My Family And I Spent The Weekend With Jesus, And 5,000 of His Friends…

The occasion was the first Eucharistic Congress ever held in the Diocese of Knoxville. Why now? It was the Jubilee celebration of the diocese’s 25th Anniversary. The theme? His Presence + Our Faith + Families Together In Christ.

Some of Jesus’s friends showed up too. [Read more...]

HHS Mandate News That Makes Me Go, “Hmmmmm”

Credit: CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

There was a time when a news story like this would invigorate me. Via the Catholic News Service, Cardinal Dolan is quoted as saying the Catholic Health Association’s decision earlier this year to agree to the final rule of the HHS Contraceptive Mandate, is “less than helpful.”

Take a look. [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan to President Obama: On Syria, Send Humanitarian Aid, Not More Bloodshed

Fresh off his appearance on the Colbert Report, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, cosigned a letter addressed to the President with Bishop Richard Pates, Chair of the Committee of International Justice and Peace. It is shared below in its entirety. [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan on the HHS Mandate: “If we give in now, they will not leave us alone.”

Photo Credit: Seth Wenig/AP

Kathryn Jean Lopez, a blogger neighbor of mine here at Patheos, and a writer for National Review Online, has been closely following the story that the New York Times published back on Sunday. More importantly, she has been following the response of Cardinal Timothy Dolan after the story was published. [Read more...]

Archdiocese of New York Health Plan Covers Contraception and Abortion Services


According to Sharon Otterman of the New York Times. Cardinal Dolan? Say it ain’t so! The story ran yesterday and it begins as follows, [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan Comments on Pope Francis and the Conclave Vote…

If the video below doesn’t work, see the interviews here at Yahoo!

Cardinal Dolan Speaks. Movement, But Not Enough on the HHS Mandate. UPDATED

When I was reading the HHS Mandate Rule proposal, I noticed a pretty big problem: folks have coverage forced upon them, whether they want it or not. Later, I wrote that  the Church would react to the current proposal negatively if the HHS was mandating pornography be forced upon all.

As it turns out, the inability to opt out of coverage was one of the points Timothy Cardinal Dolan made this afternoon when the USCCB released the letter he signed saying the new proposal falls short of meeting the concerns of the Church. There are a number of other reasons too. The USCCB press release was entitled, [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan’s Own “State of the State” Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York

He sent it under the letterhead of the New York State Catholic Conference. The occasion? The Governor just delivered his State of the State address today, as did other governors.

The Cardinal took the opportunity to both praise Governor Cuomo for what he is doing that benefits the common good of society, while chastising him for what he is failing to do to protect its most vulnerable members. It is an even-handed approach that many of us should take when writing a letter to our elected representatives.

Here is the letter in full. [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan Notes Media Silence on Recent Court Decision

Though regular readers here, on New Advent, and at Stand With the US Bishops Against HHS learned all about the recent decision regarding the HHS Mandate in suits filed by the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Dolan notes that no one outside of the Catholic bubble noticed it. I reckon the Sunday news shows are busy discussing Fiscal Cliffs and trouble with Health Exchanges to bother reporting on a rebuff to the Administration.

No news is better than bad news? Perhaps for the Administration and its apologists. His Eminence explains, [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan, “We’re not violating our consciences.”

Photo Credit: Seth Wenig/AP

Regarding the HHS Mandate, Rachel Zoll reports from Baltimore,

A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide health insurance covering birth control.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward a resolution with federal officials, but will meanwhile press ahead with challenges to the mandate in legislatures and in court.

“The only thing we’re certainly not prepared to do is give in. We’re not violating our consciences,” Dolan told reporters at a national bishops’ meeting. “I would say no door is closed except for the door to capitulation.” [Read more...]


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