• Janice Crum
    September 19, 2013 Reply

    He is a loving Pope, sorely needed in our Church.

  • Bernie
    September 19, 2013 Reply

    This newly elected Pope has been truly sent by God to realign the Catholic Church and it’s followers to bring a message of Mercy to the entire world. even though the world is full of bureaucrats the message is loud and clear. Thank you your Eminence .Cardinal Dolan for this posting!!

  • Juan mendeZ
    September 19, 2013 Reply

    Beautiful, just beautiful! We need holy priets who can help us believe in Jesus!! We are tired of false priest who just preach but do not live by the word!!

  • Francisco De Ycaza Diaz
    September 19, 2013 Reply

    The Pastors must say the Truth! If you don’t confess Christ you confess the devil as our Pope said. Pastors must teach all the Truth and not be Cafeteria Pastors (teaching one thing and leaving another one without teaching it) teach all truth wether convenient or inconvenient.
    “Under the pretence of vindicating the rights of man and of reconstituting society, it attacks Christianity; it rejects revealed Doctrine, denounces practices of Piety, the Divine Sacraments, and every Sacred thing as superstition; it strives to eliminate the Christian Character from Marriage and the family and the education of youth, and from every form of instruction, whether public or private, and to root out from the minds of men all respect for Authority, whether human or Divine. On its own part, it preaches the worship of nature, and maintains that by the principles of nature are truth and probity and justice to be measured and regulated. In this way, as is quite evident, man is being driven to adopt customs and habits of life akin to those of the heathen, only more corrupt in proportion as the incentives to sin are more numerous.” – THE REUNION OF CHRISTENDOM Leo XIII

    “From which totally false idea of social government they do not fear to foster that erroneous opinion, most fatal in its effects on the Catholic Church and the salvation of souls, called by Our Predecessor, Gregory XVI, an “insanity,”2 viz., that “liberty of conscience and worship is each man’s personal right, which ought to be legally proclaimed and asserted in every rightly constituted society; and that a right resides in the citizens to an absolute liberty, which should be restrained by no authority whether ecclesiastical or civil, whereby they may be able openly and publicly to manifest and declare any of their ideas whatever, either by word of mouth, by the press, or in any other way.” But, while they rashly affirm this, they do not think and consider that they are preaching “liberty of perdition;”3 and that “if human arguments are always allowed free room for discussion, there will never be wanting men who will dare to resist truth, and to trust in the flowing speech of human wisdom; whereas we know, from the very teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, how carefully Christian faith and wisdom should avoid this most injurious babbling.” – QUANTA CURA Pius IX

    “3. That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error. Based, as it is, on the principle that the State must not recognize any religious cult, it is in the first place guilty of a great injustice to God; for the Creator of man is also the Founder of human societies, and preserves their existence as He preserves our own. We owe Him, therefore, not only a private cult, but a public and social worship to honor Him. Besides, this thesis is an obvious negation of the supernatural order.” – St. Pius X

    ” have to say that the Sillon opposes doctrine to doctrine, that it seeks to build its City on a theory contrary to Catholic truth, and that falsifies the basis and essential notions which regulate social relations in any human society. The following considerations will make this opposition even more evident.

    The Sillon places public authority primarily in the people, from whom it then flows into the government in such a manner, however, that it continues to reside in the people. But Leo XIII absolutely condemned this doctrine in his Encyclical “Diuturnum Illud” on political government in which he said: Modern writers in great numbers, following in the footsteps of those who called themselves philosophers in the last century, declare that all power comes from the people; consequently those who exercise power in society do not exercise it from their own authority, but from an authority delegated to them by the people and on the condition that it can be revoked by the will of the people from whom they hold it. Quite contrary is the sentiment of Catholics who hold that the right of government derives from God as its natural and necessary principle.” Admittedly, the Sillon holds that authority – which first places in the people – descends from God, but in such a way: “as to return from below upwards, whilst in the organization of the Church power descends from above downwards.”

    But besides its being abnormal for the delegation of power to ascend, since it is in its nature to descend, Leo XIII refuted in advance this attempt to reconcile Catholic Doctrine with the error of philosophism. For, he continues: “It is necessary to remark here that those who preside over the government of public affairs may indeed, in certain cases, be chosen by the will and judgment of the multitude without repugnance or opposition to Catholic doctrine. But whilst this choice marks out the ruler, it does not confer upon him the authority to govern; it does not delegate the power, it designates the person who will be invested with it.” – Notre Charge Apostolique, St. Pius X

    “12. Those who believe civil society to have risen from the free consent of men, looking for the origin of its authority from the same source, say that each individual has given up something of his right,[15] and that voluntarily every person has put himself into the power of the one man in whose person the whole of those rights has been centered. But it is a great error not to see, what is manifest, that men, as they are not a nomad race, have been created, without their own free will, for a natural community of life. It is plain, moreover, that the pact which they allege is openly a falsehood and a fiction, and that it has no authority to confer on political power such great force, dignity, and firmness as the safety of the State and the common good of the citizens require. Then only will the government have all those ornaments and guarantees, when it is understood to emanate from God as its august and most sacred source.” – Diuturnum Illud, Leo XIII

    “Therefore it leaves untouched traditional Catholic doctrine on the moral duty of men and societies toward the true religion and toward the one Church of Christ.” – Dignitatis Humanae

    Francisco De Ycaza.

