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  • ChrisW
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    I pray for our Bishop’s, our Country, and all of us. May we proclaim our liberty always keeping in mind Christ’s merciful love, and be that example of love for one another.

    Thank you and Bless you Cardinal Dolan

  • AndyP/Doria2
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    Also throughout history, women were used as chattle almost everywhere. They depended on husbands or sons to provide. Either they got married, lived with their parentds or starved. If they lost both, they were reduced to begging.

    The Church was the first to give woman an out. They were given another choice – to become nuns and be independant of males for their survival. They received education and training to serve throughout the world as God’s servants not a man’s.

    There are many places in this world where this still happens.

  • Joe Kimes
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan! Your leadership will be very much needed over the coming months and years – we’re behind you and if you need it, in front of you as well. May God bless you and our efforts.

  • Peter
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    God bless you Cardinal Dolan. Even though you keep saying that this honor or the Red Hat is not for you, but for New York, no one will deny the fact that our Beloved Holy Father, sees in you a true pastor who is quite open, pastoral and loving to the people of God, yet firm and resolute in his mission to spread the good news, in season and out of season. Thank you for the good work you and many other bishops (and I am serious when I say not all our bishops are up to their mandate) who continure to weather the storm and take insults and false accusations, simply because they want to life of to their ministry. You are always in our prayers and remember that many others have suffered worts things and indeed our brothers and sisters in the faith have been through theses difficulties before. May God give you good health and strength to lead the church of God given to your care and may you also inspire your brothers bishops.

  • David A Nygren
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    Why continue to let the progressives set the guidelines by placing condoms and drugs to abort an unborn child, in every way a part of the woman’s body under the guise of “women’s health care.” That is an outright falsehood. It has nothing to do with the health of the woman. Rather contraceptives and drugs are dangerous to women because

    they set women up as objects of pleasure with no connection to love, and

    they damage a woman’s health by drug use side effects which kills the healthiest part of a woman’s body that develops and protects new sacred life which fulfills her womanhood

    And most of all kills that sacred new life.

    We simply must pop that false balloon. Women’s health of mind and body depends upon the fulfillment of her womanhood. The culture of contraception, abortion, fornication, adultery divorce is one of death, never of life.

  • Pete Ascosi
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    amen! thanks for sharing archbishop!

  • Tom Perna
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan – You are a blessing to our Church. Thank you for all that you do.

  • Stephanie RN
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    As a registered nurse, I have seen, firsthand, how the catholic church is an endagerment to women and their health rights. For women experiencing ectopic pregnancies (in which the embryo has implanted outside the uterus – usually in the fallopian tubes, which, if left untreated, quickly becomes a life-threatening emergency) the Catholic-run hospitals often do not allow the standard of care (termination of the unviable pregnancy) to occur and the woman is often transferred to a non-Catholic institution, thus placing her life in danger. There are also cases in which women who have very high risk pregnancies and are advised by their healthcare providers to avoid future pregnancy (or they could die) that are forced to go elsewhere to have a second- often dangerous – surgical procedure that prevents them from getting pregnant. In non-Catholic hospitals, these issues are not a concern. I have also seen women who are in the process of having a miscarriage and dangerously close to bleeding to death, yet at Catholic hospitals they are not stabilized nor treated before being sent to non-Catholic institutions. If American hospials continue to merge with Catholic-run institutions, women will continue to lose more rights to their own bodies and suffer more preventable conditions. You call THIS protecting women’s rights? Please stay out of our uteruses and our healthcare system.
    http://www.ibisreproductivehealth.org/news/documents/Summaryofqualitativestudy.pdf

  • MaryG
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    The government does not care about grace nor about what the Catholic Church is doing with it!

    Obama wants the Church out of the public square. No examples of worthy work will crack his ideological crust.

    Worry about what’s next. CRS operates in countries where there are lots of women the ngos think should get abortions because they are poor.

    Adoption services “laicized” recently in Illinois will resurface shortly with a name change, the same employees, the same jobs, same buildings, same offices….. The only thing new is the addition of other “services” the Church refused to allow. We all know what they are.

    This is a hard reality. We need to hear a lot more about it before November — before we vote our future away.

  • Jim Graham
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan for all your talented efforts to project the value of the Catholic Church in the face of secular attacks. May Cod bless you.

  • Chuck Darwin
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    “And now understand why Catholics rightly bristle when politicians and commentators characterize the Church as backwards and insensitive when it comes to women’s health.”

    “Catholics” aren’t bristling at that characterization; the Church hierarchy is. Polls show that most Catholics want to be able to make their own choices regarding birth control rather than have the Church legally empowered to force conformity with Church dogma.

    As for the Church hierarchy, you can bristle all you want. Good works in some areas don’t somehow transform the Church from what it is: a regressive force that seeks the assistance of the secular legal system to impose its own moral code on women’s decisions about their own health. If people characterize that as merely “backward” and “insensitive,” you should be thankful for the mildness of the adjectives rather than playing the victim.

  • Lizzie
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful beautiful post!!

  • Connie Berry
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    We’re keeping our eyes on you and following. Please guide us.

  • Michele Coldiron
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, Just a quick note to say how grateful I am personally for your leadership. I have been through a lot in these last twenty or so years, but the samaritan I saw lying on the roadside which was the Catholic Church could not be left to fend for itself. It was wrong to do so. I prayed that unity might prevail and that the Truth of the Church might ring from the highest steeples so that all could hear. I knew from the moment Mr. Obama was named Democratic nominee for President that he would be instrumental in healing the Church (end abortion is what I actually said back in 2008).
    Look and see the beauty of what is happening around us. When we can tear ourselves away from the slings and arrows of the past and focus on the present, what beautiful things we see. Unity in the Church! A blessing!! Moving forward without recrimination! What a breath of fresh air!! Thank you for your leadership and may God continue to bless your work on behalf of the Truth and may God bless the United States of America!

  • J. A. Johnston
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    The case is NOT closed. All the above is just grand, but none of it wipes out the fact that the USCCB continues to attempt to interfere with the right of American women to make their individual health and reproductive choices, and to have the legitimate support of their government in so doing. Good works do not give anyone the right to impose their beliefs on the rest of us. If it doesn’t want to be viewed as “backwards and insensitive when it comes to women’s health”, the USCCB should stop trying to coerse our government into adopting backwards and insensitive policies.

  • Nick
    March 16, 2012 Reply

    Sadly, the situation in India could become a reality in America. Let us pray and trust in God that it will not!

    Catholic Contributions in History: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpxp6sERIGw
    Catholic Contributions in History 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YtwZcZl7rk

  • Pat Turner
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    Hang tough, Cardinal Dolan! You are doing just fine. Know that there are many who walk beside you and surrround you. We know that it is God who gives all of us “Choice.” It is called Free Will. America was founded on God’s laws and allows us Freedoms to live by those laws. We must not let our government usurp those Freedoms. There are many women who try to abide by God’s laws – Catholic and non-Catholic alike. I have many Evangelical friends who are adamant about protecting our unborn as well as the born. Together we must be given a voice on the healthcare issue to rebut the ever-vocal feminists who would not only promote artificial birth control and abortion – but insist on forcing them upon all our sisters and daughters. Even if individuals do not follow Catholic doctrine, the Church cannot change Doctrine to fit the individuals. They would no longer be God’s laws!! Strangely enough, there are Catholic women in high places who insist on doing just that!! We must pray even harder! God Bless!
    Pat Turner
    A mother and retired Healthworker in Kansas

  • Jimalee O’Connor
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for this very informative piece. People just don’t know what the Catholic Church really does. I think it was Bishop Sheen who said people hate what they think the Catholic Church is, and they would love it if they really knew it. Thank you for telling the worlkd about the Church we Love. Also, congratulations on your elevation to Cardinal and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! God bless you.

  • Mark
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    Its nice to hear the good stories of two thousand years of CHristendom. To some degree it hurts and is discouraging to always be pushed down and pushed around for our faith, which we know is good. But the media is devious and people will simply NOT acknowledge the good only the bad, even if they have to manipulate the truth to cast us in bad light.
    Nice article. Inspiring

  • Sergio A Leiseca
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    Many thanks Cardinal Dolan for your leadership and helping to develop the March 14 statement of the USCCB (and responding to America’s editorial).

    We live in Texas. But, please let me know if I can ever be of assistance.

    And, finally, FYI, below is the statement I have been posting wherever possible.

    take care

    I would want our society not to provide contraceptive services on demand, regardless of who bears the cost. It is wrong in my view to offer them, especially the abortion inducing drug, because as a Catholic I believe we are responsible for our acts and their consequences, meaning whether we live according to our God’s plan, by His will rather than ours…that is, whether we live the “reality of our existence”, as a Jesuit would say, and preventing or even worse aborting the consequence of our sexual act is simply carrying out a self-centered plan rather than living according to His plan. I recognize, however, that ours is not a Catholic society. I therefore do not seek to convince everyone to follow my Catholic view. On the other hand, I do expect, in fact demand, that society not infringe my or any other’s Catholic view. It is for that reason that I am insisting the Administration grant an exemption allowing any and all employers to opt out of any and all requirements to provide or even refer contraceptive services if doing so would violate the employers’ religious principles, whether or not (i) formally affiliated with the Catholic Church (or any other denomination), so as to include private sector employers, and (ii) offering 3rd party health insurance coverage or self-insuring, so as to cover the many Catholic orders and other organizations which are self-insured. The results of the exemption will be to respect all views, without damaging anyone. Employers opting in will be freely able to do so (much to my chagrin, but then again…). Employers opting out will be able to continue exercising their long standing religious views. And, employees (and students) may freely choose where to remain employed (or enrolled), while applicants will be similarly free to choose where to seek employment (or admission).

