• Irene
    August 1, 2011 Reply

    I have always greatly admired Mary Magdalene, the Apostle to the Apostles, and the first person to preach the good news of Jesus’ resurrection.

  • LeAnn Rogan
    August 1, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Archbishop Dolan, for a new way to teach my children an old truth. We miss you here in Wisconsin, but I am happy to have discovered you’re tech-savvy these days. God bless your service to our Church.

  • Matthew Luvera
    August 1, 2011 Reply

    Outstanding witness and response by Archbishop Dolan to our brothers and sisters that look to fault the Catholic Church in today’s society! May the Holy Spirit stay with the Archbishop in his service to the Church.

  • Loce ordonez
    August 1, 2011 Reply

    happy and proud to be a Catholic!!!!God Bless you Bishop Dolan for continuing to defend our catholic faith..

  • Irwin
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  • bruce lull
    August 1, 2011 Reply

    Thank you Archbishop Dolan for your clear articulation of the nature of church doctrine, hopefully, some in the media will “get It”.

  • Maria
    August 1, 2011 Reply

    In the end, of course, our challenge is not to change the teachings of Jesus and His Church to conform to our whims, but to change our lives to conform to His teaching.

    BRAVO, Your Excellency!

    If someone objects that the ordination of men by Christ and the early Church was simply a contingent fact; that it could have been otherwise, I grant the observation. But since when are Christians to stand in judgment on why God did what He did, like become man, when the world could have (absolutely speaking) been redeemed without the Incarnation; or why God does what He does, like nourish us with His own Body and Blood when our spiritual life could (absolutely speaking) be sustained by other means if He had so chosen?

    One of the great blessings I see coming from the present discussion about the ordination of women is our deeper realization of God’s wisdom in providing for a variety of ways He can be loved, and a bewildering diversity of ministries by which He can be served.

    It is for us to stand in awe, and not in judgment, on the ways of God who chose a woman and not a man by whom to enter the world. If this was selectivity, and it was, it was not discrimination. God never does things without good reasons, even when these reasons escape or elude us who—would you believe—sometimes want to instruct God.

    –John Hardon SJ

  • Sara
    August 1, 2011 Reply

    Great column, Your Excellency! I wish I could get these truths through the heads of several of my (lapsed Catholic) friends. Hopefully with prayer, it will come in time!

  • Charles
    August 2, 2011 Reply

    St. Mary Magdalene is indeed a saint, a holy woman who served Christ in complete abandonment. However, a priest she never was. Serving as priest in a rich liturgy that invokes spousal unity she never did. The 12th apostle she was not. A speaker and baptismal priest, prophet and king of Truth she was. We all are as long as we do separate ourselves from the authority that bestows such Truth and the responsibilities of that mission.

  • Sr. Kasandra
    August 2, 2011 Reply

    Bless you and thank you for hitting the nail on the head. I am tired, really tired of Catholics and especially clergy not understanding that the Church’s job is to call all of us to holiness and to transform the world, not be transformed by it!

  • Charles
    August 2, 2011 Reply

    obvious correction to earlier comment: as long as we do NOT seperate

  • Raphael
    August 3, 2011 Reply

    be still my fleeting heart!!!! Your excellency reminds my of the Archbishop of Sydney, Bishop Anthony Fisher. Good to see more Bishops boldly proclaiming the truth

  • Tony Adams
    August 3, 2011 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,
    You said:
    “One would think that leaders in “the Vatican” occasionally meet to decide what “rules” they should issue or reinforce today, or what changes in procedure they should introduce to guarantee that the Church is more relevant.”

    Isn’t that exactly what happens? Wasn’t that the “aggiornamento” of the Second Vatican Council?

    Can you really expect the American Catholic to differentiate between what the Church can and can’t change? Many of these Catholics were taught that they could go to hell by eating meat on Friday. That change was a change of “discipline” but the lesson learned was that the pronouncements of bishops are seriously mutable.

    I think that those who favor the ordination of women or who favor gay rights assume that someday a pope will say “The Holy Spirit has spoken to me and told me why these things are in line with the tradition and teaching of the Church.” No change in doctrine, just an unfolding of the truth of Jesus Christ in the fullness of time.