  • mo
    September 19, 2013 Reply

    AMEN, Cardinal, Amen

  • Renee Hitt
    September 19, 2013 Reply

    As are you. We were so blessed to have you in Milwaukee and had the pleasure of your presence at many events. You inspired me to pursue a Masters of Religious studies

  • Gabriel
    September 19, 2013 Reply

    Francis’ message of forgiveness, acceptance and embrace of all works well enough in a Catholic culture where people know they are sinners and have a basic understanding of confession, reconciliation, forgiveness and healing. The problem in translating Francis’ message to post-Christian Europe, Liberal Protestant America and other developed countries is that most of the population either have no concept of sin in their lives or they deny the idea completely. Therefore Francis’ message of forgiveness, acceptance and embrace simply comes across as condoning whatever lifestyle people happen to have chosen. Catholics might make the distinction between loving the sinner and hating the sin…non Catholics both don’t and won’t make that distinction. Consequently, the Pope’s message simply comes across as him being a real nice guy who doesn’t judge anybody–like everybody else in our relativistic society.
    Within his own largely Catholic context the Pope’s message works, but in our own culture his message is in danger of being interpreted as wishy washy, mealy mouthed liberal gobbledegook. He is saying to the homosexual person–”God loves and accepts you and so do I. But you need to sincerely seek him and turn from your sin.” The secular Westerner simply hears him say, “Hey man, I’m OK. You’re OK.” He says, “Neither to I condemn you go and sin no more” and they hear him say, “Neither do I condemn you. Do what you want.”

    • Dorothy
      September 20, 2013 Reply

      Gabriel, I am a non Catholic but came here to read how Catholic’s were Interpreting Pope Francis’ message. I think you are right on the money with how it is being heard
      here in Post Modern America. Just follow some news organization’s Twitter feeds and you will read many views that are not the same as Cardinal Dolan’s interpretation of the Pope’s message. Thank you for expressing your thoughts so clearly.

  • Bob Pegritz
    September 19, 2013 Reply

    Day by day, I am learning that Cardinal Dolan is truly America’s pastor and that he and Pope Francis make an exquisite team.

  • John Gorby
    September 19, 2013 Reply

    Well said Cardinal Dolan

  • Gina LePore
    September 20, 2013 Reply

    Good advice… We need God To help us bear with government officials.. Especially this administration!!! Shepherds bring peace…

  • Paolo Carman
    September 20, 2013 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your praise of our Holy Father and his message of mercy, and for answering the Lord’s call in your life today. Bravo!

  • Lisa Lagreca
    September 20, 2013 Reply

    It is really nice to read that the pope understands the let down of the people by some clergy. My life has been effected by that, particularly my sons life. By My msgr instead of him helping my son in need he shut him out. Now my son has turned from God. Prayers needed. GOD BLESS POPE FRANCIS

  • Trish Crew
    September 20, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for your statement, Your Eminence. I think the Church in America hgas become quite divided over the issues of abortion, homosexuality, and gay marriage. Although I completely agree with all the Church teachings on all these things, the lack of pronouncements emphasizing our equally important teachings on love and care for the poor, the sick, and the weak. We can only help people if we can get close to them and people will run from us. My daughter has left the Church and won’t return in part because her beloved uncle is actively gay and she doesn’t like the way the Church “doesn’t believe in” gays.
    Thanks for your statement and thanks for reading this.

  • Sandra Harrelson
    September 20, 2013 Reply

    God called and sent the right man for the right time. He is loving, kind, understanding , humble and a great leader by example. Even though I am not Catholic by religion his words speak to my heart and I can see how much he loves all people.

  • J Dolen
    September 20, 2013 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, You should promote in another post what the Pope said, that the Pope seeks less focus on abortion, gays, contraception. The Pope said the Church should be a “home for all” and not a “small chapel” focused on doctrine, orthodoxy and a limited agenda of moral teachings. Many of the Bishops only speak out on abortion or gays, and missed Christ’s larger message. Some Bishops supported political candidates that were pro-war, pro-rich, pro-corporation, anti-social services, anti-environment because they supposedly were pro-life on abortion, but they were anti-life in almost all other respects. That was wrong. Your successor should be supportive of the Pope’s message.

    • Paul Fitzpatrick
      October 20, 2013 Reply

      J D — Visit the website of the U.S. Conference of catholic Bishops and read their press releases (under the “media” menu). You will see statements on abortion and gay marriage, and rightly so. But you will also read statements on immigration reform, health care, poverty, and many other topics. The bishops are certainly talking about other issues. If there seems more emphasis on, say, the Church’s views on abortion, it is partly because there is so much contention and media attention regarding this teaching, and partly because when you have a law that says human beings don’t even have the right to have their lives protected by the law, it kind of has to take precedence, you see? Pope Francis’ message was NOT that the Church should change its teachings on abortion and sexuality, but too many people will not be satisfied unless the Church does just that.

