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Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Respecting Life


Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Respecting Life

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New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan on Synods


Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Synods

Timothy Dolan on Being A Catholic


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Timothy Dolan on Hearts


God, our Father, I offer You my day. I offer You my prayers, thoughts,
words, actions, joys, and sufferings in union with the Heart of
Jesus, who continues to offer Himself in the Eucharist for the
salvation of the world.  May the Holy Spirit, Who guided Jesus, be my
guide and my strength today so that I may witness to your love.  With
Mary, the mother of our Lord and the Church, I pray for all Apostles
of Prayer and for the prayer intentions proposed by the Holy Father
this month.  Amen.
 

 

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USCCB Reaffirms a Steadfast Commitment to Protecting Religious Liberty


As the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops concluded their semi-annual meeting in Baltimore, the USCCB issued a special message on the H.H.S. Mandate.  The Bishops have been steadfast and vocal in their opposition to having the government force Catholics and other believers to violate their religious precepts in the pursuit of universal coverage.
During his tenure as President of the USCCB, New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan lead the faithful to conduct Fortnight for Freedom in 2012 and 2013 to celebrate, educate and advocate maintaining America’s Fundamental Freedom–the First Amendment freedom: the freedom of exercise of religion.
As Cardinal Dolan passed the helm of the USCCB to Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz,  Dolan urged his brother bishops to make the protection of religious liberty around the world a priority as he believes that it is a central social issue of our times. Dolan recalled the words of Pope Blessed John Paul II that we are living in a new age of martyrs.  Dolan stated:

We as bishops, as shepherds of one of the most richly blessed communities of faith on the planet, as pastors who have spoken with enthusiastic unity in defense of our own religious freedom, must become advocates and champions for these Christians whose lives literally hang in the balance, as we dare not allow our laudable battles over religious freedom at home to obscure the actual violence being inflicted on Christians elsewhere.

It seems incredible that the USCCB needs to again issue such a pronouncement, but useful idiots arguing for Obamacare are still convicted that Catholics just want to push their beliefs on non-Catholics, rather than protection that unalienable right.
The USCCB’s special message fleshed out this fidelity to religious freedom to practice one’s faith in America.

 

On Colbert Roasting Cardinal Dolan


Al Smith (D-NY)  was a New York politian from the
early 20th Century who was the four time Governor of the Empire State as well
as the first Roman Catholic nominee for President of the United States in 1928 .  The Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is an
annual charity white tie fundraiser which dates back to 1945 and has raised
millions of dollars for healthcare causes in New York.

 

2012 Al Smith Dinner

 

The Al Smith Dinner is always held on the third Thursday in October.  As Stephen Colbert quipped about itscalendary cycle, it is like Catholic thanksgiving.  In 1960, Theodore White remarked that the Al
Smith dinner was “a ritual of American politics. as candidates from both
parties would share the dais and show a humorous or even self-effacing
side.   For example, last year both President Obama and  former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) both attended the fete hosted by New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

The keynote speaker for the 2013 Al Smith Dinner was the Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert.  While Colbert took some shots at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and failed Democrat mayoral candidate and NYC Council President Christine Quinn  and even Pope Francis, much of Colberts quips seemed
reserved for Cardinal Dolan.  So much so, it seemed like a Cardinal Roast. 

Cardinal Dolan and Stephen Colbert may have an chummy chemistry that was shown at a faith forum  last year at Fordham University entitled “The Cardinal and Colbert: On Humor, Joy and the Spiritual Life”. But one should not discount how both the comedian and the Cardinal share  a passion for the Catholic faith as well as a  jovial
jocularity.
Some may frown upon Cardinal Dolan’s ebullient embrace of “Laughter and the Lord”.  Others voice disapproval of the New York Archbishop sharing the stage with politicians at their conventions and then “yucking it up” at the Al Smith Dinner.
I have to agree with designated chaplain of the Colbert Report, Fr. James Martin, S.J and his chiding of the “frozen chosen” approach to theology as being both antithetical to theology and evicerating evangelization opportunities.  It is commendable that Cardinal Dolan was able to speak truth to power by offering pointed benedictions at the Republican and Democrat conventions yet inviting faithfulness and fellowship at the Al Smith Dinner.
Cardinal Dolan echoes this convivial approach to faith.  Dolan has observed:“Being Catholic is not a heavy burden, snuffing the joy out of life; rather our faith in Jesus and His Church gives meaning, purpose and joy to life. I love being a Catholic…”.
Besides, the Holy Spirit expresses itself in different ways, especially through pastors.   Pope Francis has impressed
many both inside and outside the Catholic community with his earnest aestheticism.  But Dolan touches people
with his joyful sensibility combined with his fervent faith.

For Colbert’s part, his humor was gentle and charitable.  I will forever think of the title  “Your Eminence” with a subtle smile yet appreciating the implication of the honorific.  While Timothy Cardinal Dolan remains in New York after the Sweet Sistine 2013 Conclave Championship, at least Dolan’s beloved baseball St. Louis Cardinals have reached with World Series this year without the existential threat of competing  against the New York Yankees.

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Some Fanfare for the Fortnight For Freedom 2013


NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Today is the start of the second Fortnight for Freedom as urged by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops.  It is a period of  prayer, fasting, education and action to preserve the fundamental natural right that is enshrined in the Bill of Rights–the Freedom of Religion.  This effort was started last year by USCCB President New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan











Appreciating the First Amendment is particularly poignant as there are so many challenges to religious liberty and the freedom of conscience, such as the HHS Qualified Health Plan Mandate (a.k.a. the Contraception, Sterilization and Abortifacient rider), the exclusion of non-compliant adoption organizations who will not service same-sex couples, states which have approved , states co-ercing traditional marriage believers to conform to same-sex so called marriage, the military labeling Catholics and Evangelicals as extremist groups for upholding their moral beliefs, military chaplains being forced out of service if they did not tow the new Politically Correct line on homosexuality.



When President Obama marked Religious Freedom Day in 2013, he framed religious liberty as the “freedom to worship as we choose.”  That might have been acceptable public policy shorthand, but such a charitable assessment is not borne out by the actions of the Obama Administration.   This is especially exemplified in the HHS contraception mandate.



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Secular society has been championing a concept that America was founded on a separation of church and state and that religion was ancillary to education of the times.  While it is true that there is not a state religion, history shows the profound motivation of our founders to pursue religious liberty.   The Fortnight for Freedom should remind us of our proud history of religious liberty and point out how state incursions are strangling this fundamental freedom.  Part of this education about religious liberty should include how sweeping state regulation of secular values will end vital social services in adoption, immigration, adoption, feeding the destitute and health care by religious groups which are serious about their core beliefs.



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