Archdiocese of New York: March 2011 Archives
"all of us are sinners. We need mercy and healing that only Jesus can give," Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan told prisoners today at the Arthur Kill correctional facility on Staten Island, NY. The Archbishop offered the Sacrifice of the Mass for about 75 prisoners and others. The story is here.
60 Minutes aired Morely Safer's interview with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan tonight. Watch Safer on Dolan.
This is a profile of a man who is interesting and does interesting things. He's affable, joyable, personable, cigar smoking with an eloquent defense of Catholic dogma and belief.
If you want to know more about what the "American Pope" thinks gay marriage, politics, etc, watch 60 Minutes Overtime.
Morely Safer comes at the interview with what I and others will call a secular, modernist viewpoint and is dismissive of the Archbishop without objectivity nor does he evoke from the Archbishop a clarity of thought. Safer, 79, freely admits that as a man and as a Jewish he wants to know more because "these type of men" are good company. Good. I agree. But I had hoped that Safer would have done a better job getting at substantive theological and philosophical foundations of the Catholic Church.
60 Minutes opened a few interesting doors into the person and ministry of the Archbishop of NY. But the report also veered into sentimentality that is thin as gruel. One does not have to sell church! Clear Catholic teaching is not based on polls and trends. Truth stands on its own two feet.
Earlier this afternoon at St Patrick's Cathedral, hundreds of people gathered to formally state their intention to receive their sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena has three men intending to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. We joined 67 other parishes in the Archdiocese of New York for the "Rite of Calling the Candidates to Continuing Conversion."
The Most Reverend Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan, archbishop of New York, presided at an hour long ceremony in which sacred Scripture was proclaimed and preached, prayers of supplication prayed and the candidates prayed over by His Excellency. Calling down the Holy Spirit asking for the grace of conversion was the goal.
Today, the Most Reverend Patrick Vincent Ahern, 92, died after a prolonged period of ill health due to age. Bishop Ahern is most known for his love the Little Flower, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
More Bishop Ahern here.
May the Bishop rest in the arms of the Good Shepherd.