    Incidentally, my respect for life is not limited to opposing contraceptive services on demand. I am also opposed to the death penalty for any crime, under any circumstance, and regardless of their justification first offered by St. Augustine, to wars. But, that discussion is for another day.

    take care

  • Mark Mackenzie
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. I will share this with others. May Grace and Prayers of the Holy Trinity, and the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady Queen of Peace and all the Saints be with you.

  • Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    As a Catholic physician, I believe that there is no doubt that the Catholic Church has helped many around the world. I do believe that Cardinal Dolan and other members of the hierarchy have a right to freedom of their consciences. However, I do believe that women also have a right to freedom of their consciences before God. Therefore, I would ask the hierarchy to respect the rights of women, and the choices that women believe that they personally have to make. In order for the hierarchy’s conscience to be respected, health insurance belongs outside of employer control. Medical decisions need to be made between the patient and their doctor, not between the patient and their employer.

    Sincerely, Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh, Chicago, Illinois

  • Paul Moser
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    If you set the bar low enough, the story is bound to sound good.

  • Kathy Petr
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    This article says in such a wonderful way why everyone should be very concerned about what is happening now and in the future if our Constitution is not followed instead of being trashed by those currently in power.

  • Lance
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    Religious Freedom should be a personal right, not an institutional right.

    Those women who seek health insurance coverage of preventive care, including birth control, have a right to their religious freedom and a right to spend, effectively THEIR wages as they see fit.

    The Church has no right to impose its religious beliefs on them and claim it is practicing its rights. The Church must use power of persuasion, as Jesus would have done, not use the power of government to impose its will. That is exactly what the 1st amendment protects us against.

    The Blunt amendment would have imposed/established religion on Americans, including, strangely enough, Sharia Law. There would be no exception to an Muslim boss telling a Christian woman (or man) they can’t have medical care because the Muslim opposed it.

    Think about that for a second.

  • Brian A Cook
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    The sad fact is that, in many Christian cultures, women were still seen as pieces of property to be exchanged, producers of workers or heirs, and even living temptations to sin. If the likes of Andy and Doria want to argue that the Church began the process of mainstreaming women into public life, then they can do so, but I will not accept denials of sad facts. I have been looking all over for the truth and the full truth.

  • John Larvie
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    Thanks, Cardinal Dolan, for recalling the truth of our faith.

    And, yes; may no Catholic fail in our duty to stand with our clergy as well against schism, heresy, and tyranny, even if that means correcting our opinions if they are not consistent with the teachings of the Church, seeking reconciliation, doing penance, and defending the faith with firm resolve.

  • sam
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan: Happy St. Patrick’s’ Day. Re: Defending the Catholic Church w/re to women has been exasperated by such people as current candidates Santorum & Gingrich & some conservatives who clearly have kept this as an feminist issue by their lack of knowledge re not only Magisterial & theological teachings of the Church, but also the Social Programs which are primarily devoted to women & women’s causes which include family, children, education, human rights, right to work, health, etc.etc.etc. They people have exploited the mandate issue for their own purposes using it as a political issue rather than place this issue of HHS mandate into the framework which the USCCB and most others, including Romney, have framed it; i.e, as a Religious Freedom Issue.

    These other folks do the Church & this vital & crucial issue much harm by keeping the focus on “social issues” rather than on the very specific issue which is being targeted. Romney. a Mormon, seems to be the only candidate so far who knows what’s at stake. Religious Freedom.

  • Wife and Mother in KY
    March 17, 2012 Reply

    In the mid-1950s, Mother Teresa began to help victims of leprosy. The Indian government gave the Missionaries of Charity a 34-acre plot of land near the city of Asansol. Under Mother Teresa’s guidance, a leper colony was established here, called Shanti Nagar (Town of Peace).

    Look how cooperation between the Indian government and the Missionaries of Charity made such a difference in the lives of the poor, the ill, and the forgotten. Wonder where our beloved United States will be without Catholic hospitals and social justice agencies if this governmental intrusion continues and these institutions must close on moral grounds?

  • Jo An Clark
    March 18, 2012 Reply

    How wonderful, the work God has us do as Catholics for those who are and are not Catholic. I am proud to be one of us!

  • Janie G.
    March 18, 2012 Reply

    I don’t deny that these are admirable programs. I will argue that this is any indication of your support for women’s health issues. In fact, I would say it indicates a lack of understanding of the complexity of that issue. I will also say that it may be time for the church to give up it’s nonprofit status if it wants to continue lobbying Congress to pass laws that affect the lives of people who do pay taxes.

  • jamie
    March 18, 2012 Reply

    Nuns are not exactly “independent of males for their survival.” They are in fact very dependant on the men who run your church, as women are not given positions of actual power.

  • Mary R.
    March 18, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    As a survivor of rape and incest, I can not tell you how profoundly grateful I am for the Church’s Good News to women. As deeply comitted Catholics, my husband and I have embraced natural family planning. Due to my health problems, practising this form of family planning has led to frequent times of abstinence and sacrifice. Not once, in ten years of marriage, has he ever shown the slightest resentment or regret. This courageous love is daily healing the deep wounds left by abuse and is teaching me to value my dignity as a child of God. I tell people that if I had protected myself with chemicals or surgery, I would never have learned to trust another or to live in true relationship. Through the Church’s teachings on sexual ethics and the love of a courageous man, I am being renewed in Christ.

    Thank you for standing up for the Gospel of Life and for defending the truth in the face of insults and reproach.

  • anamariadoolan
    March 18, 2012 Reply

    En mi pais Argentina , y mas precisamente en el lugar donde vivo Rio Gallegos, el mayor riezgo que corren las mujeres y adolescentes es la trata de personas, chicas muy jovenes que son sometidas a la prostitucion, muchas de ellas engañadas, secuestradas, y obligadas a prostituirse, la iglesia cumple una labor importante en la prevención y combate de esta nueva forma de esclavitud. sin dudas a lo largo de la historia los niños, y las mujeres siguen siendo los más vulnerables. Solo Jesús fijó su mirada en la mujer y los niños a semejanza de Dios, de allí la tarea inclaudicable de la iglesia en el mundo.Adelante Cardenal, Bendiciones!!!!

  • Laurens
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal and all Christians of New York and America,

    The internet makes it possible for us European Christians to follow some of the steps on your journey. This post is just to let you know how close we feel to you and how much, we too, feel supported by your stand; we pray for you.

    Laurens (Holland)

  • Peter in Boston
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    I can’t tell you how proud I was to read of the unanimous assent given by the Bishops to “United for Religious Liberty,” the statement that came from the Conference’s board meeting last week. That kind of clear, united teaching from our Shepherds, makes it possible for the rest of us, “laboring in the world,” to be clear in our own witness to our Church’s teaching. THANK YOU, Cardinal Dolan.

    But thank you also for the face of the Church which you present: your appearances on the Today Show, for instance (NBC no friendly media!), and on the front steps of the Cathedral with politicians (whose policies you MUST not only disagree with, but oppose with your ecclesiastical authority), are marked by your obviously instinctive good humor, cordiality, and gentlemanly “class,” making it crystal clear that your stand – OUR stand as a Church – is nothing PERSONAL against these people, but PRINCIPLED against their erroneous opinions and mistaken policies.

    Well done! Don’t go wobbly on us! And at the same time that you speak clearly and sometimes with toughness about serious issues, keep those Irish eyes smiling’! And we in Boston thank you for entrusting those red socks to our own Bishop Murphy’s safekeeping!

  • Father Robert D
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. God has truly blessed the Church through you. Fr. Z sent me.Thank you for standing up for the Gospel. Pray for me. oremus pro invicem.
    Fr. Robert KHCS

  • Lara Lee
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, God Bless you and thank you for your leadership. Stay strong, we are praying for you!

  • Suzanne C.
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. Thanks.

  • Br
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan!

  • Father George David Byers
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for being the voice of the voiceless, your Eminence.

    –Father George

  • Marty Greene
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    I want to thank you for your strong defense of our Faith. Having Church Leaders stand on principle no matter the cost is truly what our Lord intended. As you yourself has said – we are entering a real battle in this Country against those who support abortion and contraception. Continue your great work and rally the faithful Cardinal Dolan.

    P.S. – my thanks also to Father Zuhlsdorf for pointing me to your Blog…

  • Chris
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Praying for you and all our Bishops, Cardinal Dolan – and especially thankful for your outspokenness after so many of your predecessors adopted the “go along to get along” approach.

  • Leah
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    Keep up the great work. My family supports you. Fr. Z sent me, too.

