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  • Alex Rodriguez
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    Do not stop preaching and never give up, for far to long we all remained quite and look where we are today. Keep bringing this vicious slime to our attention.

    God Bless!

  • Louis E.
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    I’m a little disturbed that you say it is right never to offend a gay community.The needs of persons afflicted by same-sex attraction include constant advice to disassociate themselves from any attempt to establish or maintain a gay community,whose purpose is to reinforce its members’ tendencies toward and pride in misbehavior.

  • Mary
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan, I share your outrage at the so-called art exhibit. And the NY Slimes’ gushing report.

    That art exhibit and the Times story barely touch the surface of the wickedness around us today. Attacking the Catholic Church is a key part of the homosexual agenda; I doubt it will ever stop because the Church sticks with the truth and will not change its teaching on homosexuality or homosexual marriage.

    For the larger society, there is peril as well. President Obama’s current Safe Schools Czar, homosexual activist and ACT UP supporter, Kevin Jennings, was given credit for helping put together the exhibit when it was first shown at the Carpenter Center at Harvard back in Oct. – Dec. 2009.

    MassResistance has an excellent backgrounder on ActUP that includes a video interview with its founder Larry Kramer and the “Stop The Church” action at St. Patrick’s. I doubt many younger Catholics today know anything about the invasion.

    Please take a look at it — it is informative history for today’s audience and perhaps will educate as to what is going on at the Times, what this homosexual assault is about, and assist in staying informed lest we fall prey to the propoganda of one side.

  • Oneida Musa
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    Dear Father:
    The “art” is bad enough, but really, it represents how many people feel about the Church in this day and age. I had the pleasure of meeting Cardinal O’Conner on several occasions and he was always so gracious! I don’t think that you or anyone else should “get over it.” I guess we can comfort ourselves in the knowledge that we are attacked because God is with us, and Satan likes to have us beaten up all the time. Satan fears us so…and he will do all in his power to upset us. Please, Father, don’t stop writing about this issue. Remember that the Holocaust did not happen overnight…it happened after many seemingly minor insults and injustices went un-challenged. Please pray for me and I will pray for you!!

  • Matthew Hood
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency,

    Don’t ever “drop it.” As a seminarian studying for the priesthood, it gives me great joy to see an Archbishop, one of the shepherds given to us by Christ to guide our holy Church, sticking up for the Church that I am giving myself to.

    Thank you!

    God bless!

  • Noreen FitzGerald
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    Oh Archbishop Dolan I am afraid the Irish media and many Catholics here are trashing the Church too. We so need this upcoming visitation. I do not want to be disrespectful towards our Bishops but Archbishop we are shepherdless sheep. As one person put it with shepherds like these wolves are superfluous! Please pray for Ireland and that this visitation throws light on the darkness. May God bless you and keep you safe and keep “spitting into that tornado.” 🙂
    The Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you
    Is Mise
    Noreen FitzGerald

  • Patricia Tryon
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    I wish you wouldn’t drop it. Who else is calling it for what it is? It’s hate speech, poorly disguised.

    We’ve reached a point in the culture of what some call political correctness. Sure, in some cases it might go too far, but well within my lifetime it was not considered as much as insensitive much less hate speech to use awful language about race, creed, gender, intelligence, nationality, and so much more.

    Please have the perseverance to call out those who are at best disrespectful and, at worst, so very much worse than that.

  • Andrew Piacente
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    It bothers you because deep down inside you are a soldier for Christ. A shepherd of a flock. A protector of sheep. Don’t ever downplay that instinct. We in NY haven’t had that since Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

    The NY Times, a paper I wouldn’t use to line the bottom of a bird cage, would pick on Nuns? True heros of our Chutch. They should be fought tooth and nail. There are hundreds of thousands of us out here who will stand with you in this battle Bishop. Lead us!

  • Marianne Tremblay
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    I think you are being too sensitive. When I saw the picture you gave a link to I thought of the movie Nuns on the Run and the comics who have in their own way payed tribute to the nuns so many of the baby boomers grew up with…tough love nuns. Like in the Blues Brothers. It’s a compliment.

  • James Netusil
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    I think everyone needs to write to the Times and order them to cease and desist. This is disgusting. As a seminarian (at Kenrick, your excellency!) I can assure you that this is a symptom that extends far beyond NY. We are in a time of persecution – we better get ready because it’s going to get worse.

  • NYer
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    I sympathize with you Archbishop! As a native New Yorker, I should have a thicker skin too…but it is painful to see something that is so beautiful…that you love so much being treated with such ignorance and bigotry.
    But truth always prevails. In the UK the critics were so unreasonable that the faithful turned out in droves to support the Holy Father and to express their faith with joy.
    You are doing a great job! Thank you!

  • Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S.
    October 19, 2010 Reply

    Greetings from California. I subscribe to the Times mainly to keep track of what the enemy is saying. I thank you for bringing your fresh voice to the New York scene and addressing what is clear to any sensitive person who reads the Times. Keep it up.

    BTW, we met in Quebec City when the Oakland and Milwaukee groups were using the same dining room one morning during the Eucharistic Congress. I like my Bishop a lot, but I would work for you anytime.

  • Thomas A. Szyszkiewicz
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    No, Your Excellency, it’s not something you should get used to. I’m glad it bothers you and that you say something about it, otherwise we shall not have the voice needed to prick consciences into understanding that it is wrong and we shall then have an ingrained scandal.

    I will never forget being in New York for Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1995 to help my friend, Bob Moynihan, of Inside the Vatican. I flew into Boston to see my parents and my Dad took me to a train station in New Haven. I got into Grand Central and waited until others got off ahead of me. One lady looked at me and asked, “Where are you from?” When I answered, “Minnesota,” she said, “I didn’t think you were from around here. New Yorkers don’t wait for others.”

