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  • Don G
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop – With all due respect the report you want the news media to give much more attention to the “annual independent audit report on American dioceses on compliance with our own tough Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People”. is not an independent report. It is a report who findings come from the Church itself.

    With the lack of trust in the Church lately…why would anyone trust the finds of that report??

  • Carolyn & Barbara Volpicello
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan, Thank you for dressing down the media on their anti-Catholic campaign. It seems to us that it is stronger during Holy Week than at other times. We have known many good, holy priests throughout our lives, and we thank God for them.
    We wish you a blessed Holy Week too.

    Respectfully,
    Barbara and Carolyn Volpicello
    Staten Island

  • Paul
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thank you, Archbishop Dolan, for this excellent posting. It will come in handy when being called upon to defend our Holy Father!

    Oremus pro Pontifice!

  • sarah
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thank you again for speaking out for our church! I have felt so discouraged this past week or two and do not understand why the media is now trying to point every finger at the Pope. Our secular media is truly being invaded by evil.

  • Liam Mc
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thank you Archbishop Dolan for taking an active lead in addressing this mess. Don G’s point is telling; the trust in the Church is questioned because we have been propagandized to question ANY authority. It would do well to question the authority of the questioners, their motivations and ends. Tragic abuse of children and youth, alults and elders is nothing new in human history. What is new is laying its origin at the feet of a single entity with the beguiling thesis that rid of this bothersome and negligent institution all will be made just and right. Talk about guilible!

  • Michael
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thank you, your excellency. God bless you always.

  • Karen LH
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Don G. –

    If you follow the link, the audit data is collected by an organization out of Georgetown University. Granted, Georgetown is a Catholic institution, but it is not run by the USCCB. So I think that you can call the audit “independent”.

  • Nicholas
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thank God for voices like Archbishop Dolan’s! While we deserve to take the lashes for legitimate crimes in the Church’s past, we are taking them for things we have never done.
    All this to discredit the organization that has the courage to stand up for truth and justice, the courage to speak against the evils of our day. They would have the destruction of our church, but “the powers of death shall not prevail against it.”

  • Joe
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Good piece. It is important to speak out against the bias and the agend against the Church.

    Yes this ordeal is a horrible tragedy, and lives have been ruined and destroyed. But we must unite to be vigilant against the evil and the Cathoic Church is the number one army in the battle against evil.

    As a note, Fr. Thomas Brundage wrote a piece in the Catholic Anchor, that I and others have posted on our blogs, which explains some of the background story in the Fr. Murphy situation. Fr. Brundage was the Judicial Vicar in Milwaukee at the time of the incidents. It is worth reading and taking note of.

  • Mike
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Following up on Joe’s comment above, Fr. Brundage makes the point that eventhough he was the Judicial Vicar in the Murphy case, he was in fact NEVER contacted by the NY Times, yet he is liberally quoted by this newspaper in their story accusing the Holy Father of complicity in this case. Even a first year journalism student would check his/her resurces and if available (as was the case here) go directly to the source. This omission in and of itself provide a priori evidence that the Times story is biased. Thank you Archbishop Dolan for you words and support of our Church and Holy Father. In this most holy of weeks, we are reminded to carry the cross and perhaps also be a Simon this week and help our Holy Father to carry this very heavy cross heaped upon him by the NY Times and MSM. Vivat Jesus!

  • Thomas McFadden
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    God bless you Archbishop Dolan! And God bless our holy and courageous Pope! Thanks so much for voicing what many faithful Catholics believe but aren’t able to articulate. My prayers are with you, the victims, the enemies of the Church and most especially for Pope Benedict the XVI, the great.

    But get ready Archbishop, because you dared to stand up to the liberal media I suspect you will be their next target. Be vigiliant.

  • Equus Nom Veritas
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thank you, your excellency, for this post and all that you have done for the Church. I continue to pray fro both our Pope and for you (and your brother bishops) during this trying time; but what times aren’t trying? May God helps us and have mercy on us.

  • Nick in MB
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Don, how about use the information from the audit, but not solely? It’s possible to do that, to use the information that comes from the Church herself, and to also publish a negative piece, probably just more difficult. But it would be fair.