  • Peggy O.
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    As a teacher for nearly 50 years and an author for 7, I so appreciate your public shepherding of not only faithful Catholics, but non-faithful Catholic, Protestants, Jews, agnostics and aetheists.

    The Church as suffered from a lack of PUBLIC shepherding on the part of our Bishops. The tide seems to be turning. Perhaps the battle being waged is a gift from God to wake up and unite ALL His children.

    You and your brother Bishops have been and will continue to be in my daily prayers!

  • igumen Gregory
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    As you already know the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America have already gone on record in solidarity with your concerns about the Positions of the Obama administration onthe life issues. Please know that the clergy and laity of the orthodox Church in America also raise our hopes and prayers in unison with you and the Roman Catholic Church. May God deliver us all from this infringement on not only religious freedom, but on the infringement upon the right to life at all stages of human development. Please keep up the good fight for all of us.

    In Christ,
    +Igumen Gregory
    Bulgarian Patriarchal Diocese

  • Christine M
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Very well said!

  • Mark Duch
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your courageous and compassionate stand for everyone, Cardinal Dolan. May Christ keep you in the light of his grace and keep you from stumbling. We need to continue seeing the reflection of that light in your face. Keep it up!

  • Gino
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank You Cardinal Dolan for standing up for the TRUTH and religious freedom! We will pray for you! keep up the good work and stand fearless as our Lord would have us all do!

  • Brian Hanifan
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your stand. Our prayers are with you.

  • Del
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Greetings from Wisconsin, Cardinal Dolan! We miss you!

    I am praying and fasting (bread-and-water, every Wednesday) for wisdom and justice concerning the anti-conscience mandate.

    (Fr. Z is linking his army of blog-readers to this post.)

  • Jennifer
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Amen! I am frustrated when people don’t recognize the work the Catholic church does to provide for women and children

  • John
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Excellency, for this excellent blog post. The Catholic Church, indeed, wants nothing but the very best for women! If only they understood! Let’s keep praying; it’s essential.

    +Laudetur Iesus Christus, nunc et in aeternam+

    PS-Father “Z” sent me (from wdtprs.com)

  • Brian
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Excellency,

    I saw this linked on Father Z’s blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for leading your flock. We need clear, firm, and true guidance more than ever.

    My family and I are praying for you every day.

    God bless you

  • Fr. Christensen
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, Thank you for your leadership. Your courage and steadfastness is inspiring to me. Don’t give up! We priests have your back!

  • Maureen RN
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much for your great leadership, Cardinal Dolan. I must respectfully disagree with ‘stephanie RN” and inform all that after 50 years of Maternal and Child Nursing in catholic and public hosspitals, I have yet to see a mother endangered..eg ectopic pregnancies. Any medical person knows that the embryo does not survive and the tubal pregnancy is not directly but indirectly interferred with. Same with miscarriage, the embryo dies baciuase of the great blood loss and lack of nutrients and is normally discharged by ‘mother nature’. If you attended a catholic nursing school, you should be aware of the moral aspects of all nursing. Get a moral handbook, Ms Nurse and learn about direct and indirect procedures.

  • Josh
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    May God bless you, Cardinal Dolan! Thank you for being a clear voice for the truth and for refusing to back down under pressure at a time when the Church is desperately in need of such courageous leadership.

  • Kevin
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, may St. Joseph protector of the Holy Family stand silently at your side interceding always in your defense. (Fr. Z sent me).

  • Bill Haley
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Ad multos annos, Cardinal Dolan! We are certainly praying for you and thanking God for your courage.

  • Rose
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. Stay strong!

  • acardnal
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    I am with you on the Religious Liberty and HHS fight all the way, Your Eminence. Keep up the good fight!

    Father Zuhlsdorf’s blog “WDTPRS” directed us here because he and the rest of us support you. God bless.

  • Martial Artist
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Eminence, for your leadership in opposing the tyrannical aspects of the present administration’s health care mandates. You, along with your brother bishops in the Conference, will be in my prayers that God will strengthen and guide you all as you stand up for our God-given rights of conscience. Not just we Catholics, but all Americans, are very fortunate to have your courageous leadership in this very threatening time.

    Keith Töpfer

  • keithp
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan. I’ll continue to pray for you and the other Bishops.
    I appreciate your strong leadership on these matters.

  • Facta non verba
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for your leadership. The Church cannot back down. I will pray for you, all the Bishops, and our priests that we hang together on this issue.

    (from a Minnesotan, in the heart of liberal Minneapolis)

  • Alexander
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for all that you do to clarify the Church’s stance on this issue (among many others!). As a member of the laity, nothing encourages me more in my spiritual journey than the example given by strong yet gentle Pastors such as yourself. May God continue to bless you, the Church in New York and throughout the world. My family and I will be praying for you. Ad multos annos!

  • Matthew
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much for this and for all you do for Christ and His Church! Praise God for your leadership and example! You have my daily prayer support.

  • Bryan
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence:

    God bless you for your forthright and vocal public defense of the Faith. I have no doubt that the forces of Hell are arrayed against the Church, and satan’s useful idiots in the media, political cesspool, and other organizations are happily carrying out the same old same old that entered the world with his first ‘non serviam’.

    Now is NOT the time for ‘smooth talking’ and vacuous platitudes. In my opinion, the battle lines are being drawn quite clearly: we either slide down the path of depravity of making man’s perverted desires a god, or preserving our rights (not privileges handed to us by some venal bureaucrat) to practice our Faith, ALL OF IT, without fear of government retribution or censure.

    It’s not about contraception. It’s about freedom and respect, otherwise, we become, in many way, both slaves of the state and our own disordered proclivities. And neither serve ‘ad majorem gloria Dei’.

    You wear the red hat well and obviously know what the color symbolizes. Be assured of my own personal prayers, and I’m sure, the prayers of all who are standing shoulder to shoulder with you in this fight. Because, as old Ben Franklin said “If we don’t hang together, we shall assuredly hang separately”.

    God bless.

  • Val
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    God Bless you Cardinal Dolan, Thank you for leadership in letting the truth be known.That we must speak up and not let our religious freedom be taken away. I will continue to pray for the you and and the church that will stand firm on what we believe. Ps : Father Z Sent me.

  • Terri
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Our family is praying for your courageous leadership in these times, prayer, penance and hope – we are right there with our Bishops!

  • mwa
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Eminence; keep wielding that crozier! We are praying for you and all our shepherds.

  • Michael Fronda
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal, for this and for all of your efforts. Don’t let the inverted notions of freedom and conscience, offered by the few malcontents here on this thread, cloud the issue or dissuade or divide you and your fellow bishops. Keep up the good fight!

  • Tina S
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan ! May God continue to give us Holy and good priest as you are.You are in our prayers God Bless You!

  • Jacob
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    Thank you for all your good works. As an American I am very proud of you. Father John Zuhlsdorf turned me onto your blog. Keep up the nice work on St. Pat’s Cathedral restoration.

  • Nora
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your service to the truth; Father Z sent me over and I am glad he did. You are in my prayers.

  • Terje
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you for strong, and personal witness, for the Church, and His Gospel.

  • Ed
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan! Warm wishes and prayers from St Louis (Webster Groves).

    Ed Southall

  • Donna
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, do not give up on this fight. Some people commenting here seems to think that you are trying to impose your religious views on them. You need to explain that it’s the Obama Adminstration that is trying to impose its views on everyone. I know it’s hard because many irreligious people just want what they want and they don’t think in terms of principles.

    Fr. Zuhlsdorf, http://www.wdtprs.com, sent me!

  • jp
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Eminence! Please pray for me, as I will pray for you.

  • Daniel B
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Prayers going your way, Eminence!

  • James Murphy
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Excellent points, Your Eminence; very well written. I read about your mesage on WDTPRS.com and I just had to read it for myself. Your courageous witness fortifies me and fills me with hope. Thank you for taking a stand for religious liberty in America!

  • Deacon Dennis
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan
    Thank You for being the Shepard you were chosen to be.
    It will be your leadership that will carry the church through the trials
    and persecutions we will be facing in the future. You and all Bishops
    and clergy will be in my daily prayers

  • InfiniteGrace
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Kudos to Cardinal Dolan – a voice that rings true above all the noise. Fr. Z at WDTPRS sent me over here – another voice ringing out for all of us.

  • Elias
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for this wonderful reflection.

  • Dan
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    (Greetings from Fr. Z) Keep up the effort, your eminence. You’re in my prayers.

    A mixed bag of commentary here.

    Stephanie RN–after offering a litany of things you want Catholics to do to/for women, you say “stay out of our uteruses”?

    Chuck Darwin: nobody in the Church can force anybody to do anything. It’s a voluntary association. Your comment that people must be able to do what they want “rather than have the Church legally empowered to force conformity with Church dogma” is illustrative. Who would you like to be legally empowered to to tell Catholics how they are to live their lives?

    Dr. McHugh, I agree. Take health plans out of employment compensation. Yet, as it is, all health plans must cover “free of charge,” morally objectionable practices, whether (partially) funded by employers or not. Right?

