Today, Father Dave Dwyer and I welcome several guests to Conversation with Cardinal Dolan.
In response to the ad on p. A13 in today’s New York Times, here’s my Catholic New York column:
I prayed, I hoped, that the notoriously anti-Catholic firebrands of the nebulous and anonymous “Freedom From Religion Foundation” (FFRF) in Madison, Wisconsin, would once again, as they predictably had in the past, print a full-page, drippingly bigoted blast in the hospitable pages of the New York Times.
So I smiled in relief as a friend called to ask me—ironically, on the day before Independence Day, celebrating what is most noble and freedom-loving in our beloved country—if I had seen the anticipated ad in…
No surprise in the response of The New York Times to my recent claim of disregard for Catholic sensitivity. They continue to assume an infallibility on what they term their ‘responsible reporting’ on the Church.
They speculate that all of this is because I ‘might not have liked the intense spotlight cast on the Church when the Times extensively reported on the…abuse…by Catholic clergy.’
While the Times is entitled to their opinions, such is not the case. As my brother bishops and I have constantly stated, we welcome, need, encourage, and appreciate such coverage, as long as it is fair and…
The following article was submitted in a slightly shorter form to the New York Times as an op-ed article. The Times declined to publish it. I thought you might be interested in reading it.
By Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
October is the month we relish the highpoint of our national pastime, especially when one of our own New York teams is in the World Series!
Sadly, America has another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism.
It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. Scholars such as Arthur Schlesinger Sr. referred…