9 September 2014 A.D.
Timothy Cardianl Dolan has been in the news lately and everyone who has a “Catholic” blog has taken a view on this latest round of Dolan’s quite interesting take on things. I decided to read most of the really insightful blog posts before I prayed to respond. Yes, I did pray and I know many will not like the “tone” of my response but sadly I do not care to please people. I care that they get to heaven.
Several years ago, November 27, 2010 to be exact, I wrote a post titled, “How Do We Solve a Problem Like Maria (oops) DOLAN?” about Timothy Cardinal Dolan who had been elected President of the USCCB. Many media outlets claimed it was a victory for “conservative” Catholics (I refuse to label Catholics conservative or liberal…it’s either orthodox or heterodox.) I wasn’t very sure at the time. He showed me a few things which left me feeling uncomfortable. One of which I address below. Here is part of what I wrote:
A few months back I was watching one of my beloved movies from childhood, “The Sound of Music”. I loved the part when the nuns sing “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” Maria, of course, is the main character who is as much as a handful as you can get in a monastery full of strict nuns. Her personality, as the Mother Superior realizes, was made and loved by God Himself. It was that very personality that found her true vocation.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan seems to be a more complete version of Maria von Trapp. Where Maria leaves the Religious life to answer her true vocation, Archbishop Dolan clearly knows where his vocation is. However, Dolan is like Maria in one way…His personality is larger than life and full of joy.
Believe me this is not a bad thing. To the contrary, a loving, fun, exciting personality is a joyous thing in a vocation to the priesthood and Religious Life. Only one problem (spoken from experience) there is a time for joy and laughter but there is also a time for reverence and awe.
In the movie, Maria shows her true awe and reverence at her Nuptial Mass. Ironic, since she was already living the Religious Life and had access to the Mass everyday. It took just the right place in life for Maria to understand decorum , awe and reverence.
Now given that analogy, here is my opinion : (yeah I know that and $5 will buy you a cup of coffee) wWhen the election for the President of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference took place EVERYBODY on the Catholic Blogosphere was soooo excited and I published Lisa Graas piece because she was the most sensible. Her post follows my comments)
I like Archbishop Dolan BUT (and there always is a but) I was not impressed with the very,very informal way he handled himself in the sanctuary and at the Mass. I appreciate his demeanor and it is necessary to have people like him and many like ourselves with outgoing personalities to get this orthodox Catholic thing going…
But…in the sanctuary there are no room for personalities…I prefer the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass because the ONLY place a priests personality comes through is at the homily. He worships facing east with us as he offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and it is not about him… Well, enough ranting about that…
I was pleased that Bishop Kincanas didn’t get it (Deo Gratias) although I still had reservations about Archbishop Dolan. Now, we will see… I hope I don’t have to come back again soon and say I told you so.
I TOLD YOU SO.
Here is why Timothy Cardinal Dolan is a problem.
- 1. He is a people pleaser. When he was in Milwaukee we have evidence of that from many occasions but the photo to the right should explain it all. Please notice that he is in a chasuable at the pulpit at an outdoor Mass which he was the celebrant. At the very least, the St. Louis born prelate was playing to the crowd of Packer fans. Definitely a no-no in Wisconsin. In addition, Wisconsin is very serious about their Catholicism (the majority) and stunts like this while in vestments for Mass is not looked up as appropriate.
- 2. Cardinal Dolan and his backslapping routine with Mr.Obama at the Al Smith Dinner. As much as I would like to just say no to the function, it is a charity that is Catholic and that truly helps the neediest among us. He could have smiled and acted appropriately for his office instead of acting like he was hanging out at the bar with the guys. His laxity in decorum constantly reaffirms an approval when it shouldn’t.
- 3.The flap over body of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen.Here is a topic being a ardent follower of Venerable Fulton J Sheen that I will not elaborate on because I have been accused by some on Twitter of being biased against Dolan. Well, all things considered, I could be, but that’s not the case. There’s alot behind this, trust me it has nothing to do with my opinion of Dolan. Things ain’t kosher in the Archdiocese of NY to start with. Again, part of the problem, not the solution.
