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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Update: Abp. Dolan backs Bp. Tobin, demands Rep. Kennedy apology

    Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York - who evidently has a modest blog of his own on the Archdiocese of New York website! - yesterday wrote about the regrettable situation of Rep. Kennedy's stupid, anti-Catholic remarks:

    Over this past weekend, several people mentioned to me Representative Patrick Kennedy’s blast at bishops for allegedly dividing the nation on the issue of healthcare; you can view the video here. His remarks were sad, uncalled-for, and inaccurate.

    The Catholic community in the United States hardly needs to be lectured to about just healthcare. We’ve been energetically into it for centuries. And we bishops have been advocating for universal healthcare for a long, long time.

    All we ask is that it be just that -- universal -- meaning that it includes the helpless baby in the womb, the immigrant, and grandma in a hospice, and that it protects a healthcare provider’s right to follow his/her own conscience.

    This is what the President says he wants; this is what we bishops say we want.

    Bishop Thomas Tobin, Representative Kennedy’s bishop, has a good point: Mr. Kennedy owes us an apology.

    A small proviso - President Obama has never said he wants to protect the helpless baby in the womb.

    I'll repeat my action items from yesterday's post on this same issue:
    • Contact Rep. Kennedy (through his press secretary and demand he apologize to Catholics for his ignorant and hateful comments
    • Contact Bishop Tobin (through his communications director - and thank him for standing up for Catholics, and for the truth.

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    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Photo: Spot the Page 6 error!

    Can you see what the New York Post's gossip column "Page Six" got wrong?

    And their fix wasn't really even any better (I mean, seriously).

    Ph/t: Dawn Eden.

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    Monday, September 21, 2009

    Photos: Archbishop Dolan's first communion, and first Mass

    I understand this is a fanboy thing to do, but I am a big fan of Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan - so here we are!

    The Archbishop Timothy Dolan fanpage on Facebook just posted these pictures:

    Young Timothy Dolan on the day of his First Communion.

    Father Timothy Dolan's first Mass.

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    Wednesday, September 02, 2009

    From Archbishop Dolan, 4 tips for fostering vocations

    The newly-installed Archbishop of New York City, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, uses this Year for Priests to give us laity four distinct ways of promoting vocations:
    The first, said Archbishop Dolan, is by emphasizing the vocation of marriage and family. Citing data from a Pew Research Center study, Archbishop Dolan stated that only about 50% of Catholic young people are approaching the sacrament of marriage.

    “Taking care of the first crisis will take care of the second,” said Archbishop Dolan. “Vocations to the priesthood and religious life come from lifelong, life-giving faithful marriages.”

    Secondly, Archbishop Dolan spoke of re-creating a culture of vocations.

    “There were no good old days in the Church,” said Archbishop Dolan. “Every era in Church history has its horrors and difficulties.”

    “We need to recapture the climate/tenor/tone/ambiance in the Church where a boy or man isn’t afraid to publicly say, ‘I want to be a priest,’ and where his family, relatives, neighbors, parish, priest, sisters, teachers and even non-Catholics are robustly supportive.”

    Thirdly, Archbishop Dolan said that the laity need to not be afraid to ask their priests to help them be holy.

    “For a faithful Catholic, a priest is essential for growth in holiness because he gives us the sacraments, and without the sacraments we can’t be holy,” said Archbishop Dolan. “When you ask us to help you be holy, we realize that we must be holy, and you remind us that there is something unique in the Church that only a priest can do.”

    Finally, Archbishop Dolan said that priests must be reminded that they are here to help the laity get to heaven.

    “A priest is an icon of the beyond, the eternal, the transcendent,” said Archbishop Dolan. “Heaven gives us hope and meaning in life.”
    Archbishop Dolan's pastoral voice is featured prominently in this excellent vocations video by Grassroots Films I published on AmP yesterday.

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    Friday, July 03, 2009

    Photo: Archbishop Dolan prays at Ground Zero

    Source: New York Daily News.

    I found this image very powerful. Let's stop and say a prayer for the victims of 9-11 and of all terrorism.

    ... and after that, how about a serious open thread discussion about Archbishop Timothy Dolan as papabili?

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    Friday, June 05, 2009

    NY Gov. Paterson claims gay "marriage" the "right way" from a spiritual standpoint

    CNA reports:
    "While New York's senators debate whether or not to legalize same-sex "marriage" in their state, the seven Catholic bishops of New York have issued a statement strongly opposing "such a drastic measure."