  • Tom Kelty
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    You could have made a much stronger argument by including(from Whispers in the Loggia) the article “Clocking the Times. It was the finding of the canonical vicar who tried the Murphy case. It cites chapter and verse how badly the NYTimes failed to check facts, by Fr. Brundage who is quite
    indignant that the NYTimes went to press without once calling him.

  • Tony Vogrincic
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency:
    Thank you for your faithful defense of the Holy Father and the challenge to the deconstructionists who wish to destroy at all costs. Your leadership is much appreciated.
    Regards from Canada.

  • Sandy
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    The first step in getting us to turn our back on God is to encourage the faithful to distrust the Church. The anti-Catholic bias in the media is obvious. Thank you for this article, Bishop Dolan. We will be out here in the trenches standing up for our Church!

  • Ron Garcia
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Perhaps, I am out of line here, but, I would like to take a moment to respond to Don G. Why should we trust the Church or the report?

    This sort of political attitude toward Christ’s bride is the reason that she isn’t a visible credible witness to the world. If the Eucharist is really Jesus Christ, and the Church is his bride and gift from God than the only response is one of divine faith and trust. Not naivety, but courageous Catholic Faith. Knowing that, regardless of how hard the boat rocks she is the battlship fighting for salvation. How easily today people allow their faith to be shaken. I suspect it stems from a lack of daily devotion to prayer and Our Lady and a lack of real living faith in the reality that Jesus Christ transends time, yet, enters it on the alter of God in the liturgy and fully reveals to the soul of every one who believes, the divine love and mercy of God. We were made for it. But, if we don’t believe in the divine realities, it is going to be pretty hard to get past the human errors. To dig in, and have the courage to stand up and boldly proclaim the truth about Catholicism. It isn’t a club, it isn’t a political machine, it is the divine voice calling man to become more fully human, through Christ in the Eucharist.
    Without faith, we have no idea why we should stand up and fight for her. Why we should do all that we can to purge her of all that seeks to take her down from the inside as well as the outside. Certainly, we question, bad leadership, but we never lose our eternal perspective. When we lose that…the game is over.

    Archbisoph Dolan, thank you so much for your courage! You are in my prayers!

    Pax tecum
    Enslaved to Jesus through Mary

  • Eagle’s Nest
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thank you, your Excellency. I pray that Catholics keep up the defense and turn the tables to expose the bias and hate of the secular Times. The sheer repugnancy of the timing of this is just plain old abhorrent. Those are great facts you present counter to the theme of the secular media. God Bless!

  • Pam Forrester
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Setting the record straight in the case of abusive Milwaukee priest Father Lawrence Murphy
    By Fr. THOMAS BRUNDAGE, JLC

    The Author was the judicial vicar in the case. The priest died before any decision was made. Not one media outlet has contacted him to check their facts.

    http://catholicanchor.org/wordpress/?p=601

  • Fr. Tom Brooks
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    I find this last round of attacks on the Pope particularly disquieting. I am an Orthodox Evangelical Anglican Priest and find the timing of the attacks particularly disturbing. Why, as we approach Holy Week do we find events of 30 years past being dredged up? Is there something more to this than just a rehash of ancient news? Does the New York Times really have anything to say on the subject that is truly news worthy or are they grinding their ax for a different reason? I would only disagree with Archbishop Dolan on one point: I do not think the New York Times is merely anti-Catholic, I think The New York Times is anti-Christian. I believe there is more than ample proof of that stance. One might also ask: Why does it seem that when an Orthodox Deacon, Priest or Bishop is the target the attacks are always most vicious? Why does the New York Times seem so manicly bent on bringing down a Pope who in my eyes seems to be holding fast to Core Doctrine of his Church? I have read several articles on this supposed scandal and to my Anglican mind it is a non-issue.

  • Garrett
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency, thank you for standing up for our holy and blessed Pope! I know I speak for millions when I say that it encourages and emboldens the faithful when bishops express their communion with and support of the Holy Father. May God strengthen you in your ministry. Viva il Papa!