    Lance: “Those women who seek health insurance coverage of preventive care, including birth control, have a right to their religious freedom and a right to spend, effectively THEIR wages as they see fit.” Is that not the way it is now? Who is prohibiting anyone from spending their money on whatever “preventive care” they desire?

  • Annette Heidmann
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    God bless you, Cardinal Dolan, and thank you for being such a strong leader and Shepherd.

  • Lyle
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you for your clear and unequivocal teaching! My prayers are with you daily. Please continue to speak loudly and with charity to the powers that seek to undermine and marginalize the Church. Those of us on the West Coast need to hear you, too!

  • Bryan
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Hat tip to Fr. Z’s blog for the links to the blog. Go get ’em Your Eminence. Strong words supported by strong deeds is what it means to be Catholic in the world. Continued prayers from your brothers in the South.

    @jamie, I know a certain Mother Superior of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration here in lovely Charlotte, NC, who would be more than happy to set you straight about independent women in the Church.

  • Dan
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence: Thanks for all you do. Reading this encourages me and my family more than you can imagine. We will keep you in our prayers.

  • Wanda
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan! How encouraging to read your post. You are in our prayers. Thank you for your faithful leadership, the flock needs you and we support you.

  • Jim O’Conner
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for speaking out. If you lead, we will follow.

  • Denis Crnkovic
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, your eminence.

  • DW Williams
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for being a strong and faithful leader! You, and all our priests and Bishops, are in my prayers. God bless you.

  • Fr. Andrew
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for your words and your kind blog. My prayers for you and for all Christ’s Bishops on this feast of St. Joseph.

  • Michael
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Was referred here by Father Z at WDTPRS web site. Agree with your message about religious freedom, AND the application of natural law, which has no limits as to particular denominations/religions. Will keep this whole issue in my prayers!

  • Deacon Dave
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Eminence, for your leadership in framing the issues and steadfast witness to the truth in charity. Be assured of my prayers for you and all our bishops.

  • Jo Monahan
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you for being a witness for Christ and His Church in season and out of season. May St. Michael the Archangel protect you!! Fr. Z sends his greetings!

  • Frank Hartge
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Bravo, your Eminence!

    BTW, I came upon this article via the blog of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, wdtprs.com

  • Kevin Shook
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for defending the Faith and fighting for the Freedom of Religion for ALL Americans. May God bless you and you (and all leaders in the Catholic Church) are in my prayers.

  • Kevin
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    May StephanieRN realize pregnancy is never a disease and consider the ectopic pregnancy as endangering also an unborn human life, with the same human rights as the mother’s.

  • JAG/Magisterial Roman Catholic
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence:

    Thank you for everything you do in the name of the Catholic Church and for your faithfulness to the orthodoxy and Magisterium of Holy Mother Church.

    May your life be filled with joys both spiritual and temporal and may God’s choicest blessings be yours – today, tomorrow and always.

  • Laura
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much, Cardinal Dolan, for your leadership on this issue. I am so grateful to you for speaking out about this. May God bless you!

  • Robert Salazar
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for your good, strong words. My prayers are with you and the other orthodox bishops, priests, and consecrated religious who preach and live out the Gospel of Christ daily.

    One suggestion to really energize the base: celebrate a Solemn Pontifical High Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the Feast of the Pentecost to ask the Holy Spirit to pour itself out into the mind and hearts of faithful Catholics to give us the wisdom and strength to use all the gifts of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel of life in the public square to win the hearts and minds of wayward Catholics.

    God love you Cardinal Dolan!

  • Maria
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    Excellent. We have your back! Please know that the people in the pews are supporting you and all our bishops against this horrible mandate. Please do not back down. Praying for you from the Archdiocese of Washington.
    Maria

  • Clinton R.
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    God be with you, Your Eminence. May the Lord strengthen you against the enemies of the Church. May you be a defender of the Catholic Church in the manner of Archbishop John “Dagger” Hughes. The Church Militant needs her Cardinals to defend her against the enemy. May Our Blessed Mother pray for you. +JMJ+

  • Laura
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much, Cardinal Dolan, for speaking out so strongly about this issue. I am so grateful for your leadership. May God bless you!

  • Marsha Livingston
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Bless you, Father! Fr. Z has shared your good word here to American women. It’s a blessing to pray for you and your courage in this time!

  • Samuel Brown
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your good words. We’ll all keep praying for the change of heart in the president.

  • William Meyer
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    I thank God for your leadership in this matter. I wish that every week, at every Sunday Mass, the celebrant would deliver a sermon–not a mild homily–on the battle which lies before us.

    Bless you,

    Bill Meyer

  • Jim Ryland
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    May Our Lord grant you strength in these times and bestow special grace and blessings on your work.

    Jim

  • AJ
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for your steadfast witness and voice in these our times. Your example is so much needed by us who only wish to stand by our faith and live it. Please be assured of my prayers as I also ask of yours. I got your post and blog from Fr. Z whom I’m thankful for putting it up.

    Kissing the Sacred Purple,

    AJ Garcia

  • Ellen
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank so much Cardinal Dolan, I will share this with my friends and family. Please know that you and the other bishops are in my prayers daily.

  • mollie
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    thank you Card. Dolan. we pray for you daily and pray for all the bishops and priests to continue to lead this fight! we are with you

  • Leigh
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for your constant, faithful leadership! Count on prayers.

    From a grateful NYS Catholic.

  • Vicki
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank You Cardinal Dolan! i am so thankful that you are leading us at this terrible time as our religious liberty is being trampled. May God Bless & Keep You!

  • Mrs. C.
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. My prayers are with you and your brother bishops.

  • Katrina
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    May I, as an English Catholic, say how much you are giving strength and encouragement to priests and laity over here.

  • NancyP
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for so eloquently stating what our Church teaches and how Catholics and Catholic institutions care for those in need around the world.

  • Jill from Lincoln, NE
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Fr. Z sent me to your com box, and I am glad he did! It gives me the opportunity to encourage you and to thank you for your leadership! You and your brother bishops and priests are in my prayers daily that our Lord will give you all the strength, courage, faith, encouragement, fortitude,and consolation you need in these difficult, challenging days. If God is for us,who can be against us? (Romans 8).

    I will remember you tonight in the Rosary.

    Keep smiling, and hang in there!

    Jill in Lincoln – a Lutheran swimming the Tiber

  • Marilyn
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your clear and resounding defense of Holy Mother Church. I pray for you daily and will continue to do so.

  • Jessica
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much for you timely response, Cardinal Dolan.

  • Michael
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Keep up the good fight! My prayers are with you!

  • Clinton
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, thank you so much for your leadership on this issue. I truly believe that
    if the Church’s institutions assent to this administration’s mandate now, it will provide
    the precedent for other equally horrible mandates later. Who’s to say that later on Church
    institutions won’t be forced to accept mandates for euthanasia or IVF, for example?

  • Mary
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your wise and generous leadership of our Church during a time when she is under attack.

  • Mitchell
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    As a University student, I find your display of defending the faith admirable and laudable in an age where faith is seen as mutually exclusive with reason. Thank you for stating the good aspects of the Church were we, as a society, have a propensity to tear down the Church. I pray that you continue, through Christ, to be a light in the Church where there is so much darkness.

  • Tripudians
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank You Your Excellency!

  • Tim Langenderfer
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your leadership on this. Tonight before dinner when we put today’s contribution in the CRS ricebowl I’ll read your post.

  • LauraB
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    You Eminence,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your leadership and strength in this difficult time. Please know Catholic women support you and stand with you through this. You are not alone. We just wish we knew what to do to help you (other than vote and send emails, of course). You are not alone!!

  • kevin
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    thank you. you and this whole situation are in prayer at a university parish in ohio.

  • Katherine
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you for you continuing stand for religious freedom and your leadership. Please continue as our leader.

  • Kevin
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your strong and clear leadership. You remain in my prayers.

  • Janet E
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    I read a portion of this entry over a Fr Z’s blog and he encouraged us to come here and read more. Thank you for your courage and leadership on behalf of all American Catholics. We are praying for you and all the bishops and offering our sacrifices that the Church may remain free here in the US.

  • kelleyb
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan. I will continue to pray for you and your brother Bishops.

  • Montenegro
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Stay strong, Your Eminence!

  • SDuffy
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan! My family will keep you in our prayers and pray that the Good Lord continues to give you the strength to defend our religious freedom at this crucial time.

  • Gwenny
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Father. My husband and I will say a special prayer for St. Joseph to pray for you today.

  • Jeff
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan – THANK YOU! As hard as it is to keep fighting and keep religious freedom on the front burner NEVER BACK DOWN! The faithful support you 100% and you are in our prayers.

  • Jill LoBiondo
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for your statement on religious rights and standing up for TRUE healthcare for women and children.

    Please know that my family and friends are all praying for you.

    May God Bless you,

    Jill LoBiondo and Family Jupiter, FL May St. Joseph intercede for all your needs!

  • JonPatrick
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, thank you very much for your witness for the Church and for religious freedom. God bless you!

  • JimF
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, thank you for your leadership on this issue. You, and all the U.S. Bishops, remain in my prayers!

