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Cardinal Dolan: Are Sunday Masses just too long?

September 22, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Recalling comments about Sunday Mass attendance in New York’s synod discussions, Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote that Sunday Masses that regularly take 90 minutes are too long.

He wrote, “Apart from the predictable carping from both fringes — the far left claiming that the only way to increase Mass attendance was to drop all liturgical guidelines and go back to the “do-your-own-thing” hootenannies of the ’70’s, or the alt-right urging turning the altar around and getting the fiddlebacks out of mothballs — the largest majority replied that the top reasons people were no longer coming to Sunday Mass were — are you ready for this? — one, because they couldn’t understand the priest; two, their parish had been closed; and, three, Mass was too long!”

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  • Posted by: jslabonik53 - Sep. 22, 2023 5:10 PM ET USA

    Bishop Dolan's experience with Sunday Mass is probably always a "high" mass with choir singing all the verses and long homily. And perhaps larger crowd at his cathedral or when visiting a parish. They pull out all the stops when the bishop visits.

  • Posted by: grateful1 - Sep. 22, 2023 4:56 PM ET USA

    In my long years of experience, Masses tend to seem too long when the homily is poorly thought out, poorly delivered, and therefore poorly received.

  • Posted by: frjt - Sep. 22, 2023 9:40 AM ET USA

    Ever watch one of his Masses online? He's part of the reason people go to the Traditional Mass....its popcorn & butterflies..