fr/religion/catholicisme/saint-patrick-la-parade-qui-divise-12-09-2014-56061_16.php
English Cardinal Dolan on the Wrong Side of Many Catholics in St. Patrick's Day Parade Flap
Sept 12, 2014
As regards St. Patrick's Day, let's be clear on a few things.

First, St. Patrick is the Catholic patron saint of Ireland. He is not a saint shared by other Christian communities (like the Apostles, for example). If non-Catholic Irish or others claim him, they're borrowing him (not that he'd object, as he was a great evangelizer). March 17 is his saint's feast day in the Catholic calendar. It's celebrated in Ireland because most Irish have historically been Catholic, or at least since Patrick led the Christian conversion of the island.

Of course, not all Irish are Catholic, and that has always been the case, to one degree or another. But, as Catholic churches are open to all, Catholic feast days--which are celebrated throughout the worldwide Church--are publicly proclaimed, and sometimes non-Catholics participate in cultural or secular observances. But these have nothing to do with how the Church understands her saints, marks her feast days, outlines her doctrine, or conducts her worship.

Second, St. Patrick's Day parades have celebrated not only Ireland's faith but her general heritage and culture, by way of using a Catholic saint's feast day. Theoretically, one could celebrate Irish heritage on any number of other days that are significant in the nation's history (or in ways that don't involve tacky accessories and alcohol-induced vomiting). So, whether anyone's bothered by this or not, non-Irish and/or non-Catholics celebrating St. Patrick's Day are appropriating something from another culture and/or another faith.

Third, no doubt there have always been gay marchers in St. Patrick's Day parades, as there are gay Irish, faithful gay Catholics of various ethnicities, and gay folks who just like to show up for a parade.

So, the current controversy over the upcoming 2015 New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade illustrates a number of issues: the hijacking of a Catholic saint's feast day for non-religious celebrations; the simultaneous honoring and degrading stereotyping of Irish culture every March 17; and the perils of the Church's generosity in opening her doors and liturgical calendar.

Under pressure from NBC and corporate sponsors, the organizers of the parade--which are not affiliated with the Church, nor any longer directly with the New York chapter of the Irish-Catholic Ancient Order of Hibernians--have allowed a group representing LGBT NBC employees to march in the parade under a banner proclaiming their sexual orientation. There are reports that another LGBT activist group is petitioning for inclusion.

The independent parade organizers are within their rights to include whomever they want, but apparently they also want the imprimatur of the Catholic Church for what is essentially a secular celebration (and drinking festival).

To the dismay of many Catholics, New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan--who never met a New Yorker he didn't want to like him--is raising no opposition to the NBC group's inclusion and will continue as the parade's grand marshal.

In Dolan's defense, while the Catholic Church considers same-sex attraction to be contrary to natural law--and forbids the faithful from engaging in any sexual activity outside of Holy Matrimony--it considers all people to be beloved children of God, with a common dignity and intrinsic value. Dolan's pastoral goal may be to keep lines of communication open with all people and to be seen as welcoming to all New Yorkers.

But at the same time, for a Catholic, especially a bishop, to imply, even indirectly, an endorsement of same-sex acts (or any sex acts outside of traditional marriage) is a scandal to the faithful and contrary to Church teaching. And, despite those who take edited soundbites from Pope Francis out of context and run with them, that's not a teaching that's going to change.

Therefore, many feel that Cardinal Dolan is sending a confusing and contradictory message to members of his flock who honor Church doctrine and sometimes run risks by defending it. It's especially confusing to faithful gay Catholics, who find little support in the larger society for adhering to their beliefs.

It's useful to remember that Cardinal Dolan has no power to change Church teaching, even if he wanted to (and there's no indication that he does). And this isn't the first time that his efforts to be all things to all people have gotten him in hot water with the orthodox faithful, such as him not refusing to offer communion to pro-abortion Catholic Vice President Joe Biden, nor condemning adamantly pro-abortion and pro-gay-marriage Catholic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

On the other hand, Dolan vigorously opposed a vote to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State in 2012, and in 2013, affirmed the U.S. bishops' opposition to the Obama administration's HHS mandate to force insurance plans to include contraceptives and abortifacents (both of which are contrary to Church teaching).

And Dolan recently urged Pope Francis to be "more direct in calling for a thoughtful, moderate, temperate Islamic response" to violence against Christians in the Middle East (incidentally, at the same time, the Vatican announced that the pontiff is prepping a possible visit to the Turkey/Iraq border in November).

Catholics are left to wonder, what to do? Here's a modest suggestion.

Cardinal Dolan can withdraw as grand marshal of the parade--as some have already called for him to do--and let organizers choose a secular figure to lead an event that, despite being inspired by a Catholic saint, long ago lost any direct connection to the Church (and is barely clinging on as a representation of Irish culture).

He can celebrate Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on that day but have no other involvement with the parade. In that way, as a Catholic prelate, Cardinal Dolan could observe the day in a manner proper to the Church, and let the rest of the city celebrate in its own way.

In an increasingly secular society, especially with so many people under pressure at work and in the public square for defending Catholic beliefs, it behooves a prominent cleric to make clear the distinction between what is of the Church and what is of the world.

The Feast Day of St. Patrick belongs only to the Church, but the green beer, "Kiss Me I'm Irish" buttons, plastic leprechaun hats, and binge drinking belong to the world.

Let the world have them.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/10/Cardinal-Dolan-On-the-Wrong-Side-of-Many-Catholics-in-St-Patrick-s-Day-Parade-Flap
English Cardinal Dolan Will Lead Gay Inclusive St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sept 07, 2014
There is no more natural spot for Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan - a proud, ebullient Irish-American - than grand marshal of the city's historic St. Patrick's Day Parade. But the honor now has an added significance: Parade organizers said Wednesday they will allow the first gay group to march under its own banner.

Dolan was quick to issue a statement of support for the parade organizers, accepting their decision. While supporters of gay and lesbian Catholics are cheering, some conservatives want the archbishop to withdraw from the event.

"I think we're seeing the Catholicism of Pope Francis come to the Archdiocese of New York," said J. Patrick Hornbeck, chairman of the theology department at Fordham University. "Cardinal Dolan's statement is welcoming. He did not make this decision, but sees the parade as an opportunity for unity."

Pope Francis last year said church leaders should focus more on mercy than on divisive s ocial issues. He famously said, "Who am I to judge?" when asked about gays and lesbians who are seeking God.

But Pat Archbold, a writer for the theologically conservative National Catholic Register, called Dolan's decision to remain as grand marshal a "total capitulation to gay identity groups."

Dolan said in a statement the parade organizers have "my confidence and support" and he thanked them for keeping the parade "close to its Catholic heritage." He said he and his predecessors have never determined who could march in the parade, but left that decision to the organizers.

However, in 1993, Cardinal John O'Connor opposed the campaign by the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization for permission to march under their own banner. More than 200 gay rights protesters staged a countermarch that year and were arrested.

"Irish Catholics have been persecuted for the sole reason that they have refused to compromise church teaching," O'Connor said. "What others may call bigotry, Irish Catholics call principle."

Dolan's position on the parade is the latest of his gentler comments on gays and lesbians.

Last year, Dolan was asked on ABC's "This Week" about gay and lesbian Catholics who felt rejected by the church. "Well, the first thing I'd say to them is, 'I love you, too. And God loves you. And you are made in God's image and likeness,'" Dolan said.

When Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced he was gay earlier this year, Dolan said, "Good for him."

"I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya," Dolan said in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." ''The same Bible that tells us that - teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and - and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, 'Bravo.'"

At the St. Patrick's Day Parade last March, Dolan said he supports individual gays and lesbians participating in the parade and hoped it could be a day of u n ity and joy. "I know that there are thousands and thousands of gay people marching in this parade," he said. "I know it. And I'm glad they are."

The parade has no direct ties to the church, but celebrates a Catholic saint and has always been a key event for the city's Irish Catholics.

Philip Lawler, the Boston-based editor of the theologically conservative Catholic World News, said Dolan should step down as grand marshal.

"My phone has been ringing off the hook with people who are upset," Lawler said. "Cardinal Dolan said, 'I'm sure there have been lots of homosexuals marching in the parade before,' but homosexuals identifying themselves seems a contradiction in honoring a Catholic saint."

Lawler said the New York parade is more of a civic event that has already lost much of its ties to religion. "Why don't we just admit it has no religious significance?" Lawler said.

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, a Catholic gay r i ghts group, said he thinks Dolan feels freer to take positions like his stand on the parade now that he is no longer the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"I think he's able to be more of a pastor to the people of New York than he had been when he was on the national stage, bishops primarily are pastors and teachers and I think he's fulfilling that role," DeBernardo said. "I think Pope Francis has been teaching the bishops what being a pastor means."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/cardinal-dolan-st-patricks-day-_n_5764990.html
English Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner becomes Catholic, with Cardinal Dolan attending
Aug 29, 2014
Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) converted to Catholicism in a quiet ceremony at Milwaukee’s St. Francis de Sales Seminary on Monday — a private affair reportedly attended by at least two Wisconsin bishops and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Sensenbrenner’s office confirmed the conversion in an e-mail. But it turned down an interview request, saying the congressman “sees this as a private matter.”

   The ceremony was first noted by Mark Silk, professor and director of the Greenberg Center for the study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Connecticutt, on his blog, Spiritual Politics. In addition to Dolan, Silk said, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki and Madison Bishop Robert Morlino were on hand.

   A spokesman for Morlino confirmed Wednesday that he attended the ceremony. Listecki’s chief of staff, Jerry Topczewski, said, “We don’t comment on his private calendar.” A representative for Dolan could not be reached.

   The Republican lawmaker had previously identified himself as an “Anglican Catholic,” Silk noted, “so jumping the Tiber was for him not much of a leap religiously.”

   “Sensenbrenner seems to have been traveling this road for awhile,” said Silk.

   Silk questioned how the conversion might influence Sensenbrenner’s views on immigration, a policy point on which he and the Catholic bishops have parted ways over the years.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2014/08/wisconsin-rep-james-sensenbrenner-becomes-catholic-with-cardinal-dolan-on-hand/
Spanish Cardenal Dolan denuncia anuncio anticatólico publicado por el New York Times
Jul 18, 2014
Un anuncio publicado en el periódico New York Times que crítica a los jueces católicos que decretaron a favor de la libertad religiosa de Hobby Lobby es parte de una larga historia de intolerancia anticatólica en Estados Unidos, aseguró el Arzobispo de Nueva York, Cardenal Timothy Dolan.

“Debido a largo y sombrío legado de antipatía, los jueces que resultan ser católico son estigmatizados y acosados por un grupo que solo logró éxito cuando dio el más reciente ejemplo de un prejuicio que nos ha perseguido por siglos” expresó el Cardenal Dolan en su columna para el periódico Catholic New York el 3 de julio.

El aviso elaborado por Freedom from Religion Foundation (organización estadounidense que busca la desaparición de la religión en la vía pública) se titula “Dogma should not trump our civil liberties” (el dogma no debe estar por sobre nuestras libertades civiles) y fue publicado el 3 de julio en la página 10 del New York Times.

El anuncio señala que “todo varón,  toda mayoría católica romana” de la Corte Suprema “incorpora agravios religiosos sobre los derechos de las mujeres”. En relación al caso Hobby Lobby, el anuncio afirma que la mayoría de los jueces de la Corte Suprema eran “católicos romanos ultra-conservadores” que se posicionaron como “fundamentalistas celosos”.

El anuncio apunta al fallo de la Corte Suprema que decretó que el gobierno de Obama violó la Ley de Restauración de la Libertad Religiosa mediante el mandato que obligaba a empresas con un grupo reducido de personas a entregar seguros que cubrieran fármacos abortivos.

Los cinco jueces que decretaron a favor de Hobby Lobby son católicos; sin embargo la jueza católica Sonia Sotomayor apoyó el mandato de Obama junto con otros tres magistrados judíos.

El Cardenal Dolan dijo que el anuncio no entregaba un “análisis sólido” en cuanto a su manera de atacar las ideas y posturas de esta decisión. Más bien, sus argumentos fueron en contra de las personas, eran “los argumentos más débiles y viciosos”.

El Arzobispo señaló que el anuncio “ataca a las personas de la Corte e insinúa que la fe católica hace imposible que protejan la Constitución que, con una mano sobre la Biblia, han jurado seguir.

“Académicos, periodistas y destacados comentaristas han defendido fuertemente la esperada defensa de la Corte Suprema con respecto a ‘nuestra primera y más amada libertad’, la libertad religiosa, de la exagerada reacción de ideólogos que aseguran que se trata de una ‘guerra contra la mujer’”.

Asimismo, el Arzobispo señaló que los jueces católicos de la Corte Suprema varias veces han votado en desacuerdo con la doctrina católica.

El Cardenal afirmó que el anuncio era parte de una larga historia de anti tolerancia contra los católicos que viene de siglos anteriores, de los puritanos de Nueva Inglaterra, los nativistas anticatólicos y Know-Nothings del siglo XIX, el Ku Klux Klan y otros grupos que incluían a los católicos dentro de sus razones de odio en el siglo XX.

El anuncio de Freedom from Religion Foundation pide la derogación de la Ley de Restauración de la Libertad Religiosa, aprobada en 1993 por una amplia mayoría y firmada por el presidente demócrata Bill Clinton en respuesta a las decisiones de la Corte Suprema que debilitaron las protecciones a la libertad religiosa.

El 30 de junio, el líder de la organización humanista secular Center for Inquiry, Ronald A. Lindsay, preguntó en el blog Huffington Post “¿es adecuado tener seis jueces católicos en la Corte Suprema? Asimismo, aseguró que el caso Hobby Lobby “puede hacer resurgir las preocupaciones sobre la compatibilidad entre ser católico y ser un buen ciudadano, o al menos entre ser un buen católico y ser un juez imparcial.

http://www.aciprensa.com/noticias/cardenal-dolan-denuncia-anuncio-anticatolico-publicado-por-el-new-york-times-32018/#.U8iraKhgsxM
English Cardinal Dolan Reflects on the ‘Pope Francis Effect’ in his Life and Work
May 31, 2014
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, New York’s archbishop, traveled to Rome for the canonization of two popes, stayed on to speak at a communications conference there, jetted to Jordan to see the work of a Catholic charity he chairs, and once home, spoke at two graduations in the diocese — all in the past month.

In other words, it was a typically busy month for him. So when The New York Times asked him, through a spokesperson, how the election of Pope Francis had changed the diocese and his own personal life, he asked that we submit a series of written questions.

His replies were classic Dolan, personal and engaging. We’ve decided to reprint them in full below. If you’ve ever wondered what Cardinal Dolan might ponder in the confessional, read on:
Q.

Have you shifted anything about how you run the diocese as a result of being inspired by Pope Francis?
A.

While I don’t think there is anything different in how I run the archdiocese, in terms of administration, Pope Francis has certainly inspired me to reflect and question myself and those who work with me: Are we being welcoming to those who may feel alienated from the church? Do we focus enough on the essentials of sharing the beauty and joy of the Gospel? Do we become too focused on buildings, programs, or institutions — the apparatus of the diocese — and less on serving God’s people? Is the archdiocese seen as reflecting the mercy of Jesus? I pray that we were already doing that, and I believe we were, but have we been doing it enough? I hope so, but certainly Francis has inspired me to look for ways that we can be more welcoming, more focused on being with those who feel distant from Jesus and the church, and less focused on structures and institutions.
Q.

Have you shifted anything about how you live personally in response to Pope Francis’s call for clerics to live simply and humbly? Has that call given bishops something to think about?
A.

Sure, Pope Francis has given us something to think about – and not just bishops and priests! He’s reminded us of what Jesus instructed his followers to do, like care for the sick, feed the hungry, visit prisoners, clothe the naked. Those instructions were not just for people 2,000 years ago, but very much apply to us today. I’ve told the story about being at Pope Francis’ Mass of Installation last year, and, after the homily, a brother cardinal turned to me with tears in his eyes and said “He speaks like Jesus,” and I replied, “I think that’s his job description!” And that is what Francis has done, reminding us in a beautiful way of what Jesus asks of all those who follow him, but, in a special way, those of us who are priests and bishops.

Again, I hope and pray that I was living a fairly simple life before hand. But I do have to examine my own conscience, and ask “Am I too comfortable? Do I take too much for granted? Are my priorities where they should be?” The answers to those questions are what I discuss with my confessor! I’ve been working on conforming my life more completely to the teachings of Jesus since my first communion!
Q.

Do you find yourself emphasizing themes like acceptance and mercy more when you are asked publicly about contentious social issues, such as gay rights, abortion and contraception? (Some commentators hear such a shift in tone, and hear less combative language.)
A.

Pope Francis has certainly made God’s mercy a central theme of his papacy, just as it was a central part of his years as a priest, bishop, and cardinal. When I listen to Pope Francis, I hear classic Catholic teaching, expressed in a beautiful, loving way. And I have to remind myself that while none of us, including the pope, can change essential Church teaching or doctrine, we can certainly change how it is presented. Was I combative before? I don’t think so, and, in fact, I’ve been rather harshly criticized in some quarters for not being combative enough! But I do have to realize that what I say, and how I say it, is important, and what I intend to convey is not always what comes across.

So yes, Francis has been a good role model for me in being sure that Tim Dolan doesn’t get in the way of Jesus, that my words and actions don’t become a hindrance for others responding to Jesus’ invitation. I’m told that Cardinal John O’Connor used to pray every morning, “Dear Lord, please don’t let me get in your way today.” So do I.
"What I hear more than anything is how much people love Pope Francis, and how he has helped to bring back many people to a more active participation in the church," Cardinal Dolan wrote.Stefano Rellandini/Reuters“What I hear more than anything is how much people love Pope Francis, and how he has helped to bring back many people to a more active participation in the church,” Cardinal Dolan wrote.
Q.

