Dolan still going…and going

New York’s fascination with Archbishop Dolan has probably ebbed a bit after his breathless first few weeks.

But Dolan is still very much on the move.

My colleague Theresa Juva was at Maryknoll on Saturday when Dolan ordained a new Maryknoll priest, Father Stephen Taluja (whose story is quite interesting, as he was raised a Sikh in India).

And yesterday, colleague Christine Pizzuti was at Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton to watch Dolan rededicate the church, mark Pentecost and do three Confirmations. He also addressed the parish’s past problems (Holy Name lost its last two pastors to sex abuse allegations and each was later defrocked).

Dolan said that he talked to the current pastor, Father Michael Keane, by phone before he came.

“He went on to tell me some of your recent, painful history,” Dolan told the congregation. “I’m here on Pentecost Sunday to let you know I love you very much.”

Dolan doesn’t waste any time.

I recently learned that Dolan spends his time in the car — and there’s a lot of it when you’re running a 10-county archdiocese — making phone calls. He calls people who sent him notes and letters. He calls people he has been asked to pray for. He calls people to offer a kind word or to thank them for a job well done.

He calls. He makes contact. He relates.

He is Archbishop Connection.

Photos: Mark Vergari, LoHud.com

Secret Service won’t allow symbolic dagger for Sikhs

The list of papal greeters in my post below does not include a Sikh.

And no Sikhs will attend the ceremony, according to the World Sikh Council-America Region.

The Secret Service, which is handling security, will not allow any Sikh to carry a Kirpaan, a small, concealed dagger that symbolizes “the Sikh commitment to resist oppression and injustice.”

images.jpegThe Kirpaan has been a security issue before.

In 2004, the chairman of the World Sikh Council-America Region had to decline an invitation to the White House because he would not be allowed to carry his Kirpaan.

In 2005, a Sikh student was suspended from Woodlands H.S. in Greenburgh for “carrying a weapon,” but the case was later dropped and he was allowed to carry a smaller Kirpaan.