Archbishop Dolan was all over Albany this week, making all kinds of news.
He spent a lot of time answering questions about the mess that is Albany:
Somebody asked me yesterday, ‘What do you say to your people who seem dissatisfied, or scandalized by the political problems in the state of New York?’ And I said maybe it’s teaching us — what we would feel is the fundamental issue in life — that government is not our savior. Government is not the messiah. Only God is. And so we should put our ultimate trust in God alone, and everyone else, we cut some slack.
On his blog, Dolan has written about meeting with our embattled gov:
One of the highlights of Monday was joining with my brother bishops of the state for a meeting with Governor David Paterson. Many reporters stopped me during the day to ask for my thoughts on the difficulties currently facing the Governor; I was pleased to be able to tell the Governor at the very beginning of our meeting that while we bishops were there to discuss some very serious public policy issues, we were, first and foremost, pastors, and wanted him to know of our prayers for him. He seemed genuinely grateful.
Dolan spent a lot of time calling for the state to pay Catholic schools for services that the state mandates they must provide.
The NYS Catholic Conference recently explained it: “Continuing a trend begun in 2008, the governor is once again ignoring the statutory requirement to reimburse our schools for 100 percent of mandated services (that is, services that the state requires of our schools, such as standardized tests) or for the Comprehensive Attendance Policy (a safety and anti-truancy measure which requires schools to take and report attendance every time children move from one class to another).”
Finally, Mary DeTurris Poust of Our Sunday Visitor (a Pearl River native) summarizes Dolan’s six pillars of Catholic social teaching, as he explained them in Albany.
And here they are:
1. God comes first. “His ways, His law have dominion.”
2. The innate dignity of every individual human person. Every man and woman is made in the image and likeness of God and has an “eternal destiny” and a “divine character.”
3. The common good is always normative. “We are never in it just for myself but for ourselves.”
4. Solidarity. “We are members of a family, and we have a special duty to the poor among us.”
5. Subsidiarity. “One of the geniuses of Catholic social teaching is the closer you are to the grassroots, the better you are.”
6. Supreme duty to bring values, God’s truth and our principles into the public square. There can be no “cleavage” between what we believe and how we act.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an evangelical Christian lobbying group in Albany, will hold its lobbying day next Tuesday.
Among their concerns is a so-called “bathroom bill” recently passed by the Assembly.
According to the group: “The “Bathroom Bill” or the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), would open all public accommodations, including restrooms and high school locker rooms, to both biological genders, if an individual chooses to identify his or herself as the opposite sex (i.e. cross-dressers or transvestites).”
(AP Photo/Mike Groll)