  • Deacon Michael
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for you leadership and courage! Never forget the words of the Lord to Joshua, “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.'” (Joshua 1:9)

    Be assured of my prayers…

  • Guy Power
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for your strong voice in the public square! Pray that all cardinals, bishops, priests, and deacons echo your words and sentiments — from the pulpit as well as the public square.

    Fr. Zuhlsdorf sent me!

  • Andi M
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much for continuing to be the public voice of the Church on this matter. I encourage you to keep up the good work. Please know that you and all of the Bishops have my prayers and those of many other good people.
    May God bless you and your work.

  • Deborah Gyapong
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you for your steadfast defense of religious freedom in the public square and demonstrating what Catholic courage looks like on the part of a shepherd.

    Deborah Gyapong

  • Jacob
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Most Eminent Cardinal Dolan,

    You are in my prayers! Thank you for all that you have done so far.

    Kissing the Sacred Purple,

    Jacob

  • Michael
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thanks so much for this, Cardinal Dolan! God bless.

  • MichaelG
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for the work you do, Cardinal Dolan! Keep standing strong! The world, the flesh, and the devil are working hard to destroy the church. We need the bishops to stand up and tell us what is right and what is wrong.

  • Andy Lucy
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    God bless you, Eminence. Thank you for standing up for Holy Mother Church against this assault by the modernist behemoth. Please, Eminence, I implore you, do not falter, do not waver, do not cede one millimeter. Be assured of the continued prayers of my family on a daily basis.

  • Diane
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    God bless you Cardinal Dolan, for speaking out and defending women’s rights!
    Our prayers are with you always.

  • Thom
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for your leadership and your witness. We’re praying for you out here in Seattle.

  • Robert
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    “But the Church should not be the ones on the defensive here. We’re on the offensive when it comes to women’s health, education, and welfare, here at home, and throughout the world. We hardly need lectures on this issue from senators.”

    Excellent! Even though we need to fight — and fight hard — remember: we have already won the victory, through Jesus! The gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church — and neither will the federal government.

  • Confederate Papist
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,

    Another Fr Z reader here, and I have been praying for you and your brother bishops for a long time. Keep up the fight and we’ll have your backs!

    May God continue to bless you and your brother bishops!

    Deo Vindice!

  • Cam
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Keep up the good work, Your Eminence. Fr. Z sent me!

  • Jeff Holston
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your statement – may God be with you and support you and all the Bishops as you seek to educate both Catholics and Non-Catholics about the importance of Freedom of Religion, and, even more importantly, about the Truth of Catholic teaching on Life and how this teaching should be, and is, lived out in thousands of Catholic institutions which serve Christ and our fellow man on a daily basis.

  • David Homoney
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    JMJ

    Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you for this. You have been a staunch defender of Holy Mother Church on this issue. From a traditional Catholic you have my thanks and prayers. Sent from Fr. Z’s site.

    Beneditcite Deum,

    David Homoney

  • JohnE
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Well said Cardinal Dolan.

  • Teresa
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, I am grateful to you for your encouraging words. Thank you and God bless you! My prayers are with you as you lead us in the fight for religious freedom!

  • Robert
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Excellent! Even though we need to fight — and fight hard — remember: we have already won the victory, through Jesus! The gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church — and neither will the federal government.

  • Paul H
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you for not backing down on this crucial issue of religious freedom. My family and I have been including you and your brother bishops in our prayers on a regular basis, and will continue to do so.

  • Joe
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for a point that should be conclusive for anyone w/ a brain and does a little research. Of course, for people with a Totalitarian agenda, logic and facts get in the way. Keep fighting the good fight. Never, ever submit! I am praying for you.

  • Gretchen
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for standing in the breach. We are heartened.

    From another Fr. Z reader.

  • Scott Hedges
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for your strong leadership. My prayers are with you and all the bishops, priests, and consecrated religious who preach and live out the Gospel of Christ during this time of attack.

    God love you Cardinal Dolan!

  • Gloria Thiele
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. Never back down. Never.

    BTW Father Z sent me!

  • Irenaeus G. Saintonge
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for your faithful service, Cardinal Dolan! We’re all praying for you.

  • Jonathan K
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Eminence, for spelling out the issues clearly and succinctly. I scratch my head when people claim that the Catholic Church wants to deny healthcare to women. The opposite has been true for a very long time. And then there’s the issue of pregnancy being a disease, which it is not. I will pray for you and all of our Bishops, particularly those in the US.

  • Nathanael Block
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    God bless you, Cardinal Dolan! Thank you so much for speaking our firmly and directly.

  • Mr. & Mrs. John F. Langsenkamp
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you so much for your brave stand against the forces of the Enemy and the Culture of Death.

    May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire you. We will support you always.

    With Great Respect from Green Bay, Wisconsin

    John & Mary Langsenkamp

  • Yianni
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    As a Greek Orthodox Christian, I’d like to thank you for your bold leadership against lies and obfuscation, and for the religious freedom of all Americans, of whatever faith or denomination. May God bless not only your unequivocal witnessing to the truth, but your personal gift of doing so in a positive, clear, energetic way. May your example inspire our own Orthodox hierarchs to a vastly more robust and visible defense of our basic freedoms than has been seen to date.

    My prayers are with you and the Roman Catholic and Orthodox bishops – that in your teaching capacity, you may successfully clarify what is at stake here. Even more so, my prayers are with the American people, that we rise from our slumber to meet this challenge. The Christians of the Balkans, Middle East, and E. Europe know what it means to live under anti-Christian tyranny. My deepest gratitude for your important witness in helping to awaken America to the nature of the current threat.

  • Fr. Joseph Capella
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Please keep up the efforts in this matter and continue to educate and inform us all until all of our people join you in speaking out for life. God Bless

  • Allan S.
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Eminence, for defending the Catholic faith. I fear that your brother Cardinal George is right: his successor will die in prison for the faith, while his successor will die in the public square. It was nice to see you get a wonderful parade, but I despair the punishment our Church will undergo at the hands of secular “liberals” and their Culture of Death. My Rosary is said every Thursday for you and your brother Cardinals and Bishops, that they will be zealous defenders of Truth and human dignity, and total, unswerving fidelity to all the Church holds to be true, regardless of how unpopular (or unlawful) that truth may become. May God bless and keep you, and may Our Lady protect you. Our Lady of Akita, pray for us….

  • Laura
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much Cardinal Dolan for your inspirational words and for your wonderful witness in this time of crisis. You and all the Bishops are in my prayers in this fight for our religious liberty. I fear however, that this is only the beginning. May Our Lord give you wisdom and courage in this battle and may he help President Obama see the error of his ways.

  • George Stephen
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, you have expressed succinctly what is at issue in this debate and the dishonest tactics used by the proponents of the culture of death. May God bless and keep you!

  • Michael M
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank You, Eminence, for your inspirational defense of Holy Mother Church . You are such a support and joy for all the faithful.

  • PIOTR
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    GREAT CARDINAL DOLAN. THANK YOU WITH PRAYERS FROM PIOTR IN POLAND

  • JeannieB
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    An edifying and uplifting example! Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your leadership and commitment to protect religious freedom!
    Prayers from St. Louis…

  • Craig J
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Eminence. We have needed and are now receiving clear leadership on this topic and others. God keep, protect, and prosper your work.

  • SH
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    I am an orthodox Catholic woman who has found great wisdom and love in the Church’s teachings on birth control, etc. Please know we are out here and we support you. Keep fighting the good fight! My prayers are with you and all the bishops.
    God bless you!

  • Andrew Jones
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    May Our Lord Jesus bless you and grant you an increase in courage, and importantly faith, hope and charity! You inspire me, a young Catholic adult, to be clear, unashamed and charitable about sharing and defending my faith. Thank you.

  • John Hinsley
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for you leadership and faithful witness. We will be with you no matter what.

  • AC
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Eminence, for your strength and encouragement in this time of need. May God bless you richly!

  • KrisH
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, thank you for standing up for Freedom of Religion and conscience! In the midst of all the rancor over this issue, please know that millions of Catholics stand with you and are praying for you and our courageous bishops!

  • Kay
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for being one of the few Shepherds who stand up for the Truth. Bravo!

  • J Dudley
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    You go, Cardinal Dolan! Teach the faith, and be strong. Plenty of people are praying for you.

  • Steven
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for defending our Catholic Church against the lies and spinning of the Obama administration. Your leadership in this fight is crucial to the final outcome…which will be victory! God will win this fight sooner or later. Thanks again Cardinal Dolan and may God give you much strength.

    Steven
    Milwaukee Wisconsin

  • jmm
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Bless you. True Catholics stand with you.

  • Richard
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal, Dolan, for the concise and insightful clarification of the present issues. I thank God for the solid job you are doing as shepherd of His faithful.

  • Jack Meyer
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan; we NEED your courage and leadership. You have my daily prayers. Go Card(s)!

    Former Glennonite,

    Jack

  • Jeff C
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Multas gratias, Your Eminence. I will pray for you and for all of God’s priests.

  • Gary Penkala
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,

    As one former NAC-er to another, thank you for your strong and forthright defense of religious liberties in the US and for “exposing” the beautiful work that the Church has always done in the health care milieu.

    NAC Music Director (1991-93)

  • Dom
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan. We will keep praying for you and all the Bishops.