    In other words, it sometimes takes an outsider to bring to light things the natives take for granted — things they shouldn’t.

  • Paul Jackson
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Thank you Archbishop Dolan
    We need to hear this from the leaders in the Church. The more you rant the more the faithful will have their consciences primed. Don’t apologise for leading your flock.
    We must take offence at these derogatory exhibits and shows, and also be disgusted by the one sided reporting.

  • John
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Bravo to Archbishop Dolan! Keep things in this perspective, Your Excellency: the New World Order chooses to work differently nowadays than it did during its Third Reich and USSR periods. Now it is no longer “democratic” governments who are persecuting and punishing Christians directly, but their NGO mouthpieces and propaganda rags. Direct or indirect, same result.

    May you always be bothered by evil.

  • Gerard J Mc Grade
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Bishop:

    I tweeted your excellent article re. New York Times this morning. We support your excellency 100 percent.

    Gerard J.Mc Grade,PDC
    Catholic Action Chairman
    Catholic War Veterans of the USA

  • Nadine M. Chiffriller
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    No, I don’t believe we should ever get over it or get used to it. Yes this bigotry towards the Catholic Church is very prevalent in our liberal society, however, Catholics all over New York should be outraged by this protrayal in the NY Times and should loudly protest, as out Jewish and Islamic brothers rightly would do. The problem is that Catholics tend to sit back and accept the bad publicity directed against us. Maybe if we should up as a large body of people in protest against anticatholisim in our newspapers, they’d be more willing to portray us in a better light.

  • Judith Murray
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Horray for Archbishop Dolan. He is saying what many are thinking. We need someone who can speak out and do it far better than the average lay person. He shouldn’t “get over it”. We need someone to defend the good work of the Catholic community!

  • Kathy Ulrich
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    God Bless You, Archbishop Dolan!

    It seems the devil is afoot as never before. These attacks are a reminder of that fact.

    I linked to your post through Spirit Daily. From that same cite I also linked to a video of a muslim dancing on the altar of a cathedral in Rome. Had this taken place in a mosque, the outrage would have been heard worldwide. Christ taught us to “turn the other cheek”, but he also admonished us to seek the truth in all things. Your post is a splendid example of both.

    It is good that you “spit into a tornado” for the sake of those maligned, both living and deceased. “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

  • Bob K
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan way to go!! I agree with you completely and glad you are speaking up for this and please do not ever ignore the insults to the Church. I am from Syracuse, NY and glad to see you there in the NYC area on the front lines.

  • William Fallon
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    What would Jesus do? The Gospel message clearly urges us to admonish and correct the sinner but in a spirit of charity. Paul echoes the Master’s voice. Evil has existed since the fall of the disobedient angels. The Church historically repeats the message even though her voice may get lost in the din created by the world. Can falsehoods or uncharitable utterances stand without correction? Christ is Truth. To preach the Truth is to preach Christ. Regardless who the offender is: a person or an organization, the Truth must be preserved if only to remind us what is real. Archbishop, your ordination to the episcopacy brings you the power of the Holy Spirit and the responsibility to exercise that power prudently. I urge you to be the clear voice of Truth so that the souls entrusted to you remain committed to the Faith when the world tries to chip away at it. I delight that there are bishops who stand their ground defending Catholicism despite abuse by the media. They are the beacons of Hope!!!!

  • linda adams
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan,
    Continue to speak and defend the Catholic faith because when you do so ,you console the very heart of Jesus. Never tire of consoling Him and never give up . Do not give in to the idea that it’s always been that way. The very Body of Christ, His Church, is suffering and any words you can say to defend the truth bring consolation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to all faithful Catholics. We are a light to the world and we need your leadership. The world needs to witness the light of Christ. You do not need to explain to those who have accepted the way things are. What would St. Paul say if he were alive today?

    God bless,
    Linda

  • Judith Pazmino
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    You had better not ever “get over it”. We need couragepous leaders in the Roman Catholic Church, not people who are too weak, too frightened to stand up for Christ and what He has taught us. We need saints Archbishop.

    Judith Pazmino

  • Greg Maier
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    THANK YOU Archbishop Dolan!! It is so refreshing and encouraging to see your responce to the continued insults of the NYT aimed squarly at Catholics, the only religious or ethnic group considered fair game for such attacks. Never Weaken!! Unless powerful and respected leaders of the Chruch, like you, speak out, the public (and even some weaker Catholics) may come to mistake the NYT’s insults for the truth. You are in my prayers.

  • Colette Dempsey
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    Thank you for your perseverance in defending the Church! May you never tire! We need our shepherd to lead for we are lost and know not what we do. Yours in Christ.ti

  • Jeanette
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Please, Archbishop! Continue ‘not getting over it!’ God bless your loving and outraged heart!
    Jeanette Salerno

  • Colette Dempsey
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    Thank you for your perseverance in defending the Church! May you never tire! We need our shepherd to lead for we are lost and know not what we do. Yours in Christ, Colette Dempsey

  • Jeanette
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Please, Archbishop Dolan! Continue ‘not getting over it!’ God bless your loving and outraged heart!
    Jeanette Salerno

  • kate
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    One thing I will never do again is subscribe to Time. I used to a long time ago until i saw the way they do business.

  • Mike Jarman
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Excellency, I pray that you never “get over it.” As the Times relentless assault on reason (typified in its bizarre reporting on my alma mater, Duke, and its students in 2006) demonstrates, it has become to the Left what Glen Beck and Fox News is to the Right. No fact can be allowed to get in the way of the narrative du jour.

