• Brian Cullen
    May 8, 2011 Reply

    I’m pretty sure this is not the way to contact Archbishop Dolan, though I’m not sure if there is a way to an optimal way to contact him. I suppose what I want to say more than anything is thanks for his example of a holy priest as I wait to hear if I’ve been accepted to the seminary in my Archdiocese (not new York). God bless.

  • Joseph Reciniello
    May 9, 2011 Reply

    Your Excellency
    I love the title of your recent post to your blog – “Education Reform”

    I would like the readers to pay specific attention to what Pope Benedict XVI said when he addressed Catholic educators on April 17, 2008 during his Apostolic Visit to the United States

    Here is an except from his address:

    “In regard to faculty members at Catholic colleges universities, I wish to reaffirm the great value of academic freedom. In virtue of this freedom you are called to search for the truth wherever careful analysis of evidence leads you. Yet it is also the case that any appeal to the principle of academic freedom in order to justify positions that contradict the faith and the teaching of the Church would obstruct or even betray the university’s identity and mission; a mission at the heart of the Church’s munus docendi and not somehow autonomous or independent of it.

    Teachers and administrators, whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice. This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found in the Gospel and upheld by the Church’s Magisterium, shapes all aspects of an institution’s life, both inside and outside the classroom. Divergence from this vision weakens Catholic identity and, far from advancing freedom, inevitably leads to confusion, whether moral, intellectual or spiritual.”

    You can read the entire text in the site above

    I am a great believer in authentic Catholic education.

    Be assured of my daily prayers

    Your brother in Christ
    Joe Reciniello

  • Irene
    May 10, 2011 Reply

    I found that speech particularly inspiring where the Pope talked about our tradition of providing a Catholic education to the poor and to immigrants. And how, today, we should still strive to ensure that Catholic schools are accessible to all children, regardless of their economic and social class.

  • Jennster
    June 4, 2011 Reply

    We should encourage even the middle class kids to get back to Catholic education. Right now they are victims of seculariztion via the public schools. I shudder when I read real estate ads that proclaim a town has “good schools.” These are code words for large, expensive, public, secular schools…… no Christmas, no Easter, no Catholic doctrine allowed in those places… effect, we are losing whole generations of Catholic students one decade after another.

  • Katherine
    June 14, 2011 Reply

    I applaud the Archdiocese of NY for what it does to provide a Catholic education for young people. I also appreciate that with the annual full page newspaper appeal the Archdiocese makes, they pick the New York Times as the paper. While I know a full page ad in the Times means spending a lot of money, I can’t imagine a Catholic ministry paying money to their competition, the tawdry New York Post (if anyone doesn’t know what I mean, just see the front page of today’s NY Post — IF you are over 21)


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