  • Matt
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for this! May God give you (and us all) continued courage and strength to last though this onslaught… And to emerge victorious.

  • Jason
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your strong and outspoken defense of our beloved church. I will keep you in my players.

  • Ella
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    I just saw your your post and blog on Fr. Z’s blog. Thank you so much, Your Eminence, for standing up for the the truth of Christ and His Church in an evil world.

  • Jonathan C
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Eminence, for your courageous stand against injustice and tyranny. Thank you for your words of comfort to the faithful across America and across the world. Be strengthened by knowing the thousands upon thousands who beseech the King of Glory and the Queen Mother for your health, sanity, intentions, and strength daily.

  • JasonH
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Keep up the good fight. I am thankful for you and Bishop Thomas Olmsted here in Phoenix.

    Just to let you know, Father Z sent me here.

    Peace

  • MisterB
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, thank you so much for your strength and leadership. You are in my prayers.

  • Chris Beasley
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Excellency,

    My deepest gratitude for your backbone and voice on this critical issue. My prayers for with you and for all our Bishops to draw a “line in the sand” and stand up to this abuse from our government. God bless and strengthen you!

  • MB
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you and God Bless You, your Eminence!

  • Blaise
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    Thank you for your work and your strong voice for the Truth. As an English Catholic I second Katrina’s comments. I will be praying for you, your fellow bishops and your priests.

  • PAT
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    I am another visitor referred here from Fr. Zuhlsdorf’s WDTPRS blog.

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for your strong and principled leadership! We are ready to stand firm in defense of our religious liberty, which truly is at the heart of this matter. We will not be forced against our consciences to fund an intrinsic evil. We will not comply with HHS mandates!

  • LaudemGloriae
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful story and all you do.

  • P. Guillaume Petit
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Eminence !
    I am a French priest and proud to belong to this our Beloved Church you defend with strength !
    I keep you in my prayers.

    P. Guillaume+

  • DaveM
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for defending the liberty of the Church and of all religious believers. May God bless you and give you strength to carry on the battle. I will pray for you and for all our bishops.

  • kerry
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    “IHS” not hhs. “We will not comply!”. Arrived from Father Z’s.

  • Kevin Egger
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    May God bless you and all your efforts to lead and defend the Church and Her Faithful!

    Thank you!

    Kevin (Sent here by Father Z “What does the prayer really say”)
    San Diego

  • David
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your courageous leadership. God bless you.

  • Christine
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    It is so inspiring and refreshing to have a leader with a backbone defending Mother Church!! Father Z sent me over to tell you how much I support you, the teaching of the Catholic Church, and our freedom to practice our faith! Please- stand strong and may the Holy Spirit help you in any debates or in defense of our beliefs. May I suggest some preaching and teaching from the pulpit on contraception, sterilization, abortifacients,etc? Or workshops, inserts in the bulletin, lectures. So many Catholics don’t know their own faith because they haven’t heard it explained. This is a teachable moment. Our culture allows anything and no longer defines or defends any moral parameters. It’s a very frightening time for our faith, our country, our families, and especially, our children. We need your guidance and leadership so much!!

  • Paulo
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for your leadership! Count on prayers from the Great White North. “May the Holy Spirit, we beseech you, oh Lord, inflame us with the fire which our Lord Jesus Christ came to cast upon the earth, and which he ardently desired should be enkindled.”

  • Charlotte Allen
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Way to go, Cardinal Dolan! Keep fighting the good fight!

  • Suzy
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    You are assured of my prayers and support, Cardinal Dolan! God bless you!

  • Josh
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Emminence, for these edifying words! I will pray that many will read them and I will pray for you as well!

  • catherine
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan! Not just for your strong and just message, but also the way you lovingly and humorously deliver it. I am going to offer up my adoration hour for you tonight.

  • Elizabeth
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. And God bless you for your firmness. The battle has begun in earnest. Please remain strong. The Lord will bless you. I say all Catholics should be willing to be arrested in maintaining our Faith!

  • Angela
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Excellent! We just carry on working without making a fuss. Now is the time to start making a fuss. People believe what they think of the Church without actually knowing anything much of what she actually teaches/does.

  • Dillon
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much, Your Eminence, for supporting orthodox Catholic teaching and being such a bastion of hope to faithful American Catholics. Please know of my prayers for you.

  • J
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    May St. Joseph, protector of the Holy Family, pray for you on his feast day as you work to protect life and liberty.

    We ARE behind you on this.

  • Mrs. G.
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    God keep you and bless you abundantly, Your Eminence!
    We will stand with you, do not worry and do not back down.
    Father Z mentioned your blog – glad he did.

  • WJS
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan:

    We support you 110% Don’t ever give up the fight; for the Light will always triumph over darkness. We will always pray for you and all your U.S. Bishops. God Bless.

    WJS

  • Beth
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Keep standing up for what is right. Please do not retreat from this battle. You are being prayed for. Call upon the Holy Spirit to embolden you and your brother bishops to proceed with fortitude and wisdom.

  • Karen
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardial Dolan for your perseverance and leadership in working to protect religious freedom. As you state, it IS about religious freedom, which I feel is eroding in many sectors as we Catholics and other Christians are becoming increasingly marginalized and mocked for our belief in God and practice of our faith. Contraception and abortifacients now, abortion fund premiums tomorrow, gay church weddings officiated by pastors and other ‘good as evil and evil as good’ shortly thereafter is beyond painful to witness. Please continue to fight beyond Obama’s current offerings of compromises so that ALL Catholics in every sector of work and society are free to follow God according to His will and OUR consciences, not Obama’s whims. I pray for you and our other shepherds continued strength, wisdom, prudence, courage and humility in this epic battle.

  • joan ellen
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence Cardinal Dolan,
    Coming from Fr. Z’s blog to say thanks to you Cardinal Dolan and the Bishops for your Catholic leadership. I pray God continues to give you all sufficient grace for your steadfast leadership.

  • Tom Timmons
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    God Bless you and the valuable work you perform. You’re in my prayers.
    Blessings,
    Tom Timmons

  • Don L
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, I am deeply grateful for your leadership and defense of our religious freedom. You are in my prayers as I ask the Lord to give you courage and strength to sustain you in the difficult days ahead.

  • Andrea
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan!!!

  • John
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Greetings Cardinal Dolan from another Fr. Z reader.

    I promise to pray more for you and your brother bishops. Please know that as you take on this challenge that there are many of us behind you, praying for you and for the Church. Just look over your shoulder and see us. Know that we are with you.

    God bless you, Eminence.

  • Paul Finch
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan! Praying for you.

  • Sondra
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan!
    I pray for you and all Bishops of Mother Holy Church daily.
    Oh yeah, Fr. Z sent me!

  • MilitantCatholic
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Coming in from Father Z’s blog. Prayers are being said for your intentions. DO NOT YIELD ONE MORE INCH to this Marxist, evil administration.

  • Michelle Snyder
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for being such a strong defender of the Church at this time. We appreciate so much your leadership, and keep you in our prayers.

  • Bryan Kennedy
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for being another brave voice in this turbulent world. Fr. Z has helped put my faith into perspective and I thank him and you for another enlightening blog!

  • Monica
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    thank you for speaking truth clearly. stay the course!

  • Dennis
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, your Eminence, for your words. You have the support of many of us. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide you so that you may guide us well, as I am sure is your wish.

  • Mishka
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your moral leadership is a great encouragement for us all, even on the other side of the world in Australia. Be assured of our prayers for you and your work. May God bless Your Eminence!

  • KC
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    God bless you, Cardinal Dolan!
    Thank you for your strong and courageous stand for religious freedom. You and the USCCB remain in our prayers.

  • Mike
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. Please know that so many of us are behind you and willing to help in any way we can.

  • Rachel
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,

    God bless you and thank you! I am praying for you! It is a wonderful time to be a Catholic now, and I am so grateful for your leadership! May our Holy Mother watch over you always.

  • Gina Marie
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. As an adopted baby girl through Catholic Charities baptized on January 21, 1973 by the most wonderful Catholic parents, who is now a grown woman and mother, too…I appreciate your Salt and Light for women, children and all of the faithful. Many prayers for You and for all of our Priests! God Bless You!

  • CPT Tom
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    May The Good Lord watch over you and continue to give you the strengthe strength tothe continue to be a true priest and shepherd in the face of the evil before us. I am so thankful for your candor and example of being Catholic in and out of season. Yours in Christ,

  • Jane
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan! God bless you!

  • DB Hamilton
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for your stand for religious freedom in the United States. Thank you for your clear teaching of our faith. It gives hope to those who follow the Church’s teachings, as well as giving light to those who have drifted from those teachings for whatever reason. Thank you again.

  • Bill L
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan. We love you and pray for you. Keep fighting the good fight of our blessed Lord!

  • Marty
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Mat God bless you every day for your courage and leadership!

  • JamesGB
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, please know that you have the full support of the faithful Catnolics in the U.S. Please continue to be a strong yet compassionate voice in the public square and do not waiver in your defense of Catholic teaching.

  • Catherine Ruschke
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for standing strong against the Obama Administration and standing firm in our faith. My prayers are with you.