    David Paterson, the governor of New York, introduced a measure to legalize same-sex "marriage" on April 16, claiming that it was the "right way" to proceed from a spiritual standpoint."
    It's that last point that gets under my skin - what reasons can Patterson give for his personal revelation?

    The bishops of NY, meanwhile, led by Abp. Dolan, give argument after argument after argument:
    On Monday, all of the Catholic bishops of New York, headed by the newly-installed Archbishop Timothy Dolan, issued a statement on the attempt to legalize same-sex "marriage."

    "We face today the prospect of a law in New York which would radically change the timeless institution of marriage. As pastors of citizens from every corner of our great state, we stand unified in our strong opposition to such a drastic measure," the bishops said, urging Catholics to contact their senators.

    Beginning with a historical approach, the group of bishops noted that "throughout history ... the one constant has been the conviction that marriage is the union of a man and a woman in an enduring bond, ordered for the procreation and stable rearing of children."

    Although Catholic opposition to same-sex "marriage" is frequently cast as solely religion-based, the New York bishops stated that, "Just as importantly, it is based on reason, sound public policy, and plain common sense." They pointed out that "the state has a compelling legal interest in promoting marriage between men and women in order to create stable families and provide for the safety, health and well being of children.

    On the other hand, "the state has no such compelling legal interest in recognizing a relationship between two people of the same sex," the prelates said.

    Addressing the argument that homosexual couples face discrimination and must be protected by legalizing same-sex "marriage," the New York bishops advised, "If there are injustices against those in relationships other than marriage, those injustices can certainly be reformed and corrected in a way other than by drastically redefining marriage."
    Weighing the common-sense arguments of the bishops against Patterson's interior locutions, well, I think it's obvious which side is coming up short. 

    Maybe that explains why Patterson attempts to skip into the "spiritual" ... he's not having a very good time of it in the plainly rational. 

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    Monday, May 11, 2009

    Today's WSJ: Abp. Dolan on the "genius" of Catholic schools

    (funny sketch of his excellency, by the way...)

    Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan has an interview with the Wall Street Journal today on Catholic schools and the "challenges facing the Catholic Church."

    The title? "Proudly Pro-Choice on Education."

    I'm not impressed, but the interview is worthwhile.

    OSV has a brief:

    "Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York goes to bat for Catholic schools in a wide-ranging article on the topic in today's Wall Street Journal. He extolls the virtues of the "Choice in Education" voucher program that is now helping 20,000 low-income families in Milwaukee choose private schools, saying that the 15-year-old program is applauded by "all sides" except the powerful teacher's lobby organization in Wisconsin."

    [photo: Ismael Roldan for the Wall Street Journal.]

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    Friday, April 17, 2009

    AmP quoted in LifeSiteNews about Dolan Installation applause

    It's nice to provide first-hand reporting for a change:

    "At the phrase 'tiny baby in the womb' a sharp staccato applause began (from what I could hear) originating from the priests," popular American Papist blogger Thomas Peters, who was in attendance, told Peters said the "violent" applause, which lasted about half a minute, led to a standing ovation by the congregation and nearly all the priests. "

    My personal feeling was that it was a 'moment' for the assembled gathering - a strong declaration of the Church's proud and uncompromising defense of unborn human life, especially at this crucial time in our nation and in particular at this transition taking place for the New York archdiocese," he added. (LifeSite)

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    Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    Play-by-Play: Dolan's "Mamma Bear" Line

    Perhaps the most memorable moment of Archbishop Dolan's Installation Homily:

    "... the Resurrection goes on, as His Church continues to embrace and protect the dignity of every human person, the sanctity of human life, from the tiny baby in the womb...

    [here a deafening applause interupted his delivery, lasting for perhaps 30-45 seconds, and eventually included almost the entire assembly standing]

    ... to the last moment of natural passing into eternal life. As the Servant of God Terrence Cardinal Cooke wrote, “Human life is no less sacred or worthy of respect because it is tiny, pre-born, poor, sick, fragile, or handicapped.” [note that, in the eyes of the Church, all these conditions are simply unique challenges to protecting human dignity.]

    Yes, the Church is a loving mother who has a zest for life and serves life everywhere, but she can become a protective “mamma bear” when the life of her innocent, helpless cubs is threatened...

    [here, for a second time, strong sustained applause]

    ... Everyone in this mega-community is a somebody with an extraordinary destiny. Everyone is a somebody in whom God has invested an infinite love. That is why the Church reaches out to the unborn, the suffering, the poor, our elders, the physically and emotionally challenged, those caught in the web of addictions..."