  • GFFM
    August 3, 2011 Reply

    The larger reason why the press especially sees Church teaching as mere policy has to do with their profound ignorance concerning what religion, any religion, actually is. There are half a hand full of journalists at secular newspapers who know how to approach an issue within the Church concerning doctrine, authority, whatever, with any kind of knowledgeable approach. Finally, with all due respect the Archbishop needs to speak out more forcefully on the following issues: the meaning of marriage, and latest policy statement by the Obama administration on making all healthcare providers, Catholic or otherwise, provide artificial birth control under the new health care plan. Secondly, he should speak both as the ordinary of New York as well as the president of he USCCB.

  • Joe
    August 3, 2011 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan,

    I believe your column causes great reason to pause and reflect on the rich tradition of the Catholic Church and its doctrines. Yet the column fails to acknowledge the theological developments and changes that took place at Vatican II. The changes issued by the ecumenical council were not only associated with “discipline,” but also dealt with deeply theological elements such as ecclesiology, ecumenism, and interreligous relations. To presume that these changes were merely of a “disciplinary” nature is to deny the truly fruitful debates that took place during that momentous period of Catholic history.

  • Bob
    August 3, 2011 Reply

    I believe your column causes great reason to pause and reflect on the rich tradition of the Catholic Church and its doctrines.

    So when is Rome going to start mandating these rich traditions. Seems like the only traditions that are mandated are the ones that started after the Second Vatican Council. Like Altar girls, EMHC, folk music, priest facing people instead of God. Sex seems to be the big topic in the Roman Catholic Church, instead of the teachings of the Church Fathers. Funny how in Russia the Church is growing, and tradition is not debated. But in the West tradition is all but extinguished. Sorry +Dolan, like most of your fellow western Bishops, and Cardinals, it’s all talk and NO action!!!.

  • Dan
    August 4, 2011 Reply

    I join the others in expressing my happiness at the Archbichop’s words. May he prosper and go from strength to strength.

    If I could only offer this additional thought to His Excellency, it would be that his calling on the reality of authentic tradition to bolster his argument is an excellent and a needed thing, but it might have more resonance if those who are now in Rome would stop breaking with the very traditions they are now calling upon to help them. The Archbishop – and Rome – have to be honest and face up to the fact that it was their total trashing of tradition that began in the late ’60s that has brought the Church to the rather miserable state it is in now. Don’t perceive this as sour grapes, or an attempt to rain on Archbishop Dolan’s parade. Perceive it, instead, as facing up to the facts.

    When the Church starts to bring back the devotions it so heartlessly threw out, when it rescinds some of the more idiotic liturgical abuses it has allowed and encouraged, if it starts to seriously – and I mean SERIOUSLY – discipline wayward clerics, when it begins to govern strongly again, when it faces up to the horrors of Communion in the hand and the truly awful “Ordinary Form” of Mass then and only then will the fine words of Bishops calling upon tradition have some meaning.

    But all this is not meant to diminish the value of the Archbishop’s words. It is only meant to bring back realism to the discussions.

    And I thank His Excellency once again for standing up to the live jackals circling the wounded lion.

  • ltravis
    August 5, 2011 Reply

    Amen, Archbishop! To me, the profession the baptized make before being received into full communion cuts to the heart of the matter: “I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims as revealed by God”. This will always be my conviction and I almost think it would be worthwhile if all the faithful had to profess it when they renew their baptismal promises.

  • Brantly Millegan
    August 5, 2011 Reply

    Great blog post here. Very well said, Bishop. thank you very much for speaking the truth

  • Larry
    August 6, 2011 Reply

    Tony Adams writes: “Can you really expect the American Catholic to differentiate between what the Church can and can’t change?” That depends on how old he or she is, Tony. If they were “educated” after the 1960’s, then no, I certainly don’t expect them to be able to differentiate, because a vital part of that “differentiation” process is knowing what the Church teaches in the first place. They don’t have a clue. As for myself, I was taught my catechism starting in 1st grade in 1961. I can “differentiate” very well, thank God.


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