    The Universal Church gave the world the university system, human rights, and many other great goods that have been perverted by the dominant political discourse of the age. If our bishops don’t have the courage to continue to speak out forcefully against these distortions of truth, then how can the laity do its job?

  • Philip Saenz
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan is doing the right thing. Good Catholic must fight back. Jesus Christ did it, so we must emulate Him as much as possible.

    However, it’s hard to shame bigots because they’re so ingrained with hatred. Maybe some day they’ll become Christlike. Maybe.

  • Carolyn
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan, please keep up the good work you are doing. You have an elegant way of putting your point across. We NEED more people like you to speak up in a loving way about how the Catholic Church is being viewed. Let us show love to each other not ridicule.

  • Paul M Blake
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Don’t ever get tired of reminding the NYT that their tolerance doesn’t extend to the Catholic faith. I have written to Bill Keller (Executive Editor), a lapsed Catholic, a number of times to remind him of The NYT bigotry that masquerades as news. They have an animus toward the Catholic Church that, at its root, is an animus toward the truth. At some level Keller knows this. Let’s keep this fact right in front of him.

  • Christopher Uhl
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency:

    Thank you for not ‘dropping it.’ Sometimes these things need to be said by the chief shepherd. By virtue of your office you speak not only for Catholics like me, but for all orthodox Christians. May God bless you abundantly.

  • Sharon Murphy
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Thank you for your courage Bishop. It is so frustrating to be the brunt of so much Catholic bashing from the NY Times. I’m glad your out there fighting for us…..NEVER GIVE UP!

  • Diane
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Keep going Archbishop….we support you and will keep up the good fight!

  • Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Ad multos annos, Archbishop Dolan, ad multos annos. Grazie, grazie di cuore.

  • Michael Knight
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Thanks Archbishop. The Church needs leadership that speaks truth in season and out of season. Don’t ever drop it. They become more emboldened if you do, and Christ’s story deminished.

  • Jane Thompson
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan:

    YEAH!! WE NEED YOU!!!!!! We NEED you desperately!!!! May the Holy Spirit continue
    to fill you with courage, strength and perseverance.

    Thank you and God Bless you, ALWAYS!!

  • Domingo Litong
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    You are a true Shepherd, Archbishop! We praise and thank the LORD for giving us someone like you! You are in our prayers. Be the beacon in the gathering darkness, which shall never overcome the Light! Stand fast to what is True!

  • Mary Ann
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,

    Keep it up! As we say here in Rochester, NY: “When Archbishop Dolan speaks, we listen!!”

  • Colin Hayes
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    My Lord Archbishop. I commend you in your tireless response to the media insults directed in particular to our Catholic Church, the Spouse of the Immaculate Lamb.
    Never stop responding to these media articles which are the work of the enemy who is a liar and a deceiver and was from the beginning after he was cast out.

    God Bless you always Archbishop Dolan.

    Yours in Christ Jesus, King of the Universe and Mary our Queen, forever.

    Colin Hayes

  • Lorna
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,

    I applaud you for defending the members of our faith. We need to pray, pray, pray for these people who insult us and worse, deeply offend God. The bottom line is this: if they carry on in their vicious attacks without being gently reprimanded their eternal souls will suffer. We are all members of the Body of Christ and we all have an obligation towards each other.

  • Erika Marie
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Thank you for speaking for all of us, Archbishop Dolan! The young people need to hear the truth spoken with courage!

  • Laurie
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Being a good Catholic does not require the docility of a doormat, allowing oneself to be constantly beaten down. Bravo, Bishop Dolan!
    How about calling for a boycott ? Hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook. Catholic power! It is about time we realized we have it!

  • bt
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    And newspaper circulation continues to drop and the editors keep scratching their heads. By producing a publication that ultimately will not appeal to families, they are committing journalistic suicide.

  • Joan Collins
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Would that there were 100s more of you! God be with you.

  • PJ
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    After reading all of the comments, it suddenly struck me. How many say, Good for you, keep going, keep defending our faith, hooray for you……but how many of us said, “how can we help, what can we do to help…….and there lies the real problem……..us. We Catholics……..are sitting back as if this is just fine and will go away, well it won’t until we all stand together folks, and that means the shepards and the flocks……can we agree on that?

  • NCSue
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Don’t give in to the pressure to speak out against those who denigrate our Church and glorify those who demean it.

  • Stella Marie Jeffrey
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop — once again thank you for laying your life down for us little sheep. Your willingness to point out the obvious and constant public mistreatment of Catholics is much needed. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide you!

  • MK
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Don’t quit. We need every small voice in the wind – and when the small voice has a website, it’s even better.

  • Julie Patterson
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Good for you Archbishop Dolan! Keep speaking up for Christ. People of conviction influence others and so speak from your heart the truth. It may even make The NY Times more sensitive.

  • Theresa in Alberta
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    You are an inspiration to us in Canada!!! keep speaking and writing and blogging!! I can almost hear Bishop Sheen cheering for you from heaven!!!!

  • Janice D. Brown
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Thank God for your courage, Bishop Dolan. We need more of our Bishops to speak up and defend the Church. What would happen if all the Catholic Sisters stopped doing their work in the public arena? You need to see if the Leaders of the other religions won’t join you in combatting these attacks.
    We’ll cancel our subscription to the LA Times and let them know why we are doing it.
    God bless you, Tom & Janice Brown

  • Laura Goggins
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    “Consider it pure joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
    knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” James, Chapter 1
    I’m always a bit surprised when leaders of our faith complain about the vicious attacks upon our Church. Jesus told us and the apostles preached that Christians would be mocked, spit upon and abused, just as He was abused. I would only be surprised (and only really worried) if the attacks stopped. For this present world is so opposed to every manifestation of the love, purity and joy to be found in intimacy with Christ, that any other response by the world would be literally impossible. These attacks are normal, considering that the Church is the sworn enemy of worldliness, which includes vanity, arrogance, conceit, vainglory and every kind of light-mindedness.