  • Janice
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for courageously fighting to take care of us and helping all our priests to do the same. We need you all! May God reward you!

  • Sara
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, I am so grateful that you are not backing down on this issue. Perhaps you might wonder whether the people in the pews are behind you. Please know that they are. We are so thankful for your leadership and the intelligence and grace with which you speak your mind. May God continue to bless you and your brother Bishops!

  • Kathy
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your leadership during these trying times. Praying for you and all the bishops.

  • Susan
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    I pray a rosary for you every month.
    Thank you so much for taking a strong stand against our current secular culture.
    May God keep you in His care & bless you always.

  • Kenneth Jones
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, I had the opportunity to listen to your Is and Ought address recently; coupled with this recent post (Father Z highlighted it on his blog) I am renewed and inspired, hopeful about the Church in America. I reside currently in China, near Shanghai, where I see a different Catholic Church — comprising the very old and the younger generation as well. It is good to see Faith blooming. While these faithful are indeed more concerned with affairs of their own State’s relationship with them and with Catholicism, know that we are here watching and praying for you and for all the Church around the world. Please pray for the Church in China.

  • Marc M
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, thank you for your courage in the proclamation of the Truth in these trying times. You are most certainly storing up great troves of treasure in Heaven.

  • Lynn
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for being such a clear voice in the public square!

  • Stephanie Wieskamp
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan – Thank you for your leadership in these dark and difficult times. You, and all our church leaders, are in my prayers. May God bless you

  • Trish Bevill
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    Thank you for your courage in speaking out.
    You remain in our family’s prayers.
    JMJ
    Trish

  • A Monk of SVA
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    You are in my prayers. Keep proclaiming the truth.

    Pax,

    A Monk of St. Vincent

  • John
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan please continue to lead us against the Marxist attacts on the Church. I read your statement on Fr.Z blog.

  • Michele
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for speaking the Truth!

  • NateE
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. I think this is a powerful rebuttal to those who charge that the church is opposed to women’s rights and women’s healthcare. Thank you and your brother bishops for your leadership! I’ll continue to pray for the [complete] rescission of the HHS mandate.

  • Susan Sauls
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Thank you for leading us through this time. You and your brother Bishops are in my prayers.

  • K. Houser
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    Thank you for your strong leadership. You and all the bishops are in my daily prayers.

    K. Houser

  • Cindy
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan! Continued prayers for you and all the bishops. Stand strong, and we’ll stand with you.

  • Alan
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, I was referred to this by Fr Zuhlsdorf referred me to this. Thank you for your strong and eloquent example. May God bless you and preserve you in your vocation.

  • mark docherty
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Deo Gratias for your strong stance on this issue. We are deeply appreciative of your courageous actions!

  • Ron
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. Father Z shared your comments on his blog. Our prayers are with you and all Bishops and Priests. Continue to stand strong. We’ve got your back, Your Eminence.

  • Mary Sorensen
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    I’ll be taking copies of this article with me to the Stand Up For Religious Freedom rally on Friday (more info here: http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com) to hand out to anyone who walks by.

    Thank you, Your Eminence, for everything you are doing for Holy Mother Church in the US. You are in my prayers!

  • Kay
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    We continue to keep you in our prayers. Thank you for your courageous leadership in these difficult times. It’s really important for church leaders to engage in education and catechesis. So many people don’t understand what is really at stake here. God bless.

  • Therese W
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Card. Dolan, for your fatherly defense of Catholics and your support for religious freedom in America. I ask you to go the extra mile and do all you can to defeat Obamacare itself–many people of good will, including agnostics and atheists who respect religion while holding to none, are fully aware that a violation of conscience is but one volley in the attack being made on human life by the present administration. Our courageous witness as Catholic clergy and laity can break through lies and hype to bring souls to Christ. Seen in this light, the situation we now face is as much an opportunity to tell the truth about the Church as an assault upon Her. May God preserve us in this fight and give the victory. Viva Christo Rey!

  • Terry Brown
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Great work, Cardinal Dolan! We are lucky to have your voice so clear on this.

    Terry

  • Vic
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your leadership. I wish all our bishops were as forthwith as you are. Thank you again.

  • Jim Dolen
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    The Church does some wonderful work for women. Ethiopia and some of the other countries do not afford equality to women, much like back in Christ’s time. Just like we observe and fight against the inequality for women in these countries, the Church needs to provide equality for women in the Church. Our society has evolved from Christ’s time so that now women are equal to men. IT’S TIME TO ORDAIN WOMEN AS PRIESTS.

  • Anne
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for being the strong leader we need in this dark time. I am afraid to think about what comes next if we don’t stand firm against the forces that expect us to change to suit their objectives.

  • Mrs. McC
    March 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    Father Z’s posting about your article led me here – THANK YOU! Please stay strong. We are praying and fasting for you, for your brother Bishops and for our priests.
    This is not a battle of flesh and blood but of principalities and powers…

  • Colleen
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for your leadership and faith. You have my prayers.

  • Mrs. B
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    Thank you for defending the Church. You and all Religious are in my and my childrens’ prayers. Fr. Z led me to this site.

  • Skiesow
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you for defending our Mother Church. May Blessed Mary, ever virgin cover you in her motherly mantle and interceed on our behalf so that all Catholics hearts are opened to hear and understand why this is such an important issue.

    God bless you and Mary keep you.

  • DianneC
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    You are in my prayers, Cardinal Dolan! God Bless you for your faithfulness to Holy Mother Church!

  • Chris
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Keep at the good fight, Your Eminence!

  • Beth
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    May St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother be great intercessors for you all year long. We need your leadership, strength, courage and humor. Thanking God for that. Father Z sent me to this sight to encourage you to keep on keeping on! May the Holy Spirit touch your spirit with great courage in the months and years ahead.
    Blessings to you.

  • Shannon
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    God be praised for your leadership in this tumultuous time in the US! May the Holy Spirit guide us all.

  • CJ Williams
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for this post, Your Eminence, and for your leadership on this issue. As an Catholic from the U.S. who has lived abroad for many years now, I am following this battle for the Church’s religious freedom in my country with grave concern. It is encouraging to see that bishops leading the fight with vigor and speaking out clearly. you may be assured of my prayers for you.

  • Ruth Maxfield
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for all you our doing for our Catholic identity and our religious freedom. You are in our daily prayers.

  • Karen
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, thank you so much for your leadership and your voice on this issue. Please continue to lead the fight. Prayers for strength and wisdom.

  • MarkS
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your efforts on the First Amendment rights of religion. Father Z has graciously kept his followers informed of your work in this important battle. We are praying for you and all of the US bishops!

  • Blaine
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Fr. Z. pointed out this story. Thank you so much for the work you do most importantly for our souls but also the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. God Bless you.

  • Melinda
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    May the prayers of St. Joseph bless you this day and always. .

  • Julie
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Keep up the fight! I’m praying for you.

  • Filipe
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, eminence, for your witness.
    May the Lord keep you humble and strengthen you for the fight to come.

  • Michael Sharkey
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    God Bless you Cardinal Dolan! Thank you for your leadership. I pray that Our Lady Queen of priests will be to you a protector, intercessor, and loving mother.

  • David
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence:

    Thank you for your courageous stand in defense of Jesus Christ, the Church, and religious liberty. I will pray for you.

  • Ginny
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan – Thank you so much for speaking out on this issue. God bless you for your continued work. Prayers are being said for you on a daily basis.

  • Anne Tait
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Fr. Z sent me.
    Thank you for reminding us of all the Catholic Church continues to do for women and children here and throughout the world.

    May God continue to bless you and give your voice a hearing.

    Anne

  • Kevin L.
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    God bless you, your Eminence. Please for the love of God and his Holy Church keep up your outstanding Ministry!

  • Tom
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    God bless you, Eminence. keep up the good fight for God’s Holy Church.

  • Jennifer Evancho
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,
    We pray a Memorare every day for all the Bishops. May God continue to bless us with your witness and protect you as you work out your and our salvation!
    Jennifer

  • John M
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    My prayers are with you. We can’t give up.

  • Donna
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    +JMJ+ Thank you, your Eminence, May God bless you for your fidelity to our Holy Faith. Our family prays for you and your brother bishops daily.

  • Aimee
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for your leadership, and for reminding us of why this fight is so important for all of us, Bless you.

  • Susan Peterson
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your strong defense of the truth. Your letter which Fr. Zuhlsdorf cited is just what I need for my FB debate with some who think the Church is “against women” -especially the last paragraph! Please keep doing what you are doing, and encourage your fellow bishops to do the same. We so need strong bishops.
    Susan Peterson

  • Gina
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    BLESS YOU, Cardinal Dolan. You, my good and holy priest, are a true Kiss from the Holy Spirit. May you forever feel the smile of Our Lady upon you, and may you be granted true discernment and the unshakable inner peace that only Christ can grant.

    Amen, Cardinal Dolan. You are a true beacon of Truth in these dark and confused times.