Are you, or is the diocese as a whole, increasing focus on issues such as poverty, inequality, prison ministry and immigration?
A.

I think what has happened is that Pope Francis has made it easier for us to be heard on these issues! He has inspired many people to think more about how we care for one another, especially the “least among us.” The bishops of this country have been a leading voice on immigration reform, for many years.

I get a lot of criticism that we bishops preach too much about the immigrant, the poor, the sick, the economy. These are all areas in which the Archdiocese of New York has always been enthusiastically involved. I can’t take credit for that; Cardinal Cooke, Cardinal O’Connor, Cardinal Egan all were great champions of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the unborn, our children. It’s my responsibility to carry that on, just as it is my responsibility to continue and expand our work in charity, education, health care. Yes, Francis inspires me in this regard, as he has inspired people everywhere. That’s a great gift he has given us.
Q.

Could you share a reflection or two about how Pope Francis’s election has affected parishioners and life in the diocese?
A.

What I hear more than anything is how much people love Pope Francis, and how he has helped to bring back many people to a more active participation in the church. Let me give you an example. For the last few years, right before Christmas and Easter, we have something called “Reconciliation Monday” in our parishes. On that day, all of our parishes offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation – confession – at the same time for about 6 hours straight, so people know they can walk into any church and a priest will be available for the sacrament.

Priest after priest have told me that people mention Pope Francis in their confession, saying things like “It’s been 20 years, but Pope Francis has inspired me to come back to confession, to Mass.” That, to me, is what Pope Francis is all about, and I have to make sure that this is what I’m all about as well.

Cardinal Dolan then went on to express his love and admiration for the new pope, whom he helped select in March 2013.
A.

You didn’t ask, but let me just add that I love Pope Francis very much! He is the kind of Pope we cardinals envisioned, but what has still surprised me, at least to some degree, is how he has already captured the imagination of the world. The first pope I really remember is Pope Saint John XXIII, and I have always had great respect, devotion, and affection for whomever was our Holy Father. I studied for the priesthood and was ordained during the pontificate of soon-to-be-Blessed Pope Paul VI, and Pope Saint John Paul II certainly had a tremendous impact on me personally, given that he was pope for most of my priesthood. I was – I am – a great admirer of Pope-emeritus Benedict, who was not only a towering theologian, but a kind and gentle pastor of souls as well.

Pope Francis has brought his own sense of the joy of being a follower of Jesus, and in little more than a year has reminded us all, but particularly priests and bishops, of the need to be Jesus to the people entrusted to our care. The pope has restored religion, faith, the church, to what it should be: a source of love, peace, unity, and good, not a cause of violence, hatred, or bitterness. That, to me, is the real “Francis effect.” The rest is all superficialities. If we can respond honestly to Francis urging us to configure our lives to Christ, to extend the invitation of Jesus to “Come and see” to all we meet, then the rest of those questions will have resolved themselves.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/23/cardinal-dolan-reflects-on-the-pope-francis-effect-in-his-life-and-work/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
English Cardinal Timothy Dolan adjusts to Pope Francis' reign
May 31, 2014
In case you missed it over the holiday weekend, The New York Times ran a really interesting story on Cardinal Timothy Dolan, former auxiliary bishop of St. Louis.

olan, now the archbishop of New York, with his conservatism, yet gregarious personality, was once considered a possible candidate for pope himself. Instead, Dolan is now having to contend with the age of Pope Francis, what with his commitment to living a humble life and serving the poor, and his attempts to lessen the emphasis on divisive social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

So, reporter Sharon Otterman wonders, how is Dolan dealing with this change in tone?

Dolan claims he has more or less stayed the same. Others, however, have noticed subtle differences in the way Dolan conducts himself. They also suggest that Dolan's influence may be waning as the effect Francis has on the church grows.

One example?

“Two years ago, Cardinal Dolan’s most-quoted comments on the subject of same-sex marriage were ones in which he said he felt “betrayed” and “burned” by the New York Legislature for not giving him more notice before legalizing it. But two months ago, when asked on television how he felt about Michael Sam’s becoming the first openly gay player in the National Football League, he expressed enthusiasm.”

“'Good for him,' Cardinal Dolan told David Gregory on “Meet the Press” on NBC. 'Look, the same Bible that teaches us about the virtue of chastity and fidelity in marriage also teaches us not to judge people,' he added, echoing Francis. 'So I would say, ‘Bravo.’"

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/divine-dispatches/cardinal-timothy-dolan-adjusts-to-pope-francis-reign/article_eefb5e31-7a42-58f4-b722-f1e40e1ff86a.html
English Cardinal Dolan Softens Pope’s Anti-Capitalism Rhetoric
May 31, 2014
Just a few years ago, Cardinal Timothy Dolan was the “it” boy of the American Catholic church.

He leapfrogged to the front of the line to head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in what was widely seen as a move by the conference to reassert itself in the culture wars. It was Dolan more than any other member of the hierarchy who was responsible for ginning up the “religious liberty” issue, as he dialed up the rhetoric to paint the USCCB’s fight against the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate and efforts to expand same-sex marriage as an apocalyptical battle between believers and the forces of non-secularism.

Dolan modeled himself after another New York Cardinal, John O’Connor, who was the nation’s most famous prelate at a time when members of the hierarchy were media darlings and political forces to be reckoned with, even if their own flock didn’t always follow their lead. It’s a testament to his popularity with the media, and his readiness with a quip, that Dolan remains a favorite on the Sunday morning shows even though he’s no longer head of the USCCB.

But Pope Francis’ kinder, gentler Catholicism has threatened to make Dolan’s bombastic, culture war rhetoric an anachronism and in fact he has noticeably dialed it down these days, reports Sharon Otterman in the New York Times. Nowhere is this more evident than when Dolan talks about same-sex marriage. Where in 2011 Dolan charged that efforts to recognize same-sex marriage were part of a “drive to neuter religion” being pushed by “well-financed, well-oiled sectors” of society, late last year on “Meet the Press” he simply asserted that the hierarchy had been "outmarketed” on the issue. And in March he said, “Good for him,” when questioned about football player Michael Sam coming out as gay.

Despite Dolan’s rhetorical tune-up, he’s no longer the “go-to” American cardinal for the Vatican, says Otterman, as “Francis is elevating different priorities, such as pastoral outreach to the poor and immigration, over the culture war issues of abortion and same-sex marriage.” Francis’ closest advisor is Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, “a Franciscan in robes and sandals who speaks fluent Spanish and champions the poor.”

But like any political faction temporarily out of power, the right wing of the bishops conference continues to advocate for its constituents, specifically the pro-business, anti-gay and –reproductive rights interest of the Republican Party. Dolan penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week on “virtuous capitalism” to assure conservatives that the pope’s widely hailed tweets on inequality don’t really mean that he’s for “government redistribution of property” or has endorsed “some form of socialism” but is charting a “sound middle course on economic issues.”

Big money donors to the $180 million restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York are reportedly restive about the pope’s economic comments and have hinted that they may withhold funding if the pontiff doesn’t dial it down. Dolan sought to appease them by asserting that the pope’s comments about poverty have less to do with supporting government action to right economic inequality than with concerns about a “throwaway culture” and a “culture of death.”

The use of John Paul II’s seminal anti-abortion rhetoric in the context of speaking about inequality—a trick recently pulled by Pope Francis when he addressed the UN—seeks to signal to conservatives that it’s really a culture war issue after all.

Dolan links the ill-effects of capitalism—“greed, envy misuse of riches, gross luxury and exploitation of the poor”—to “unregulated economic amorality,” not good ol’ American capitalism. In fact, he says, much of the bum rap given to capitalism is due to the amoral form found in many “developing or newly industrialized countries,” where “what passes for capitalism is an exploitative racket.”

The answer to the problems of capitalism, Dolan says, “is not to reject economic liberty in favor of government control,” which he associates with “coercive systems of socialism and collectivism,” but “genuine human virtue,” as epitomized by “individual generosity, private economic development, community and family initiatives,” and last, but certainly least in his eyes, public policies that foster the “legitimate redistribution of economic benefits.”

The American Enterprise Institute or Cato couldn't have said it better themselves.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/patriciamiller/7908/cardinal_dolan_softens_pope_s_anti_capitalism_rhetoric_/
English 'I Like Jeb Bush A Lot'
May 05, 2014
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, says he can't say whether he would vote for Republican Jeb Bush for president, but he certainly likes what Bush would bring to the table.

"I like Jeb Bush a lot. Whether I'd be for him for a presidential candidate or not, I don't know personally. But I sure admire him," Dolan said Sunday on "Face the Nation."

Dolan singled out Bush's background on immigration and education in particular. Bush has come under fire from some fellow Republicans for saying many illegal immigrants come into the United States for work as an "act of love" in order to provide for their families.

Despite Dolan's noncommittal words on support for a Bush candidacy, he did say he would like to see the former Florida governor toss his hat in the ring.

"I sure think he'd bring something. He'd be good," he said.

Turning to social issues, Dolan said that he sticks by the traditional definition of marriage: a man and a woman who stay together for life for the purpose of bringing for children.

He would, however, fight for the civil rights of people who in same-sex relationships or others who are "unable to live up to that," he said. He pointed out the rights such people should have for insurance and housing.

"Do I believe that society could be affected negatively if we tamper with the definition of marriage? Yeah," Dolan added. "And that's not just as a man of faith, that's just, as I like to think, a loyal American."

Guest host Nora O'Donnell pointed out that his view is out of step with the majority of Americans, including Republicans.

"You know what, we're used to being out of step," Dolan responded. "Like immigration, capital punishment."

The church's job is to teach what is sees as the truth, even when most people are against them, he said.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/cardinal-dolan-likes-jeb-bush/2014/04/20/id/566606#ixzz30qwxabrM
English Cardinal Dolan lauds Pope Francis for ‘shattering caricature of Church’ Dolan helped create
Dec 30, 2013
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday’s edition of This Week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that Pope Francis “has successfully, finally shattered the caricature of the Church.”

“What’s that caricature?” he asked. “That the Church is kind of mean and dour and always saying no and always telling us what we can’t do and always telling us why we should be excluded. He’s saying, ‘No, come on in, the Church is about warmth and tenderness.’”

That caricature of an unloving, unwelcoming Church was created, in part, by Catholic figureheads like Cardinal Dolan himself, who shielded pedophile priests for decades, opposed the Affordable Care Act, and insisted that Pope Francis still condemned homosexuality after he said that he did not judge LGBT people.

But he praised Pope Francis for doing what he himself could not. “[W]hat we were after was a good pastor with a track record of solid administration but fatherly warm, tender care for the sheep, for his people,” Dolan said. “And, boy, we got that on steroids with Pope Francis. He’s the world’s parish priest.”

He did, however, suggest that Pope Francis was more style than substance. “John XXIII said, look, the teaching of the Church is a timeless gift, you can’t change it, it’s ours, we inherited it, we’re given it,” he said.

“But the way we gift wrap it, the way we make it more attractive and more compelling to the world, that could always change and that’s what Francis is saying.”

Watch the complete interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan below.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/29/cardinal-dolan-lauds-pope-francis-for-shattering-caricature-of-church-dolan-helped-create/
English La Iglesia es “caricaturizada” como anti gay
Dec 20, 2013
El Cardenal Timothy M. Dolan, Arzobispo de Nueva York (Estados Unidos), denunció en una entrevista con el canal NBC que la Iglesia está siendo desprestigiada en el debate público sobre el matrimonio y las uniones homosexuales, a través de frentes que dan una visión distorsionada de los principios católicos.

"Nos están caricaturizando como anti-gays”, afirmó el Cardenal Dolan al programa “Meet the Press” del canal NBC, el 1 de diciembre. Agregó que “nosotros somos pro-matrimonio tradicional, no somos “anti-nadie”.

“Cuando te enfrentas a fuerzas como Hollywood, cuando te enfrentas a fuerzas como los políticos, cuando te enfrentas a fuerzas como algunos líderes de opinión que están detrás, ésta se vuelve una batalla bastante difícil”, explicó.

El Cardenal Dolan lamentó la “estampida” a favor de implementar el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo y agregó que la Iglesia Católica “no se dará por vencida” en esta materia.

Asimismo, indicó que el cambio en una dirección positiva ha sido posible en otros temas complejos como el aborto. En 1973, la decisión de la Corte Suprema que permitió el aborto legal en todo el país hizo que muchos pensaran que el aborto iba a ser un tema que “iría a desaparecer” del debate público.

“Hasta el día de hoy, continúa siendo probablemente el tema más divisorio entre los políticos estadounidenses. Sin embargo, ahora queda claro que existen cambios de actitudes con respecto al aborto y el mensaje pro-vida está llegando a los jóvenes”, indicó.

Cuando el conductor de “Meet the Press”, David Gregory, le preguntó si piensa que el debate sobre el matrimonio ha terminado, él respondió: “No creo que se haya acabado, no”.

El Cardenal Dolan también reflexionó sobre el ministerio del Papa Francisco.
Explicó que el Papa representa un cambio de “tono” y “estrategia”. Agregó que si bien un Papa no puede hacer cambios doctrinales, sí puede cambiar la manera en que se presenta la fe.

Para el Arzobispo de Nueva York hizo hincapié en que, en su opinión, el Papa Francisco está recordando a los católicos que “lo primero es hablar de Dios, de su misericordia, de su amor, de su perdón, de su invitación, de su acogida, de su promesa de vida eterna en su hijo Jesús. Hablas sobre eso, y luego de la moral, la doctrina, que caerán por su cuenta”.

El Arzobispo de Nueva York reflexionó sobre la popularidad del Papa Francisco, indicando que ahora muchas personas lo detienen para expresar  su afecto hacia el Santo Padre.

“Pienso que Jesús está viniendo hacia nosotros como católicos, y nuevamente hacia el mundo a través de la humanidad, la sencillez y la sinceridad  del Papa Francisco”, afirmó.

http://www.aciprensa.com/noticias/cardenal-dolan-la-iglesia-es-caricaturizada-como-anti-gay-62847/#.UrPl-Pb0PKk
English Cardinal Dolan to Talk Gay Marriage & More
Nov 30, 2013
"Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory sat down with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, this week to discuss his thoughts on Obamacare, immigration reform and the gay marriage debate, as well as the global reaction to Pope Francis, and giving thanks during the holidays.

Below are excerpts from the interview, which will air in full on this Sunday's "Meet the Press." If used, mandatory credit: "Meet the Press" and David Gregory with airdate Sunday, December 1. For more on this Sunday's show including topics and guests, visit MeetThePressNBC.com.

DAVID GREGORY:

What about Obamacare? You have voiced your displeasure with certain aspects of it in terms of mandates for hospitals and so forth. What about the overall goal of it? Do you think it will ultimately prevail? Would you like it? Do you think it's important for the country that universal healthcare insurance is available?

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN:

Yup. And I'm glad you allow me to make that distinction, David. We bishops have been really kind of in a tough place because we're for universal, comprehensive, life-affirming healthcare. We, the bishops of the United States, can you believe it, in 1919 came out for more affordable, more comprehensive, more universal healthcare. That's how far back we go in this battle, okay?

So we're not Johnny-come-latelies. We've been asking for reform in healthcare for a long time. So we were kind of an early supporter in this. Where we started bristling and saying, "Uh-oh, first of all this isn't comprehensive, because it's excluding the undocumented immigrant and it's excluding the unborn baby," so we began to bristle at that.

And then secondly we said, "And wait a minute, we Catholics who are kind of among the pros when it comes to providing healthcare, do it because of our religious conviction, and because of the dictates of our conscience. And now we're being asked to violate some of those."

So that's when we began to worry and draw back and say, "Mr. President, please, you're really kind of pushing aside some of your greatest supporters here. We want to be with you, we want to be strong. And if you keep doing this, we're not going to be able to be one of your cheerleaders." And that sadly is what happened.

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DAVID GREGORY:

Let me touch on gay marriage. Here this week you had Illinois becoming the 16th state, including D.C., to legalize same-sex marriage. Regardless of the church teachings, do you think this is evolving in such a way that it's ultimately going to be legal everywhere? Or do you believe the opposite, that there will be a backlash and that it, well, the status quo will be maintained?

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN:

I think I'd be a Pollyanna to say that there doesn't seem to be kind of a stampede to do this. I regret that. I wish that were not the case for the states to be--

DAVID GREGORY:

But why do you think the church is losing the argument on it, in effect?

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN:

Well, I think maybe we've been out-marketed, sometimes. We've been caricatured as being anti-gay. And as much as we'd say, "Wait a minute, we're pro marriage, we're pro traditional marriage, we're not anti anybody," I don't know. When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it's a tough battle.

I do think to get back to your question though, David, you know, back in 1973 with Roe v. Wade, everybody said, "This is a foregone conclusion. In a couple years, this issue is going to go away. It's going to be back-burnered." To this day, it remains probably the most divisive issue in American politics. And as you look at some of the changing attitudes, you say, "Wow, we're beginning to affect the young with the pro-life message. So we're not going to give up on it.

DAVID GREGORY:

So you don't think the gay marriage debate is over, a settled question?

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN:

I don't think it's over. No. I don't think it is. Uh-uh.

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English Cardinal Dolan Will Miss Mayor Bloomberg
Oct 15, 2013
Timothy Cardinal Dolan said he's going to miss Mayor Bloomberg, but is looking forward to working with whoever replaces him.