  • emma lou
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan – Good for you. Our Catholic Church needs shepherds who are not afraid to speak up. We need courageous leaders; please, do not ever back down and keep quiet. We need many more like you. Many of us wish your brother bishops and archbishops would also speak loud and clear to defend the faith. Thank you. Jesus.

  • farva macgee
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    While your point is valid and the Times should be a little more sensitive, you could always counterpoint by encouraging the church to be more inclusive of gays and women – they are human beings after all and deserve the same treatment as everyone else by the church. Then newspapers would really have very little to write about.

  • Bill L
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Bishop thank you for theHholy Spirit is not one of timidity, I know you know this is a battle we are in.It is a spiritual one and we need to let our church know that we are NOT fighting against flesh and blood,but against principalities,powers,world rulers of this present darkness and spiritual host of wickednessin heavenly places. so lets put on the whole armor of God to be able to withstand in the evil day… We are coming from the point of victory, for the battle belongs to the Lord and we are His warriors . So gird yourself in the fullr armor of God and know that we have an Honor guard of angels and warring angels to accompany us . Our weapons of choice are The Holy sacrafice of the Mass and the Rosary and fasting. PLEASE REMIND US OF THESE TRUTHS for tHE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR SRENGTH

  • Anna Smith
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency,

    We need leaders like you to stand up for the truth. May God continue to bless you and grant you the strength and grace to stand up for the Catholic faith.

  • Rita Schneider
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,

    One hundred times we thank you for showing the NYT that we Catholics stick together. We are not going to stand for degrading us any longer. The truth hurts many people and lies come from the evil one. God Bless you for your stance on this matter.

  • Anita
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan, do not ever give up defending our church, no matter how many people say not to bother. The Times and other media have trashed the church for too many years and gotten away with it. We all need to follow your example and speak up.

  • rose lewis
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Bishop Dolan we desperately need your voice, don’t ever give up. We used to subscribe to the NYT but the constant thrashing of our faith and the Catholic Church in general convinced us years ago to drop the Times. Have they no shame? I admire the Muslim and Jews for not allowing this kind of smut being written about them. Why are we putting up with it? Please don’t ever stop writing about it. God bless you.

  • Ileana
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Thank you, Archbishop for standing up for the Bride of Christ. It means a lot to us that you are willing to speak up. God bless you! You are in our prayers.

  • Barbara Lamond
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan – It means so much to hear you speak up about this persecution and denigration of the Catholic Church – especially as you so elequently stated, the work of the religious women of the church over the centuries, even unto this very day…….. thank you for defending them, and please, please continue to lead all of us to stand up for our faith in every way we can – it definitely takes courage in these times we live in, but if we had more leaders like you, perhaps we could live up to your example. God bless you, and thank you from East Aurora, NY.

  • Rev. Gene Vavrick
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop, I am so thankful for your insights and your response. Keep up the good work. You make us priests proud!

  • Gabriella
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Please Continue Your Excellency!

    With All Respect, Many Many Catholics – Even within the Church are becoming “DESENSITIZED”.

    We Need for You to Continue Standing Up and Bringing to Light these Trashings. It encourages the rest to do so too.

    Please Do Not Give In –

    May God continue to Bless you and Protect you & Keep you in His Grace.

  • Mike from Rochester, NY
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    Keep it up, Your Excellency!

    Would that more of our shepherds would follow your example.

  • Tom Harris
    October 20, 2010 Reply

    The New York Times has made the decision that they will side with the fringe elements of society and go after and taunt and revile and disgrace that which is good and decent and truthful and honest because it does not keep company with nor shares the life style of the respected, the dignified, the refined, the educated, the gentle people that the Catholic Church produces in every walk of life. It is as if in being Anti-Catholic, The New York Times is signaling to their supporters on the Looney left that one can to appear respectable and still insult, demean, berate and denigrate all that’s good and honest, and truthful about the Catholic Church because these decent peaceful prayerful people won’t react against us as we do them because it is against their faith. So we The New York Times can look as if we are merely presenting fairness and promoting the general good by insulting and demeaning and taunting, and bringing low these other people who go around doing good for others in works and prayer and soup kitchens, and helping AIDS patients, and so on because they are so busy doing these things they won’t even have time to know that we hate them and are undermining and mocking everything they do as Catholics. Besides, everybody knows as we at The New York Times know, these Catholics think they really have the answer to life under their belt and for that which I disagree with that alone is fuel enough to burn them and rid ourselves of their kind from the face of thee earth. And I think we at The New York times are doing a good job of doing that, and so you too should be proud of us, because you are as anti-Catholic as we you know deep down in your heart. Call it hate, yes, we hate them like Satan hates God. There I’ve said it.

  • Bob March
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    Don’t stop, and don’t give up. The shepherd’s crook is not just for herding the sheep — it’s also for whacking the wolves.

    Four years ago, I first learned about “Dagger John” Hughes, the 19th-century Irish-born Archbishop of New York, who never allowed a public attack on the Church to pass without a public riposte. I blogged about him then, finishing with: “So, Dagger John, pray for us, and ask Our Lord to send us another one like you. Really, really soon.”

    As far as I’m concerned, Dagger John and Our Lord agreed — and here you are.

