As part of the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis today has granted to all priests around the world the ability to forgive the sin of abortion within the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). What a beautiful example of mercy and forgiveness!
Here in the Archdiocese of New York, our priests have already had this faculty for close to three decades. My beloved predecessor, Cardinal O’Connor, wisely granted this ability to our priests, and Cardinal Egan continued the practice, as have I, with the profound hope that any woman who has had an abortion, or anyone else who was…
The “Francis Effect” – – a renewed interest in the Church by many people and a return to her embrace – – is tangible here in New York these days as we prepare to welcome him in a month.
His sincerity, warmth, simplicity, joy, and humility have captivated a world would even irreligious people admit is spiritually searching.
Thus do we hope that the Holy Father’s impending visit will indeed be an occasion of revival, a spark to our faith, hope and love.
I am especially glad that the press, media, and journalists are fascinated by him, and are eagerly reporting on…
This comes to you from the Shrine of Knock, in Ireland, on a pilgrimage with 150 others from the archdiocese and elsewhere.
It was here, on August 23, 1879, that our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, and the “Lamb of God” appeared to dozens of stunned, silent, awestruck parishioners of this tiny Irish town.
I am here as a pilgrim of gratitude. Four years ago, when we began the Making All Things New pastoral planning, I entrusted this long, delicate, painful but necessary endeavor to Jesus, through Mary and St. Joseph.
Ten days ago, phase one of our pastoral…
The news has been full over the last few weeks of revelations about the “harvesting” of organs by Planned Parenthood from the remains of aborted children, so they can be sold for medical research. Reactions have varied. Some have offered technical arguments about the legality of this practice, while others have sought to attack the makers of the undercover videos. Planned Parenthood’s PR people have been busy. Some legislators have understandably and laudably initiated measures to stop their public funding, while others continue to attempt to defend the indefensible.
Most of us simply recoil in horror from this ghoulish practice.
Last night at a prayer service for Christian Martyrs in Africa, I shared the letters I received and sent to His Excellency, Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria, on the importance of joining together in peace and love as we support our persecuted brothers and sisters in Africa.
In our lesson just heard from God’s Holy Word, we read from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. In the same spirit, let me now share with you a letter I received a couple of month ago:
“My dear brother Timothy: Thank you for your recent expression of concern for my safety. …
Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in Charleston:
“I am confident in the assurances I give our suffering brothers and sisters at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston that they have the love, prayerful solidarity, and condolences of the people, priests, deacons, and religious of the Archdiocese of New York.
God teaches that every human life is sacred; God’s house should always be a place of safety and peace. I ask that intercession for the wounded Christian community be part of our Sunday Masses this weekend.”
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
+Archbishop of New York
This morning I sat down with Fox and Friends and talked to Peter Johnson Jr. about the importance of marriage and the three things we need for healing: God, others, and ourselves.
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“What’s the big deal?” sincerely asked a young priest when I told him how much I was looking forward to this golden jubilee of Nostra Aetate.
He inquired about the significance of this day not sarcastically or cynically, but genuinely. Simply put, he so took Catholic-Jewish amity for granted that he wondered why it was necessary to celebrate this half-century old document.
For this fine young priest, that anyone would have ever considered the Jews guilty of Deicide, thus meriting scorn, harassment, isolation, or tragically worse, was utterly illogical and stupid. He had been raised in a Catholic grade and high…
April 29, 2015
Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena
Today I leave on pilgrimage to Lourdes – – – and I take your intentions with me to the renowned grotto of miracles.
You know what happened in 1858 at this tiny town, on the River Gave, in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southwestern France?
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, appeared in a grotto to Bernadette Soubirous. She asked that people come to that sacred place to pray with her to Jesus, her divine son, to renew their faith, to ask the mercy of God, and to be healed in soul,…