Speaking outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral as the Columbus Day Parade marched along Fifth Avenue, Dolan said that he has developed a strong rapport with Bloomberg.

"I have immense regards for him, and he has been as cooperative as can be," said Dolan.

He expects to have a similar relationship with whoever comes after Bloomberg.

"I understand as I look back over the history of the archdiocese, and all my predecessors, the archbishops of New York, that they've had good working relationships with mayors because we share so many of the same issues. We love the city, we're committed to its citizens," he said.

"So whoever wins, I sure look forward to working with them."

Dolan was enjoying the Columbus Day holiday, despite having no Italian ancestry.

"I eat Italian and I drink Irish," he said with a big laugh.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2013/10/cardinal-dolan-will-miss-mayor-bloomberg
Spanish Los Papas recientes se complementan uno al otro, dice Cardenal Dolan
Oct 09, 2013
“Cada uno de los tres últimos Papas ha tenido un énfasis diferente pero complementario, destacando diferentes aspectos de los fieles y la Iglesia”, señaló el Arzobispo de Nueva York y Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal de Estados Unidos, Cardenal Timothy Dolan.

“Una buena manera de entender los diferentes dones de cada uno de estos últimos pontífices podría ser el uso de las imágenes del alma, la mente y el corazón”, escribió el Purpurado en una reciente columna de opinión publicada por el New York Post.

Los tres Papas más recientes –el Beato Juan Pablo II que será canonizado en abril de 2014, Benedicto XVI y el Papa Francisco– "son todos gigantes", expresó el Cardenal Dolan, y cada uno "tiene talentos particulares."

“Juan Pablo II se enfocaba en el alma”, indicó. “Sus elocuentes llamados a la oración; su acento en la renovación del espíritu, la importancia que le dio a los sacramentos y devociones de la Iglesia que traen la gracia y la misericordia de Jesús, su tierna confianza en la Virgen María, la madre de Jesús, y su record en los procesos de canonización, nos recuerda de manera convincente que el alma es lo primero.”

“En el Papa Benedicto XVI tenemos a un sucesor de San Pedro, que se enfocaba en la mente", continuó el Cardenal Dolan, señalando que el Obispo Emérito de Roma ayudó a" renovar el vasto patrimonio intelectual de la Iglesia, y a recordarnos que la fe y la razón no se oponen sino que, de hecho, son aliados”.

“Y ahora el Papa Francisco pone énfasis en el corazón”, escribe el Cardenal. “La calidez, la misericordia, la alegría, la ternura, la difusión, aceptación y el amor", son un distinto de Francisco que usa estas palabras que “vienen del corazón, y son muy utilizados” por él.

"No me malinterpreten: Los tres sabían muy bien que el alma, la mente y el corazón son todos esenciales", explicó el Cardenal Dolan, "Pero cada uno tenía su favorito en particular".

El Arzobispo de Nueva York precisó luego que “Dios nos ha dado el Papa que necesitábamos para cada época específica”.

“Toda persona necesita del alma, la mente y el corazón como los necesita a quien llamamos Madre Iglesia y como los necesita cada uno de nosotros”, concluyó.

http://www.aciprensa.com/noticias/los-papas-recientes-se-complementan-uno-al-otro-dice-cardenal-dolan-65430/#.UlT2FSRV7gw
English Pope is 'on to something' with 'fresh' stance on social issues
Sept 22, 2013
Pope Francis is starting to turn public perception of the Catholic Church in a more positive direction, a leading American Catholic cleric said Friday.

The pope laid out a more pastoral vision, one with less of a doctrinal focus, during an interview published Thursday that said the church cannot focus only on the issues of abortion, contraception and gay marriage.

The pope turned the interview into “an amazingly effective teachable opportunity” for Catholic leaders, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, by deemphasizing controversial issues that have dominated church politics for more than a generation.

“He’s asking for a fresh strategy. What he’s saying is that sometimes if we come across as negative, as complaining too much, we lose the folks,” he told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. “We got to be positive, we got to be fresh, we got to be affirming. And if we emphasize the essentials, all the other principles are going to flow from it, the practical applications.

"I think he's on to something. He's a good teacher."

In his interview with a group of Jesuit journals, the pontiff acknowledged that he has not spoken extensively about abortion and homosexuality but said the church should not discuss those issues excessively but rather “in a context.”

In July, he also drew attention for saying that the church must treat everyone, including gays, with dignity, saying, “who am I to judge them?” The interviews have drawn great opportunity for discussion, Dolan said.

“This man, Pope Francis, has given the Church a front-burner position in the life of the world that we know,” he said. “We bishops, we priests, we lay leaders of the church — we’ve got the opportunity now to help him clarify and present, in a fresh and vigorous way, the teaching of the church because all of a sudden, everybody’s interested.”

The pope's interview was published on the six-month anniversary of his installation, Dolan said, noting the numerous conversations the pontiff has generated about church teachings.  

"This guy's batting a thousand," he said.

http://www.today.com/news/cardinal-dolan-pope-something-fresh-stance-social-issues-4B11210786
English Cardinal says USCCB continues legal, moral analysis of HHS mandate
Sept 21, 2013
In a Sept. 17 letter to U.S. bishops, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops continues to study the legal and moral implications of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

The USCCB also continues to "develop avenues of response that would both preserve our strong unity and protect our consciences," he said.

The letter from Cardinal Dolan, president of the USCCB, was a follow-up from the bishops' Sept. 10-11 Administrative Committee meeting where they discussed the HHS mandate, among other topics.

The HHS contraceptive mandate, part of the Affordable Care Act, will require most employers, including religious employers, to provide coverage of contraceptives, sterilization and some abortion-inducing drugs free of charge, even if the employer is morally opposed to such services. It includes an exemption for some religious employers that fit its criteria.

The bishops' "efforts are proceeding apace, and, as you know, include a careful legal and moral analysis of the final rule," Cardinal Dolan wrote. He said further discussion will take place at the bishops' fall general meeting Nov. 11-14 in Baltimore.

"We are united in our resolve to continue to defend our right to live by our faith, and our duty to serve the poor, heal the sick, keep our apostolates strong and faithful, and insure our people," he wrote.

In the final HHS rule on the mandate, an accommodation of religious ministries that do not fit the exemption, contraceptive coverage for those accommodated religious organizations with health insurance plans is to be provided separately through health insurance companies or third-party administrators who must ensure that payments for contraceptive services come from outside the objecting organization's premiums.

For self-insuring institutions, a third-party administrator would provide or arrange the services, paid for through reductions in federally facilitated-exchange user fees associated with their health insurance provider.

The mandate does not include a conscience clause for employers who object to such coverage on moral grounds.

The contraceptive mandate was initially slated to go into effect Aug. 1, but the HHS final rule issued this summer moved the date of implementation to Jan. 1. Starting Oct. 1, people can begin selecting and apply for health insurance coverage choices.

In his letter to the bishops, Cardinal Dolan emphasized that the USCCB Administrative Committee was unanimous in its resolve to continue its struggle with the HHS mandate and he likewise voiced concern regarding the Catholic Health Association's "hurried acceptance of the accommodation" which he called "untimely and unhelpful."

"We highly value CHA's great expertise in their ministry of healing," Cardinal Dolan said, "but as they have been the first to say, they do not represent the magisterium of the Church."

He said the final rule issued June 28 has "the same three basic problems" found in the original rule issued in February: a narrow definition of "religious employer" that "reduces religious freedom to the freedom of worship by dividing our community between houses of worship and ministries of service"; second-class treatment of such ministries through a "so-called 'accommodation'"; and a "failure to offer any relief to for-profit businesses run by so many of our faithful in the pews."

He stressed that the Catholic Church has long been a leader in providing affordable health care. "The bishops on a national level have been at it for almost 100 years, and our heroic women and men religious have done so even longer."

But now, he pointed out, "instead of spending our time, energy, and treasure on increasing access to health care, as we have done for many decades, we're now forced to spend those resources on determining how to respond to recently enacted government regulations that restrict and burden our religious freedom."

Cardinal Dolan said that "while much remains uncertain," the USCCB is continuing its efforts in Congress and in the courts particularly since the mandate "lessens the ability of our ministries to give full-throated witness to our faith, a central mission of all Catholic apostolates."

"As I've said before, this is a fight that we didn't ask for, and would rather not be in, but it's certainly one that we wo't run from," the cardinal wrote.

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English New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan places U.S. nuns in Ireland
Aug 22, 2013
Creates new convent in Drogheda where nuns once left for America

Cardinal Timothy Dolan in New York, the most influential member of the Catholic Church in the U.S., was the driving force behind the creation of a new convent in Drogheda, Co. Louth, complete with four American nuns.

St. Colette’s convent, part of the bigger St. Mary’s parish in Drogheda, is now home to the American Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, otherwise known as Sisters Jacinta, Monica, Veronica and Kelly Francis.

They arrived in Ireland earlier this month as part of Dolan’s dream to repay the Sister of Mercy nuns in Drogheda who came to teach at his Missouri parish, Holy Infant, when he was growing up.

The Sisters of Mercy order eventually left Drogheda because of age and no new vocations, and Dolan came up with the idea to send four New York-based nuns, part of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal order, to Drogheda as a tribute to the Mercy nuns.

The local Irish bishops, Michael Smith of Meath and Denis Nulty of Kildare of Leighlin, were happy to help Dolan bring his Irish dream to reality.

“Those religious women had a profound impact on my life. They were my teachers in six of my eight elementary school years, and still serve as friends and mentors,” Dolan wrote in the New York Archdiocese newspaper “Catholic New York.”

“Yes, they were splendid educators, but they were also strong women of warm, deep, joyful faith, who passed that love for Jesus and His Church to one young Timmy Dolan.

“My love and gratitude for them knows no restraint, and I have for decades reached for a way to repay Ireland for the gift they gave Holy Infant Parish in the Sisters of Mercy from Drogheda.”

The four Franciscan Sisters are now ensconced in their Drogheda home, and they are thrilled to be ministering in Ireland. St. Colette’s underwent a renovation to accommodate the new residents.

Sister Monica, 45, a native of Long Island with roots in counties Monaghan and Armagh, told “The Irish Times” that when she worked as an investment manager in Boston, she felt “something was missing.”

A trip to Medjugorje convinced her to become a nun.

Sister Jacinta, 39, originally from Northampton, knew she wanted to become a nun after a trip to Rome 13 years ago.

“I suddenly realized Jesus was interested in me personally. It deeply, deeply changed my heart. I was 26 . . . I was overwhelmed by this amazing joy you couldn’t manufacture. It was a feeling of almost like falling in love, which you cannot control,” she said.

The new arrivals were celebrated at a Mass at St. Mary’s in Drogheda on Thursday, August 15, and Dolan made the trip to Ireland to participate. The Mass was also celebrated by Smith and McNulty, while the papal nuncio in Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, was at the post-Mass gathering.

"It will be a very happy day for this boy from Ballwin, trained by Irish sisters, who now daily offers Mass in the cathedral dedicated to St. Patrick. But, I trust it will be a happier day for the church, especially the ancient Church of Ireland, to whom we Americans owe so much," Dolan said of the nuns' move.

The Franciscan Sisters of Renewal were founded in New York in 1988, with a mission of ministering to the poor.

“We are trusting in God to make it clear,” Sister Jacinta said of her mission to Ireland.

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English Cardinal Timothy Dolan draws praise at evangelical gathering
Apr 30, 2013
Before a ballroom packed with people who once might have shunned his words, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, told an audience of evangelical Christians on Saturday night that “the transformation of a culture is a most heroic cause indeed.”

Cardinal Dolan, who also is president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, received the 2013 William Wilberforce Award from the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, founded by Charles W. Colson, the former counsel to President Nixon and creator of Prison Fellowship Ministries who died last year.

Timothy George, dean of the Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., lauded the archbishop for his “unique combination of courage and compassion” and his “humility and humor” in having “gone above and beyond” to promote religious freedom, especially in the face of encroaching federal mandates on birth control funding that breech the conscience of Catholic organizations.

That humor was readily evident when Cardinal Dolan, acknowledging the heavily evangelical Protestant cast to the Wilberforce Award dinner crowd at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, drew appreciative laughter when he said that in earlier years an appearance by a Catholic leader at a function such as this “would’ve felt like, as the old saying goes, ‘Yasser Arafat at a bar mitzvah.’”

“Today, though, thanks be to God, evangelicals and Catholics are together,” Cardinal Dolan continued. “Co-workers in the vineyard, especially in bringing the light of the gospel to a culture often in the dark, on noble issues such as the defense of innocent, vulnerable life; the defense of marriage as revealed by God’s word, instilled in reason and natural law, antecedent of any church or government; and the advocacy of our first and most cherished freedom.”

Saying that his opportunity, on Easter Monday, to baptize his “latest grandnephew” as a Roman Catholic was his “happiest day of late,” Cardinal Dolan emphasized the changes this firstborn brought to the lives of his parents, whose priorities went from caring for themselves, their home and careers to putting the baby first.

“That’s how it should be. That’s how God intended it to be. The human project,” Cardinal Dolan continued, “is all about the baby. Culture is simply humanity’s best effort to protect the baby, the mother and the father.”

He noted the experience of a young, unmarried woman who decided to keep her baby, even in the face of tests indicating the child had Down syndrome. She lost her job, boyfriend and a few other friends, but now also feels “disdain” from some assigned to help her child, since, he said, “The life of that baby could have been so easily and legally terminated.” Those charged with helping the child, he said, were reporting more and more cutbacks in funding.

“Now that’s not society at all, is it,” Cardinal Dolan asked. “National Socialism, maybe, but that’s not a ‘culture.’ A culture of death, yes, to borrow the phrase of the Blessed John Paul, but that’s not a culture of life.”

Those who attended the dinner cheered Cardinal Dolan’s remarks, including standing applause when the archbishop received the award and when he finished his speech.

Nancy Schulze, a Colson Center-trained “centurion” who spent a year studying a biblical worldview curriculum designed by Colson, said Cardinal Dolan’s stand for human life and religious liberty overcame any sectarian differences between evangelicals and Catholics.

“The conditions of our culture are way beyond holding to any boundaries that may divide us,” Ms. Schulze said.

Joanne Kemp, widow of former Rep. Jack Kemp and an 18-year member of the Colson Center board, said its namesake, who died just more than a year ago, “would have been thrilled to see what has happened here tonight.”

Colson Center President Alan Terwilleger echoed Mrs. Kemp’s remarks, saying the Saturday event “is exactly the kind of moment [Mr. Colson] lived for,” and that the Wilberforce program “is living on this legacy that Chuck Colson established. Cardinal Dolan represents the same concerns he had.”

And Jim Liske, Prison Fellowship Ministries‘ chief executive officer, lauded Cardinal Dolan as one who was “winsome in the midst of the debate. He’s the real deal.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/28/cardinal-timothy-dolan-draws-praise-at-evangelical/#ixzz2RveFS13U
English Cardinal Dolan for Pope? It’s for Real
Mar 12, 2013
By Michael Potemra
March 7, 2013 6:18 A.M.

Anybody who wants to dismiss the papal candidacy of New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan as wishful thinking by Americans should read this article by Sandro Magister, who is one of the most eminent and respected Vaticanisti in all of Italy:

Dolan as pope would . . . shake up that Church made up of bishops, priests, faithful who have never accepted the magisterium of Benedict XVI, his energetic return to the articles of the “Credo,” to the fundamentals of the Christian faith, to the sense of mystery in the liturgy. Dolan is, in doctrine, a dyed-in-the-wool Ratzingerian, and moreover with the gift of being a great communicator. But he is also this in his vision of man and of the world. And in the public role that the Church is called to carry out in society.  

Magister says that Dolan appears to be a stronger candidate than Canada’s Marc Cardinal Ouellet, who is “of solid Ratzingerian background and rich with talents similar to those of Dolan and O’Malley, but even more uncertain and timid than this latter in executive decisions.” In the earliest stages of this conclave season, Ouellet has been viewed (including by me and Kathryn) as a frontrunner. Magister believes that “with the doors of the conclave closed, in the first scrutiny many votes could already fall upon Dolan, perhaps not the 47 of Ratzinger in the first vote of 2005, but still quite a few. What comes next is unknown.”

Equally interesting is Magister’s interpretation of the rise of interest in the candidacy of Odilo Cardinal Scherer of Brazil:

   Magnates of the curia are closing ranks and counterattacking. They are not pushing forward one of their own, knowing that in this way the game would be lost from the start. They are sniffing the wind that blows in the college of cardinals and are themselves pointing far from Rome, across the Atlantic, not to the north but to the south of America.

   They are looking to São Paulo, Brazil, where there is a cardinal born from German immigrants, Odilo Pedro Scherer, 64, who is well known in the curia, who was in Rome for years in the service of Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re when he was prefect of the congregation for bishops, and who today is part of the cardinalate council of supervision over the IOR, the Vatican “bank,” reconfirmed a few days ago with Bertone as its president.

   Scherer is the perfect candidate for this maneuver, completely Roman and curial. It doesn’t matter that he is not popular in Brazil, not even among the bishops, who when called to elect the president of their conference two years ago rejected him without appeal. Nor that he does not shine as archbishop of the great São Paulo, the economic capital of the country.

   The important thing for the curial magnates is that he is docile and bland. The progressive halo that envelops his candidacy is of purely geographic derivation, but it too serves to ignite in some naïve cardinals the boast of electing the “first Latin American pope.”