    Bold, Italics, and editorial comments are my own.


    Report: Archbishop Dolan takes New York by storm!

    What a day. I consider myself honored and blessed to have been able to attend Archbishop Timothy Dolan's Mass of Installation today in St. Patrick's Cathedral.

    In a very real way - you, AmP readers, were my ticket. So right up front - thank you for that. New York Archdiocese seminarian readers Adam and Robbie spotted me and I was able to snap this photo with them. Please keep these two fine young men in your prayers.

    To get my play-by-play of the Installation, see my archived tweets here. I hope to do more such live-twittering in the future, schedule permitting.

    I'm scurrying to find the complete text of Abp. Dolan's Homily - it's a barnburner, no question about it. I want to make sure I have some of my quotations correct before I comment on them. [update: Whispers has the complete text here.]

    Here is an extremely comprehensive photo slide show of the day. If I had to choose one photo that captured the feeling of being in Abp. Dolan's presence - it is this:

    Just look at that energy! Look at his desire to wade into the sea of his flock!

    As for the most moving moment, it had to be the "deafening applause" which greeted Abp. Dolan's mention of unborn life. As I said at the time, I can say the sharp applause seemed to originate first from the 900 attending priests, from what I could sense. It was quickly picked up by the crowd at large. I believe the bishops/archbishops were the first to rise to their feet, and by the end the only people I could see still sitting were a handful of priests behind the sanctuary.

    It would be wonderful if someone could take that portion of Abp. Dolan's homily and put it in Youtube.

    As much as I'd like to add more - I've had a busy couple days of travelling and need to catch a little rest before the busy days ahead. Watch for more updates as I and others have the opportunity of collecting our thoughts.

    In the meantime, let us all say a prayer of thanksgiving for the gift of Archbishop Dolan to New York and the Catholic Church in the United States.

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    Thursday, April 09, 2009

    AmP receives press credentials for Archbishop Dolan's NYC Installation Mass!

    [Note: I am currently travelling to celebrate Triduum with friends and family. Posting will be sporadic until April 15th, as I explain here...]

    It's official - I'll be inside St. Patrick's Cathedral on April 15th for Archbishop Timothy Dolan's Installation Mass!
    My gratitude to the Archdiocese of New York for approving my request. I've been covering Abp. Dolan's ecclesiastical service for some time now, and am thrilled to have this opportunity of being present at his commencement and providing coverage to readers of American Papist.
    My contribution: For a start, I'll be twittering my travels - so now's a good time to begin following AmP on Twitter.
    And if anyone wants to tell me where the party will be on the evening of April 14th - I'd be much obliged. I'd be interested to hear how many AmP readers will be in town the 14th-15th and what they are planning.
    [photo: Myobb]

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    Sunday, March 29, 2009

    Flash: Dolan on ND decision: "They made a big mistake"

    From the Deacon's Bench, the soon-to-be Archbishop of New York weighs-in during an interview taped today (video here):

    "They made a big mistake ... in an issue that is very close to the heart of Catholic world view, namely, the protection of innocent life in the womb, [Obama] has unfortunately taken a position very much at odds with the Church." - Archbishop Timothy Dolan

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    Wednesday, February 25, 2009

    Dolan hasn't put a foot wrong yet

    As Whispers reports, Abp. Timothy Dolan off to a great start. Let's keep the "American Pope" in our prayers
    (... and yes, as a faithful papist, I can call him that without meaning anything more than a joke by it.)
    One question remains - who will take over Milwaukee in Dolan's absence? {edit - scratch my first idea.}
    And just because I can't help myself, I've created a set on Flickr of Archbishop Dolan fotos.
    Send in your favorite entrees! Here are two of mine:

    [source: Apostleship of Prayer]

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    Tuesday, February 24, 2009

    Obama called Dolan to congratulate

    Round 1:
    President Barack Obama called New York's new Roman Catholic archbishop Monday to offer his prayers and congratulations, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan said as he visited a suburban seminary.

    The former archbishop of Milwaukee described the call as "extraordinarily gracious" and said he invited Obama to his installation on April 15. He said the president had told him, "I assure you of my prayers."

    There was no official word from the White House on the conversation.

    The new archbishop and Obama spoke briefly about the country's financial problems, Dolan said. Dolan even managed to inject some humor into their exchange, suggesting the church hold additional collections, he said.

