Regarding another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism



The following article was submitted in a slightly shorter form to the New York Times as an op-ed article.
The Times declined to publish it. I thought you might be interested in reading it.


By Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
October 29, 2009

October is the month we relish the highpoint of our national pastime, especially when one of our own New York teams is in the World Series!
Sadly, America has another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism. 
It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. Scholars such as Arthur Schlesinger Sr. referred to it as “the deepest bias in the history of the American people,” while John Higham described it as “the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history.” “The anti-semitism of the left,” is how Paul Viereck reads it, and Professor Philip Jenkins sub-titles his book on the topic “the last acceptable prejudice.”
If you want recent evidence of this unfairness against the Catholic Church, look no further than a few of these following examples of occurrences over the last couple weeks:

  • On October 14, in the pages of the New York Times, reporter Paul Vitello exposed the sad extent of child sexual abuse in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community. According to the article, there were forty cases of such abuse in this tiny community last year alone. Yet the Times did not demand what it has called for incessantly when addressing the same kind of abuse by a tiny minority of priests: release of names of abusers, rollback of statute of limitations, external investigations, release of all records, and total transparency. Instead, an attorney is quoted urging law enforcement officials to recognize “religious sensitivities,” and no criticism was offered of the DA’s office for allowing Orthodox rabbis to settle these cases “internally.” Given the Catholic Church’s own recent horrible experience, I am hardly in any position to criticize our Orthodox Jewish neighbors, and have no wish to do so . . . but I can criticize this kind of “selective outrage.”

Of course, this selective outrage probably should not surprise us at all, as we have seen many other examples of the phenomenon in recent years when it comes to the issue of sexual abuse. To cite but two: In 2004, Professor Carol Shakeshaft documented the wide-spread problem of sexual abuse of minors in our nation’s public schools (the study can be found here). In 2007, the Associated Press issued a series of investigative reports that also showed the numerous examples of sexual abuse by educators against public school students. Both the Shakeshaft study and the AP reports were essentially ignored, as papers such as the New York Times only seem to have priests in their crosshairs.  

  • On October 16, Laurie Goodstein of the Times offered a front page, above-the-fold story on the sad episode of a Franciscan priest who had fathered a child. Even taking into account that the relationship with the mother was consensual and between two adults, and that the Franciscans have attempted to deal justly with the errant priest’s responsibilities to his son, this action is still sinful, scandalous, and indefensible. However, one still has to wonder why a quarter-century old story of a sin by a priest is now suddenly more pressing and newsworthy than the war in Afghanistan, health care, and starvation–genocide in Sudan. No other cleric from religions other than Catholic ever seems to merit such attention.
  • Five days later, October 21, the Times gave its major headline to the decision by the Vatican to welcome Anglicans who had requested union with Rome. Fair enough. Unfair, though, was the article’s observation that the Holy See lured and bid for the Anglicans. Of course, the reality is simply that for years thousands of Anglicans have been asking Rome to be accepted into the Catholic Church with a special sensitivity for their own tradition. As Cardinal Walter Kasper, the Vatican’s chief ecumenist, observed, “We are not fishing in the Anglican pond.” Not enough for the Times; for them, this was another case of the conniving Vatican luring and bidding unsuspecting, good people, greedily capitalizing on the current internal tensions in Anglicanism.
  • Finally, the most combustible example of all came Sunday with an intemperate and scurrilous piece by Maureen Dowd on the opinion pages of the Times. In a diatribe that rightly never would have passed muster with the editors had it so criticized an Islamic, Jewish, or African-American religious issue, she digs deep into the nativist handbook to use every anti-Catholic caricature possible, from the Inquisition to the Holocaust, condoms, obsession with sex, pedophile priests, and oppression of women, all the while slashing Pope Benedict XVI for his shoes, his forced conscription -- along with every other German teenage boy -- into the German army, his outreach to former Catholics, and his recent welcome to Anglicans.

True enough, the matter that triggered her spasm -- the current visitation of women religious by Vatican representatives -- is well-worth discussing, and hardly exempt from legitimate questioning. But her prejudice, while maybe appropriate for the Know-Nothing newspaper of the 1850’s, the Menace, has no place in a major publication today.