  • I. M. Foreman
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    The New York Times has their own agenda. The church stands against many things the Times seems to have an interest in promoting – causes such as abortion and gay marriage just to name a few. The church stands for eterernal truths and is the repository of the cultural tradition of the West. His Excellency does his office credit. He serves us best when he speaks out couragiously as he did, and we, in turn, need to support our Archbishop. The Times cannot support their own agenda without criticizing the church. God bless our Archbishop

  • Brian
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    I hope that with all of the time being spent by the press in dredging up drudge this week, that they will at least be able to devote an article or two, maybe even on the front page, to the significance of Holy Week and Jesus’ saving action in His death and resurrection.

  • Lorraine Withers
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    False accusations, mental and physical torment were heaped upon our Lord…..we, as the Body of Christ, should expect no less. May this Holy Week be one of penance and conversion of heart. Prayers for our Holy Father and our Good Archbishop Dolan.

    L. Withers
    Hamilton, NY

  • Robert Bradley
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Bias? To suggest that the leader of the diocese did not have knowledge of what his priests were doing is a little diffilcult to believe. Especially when it involved such a scandal as sexual abuse of childen. It’s more than a little difficult to believe that a lower echelon man would make a such a serious decision without the knowledge of his archbishop.
    I do think that Cardinal Ratzinger chose to protect the Chruch from Scandal in those days by quietly moving a priest throughout his diocese, just like so many other Bishops did in those days. It was not a matter that he did or did not do so. It was more a mattter that he perhaps believed that hiding the scandal of such a horrible act “protected” the cChurch. Then Cardinal Ratzinger should take ownership that he too failed God’s people. He, by the way, is also human and can make mistakes. Or does ex cathedra also apply to sex abuse and pedopilia? The NY Times did its job…reported the facts. The heirarchy should own up to it.

  • Joe Reich
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thank you, Your Excellency! As Catholics, our crosses are heavy when defending the dogma of the Church against a liberal and non-believing (or unpracticing) media. The Catholic Church is an impediment to “progress” according to them. The power of evil can never be under-estimated — nor ignored!

  • Will
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    God Bless you ArchBishop Dolan…We need hundreds more just like you. True Shepherds of Christ!!!!

  • Karen Frechette
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop,

    Are you saying the Pope has no culpability at all? Why did you not address the accountability of the bishops in relocating these predator priests? THAT is the issue.

    The actions of the bishops are, in many ways, worse than those of the abusing priests because one could argue that the abusing priests were psychologically ill and acting out of compulsion. The bishops who knowingly relocated them were not.

    Again, THAT is the issue.

    Please find the courage to address it. The longer you and others delay, the more damage will be done.

    Many thanks.

  • Kathleen
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Bravo your Excellency- your common sense will go a long way in explaining the inacuracies of the media, but at this point are we even surprised all of this comes during Holy Week ? Using media such as Facebook helps us to spread the truth and I have had a lot of success defending the Church on inaccurate statements by people about the Church and doctrine that show up on FB and at least they get to hear another viewpoing other than liberal media.

    Yes let’s clean out the Church and protect our children. The only problem I have after watching the child protection videos from my parish is the advice to report any suspected abuse to the pastor who will then report it to the civil authorities. How do I know if he will actually report it or not- I would always report anything to the police first and let them investigate first and then the Church can cooperate with the authorities.May God bless you this most Holy week, we pray for all our Priests daily !

  • Gene Giordano
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency, Let us all take note of the efforts of the Times and remember that we continue to live in a world that is daily challenged by spiritual warfare. The Times is a mere tool in the struggle.

    We know that to get to the glory of Easter, one must pass through Good Friday. God bless you and those who serve his church. A blessed Easter to you and your loved ones.

  • Lori Pieper
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thank you, Excellency! I knew you’d come out swinging. I’m proud that you’re my bishop.

  • Kathy and Larry Riordan
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thanks for acknowledging what many have been sensing. God bless you at Holy Week and always,

    Kathy and Larry Riordan

  • Tom
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency

    God bless you for speaking the truth! Hopefully you already canceled your New York Times subscription at 452 Madison.

  • Matt
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Viva papa!

  • Erika Choi
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Thank you Archbishop for telling the other side of the story. In the past I have had to research these issues myself, pour through documents and even try to translate Latin to figure out the truth! I do not hear this kind of defense in my diocese on any issues and that makes it harder to be a Catholic sometimes!