    He said that when he received the call, he initially thought it was his brother playing a joke.
    It's a tie.

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    Monday, February 23, 2009

    Papist Quote of the Day

    Archbishop Timothy Dolan:
    "You're asking, maybe, if there's any difference between Archbishop Weakland and me? And there is a big one, about 50 pounds right off the bat." -- at an introductory press conference in 2002. {source.}

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    Video: Abp. Dolan addresses the press this morning

    Abp. Dolan: The Reaction

    {see my complete coverage of Abp. Dolan's appointment here.}

    Episcopal appointments never occur in a political or ecclesiastical-political vacuum:

    Making his highest-profile U.S. appointment since his 2005 election, Pope Benedict XVI chose a conservative who is likely to stress the church's stand on social issues like abortion. - Dan Gilgoff

    Dolan, a St. Louis native, is virtually guaranteed to rise to the rank of Cardinal in the next consistory — a formal meeting of the College of Cardinals — at the Vatican. - TIME

    The new head of the New York Archdiocese served for seven years as rector of the Pontifical North American College, the U.S. national seminary in Rome, and was a student there himself in the 1970s. In addition, he was assigned for two years to the staff of the apostolic nunciature, or Vatican embassy, in Washington. - CNS

    Archbishop Dolan's move to the New York Archdiocese will more than triple the number of Catholics under his pastoral care -- from about 700,000 in Milwaukee to 2.5 million in New York. - CNS

    In Milwaukee, he proved a prodigious fund-raiser, staving off the bankruptcy that seemed to beckon as the priest sexual abuse scandal, and earlier efforts at a cover-up, led to lawsuits. He closed a $3 million budget deficit last year, and started a fund-raising campaign that he says is more than halfway to its goal, with $57.5 million in pledges. He has combined shrinking parishes and reached out to young people over beers, and recruited new seminarians — the Milwaukee archdiocese expects to ordain six men this year, as opposed to a single ordination a few years ago. - NYT

    The appointment marks the first time in the 200-year history of the archdiocese that power will be transferred from a living prelate to his successor in a post that Pope John Paul II once called “archbishop of the capital of the world.” - Laurie Goodstein

    While Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment of Archbishop Timothy Dolan to New York hardly marks a dramatic break with key picks under recent popes, it may confirm an intriguing pattern-within-a-pattern under Benedict when it comes to the most important jobs in the United States.
    In a sound-bite, one might call it a choice for “the center-right with a human face.”
    In essence, that means leaders who are basically conservative in both their politics and their theology, but also upbeat, pastoral figures given to dialogue. It’s a pattern with across-the-board consequences for both the substance and the style of American Catholicism, and one that could carry particularly interesting implications for relations between church and state in the Age of Obama. - John Allen

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    Photo: The many sides of Abp. Dolan

    Archbishop Timothy Dolan leads a procession following a mass at the Missionaries of Charity home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With support from Catholic Relief Services, the home serves more than 1,000 children and adults who are orphaned or ill. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS.

    Observers of Abp. Dolan will often focus on his boisterous presence, easy-going character and boundless energy.

    But there is another side to this able pastor which comes out in his efforts on behalf of Catholic Relief Services - where he has served as their Chairmen of the Board since November 2007.

    The President of CRS said in a statement this morning:

    "...Although he leads a busy Archdiocese in Milwaukee, Archbishop Dolan devoted considerable attention to his work with CRS. In just the last year he traveled to the field twice. In May he went to Ethiopia, where he met with people suffering from the twin blows of the global food crisis and devastating drought. And last month, he traveled to India to see CRS programs and to witness our longstanding collaboration with the Missionaries of Charity...

    "... I’m confident Archbishop Dolan will bring to New York what he has brought to CRS as our Chairman: dedication to the Church, tremendous energy, a warm sense of humor, and deep compassion for the poor and vulnerable."


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    Photo: the NYT's odd choice of a Dolan photo

    I'm not sure why the New York Times chose a photo of a "napping" Abp. Tim Dolan for their homepage:

    "What - long plane ride, Timmy?"

    (I mean - can you imagine Obama getting a front-page photo like that?!)

    update: does it even worse!

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    And then, on Facebook...

    You can already become a facebook fan of Archbishop Dolan, or join the group Supporters of Archbishop Timothy J. Dolan, Archbishop of New York. I suggest this as a fan photo someone should include:

    Note the Archbishop's right hand....