There has been serious pushback against Scherer from Church conservatives. The traditionalist website Rorate Caeli has a post saying that Brazilian cardinals are openly campaigning for Scherer – behavior that is strongly discouraged by Church tradition – and colluding with the media to promote his candidacy.

PS. If an American is elected pope in 2013, it would be a delicious irony of history – because it would be, in some important measure, a consequence of the presidency of Barack Obama. In the Vatican of the past, the knock-down argument against an American pope was that it would be inconceivable to have a pope who hailed from a superpower, much less the sole hyperpower in a unipolar world. A key element of Obama’s presidency has been the effort to reduce the U.S. to a more modest global role. (This is not a controversial point. Obama’s backers hail him for it, and his detractors criticize him for it, but all are agreed that this is pretty much what he’s doing.) A reduction of the geopolitical importance of the United States makes the prospect of an American pope much less threatening to the Curia, to the Italians, and to cardinals from other countries.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/342391/cardinal-dolan-pope-it-s-real-michael-potemra
French Le cardinal Dolan, le farouche défenseur des principes non négociables
Mar 11, 2013
Le Salon Beige , le 7 mars 2013 à 12:31.

Sans jouer aux pronostics, le conclave est un moment important de la vie de l’Eglise qui doit nous inciter à mieux connaître les cardinaux du Sacré Collège. Après les cardinaux Turkson et Ouellet, Le Salon Beige poursuit la fouille de ses archives à la découverte des cardinaux de la Sainte Eglise de Rome. Aujourd’hui, je vous propose un aperçu sur le cardinal Dolan, archevêque de New-York et président de la conférences des évêques des Etats-Unis.

Le cardinal Dolan, toujours plein d’humour, s’est fait remarquer aux Etats-Unis, où il mène la fronde contre la réforme liberticide du président Obama, sur la santé, allant jusqu’à menacer de fermer les hôpitaux catholiques. Il a créé un Comité Ad Hoc pour la liberté religieuse, destiné à contrer les agressions incessantes de l’administration Obama contre la liberté de conscience et la liberté religieuse.

Mgr Dolan est notamment un des inspirateurs de la Manhattan Declaration, un engagement oecuménique à ne pas transiger sur les principes non-négociables.

Lors des dernières élections, invité à la convention républicaine, il y a lu une prière. Invité en retour à la convention démocrate, il y a rappelé les principes non négociables.

Face au lobby LGBT, il n’a pas peur de dire la vérité :

   « Nous nous inquiétons vraiment à propos de la liberté de religion. Des éditoriaux réclament déjà le démantèlement des garanties de la liberté religieuse : leurs “croisés” réclament déjà que les gens de foi puissent être contraints à accepter cette redéfinition. Si l’expérience vécue dans les quelques autres Etats et pays où elle est déjà entrée dans la loi donne une quelconque indication, les Eglises, et les croyants, seront bientôt harcelés, menacés, et traînés devant les tribunaux en raison de leur conviction que le mariage existe entre un homme et une femme, pour toujours, pour amener des enfants au monde.»

   «Le problème n’est pas celui de l’homophobie mais de la théophobie : l’exécration de certains à l’égard de Dieu, de la foi, de la religion et de l’Eglise.»

   « Nous reconnaissons, comme l’enseignait saint Augustin, que si une chose est mauvaise, même si tout le monde la fait, elle est toujours mauvaise, et si une chose est bonne, même si personne ne la fait plus, elle est toujours bonne. Comme saint Thomas More, nous sommes prêts à nous mouiller et même à perdre notre tête parce que nous aurons suivi une conscience bien formée par la Révélation de Dieu et par l’enseignement de son Eglise, même si cela est politiquement incorrect et se heurte aux demandes du Roi de redéfinir le mariage.»

Sur ce sujet, il a écrit une lettre cinglante au président Obama, l’a accusé de violer la liberté religieuse, prêche l’insoumission sans compromis face au HHS Mandate.

http://www.chretiente.info/201303073138/le-cardinal-dolan-le-farouche-defenseur-des-principes-non-negociables/
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Mar 06, 2013

(Rom) Im Vorfeld des Konklaves veröffentlichen wir die Redebeiträge einiger Kardinäle auf der jüngsten Bischofssynode, die zum zentralen Thema Neuevangelisierung vom 7. bis 28. Oktober 2012 in Rom tagte. Es werden die Beiträge jener Kardinäle veröffentlicht, auf die sich in besonderem Maße das Interesse konzentriert. Die Veröffentlichung soll zugänglich machen, was führende Kirchenmänner zum Thema Neuevangelisierung zu sagen haben und einen Vergleich zwischen diesen ermöglichen.

Den Auftakt macht Timothy Michael Kardinal Dolan, seit 2009 Erzbischof von New York und seit 2010 Präsident der Bischofskonferenz der USA. Kardinal Dolan wurde 1950 in Saint Louis im Bundesstaat Missouri geboren. 1976 empfing er die Priesterweihe und wurde in seine Heimatdiözese inkardiniert. 1994 Rektor des Päpstlichen Nordamerika-Kollegs in Rom, 2001 Weihbischof seiner Heimatdiözese Saint Louis, 2002 Erzbischof von Milwaukee im Bundesstaat Wisconsin. Am 18. Februar 2012 erhob ihn Papst Benedikt XVI. in den Kardinalsstand. Der Amerikaner Dolan liebt eine knappe, klare Sprache. Ihm wird nachgesagt, keine Auseinandersetzung zu scheuen, was das erhöhte Interesse der amerikanischen Regierung am Konklave erklärt, seit die Möglichkeit eines nordamerikanischen Papstes im Gespräch ist.

Seine amerikanische Herkunft könnte das größte Hindernis für Dolans Wahl sein. Eine Gleichsetzung von Christentum und USA, wie sie etwa in der islamischen Welt häufig zu hören ist, versuchte der Vatikan immer zu zerstreuen. Allerdings könnte gleichzeitig niemand glaubwürdiger diese irrige Gleichsetzung entkräften als ein US-Amerikaner. Papst Benedikt XVI. war zudem der Meinung, daß der entscheidende Kampf gegen die sich im Westen ausbreitende Diktatur des Relativismus in den USA stattfinde, aber Auswirkungen auf den gesamten Westen habe. Er machte in den USA mehr vitale Kräfte als im alten Europa aus, um aus diesem Kampf siegreich hervorzugehen. Wegen seiner Umgänglichkeit und seines ausgeprägten Humors gilt der großgewachsene Erzbischof von New York als ausgesprochen populär. Urbs et Orbis müßten sich allerdings nach einem Papst mit polnischem und einem mit deutschem Akzent, an einen Papst gewöhnen, der Italienisch mit amerikanischem Akzent spricht.

Seine Rede hielt Kardinal Dolan am 9. Oktober 2012 im Rahmen der dritten Generalkongregation. Er erntete den größten Applaus aller Synodenteilnehmer, wie der Vatikanist Paul Badde in Der Welt berichtet.

   Der große amerikanische Prediger des Evangeliums, der Ehrwürdige Erzbischof Fulton J. Sheen, sagte einmal:
   „Das erste Wort Jesu im Evangelium war ‚komm‘, das letzte Wort Jesu war ‚geh‘.“
   Die Neuevangelisierung erinnert uns daran, dass die Akteure der Evangelisierung zunächst selbst evangelisiert werden müssen.
   Der heilige Bernhard sagte, „Wenn du ein Kanal werden willst, musst du zunächst ein Reservoir sein“.
   Daher glaube ich, dass das erste Sakrament der Neuevangelisierung das Bußsakrament ist, und wir danken Benedikt XVI., daß er uns dies in Erinnerung gerufen hat.
   Ja, die Akteure der Evangelisierung werden von den der Einführung in das christliche Leben – Taufe, Firmung und Eucharistie – beauftragt, herausgefordert und ausgestattet.
   Das Sakrament der Versöhnung evangelisiert die Evangelisierer, da es uns auf sakramentale Weise in Kontakt mit Jesus bringt, der uns zur Umkehr des Herzens ruft und uns inspiriert, auf seine Einladung zur Buße zu antworten.
   Das Zweite Vatikanische Konzil rief zu einer Erneuerung des Bußsakraments auf, doch leider wurden wir vielerorts zu Zeugen des Verschwindens dieses Sakraments.So sind wir beschäftigt mit dem Ruf nach der Reform von Strukturen, Systemen, Institutionen und nicht so sehr von uns selbst, als vielmehr von unseren Mitmenschen. Ja, das ist gut.
   Aber die Antwort auf die Frage “Was läuft eigentlich schief in unserer Welt” liegt nicht in der Politik, der Wirtschaft, der Säkularisierung, der Umweltverschmutzung oder der Erderwärmung. Nein. Vielmehr ist es so, wie Chesterton geschrieben hat: „Auf ihre Frage was in unserer Welt schiefläuft, heißt die Antwort: ‚Ich‘.“
   Ich! Dies einzugestehen führt zur Umkehr des Herzens und zur Buße, zum Grund der Einladung des Evangeliums.
   Dies geschieht im Bußsakrament. Es ist das Sakrament der Neuevangelisierung.

http://www.katholisches.info/2013/03/03/vor-dem-konklave-timothy-kardinal-dolan-erzbischof-von-new-york/
English NY Cardinal Dolan a 'Happy Warrior' for Church
Mar 06, 2013

Challenging a White House mandate for birth control coverage in health insurance, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan sounded like a general rallying the troops.

"The only thing we're certainly not prepared to do is give in," Dolan said at a national bishops' meeting last November. "We're not violating our consciences."

Weeks earlier, he had appeared in a far less formal setting, at New York's Fordham University with comedian Stephen Colbert. From the 3,000 cheering audience members, one student considering the priesthood asked whether he should date. Dolan said it could help decide the right path, then quipped, "By the way, let me give you the phone numbers of my nieces."

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EDITOR'S NOTE: As the Roman Catholic Church prepares to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, The Associated Press is profiling key cardinals seen as "papabili" — contenders to the throne. In the secretive world of the Vatican, there is no way to know who is in the running, and history has yielded plenty of surprises. But these are the names that have come up time and again in speculation. Today: Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

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Catholic News Service calls him a happy warrior for evangelization. Kean University historian Christopher Bellitto calls him the bear-hug bishop. Dolan, 63, is an upbeat, affable defender of Catholic orthodoxy, and a well-known religious figure in the United States.

He holds a job Pope John Paul II once called "archbishop of the capital of the world." His colleagues broke with protocol in 2010 and made him president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, instead of elevating the sitting vice president as expected. And during the 2012 presidential election, Republicans and Democrats competed over which national political convention the cardinal would bless. He did both.

But scholars question whether his charisma and experience are enough for a real shot at succeeding Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The thinking ahead of the conclave is Dolan's chances are slim.

"It's not a personal attack on his qualities as a cardinal or individual," said Monsignor Michael Fahey, a scholar at Fairfield University in Conn. "Cardinal Dolan has a knack for getting people to feel relaxed and to laugh and to expect the unexpected, but that is not what the church needs right now."

Dolan spent seven years in Rome as rector of the North American College, considered the West Point for U.S. priests, where he had studied for his own ordination years earlier. However, he never worked in a Vatican office or congregation — experience that would have helped him develop ties with cardinals from other countries and raise his profile in a conclave.

Benedict made Dolan a cardinal just a year ago. Still, the former pope chose the New York archbishop for the honor of delivering a speech to other church leaders in Rome. His address on spreading the faith was highly praised, and he emerged as something of a star of the event, gaining mention in some Italian media as potentially "papabile," or having the qualities of a future pope.

No American has ever served as pontiff. Some cardinals express concerns a superpower pope and the potential for his actions to be viewed as serving the U.S. instead of the church.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ny-cardinal-dolan-happy-warrior-church-18640386
Spanish Timothy Dolan, un cardenal "con gran sentido del humor" y adaptado a las nuevas tecnologías
Mar 03, 2013

El cardenal Timothy Michael Dolan, arzobispo de Nueva York, nació el 6 de febrero de 1950 en la ciudad de Saint Louis, en el estado de Misuri (Estados Unidos). A sus 63 años preside de la Conferencia Estadounidense de Obispos Católicos y se ha convertido en uno de los principales candidatos de Norteamérica a suceder a Benedicto XVI como Papa.

Este cardenal se ha convertido en una figura mediática en su país, hasta el punto de ser considerado una de las 100 personas más influyentes por la revista Time en 2012. En este sentido, destaca su adaptación al mundo de las nuevas tecnologías e Internet, con un uso diario de las redes sociales como Facebook o Twitter y la actualización constante del blog de su Archidiócesis.

Asimismo, es un gran aficionado a los deportes declarado, seguidor de los New York Yankees, y no tiene problemas a la hora de posar ante los medios con su gorra de beisbol. Gente cercana al cardenal, con la que ha podido contactar Europa Press, le describen como una persona con un gran sentido del humor y "con los pies en la tierra". Asimismo, destacan su carácter "cercano al pueblo" y bromean al explicar que bebe cerveza Budweiser, "la misma que bebe la gente llana, no la élite".

Dolan se licenció en Filosofía en el Seminario Kenrick-Glennon de Shrewsbury, en Misuri, pasando a cursar sus estudios de postgrado en Roma, en el Pontifical North American College primero y en la Universidad Pontificia de Santo Tomás de Aquino después, donde obtuvo el máster en Teología Sagrada en 1976. Sin embargo, Dolan ha llegado a reconocer, en una jornada en el Vaticano en 2012, que su manejo del idioma italiano era "básico". "Yo hablo italano como un niño", señaló en tono de broma.

El 19 de junio de 1976 fue ordenado sacerdote y desempeñó su labor como párroco auxiliar en la Parroquia de la Inmaculada en Richmond Heights, Missouri. Tres años después, en 1979, comenzó a estudiar en Washington DC, donde se doctoró en Historia de la Iglesia Latina y, antes de graduarse, en 1983, dedicó un año entero a la investigación sobre el arzobispo Edwin O'Hara, uno de los fundadores de la Asociación Bíblica Católica. En este periodo, también ayudó al arzobispo John L. May en la reestructuración de los programas teologicos del seminario archidiocesano.

Poco después, en 1987 fue nombrado secretario de la Nunciatura Apostólica en Washington DC y continuó su labor dedicado a diversos centros de formación espiritual. Así, en 1992 fue nombrado vicerrector del Seminario Kenrick-Glennon y enseñó teología en la Universidad de St. Louis. Posteriormente, volvió a Roma para ejercer como rector del Pontificio Colegio Norteamericano (1994-2001), enseñando historia de la Iglesia y de la teología ecuménica en diversas Universidades Pontificias.

Según recuerda el propio Dolan, "desde niño ya decía que quería celebrar misa" y fue en 2001, tras ser ordenado obispo, cuando ejerció por primera vez como obispo titular, en Natchez, una ciudad de 18.000 habitantes en el Condado de Adams, Misisipi (Estados Unidos). El 25 de junio de 2002 fue nombrado arzobispo de Milwaukee y luego arzobispo de Nueva York, el 23 de febrero de 2009.
Rodeado por Obama y Romney

El 31 de mayo de 2010 fue enviado por el Papa Benedicto XVI como visitador apostólico a los seminarios en Irlanda y poco después sería elegido presidente de la Conferencia Estadounidense de Obispos Católicos. Este cargo le llevó a convertirse en el foco de cámaras hace apenas unos meses cuando logró reunir en la misma mesa al presidente de EEUU, Barack Obama, y al que fuera su rival republicano Mitt Romney en las últimas elecciones presidenciales, con motivo de la cena benéfica de la Conferencia.

Dolan fue creado y proclamado cardenal por el Papa Benedicto XVI en el consistorio del 18 de febrero de 2012, con el título de Nostra Signora di Guadalupe a Monte Mario (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en Monte Mario).

Recientemente, el prelado ha tenido que declarar en un juicio dentro de una investigación de abusos sexuales a menores atribuidos a sacerdotes católicos en la archidiócesis de Milwaukee (Wisconsin), de la que fue arzobispo desde 2002. Los interrogatorios, a cargo de los abogados de un grupo de más de 500 demandantes, cuestionan la celeridad en la que Dolan hizo públicos estos casos.

http://ecodiario.eleconomista.es/europa/noticias/4642588/03/13/Timothy-Dolan-un-cardenal-con-gran-sentido-del-humor-y-adaptado-a-las-nuevas-tecnologias.html
Spanish El cardenal Dolan, interrogado durante tres horas por medio millar de casos de abusos a menores en Milwaukee
Mar 03, 2013
El arzobispo de Nueva York dirigó esa diócesis, hoy en bancarrota, entre 2002 y 2009

El cardenal de Nueva York, Timothy Dolan, señalado por muchos como uno de los principales candidatos a suceder a Benedicto XVI, fue interrogado este miércoles por un caso de abusos sexuales en la archidiócesis de Milwaukee (Wisconsin), que pastoreó entre 2002 y 2009.

Dolan testificó durante tres horas ante los abogados de los más de 500 demandantes que aseguran haber sido víctimas del clero de Milwaukee. El abogado de la archidiócesis, Frank LoCoco, ha explicado que el interrogatorio buscaba comprobar si Dolan había intentado dar respuesta a estas acusaciones de abusos sexuales.

El arzobispo Jerome Listecki, actual líder de la Iglesia en Milwaukee, buscó en 2011 la protección por bancarrota, alegando que esto era necesario para compensar a las víctimas de manera justa y asegurar al mismo tiempo que siguiera operando la archidiócesis. Milwaukee es la octava diócesis que inicia este procedimiento en Estados Unidos desde que en 2002 salió a la luz un escándalo por abusos sexuales en Boston.

