Praise God Almighty for the wonderful words of Archbishop Dolan. Read the full text of the Presidential Address given this morning by him. Either he’s got good writers or he is an extremely gifted man. I’m guessing both of those are true. Here’s a snip:
Our urgent task to reclaim “love of Jesus and His Church as the passion of our lives” summons us not into ourselves but to Our Lord. Jesus prefers prophets, not programs; saints, not solutions; conversion of hearts, not calls to action; prayer, not protests: Verbum Dei rather than our verbage.
One thing both sides of the Catholic ideological spectrum at last agree upon is the answer to this question: who’s to blame for people getting mad at or leaving the Church? Their unanimous answer?
. . . nice to meet you! We’re the cause, they never tire of telling us.
Less shrill voices might comfort us by assuring us that’s not true. Nice to hear . . .
But we are still sincere in often praying “mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa” — and we don’t have to wait for the First Sunday of Advent to do it.
Also, for those who keep up with the daily readings, did the Old Testament passage strike you at all? I’d paste the text here, but I wouldn’t want to violate the copyright the USCCB has on the Bible. Perhaps +Dolan and his brothers might consider loosening their grip on it.