  • Serena
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan, while I respect you greatly and think you’re doing a wonderful job and agree with everything you posted, I do not think the Holy Father is going to have complete credibility with Catholics on this issue as long as offending/complicit bishops are given a pass on this issue. So long as Cardinal Law is still in the Pope’s good graces, as well as Abp. Pilarczyk, for example, I will reserve judgment.

    So sad, for I truly love my church.

  • Juliana
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Thank you for the clarity and integrity with which you address what are obvious attacks. I pray that the Lord strengthen you and all the bishops and all of us against this kind of faithless rage, and keep us strong in love and mercy. Thank you for speaking out so that these strikes at the shepherd, do not scatter the flock!

  • Malcolm
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Let me be upfront – I am an atheist with a bias against the Catholic church. But I try to be fair minded, and I admire the message of the gospels. From where I sit – absorbing the media, rather than source documents – I think you have a point about that then Cardinal Ratzinger trying to do something about the child abuse crisis. He does seem to have recognized the problem more than most, and tried to do something about it. But he is also renowned for his aggressive absolutist theology. To me, there are two key problems.

    One is that these defenses of Pope Benedict often seem to be relativist: that is, “he wasn’t so bad considering the standard of the times”. This is at odds with the theological message he has preached and enforced for decades. So this defense seems somewhat incoherent, and deeply offensive to those moral relativists he has driven out of the church.

    The second is that Cardinal Ratzinger’s fairly recent conversion to campaigning against child abuse seems isolated. What about the rest of the church? The consistent story we see is that of a church that cares about priestly privilege, and the lifestyle of Bishops and Cardinals, more than it does about its flock. Frankly, the hierarchy seems rotten, with the arguable exception of Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict.

    I acknowlegde that my perceptions might be driven by spin … that is, the things I see in the media. So perhaps the church needs to get its story out more. But for me, the church also needs to answer two key questions:

    – Why is Cardinal Law being given refuge in the Vatican, instead of being sent back to Boston to testify to the grand jury and name pedophile priests? This seems an acid test of the genuineness of the Vatican’s commitment on this issue.

    – A priest recently reported in independent catholic news that priests who abused children in the Phillipines had been transferred internationally, rather than being brought to account with the civil authorities? This is another acid test. If the Vatican waits until it is forced to take action on this point, that would indeed be an indication of bad faith. What is the Vatican going to do about cases like this?

    I have tried to ask these questions as fairly as I can. I hope you will answer them.

  • Leo Holahan
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency,

    What is the problem with having the Catholic League sue the NYT for damages? This is obviously a case of liable and slander and it is irreparably damaging (save a miracle of which of course the Church can can boast many) to the Catholic Church. If the civil authorities will not take action against these criminals should not the Church pursue the Civil Remedies it is entitled too? Is it sinful to stand up to a bully and demand the rights of Catholics and the Pope to a good name? I for one think it is a duty to truth and justice. Am I in the wrong?

  • Susan Varenne
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    It has been clearly established that The New York Times is twisting facts in the sexual abuse scandal to persecute the Church and to create a parallel scandal regarding Pope Benedict XVI in order to erode his authority and even drive him from office. Sadly and pathetically, there are many Catholics who quite willingly buy into this nonsense with a blood lust for destruction of others that has become a hallmark of our times. In the Palm Sunday account of the Passion according to Luke, we read Jesus’ warning to the Apostles that “Satan will sift you like wheat.” Even Peter betrayed him. Here we are in the midst of Holy Week and the Devil is hard at work seeding the world with lies to erode the faith of those who do not guard their hearts and minds against his influence. Scandals abound in our society–adultery, fraud, sexual amusements that erode the dignity of persons, violence on every side, unbridled self-indulgence of every sort–and the Church founded by Christ is the one bulwark against self-destruction. Yet people rage against it, preferring to free Barabbas, the robber, than the Christ who can redeem them from themselves. There is a pitched battle going on for the destruction of souls. We must watch and pray not to be deceived by forces of evil that work to destroy the sources of good in the world. We must wake up and be aware. Evil cannot overcome what Christ accomplished in death and resurrection, but the individual who courts kinship with evil can be lost.

  • Mike Scott
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency, thank you for always being a pillar in our world. A man who stands up for the Church, its doctrine, and its leaders, and the people of God. You are an inspiration to those who find it hard to see success in the world and the Church amidst such hate and dissent.

