• J. Horne
    June 9, 2011 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,
    Happy birthday and blessed Pentacost to you too! My comment is admittedly off topic, but I do not know how I can contact you directly. I also do not know exactly how your authority as president of the USCCB is exercised.

    I learned recently of a gay pride Mass being celebrated on June 19 at St. Cecilia’s in the Archdiocese of Boston. I have contacted Cardinal Sean in a similar manner. Please do whatever is within your power to see that this Mass is not celebrated for the intention of celebrating what the Church proclaims to be a disordered expression of sexuality. I understand St Cecila parish’s honest intention of inclusion of all sinners in her ministry, but it sends the polar opposite wrong message to encourage parishioners and humanity at large to give thanks to God for a lifestyle that He and His Church proclaim to be out of synch with Christ’s Gospel.

    If you know Cardinal Sean, please speak to him. I fear for the scandal and confusion this Mass is causing before it has even happened. Please help.

    Humbly Yours,
    J. Horne
    Archdiocese of Baltimore Parishioner

  • Kate
    June 10, 2011 Reply

    Thank you for your vocation, Archbishop! Happy birthday, too!

  • Mary
    June 11, 2011 Reply

    you are in error dear brother. The truth is that the Church has never been a place or an organization. The Church is was and always has been within the heart of mankind which loves, adores and obeys our Lord. Denominations; Catholic included, are of man not of God. The True Church is the heart which loves our Lord and rejoices in His truth, His life and His way. It is the heart which God alone looks into and sees each of our true spirit. Although I agree fully w/your concerns of the Church embracing what our Lord declares as sinful, our Lord tells us we are to love the wicked as well as the righteous setting our light before men that they may see the path to His way of life. Thus we must reveal His truth to all mankind while reminding them that they must repent of their sins and follow His will where these things are concerned. As a parent loves his children and strives to teach them right from wrong, so we are to lovingly and compassionately guide one another as He has guided us. This is the true path to God. To love one another and guide and care for one another as He has loved us.

  • Peppy Forshaw
    June 11, 2011 Reply

    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts and please know you are always in our prayers.
    You have done so much for so many and we are forever grateful to you for the inspiration you are to all of us . Stay strong.

  • MDomke
    June 12, 2011 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,
    I am a recently confirmed Catholic in Omaha, NE through the parish of St. Cecilia. I go to Creighton Law School and recently moved here from Milwaukee. I really enjoy your postings and always look forward to hearing from you; I have been meaning and will be sure to pass on this website to fellow RCIA members. This week’s posting is particularly significant and inspiring to me, as was a great homily by Father Gutgsell, take care and thank you.
    Kind Regards,
    Michael Domke

  • Larry
    June 14, 2011 Reply

    I’m afraid it is you, dear sister Mary, who are in error. Your sentence should be re-phrased: “Denominations OTHER THAN Catholic, are of man not of God.” It is God Himself, in the person of the Lord Jesus, who said, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I shall build my Church.” It was Peter whom He told, “whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven; whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven.” And it was to all the Apostles that he said “he who hears you hears me; he who rejects you rejects me and rejects Him who sent me.” The successor to Peter today is Pope Benedict XVI. The successors to the Apostles are those bishops who teach in union with Benedict–that is, Catholic bishops. The admonitions of Jesus to Peter and the Apostles remain current and valid for the pope and his bishops.

  • Paul Bourguet
    June 14, 2011 Reply

    Bishop Dolan,

    I do understand the Church’s stance on same-sex marriage and I will not argue with it. I understand you are a representative of an ancient tradition as well as a figurehead of one of the largest congregations in North America.

    What you seem to fail to consider is the commitment and love of two people of the same gender for each other, and the life-long bonds they plan and hope to have. They know the Church will not support them. Although many may be Catholic (as am I,) the goal is equal recognition from the State. This is not, in my opinion, an issue for the Church. They want equal rights, not the blessings of our church.

    Please relent. Civil marriages are not recognized as true marriages in the Roman Catholic Church. The marriages that may be performed will be Civil. The Church has nothing to fear.

    Please, Archbishop. Show some mercy.

    Paul Bourguet

  • Charles J Murphy
    June 15, 2011 Reply

    I am a bit dismayed that there is nothing about the Holy Spirit aside from the perfunctory mention at the beginning. What does the Holy Spirit do within the Church? Where does the Holy Spirit lead? How does the Holy Spirit work daily? The Church is only necessary until the fullness of God’s reign begins. They all will be God with us. We have the Spirit of Jesus sustaining the Church, not the Church moving off on its own.

  • Owen Kelly
    June 17, 2011 Reply

    Bishop Dolan,

    One irishman to another in regards to same sex marriage. It’s time to wear God on your sleave, politicians will rewrite the bible if you give them an inch, it’s time to EXCOMMUNICATE these politicians and enforce our catholic faith. Am I being harsh, yes, most of these politicians lie everyday, and if I am correct, God created Adam & Even and NOT John & Frank in the Garden. Bishop Dolan nothing to be scared about the Catholic faith will vote these politicians out of office if they screw around with tax exempt status. If you don’t do anything they will continue to go after more. It’s time to throw a bomb, and make news and stay strong, if you don’t do anything, then my opinion is your nothing but a weak irshman, and I will be totally disgusted

    July 20, 2011 Reply

    Granted the church does wonderful charity work. But
    When an associated entity namely Saint Peters Hospital plans to
    Deprive their vested employees of a pension, one that is the employees
    And not the hospitals, I have a problem with that! As with East Orange Medical center, Saint Peters has asked the IRS to give its blessing concerning a “conversion of their
    ERISA pension plan to a so called “church” plan. The management of this hospital should be very careful with this plan because it no longer is the hospitals money when it funds become pension plan funds. Any attempt to take these funds from the plan, deny plan participants their accrual, or otherwise circumvent the benefits will be considered “stealing” and we all know that the church does not advocate theft. The cardinal and Archbishop of this greater metropolitan area should be aware of this ongoing Saint Peters Hospital plan and remedy the situation.


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