I do not mean to suggest that anti-catholicism is confined to the pages New York Times. Unfortunately, abundant examples can be found in many different venues. I will not even begin to try and list the many cases of anti-catholicism in the so-called entertainment media, as they are so prevalent they sometimes seem almost routine and obligatory. Elsewhere, last week, Representative Patrick Kennedy made some incredibly inaccurate and uncalled-for remarks concerning the Catholic bishops, as mentioned in this blog on Monday.   Also, the New York State Legislature has levied a special payroll tax to help the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fund its deficit. This legislation calls for the public schools to be reimbursed the cost of the tax; Catholic schools, and other private schools, will not receive the reimbursement, costing each of the schools thousands – in some cases tens of thousands – of dollars, money that the parents and schools can hardly afford. (Nor can the archdiocese, which already underwrites the schools by $30 million annually.) Is it not an issue of basic fairness for ALL school-children and their parents to be treated equally? 
The Catholic Church is not above criticism. We Catholics do a fair amount of it ourselves. We welcome and expect it. All we ask is that such critique be fair, rational, and accurate, what we would expect for anybody. The suspicion and bias against the Church is a national pastime that should be “rained out” for good.
I guess my own background in American history should caution me not to hold my breath.

Then again, yesterday was the Feast of Saint Jude, the patron saint of impossible causes.

New York's Archbishop
We miss you in Milwaukee so much. You are the truth from our Lord. Everytime I read an article written by you, or hear one of your talks, I thank God for sending you to us. Please keep up your mission. And also Please remember the Brewers in your prayers next year...... LOL
Posted By: Randy Kizewski
2009-10-30 4:05 PM

Foul Ball ! by Archbishop Timothy Dolan; Archbishop of New York
Saint Jerome wrote how difficult it is for a man or woman to achieve perfection. These moderns are never happy. They discard supernatural knowledge from the sciences and then try to perform biological miracles along with hazardous experiments concerning "light" as if the latter experiments could illumne their private darkness. Crackpots all!
Posted By: patrick dolan
2009-10-30 3:55 PM

A View from the Other Side
With all due respect sir, I must offer the perspective of the other side. Everyone else on here appears to be congratulating you plenty, so I will be "that guy" who no one can stand. (I am a Yankees fan myself, if that alleviates the rage any. . .)Your words imply that some Americans just sit around all day and dream up ways to hate Catholics. While there may indeed be some who are this way, I believe they are a tremendous minority. There is no "nativist" position anymore I'm afraid, although I know the idea makes a good foil for your argument. I think most people don't even know what exactly you are referring to. Instead, there is a weariness that arises in the hearts of many Americans when they hear the RCC once again decrying the actions of our government or taking steps to vehemently oppose its actions. I have elsewhere characterized the Vatican as the world's greatest "armchair quarterback." As I wrote on my blog The Vatican Lobby, the Roman Catholic Church excells in kicking countries while they are down. "With none of the responsibilities of actually regulating an economy or maintaining a population or solving the day to day problems of running a real nation, Rome feels quite comfortable telling others how to do so. It condemns this one, and rebukes that one, and all the while reserves for itself the identity of a 'perfect society.'" This self-righteous position is, without question, quite repugnant to egalitarian Americans. Especially when these same Americans are aware of the church's notoriously checkered past (i.e., some of those things that Dowd mentions in her article). Therefore, the impression of a church that ceaselessly condemns everyone around it, and displays the same kind of xenophobic anger that you assign to so-called "anti-Catholics," causes a great deal of animosity in the street. Not all Americans, as you know, are believers in God. The fact that you ceaselessly take the pharisaic position of "Thank God I'm not like that guy over there" is not drawing them any closer. It is, naturally enough, going to evoke a reaction. It is as simple as that.The Vatican exerts an immense influence in this country, and more often than not this influence is utilized to implement policy that is pro-Vatican, and not necessarily pro-American. Those people who voice opposition to the church are not expressing, in my opinion, some latent hatred for the doctrines of Catholicism, or for individual Catholics for that matter. They are instead reacting to the presence of an outspoken foreign power that seeks to advance its own agenda inside this country without concern for how this agenda supports or undermines the integrity of this country. And they are made sick by the thought of an entity that walks with a giant timber sticking out of its eye unendingly pointing out the specks to be found in everyone else's.Anyway, those are my thoughts. I agree with the Catholic Church on many issues, abortion being one of them. However, I do not feel that the church spreads its message in the right way. The Vatican's aggressive political stance and geopolitical maneuvering is certainly not in harmony with the behavior of Jesus Christ or the apostles for that matter. The kingdom of God is, as we know, not of this world.Thank you for listening. Go Yankees.
Posted By: Robert
2009-10-30 3:39 PM