  • Tony Tantillo
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    God Bless you Archbishop and keep speaking up. I love when you are on Father Benedicts show and you and he are certainly one dynamic duo!

  • mcb
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    Thank you for speaking out. You demonstrate the power that St. Paul tells us we have within us. We need not be afraid to speak the truth and address evil as Jesus did.

  • George S Grochowski
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    Bravo Bishop Dolan. The Times has jumped into the Slime some time ago
    and no longer can maintain pretense of supplying either News(which it copies from other sources) or poviding commentary worth reading.

  • John M
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop,
    Non Abbiate Paura! Never give up your presence to the media! We need you, we are counting on your position as AB of NYC to be a model spokesperson in the context of the needs of the Church. Card. O’Connor is smiling down on you from the House of the Father as is JPII . NON ABBIATE PAIRA!

  • Cecelia Stevens
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    Please don’t ever “get over” coming to the defense of our beautiful Mother Church. Don’t ever get “used to” the comments and slander that our enemies make against us. We must fight against them and pray for their souls. Thank you, Archbishop Dolan.

  • Antoinette M
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    The NY Times is to be called for what it truly is: anti-Catholic rag. Keep speaking up, and maybe enough people will hear your voice and realize that this particular paper is no better than the tabloids who at times offend christians.

  • Phyllis J. Clark
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,
    Thank you for defending the Church. We need more good men like you. I am sure that the Holy Spirit is watching out for you as you indeed know yourself.
    God Bless you and your staff.

  • Aaron
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    What in the world is insulting about the picture of the nun? There is nothing insulting in it. Is it insulting to suggest a nun might teach someone how to play baseball?

  • Chris Zainer
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    I don’t think that “bearing wrongs patiently” means that one shouldn’t “admonish sinners” or “instruct the ignorant.” Thank you for your prayers, sacrifices and witness and many thanks to Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for his longstanding work standing up for the Faith.

  • Mary O”Haire
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    Arch Bishop,
    Thank You again for YOUR Courage, strength, wisdom!!!!!!!!It seems so easy for catholic to be the butt end of jokes! We appreciate your out spoken nature, and I am reminded of scripture “ “Jesus telling us if we are luke warm he will vomit us out of His mouth” continue to Hot!!!!! we need your courage, so others may be inspired to follow and fear not about taking a stand for their faith, and the sacred!

  • Hidden One
    October 21, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency, thank you.

  • NinaBG
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Oh my! Your words are like fresh, cool rain falling and then the sun bursting forth through the clouds! Don’t ever be silent, Your Excellency. And yes, we never hear enough about Mother Cabrini, St Katharine Drexel, and all the unknown saint sisters who reflect Christ so well. Mille grazie, Archbishop Dolan! Hope to thank you in person one day.

  • Matt
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Personally my only issue with the nun photo is that it’s a GUY dressed in a habit. Otherwise I’ve seen more edgy pictures than this on The Crescat, which I enjoy visiting online. However, sometimes it matters who is posting the photo when considering the intent of the poster.

    You are absolutely spot-on with regards to the “art” exhibit, as well as past attacks on the Catholic Church by this hate-filled “Gray Lady” whether it’s done by Maureen Dowd or any of her other minions. May you never grow weary in this fight.

  • Maria Noonan
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    I have never been prouder to be a New York Catholic than I am this morning. Please, please do not ever give up or “get over it.” We need your courage and leadership and are grateful to you. It’s about time that we raise our voices and stand up to defend our faith. Catholics, especially Catholic religious orders, have quietly accomplished many amazing good deeds in the world for many centuries — worldwide charities that are never mentioned in the media or press. May God bless you always in your mission to spread the Word of Christ and guide the New York faithful.

  • Katherine
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency,

    I’m sorry, but to me you seem overly sensitiive and a little selective. The Times runs a listing of brief descriptions of each Broadway Theatre performance. That is kind of what they do and if a play is on Broadyway, I expect them to list it, no matter how good or bad it is.

    Then they review an art exhibit. The review makes no mention of the actions you reference and photo shows no art with the Catholic Church as its theme (it does show art that negatively portrays one Democratic and one Republican politican).

    On the other hand, I have not heard from you any objection to the New York Post regularly runs all sort of salacious photos and news stories.

    I know you are not a parent, but I am. I am much more concenred about leaving a copy of the NY Post lying around where children would oogle over parts of it than the New York Times.

  • Peter Mckenzie
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,
    I think that this issue is long overdue! The NY Times is a complete rag when it comes to it’s treatment of the Catholic Church! I agree with you completely an I don’t buy the paper! I know Fr. Benedict Groeschell has been very vocal about the Times an I am sure he is in complete agreement with your outrage! God Bless you for telling the TRUTH! I will pray for the conversion of the NY times! God Bless….Peter Mckenzie 631-648-8224

  • Jay Maurer
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Your excellency, as usual – you hit the nail on the head. And thanks for your courageous defense of The Church. I have often heard Father Benedict Groeschel attack their slanted and biased reporting of the “Grey Lady” (many words, few pictures) as well. Like many politicians, Pinch Sulzberger and the NY Times has become increasingly out of touch, and they do not even try to hide their obvious bias. Their financial difficulties and decreasing readership is evidence that they are being rejected by persons who seek intellectual integrity and balanced reporting.

    Unfortunately, few people realize the reach of the NY Times and it’s vitriol. Persons who agree that the NY Times fails to serve its readers, should be aware of all of the properties it owns: The NY Times, The International Herald Tribune, NYTimes.com, The Boston Globe, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Boston.com and the following regional papers: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, FL; The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA; The Ledger, Lakeland, FL; Star-News, Wilmington, NC; Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, SC; Star-Banner, Ocala, FL; The Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, FL; The Tuscaloosa News, Tuscaloosa, AL; TimesDaily, Florence, AL; The Gadsden Times, Gadsden, AL; Times-News, Hendersonville, NC; The Courier, Houma, LA; The Dispatch, Lexington, NC; Daily Comet, Thibodaux, LA; and Petaluma Argus-Courier, Petaluma, CA.