  • Celeste
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Thank you, your Excellence, for speaking out in defense of Holy Mother Church and our Holy Father. God bless you.

  • Mary in CO
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan, thank you for your vocal defense of our Holy Father.

    And thanks also to other vocal Catholics in the blogosphere – Jimmy Akins (NCRegister), Thomas Peters (American Papist), and Fr. Z (WDTPRS) to name just a few – who likewise shine the light on the truth of this matter.

    God bless B16, NYC, and all God’s children in this Holy Week.

  • Marcello
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan, with all the “God Bless You” wishes you received, I believed God has answered our prayers, we have prayed for good shepherds, good workers in Our Lord’s fields, we have prayed for a good heart. We have being answered. Thanks God for sending you to NY from Milwaukee, there are no coincidences.
    Wishing you blessings, comes around to us. Thanks for being our voice
    God Bless You. Have a wonderful Easter.

    With love NY

  • Emma Clery
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,

    I too love my church and have known many wonderful priests. And I agree that Pope Benedict has done more than anyone previously to root out this tragedy. But your homily and blog, although they certainly stirred up the base, as is indicated by many effusive comments here, come at a cost that I fear is — in the long run– way too high. I do not agree with the responders above that what you brought was integrity and clarity; you reacted (as I think many here do) to a perceived threat. When we react to perceived threats our first instinct is often not the most noble.
    Calling the NYT report of abuse at a deaf school in Wisconsin a “rerun” of an old story exhibited incredible insensitivity to the boys– now men–whose serial experiences taught them all too sadly how horrific re-runs can be.

    This moment in our history should –and I pray can still be –a grace moment for the Church, one in which we do not dig into defensive postures or speak in PR formulae. Journalists(as opposed to Catholics in the pew) are trained to seek evidence and they work under what they call a hermeneutic of suspicion. That does not mean we, therefore, should obfuscate. I repeat — it only hurts us in the long run. And the long run is what I count on as as I try to be and die as a faithful Catholic — a challenge for women at times.
    I end with a wish to you and all who responded here — from the 19th C Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (a convert to Catholicism in a defensive and even anti-Catholic England at the time):
    “Let him Easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us.”
    Do not fear the light — have a blessed and (more) peaceful Easter.
    EC

  • Colin Pasqualetto
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Dr. Robert Bradley,

    You said that “The Times reported the facts.” Facts are not only what is true, but what is accurate. The Times is selectively choosing what facts to report and manipulating the tone to suggest absolute guilt on the part of the Pope. The “fact” that the Judical Vicar from the case was never contacted for information about Fr. Murphy does not speak for sound journalistic professionalism on the part of the Times. What you believe about then Cardinal Ratzinger is not a “fact.” It is the evidence that is fact. Read more of the facts, rather than drinking the Kool-aid of news venues that seem to proliferate a Secular Progressive agenda. This same newspaper refused to print an Op-Ed by Archbishop Dolan a few months ago that highlighted information that seemed more “factual” of the Times’ Anti-Catholic bias, than their coverage of any sex abuse scandals that can be directly tied to Cardinal Ratzinger. Your snide remark regarding “ex cathedra” implies a bias against the Church in the same manner that the over explosive/factually misleading coverage by the Times does. Is my impression of you as being biased “a fact.” If you are an honest man, you’ll reread the Times stories, this new column by the Archbishop and then read the “factual stories” posted by Cardinal Levada, Fr. Thomas Brundage, JLC, and Fr. Raymond De Souza. I don’t know if you are Catholic or even one who holds any kind of religious belief. Regardless of that, you can approach this with honesty. God Bless You!

  • Oscar
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Folks, have no fear. The Times is full of debt, is not selling anything, and now they are really not selling anything because people who are not Catholic are picking up the Times and asking ” why the heck are we talking about this when i am about to lose my job?” Good job, NYT, you are the example of how a paper should make money…what a bunch of dopes!

    Good job Archbishop Dolan! we got your back. heck we have the Pope’s back too! Hoorah!

