• Joe Hassell
    January 22, 2015 Reply

    It is sad how the virtue of Chastity has been pushed aside, ridiculed, or ignored. It can be hard to talk about because it is deeply personal, and no one wants to be ridiculed on a personal level. There is a great deal of pressure in society to fit in by not practicing the virtue of Chastity. I firsthand experience it when I’m told, “What is wrong with you?”, or “You must be gay”, or “Guess something’s not working huh?” If I don’t do and act like everyone around me. It will definitely take some effort to change the negative perception of this virtue. It will be worth the effort though.

  • Jason Roebuck
    January 22, 2015 Reply


  • Carole Washburn
    January 23, 2015 Reply

    As a life long catholic that is the most beautiful & meaningful expression of chastity/sex I’ve ever heard.Thank you Cardinal Dolan

  • Arineitwe Dismuss
    January 23, 2015 Reply

    Its a great and fortifying text.

  • Elaine Schenk, M.Id
    January 23, 2015 Reply

    As a Campus Minister for the Archdiocese for 17 years, I shared this vision of chastity with college students. At the beginning of a session there was typically nervousness and tension among them, but as they began to hear the message of true love, you could actually feel the tension dissolving as these young people finally heard affirmation of what their hearts had long been telling them. I never found it necessary to “convince” anyone of the beauty of chastity. You put the truth out there and it shines so clearly that it acts in people’s hearts. I thank our Heavenly Father for St. John Paul the Great who articulated the truth of human love in the divine plan with such clarity–probably one of the greatest needs of our time. And thank you, Your Eminence, for saying it again. Please don’t stop!

  • Paul H
    January 23, 2015 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, thank you for this great column. Please do continue to speak about the 6th ad 9th commandments. Many of us are ready and eager to listen!

  • Jim Anderson
    January 23, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. This is a message our broken world needs to hear.
    please encourage our priests to proclaim this often. We, as the laity, need to proclaim it, as well. God bless you!

  • Kathy Wither
    January 23, 2015 Reply

    Your Eminence, thank you for speaking with such clarity and love on a topic so necessary. Your words and reflection give us hope in moving forward. God bless you as you shepherd your flock.

  • Sue Joan
    January 24, 2015 Reply

    My husband and I practice chastity because we are 70 and he has diabetes and CVD and is unable. It has been a blessing to both of us – in the 20 years since 1994, we have both drawn closer to God and our prayer life is thriving. Thanks for this beautiful blog, Cardinal Dolan (my husband has given me permission to talk about this because we feel it is inspirational to others thus called.)

  • Claire L.
    January 25, 2015 Reply

    Thank you very much Cardinal Dolan for this wonderful article. We have been longing to hear about the sixth and ninth commandments for a long time and it’s good to read, write, hear about chastity without shame because it is rooted in truth.

  • James
    January 25, 2015 Reply

    “It’s really not about sin, but virtue, the virtue we call chastity, that virtue by which we integrate God’s wisdom about the joy, beauty, nobility, and responsibility of sexual love.”

    Our Lady wasn’t shy about speaking negatively so why are you? “More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.” – Our Lady of Fatima to the 3 shepherd children, July 13, 1917

  • Kevin Venner
    January 25, 2015 Reply

    I appreciate how you bring the joy of God’s Word to life… much like St. Augustine does in his writings .

  • Diane
    January 25, 2015 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, thank you so much for writing this. I was beginning to believe the church had abandoned speaking on this virtue all together. I echo the previous comments, please continue to talk about this, We need to hear this message now more than ever. Satan has had the upper hand in this for far too long; he has been leading people astray with barely anyone to oppose him. I hesitate to speak about satan on an already controversial topic, but he is the father of lies and that is what people have been believing in the absence of Truth.

  • Judy
    January 26, 2015 Reply

    How wonderful! The truth does set us free. This is why the Church will never change to conform to the spirit of the age.

  • Nemo
    January 26, 2015 Reply

    Well said. Then let me encourage you, Cardinal Dolan, to insist that the priests in your diocese speak about these issues explicitly from the pulpit when opportunities present themselves, and that you refrain from public comments and participation at events that seriously confuse the faithful. The country and the faith are in crisis and in need of strong leadership. Where is it?

  • Julie Ann Courville
    January 26, 2015 Reply

    Thank you for your loving bold truth on the virtue of chastity. Please continue teaching with clarity on all moral and spiritual matters. The world is so hungry,thirsty,and deprived from Truth. God bless you and protect you always.

  • Fr. Gabriel Amobi
    January 26, 2015 Reply

    Your Eminence, I’m a priest of Onitsha Archdiocese. I’m really encouraged by your text. May God be our strength. Please, don’t stop. Continue to speak about it. To be candid, this is the bitter but effective medicine this generation needs. Continue, Your Eminence. Thanks.

  • tom
    January 31, 2015 Reply

    Thank you for explaining this virtue as a positive, and advoiding sins as an act of love for GOD. Please continue your efforts, also thanks for writing your book Priest for the third Millennium it was a wonderful read.

    I think it would you be willing to write on both sides of the Commandments addressing both Sin and Virtue contrasting each as a way to illustrate the reason GOD gave them to us, and why they will always be relevant. Again thank you.


  • Stephen
    February 18, 2015 Reply

    I respectfully ask you to avoid scandal, reverse your decision to serve as Grand Martial of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, and clarify, in charity and truth, Church teaching on human sexuality. You have an extraordinary opportunity at this moment in history to proclaim the love and concern for our brothers and sisters that is behind the Church’s teaching on same-sex attraction. You could use this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the tremendous work of Courage – in your own words, “the Church’s ministry to those with same-sex attraction who are trying to lead virtuous lives.” Your Catholic teaching authority on human sexuality in the Archdiocese of New York is desperately needed now.


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