Cardinal Dolan: Three Challenges Facing the Next Pope

Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently gave an interview to Catholic News Service in which he discussed what he feels are the three critical challenges our next pope will have to address.

I think Cardinal Dolan’s assessment is well worth watching.

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  • Imelda

    We can only pray that God NOT abandon us in this important vote for the Pope. Despite ourselves, may we be given a good Pope. Oh well, I hope that I am not too pessimistic.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      “Upon this rock, I will build my Church. And the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

      No worries, Imelda.

  • Don

    I’ve never heard of marriage being a vocation. I assumed that by that word the Church meant priests and religious.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Marriage is a vocation, just as much so as a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. It is considered as such by the Church.

      • pagansister

        Guess I have done a 1/2 way decent job with my vocation then—with 48 years of marriage. However I never thought of marriage as a vocation—interesting term. :-)

        • Dale

          Pagansister, please forgive me for shoving a bit of linguistic trivia at you, but if someone looks up the etymology of the word “vocation” they will find that it derives from the Latin word for “call.” A vocation, in the most traditional sense, is God’s call to us. It is his plan for our life.

          In the Catholic perspective, some people are called to matrimony. Others are called to holy orders or the religious life. Others, still, are called to the hardship of a single life.

          The vocations crisis, as Cardinal Dolan mentions, is not primarily about persons failing to choose the priesthood or religious life, but about persons who are failing to unite with a spouse in holy matrimony. The rate of acramental marriages among Catholics have been steadily declining in the US for several decades. And that is a serious concern which often doesn’t make the news.

    • Theodore Seeber

      Under Vatican II, all sorts of things are considered vocations. Marriage and Holy Orders are but the most prominent two- the word “vocation” covers just about any call from God to do something with passion and little thought of recompense.