• Donna
    March 10, 2016 Reply

    No you are not exaggerating! Maybe it has become to easy to be Catholic, that many just slip away. I know I did. I’m glad I’m back!

  • Tracy
    March 10, 2016 Reply

    Our Cub Scout pack is chartered by our Catholic School, and we always make sure to plan our Blue & Gold dinner, a February event, before Ash Wednesday. Just bringing this up during the planning process reminds everyone about the meaning of Lent.

  • Barbara L
    March 11, 2016 Reply

    Thank you, your Eminence. Being as old as I am, I recall the meatless every Friday. Not trying to be holier than anyone, I tried to maintain the practice since the directive from the Church was to maintain some sort of penintential attitude or action one day each week, if not Friday. I was amazed when a Catholic co-worker of mine asked me about my non-Lenten Friday lunch habits. It was one of those pop-up evangelization moments. Do I need that one penintential day to be Catholic? Of course not, but it sure helps me remember who and what I am amidst the noise out there.

  • Henry Hulse
    March 11, 2016 Reply

    No, you are not exaggerating. I see all the signs here in my home town where almost 100,000 people will gather for the annual St Patrick’s day parade. On Sunday less than 200 will gather for Mass at the cathedral the parade passes the day before. Thanks for your thoughts.

  • Brother Minor
    March 11, 2016 Reply

    We are here, quietly devoted to God in our prayers, penances and service to our families. We are in line for confession every Saturday and receive communion every Sunday. We baptize our newborns and fast on Fridays. We are searching for authentic faith and frequently retreat back to the “catacombs” amid confusion. We are at many times without a faithful pastor here on earth, without spiritual direction and but through the grace of God we find find the Sacraments…frequently among chaos.

    The cross Catholics carry is not compatible with the world, may God grant you the grace to act on the gift of greatness already within and lead us to the authentic teachings of Holy Mother Church.

  • John T. Kelleher
    March 11, 2016 Reply

    Your Eminence:

    I wholeheartedly agree with your position about Catholic Colleges and Universities. But who is to blame other than the church? For many decades a Catholic college or university was closely associated with catholic students and often with strong ethnic ties such as Irish or Italian Catholics. Now, large and small catholic universities advertise the prestige of the school and disregard the catholic nature at the core of the school’s founding.

    As a prince of the church, what steps could you take in conjunction with other cardinals and bishops to enforce catholic doctrine at catholic schools? The Pope in the last number of years took such a step with a university in South America which stripped it of its Catholic title. The reality is the school had already through its actions taken that drastic step. Why is it that bishops are left to protest about the poor example set by allegedly catholic schools but yet take no steps or seem to be unable to take any steps to resolve the problem ?

  • Peter Piscitello
    March 11, 2016 Reply

    Amen Cardinal Dolan! I am the Executive Director of the CYO in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, where we made the decision three years ago with our Archbishop Naumann to remove all CYO activities from Sundays and Holy Days. Despite the initial backlash you would expect, I’m pleased to report that most of our nearly 4,000 families now stop me to tell me how much this has helped their families, that it gave them an opportunity to re-prioritize and consider how they view the Lord’s day and every day. Thanks for your continued witness to the beauty of Christ in our Catholic Church here in the United States and know that many of us here support your premise in this post. May God continue to bless you in your ministry!

  • John Maloney
    March 17, 2016 Reply

    With all do respect, words are easy, Leadership is not. Please lead us!

  • James Punelli
    March 18, 2016 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    From what I understand, the requirement for universal Friday penance cannot be undone by man. But with the turmoil in the Church, the bishop’s conferences were given the authority to decide on what that would be best for their own territories. So the USCCB decided to leave it up to the individual! Would a sports coach lecture his team on the need for practice and physical training and then tell them it’s up to their own conscience to do the right thing, so there will be no more team practice?
    My family follows the old fast and abstinence regimen because our Shepherds have not led us properly to do what is mandated by God. I, as a father and a layman, can complain, but I have no authority to act outside of my own family. Your Eminence does have that authority and mandate. With all due respect, you are complaining to your flock without mandating any resolute action that is in your power to do. You are right – so please do something about it.
    If you feel this way, then the beginning of Lent would have been a good time to bring back the Universal fast and abstinence in the traditional way, at least within your own See. Maybe few of your flock would follow, but God needs his Shepherds to act so others, through His grace will follow.
    The Church was made a hierarchical organization because man needs to be led. That is why we have bishops. People want to belong and want a marker of that belonging. The USCCB took that away, and people walked away from the Church. Perhaps Your Eminence can lead your flock instead of pandering to those who mock the Church and do all within their power to destroy Her.
    Respectfully yours in Christ,

  • Marty Kopmeyer
    March 18, 2016 Reply

    You are not exaggerating. We Catholics, for the most part, have lost the Faith. But why are you surprised? When we watch our church leaders celebrate intrinsically disordered lifestyles in the name of “tolerance”, take the place of honor with a president who continues the massacre of millions of children through abortion, coward from taking a stand at the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and close traditional parishes, we see nothing wrong with shopping on Sunday or eating meat on Friday. Sheep will follow their leaders. I implore you to follow Jesus’ request of Peter to feed His sheep.

  • KateD
    March 18, 2016 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    It was not lost, it was thrown away….

    There is a shortage of Catholic Sandy Kouvaxes, because the flock is spiritually starved. We have been neglected and mal nourished and haven’t the strength, therefore, to fight the good fight.

    We sheep bleat: “FEED US!” Feed our souls with food that is substantial and will remain with us, sticking to our ribs, so to speak. Bring back proper Catechesis and quit watering down our Portion.

    Those of us who have found the greener and more nourishing pastures in the Tridentine Mass and the Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgies have become robust in our faith. We have the strength to fast through Lent and do not work on Sunday’s and we attend Mass and heed the voice of our shepherds and we raise up our children in the way they should go. It is among these communities where you will find not just one Sandy Kouvax, but an army. Your weaker sheep will be made strong, too, if you will lead them to these pastures, and feed His sheep.

    God bless you, Cardinal Dolan, and all the Holy Princes of Our Church!


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