Women in the church
I am a Roman Catholic priest. The prejudice of the church against women is as obvious as it is shameful. Maybe we could just have an "open-transfer" in both directions between the Anglican and Roman churches. Throw in a starting pitcher and it should be a deal! Peace, Fr. Dennis
Posted By: Dennis Shaw
2009-10-30 3:29 PM

Great article
It's a hard article, but the truth is always hard... thanks!!!
Posted By: Al Ochoa
2009-10-30 3:09 PM

Foul Ball!
Your Excellency, Thank you for your candid evaluation of only a portion of the uninformed forces arrayed against our faith. As a former Protestant, I can confirm that while our Mother Church is perceived to be a worthy target for hate speech cloaked in the guise of free press, the fact that a majority of Americans profess faith in our Lord Jesus Christ provides any minority the supposed authority to victimise all Christians. I take heart from your words and have steeled my faith. I believe that our Lord has by example called us to welcome victimhood and relish it in a way that non-believers could never understand nor accept. I believe that here in the United States, we will always have the opportunity to answer that call.
Posted By: Steve Parode
2009-10-30 2:41 PM

Thank you Archbishop Dolan
Please continue to share your insights. It is sometimes easy to fall prey to the "media blitz against Catholics and Catholiscism" when that's all we hear/see. Hearing the truth so succintly does one good. I love my faith and my rights to exercise that faith so I appreciate all that you are doing to protect it. God bless you
Posted By: Mona Lisa Biberstein
2009-10-30 2:27 PM

A big thank you from London, Abp Dolan, for writing so forthrightly.
Posted By: katie
2009-10-30 1:51 PM

Well said
The Archbishop is to be applauded. He articulated observations that many of us have become less than responsive to due to seeing so much of it (viz. the frog in the boiling water...)
Posted By: Fr. Ramon Decaen
2009-10-30 1:28 PM

The first time I saw Archbishop Dolan on EWTN at his installation ceremony as Archbishop of New York diocese, I was impressed with his simplicity, warmth and his outgoing personality. Ofcourse, his homily at the event took my breath away. Honestly, I have enjoyed reading the New York Times and devoured all its Sunday Magazines. I live as an expatriate in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I am not an American. I am a Catholic. And I am proud of you Archbishop Dolan. It is a shame for the Editors of The New York Times to reject the op-ed. Now, I know why America shuns good and respected leaders. New York favors men who break the commandments. They follow the eleventh: Thou shall not get caught.
Posted By: Bonaventure Stephen Gomes
2009-10-30 1:21 PM

Anti-Catholic bias
I see this on several different levels from the liberal media to fundamentalist Protestants. Their is a unique marriage here. The Catholic Church has a great weapon to counter all this is she chooses to use it. We have the truth! We need to get back to the basics in living out our Faith with humility and confidence. Also we need to take a stand whenever this evil rises up. I personally have seen people 180 degrees opposed to the Church finally convert once they were able to see the truth!
Posted By: Catholic Defender (Defenders of the Catholic Faith)
2009-10-30 1:12 PM