    The NY Times also owns About, Inc (About.com) and the following broadcast properties:
    CBS: WREG (Memphis, Tenn.), WTKR (Norfolk, Va.), WHNT (Huntsville, Ala.), KFSM (Ft. Smith, Ark.)
    NBC: KFOR (Oklahoma City, Okla.), WHO (Des Moines, Iowa).
    ABC: WNEP (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Penn.), WQAD (Moline, Ill.).
    UPN: KAUT (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
    Finally, the Times has a 50% partnership interests in Discovery Times Channel

  • Michael Seltzer
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan:

    I am afraid that your comments shed more heat than light.

    One must ask why the Archdiocese of New York and its archbishop in particular were the object of such vilification when our city was the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Why were people living with AIDS (and dying from AIDS) so angry with the church? Since you did not live in our city during those dark days, I invite you to meet with the leaders of the AIDS community to understand more of this painful history.

    While I don’t condone the tactics that some AIDS activists used, I would not suggest that their motivation was rooted in anti-catholicism. If anything, they were driven by a love of those most vulnerable in our midst-a basic tenet of christian faith. Their anger was fueled by what the Church could have done to stem the further transmission of AIDS. Yes, Cardinal O’Connor may have cared for those who are dying. How much more he might have done to save lives.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Michael

  • Felicia Sementilli
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Absolutely agree! I’m very glad that the Archbishop publicly stated the facts. The New York Times is out of control and should be reminded that religious figures or any group should not be ridiculed in writing. Especially, since it is very obvious, that they always attack Roman Catholics. Obviously, I don’t read the paper and first heard of the Cardinal O’Connor photo on the news. It really is appalling! Image if Mohammed or any other religious figure were displayed in such a manner. This paper should cease to exist since what is written is no substance or quality.

  • Tony Adams
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Timothy,

    Have you actually seen the Charles Busch play (The Divine Sister) to which you refer? If not, you are guilty of the same error committed by your predecessor Cardinal Spellman who once condemned a book that he later admitted he had never read.

    Also, I would hate a world in which the visual, dramatic and musical arts are tailored and censored to suit the agenda of a particular religion. I’m rather sure you would too.

    That’s the broad brush. In particular, I interviewed Mr. Busch when this play was new. He had absolutely no interest in the Catholic Church in his creation of this play. He is simply a humorist (and an adroit writer) who is infatuated with “movie nuns”. You shouldn’t and can’t fault him for that. Better to spend less time fuming about the Times and more time making a video as part of the “It Gets Better” series assuring gay youth contemplating suicide that their Church really does love them and wants them to live productive, long and happy lives. Your silence in that area (even the President has made a video for this series) is deafening and saddening.

    Finally, I suggest you read Oscar Wilde’s brief (barely two pages) introduction to The Picture Of Dorian Gray in which he makes some great points about a work of art in relation to morality and controversy.

  • Coady
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Excellency,

    I have been following your blog for about 6 months now and wanted to tell you finally how touched I am by it. You write honestly and with humility while still attacking prevalent issues head on with confidence and bravery. It has become evident to me through this blog how all-encompassing Church teaching is and the depth at which our Church has come to understand people and their needs throughout history.

    Thank you for your prudence and your strength. You inspire me as I perservere as a Seminarian studying for the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana.

    I will keep you in my prayers!

  • Raymond Fleck
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    These two pictures are no big deal. Let’s lighten up.

  • Erica
    October 22, 2010 Reply

    Your excellency i am a new yorker i feel such shame that new york times write such way i know you have been offended with all do right i was raised catholic people have taken the church as a joke now a days i am young still and i know its disconcerting, keep strong and keep being honest and speak the truth dont just get used to it sir they are wrong because i’ve lived here in new york and its all over people need to understand its not right those in from new york times are disrespectful. i need to go sir but keep strong.

  • Hugh (Bart) Vincelette
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    I grew up Catholic & was an altar boy for many years, dating back to the Latin Mass. I have only fond memories of church life, & good & respected priests. Ergo, I have no axe to grind based on my experiences of youth.
    Your Grace, ( Excellency is a bishop, for the uninformed), Based solely on the picture in question, it seems OK; simply depicting an Ursuline sister teaching a youngster to play baseball. But, that’s not why I send this message. While never personally involved, I will defend with my last breath; the actions of Act Up, without whom we wouldn’t yet have the effective treatment options we have today. There’s no doubt that some behavior exceeded the limits of decorum, but their aim was to push government & conservative religion to support HIV research. I am a man of science. The religious right fought vociferously & successfully; in opposition to the use of any public funds for said scientific investigations. The subsequent delay in developing chemical interventions, denied thousands even a fighting chance at survival. The anger & outrage of those in Act Up, was justified. That it didn’t go further, is a testament to the tolerance & maturity of American LGBT citizens, who have suffered through relentless hatred, violence, bloodshed, murders, & exclusion from basic rights accorded all Americans. Yes, the former ordinary, O’Connor; did help care for AIDS patients, but you rarely hear about one of his auxiliary bishops who died of the complications of AIDS. I’d also like to remind those submitting comments that are dripping with venom; that criticizing editorials in any media; is called ‘exercising democracy in a republic.’ It is a part of your liberty. In much of the world, you couldn’t do this. If there’s any publication with whose ideas you are in consistent agreement, you need to do some reading & thinking on your own.