El New York Times asegura que el cardenal Roger Mahony, el antiguo arzobispo de Los Angeles, también testificará este sábado acusado de encubrir a curas pederastas. Se espera que Dolan y él viajen a Roma en los próximos días para participar en el cónclave encargado de elegir al sucesor del papa Benedicto XVI, que sorprendió al mundo al anunciar su renuncia el pasado 11 de febrero.

Dolan, de 62 años, es uno de los 10 candidatos con más opciones de suceder a Benedicto XVI, según Reuters. El prelado se convirtió en la voz del catolicismo en Estados Unidos tras ser designado arzobispo de Nueva York en 2009, y su humor y su dinamismo han impresionado al Vaticano.

El polémico Mahony se ha enfrentado a numerosas críticas después de que la archidiócesis de Los Angeles publicara a comienzos de febrero un informe de más de 12.000 páginas que demuestra que encubrió a 129 sacerdotes acusados de abusar de menores durante los años ochenta. El cardenal los cambiaba de diócesis para ayudarlos a eludir la acción de la justicia, y les recomendaba no acudir a psiquiatras por temor a que estos avisaran a las autoridades.

http://www.periodistadigital.com/religion/vaticano/2013/02/21/el-cardenal-dolan-interrogado-durante-tres-horas-por-medio-millar-de-casos-de-abusos-a-menores-en-milwaukee-religion-iglesia-papable-conclave-pederastia.shtml
German Ein Papst aus New York, eine Vision nur für Bekiffte?
Mar 03, 2013
Timothy Kardinal Dolan ist Erzbischof in der Metropole des Westens: New York. Dort mischt er sich launig in Debatten ein, etwa zur Homosexualität. Ist er ein Mann für die Nachfolge Papst Benedikts?

Herr, zu wem sollen wir gehen?" heißt das lateinische Motto im Wappen Timothy Michael Kardinal Dolans (63) aus New York auf Deutsch – und eine bessere Frage lässt sich zur Zeit, leicht abgewandelt, wohl auch dem Rest der Kardinäle vor dem nun bald anbrechenden Konklave nicht stellen. Im Evangelium des Johannes (6,68) ist die Frage rhetorisch, weil Petrus dort ja selbst gleich danach die Antwort darauf gibt: "Du allein hast Worte des ewigen Lebens".

Bei den Kardinälen ist es so allerdings nicht. Unter ihnen ist es die momentan wichtigste Frage der universalen Weltkirche. Wem wollen und sollen sie in dieser Zeit des Umbruchs das Steuer des "Schiffleins Petri" anvertrauen, wie Benedikt es sagte, der auch die gewaltigen Wellen sah, in denen das Schiff zuletzt auf dem Ozean tanzte (mit dem schlafenden Christus an Bord auf einem Kissen im Heck des Bootes)?

In New York, einer der größten Hafenstädte der Welt, hat Kardinal Dolan zuletzt den Hurrikan "Sandy" erlebt, aber auch verschiedene noch viel verheerendere Stürme, die in den letzten Jahren über die katholische Kirche in den Vereinigten Staaten hinweg gefegt sind, wo sie viele das Fürchten gelehrt haben. Ihn nicht. Als Hausherr der Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan ist er außerdem auch der Erzbischof in der größten jüdischen Metropole der Welt, wo er sich zu seinem Mutterwitz inzwischen auch noch eine gehörige Portion Chuzpe angeeignet hat. Die multikulturelle Welt, mit dem Clash der Kulturen darin, ist sein Element.
Amerikanischer Shooting-Star

Timothy Dolan hatte seinen 63. Geburtstag gerade eine Woche hinter sich, als er am 11. Februar von der Rücktrittserklärung Benedikts XVI. hörte und auf die ersten Gerüchte, dass er vielleicht dessen Nachfolger werden könnte, spontan meinte, dass der Urheber dieser Nachricht wohl Marihuana geraucht haben müsse. Er kennt das Vokabular der Reizworte der politisch korrekten und unkorrekten Debatten im Schlaf. Den weiß ihm keine Wortpolizei zu rauben. Die Vorstellung, ihn als ersten Nachfolger Petri aus der Neuen Welt in den Schuhen des Fischers zu sehen, ist deshalb nicht nur bekifft eine schöne Vision.

Benedikt hat ihn vor einem Jahr im Konsistorium vom 18. Februar 2012 noch gerade rechtzeitig vor seinem Abschied zum Kardinal erhoben (und als Titelkirche "Nostra Signora di Guadalupe" auf dem Monte Mario verliehen).

Der amerikanische Shooting-Star im ehrwürdigen Kollegium des vatikanischen Senats wurde in St. Louis, Missouri, in den amerikanischen Südstaaten als ältestes von fünf Kindern einer Mittelklassefamilie irischer Abstammung geboren. Er hat Theologie und Philosophie studiert, ab 1972 als Alumne des Päpstlichen Nordamerika-Kollegs in Rom, wo er an der Päpstlichen Universität Heiliger Thomas von Aquin das Lizentiat in Theologie erwarb. 1976 wurde er zum Priester geweiht, war Kaplan in Richmond Heights und ein viel besuchter Beichtvater in einem Konvent der unbeschuhten Karmelitinnen.

Furchtlos und witzig

Von 1979 bis 1983 studierte er Kirchengeschichte, promovierte, wurde wieder Kaplan und Seelsorger in Missouri, 1987 Mitarbeiter in der Apostolischen Nuntiatur in Washington D. C. und 1992 Subregens, Spiritual und Dozent für Kirchengeschichte, bevor er 1994 wieder zurück nach Rom gerufen wurde, diesmal als Regens am Päpstlichen Nordamerika-Kolleg. In dieser Zeit vervollkommnete er auch sein Italienisch als die Sprache, die immer noch unerlässlich ist in der Zentrale der römisch-katholischen Universalkirche, seit die Apostelfürsten Petrus und Paulus von Jerusalem nach Rom aufbrachen.

2001 ernannte ihn Papst Johannes Paul II. zum Titularbischof von Natchesium und zum Weihbischof in St. Louis und am 25. Juni 2002 zum Erzbischof von Milwaukee. Benedikt XVI. berief ihn von dort im Februar 2009 nach New York, in die unangefochtene Metropole der westlichen Welt, wo er sich furchtlos, witzig und oft auch mit launigen Kommentaren in die aktuellen ethischen Debatten einmischte, etwa zu brisanten Fragen der Homosexualität in der katholischen Kirche oder der transnationalen Ideologie eines geschlechtsbereinigenden "Gendermainstreaming".

Bei der Bischofssynode fiel er auf

Spätestens seit seiner Zeit als Beichtvater ist dem konservativen Sanguiniker nichts Menschliches fremd. Im November 2010 wurde er zum Präsidenten der US-amerikanischen Bischofskonferenz gewählt. Danach hätte er gern Greg Burke, den Topjournalisten von Fox-News, als Pressesprecher aus Rom zu sich nach New York geholt, den ihm dann aber der Vatikan selbst vor der Nase wegschnappte. Bei Interviews, die der er für einen lokalen Sender mit Stimmen aus Rom durchführte, konnte es auch schon geschehen, dass er sich am Schluss einer theologischen Debatte bei angeschaltetem Mikrofon im Äther noch rasch nach der besten Restaurantempfehlung in der Nähe des Vatikans erkundigte.

Bei der Bischofssynode, die Benedikt XVI. im letzten Herbst zur Neuevangelisierung der Völker nach Rom einberufen hatte, fiel er allerdings dadurch auf, dass er in den fünf Minuten Redezeit, die jedem Bischof zustanden (und die dabei so gut wie keinem von ihnen genügten), dass Mikrofon ergriff und sagte, dass es zur Neuevangelisierung und Verlebendigung der katholischen Kirche völlig genüge, wenn die Bischöfe hier zuerst das Sakrament der Buße und Beichte wieder neu entdecken und auferstehen lassen würden.

Schon war er fertig, nach knapp zwei Minuten. Kürzer hatte kaum ein Bischof geredet – und mehr Applaus hatte hier auch kaum einer bekommen.

http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article114062668/Ein-Papst-aus-New-York-eine-Vision-nur-fuer-Bekiffte.html
English Lawyers Question New York Cardinal in Milwaukee Suits
Feb 23, 2013
A week before Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is set to leave New York for Rome, where his name is being floated as a candidate for pope, he was questioned in Manhattan for three hours on Wednesday behind closed doors in a legal deposition concerning the sexual abuse of children by priests.

The lawyers deposing Cardinal Dolan represent hundreds of people who say they were sexually molested by priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which he led for seven years before his appointment as archbishop of New York in 2009. The lawyers want to know when Cardinal Dolan, as archbishop of Milwaukee, learned of allegations against certain priests, and how quickly he made those allegations public.  

Cardinal Dolan is one of two American cardinals who are being deposed in sexual abuse lawsuits this week, and who plan to travel to Rome next week in advance of the proceedings to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who announced last week that he was resigning Feb. 28.

The other American is Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles. He is expected to be deposed on Saturday in Los Angeles, and he has been under fire since the court-ordered release last month of 12,000 pages of internal church files revealing his role in shielding accused priests from the law.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, Joseph Zwilling, said that Cardinal Dolan had cooperated fully with the deposition.

“Today Cardinal Dolan had the long-awaited opportunity to talk about his decision nine years ago in Milwaukee to publicize the names of priests who had abused children and how he responded to the tragedy of past clergy sexual abuse of minors, during the time he was privileged to serve as Archbishop of Milwaukee,” Mr. Zwilling said in a statement. “He has indicated over the past two years that he was eager to cooperate in whatever way he could, and he was looking forward to talking about the good work and progress that took place to ensure the protection of children and pastoral outreach to victims.”

Cardinal Dolan has been much discussed as a possible candidate for pope. The cardinal, who is the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a charismatic figure at ease in parishes as well as in morning talk show studios, and he left a strong impression in the Vatican last year with speeches promoting what the church calls the “new evangelization.”

But in New York, he has been dogged by the legal cases in Milwaukee. His successor, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, had the archdiocese declare bankruptcy in 2011, saying that it would be the best way to compensate all the victims and for the church to move forward. Milwaukee was the eighth Catholic diocese in the United States to seek bankruptcy protection because of abuse lawsuits.

In the Milwaukee Archdiocese, 575 people have filed claims saying that they were abused, over many decades, by Catholic clergymen. About 70 said they were victims of the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, who, church records show, admitted having molested deaf students at a boarding school outside Milwaukee, said Jeff Anderson, a lawyer in St. Paul who represents 350 of the 575 plaintiffs.

Bankruptcy negotiations fell apart last year when the archdiocese argued that many of the 575 cases were invalid. Frank LoCocco, the lawyer for the Milwaukee Archdiocese and Cardinal Dolan, said the cases were beyond Wisconsin’s statute of limitations, or the plaintiffs had already received settlements, or the accused were not employed by the archdiocese.

Lawyers for the victims argue that previous archbishops, including Cardinal Dolan, intentionally stalled and kept allegations quiet so that the cases would fall beyond the statute.

Mr. Anderson, who questioned Cardinal Dolan on Wednesday, said he had already deposed a former Milwaukee archbishop, Rembert G. Weakland, and Auxiliary Bishop Richard J. Sklba.

“The deposition of Cardinal Dolan is necessary to show that there’s been a longstanding pattern and practice to keep secrets and keep the survivors from knowing that there had been a fraud committed,” Mr. Anderson said.

The Milwaukee Archdiocese said recently that it had spent $9 million in legal fees. Creditors accuse the archdiocese, under Archbishop Dolan, of shielding $55 million in a cemetery trust. The archdiocese argued that those assets had been set aside for Catholic burials by Archbishop Dolan’s predecessors.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/nyregion/cardinal-dolan-deposition-in-milwaukee-archdiocese-scandal.html?_r=0
English Catholic cardinal says new birth-control rules aren't enough
Feb 16, 2013

Nice try, but not good enough.

That sums up the response of U.S. Catholic bishops to new rules proposed by the Obama administration for faith-based employers who object to covering contraception for their wokers.

Under the proposed new rules announced last week, churches would be exempt from the contraceptive mandate, meaning they don’t have to provide birth control to employees.

Faith-based groups such as hospitals, schools and other charities aren’t exempt from the mandate. Instead, they get an accommodation.

If those groups tell their insurance company that they object to providing birth control, the insurance company will then issue a separate policy, just for contraception, to the employee at no cost.

Catholic bishops have objected to the mandate since it was first proposed last year. A number of Catholic groups, including the Diocese of Nashville, have sued the goverment over the mandate.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Thursday in a statement that the new rules are a step in the right direction but don’t allay all of the church’s concerns.

“Throughout the past year, we have been assured by the Administration that we will not have to refer, pay for, or negotiate for the mandated coverage. We remain eager for the Administration to fulfill that pledge and to find acceptable solutions — we will affirm any genuine progress that is made, and we will redouble our efforts to overcome obstacles or setbacks,” said Dolan.

“Thus, we welcome and will take seriously the Administration’s invitation to submit our concerns through formal comments, and we will do so in the hope that an acceptable solution can be found that respects the consciences of all. At the same time, we will continue to stand united with brother bishops, religious institutions, and individual citizens who seek redress in the courts for as long as this is necessary.”

Bishops want all Catholic groups to be exempt from the mandate. But the proposed rules don’t do that.

“It appears to offer second-class status to our first-class institutions in Catholic health care, Catholic education and Catholic charities. HHS offers what it calls an ‘accommodation’ rather than accepting the fact that these ministries are integral to our church and worthy of the same exemption as our Catholic churches,” said Dolan.

Dolan said the questions about the mandate are a matter of religious liberty. The bishops will continue to stand with other believers, including private business owners, who object to the mandate.

“In obedience to our Judeo-Christian heritage, we have consistently taught our people to live their lives during the week to reflect the same beliefs that they proclaim on the Sabbath,” Cardinal Dolan said. “We cannot now abandon them to be forced to violate their morally well-informed consciences.”

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130207/NEWS06/302070099/Catholic-cardinal-says-new-birth-control-rules-aren-t-enough?gcheck=1
English Cardinal Dolan Calls Pope’s Resignation a Sign of Humility
Feb 16, 2013

On a day when Roman Catholics around the world had ashes pressed to their foreheads as a mark of humility and penance, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was a living example of the day’s message.

By stepping down, Cardinal Dolan said, the pontiff was saying, “my death is here; I feel weak, I feel fragile, I am frail.”

“That’s what this day is all about,” Cardinal Dolan told an estimated 2,000 worshipers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue for a noon Mass on Ash Wednesday. “We are conscious of our mortality. We are conscious that we have come from God, and are destined to return to him for all eternity.”

Cardinal Dolan presided over the Mass in his purple and gold Lenten vestments, blessing the ashes and then distributing them to worshipers with the refrain: “Remember you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

After the service, speaking to reporters behind the ornate main altar, the cardinal said the pope’s resignation had given the day special import.

“We call him Il Papa, our spiritual dad, and we’re sad that he’s going, and we know we are going to miss him very much,” he said. “It’s an act of extraordinary humility. Here you have a man who’s aware of the gifts that God has given him, the high office to which the Lord has called him, but is also aware of his own limitations, as we all have to be.”

Cardinal Dolan did not mention speculation about his own prospects of becoming pope, and virtually no one asked him about it — even though there were at least 17 television cameras and 15 reporters at the Mass. One reporter did ask, but the cardinal either did not hear him or pretended not to.

But many worshipers had clearly thought about the possible implications for the cardinal, even though scholars say his odds of becoming pope are long.

“I would love it,” Daniella Galarza, 35, of Toms River, N.J., said of the cardinal as pope. “He’s so down to earth, and I think that he would draw a lot of young people to the Catholic faith.”

Carey Kirkpatrick, 32, of Long Island City, Queens, agreed, saying: “I’d like to see Dolan, because I like the energy that he brings. He’s got a great sense of humor and reaches a lot of people, and I think that would be a welcome addition to the Vatican.”

But Ash Wednesday is a day when some Catholics who are not often in church turn up there, and some were less well informed about church politics.

“When you say Dolan, I think of the Knicks owner, and I don’t want him to be pope, I’ll tell you that much,”  said Tom Wecera, 35, of the Upper East Side, who had just left St. Patrick’s, referring to James L. Dolan, the executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company.

When Mr. Wecera’s friend explained that it was actually the archbishop of New York who was being mentioned as a possible candidate for the papacy, he brightened up. “It would be cool to represent New York,” he said, smiling. “He could take over the Knicks and the Rangers, too.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/nyregion/cardinal-dolan-calls-popes-resignation-a-sign-of-humility.html?_r=0
English Cardinal Dolan: Archdiocese at 'breaking point;' hints at closing parishes, Staten Island schools
Jan 19, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, is strongly hinting that parishes will be closed in addition to schools as part of the on-going effort to move the archdiocesan budget out of the red by 2016.

"We have too many parishes!" the cardinal said in a 3,500-word column about the state of the  archdiocesan finances in the most recent issue of Catholic New York.

"If a parish cannot sustain itself, one must ask if it is viable any longer," the cardinal said.
The cardinal termed the "Making All Things New" and the "Pathways to Excellence" programs "crucially strategic planning initiatives" and stressed that they are part of why the archdiocese is headed towards a balanced budget when those efforts are completed in the next two to three years.

"Making All Things New" is an archdiocesan wide pastoral planning process that so far has made no recommendations or decisions about which parishes will close. Under the Pathways to Excellence initiative of a regional school system run by local school boards, 28 schools -- including St. Joseph's School in Rosebank and Immaculate Conception School in Stapleton -- are at-risk of closing in June.

