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Archbishop Dolan vs. the Times, Round 3 and counting

Posted by: Gary Stern - Posted in anti-Catholicism, Archbishop Dolan, Media coverage, Palm Sunday, Pope Benedict, Sex abuse, St. Patrick's Cathedral on Mar 29, 2010

I wrote the other day about media coverage of sex abuse in the Catholic Church and claims from some—including Archbishop Dolan—that the coverage has an anti-Catholic slant.

His main concern, as he wrote on his blog, is that the media focus on abuse in the Catholic world but largely ignore abuse in the larger society.

Dolan was not done.

image_xlimage_2010_03_R1433_DOLAN_POPE_3292010Yesterday, after Palm Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dolan defended Pope Benedict XVI from media reports connecting the pontiff to sex-abuse scandals in Germany and the U.S. The Vatican has also been quite unhappy with some of the reports.

Dolan, as he tends to do, used strong, unambiguous words: “And Palm Sunday Mass is sure a fitting place for us to express our love and solidarity for our earthly shepherd now suffering some of the same unjust accusations, shouts of the mob, and scourging at the pillar, as did Jesus.”

…now suffering some of the same unjust accusations, shouts of the mob, and scourging at the pillar, as did Jesus…

That’s the New York Times he’s talking about there, folks.

According to the AP, Dolan got a 20-second standing ovation from the packed cathedral.

You get the feeling this isn’t over. Dolan has shown that he is quite comfortable charging anti-Catholicism in the media—especially the Times—and he does not take kindly to attacks on his Holy Father.

Here are his remarks in full:

(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)


“May I ask your patience a couple of minutes longer in what has already been a lengthy — — yet hopefully uplifting — — Sunday Mass?

“The somberness of Holy Week is intensified for Catholics this year.

“The recent tidal wave of headlines about abuse of minors by some few priests, this time in Ireland, Germany, and a re-run of an old story from Wisconsin, has knocked us to our knees once again.

“Anytime this horror, vicious sin, and nauseating crime is reported, as it needs to be, victims and their families are wounded again, the vast majority of faithful priests bow their heads in shame anew, and sincere Catholics experience another dose of shock, sorrow, and even anger.

“What deepens the sadness now is the unrelenting insinuations against the Holy Father himself, as certain sources seem frenzied to implicate the man who, perhaps more than anyone else has been the leader in purification, reform, and renewal that the Church so needs.

“Sunday Mass is hardly the place to document the inaccuracy, bias, and hyperbole of such aspersions.

“But, Sunday Mass is indeed the time for Catholics to pray for “ . . . Benedict our Pope.”

“And Palm Sunday Mass is sure a fitting place for us to express our love and solidarity for our earthly shepherd now suffering some of the same unjust accusations, shouts of the mob, and scourging at the pillar, as did Jesus.

“No one has been more vigorous in cleansing the Church of the effects of this sickening sin than the man we now call Pope Benedict XVI. The dramatic progress that the Catholic Church in the United States has made — — documented again just last week by the report made by independent forensic auditors — — could never have happened without the insistence and support of the very man now being daily crowned with thorns by groundless innuendo.

“Does the Church and her Pastor, Pope Benedict XVI, need intense scrutiny and just criticism for tragic horrors long past?

“Yes! He himself has asked for it, encouraging complete honesty, at the same time expressing contrition, and urging a thorough cleansing.

“All we ask is that it be fair, and that the Catholic Church not be singled-out for a horror that has cursed every culture, religion, organization, institution, school, agency, and family in the world.

“Sorry to bring this up … but, then again, the Eucharist is the Sunday meal of the spiritual family we call the Church. At Sunday dinner we share both joys and sorrows. The father of our family, il papa, needs our love, support, and prayers.”



5 Responses to “Archbishop Dolan vs. the Times, Round 3 and counting”

  1. Steve C.

    Interesting, when its a rabbi that has abused kids. It gets covered then it dies.
    Neither cleric are without sin. So if you go after one go after them all equally.
    So where is the follow up with the latest rabbi on trial for sex abuse?

    here’s the latest one. so as you go after the church please also go after the other religious factions then i wont have issue because then its equal:

  2. Mike

    Following upon Steve C’s comments, the Times as well as most other MSM did not report today that the actual priest-judge in the tribunal of the Milwaukee priest (Fr. Murphy?)said he was never interviewed by the Times yet he was quoted in their story! In addition, the Times nor the MSM fails to report that over the past 10 years since the scandal errupted the RC Church has instituted some of the most protective and active programs in the nation to ensure the safety of all children. The incidence of abuse since 2000 is infantisimle. While one single case is still unacceptable, the numbers I have heard are maybe 5 or so cases in the past 10 years in a Church with 65 Million members. what other organization could stand up to this scrutiny and have these types of results. Enough is enough! I applaud and stand behind MY BISHOP, Timothy Dolan and behind MY HOLY FATHER, Benedict XVI

  3. SteveCT

    “That’s the New York Times he’s talking about there, folks.”

    Yes, the New York Times, not Sacred Scripture. The Times does occasionally get it wrong – from Walter Duranty in the 1930s saying there was no famine in the Ukraine, to Jayson Blair.

    The Archbishop, of course, was speaking metaphorically in his homily referring to the “scourging at the pillar,” like Pope Paul VI did when he said the exodus from the priesthood in the 1960s – 1970s was his “crown of thorns.” Or when we generally say it is our “cross to bear.”

    Too subtle for you, Gary?

  4. Steve C.

    Has there ever been anything negative written about the other factions?
    My issues are with the organization of all religions and its use to manipulate the masses. The tenets of almost all the religions say the same. That’s how I try to live my life.
    I always felt that catholicism should be dynamic with the time. Priests should marry.
    If one believe in jesus ten you know he was trying to bring religion into the modern era he learned from his trek through the east that for a religion to succeed it must change and grow with the times. Unfortunately his teachings got warped through the game of telephone. and it now lays as stagnant as its progenitor Judaism.
    Priests/rabbis/clerics. Are just people, to deify them is ludicrous they have all the same flaws and demons we battle.
    Is it sickening that they could do the sex abuses yes, but they should be covered equally and equally they should be judged and sentenced. The religion should not be on trial.
    Man’s choice of how he follows the faith should be on trial.
    Just remember religion is one of the top causes for wars and disharmony among people.
    It’s the My god is the only god .. or my god is better than your god.. attitudes.
    Its all the same god. different name, different profits.
    who cares they are just people. strip all that away and look at the tenets.
    Live by that.. then you are doing the right thing. Whether the creator expects us is another story.
    He could have done a ron popiel on us. set it and forget it. like parents no manual on raising individuals so you do the best you can…

    ok off the soap box now.

    Just keep every thing fair and equal and I wont mind. No religion is better than another and No religion is bloodless..they have all have shed blood in the name of god.

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