  • Lillian Porter
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Farva Macgee has little understanding of the Church. (There are cradle Catholics who have had 16 years of Catholic education yet never opened themselves up to God).
    Until recent years, it was mostly women who were visible in the Church. As the Bishop stated, it was women religious who were at the forefront in providing for the poor and sick and founding schools. But lay women in the Church have been responsible for many ministries. Now, thanks be to God, there are more lay men involved in the Church these days.
    The Church does not exclude homosexuals. Church membership is voluntary. I have never heard anyone denounced from the pulpit. It never entered my mind to be concerned about the sexual preference of the person next to me in the pew. I go to partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and to join with all creation, with all in heaven and on earth, in the Holy Liturgy. All are welcome.
    There are 1.1 billion Catholics. We are a sixth of the world’s population. We are one in spirit. When you hurt one of us you hurt us all. We have no army. Few of us will retaliate. Your rage against us is futile.

  • Bill Spiegelhalter
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan: I am from Missouri also (Kansas City) and understand your ‘just get over it’ comment. Please don’t get over it. It’s people like you who make things happen when you don’t ‘just get over it’ and keep trying!

  • sophie
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Thank you Archbishop Dolan, Catholic New Yorkers feel invisible, therefore, our beloved Church is made into a target. Unless, of course, it is St.Patrick’s Day, or the public has need of our many brothers and sisters in the Police and Fire Dept’s. Thank you, too, for your defense of our devoted Nuns whose selflessness and bravery have made our City a far better place.

  • Carol Bush
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop, I hope you never “get used” to such malicious treatment of the Catholic Church. It seems to be true that the Catholic Church is the last acceptable prejudice, and that attacks on our Church are accepted in many parts of the country. People should remember that if one entity can be treated this way, ANY entity, church, group, or individual could be treated this way.

  • Michael Whalen
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Don’t stop! It is well past the time for Catholics to remain quiet about insults to our religion and leadership. Thank you for your leadership.

  • Stan Zerkowski
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop,

    I just came back from visiting the grave of my grade-school principal, Sr. Mary Susan Wawro, FSSJ. She and I maintained a rapport for more than 40 years. I put a potted mum on her grave. Why? Because she was a woman of deep love for Christ, for kids, for all kinds of people. She gave her life to kids who, hopefully, have grown into adults who hold religious women in high regard and thank God daily for them. Shame on anyone who mocks them! Sure, some had tempers, some had poor “people skills” and some were downright mean; but, does that give anyone the right to mock religious women? No more than it gives us the right to mock all parents because some have poor parenting skills! I applaud you for taking the stand you did and do. I am far from my home in Florida, here in western New York. But while here, I would never think of not stopping by Sister Susan’s grave and leaving a token of love and gratitude. I bet she, from heaven, is cheering you on too! Bravo, Archbishop Dolan!

  • Carol P
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Please keep speaking out against the way the Catholic Church is being portrayed. It’s about time our church leaders say something about the way the media has portrayed the church. Not to lessen the importance of some of the church’s problems, but any problem our church has had, has also been the problems in other religions. Please keep on the media about the abuse of our church. Thank you.

  • Carol Fazioli
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop,
    Thank you! I do read the NYT and am always appalled at the both blatant and subtle ways this “paper of record” mocks, criticizes and misrepresents the Catholic Church. If possible, I often write to the reporter to lodge my displeasure. I read about your own blog’s posting on this issue in the Post and am so glad I found it covered in the New York area. Finally someone is speaking out about this supposedly unbiased newspaper that does take every jab possible at the Church but would never dare to do so for any other religion or group. As a Church, we would never defend any person or newspaper’s decision to do so, but have to defend ourselves against this disregard for fair representation.

    Carol Fazioli
    Lansdale, PA

  • Brian Gill, AKA Aluwir, AKA Norski
    October 24, 2010 Reply

    *Thank you* for stating the obvious about The New York Times’ offensive attitude toward Catholicism. It’s – nice – to ‘just … get used to it,’ but “nice” won’t, in my opinion, educate The N.Y.T., and others who may not realize that Catholics are people.

    ‘Real’ people, that is. Ones whose opinions count, and who shouldn’t be ridiculed.

    Also, thank you for the reminder of who nuns are – and what they’ve done over the generations.

  • Mike M.
    October 24, 2010 Reply

    Keep up your defense of the church your grace. God is on your side so who can be against save the evil one and his followers.

  • tressa
    October 24, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    Please I beg you, never give up your fight for the Catholic Church. We are under attack by the liberal media and I may say this administration. The NY Times, is a left wing rag that I wouldn’t use for my beautiful dogs elimination process, that is how much I despise them. They use their editorials to tear apart our religion while coddling the Muslims and any other religion who has made deals with this administration. Dear Archbishop Dolan, please do not be silent on this issue. Continue to speak out…We need the higherarchy of the Catholic Church to object and be heard. When I saw that this President refused to speak at Notre Dame under the sign on the crucifix and demanded it be covered, I knew that the Catholic Church was going to be cannon fodder for the left wing radicals…When Notre Dame complied with his demands, I was outraged…I don’t see him demanding that the Muslim flag be taken down if it is in his presence…or for him not to take off his shoes when he entered a mosque…..What hypocracy. Also I resent my tax money going to so called art that demeans Catholics, The Blessed Mother, a Crucifix…it is a total disgrace. Political correctness has gone haywire, but in only one direction. The NY Times is not correct in their dealings with Catholicism….they are out to destroy our religion and we are in the fight of our lives. Thanks again for your speaking out for us.

