to be continued

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 16, 2006

In a message to the priests of his Milwaukee archdiocese, Archbishop Timothy Dolan reports from the USCCB meeting in Baltimore, and asks them not to pay attention to less sympathetic observers:

I would ask you not to listen to reports about our sessions that come from two camps...

Those camps consist of the bishops' critics, from left and right, and the archbishop's description of the 2nd camp sounds suspiciously familiar:

Then the other side contends that all we bishops want to do is water-down doctrine, continue to de-sacralize the liturgy, and dilute Catholic teaching to appease trendy secular culture, instead of bravely and prophetically standing up to the pagans all around us. [emphasis added]

Lest someone, somewhere suggest that Uncle Di belongs in this 2nd camp of critics, let me clearly state that in my view, the US bishops did not continue to desacralize the liturgy this week. They left things just as they were.

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  • Posted by: opraem - Nov. 22, 2006 5:01 PM ET USA

    and tim dolan is rumored to be bound for new york when egan retires. at least he has charm, a change from the incumbent.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 19, 2006 4:46 AM ET USA

    PR, bull spin,spin,spin

  • Posted by: - Nov. 17, 2006 8:55 AM ET USA

    John, yes you are so correct. Dolan is a GREAT dissapointment as a "leader." Besides restoring the cathedral to its orginal beauty and dignity he needs to shed the diocese of any vestige of Weakland. Even when Dolan talks, as his remarks in this post so, he now sounds like Weakland. Ugh!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2006 6:12 PM ET USA

    I was dissapionted with the Bishops conclusion on Homosexuals. Its seems they have been abondoned to themselves. I wonder if they , the Bishops, have ever read Sacred Scripture in a Spiritual manner. Have they not read "Gods will is your Sanctification", "Christ makes all things new.", Chas- a little then purified.","Take off the old man and put on the new who is Christ.","In the dessert Jesus was tempted in every manner, and won for us Victory." etc.... Lets not deny God to others.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2006 12:54 PM ET USA

    I saw Archbishop Burke, a holy, courageous and prophetic man, interviewed on EWTN. He looked whipped. I am proud to be in the 2nd camp. The Bernardin boys are still in charge...... for now

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2006 12:37 PM ET USA

    I CAN'T HEAR YOU. I CAN'T HEAR YOU. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. I CAN'T HEAR YOU. Same old liberal tanturm.

  • Posted by: MM - Nov. 16, 2006 11:30 AM ET USA

    Ha! Freudian slip from the bishops. Caught 'em red handed, Diogenes.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2006 10:56 AM ET USA

    Mark Shea's aphorism works well here: "Stop looking at us that way!"

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2006 10:17 AM ET USA

    Dolan is a disappointment as a Church leader. He fails the "prophetic test.." [manliness?] being more go along to get along person. Not exactly lukewarm but not exactly what is needed now. Particularly in his dioscese. When is he going to rebuild the Cathedral destroyed by his predecessor?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2006 9:38 AM ET USA

    It's always a public relations comment. "We are really staunch defenders of the faith no matter what people see around them in the Church." Some day they may actually take up the things that are ailing our Church. That action would surpass all the PR they are attempting. It seems they want to NOT offend anyone. Politicians who support abortion are particularly to be avoided. The faithful are waiting for some action from the bishops and we just get more PR!