• Fr. David Poedel, STS
    October 11, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, you are speaking my language. While I would like for our tribe called the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod to grow, I most desire that we can work together in evangelization of our country.

    May God grant us the integrity to serve Him together for the glory of God and His Church on earth.

  • Phil
    October 12, 2012 Reply

    Hi Cardinal Dolan,

    For my taste, the best sentence in your article was…

    “Pope Paul VI remarked that men and women today learn more from witness than from words.”

    Pope Paul VI had it exactly right. People respond to the walking of the walk, more than the talking of the talk.

    When people say “Jesus yes, Church no” they are teaching us exactly how to reach them and bring them to Jesus. We should listen.

    They will respond to…

    Less talking of the talk, more walking of the walk. Less ideology, more love. Less Church, more Jesus.

    The Church is a means to an end, not an end in itself. When the Church starts becoming an obstacle to bringing people to love, it’s time to change the talking points.

    If I understand it, Catholic Charities is the second leading social service provider in the United States, a remarkable achievement.

    I hope you will trumpet this achievement at every opportunity, as I believe it to be the secret weapon at your disposal.

    You’re a salesman for Jesus. Just listen to what your prospects are telling you they will respond to and give them the stories they are asking to hear.

    They want to hear about love.

    Love in action.

    Not ideology and the Church.

  • JoAnne
    October 12, 2012 Reply

    Praise be to God,and Peace be with You!

    I am so excited,This is exactly what we need a swift smack in the back of the head to wake us up from this slumber. This is what the Lord meant by we all be one,new wine in new wine skin? or wine that has aged with beauty,fragrant full of body and depth and seeped in tradition ah sounds like sound doctrine which I would Love to drink slowly and engaged.Let us get off our Lazy buts and seek the Lord he is waiting!

  • Joan
    October 13, 2012 Reply

    Hi Cardinal Dolan, I have most often enjoyed your writings and i am compelled to write on this one.

    I love our church and I’m thinking I may have missed something or don’t understand this writing. I am perplexed why you find sadness in that Mr. Girardi met and came to know Jesus through his wife? Jesus came to us born of a woman. What about the Sacrament of Marriage and what it represents? I think it’s more than just a possibility that it was God’s plan and providence for Mr. Girardi to come to know Jesus in the way he did. No matter how or where… it’s that one lost sheep. Mr. and Mrs. Girardi live that life of manifestation of participation in the Divine life for us to see how they love one another.

    Woman was made as a suitable partner for man, flesh of his flesh, and bone of his bone. His helper.

    Blessings ~

  • Amy R. Salerno, MD
    October 13, 2012 Reply

    And I, as a Catholic, do believe that the message of Jesus and his redeeming grace is often obscured by the unclear voice of evangelization of the Catholic Church! I know that Joe Girardi is not alone when he states that he came to an understanding of who Jesus is OUTSIDE the embrace of the Catholic Church. I myself found my faith in The Lord outside the Church. And I was, and continue to be, disappointed in how the church fais it’s flick in so many ways..

    Cardinal Dolan, with all due respect, please do not doubt the faith testimony of Joe Girardi.
    Rather, may I suggest that you might listen — with a humble heart — to his testimony. Instead of admonishing him, why not use his faith testimony to try to understand why so many Catholics are poorly informed and formed by the clergy of the church? Use his comments as an opportunity to reflect upon the deep flaws of the many humans who make up our Catholic Church — and in such humble reflections you might just find the supernatural inspiration to help the clergy and lay ministers learn to better catechize the flock.

    Each day I thank Gd for the many ways He manifests His saving message to me. Today it was Joe Girardi. Can you hear God speaking through Mr. Girardi also? Please try.

    Pax Christi

  • Carolee Gifford
    October 13, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for a beautifully written, wonderfully reasoned essay of hope! May God bless you and lead you in leading us.
    Carolee Gifford

  • frank powell
    October 17, 2012 Reply

    Americans are religious people and they have a firm faith in Jesus. The mixed race is one of the factors which has benefited this cause tremendously.

  • Crosspointe Church
    October 18, 2012 Reply

    Americans are religious people and they have a firm faith in Jesus. The mixed race is one of the factors which has benefited this cause tremendously.

  • J Dean
    October 21, 2012 Reply

    Hi Cardinal,

    Dr. Amy’s comment is just loaded and definately worth a slow read through. It is my observation that the majority of people really don’t understand what or who the church is. And although your description includes the statement, “friends who share faith and values here on earth”, the statement is almost overshadowed by what and how most people in this world today see the Catholic Church today. Yes, the Sacraments are important. That’s Catholic, that’s fullness. However, without the organism of the Body of Christ, to the non-evangelized or uneducated observer, all that’s really left is a consumeristic view; a group of people filled with duplicity, a club of some kind. I hate that, it’s painful to me… I love our Church.

    That’s why living our faith, witness, is so important. It is Life in Him, it is Mercy he wants, not sacrifice. To love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and our neighbor as ourselves.

    Yes, discipline is critical and once one is evangelized and HE is alive and active in one’s heart of hearts, i think, desire to please God with one’s life comes a little more (super)naturally.

    One more thing, God is the Giver of Gifts, I think we’d agree on that. It scares me to think we’ve taken it upon ourselves to be in charge of the “life” of God’s Priestly line. Where is the faith in that?

  • Linda Dailey
    October 24, 2012 Reply

    Evangelism yes – triumphantialism no. Bishops need to remember that the Catholic Church does not equal the Reign of God. For some of us the Catholic Church is mother-in-law rather than mother as our primary relationship is to Christ.


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