Traditional beliefs are under government attack in ways that are unprecedented in America.

On Sept. 29, the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, the umbrella policy group of American Catholicism, announced the formation of an “Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.”

Why might the bishops be concerned about freedoms that are protected both in ordinary law and the Bill of Rights?

They’re worried because they have good reason to think that our current national leadership places other priorities much higher than mere constitutionally protected liberties.

In a statement released by Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the president of the council, the committee’s purpose is “to address the increasing threats to religious liberty in our society so that the church’s mission may advance unimpeded and the rights of believers of any religious persuasion or none may be respected.”

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New York Archbishop’s “60 Minutes” Interview: “When it comes to baseball, I think I can be pro-choice.”


The interview with New York’s Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan, speaks for itself.

Not a hatchet job. Not a softball, p.r. exercise, either.  The same is true for the other “bonus” interviews on various, high profile church issues of the day. The main interview runs slightly more than 11 minutes.

Well worth watching.

For example:

He lives in a small mansion connected by a tunnel to St. Patrick’s, where each day he must pass his own final resting place – the crypt – a constant reminder that his path to glory leads but to the grave.

“I’m supposed to go here,” he told Safer, looking at a small “available space” in the crypt. “Now although Cardinal Egan teases me that he wonders if one is gonna be enough, so I don’t know what we’re gonna have to, I might have to rent a space and a half.”

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Catholicism: Not a Big Tent but rather a loving fraternity – with rules.


The religion in which I was raised was not a Big Tent but rather a loving fraternity – with rules.

With a tent, all you have to do is lift the flap and come on in, no questions asked. The fraternity requires a bit of effort on your part, a willingness to accept the membership requirements. And unlike some clubs, those requirements are not up to a popular referendum.

Yes, Vatican II did open up the club’s windows and let some fresh air circulate through the musty rooms. It gave official recognition to what was already accepted, that women were valuable contributors to both the intellectual and spiritual life of the church.

It tried to bridge the sometimes formidable divide between priests and the people sitting in the pews, abolishing (sometimes unwisely) traditions that kept God’s children at an artificial distance from him. Included in that banishment was the use of Latin as the Mass vernacular, making services more accessible (but much less beautiful) than before.

And as one of the guinea pigs who spent her puberty post-Vatican II, I appreciated the more open discussions about sexuality that occurred in church and the schools. The other stuff – cloying and annoying guitar masses, the sign of peace (ever hear of germs?) and allowing us to actually hold the Eucharist in our hands (pass the Purell) – I could have done without.

But even these changes haven’t been enough for those crusading Catholics who believe their church isn’t user-friendly, and who have tried to make dissent from the hierarchy into its own special virtue.

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US bishops elect NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan as leader in upset

(AP) – 5 hours ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected Tuesday to be president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in an upset victory over an Arizona bishop with a moderate style who is the sitting vice president.

It is the first time since the 1960s that a sitting vice president was on the ballot for conference president and lost. The outcome is the latest sign that the American bishops — divided over how best to uphold Roman Catholic orthodoxy — favor a more aggressive approach.

Dolan received 54 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., on the third round of balloting. Kicanas has served as vice president for the last three years. Dolan said he shook hands with Kicanas after the vote and thanked him for his service. At a news conference, Dolan said he was surprised by the vote and noted it was “hardly a landslide.” Kicanas issued a short statement saying he respected the choice of his fellow bishops and praised Dolan for his “exceptional leadership qualities.”

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American Catholics Send Pope Benedict XVI More than One Million Prayers

The Cardinal Newman Society compiled this spiritual bouquet for Pope Benedict XVI following Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s call for prayers for the Holy Father on Palm Sunday 2010.  By Pentecost Sunday more than 1,070,302 prayers were pledged.  This spiritual bouquet was presented to Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, who in turn sent it to the Vatican.

“On behalf of the more than 20,000 members of The Cardinal Newman Society and thousands more of the faithful, this spiritual bouquet of prayers collected during Eastertide is made of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul … in grateful appreciation to our shepherd for his prayerful Christian witness.  We beseech our Blessed Mother, Blessed Saint Michael and the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul to pray for our Holy Father.  Oremus pro Pontifice!”

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New liberal version of Oberammergau Passion Play: Jesus crucified by “unknown assailants”.


New York City, N.Y., Jul 6, 2010 / 02:41 am (CNA).- Germany’s Passion Play at Oberammergau – an event which only takes place every 10 years – was recently lauded by New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Rabbi Gary Greenebaum as more balanced and less prone to what has been viewed as anti-Semitic stereotypes in the past.

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Editors note: Look for the gospel according to the JDL (Jewish Defense League) coming soon to a church near you.

Archbishop Dolan: No honors for pro-abortion Catholic politicians

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has told a New York television station that pro-abortion Catholic politicians will not receive honors at events like the Al Smith dinner.

“Everybody’s welcome,” said Archbishop Dolan. “There’s a difference between being welcome and providing someone who is dramatically, radically, publicly at odds with the Church on a particularly given issue to have a place of prominence and receive an award.”

Commenting on the scandals surrounding New York Governor David Paterson– a pro-abortion Catholic– Archbishop Dolan added, “There’s something to be said for our American way of doing things, that character, integrity, personality have something to say and that the American people expect their elected officers, and by the way their church leaders, so we are not immune to it either, to be people of integrity, of justice, of fairness and of good character.”

Article courtesy of CatholicCulture.Org