  • Mary Conces
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Keep it up, Cardinal Dolan! Father Z said you would appreciate support, and I’m happy to oblige. It is indeed religious freedom that is the primary issue in this confrontation with the government. I wonder how much dependence upon govenment money we’ll have to sacrifice in order to be really free. (Ouch!) My hunch is that it might come to more than financial sacrifice. But let’s pray hard for the strength to stand firm–clergy and laity alike. And while we’re at it, let’s try “in house”, as opposed to the public square, to realize that the church’s teaching on sexual morality is indeed the only path to genuine woman’s liberation–as it was from the beginning.

  • B Knotts
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for continuing to speak out on this!

  • AngelaR
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    I thank you Cardinal Dolan, and ask that all bishops speak out for women, children, men, and all Catholics. We want to hear the Truth. We want to see our good shepherds standing up and leading us through the good fight we are called to fight. Thank you, and may God bless and guide you always.

  • dennis neylon
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan for your eloquence and your leadership. May God continue to bless you and HIS church.

  • David Zampino
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    God bless you, Cardinal Dolan!

    We miss you in Milwaukee, but know you’re where God has called you!

  • Christina P
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Yes, thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for your leadership during this controversy!

  • janne liu
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    thank you your Eminence! For all you are finally doing in this battle, for you and your brother bishops and all the priests and religious, I pray that the Blessed Mother intercede for you and for all of us.

  • Dick Eggers
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    Our strength is through prayer and the Holy Spirit, led by yourself! We all need to speak up – in love – and the enemy will flee! The ONLY choice is life!

  • Helen
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much Cardinal Dolan. I was sent here via Fr. Z and I’m so glad I read this. My prayers are with you.

  • Mark
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your leadership and standing up. God bless you.

  • Mark
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    At a time when the church despirately needs leaders, thanks for stepping up. God Bless.

  • Mark
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    At a time the Catholic Church needs leaders, thanks for stepping up. God Bless

  • PracticallyCatholic
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for your honesty, your courage, your commitment and your leadership. I’ve been studying ‘Epic: A Journey of Church History’ and learning about the courageous leaders that God sends to us during our hour of need. I believe, sir, that with the risk of religious liberty hanging in the balance, that you are one of those sent to lead in our hour of need. Thank you for your faith and your ‘yes’.

    God Bless You.

  • Dave
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for holding and teaching the faith in tough times. You are in our family’s prayers.

    Fr. Z sent me…

  • Traditionalist Catholic mom
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Thanks and prayers.

  • mike cliffson
    March 20, 2012 Reply

    Ipray God give you and Bishops everywhere the courage and faith and love shown By Saint and Bishop Fisher.

  • SS
    March 21, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan! I’ll be praying for you.

    Oh, and greetings from Fr. Z and his readers, of whom I am one.

  • John Cahill
    March 21, 2012 Reply

    Where authentic dissent is virtually unrepresented, truth vanishes — and I believe that is the case with this blog. Our new cardinal must decide whether he is going to foster a cult of sychophants or a culture of truth where differing views are encouraged — and published for discussion. I do not believe that more than 98% of the comments received by the webmaster are “Thank you” notes, as indicated by the published comments. There seems to be unhealthy censorship here and we already know the kind of corruption that fosters.

  • Jeff
    March 21, 2012 Reply

    God Bless you, Your Eminence, for boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Life and defending our Religious Liberty to boot! It seems as if Divine intervention has placed you at the head of the Catholic Church in America at just the right time. Again, God Bless!

  • Anita
    March 21, 2012 Reply

    I truly hope your courage in speaking up will inspire others to do the same. Clergy and laymen alike. Unfortunately, I believe most of the country doesn’t see the real problems. How come there isn’t any talk about how these ‘services’ are going to be provided for minors WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT? If this goes through, then what else will our children have to be subjected to?

  • Irene
    March 21, 2012 Reply

    @John Cahill. I agree with you that this blog is an echo chamber. I’m not sure about the censorship, it might just be a self-selecting audience: all of the Cardinal’s conservative political posts generate validating comments by conservative Catholics. As a member of the Archdiocese of NY, though, I am certain that the comments on this site do not reflect the thinking of the overall Catholic community here. We actually do count a few progressive (gasp!) Catholics among us in NYC.

  • John
    March 21, 2012 Reply

    I do not doubt the excellent work of Catholic Charities in providing healthcare to women, men, and children and hope that the work will go on. It is difficult for me. however, to understand, even after reading Cardinal Dolan’s online text, in what ways the Catholic Church’s freedom to perform these works is being challenged. This has been an ongoing problem with the entire “religious freedom” position of the Church; no specific examples of how any Catholic’s right to practice his/her faith is in jeopardy. The US Constitution prevents the government from “prohibiting the free exercise” of one’s religion. How do any of the current US healthcare laws “prohibit” a Catholic from going to Mass, receiving the Eucharist, becoming baptized, attending religious schools, marrying in a religious ceremony, etc.?

  • John
    March 21, 2012 Reply

    A further note: a recent “New York Times” article listed several Catholic universities, hospitals, and institutions that pay for birth-control pills in their insurance plans. One of them was Cardinal Dolan’s Archdiocese of New York. Can anyone from the Archdiocese verify this?

  • Concerned Female Catholic
    March 21, 2012 Reply

    “When it comes to the health of women, their babies, and their children, the Catholic Church is there, the most effective private provider of such care anywhere around.” The previous statement does not ring true for those of us working in the church, with the current threat of our health care being eliminated if the government backs the church into a corner. It’s been hard enough to secure a job that provides health care with the job market and economy as it is. Women’s health care is even more expensive than men’s to purchase on your own. I used to feel working for the church was a safe haven, now I just feel it’s like any other corporation using my benefits as pawn in a political game. There are too many variables in this fight…at the cost of what?

  • Steven
    March 21, 2012 Reply

    John…
    I can’t believe you fail to believe the exercise of religious freedom is being violated here! It’s amazing:) The Federal government is mandating to the Church you don’t have freedom to exercise your religious belief about contraception and abortion. If that isn’t restricting the free exercise of religion..then what is? It is a clear violation of the 1st amendment in which the State or Federal government is mandating a coverage which goes against our religious beliefs. That is preventing the Church from practicing our Faith fully! The haven’t shut down the Mass but who knows what is next from Liberal Americans. It always starts out small John…so small that some people can’t see it…like you.

  • mary gibbs
    March 22, 2012 Reply

    thank you, cardinal dolan, for leading this effort to secure our religious rights under the first amendment. However, I received in answer to my request, from The Newman Society, three pages of catholic colleges, hospitals, etc. (institutions) which currently supply their employees, patients, etc., with contraceptives or contraceptive insurance coverage, approximately fifteen in number. I do not understand this at all. However, there are many things about the Catholic Church of the past forty-five years that I do not understand. Obama was right when he said Catholic priests no longer preach against contraception. When I was young, and even while I was raising a young family, Msgr.Thos J. McCarthy, would instruct the ushers to close the front doors of the church so passersby would not hear him haranguing and berating us parishioners for contracepting & other sins against the 6th commandment. What’s changed?

  • Steven
    March 25, 2012 Reply

    To John Cahill,
    If there is censorship on this site…then how come your comment got on here?? It just could be that many people from around the USA and the world agree with Cardinal Dolan.

  • Nicole
    March 28, 2012 Reply

    Another young woman here to say “Thank you!”

    I took oral contraceptives for many years (for legitimate, but mild, medical problems). I had vague misgivings about being on hormones, and the more I learned, the less I liked it. It took me two tries to go off — the first time I lasted about a year and then went back with my tail between my legs. I finally did it, the last straw being an article about how it passes out of the body and doesn’t get removed from the water, where it mutates fish and other aquatic life. Now I’m managing.

    Taking these pills to keep from getting pregnant is a bit like smoking to keep from gaining weight, no? And as with cigarette smoke, people may have thought it only affected them, but it turns out that’s not true.

    Anyway, I certainly am in no place to throw stones at anyone, and I won’t stop them from going down to Walgreens or Target if they don’t want to listen. The problem is when they want it for free, and insist that objectors provide it to them. That is a phony “right.”

    Thank you again. I feel like I know who is REALLY on our side. (For those of you who don’t know, the Church does not just do a little good here and there, it’s one of the largest, most active huanitarian organizations in the world, and if forced out of her broad outreach you will likely miss her in ways you are not even aware of).

  • Nicole
    March 28, 2012 Reply

    One last parting thought:

    “Religious Freedom should be a personal right, not an institutional right.”

    No, it’s both or neither. You cannot have one without the other. And the funny thing is, our opponents will argue either way when it suits them; as of right now the administration is at least pretending to care about the institutions, but individuals have been left in the cold.

  • john639
    April 9, 2012 Reply

    I actually do not believe there is any war on religion. This country has many different faiths and practices. To say that this one single male dominated belief (of prohibiting BC) should rule the land seems to be more of a controlling issue than any sort of religious war. Our country prohibits many other religious beliefs. I personally don’t like one sigle faith ruling our countries healthcare issues. I think that is dangerous and a very bad precedent. Tomorrow another faith could decide women have no right to work and will demand their companies stop employing women. Already over 1,500 bills to limit or deny women’s rights have been introduced on every level. This War on Women is a very dangerous road to travel indeed.

 

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