For decades, Inter-Parish Financing (IPF) has been used to bail out struggling congregations. Cardinal Dolan said that "while the archdiocese is not rich, it does have a sustained record of supporting our parishes and schools that cannot pay their bills." He said that $46 million a year is now distributed to struggling parishes through IPF and other sources.

While the IPF program will continue, the archdiocese has "reached a breaking point," the cardinal said, explaining that archdiocese central services has an operating budget of just about $87 million, with  53 percent going to parishes and schools primarily in the form of IPF grants and subsidies -- but also in other subsidies to parish high schools-- while $41 million or 47percent goes to archdiocesan offices.

Cardinal Dolan said he offered the details about archdiocese finances in the spirit of transparency, so that members of the church understand the challenges that the church in New York must confront.

"There is a good deal of misunderstanding about Church finances, and I hope that this look at our situation will not only help you to better understand where things stand, but also to see why our strategic planning process is so vital for our continued financial health," he wrote.

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/01/roman_catholic_parishes_will_b.html
English Um, Cardinal Dolan, You Know What You're Doing, Right?
Sept 16, 2012
I will be praying that God gives you keen insight and wisdom, as well as courage to fight the good fight.

I couldn't believe the news that Obama was invited to the Al Smith Catholic charities dinner with your blessing.  Like a lot of other people, I find it hard to see how this can end well and easy to see how this could be a disaster just weeks before the election.  Your Eminence, please tell me you have an ace up your sleeve.  Please reassure your concerned sheep that you've got this and all is well.  You have never given us reason to doubt you or question your courage and fidelity.  So I'm choosing to believe the best and pray that God gives you wisdom and courage.  Lead on, Smiling Cardinal.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - Dear Cardinal Dolan,

Well, you've had an interesting week, haven't you?  I thought rather than talking about you I'd talk to you.  Who am I?  Nobody special, just a daughter of the Church.  Just an Army wife, a homeschooling mom raising three kids, and an American citizen who's very worried about her country.

You, on the other hand, are a breath of fresh air for the Church in America.  You are the embodiment of the courage, enthusiasm, joy, and faith we need now more than ever.  Your election to the head of the Bishop's conference was music to my ears.  It gave me great hope in many ways.  God has not forsaken us here in the U.S.A., even though we've forsaken Him.  He has given us you in this critical hour.  I know I'm not alone here -- any Catholic who's paying any attention at all is grateful for all you've done.

I want to thank you for the leadership you've provided.  I want to thank you for having a spine.  Thank you for your forthrightness and fidelity.  Thank you for fighting and defending and teaching and admonishing and for doing it all with your unbeatable smile.  You're a big bear -- part teddy and part grizzly.  It's exactly what we need, so don't ever change.

When this story of the Al Smith Catholic charities dinner first came to light my first thought was that the reporter had his facts messed up.  I thought, "There's no way Cardinal Dolan invited him!"  Then came some disbelief, then an out loud, "What?!?" when I learned it was true.

The firing squad quickly took aim at you, and the Catholic blogosphere was soon crackling with a lot of angry Catholics who could not fathom why our Church leaders were inviting the worst President in history to dinner.

In my own small circle, I tried to encourage folks to take a deep breath and not rush to join in the condemnation.  Cardinal Dolan, I said, has never given us a reason to doubt his strength or his loyalty.  Let's give this a chance and see what comes of it.

But I have to admit, I'm not crazy about it either.  The whole thing makes me nervous, to say the least.

The man sitting in the White House does not behave like a President, so I won't call him that.  He wants to be king, and he acts like a tyrant, so from now on, I will refer to him as the tyrantking.  He is the enemy of life and freedom in America.  I don't think anyone can dispute that assessment.  I think he is a wolf who barely bothers to put his wool on anymore.

He is the enemy of Catholicism, as far as I'm concerned.  He uses the Church to cover his behind and give his evil policies some sort of legitimacy, thanks to apostates like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Kathleen Sebelius, and thanks to the inexplicable Fr. John Jenkins.  (Why is he still the president of a Catholic university, by the way??)

After this last year and the all-out assault he has waged on religious freedom and the child in the womb; after his pathetic and manufactured "war on women" that revolves around contraception; and after all you have said and done to stand up to him and lead the Church in the battle to defend what is right, why why why do we have to invite the guy to dinner for drinks and a few laughs??

As of this moment, Catholics in America must decide whether to violate Church teaching and their own conscience, or whether to disobey the HHS mandate and risk their business and livelihood.  The war is ON, and we're gonna tell jokes and have a good time with the tyrant behind the oppression?  Seriously?

Your Eminence, please tell me you have an ace up your sleeve.  Please tell me there's more to this that the rest of us just don't know about yet.  Please tell me you haven't taken leave of your good senses.

In my head, the conversation is going something like this:
Cardinal Dolan is no idiot.  True.  This ain't his first rodeo.  True again.  He's certainly no Obama sycophant.  Very true.  He must have a good reason for doing this.  I sure hope so.  But c'mon, really?  Are we suddenly no longer fighting for our lives against this guy and his evil policies?  Exactly...  This will end badly with one opportune photo, and Obama will milk it for all it's worth right through the election. Yep.  Okay Jesus, I trust in You.  Please prove me wrong about this.

I'm waiting anxiously to hear what your thoughts are about this whole mess.  Please reassure your worried sheep that you've looked at this from all sides and all is well.

I beg you, please promise me that you won't gift the tyrantking two ...

weeks before the election with a snazzy picture of you with your gregarious smile and him with his cocky grin.  You know that's what he wants -- a snapshot to tell the country, "See? I love the Church and they love me!  There's no problem here!  Vote for me!"

Your Eminence, we all know the stakes could not be higher this November.  The last thing we need is to allow any confusion at all about the reality of what the tyrantking is doing to annihilate religious freedom in America.  Now is definitely not the time to muddy the message about the Church's opposition and resistance to his mandates and his abortion-obsessed agenda.

The hidden blessing in all that Obama has done so far is that is has ignited Catholics and other people of faith and brought a unity that wasn't there before.  We can't afford to squander that now.  But surely no one knows that better than you.

You are the Cardinal, not me (obviously).  You're not where you are by accident or stroke of luck, but by the design of our mighty and loving God.  I respect your authority, and even though I don't see how this will end well, I choose to believe the best of you and your decision.

I will be praying that God gives you keen insight and wisdom, as well as courage to fight the good fight.  I will trust the Holy Spirit to guide you and to use you for the glory of God and the good of His Church.  

And if a few sheep like me bleat on and on about what a colossal mistake it could be, well, pray for us.  I, for one, will be delighted to admit I was worried for nothing.

I'm sure that's the big difference between you and me.  You're a shepherd.  Your job is to seek lost sheep and lead them home.  Maybe your heart's desire in all of this is a chance to try once more to get a certain very lost sheep to follow a different road.  Most days it's all I can do to just wish him well and want him gone from the White House.  This "love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you" stuff is crazy, you know?

Maybe you are, too.  Crazy like a fox.  I guess we'll find out.

In the meantime, lead the way, Smiling Cardinal.  I'm still with you.  With respect and gratitude.

http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=47222&page=2
English Cardinal Dolan lauds Paul Ryan as ‘great public servant’
Sept 16, 2012

Speaking on Sirius Catholic Channel radio, Cardinal Timothy Dolan lauded vice presidential contender Paul Ryan as a “great public servant.”

Recalling a Wisconsin Lutheran college commencement that both attended, Cardinal Dolan said that Ryan spoke for nine minutes on St. Thomas Aquinas. “It was tremendous, in front of a Lutheran audience,” the cardinal said. “So we really started up a great correspondence and got to know each other very, very well.”

“I came to know and admire him immensely,” Cardinal Dolan added. “And I would consider him a friend. He and his wife Janna and their three kids have been guests in my house; I’ve been a guest at their house. They’re remarkably upright, refreshing people. And he’s a great public servant.”

Stating he was “speaking personally and not from a partisan point of view” and “not trying to be an apologist” for Ryan, Cardinal Dolan praised Ryan’s “call for financial accountability and restraint and a balanced budget” as well as his “obvious solicitude for the poor.”

Noting that there may be differences in “prudential judgment” over how to assist the poor, Cardinal Dolan added that “I admire him. He’s honest. He’s refreshing. Do I agree with everything? No, but . . . I’m anxious to see him in action.”

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=15298
English Cardinal Timothy Dolan makes no promises on preventing abortions at Benedictine Hospital
Sept 16, 2012

KINGSTON, N.Y.  – New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan has told a Port Ewen anti-abortion advocate that he wishes he “could provide more assurances” that abortions will not be performed at Benedictine Hospital once it becomes a non-sectarian facility.

Johanna Jankowski, who opposes the prospect of abortions on the campus what has been a Catholic hospital since 1901, received a letter from Dolan in early August. Jankowski had written to Dolan seeking his intervention to prevent abortions from occurring on the Mary’s Avenue campus after Kingston Hospital closes as planned.

In her letter, Jankowski makes note of Benedictine’s “111 years of service to the community in Ulster County.”

“How can they turn the Benedictine Hospital into a killing field?” she asks. “What can we do to change this?”

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, the company that oversees Benedictine and Kingston hospitals under an affiliation agreement, has said it plans to close Kingston Hospital in the next 17 months. Company officials have said the state Department of Health has mandated that a full selection of reproductive health services,  including abortions, be offered at Benedictine Hospital.

HealthAlliance and the Benedictine nuns who still own the hospital are negotiating an agreement that would allow it to become a non-religious institution and be operated under a different name.

“Under the current plan, Benedictine Hospital and the Kingston Hospital will cease operations,” Dolan wrote to Jankowski. “In their place, a new non-sectarian hospital with a different name will open on the former Benedictine Hospital site.”

Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, said the alliance of Benedictine and Kingston hospitals was “based on a comprehensive agreement that assured that the proscribed services were not to be carried out in either one of the hospitals.”

Abortions are performed at a separate building, the Foxhall Ambulatory Surgery Center, on Kingston Hospital’s grounds. But that center is expected to close with Kingston Hospital.

“In order for the new plan to be initiated, the previous agreement will have to be legally cancelled,” Dolan said.

“I wish I could provide more assurances on preventing those proscribed services from taking place at what will be the former Benedictine Hospital campus,” Dolan said. “We will continue to attempt, at least temporarily, to keep the Foxhall Ambulatory Surgery Center where it is presently located.”

In a telephone interview, Jankowski said she viewed Dolan’s letter as a way to “console” her but said the cardinal and other Catholics need to fight harder.

Jankowski has she considers Benedictine Hospital “holy ground” and that abortions should never be performed there. Jankowski said she signed onto the original alliance with Kingston hospital only after assurances were given at abortions would never take place at Benedictine Hospital.

Jankowski has suggested Benedictine remain open as some other medical provider or nursing home and that Kingston Hospital and the Foxhall Ambulatory Surgery Center also remain open.

Jankowski said she will continue to do battle and attempt to garner the support of others.

“I am not stopping,” she said.

HealthAlliance officials have said that the closing of Kingston Hospital is necessary because of steep financial losses since 2008.  The company attributes the losses to a variety of factors, including cuts in government reimbursements, the poor economy, patients using more outpatient services provided by private physicians, and Ulster County not being included in a higher-paying federal reimbursement zone.

HealthAlliance officials have said that there is usually a 70 percent occupancy rate between the two hospitals, which have a total of 300 beds. Once Kingston Hospital closes, the number of beds is expected to be reduced to about 200.

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2012/08/25/news/doc503832df2d60c684159264.txt?viewmode=3
English Cardinal Dolan's endgame
Sept 16, 2012

My most recent column, "In Defense of Cardinal Dolan," generated quite a bit of feedback. Some readers were convinced that it reflected a sense of false hope born of naiveté; others thought they detected a rather large dose of satire. For the record, one of these assessments is correct, but I'll leave it to you to decide which one.

The bottom line is this; the gravely serious charges ascribed to the Cardinal's detractors as described in that column are no longer a matter of speculation; that is, apart from one very important, as yet unknown, detail; one that has the potential for turning this entire affair on its head. (Sorry for baiting, but you'll have to keep reading to discover it.)

What is most important now is that we come to terms with Cardinal Dolan's decision.

Ed Mechmann of the Archdiocese of New York touched on the crux of the matter when he blogged, "The politicians who speak at the [Al Smith] dinner are not being given any honor."

Can he be serious?

I'd really like to see a copy of the formal invitation that was sent to Barack Obama in the name of the Cardinal Archbishop. If I was a betting man, I'd be willing to wager that it reads something like this:

"His Eminence is pleased to request the honor of your presence..."

"Oh, but in that case," an apologist might object, "the Cardinal is the one being honored!"

I'm not sure which concept is more disgusting, but in any event, consider a page on the Al Smith Foundation website listing past "luminous guest speakers [that] have stepped from the world stage to honor and entertain Annual Dinner audiences with their light humor and political savvy."

There it is again, honor. So, maybe it's true. Maybe the Cardinal will be honored (not to mention, entertained) by that "luminous" enemy of the Church, Barack Obama.

Either way, among the previous luminaries listed on the Al Smith website is the "Honorable Barack Obama;" one of the speakers at the dinner in 2008.

And now here we are, one HHS mandate, four years and some 5 million innocent human beings later and one wonders, is Cardinal Dolan still comfortable applying the title ""honorable" to Barack Obama? If not, why did he invite him?

More to the point is the fact that dining with Cardinal Dolan as his invited guest, whenever it may be, (like Chick-fil-A, for instance) is an honor. Heck, a high-five from a Prince of the Church would be an honor! The only people who don't recognize that fact (Obama undoubtedly one of them) are those who have no concept of what it means to say that our bishops are the Successors to the Apostles that were handpicked by Christ.

The sad fact of the matter is that many in the sacred hierarchy suffer from just such an identity crisis themselves; their behavior indicating that they see themselves more as political operatives and consensus builders than Fathers who are called sanctify, teach and govern with the authority of Christ the King.

Does that apply to Cardinal Dolan? Ask me the day after the Al Smith Dinner and I'll let you know.

As of this moment, everyone who gives a hoot about the Church has every reason to be concerned that a terrible scandal is in the offing. Naturally, faithful Catholics, after responding so generously to the Fortnight for Freedom, feel betrayed.

Can anyone be surprised by the outrage being expressed by those who fully expect to see, just weeks before the election, images of Barack Obama — an unapologetic enemy of Christianity who is Hell bent (literally) on propagating intrinsic evil — clinking wineglasses and laughing it up with the nation's highest profile prelate?

I certainly don't; in fact, you can count me among the outraged. The actual scandal, however, has yet to take place and there is still a chance (however small) that Cardinal Dolan is simply laying the groundwork for a new shot heard 'round the world at a time when we desperately need one.

Naïve satirist that I am, I cannot help but hope and pray that there's a whole lot more to this story than meets the eye, and if I could write the script, the end will look something like this:

The ever smug Barack Obama will walk into the Al Smith Dinner on October 18th bearing the kind of condescending smirk that only a liberal can muster; certain that he is about to plunge yet another knife into the heart of the Church thanks to the graciousness of his trusting host.

But what the wolf is about to discover is that this shepherd is no ordinary dove; rather, he's wise as a serpent and he's ready to strike. It's a set-up; an opportunity for Cardinal Dolan to set things right in a way that will make crystal clear the fact that the Church, and our nation, is doing battle not just against bad ideas, but against evil itself.

At long last, the two-faced scoundrel from Pennsylvania Avenue will receive at least some of the just reward he deserves for making the mistake of treating Cardinal Dolan like a buffoon some nine months earlier when he looked the prelate square in the eye and lied about his high regard for the Church and his unwillingness to attack her via mandate.

Obama's punishment? The one liars deplore most; listening to the truth.

As the fine dining concludes and the time for hilarity draws near, the unsuspecting Obama will be the picture of a man victorious, believing the photo-op coupe de grace is already his. But what he doesn't yet realize is that he brought a knife to the wrong kind of fight. You see, the Cardinal Archbishop — the man who solemnly pledged before the Almighty to defend the flock unto martyrdom is wielding the sword of truth — and there's no escaping its razor-sharp edge.

Oh, sure, Obama will do his level best to grin through the humiliation of having to listen to the Gospel of Life as Cardinal Dolan, with neither malice nor fear, does precisely what he's been ordained to do; namely, to preach the Word of God to both heathen and believer alike, especially in times of trouble.

But, try as he might to avoid it, the watchful eye of the media will capture in the face of Barack Obama the unmistakable glare of a man who hates the Lord and the Church He founded.

Game, set, match — Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

Now don't get me wrong, even if this happens the sun will rise the following morning on our enemies just as it will on us, and rest assured their hatred will be multiplied tenfold, but so what? At least for one night the children of the Church in the United States will go to sleep confident that their shepherd has a backbone as sturdy as his crozier, and what's more, he's on duty; watching over the flock.

Do I think any of this is likely?

No, of course not, but then again, neither do I think it impossible. And so, we will pray.

© Louie Verrecchio

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/verrecchio/120812
English 123rd Annual Commencement Address Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York East Portico, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception May 12, 2012
Jun 01, 2012

Cardinal Wuerl, our eminent chancellor;

President Garvey, officers of the administration and distinguished faculty; especially rightly radiant class of 2012, with your family and friends, now proud alumni of this venerable and renowned university:

Thanks for your gracious invitation and warm welcome; thanks for the honor you bestow upon me, in company with Father Julian Carrón, Giuseppe Mazzotta, Carmen Ana Casal de Unanue, and Joseph A. Unanue; thanks especially for being true to the noble mission of this great university; and thanks, class of 2012, for the hope and promise you give all of us. Congratulations!