  • jayeverett
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    The Catholic Church has many enemies just as Jesus Christ did. They killed him and today, if they could, they would convict and kill all the Catholics. Sound far fetched? Then you are not watching and reading. Take a little time and pray for The Holy Father and his Church. Remember that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. If we wither and die so will the vine. Stand up for the church and realize that on earth all is not perfect. If you read the Bible, or better yet, listen to the readings as you attend mass on Sunday and then pray and pray and pray……..

  • Karol
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    God Bless the Pope, and his works! Great words Archbishop Dolan, truly God’s working through the church!

  • Eileen Frazzetta
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Thank you for continuing to be a clarion to truth and justice on both sides of this issue. However disappointing and hurtful this scandal is on our Church…it is not what defines us as an institution nor accurately depicts our pope.

    All I can say is that each of us needs to become familiar with the issue, our response to the unfair accusations and in my case….stop buying the NY Times!

    Blessings to you on this most holy of weeks!

    Eileen

  • Mary Gagliano
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Thank you Archbishop
    It saddens me that always the catholic church gets attacked.
    especially it being this solemn holy week may the Good Lord bless our Church for
    most likely more persecutions to come.
    God Bless-
    Mary NY

  • David J Hunt
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan,
    This article is spot on. Especially the title: “Will you also go away?” “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

    God love you!

    -Pope St. Leo the Great, pray for us!

    -St. Augustine, pray for us!

    -St. Francis, pray for us!

    -St. Dominic, pray for us!

    David Hunt
    Southeastern WA

  • Bill Brown
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    I just read your blog and Maureen Dowd’s column, and I am sorry, Archbishop, she has the better of it. I have admired you since you came to us in Milwaukee, but your latest statements read like the old “circle the wagons” response that the Church has employed for far too long. Among everything else, this line that the Pope didn’t know what was happening in the office he headed violates the primary rule that the boss is responsible for the things that happen. Knowledge maybe not, but responsibility definitely. Instead, you and the Vatican sing “not his fault” and look at all the good he did. I can understand why you don’t like the topic, but these are failings of the Church itself, for far too long, and lame defenses and blame shifting lost any meaning long ago.

  • Mariyn
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    God bless you, Archbishop Dolan! Thank you, thank you, thank you for standing up for our Church and our Holy Father. It is no coincidence that the world is going after the Church in these unsettled self-indulgent times. You are in my prayers. A blessed Holy Week and happy Easter to you.

  • Louis T Luca Jr
    March 31, 2010 Reply

    God Bless you Archbishop Dolan for your excellent defense of our Holy Father.
    Isn’t it odd how all these attacks are taking place during Holy Week. It’s
    appropriate that Satan and his followers are following in the footsteps of the High Priest and his Pharisees and the New York Times (Pontius Pilate) at this time, but
    as Jesus said, ‘my Church will survive the ‘end times.’ I would like to ask the
    Gurus of the NY Times, ‘To Whom Would You Go.’

  • waldo
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    Thank You Archbishop Dolan. We catholics are no afraid of the truth. In our limitations as human beings we live by what, The scriptures tells us “The truth will make you free”. Do not stop answering the NYT. You are doing very well. Do not forget that we have to put an end to dissenting priests an nuns that do not believe in the gospels as the Catholic church understand, but they are free to malign the church.

  • bryn ratushny
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    THANK YOU ARCHBISHOP DOLAN FOR DEFENDING OUR BELOVED POPE AND CHURCH.
    MAY THE LORD GIVE YOU HIS PEACE.

  • TLMom
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    Thank you, Archbishop Dolan for courageously defending the Holy Father and our Catholic Faith. Your fidelity is inspiring. God bless you!

  • Neil Bakker
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    Thank you very much, your excellency. You put so eloquently into words, what needs to be said. God Bless you, Archbishop, and all you do for the Catholic Faith!

    Neil Bakker
    Archdiocese of Saint Paul – Minneapolis

  • Peggy Summers
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    Thank you Emma. Well said.

  • Patrick
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    Viva Il Papa!

  • Danny
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    The damage control continues… You really think a few short years of apologies and one year worth of reforms in 2009 makes up for the abuses all the children (and parents) have had to endure, as well as the continued concealment/deflection by the Church? All of them placed their trust in the Church and were stung by it. The Church should be out on hands and knees, trying to support these individuals. At least, my vision of Jesus would be.