- 4. The ridiculous situation with the possible closing of Holy Innocents Church in Manhattan. Besides being the only place in the city to be able to attend the Extraordinary Form, the parish is booming, in the black financially and that’s after a $700k restoration on not only a beautiful church, but an historic landmark in NYC.When is a parish which has no debt, has been completely restored from the private donations of Mass attendees and is packing them in even on Holy Days of Obligation would ever be considered for closure? Obviously only in the Archdiocese of NY where problems continue to fester year after year. (Hint: Many, many priests have asked to be incardinated elsewhere.)
- 5.The naive belief of Dolan believing that after having a meeting with Mr. Obama concerning the HHS Mandate that Religious Liberty would not be sacrificed over the Mandate. Really, Your Eminence, did you really believe that? I can’t believe you were picked to be the Cardinal in New York of all places if you believe that.
- 6.The best reason of all now has surfaced to make my point about Cardinal Dolan being “a problem”. Hs inane, milquetoast response to the press release concerning the Hibernians allowing homosexuals to march in the age-old Irish parade which is not run by the Church but identifies with Catholic culture from the very name of the Saint it honors to the Catholic faith of the Irish which is inseparable from this show of so-called, unity. Read it for yourself here:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2014
CARDINAL DOLAN STATEMENT ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2015
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, released the following comment today on the 2015 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade:
“The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee continues to have my confidence and support. Neither my predecessors as Archbishop of New York nor I have ever determined who would or would not march in this parade (or any of the other parades that march along Fifth Avenue, for that matter), but have always appreciated the cooperation of parade organizers in keeping the parade close to its Catholic heritage. My predecessors and I have always left decisions on who would march to the organizers of the individual parades. As I do each year, I look forward to celebrating Mass in honor of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, and the Patron Saint of this Archdiocese, to begin the feast, and pray that the parade would continue to be a source of unity for all of us.”
IT GETS BETTER!!! Timothy Cardinal Dolan is scheduled to be the Grand Marshal at this very event March 17, 2015! Will someone tell him he is in deep trouble spiritually (I don’t care if he is a Cardinal, I’m not judging him, I’m judging his behavior which is a breeding ground for serious sin.) Why? Because I have been there and because Thomas Aquinas has written voluminously on the subject) No kidding. If I am criticized for this, oh well, I care about his soul.
- As if that’s not enough, a good priest (whom I am familiar with from living in Washington DC years ago) made the critical mistake of trying to help the faithful with a blogpost concerning ending the association with the parade from a Catholic standpoint. Monsignor Charles Pope, a pastor in DC and who writes regularly for the blog of the Archdiocese of Washington was censored summarily after his honest post concerning the behavior associated with the parade. Probably his boss got a whiff of Cardinal Dolan being upset with the post. Dolan has a history of being thin-skinned whether the faithful believe it or not. He is long known for getting irritated with anyone who dares to criticize or in good faith fraternally correct him on anything. Here’s the now-famously scrubbed post, saved by the guys over at Rorate Caeli so we can see for ourselves what Monsignor Pope really said. Thanks, guys!From Rorate Caeli:
From Now, a mere commonsensical post apparently (apparently) brought down the entire website of the Archdiocese of Washington. [Update: removal confirmed.] So, here is the text, dated September 3, 2014, once available here:
Time to End the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner?
By: Msgr. Charles Pope
The time for happy-clappy, lighthearted engagement of our culture may be nearing an end. Sometimes it takes a while to understand that what used to work no longer works. Let me get more specific.
Decades ago the “Al Smith Dinner” was a time for Republicans and Democrats to bury the hatchet (even if only temporarily) and come together to raise money for the poor and to emphasize what unites us rather than what divides us. But in the old days the death of 50 million infants was not what divided us. We were divided about lesser things such as how much of the budget should go to defense and how much to social spending. Reasonable men might differ over that.
But now we are being asked to raise toasts and to enjoy a night of frivolity with those who think it is acceptable to abort children by the millions each year, with those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as an expression of love and that LGBTQIA… (I=intersexual, A= Asexual) is actually a form of sanity to which we should tip our hat, and with those who stand four-square against us over religious liberty.
Now the St. Patrick’s Parade is becoming of parade of disorder, chaos, and fake unity. Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgraceful display of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors it.
In New York City in particular, the “parade” is devolving into a farcical and hateful ridicule of the faith that St. Patrick preached.
It’s time to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner and all the other “Catholic” traditions that have been hijacked by the world. Better for Catholics to enter their churches and get down on their knees on St. Patrick’s Day to pray in reparation for the foolishness, and to pray for this confused world to return to its senses. Let’s do adoration and pray the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet unceasingly for this poor old world.