You're welcome. I was in charge of the weather. This is the first time I have worn red since I was made a cardinal. I forgot my red sash. Luckily Cardinal Wuerl has an extra ... well, two extras.

I came to this University the same year Colonel Brooks Tavern opened. I may have spent more time there than Mullen Library.

I do this quite a bit — speaking at commencements. I enjoy it. This spring alone I have or will give three university commencement addresses, two at our high schools, one at an eighth grade occasion, and even an address at Pre-K graduation. Bring ‘em on! I love them!

But this one this morning is especially meaningful for me, as I myself am a proud and grateful alumnus of this institution of highest learning, having left here thirty years ago . . . and just finished paying my tuition . . . sorry to bring that up! . . .; and because I am deeply grateful, as a Catholic, and as an American, for the iconic value of this, The Catholic University of America.
Just six days ago, Pope Benedict XVI, in addressing bishops from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, spoke warmly of Catholic education here in the United States, and of the need of our Catholic colleges and universities “ . . . to reaffirm their distinctive identity in fidelity to their founding ideals and the Church’s mission in service to the Gospel.”

The Holy Father showed a somber realism, though, when he expanded that need to include “ . . . ecclesial communion and solidarity in the Church’s educational apostolate, becoming all the more evident when we consider the confusion created by instances of apparent dissidence between some representatives of Catholic institutions and the Church’s pastoral leadership . . .”

Is not a big part of our gladness and pride this happy morning of graduation a grateful recognition that this university does indeed exude such “ecclesial communion and solidarity?” That this university is both Catholic and American, flowing from the most noble ideals of truth and respect for human dignity that are at the heart of our Church and our country? That a university’s genuine greatness comes not from pursuing what is most chic, recent, or faddish, but what is most timeless, true, good, and beautiful in creation and creatures? That the true goal of a university is to prepare a student not only for a career but for fullness of life here and in eternity?

Some might wonder if Pope Benedict’s description of a university is way too impractical; if a university can be really Catholic and American; if the genuine freedom a university demands can flourish on a campus whose very definition includes a loyalty to Holy Mother Church . . . well, to them I say, as you and I did, “Let them come to Brookland!” This university you can now, with me, call alma mater, at the heart of our nation, is also ex corde ecclesiae, at the heart of the Church. For that I am most proud.

The Holy Father mentions not only truth as being at the core of the mission of a Catholic university, but also love. And so I want to tell you about a wonderful woman named Clara Almazo. Just a little over a month ago, Clara and her little eight year old grandson, Michael, were walking home from Holy Thursday Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish on Staten Island. As they crossed the street, a car barreled toward them, with little Michael in the crosshairs. His abuela, Grandma Clara, pushed her grandson away to safety, taking herself the whole force of the car, and was instantly killed.

Clara’s selfless act of heroic love was, as you might imagine, the tearful talk of New York over the Easter weekend. No one failed to note that her life-giving act was made the more poignant as it came on the night before Jesus died, returning from the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper, when He predicted His own sacrificial death, and where he gave the touching example of selfless service in washing the feet of His apostles.

When I celebrated her funeral on Easter Tuesday, every one of her 13 children and 23 grandchildren were profoundly sad; but not one of them was surprised, for through their sobs, they told me she was a woman of constant, heroic, selfless giving.

Jesus Christ . . . His Church . . . this university . . . Clara Almazo . . . truth . . . love . . . the words of Pope Benedict . . . the achievement and the hopes of the Class of 2012 . . .

Let me try to bring all of these together with the coherence I learned at this University.

Might I suggest these all coalesce in what we call the Law of the Gift.

“Greater love than this no one has, than to give one’s life for one’s friends.” There’s the Law of the Gift as defined by the Son of God Himself.

“It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” There’s the Law of the Gift as chanted by St. Francis.

"I know Jesus Christ, who sacrificed His life for others. I understand well the meaning of the cross. I am ready to give up my life for my people." There's the Law of the Gift as stated by Shabaz Bhatti, a Catholic who served as federal minister for religious minorities in Pakistan.

“For we are at our best, we are most fully alive and human, when we give away freely and sacrificially our very selves in love for another.” There’s the Law of the Gift as described by Blessed John Paul II.

Not long ago at a dinner I sat next to Admiral Mike Mullen, a Marine, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, himself a Catholic, who asked me, “What percent of the American population is Catholic?”

I replied, “I'm not sure exactly but I think about 24%.”

“But do you realize,” he went on, “that 40% of the Marine Corps identify themselves as Catholic?”

I did not realize that, but I was not surprised, nor was Admiral Mullen, for at the heart of the Church’s ethos is the Law of the Gift, and it would be tough to be a Marine — or to be an abuela like Clara Almazo — if you didn’t believe in that.

Or, as the head of the department of pediatric oncology at a leading hospital recently told me, “Cardinal Dolan I’m not even a religious believer, but, when I hire doctors, nurses, attendants, or staff for this grueling work of trying to heal kids with cancer, the applicants who are alumni of Catholic school have a leg up.”

I didn’t know that either, but, I’m hardly surprised, for, while it’s sure not listed in any catalogue, the course on the Law of the Gift is part of the DNA of any Catholic school, this sterling one included.

So, I conclude that all of you, at this university where every classroom features the most effective audio-visual aid of them all, the crucifix; and where the entire campus is overshadowed by the dome of the shrine devoted to the Jewish woman who whispered, “Be it done unto me according to your will, not mine,” that I’m looking out at graduates who have majored in this Law of the Gift.

Now, let’s be clear: I’m hardly claiming that Catholics have sole “bragging rights” on fostering, protecting, and obeying this Law of the Gift. The exaltation of selfless, sacrificial love and service is at the marrow of every religion, and, as a matter of fact,on the ground floor of most purely humanistic values.

However, even our critics admit that a particularly pointed contribution that religion, that the Church, that faith makes to any enduring culture, society, or nation is that it has a honed talent to foster, protect, and obey the Law of the Gift.

Without the Law of the Gift we have no Marines, fewer effective pediatric oncologists, and no Clara Almazos or Shabaz Bhattis. Religion, faith, the Church promote a culture built on the Law of the Gift. Thus, wise people from Alexis de Tocqueville to John Courtney Murray — both of whose work I was forced to read while a student here — have observed that an essential ingredient in American wisdom and the genius of the American republic is the freedom it allows for religion to flourish. Thus would I predict that a challenge you, class of 2012, will inevitably face is the defense of religious freedom as part of both our American and creedal legacy.

Now, one final thing: You all had a head-start in learning the Law of the Gift and the importance of faith to sustain it.

For, see, the Law of the Gift is most poetically exemplified in the lifelong, life-giving, faithful, intimate union of a man and woman in marriage, which then leads to the procreation of new life in babies, so that husband and wife, now father and mother, spend their lives sacrificially loving and giving to those children. That union — that sacred rhythm of man/woman/husband/wife/baby/mother/father — is so essential to the order of the common good that its very definition is ingrained into our interior dictionary, that its protection and flourishing is the aim of enlightened culture.

And your tutelage in the Law of the Gift, class of 2012, was only refined here at this Catholic University, for it began in the most sublime classroom of them all, your home and family, under the most significant of all professors, your mom and dad. Congratulations, parents of our graduates!
That we are at our best when we give ourselves away in love to another — the Law of the Gift — is I’m afraid, “counter-cultural” today, in an era that prefers getting to giving, and entitlement to responsibility; in a society that considers every drive, desire, or urge as a right, and where convenience and privacy can trump even the right to life itself; and in a mindset where freedom is reduced to the liberty to do whatever we want, wherever we want, whenever, however, with whomever we want, rather than the duty to do what we ought . . .well, the Law of the Gift can be as ignored as a yellow traffic light in New York City.

At one of the eighth grade commencements I attended, as referred to earlier, the fourteen year old student speaker called his classmates to pay attention to the words of John F. Kennedy, fifty-two years ago, observing that the temptations he and his classmates were facing now is to ask what your family, your friends, your church, and your country can do for you, rather than what you can do for them.

Not bad advice at all, leading me to conclude that this parish grade school was also granting degrees in the Law of the Gift.

So, I praise God that I look out at graduates in admiration, affection, and appreciation among whom are new Clara Almazos, children of beaming parents, alumni of a university where goodness, truth, and beauty reign and where every student majors in the Law of the Gift.

Congratulations, class of 2012!

http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/releases/2012/dolan-commencement-speech.cfm
English Cardinal Dolan's brother pens book on shared life lessons
May 06, 2012
Dolan to lead Holy Hill Mass Saturday

MILWAUKEE -

As Cardinal Timothy Dolan prepares to return to the Milwaukee area to lead Mass at Holy Hill, 12 News got a chance to speak with Dolan's brother about the cardinal's challenges and triumphs.

Bob Dolan said he always knew his older brother was a little bit different.

"Every now and then, he would play Hot Wheels with me. Every now and then, he'd play softball, whiffle ball or soccer. He wasn't a very good athlete. But -- I know where you're going -- he would play Mass. He would play Mass because he always knew he was going to be a priest, from holding Mass as a teen for neighborhood kids," Bob Dolan said. "He occasionally tried to take up a collection, which didn't go well with Dad."

With a lifelong devotion to the Catholic faith, Timothy Dolan is known for his ability to captivate.

"He walks into a room and he takes over that room. OK, everybody's excited and happy," Bob Dolan said.

However, not all the memories are good ones. Bob Dolan said the Milwaukee Archdiocese sex abuse scandal hit his brother hard.

"It was, I think, the only time in my lifetime that I've seen him talk very quietly with a tear in his eye. It clearly shook him," Bob Dolan said.

The cardinal's brother said that throughout the turmoil, Timothy Dolan was concerned over people's view of the Catholic faith.

Bob Dolan said his brother is no stranger to the media and that the family has gotten used to it over the years. However, when Time Magazine listed the cardinal as one of the 100 most influential people, that caught their attention.

"Time Magazine was a good one. Wow, that was pretty cool," Bob Dolan said.

http://www.wisn.com/news/south-east-wisconsin/milwaukee/Cardinal-Dolan-s-brother-pens-book-on-shared-life-lessons/-/10148890/12166538/-/tdu4mm/-/
English Cardinal Dolan: Gov't contraception policy a "radical intrusion"
Apr 22, 2012

(CBS News) Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the president's new contraception policy is "intruding into the life of faith."

On CBS News' "Face the Nation," Dolan, who is the Archbishop of New York, told host Bob Schieffer that the president brought on the confrontation with his policy and that the Catholic Church "didn't ask for this fight."

"We didn't ask for the fight, but we're not going to back away from it," Dolan said, referring to the Obama administration's new rule that employees of religious institutions receive contraceptive health coverage.

Dolan maintained that the president's modification - to place the requirement on the insurance company and not the employer - made after the Church's outrage continues to put the Church in "a very tough spot." The Catholic Church's opposition to contraception led to a public campaign lambasting the new rule.

"You've got a dramatic, radical intrusion of a government bureaucracy into the internal life of the Church," Doland told Schieffer. "Our problem is the government is intruding into the life of faith in the church that they shouldn't be doing."

Also on "Face the Nation," Schieffer asked Dolan if the intersection of religion and politics is too close. Dolan said religion does play a role in politics but that it shouldn't be "too involved."

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Cardinal Dolan: Politics not overrun by religion

But, Dolan added, "I also don't think the government and politics should be overly involved in the church."

In an Easter Sunday interview, Schieffer also asked Dolan to comment on Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's comments that he "almost threw up" after reading a speech presidential candidate John F. Kennedy gave in 1960 about separation of church and state to address concerns about his Catholic religion.

Dolan said he agrees with Santorum and Kennedy, both Catholics.

"I would've cheered what John Kennedy said, he was right," Dolan said. "That having been said, I would also say that Senator Santorum had a good point because unfortunately what John Kennedy said... has been misinterpreted to mean that a separation of Church and State also means a cleavage, a wall, between one's faith and one's political decisions."
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English New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan's stance on gay rights prompts resignation
Apr 22, 2012

NEW YORK -- A day before Easter, the head of New York's Roman Catholic archdiocese faced a challenge to his stance on gay rights: the resignation of a church charity board member who says he's "had enough" of the cardinal's attitude.

Joseph Amodeo told The Associated Press on Saturday that he quit the junior board of the city's Catholic Charities after Cardinal Timothy Dolan failed to respond to a "call for help" for homeless youths who are not heterosexual.

"As someone who believes in the message of love enshrined in the teachings of Christ, I find it disheartening that a man of God would refuse to extend a pastoral arm" to such youths, Amodeo said in his letter to the charitable organization last Tuesday.

Phone and email requests from the AP for comment from the archdiocese were not immediately answered on Saturday.

Emergency services
The conflict started with a letter to Dolan from Carl Siciliano, founder of the nonprofit Ali Forney Center that offers emergency services to homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people. He said the cardinal's "loud and strident voice against the acceptance of LGBT people" creates "a climate where parents turn on their own children."

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"As youths find the courage and integrity to be honest about who they are at younger ages, hundreds of thousands are being turned out of their homes and forced to survive alone on the streets by parents who cannot accept having a gay child," Siciliano wrote in his letter, sent last week.

Siciliano, who is Catholic, said parents who are strongly religious are much more likely to reject children who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Of the nation's homeless youths, as many as 40 percent are LGBT, studies show.

Siciliano received a response from the cardinal in a letter dated March 28.

"For you to make the allegations and insinuations you do in your letter based on my adherence to the clear teachings of the Church is not only unfair and unjust, but inflammatory," Dolan wrote. "Neither I nor anyone in the Church would ever tolerate hatred of or prejudice towards any of the Lord's children."

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The response prompted Amodeo to quit the board, said the 24-year-old gay Catholic who still teaches religious education to elementary school children as part of a New York archdiocese program. He'll be doing that on Easter in a parish near Manhattan's Union Square.

'Love thy neighbor'
Amodeo was a member of the executive committee of the junior board of the New York branch of Catholic Charities, one of the largest global networks of charities, started in New Orleans in 1727 as an orphanage.

"Every Sunday, I teach second-graders to 'love thy neighbor,' but then, when we as a church have a teachable moment, we fail," Amodeo told the AP in a telephone interview.

He said the cardinal "failed to respond to a call for pastoral assistance, to answer the question, 'What can we do together as a church and as a people for youths who are homeless?"

Dolan leads one of the nation's largest archdioceses — which has 2.6 million Catholics — and is president of the Washington-based U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Last summer during New York's same-sex marriage debate, the prelate warned that the proposed legislation — which later passed — was an "ominous threat" to society.

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/08/11080777-new-york-cardinal-timothy-dolans-stance-on-gay-rights-prompts-resignation?lite
German Kardinal Dolan: Historisches Interview mit dem Wall Street Journal – Moral- und Glaubenslehre wieder verkünden
Apr 11, 2012

(New York) Am Montag veröffentlichte das Wall Street Journal ein historisches Interview mit dem Erzbischof von New York, Timothy Kardinal Dolan. Angesichts des herrschenden Kulturkampfes dürfte das dort gemachte Eingeständnis ein geradezu heilsamer Tabubruch sein. Der Vorsitzende der amerikanischen Bischofskonferenz drang auf ein Terrain vor, das bisher von vielen katholischen Oberhirten gemieden wurde. Aufgrund eigener Vorbehalte suchten viele vor allem zur katholischen Morallehre nicht den öffentlichen Dialog und auch die mögliche Konfrontation mit anderen Kräften, weshalb sie erst recht nicht sichtbares Zeugnis für den Glauben abgeben konnten. Die direkte authentische katholische Stimme fehlte daher. Sie wurde nur gefiltert, durch Dritte und dadurch nicht selten kraftlos oder verzerrt wiedergegeben.

„Kirche hat katechetisches Problem“ – Glaubensvermittlung durch eigene Schuld vernachlässigt

Kardinal Dolan steht mit anderen Oberhirten jüngster Ernennungen oder „Beförderungen“ durch Papst Benedikt XVI. trotz aller charakterlicher Unterschiede für eine neue Generation von Bischöfen, die ihren Glauben auch in den weltlichen Massenmedien bekennen und nicht vor Interview- oder Diskussionspartnern zurückschrecken, die anderer Meinung oder gar provozierend sein könnten.

Durch die Selbstbeschränkung und das Zaudern wurde die katholische Stimme zu den zentralen moralischen Fragen nicht mehr ausreichend wahrgenommen, angefangen vom offenen oder stillschweigenden Widerstand gegen die Enzyklika Humanae vitae. Wie in den deutschsprachigen Ländern Europas stellt auch in den USA die Ablehnung der von Papst Paul VI. veröffentlichten Enzyklika durch Bischöfe die Bruchlinie einer Fehlentwicklung dar, deren Überwindung inzwischen schrittweise stattfindet, aber langwierig und mühevoll ist.

„Bischöfe benahmen sich zu lange wie Politiker mit Mitra, Geschäftsführer oder Sozialaktivisten“

„Die Bischöfe haben heute weniger Autorität, weil sie sich zu lange wie Politiker mit Mitra, wie Geschäftsführer eines Unternehmens, wie liberale Sozialaktivisten oder wie furchtsame Verwalter benahmen“, so Steve Jalsevac von LifeSiteNews.