    God bless.
    DK

  • Don G.
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    To all of you who have written to this thread and defended the Church I must say my jaw is on the floor. Not for having defended the Church. I know you love the Church. You should love the Church and you have every right to defend it. But I want to ask a few questions and I am curious to hear how most of you would answer this…

    If the NY Times or any other media had not come out about the sex abuse scandal…do you think the Church would have come out on her own about all of this?

    Don’t all of you expect the Church to be held to higher standards…just as the Church requires of all of her follwers?

    Lastly and most importantly…where is your outrage for these unspeakable crimes and their cover ups? It is this that has truly stained the name and reputation of the Church.

    And what of all the indefensible children and their families whose lives have been destroyed and they get no second chance??

    Where is your Christianity in all of this??? I don’t understand??

    Until good people (like I am sure most if not all of you are who post on here are) demand better…sadly nothing will ever change…nothing.

    I pray for all of you and for the Church.

    A Happy and Blessed Easter to all.

  • Fabio Juliano
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan has a published a balanced and thoroughly honest article. There have been grievous events in the past, and in many instances they were not dealt with wisely, because the hierarchy of the Church overrelied on spiritual solutions, such as prayer and penance, when the perpetrators had distanced themselves so far from God as to not allow His grace to change them. Now, however, the hierarchy has heeded the mistakes of the past and made the necessary changes. I very much doubt there is today any social, academic or religious institution where children are safer than in the Catholic Church.

    As to the media, perhaps they should check their ambition to destroy Christ’s Church and remember this verse:

    “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

    St. Matthew 16:18

  • Joseph
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    Archbishop Timothy, you represent us all so well. You say what must be said and address it clearly and directly. I have been in your company now several times, and your ability to be frank, honest and sincere has shone thru. May God continue to bless you abundantly as you continue, what oftentimes appears to be a “crusade” against those who would challenge the Church forever. Your defense of our Holy Father in the attacks made against him are obviously unwarranted, and must be fought vigorously.

    May all the blessings of the Risen One be with you!

  • Fabio Juliano
    April 1, 2010 Reply

    I feel that I must respond to the comment by Ms. Emma Clery above. She accuses Archbishop Dolan of responding to a “perceived threat” with “obfuscation”, when the New York Times and the rest of the media are just fulfilling their role to report on the world “under a hermeneutic of suspicion”.

    However, the gist of His Excellency’s exceptionally well-reasoned opinion is that the New York Times is not treating this matter with any fairness or objectivity. He is, therefore, responding sensibly not just to a perceived threat but to outright hostility and libelous defamation.

    As to the contention that it is somehow “insensitive” towards the victims to question the New York Times’ motive in rehashing this story, that simply makes no logical sense. The local press reported on this story more than adequately when it came out, for which we should be thankful, as the victims of the wolf in sheep’s clothing were entitled to have their story told, to just compensation and to all of our prayers. But it is hard to imagine how they are being helped by pretending that this is a new issue or that Pope Benedict XVI is involved.

    Finally, the comment that it is “a challenge” for women to “try” to be “faithful Catholics” does seem to be an insinuation about sort of mistreatment of women by the Church. I cannot imagine to what Ms. Clery may refer, and while I sincerely pray that this sister of ours is not considering one of some 33,000 schismatic churches in existence, ultimately only God could stop her from doing so.

  • Angela Sullivan
    April 2, 2010 Reply

    I was disgusted by The New York Times SLANDER of Pope Benedict XVI Who, in my humble opinion, is one of the greatest Pope’s we have ever had. I am a person who is very familiar with sexual abuse of children, as a student of psychology, I can honestly state that this is an epidemic, and The New York Times has failed to report the obvious. The highest amount of sexual abuse occurs among Parents and their own children.The New York Times has used “sexual abuse” as an excuse to attack the Church instead of reporting accurately on this terrible situation in our society. Jesus had his Judas, as Thee Church will have hers. The Church is being crucified for the sins of OTHERS, as Our Lord was. One only has to look at our Society and the Media Culture. Hollywood in my opinion is a haven of Pedophilia, the biggest promoters. The Holy Father has done everything to purify the Church, I personally believe that the state of the World is such due to us Catholics, We must Love The Bride Of Christ, not crucify her. I will pray for The Holy Father and The Bride Of Christ, The Catholic Church.

