Engaging the opposition: Cardinal Dolan shows how it’s done in his letter to Governor Cuomo

With a grateful h/t to my blog neighbor Frank, here’s the text of the letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan to New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, following Cuomo’s “State of the State” message.    Dear Governor Cuomo: Congratulations on your third State of the State message earlier today. There is much to cheer in your report, and [Read More...]

Dolan on Day: “I’m convinced she is a saint for our time”

The New York Times takes a look at the latest efforts to promote the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day: Dorothy Day is a hero of the Catholic left, a fiery 20th-century social activist who protested war, supported labor strikes and lived voluntarily in poverty as she cared for the needy. But Day has found a [Read More...]

Dolan proposes a return to Friday abstinence

With word out that the bishops will consider a return to abstaining from meat on Fridays, it looks like a few places are already ahead of the curve with “Meatless Mondays”: For one day each week, the Los Angeles City Council wants residents to go vegetarian. In a unanimous 12-0 vote, the council approved a [Read More...]

Dolan to Obama: “We pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good…”

The President of the USCCB wrote a congratulatory letter to the President of the United States: Dear President Obama, In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States.The people of our country have again entrusted you [Read More...]

Video: Cardinal Dolan’s speech at the Al Smith Dinner

Happily, someone was able to isolate the Cardinal’s remarks and posted this clip this morning on YouTube. I imagine a text will be posted later on his blog. This was a fitting and inspiring end to the evening, and deserves wider circulation.  Take a look. [Read more...]

Sweet video: Cardinal Dolan visits his parish church in Rome—UPDATED

And he won over the crowd as only he can.  Take a look at the CNS video, below.  And read more about the church here.   UPDATE: CNS has a piece about the Cardinal’s visit: On Oct. 14, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, who became a cardinal in February, took formal possession of [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan blesses rescued pets for feast of St. Francis

From the New York Daily News: Blessed be the critters. Timothy Cardinal Dolan welcomed some four-legged friends Thursday to St. Patricks’s Cathedral and gave each a blessing. The two dozen cats, dogs and rabbits — all rescued from city animal shelters — got Dolan’s undivided attention in observance of the Feast of St. Francis of [Read More...]

Dolan and Colbert yuck it up at Fordham

A few reporters squeezed into the hall and one of them was from the New York Times: The evening was billed as an opportunity to hear two Catholic celebrities discuss how joy and humor infuse their spiritual lives. They both delivered, with surprises and zingers that began the moment the two walked onstage. Mr. Colbert [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on humor, joy and the spiritual life

He appeared at Fordham University last night, in a conversation with Stephen Colbert that was moderated by Fr. James Martin, SJ.  Here’s part of the cardinal’s opening remarks: My assignment was to share with you for a few moments what you might call the theological reasons for laughter. Why would a person of faith be [Read More...]

VIDEO: Cardinal Dolan’s prayer at the Democratic National Convention

In case you missed it Thursday night, video below. Text follows. Text, courtesy Fr. Mike (thanks!) With a “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” let us close this convention by praying for this land that we so cherish and love: Let us Pray. Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed to [Read More...]


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