Kardinal Dolan gestand in dem Wall Street Journal-Interview ein, und darin liegt das historische Ereignis, daß die katholische Kirche darin versagt habe, den Katholiken die Bedeutung, Richtigkeit und Schönheit der katholischen Moral- und Sexuallehre zu vermitteln. Erst recht gegenüber Nicht-Katholiken. „Ich bin nicht erfreut, eingestehen zu müssen, daß wir ein internes katechetisches Problem haben“, könnte man die Worte des Kardinals zusammenfassen. Die Kirche, so der Erzbischof von New York, muß wieder auf neue und intensive Weise beginnen, den Katholiken die Glaubenslehre zu vermitteln, sie darin zu unterweisen und zu erziehen. Das Glaubenswissen sei durch eigene, kirchliche Nachlässigkeit geschwunden.

Katholische Morallehre heißt auch: Keine Sakramente für Pro-Abtreibungs- und Pro-Homo-„Ehe“-Politiker

Es gehe auch darum, so der Kardinal, die Katholiken zu überzeugen, zum Beispiel nicht für Politiker zu stimmen, die für die Tötung ungeborener Kinder eintreten oder gegen die einmalige Institution der Ehe zwischen Mann und Frau auftreten, indem sie eine Homo-„Ehe“ einführen wollen. In diesem Zusammenhang müsse unzweideutig vermittelt werden, daß Politiker, die für Abtreibung und für die Homo-„Ehe“ sind, vom Empfang der Sakramente ausgeschlossen sind, so Dolan.

„Kardinal Dolan, Erzbischof Chaput und eine wachsende Zahl anderer Bischöfe und glaubenstreuer Kirchenführer sind Ausdruck eines neuen Erwachens des Glaubens (thank you President Obama) in den harten Auseinandersetzungen unserer Zeit. Sie brauchen viel Unterstützung“, so Jalsevac von LifeSiteNews. Die Gefahr, so der Lebensrechtler, sei groß, daß die Bischöfe unter dem öffentlichen, politischen und medialen Druck einknicken und Kompromisse eingehen. „Wir wollen aber, daß sie für ihr eigenes Seelenheil und zum Nutzen von uns allen Heilige werden.“

Das Eingeständnis und die Schlußfolgerungen von Kardinal Timothy Dolan sind das genaue Gegenteil des Weges, den der Erzbischof von Wien, Christoph Kardinal Schönborn in diesen Tagen zur Homosexualität beschritten hat, indem er eine ebenso eigenwillige wie eigenmächtige Auslegung der katholischen Lehre zur Homosexualität praktiziert.

Im deutschen Sprachraum äußerte der emeritierte Bischof von Feldkirch, Msgr. Elmar Fischer Kritik an den Erklärungen der Bischofskonferenzen in Königstein, Maria Trost und Solothurn, mit denen 1968 die Bischäfe der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Österreichs und der Schweiz sich von der Enzyklika Himanae vitae distanzierten. Bischof Fischer bestätigt damit, was Kardinal Dolan gegenüber dem Wall Street Journal sagte, daß die Überwindung der 68er Positionen zu Humanae vitae notwendig und von grundlegender Bedeutung ist, wenn die katholische Kirche Kohärenz, Glaubwürdigkeit und Authentizität bei der Verkündigung der katholischen Morallehre zurückgewinnen will.

http://www.katholisches.info/2012/04/04/kardinal-dolan-historisches-interview-mit-dem-wall-street-journal-moral-und-glaubenslehre-wieder-verkunden/
English Cardinal Dolan: Church Was Told Gay Marriage Wouldn't Pass
Mar 25, 2012

Here is an extended version of the lead item that ran in my "Albany Insider" column today.

Cardinal Dolan revealed for the first time that the Catholic Church was caught flat-footed on last year's gay marriage vote in New York — insisting it was "burned" by Senate Republicans who claimed it didn't have a prayer.

"We got burned last year when we were told the redefinition of marriage didn't have much of a chance — and of course it did," Dolan told the Daily News as he  prepared for Monday's annual Albany lobbying trip. >

"Our Senate leaders, we highly appreciated them being with us all along," he  explained. "When they kind of assured us it didn't have much of a chance — not that we let up, but we probably would have been much more vigorous and even more  physically present if we knew there was a chance.”

In the week leading up to the vote, when protesters on both sides loudly filled the Capitol, many wondered why top Church leadership wasn’t there. Dolan was across the country at a conference.

"We got a little stung, and it could be as much our fault as anyone else's,” Dolan said.

In the end, same-sex marriage passed the Senate 33-29, with four Republicans voting for it.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos had stressed at the time that while he opposed gay marriage, he was letting his members vote their consciences, a Skelos aide said.

While the two disagreed on the issue, Dolan said Cuomo was always upfront about his position.

While there are issues the Church still opposes lawmakers on, Dolan and the bishops plan to congratulate state leaders for what he deemed a new sense of  purpose and value in Albany.

"There's a lot of areas where we agree," he said. "When we go up, we're always careful not to just be naysayers."

A top priority for the Church this year is blocking a bill to strengthen abortion rights in New York.

It was a question about the unlikely chance of that bill passing the Republican-controlled Senate that got Dolan talking about the need for vigilance  after last year's the gay marriage vote.

The cardinal gave measured support for Cuomo's push for pension reform, noting that even the Church is considering trimming retirement benefits to deal with  tough fiscal realities.

"As long as it can be done without hurting the dignity and security that people have, given the huge deficit and economic strain the government is under, there might have to be some trimming," he said.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COLUMN:
Dolan also had positive things to say about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s push to raise the minimum wage, though he wouldn’t delve specifically in how high it should go.

“The Church would say we are with you in principle, the cardinal said. “Anything to help the poor is going to be good.”

But he recognized that an increase would be counter productive if it led the elimination of too many jobs.

Dolan said Cuomo’s push for legalized casino gambling in New York is not high on the Church’s radar even while recognizing it can be abused and addictive.

“Gambling is morally neutral,” he said.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/03/cardinal-dolan-church-was-told-gay-marriage-wouldnt-pass
English Cardinal Turns Other Cheek On Snub By Irish-American Lawmakers
Mar 25, 2012

In one part of my interview with Cardinal Dolan that did not make this morning’s column, New York’s archbishop said he holds no grudge at group of Irish American state lawmakers who chose not to honor him at its annual dinner tonight.

“I didn’t pay much attention to it,” Dolan said of the snub. “I got a good number of calls from lawmakers saying ‘we didn’t’ intend this.’ ”

My column two weeks ago detailed how it looked like Dolan was set to be celebrated as the guest of honor at tonight’s New York American-Irish Legislators Society dinner. Ultimately, however, the decision was made to instead honor liberal civil rights lawyer Brian O’Dwyer--a move that upset some members of the organization who felt it was an insult given Dolan’s ascension to cardinal this year.

While there was no formal vote, several lawmakers have said the main reason Dolan wasn’t chosen is that some members didn’t want to anger Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, the Queens Democrat who is the group’s past longtime president.

Markey has long been battling the Church over her bill to extend the statute of limitations for past victims of priest sexual abuse.

Assemblyman Michael Cusick, the Staten Island Democrat who chairs the society this year, said that Dolan ultimately wasn’t chosen because the cardinal had to be in Washington, D.C. tonight for a national conference. Insiders say Cusick, who supported the idea of honoring Dolan, was upset the matter became public.

Dolan turned the other cheek. He said he has enjoyed going to the dinner in the past and would have gone tonight if he didn’t have to be in Washington for his role as head of the Conference of Catholic Bishops.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/03/cardinal-turns-other-cheek-on-snub-by-irish-american-lawmakers
Italian Cardinale Dolan: libertà religiosa sotto attacco negli Usa, questione non solo cattolica
Mar 05, 2012

“Sgomento” è stato espresso in una lettera dal cardinale Timothy Dolan, presidente della Conferenza episcopale degli Stati Uniti, per il modo in cui l’amministrazione americana ha gestito il problema dell’obiezione di coscienza rispetto alla nuova riforma sanitaria. Nella lunga e articolata lettera il cardinale Dolan scrive all’episcopato americano, esortandolo a prepararsi per “i tempi difficili” che si prospettano. Elogiando l’unità dei vescovi statunitensi di fronte “alle intrusioni senza precedenti” e agli attacchi contro la libertà religiosa da parte del Department of Health and Human Services, il porporato ha ricostruito tutti i passaggi della vicenda, respingendo la possibilità che proprio questo dipartimento possa decidere il modo in cui si possa esercitare il ministero della Chiesa. “Come pastori, vorremmo spendere le nostre energie nell’attività nelle quali la Chiesa è impegnata: la cura dei malati, l’insegnamento ai giovani, l’aiuto ai poveri. Ma proprio perché pastori – ha aggiunto - sentiamo che i servizi affidati da Gesù sono in pericolo a causa di questa intrusione”. Pur esprimendo piena disponibilità al dialogo e al confronto, il cardinale Dolan ha ricordato l’invito del presidente Obama ad appianare le divergenze ma ha altresì riferito delle rigidità da parte della stessa amministrazione. “Non è una battaglia solo cattolica” ha sottolineato il porporato che ha ricordato come gli oppositori insistano nel ridurre la questione a “un problema di salute della donna” mentre è di libertà religiosa che si sta parlando: libertà religiosa “sotto-attacco” e che quindi va difesa. Pertanto – ha aggiunto- si metterà in campo tutto l’impegno possibile ricorrendo a strumenti legislativi e giudiziari. Intanto sono in preparazione sussidi liturgici da diffondere nelle parrocchie per far conoscere i termini della vicenda ovvero rendere obbligatoria l’assistenza alle pratiche abortive e la prescrizione di anticoncezionali anche in strutture ospedaliere amministrate da organizzazioni religiose. Sappiamo che “la libertà religiosa è la nostra eredità – ha sottolineato il cardinale Dolan - è il nostro patrimonio e la nostra ferma convinzione sia come fedeli cattolici che come americani”.

http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/it1/articolo.asp?c=568246
Italian Cardinale Dolan: libertà religiosa sotto attacco negli Usa, questione non solo cattolica
Mar 05, 2012

“Sgomento” è stato espresso in una lettera dal cardinale Timothy Dolan, presidente della Conferenza episcopale degli Stati Uniti, per il modo in cui l’amministrazione americana ha gestito il problema dell’obiezione di coscienza rispetto alla nuova riforma sanitaria. Nella lunga e articolata lettera il cardinale Dolan scrive all’episcopato americano, esortandolo a prepararsi per “i tempi difficili” che si prospettano. Elogiando l’unità dei vescovi statunitensi di fronte “alle intrusioni senza precedenti” e agli attacchi contro la libertà religiosa da parte del Department of Health and Human Services, il porporato ha ricostruito tutti i passaggi della vicenda, respingendo la possibilità che proprio questo dipartimento possa decidere il modo in cui si possa esercitare il ministero della Chiesa. “Come pastori, vorremmo spendere le nostre energie nell’attività nelle quali la Chiesa è impegnata: la cura dei malati, l’insegnamento ai giovani, l’aiuto ai poveri. Ma proprio perché pastori – ha aggiunto - sentiamo che i servizi affidati da Gesù sono in pericolo a causa di questa intrusione”. Pur esprimendo piena disponibilità al dialogo e al confronto, il cardinale Dolan ha ricordato l’invito del presidente Obama ad appianare le divergenze ma ha altresì riferito delle rigidità da parte della stessa amministrazione. “Non è una battaglia solo cattolica” ha sottolineato il porporato che ha ricordato come gli oppositori insistano nel ridurre la questione a “un problema di salute della donna” mentre è di libertà religiosa che si sta parlando: libertà religiosa “sotto-attacco” e che quindi va difesa. Pertanto – ha aggiunto- si metterà in campo tutto l’impegno possibile ricorrendo a strumenti legislativi e giudiziari. Intanto sono in preparazione sussidi liturgici da diffondere nelle parrocchie per far conoscere i termini della vicenda ovvero rendere obbligatoria l’assistenza alle pratiche abortive e la prescrizione di anticoncezionali anche in strutture ospedaliere amministrate da organizzazioni religiose. Sappiamo che “la libertà religiosa è la nostra eredità – ha sottolineato il cardinale Dolan - è il nostro patrimonio e la nostra ferma convinzione sia come fedeli cattolici che come americani”.

http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/it1/articolo.asp?c=568246
Italian Cardinale Dolan: libertà religiosa sotto attacco negli Usa, questione non solo cattolica
Mar 05, 2012

“Sgomento” è stato espresso in una lettera dal cardinale Timothy Dolan, presidente della Conferenza episcopale degli Stati Uniti, per il modo in cui l’amministrazione americana ha gestito il problema dell’obiezione di coscienza rispetto alla nuova riforma sanitaria. Nella lunga e articolata lettera il cardinale Dolan scrive all’episcopato americano, esortandolo a prepararsi per “i tempi difficili” che si prospettano. Elogiando l’unità dei vescovi statunitensi di fronte “alle intrusioni senza precedenti” e agli attacchi contro la libertà religiosa da parte del Department of Health and Human Services, il porporato ha ricostruito tutti i passaggi della vicenda, respingendo la possibilità che proprio questo dipartimento possa decidere il modo in cui si possa esercitare il ministero della Chiesa. “Come pastori, vorremmo spendere le nostre energie nell’attività nelle quali la Chiesa è impegnata: la cura dei malati, l’insegnamento ai giovani, l’aiuto ai poveri. Ma proprio perché pastori – ha aggiunto - sentiamo che i servizi affidati da Gesù sono in pericolo a causa di questa intrusione”. Pur esprimendo piena disponibilità al dialogo e al confronto, il cardinale Dolan ha ricordato l’invito del presidente Obama ad appianare le divergenze ma ha altresì riferito delle rigidità da parte della stessa amministrazione. “Non è una battaglia solo cattolica” ha sottolineato il porporato che ha ricordato come gli oppositori insistano nel ridurre la questione a “un problema di salute della donna” mentre è di libertà religiosa che si sta parlando: libertà religiosa “sotto-attacco” e che quindi va difesa. Pertanto – ha aggiunto- si metterà in campo tutto l’impegno possibile ricorrendo a strumenti legislativi e giudiziari. Intanto sono in preparazione sussidi liturgici da diffondere nelle parrocchie per far conoscere i termini della vicenda ovvero rendere obbligatoria l’assistenza alle pratiche abortive e la prescrizione di anticoncezionali anche in strutture ospedaliere amministrate da organizzazioni religiose. Sappiamo che “la libertà religiosa è la nostra eredità – ha sottolineato il cardinale Dolan - è il nostro patrimonio e la nostra ferma convinzione sia come fedeli cattolici che come americani”.

http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/it1/articolo.asp?c=568246
English New cardinal's ring is too tight after pasta indulgence during Vatican trip
Feb 29, 2012
Tight ring makes him vow: Basta la pasta

ROME — Turns out Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s ring is too tight — or has his finger just gotten fatter?

A day after he was made a cardinal, Dolan revealed yesterday that he has yet to take off the ring the pope slipped on his finger because he can’t — and it could be because of all the Italian food he’s eaten.

“It’s a little too small,” he told The Post, referring to the gold ring Pope Benedict XVI gave him during Saturday’s elevation ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica. “I have to get it loosened a bit.”

Dolan, 62, said he planned to get the ring fixed “once I get back” to St. Patrick’s Cathedral tomorrow afternoon.

DOLAN IS HONORED BY HIS NEW TITLE -- AND AWED BY THE GIFT OF FAITH

ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL PREPARES TO WELCOME CARDINAL

The 18-karat ring — designed by the pope and made by the Savi Brothers jewelry shop near the Vatican — is highlighted by the images of Saints Peter and Paul. The ring also features a star on the front, symbolizing the Virgin Mary, and an engraved depiction of the pope’s coat of arms on the inside.

Dolan admitted he hadn’t seen the inside design yet — saying the mystery behind why the ring may be a tad tight is that he’s plumped up during his stay in Rome.

“I’ll let Lent take care of that,” he quipped, vowing to give up large portions of pasta for the 40 days that precede Easter beginning Wednesday.

During his Italian sojourn, Dolan has broken his diet on several occasions. Although the cardinal had shed 25 pounds over the last year, he indulged in some of his favorite pasta dishes in the days leading up to the consistory ceremony.

After getting his red hat and ring, Dolan had sipped a Budweiser — which, at 145 calories a bottle, is probably better than the carbs and heavy cream sauces the cardinal has indulged in over the last nine days.

In an effort to lose weight, he said, he hit the stationary bike Saturday night before going to bed — adding that he needed to burn off some calories and the “positive energy” that came with the excitement of the day.

“I was all worked up,” he said.

He didn’t mention his tight-fitting ring to the pope when New York’s archbishop and the other newly minted cardinals helped celebrate Mass with the pontiff at the Vatican in the morning.

With the scent of incense wafting through the air in St. Peter’s, Dolan and the 21 other new cardinals, wearing white robes, sat in a semicircle around the ornate altar as the pope delivered his Sunday homily.

The pope, addressing the crowd in Italian under the soaring dome designed by Michelangelo, said being in the presence of the 22 new cardinals was a “joy” and “a happy occasion” for him.

Then, using the basilica’s stained-glass windows as an example, the pontiff said the cardinals needed to reach out to people everywhere in order to spread the message of Jesus.

“God is not isolation, but glorious and joyful love, spreading outward and radiant with light,” he said.

The pope, who will turn 85 in April, has looked weary and sounded hoarse following three days of public events. The frail-looking pontiff was taken to the main altar in a moving platform in order to minimize his walking.

After Mass, the pope used his weekly address under a light drizzle in St. Peter’s Square to ask the crowd to pray for the newly elevated cardinals.

“I invite all of you to unite and pray for our new brothers, who are now busier than ever in helping me guide the church,” he said.

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