  • Todd
    April 3, 2010 Reply

    As this Holy Week draws to a close with Easter, I am reminded that Christ told His disciples that if the world hates them it is because they hated Him first. He said that they would be delivered into the hands of those who would also kill them. The vicar of Christ and his Church aren’t any different today than the Church was 2000 years ago as far as being subject to persecution is concerned. Our Holy Father has been a great ambassador in the ecumenical sense of reuniting Christians. I believe that the enemy isn’t sitting idly by as Anglicans prepare to be received into full communion with the Roman Church. The media in this case is just another marionette manipulated by a master puppeteer.

  • Osvaldo Vallone
    April 4, 2010 Reply

    Bravo, Archbishop Dolan!!!!!!

  • Patrick Stinson
    April 4, 2010 Reply

    Your Excellency, Archbishop Dolan: The current situation is one more reminder of why all the faithful need to pray for the Holy Father and all priests, particularly in this Year of the Priest and continue to do so even after the special year ends. The devil will always target priests hoping to snare a few and scatter their flock. The devil will also feed the pride of journalists to goad them into seeking investigative renown over adherence to fair reporting standards and spin the most destorted versions of the facts to do the most damage possible over the widest area. The battle between good and evil with the fate of individual souls in the balance is a constant struggle that will not end until Our Lord comes again in glory.

  • Sabrina
    April 5, 2010 Reply

    I thought your blog entry was excellent. Dowd and her ilk are arrogant and self-serving. I seriously question whether they truly care about the victims of child sexual abuse or if they are merely jumping on an opportunity to run roughshod over Catholics. I find it just incredulous that they seem to think that each and every single Catholic is to blame for the sins of a few…and then of course to them the only answer is for the Church to cease to exist. Some of them definitely have a hidden agenda…and the NY Times and other papers allow it. In my archdiocese, Portland, our bishop John Vlazny cancelled his subscription to the Oregonian because they published an anti-Catholic cartoon. If the Oregonian had done that with a Muslim, they would be putting their lives in danger. Yet, they think it’s ok to take a poke at the Church and we’re not to say a mumblin’ word? All 1 Billion of us are supposed to hang our heads in shame and walk out to join some fundamentalist church or perhaps join up with the secular humanists who want to destroy any sort of spirituality in this world? What a sick fantasy some of them have. No, if anything, we Catholics need to stay stronger than ever…and while we do continue to insist on keeping the church Pure and ridding them of those priests, and religious who would wilfully disobey God’s law and corrupt the innocenct…but we also need to be supportive of those priests and religious who are doing their very best to obey God’s law and honor their vow of chastity/celibacy…and I for one will be staying to do just that.

  • Mitchell Brousard
    April 5, 2010 Reply

    Thank you Your Excellency,

    I had an idea in my prayer today (for whatever it might be worth): I would suggest Your Excellency and your brother bishops call for a boycott of the NYT and their advertisers. Their advertisers can be listed on the web and folks can look them up with, perhaps, suggestions of alternative vendors they can patron.

    Perhaps it could begin with the New York Times Company and their affiliates.

    From what I recall, the archbishops of Philly and New York did this in regard to immoral movies in the 1930’s with great success. I threw idea out there on Facebook today and our fellow Catholics loved the idea. We’re all pretty tired of this stuff.

    Continued Prayers,

    Mitchell Brousard

    P.S. My own suspicion is all of this attention has something to do with a desire to silence the bishops regarding the health care bill.

  • Cindy Schwirtz
    April 8, 2010 Reply

    My prayers for our Blessed Pope Benedict. Watching EWTN on Good Friday shows that our good and loving Pope has aged since I saw him in Rome last June. Satan is at work here as usual and all of these news stations should be ashamed for their cruel and relentless attacks. Let’s all pray for our Pope and all the clergy!

    In Jesus and Mary,

    Cindy Schwirtz

  • Peter R.
    April 13, 2010 Reply

    I agree with Danny, avoiding the fact that the abused have been given a cold shoulder only adds injury to insult.

  • Christene Holmstrom
    April 19, 2010 Reply

    Great Post, I was wondering did you hear that Israel has banned the Ipad? seems the signal strength is a violation or so they say.

 

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