Cardinal Dolan Receives William Wilberforce Award

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My idea of ecumenicism isn’t that Christians should try to undo the Reformation. My idea is that we should all stand up for Jesus together. 

When someone cuts one of us because we are Christians, as in Syria, Nigeria and in many other places, we all should bleed. When the freedom to follow Christ of any Christian is attacked, we should all stand together with our beleaguered brother or sister. When Christian bashers bash Christ, they are defaming my Lord and Savior and yours. We need to stand against them together.

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That’s why I find it is important that Cardinal Timothy Dolan will receive the 2013 William Wilberforce Award this weekend. 

The award, which is bestowed by the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, has a decidedly evangelical origin. This doesn’t stop the organization from recognizing that Cardinal Dolan’s work for religious liberty is a Christian, rather than a Catholic endeavor. 

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Dr Timothy George, chairman of the Center, said that Cardinal Dolan has “taken a very courageous and bold stand” for conscience and religious liberty in the face of the HHS mandate.

“We’re concerned about the dignity of marriage, the sanctity of every human life, including children waiting to be born, and religious freedom,” he added. “On these particular issues as well a concern for the poor and the marginalized, Cardinal Dolan is a hero to so many of us.” 

These are excellent words. Christians need to lay aside our petty differences and stand together for Jesus. If we do that, we will be unstoppable. 

From CNA:

.- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York will receive the 2013 William Wilberforce Award this weekend from a group of Christians for his leadership in standing up for religious freedom.

“I resonate with Cardinal Dolan as much as any public religious leader in our country today,” Dr. Timothy George, chairman of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview which is bestowing the award, told CNA April 16.

“Cardinal Dolan has just been tremendous, he’s one of the major leaders not just of the Catholic Church in the United States today, but of all Christians, and really all people of goodwill.”

George, who is also a Baptist minister and dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, noted that the prelate has “taken a very courageous and bold stand” for conscience protection and religious liberty in the face of the HHS contraception mandate.

“But that’s only one of a variety of concerns,” he added. “We’re concerned about the dignity of marriage, the sanctity of every human life, including those children waiting to be born, and religious freedom.”

“On these particular issues as well as concern for the poor and the marginalized, Cardinal Dolan is a hero to so many of us.”

The William Wilberforce Award was established in 1988, and honors those who “have done something significant, noteworthy and consequential to show the importance of a positive witness related to the values and character of the Christian faith in our time today,” George said.

Cardinal Dolan is the third Catholic to be given the award, following Father John Neuhaus in 1998 and Bishop Macram Gassis of El Obeid, in Sudan. (Read the rest here.) 

  • CathyLouise

    Hooray for Cardinal Dolan, a great shephard!

  • http://treetop45@wordpress.com Laura from Willis

    Proud to be Catholic!

  • Bill S

    “Conscience in itself is not a final arbiter of what is absolutely right and wrong – it needs to be an informed conscience, and that requires from a Christian point of view, an understanding of who God is, of his revelation and holy scripture and the life of the church, and a moral sensitivity that is shaped by religious faith.”

    Therein lies the problem. If some people could have their way, this would be the basis for all laws and decisions made in this country. Cardinal Dolan is the poster child for this kind of thinking.

    • CathyLouise

      So, what’s wrong with his statement? He didn’t say that in informed conscience must be Christian in perspective. He said from a Christian point of view that means an understanding of God and the rest of his statement.

      Conscience needs to be informed, and if you’re a Christian it should be informed from a Christian perspective. Ill-formed consciences result in ill-formed society. I would rather discuss conscience with almost anybody than the person who claims be a spiritual but not religious, is Christian but hasn’t studied or even read the gospels let alone the New Testament or the bible.

  • Bill S

    CathyLouise,

    You make it sound like Christians have the inside track on morality when in reality, all they have is added do’s and don’ts that contribute nothing to the overall good. And Catholics are by far the most annoying with their taboos. Gay marriage, contraception, invitro fertilization, stem cell research, abortion, euthanasia, etc. they are against everything associated with modern living. And Cardinal Dolan is an eclesiastical pain in the neck.

    • CathyLouise

      No, Bill, I said that conscience needs to be informed, not that it had to be Christian or even specifically Catholic. Which is what Cardinal Dolan said in the quote you provided, that the final arbiter is an INFORMED conscience, not just the conscience alone. If one claims to be budhhist I would expect his world view to be INFORMED by buddhist teachings. I said, in fact, “Conscience needs to be informed, and if you’re a Christian it should be informed from a Christian perspective. Ill-formed consciences result in ill-formed society.”

      And yes, Cardinal Dolan WOULD be an eclesiatical pain in the neck. It comes with the territory of being a cardinal in the United States. You may not agree with him, but what he is saying is INFORMED by his Catholicism.

  • FW Ken

    A rather nice, clear statement that cuts through some of the gibberish:

    http://cardinaldolan.org/index.php/all-are-welcome/

  • Bill S

    ” You may not agree with him, but what he is saying is INFORMED by his Catholicism.”

    Or, what he saying is MISINFORMED by his Catholicism. Like contraception is intrinsically evil.


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