  • Dorothea Kulak
    September 20, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for supporting our beloved Pope Francis.

  • Robert McCutvhan
    September 21, 2013 Reply

    It is well said Eminence. Now lets see if that message trickles down to some of the more conservative members of the American Hierarchy!

  • Peter
    September 22, 2013 Reply

    The problem with his statement is that all the weak Catholics and the rest of the world hear it the way they want. The pope said we need to stop talking about these social issues so much and start loving more, unfortunately if they stop hearing our voices, in other words, our silence is our agreeing with them. These are the sins of the world that are ruining our world. We all know that we are sinners, yet a true believer will try hard not to sin and go to frequent confession, because not only do they offend our Lord but also we are ashamed of them as well, in the meantime the homosexuals and abortionist blow their trumpets so the whole world knows and sees their sins.
    It would be like me, as a father of 5 children, to stop disciplining them when they do wrong and just be silent and tell them I love them, unfortunately, that is not going to be good for them, they need to know they have boundaries and that, if crossed, will have consequences. I have to be on them all day, everyday, and you know what, they know I love them and I know they love me. We have to fight against sin until we take our last breath.

  • Andrew Humphreys
    September 22, 2013 Reply

    Pope Francis is lovingly implementing a Christian “Bait and Switch”. Opening the Catholic Church’s doors wide to all the lost sheep, so they may experience God’s limitless Love and Mercy. The Catholic Church is hoping and praying that those that need Christ’s Love the most will establish a lasting, enduring relationship with Jesus. Then, with the help of God’s Grace, ultimately the lost sheep,the prodigal son,the tax collector, etc. will choose to do God’s Will with a Loving Heart.
    “If you Love me, keep my commands.” –John 14:15
    “God Loves YOU,and He wants you to Love Him and to Love one another”–St. John the Evangelist

  • Anna
    September 23, 2013 Reply

    While I found Pope Francis extraordinary interview to be very inspiring, there have been some disconcerting side effects. I am shocked at how few people are connecting what Pope Francis has said to almost identical statements Pope Benedict made throughout his papacy regarding mercy, encounter with Christ and a focus on the “Yes” of Christianity. In fact I have never seen such exquisite expressions of the beauty of faith as I have in the writings of our Pope Emeritus. What a pity that he has been “thrown under the bus” in these last few months, but especially the last days. What a tragic loss for the Church, and such an injustice to a beautiful man who only devoted his whole life to her. Very sad. Very discouraging.
    I am one who has not had the experience of the Church having an obsessive focus on sexual matters. Her teachings have always been taught to me as a way to experience true freedom. Truthfully, I think that the culture is the one with the distorted and obsessive view. I welcome Pope Francis tender words about welcoming the sinner and how he views the Church as a “field hospital after battle”. He has the heart of a great pastor.
    I do feel badly however for the good people who have devoted their lives to caring for women who have had untimely pregnancies and have fought for justice for the unborn. Some of those people are feeling lonely today when they see the words of Pope Francis twisted to imply that they shouldn’t continue the fight.
    God bless Pope Francis and Benedict, Pope Emeritus. May their teaching continue to bring us closer to Christ.

  • Anna
    September 23, 2013 Reply

    Let me be clear about my previous comment. In no way do I blame Pope Francis for the disgraceful treatment of Benedict. He would be horrified if he knew how his words have been manipulated. I am however, disappointed to see others not support him.

  • Donald
    September 23, 2013 Reply

    In total agreement with our pontiff per our obligation to show love/care for all even those who erroneous in their beifs/lifestyles; how ever this can be seen as deviance from church teaching when catering to a radical liberal agenda. We have numerous supposed Roman Catholic politicians who spout their erroneous beliefs with impunity. Where is the chastisement from their own local Preists/Bishops? Even more; where is their chastisement from our current Pontiff/and past Pontiffs? Papal audiences given to such persons; are insults to those of us who adhere to church teaching.

  • Linda
    September 26, 2013 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    The interview of you with Fr. Robert Barron, which I saw on his website, was excellent. I love the way you respond to the press, to their one focus and obsession of questions on gay issues, forgetting everything else that was said in the Pope’s interview. Thank you for supporting our Pope Francis and upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church. Yes, always love, but within the Truth, the only Truth, the Word of God. God’s Divine Mercy is imperative for this world. We all need to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the salvation of all souls for which Jesus died. He died for all souls. Period.
    I pray that everyone who reads the Pope’s interview transcript will actually read it all, not just pick and choose to their own purpose or benefit. It has so many rich, pastoral and true elements that need to be embraced. Blessings Your Eminence for all you do. You are included in my prayers each day in my Spiritual Motherhood of Priest Daily Offering


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