  • Katherine
    October 24, 2010 Reply

    I appreciate the theatre reviews in the Times. If the Divine Sister is not overly anti-clerical or anti-Catholic, I might go see it, even though the Archbishop finds it objectionable for the Times to even review it.

    On the other hand, on the same day in the New York Post, ther was a story of the Venus Erotica Fair along with some photos of the event. While this did not merit any statement of objection of the Archbishop, I will not be attending nor allowing my children to attend.

    I guess we all have different standards, but I am really quite comfortable in my opinion as to which of the two major dailies offended my sense of Catholic values that day.

  • Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family
    October 24, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Thank you so much that you are the voice of many. We need you. We also miss you here in Wisconsin. Thank you again. God Bless You, We pray for You all the time support You in your work.

  • carolyn pinto
    October 25, 2010 Reply

    Father Dolan – I have never been so proud of you. I am behind you 100% for speaking out for me and my family against the disgraceful disrespect the media has for Christianity especially Roman Catholics. Do not, I repeat do not let anyone (the liberals) misguide you to accept this hatred towards our Lord and be a defender of our faith as we learn when we are confirmed. The liberals are lost people. More than ever Catholics need leadership Father, we need it desperately for the continuation of our beautiful Roman Catholic Faith and for the people that do not know Christ. Thank you Father and may the Holy Spirit continue guide you. – Carolyn Pinto

  • Jacob Richard Ford
    October 25, 2010 Reply

    Unfortunately for them their gods won’t be half so rewarding as yours will be in heaven your Excellency!

  • Amy
    October 25, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency, when you stop being bothered by these offenses we’ll be in trouble, makes me cry to even imagine you could let yourself get there…hugs.

  • Phyllis White
    October 25, 2010 Reply

    Dr. Archbishop Dolan,
    I’ve never been more proud to be a Catholic convert. I am so tired of seeing my faith drug through the mud, while the Muslim faith can’t even be mentioned without my being labeled a bigot. Publishers like the New York Times can only find negative things to comment on regarding our faith, while ignoring the wonderful things we have done. Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom to insult and denigrate someones closely held beliefs. We need to stand up and fight for our faith in unity. Thank you Archbishop Dolan!

  • Fr Al Baca
    October 25, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,

    I met Cardinal O’Connor through the Sisters of Life and for a long time had admired him. How quickly the world turns on people! Thank you for defending his good name and for defending the work and heritage of our religious sisters. The reaction of folks to your assessment of the Times is almost as important a read as your original statement to the Times. It makes me sad when especially the Catholics don’t get it. Lots of inroads over the years. God bless!

    Fr Al

  • Christine Berlen
    October 25, 2010 Reply

    Thank you, Archbishop Dolan, for standing against the powers of evil. I followed Fr. Groeschel’s advice and called the NY Times to protest their favorable review of blatant Catholic bashing that appears under the guise of art and freedom of expression. You are not alone in your reaction against the Times. You have the prayers of the Faithful behind you, and the Blessed Mother will protect you always. God bless you as you defend the Faith for all of us. Again, we thank you!

  • Sharon
    October 25, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan, never never never “get used to it.”! Thank you for speaking out; your courage may inspire Catholics to stand up for their Faith more publicly.

  • Rebecca
    October 26, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan, God bless and Mother Mary keep you from never “getting used to it”! I am proud of you for addressing the Times (God forgive them) and for defending the Church (God bless you). Stand firm and remember what John Paul II said “be not afraid”! Rebecca

  • Nichole G.
    October 26, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan, You have our prayers from Atlanta, GA. Thanks for all you do to defend our Church in these times.

  • Shannon M Skousgaard
    October 27, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    Don’t ever get over it! Thank you for standing up for us. Way down south in Virginia we’ve taken notice, and we are enlived in our faith. I pray that you may always know the difference it makes to us to know that our shepherds lead us and are willling to care for us. I pray for you and your work, that Our Blessed Lord and His Holy Mother will bless and keep you filled with this wonderful spirit that so inspires us! Shannon

  • James
    October 27, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    I know you are a humble man and will say you are doing no more than fulfilling your duty as a Catholic Bishop. But we also know that especially today that is a great deal indeed. Thank you.

    God bless.

    James

  • D. Joseph Guettler
    October 27, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    You have our families prayers here in Orlando.

    Keep up the great work you are entrusted to do. Only you can do this at this time and place.

    May God Bless you and your apostolate.

    The Guettler’s.

  • Therese
    October 27, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan,

    I am a twenty-five year old living in upper NY state working for a Catholic Parish. Sometimes I lose my gusto trying to bring Jesus Christ to people of different backgrounds but whenever I have the opportunity to be at a conference you may speak at or listen to you online I am inspired. The Holy Spirit is truly working through you and I hope that you continue the good work our Lord has begun in you. Be reassured of my prayers. You are truly a Shepherd.

    God bless!
    Therese

  • Alice Ramirez
    October 28, 2010 Reply

    I’ve heard, with great joy, that the New York Times is struggling financially because readership (and therefore advertising revenue) is way down. Good! Also nightly on the Fox News Channel’s cult-followed late night talk show, Red Eye (airing at 3am in NYC on Fox News Channel and midnight out on the west coast) the NYT is mocked every single night by means of a silly “talking” newspaper named “Pinch.” (Newspaper on a string to make it appear to talk, with voiceover by one of the two permanent participants.) Hilarious parody, which wouldn’t happen if most people still took that fish-wrap seriously.

  • Henry
    December 2, 2010 Reply

    Why are so many perplexed about the NY Times’ hostility to the Church? Do you think it would be just as bad if it was owned by a practicing Catholic?

 

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