But don’t go to the parade; stay away from the Al Smith Dinner and all that “old school” stuff that hangs on in a darkened world. And as for St Patrick’s Day, it’s time to stop wearin’ the green and instead take up the purple of Lent and mean it. Enough of the celebration of stupidity, frivolity, and drunkenness that St Paddy’s day has become. We need penance now, not foolishness. We don’t need parades and dinner with people who scoff at our teachings, insist we compromise, use us for publicity, and make money off of us. We’re being played for (and are?) fools.
End the St Patrick’s parade. End the Al Smith Dinner and all other such compromised events. Enough now, back to Church! Wear the purple of Lent and if there is going to be a procession, let it be Eucharistic and penitential for the sins of this age.
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
How say you?
Well, well, well. A priest who isn’t afraid to preach the TRUTH. Reminds me of a Saint who preached centuries ago who converted an island of pagans to be a Catholic force to be reckoned with. Hmmmm? Can we all guess who that Saint is?
I guess the powers that be over at the Archdiocese of Washington have a hard time with the TRUTH. Monsignor Pope apologized online, in humility and obedience and that’s part of what makes a priest holy. Cardinal Dolan are you listening?
I will be shredded I am sure for ranting on about Cardinal Dolan but you know what? Too bad. I have to stand alone before Christ when I am judged and if I stand silent while priest, nuns and the hierarchy sin and lead the faithful astray, I am as guilty with them and deserve judgement on my soul. Blind obedience is truly heresy. It is. We were given free will but we are also called to form our conscience with that free will to obey God and to live the Truth. From nuns to even the Pope, if we are lead astray it is our duty to first pray (which I have done for Dolan since he has been in Milwaukee and continue to do even today) and then to fraternally correct. Yes, even those who are entrusted with the care of our souls. Perhaps many have confused being uncharitable with fraternal correction. This is something I struggle with. I am sure there’s a problem with my charity here and it is my weakness, this lack of charity but I LOVE MY CHURCH AND I WILL DEFEND HER! Even against those left with the responsibility of her.
Here is a post from Monsignor Pope from Sunday Sept 7th after the saint Patrick’s post was deleted by the Archdiocese. Ironically the Gospel for this past Sunday deals with fraternal correction. Oh my! How the Holy Spirit provides!
The Call to Fraternal Correction – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year
By: Msgr. Charles Pope
e live in times in which there is a widespread notion that to correct sinners is to “judge” them. Never mind that it is sin that we judge, not the sinner. Never mind that in accusing us of judging, the worldly-minded are themselves doing the very judging they condemn. Never mind any of that; the point of the charge is to seek to shame us into silence. And despite the fact that Scripture consistently directs us to correct the sinner, many Catholics have bought into the notion that correcting the sinner is “judging” him. In this, the devil, who orchestrates the “correcting is judging” campaign, rejoices; for if he can keep us from correcting one another, sin can and does flourish.
Today’s gospel is an important reminder and instruction on why and how we should correct the sinner and be open to correction ourselves. Let’s look at in four steps.
I. PRESCRIPTION – The text says, Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins (against you), go and tell him.” I placed “against you” in parentheses because many ancient manuscripts do not contain this phrase, while others do. While some may want to limit this gospel to commanding correction only when someone sins “against you,” none of the other texts we will review contain this restriction and so the phrase seems superfluous. For the purpose of this reflection, I will favor those manuscripts that do not include the phrase “against you.”
Now, therefore, observe the brief but clear advice that when we see someone in sin, we ought to talk with him or her about it. Many prefer, probably due to sloth, to say, “It’s none of my business what other people do.” But Jesus clearly teaches otherwise.
In teaching this way, Jesus is obviously speaking to the general situation. Some distinctions are helpful and admissible in specific situations. For example, one is generally more obliged to correct people in grave matters than in less serious ones. One is more compelled to correct those who are younger than those who are older. One is more obligated to correct subordinates, less so superiors. Parents are strongly duty-bound to correct their children, but children are seldom obligated to correct their parents. And so on. But the general rule remains: all other things being equal, there is an obligation to engage in Christian correction. Jesus says, “If your brother sins, talk to him about it.”
For the rest of the homily from Monsignor Pope, please click HERE
In closing, to those who will be happy that I wrote this and will attack me for being intolerant, I say: :P