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    Abp. Dolan - First Take

    The most notable bits of Dolan coverage I've read so far ... from my feeds to your screen:

    His first words to New York:
    In a statement, Archbishop Dolan addressed New Yorkers, saying, "My brother bishops, priests, religious women and men, seminarians, committed Catholics of this wonderful Church, I pledge to you my love, my life, my heart, and I can tell you already that I love you, I need so much your prayers and support, I am so honored, humbled, and happy to serve as your pastor."
    His reputation:
    "Best known for his contagious, energetic enthusiasm, love for priesthood -- and, of course, media-savvy -- Dolan will be installed as head of the nation's second-largest local church on Easter Wednesday, 15 April, in the nation's best-known house of worship."
    Revealing story:
    “I was at the vespers when he was installed as [arch]bishop. And there’s a part where the bishop knocks on the door. Most do it timidly. Tap, tap. Not him — ‘Bang! Bang!’ It echoed through the cathedral and let everyone know that Timothy Dolan was there.”
    Dolan was informed of the appointment "9, 10 days ago", reports Rocco:
    "As opposed to his appointments as an auxiliary of St Louis and archbishop of Milwaukee when he was told that the Pope "would like [him] to" take the post, he added that Archbishop Pietro Sambi "was quite factual" in that the nuncio to Washington told him that "the Pope had appointed me" to New York -- in other words, that he had little choice but to accept."
    update: Archbishop Dolan is strongly pro-life:
    For the pro-life movement, Dolan has been a strong friend and ally and has been called a "hero" by leading pro-life advocates.
    "It bothers me if any politician, Catholic or not, is for abortion," Dolan has said. "Because in my mind, we're talking about a civil right, we're not talking about a matter of Catholic Church discipline. We can't allow the noble pro-life cause to be reduced to a denominational issue."
    Last year, Dolan took House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice-President Joe Biden to task for misrepresenting Catholic pro-life teachings.
    update 2: Fr. James has posted excerpts of an interview he conducted with Abp. Dolan.

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    Photopost: Abp. Dolan

    Abp. Dolan has a larger-than-life personality, as a couple pictures quickly show:

    I'm looking for more....

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    Official: Timothy Dolan to become next NYC Archbishop!

    iiiiiiiiiiitttttttttssssssss DOLAN!

    The official announcement, we are told by the Associated Press, will be made at 6AM EST, when the Vatican publishes its daily news bulletin.

    Whispers sources say Dolan will make his first public NYC appearance at 8AM Mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral, with an 11AM press conference.

    I wrote a post last week about these rumors, and refer you back to it for all the interesting Dolan tidbits I've assembled. Good catch-up reading.

    I'll make two additions now: I'm currently holding a letter from Archbishop Dolan, and one of my brothers was baptized by him. ;)

    update - it's official:

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    Tuesday, February 17, 2009

    T-minus 4 hours to NY announcement?

    If the new Archbishop of New York is announced today, we should find out at 5AM EST - when the Vatican bulletin is sent around the world and also uploaded to the website.
    I'll be waking up at a somewhat more human hour, but feel free to populate the comment box with the happy news in the meantime! If not, it's back to the waiting game. Oh, the waiting game.

    update: Bulletin released ... and no announcement. Looks like it's a bust for today! But stay tuned.

    update 2: "The Church's revenge on journalists?" - David Gibson. I'd hope not.

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    Monday, February 16, 2009

    Picture: The next Archbishop of New York?

    I wonder if Archbishop Timothy Dolan will still root for Marquette if he gets transferred to New York?
    At this point, I would be surprised if Abp. Dolan doesn't get the nod for New York. Italian newspaper Il Reformista is claiming he's the pick. It's likely the official announcement was delayed because of this SSPX crisis.
    A request for a response from him on Friday was answered with the excuse that he is "out of town on vacation and unavailable." Hmm. When asked a few days earlier about these rumors he responded with a pleasant non-denial "denial." Hmmmm.
    In the meantime, regardless of whether he is picked, Abp. Dolan will continue to have a prominant presence in the American heirarchy. Whispers takes this opportunity to do an informational post on him.
    Some time ago I read Abp. Dolan's Priests for the Third Millennium and found it a very profitable read. He has written a book giving lessons from the life of St. Peter entitled To Whom Shall We Go? (his episcopal motto).
    Abp. Dolan also wrote the forward to my father's recently-released book: A Modern Guide to Indulgences: Rediscovering This Often Misinterpreted Teaching.
    Whenever the announcement is made, I'll be on it!
    update: tomorrow morning?

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