Some Wrong, Some Harder to Blame
Your Excellency, Thank you for your very good piece. I am so grateful to God for your leadership in NY. You and Cardinal George are very reliable pastors whose guidance and example have been constantly trustworthy. God bless and protect you. If I recall, on 16 Oct, the day that the NYT ran on its front page the piece about the Franciscan, it ran on its twelfth or thirteenth page a current piece about a current sex scandal in the public schools. Of course the NYT is very viciously anti-Catholic. Anti-Catholicism comes from progressives in this country, as it always has. Now those attitudes are also generated among the the tremendous number of lapsed Catholics with plagued consciences. Orthodox Jews are too small a minority to be threatening to the progressivist agenda. The public schools are part-and-parcel of the progressivist agenda. For this project they have quietly and carefully enlisted the support, or fiercely and loudly shouted down the dissent, of every other sizable organization. Alone in the West, the Church speaks out against this Tower of Babel they are constructing, this brave new world they are trying to build. Especially among dissenting or lapsed Catholics, such as Ms. Dowd, troubled consciences no doubt stir the waters. It is natural to hate what tells you that you are wrong. So they hate us because we are good. Would that it were so simple. We have certainly given them plenty of scandal. If we had, as a community, conducted ourselves better, then they would have less to shout at us about. I am not hear blaming anyone. The sex scandals are the most obvious examples: some clergy did very bad things. Other clergy covered it up or feigned ignorance. People in the pew very often suspected or knew that something was wrong with Fr. Cool, and said or did nothing. Police very often gave special treatment where a simple filing of charges would have been in order. If we had not given them such material, our enemies might very well still lie, as they did against our Lord, but at least the stones they hurl against us would not be truths and half-truths, only lending credibility to their throwers. It is irresponsible and aside from the point to try to point fingers: "But the public schools are worse than us!" True, very true. But the guilt of others has nothing to do with out guilt. And it is a sad commentary that nobody expects them to be better. It is a backhanded compliment that they DO expect us to be better. And better we should be. The manly thing to do, the brave and faithful thing, is to accept responsibility and beatings, and to continue to speak and defend truth, to live charity, without shame or fear while we do our penance and continue to convert the world to Christ. Ryan Haber Kensington, Maryland
Posted By: Ryan Haber
2009-10-30 12:47 PM

What gets me is that Archbishop Dolan pointed out how widespread--and ignored--accusations of sexual abuse by Orthodox Jewish rabbis are, yet we still get someone posting that the bishops deserve being bashed because sexual abuse is supposed to be a particularily Catholic problem. The fact is that bishops do keep records about accusations against priests, and that is why lawyers sift through them. (Other religious bodies [e.g., The Southern Baptist Convention, Orthodox Jews] maintain a "don't ask, don't tell" attitude and so keep no records for lawyers to sift through.)
Posted By: Don Schenk
2009-10-30 12:33 PM

Archbishop Dolan is a stand up guy and bishop. I'm glad you wrote this!!
Posted By: Joe Schmo
2009-10-30 12:28 PM

Maureen Dowd's Article
Archbishop Dolan---Maureen Dowd's article may not have been written with the niceties that the Archdiocese of NY would have liked. But she gave a darn good description of what the investigation of American Sisters are about. And she presented it in a manner that the average Catholic could understand. Many of them had no idea that this was being conducted. Believe me, many of them are very, very angry. The Bishops, like the sexual abuse scandals, brought this anger on themselves---with all the secrecy. In today's society---transparency is the name of the game. God has nothing to do with the dirty-dealing that the Bishops are into up to their ears. I hope that she and many others keep hammering away at you and the other Bishops.
Posted By: Little Bear
2009-10-30 12:24 PM

sin destroys from the inside out
Archbishop Dolan makes worthwhile points about a number of issues. What all of us human beings, especially we Catholics, need to be aware of is that wrongdoing (=sin) rots a person from the inside out; its destruction begins on the inside and moves into the outside. To repent requires that the sinner change his/her conduct for the better. The Catholic church is paying a BIG price for the past wrongdoing of a few of her clerics.
Posted By: Father Norbert
2009-10-30 12:15 PM

FOUL BALL played INSIDE the Church
My concern rests not so much with the NY Times and other liberal oriented media outlets outside the Church but with the many anti-catholic priests, religious and lay ministers who roam around INSIDE the Catholic Church. These heretics seem to be exposed only after they do harm! They have the audacity to go against the Holy Father but not the courage to leave.
Posted By: Phil Brady
2009-10-30 12:02 PM

Archbishop Dolan
I would love to have an autographed photo of yourself. Thanks for your faithfulness and love of the Catholic Church. God bless!
Posted By: Scott
2009-10-30 11:57 AM

You brought this on yourselves. The Bishops lied about the abuse, They refused to accept the advice they were given years ago. They continue to blame the whole thing on "gay culture". Even when they know it happened they deny, deny, deny. They fight the abused right up to the time it goes to court, and then settle. The Vatican transfer clerics to Rome to avoid the lime light.The vast majority of us, raised Catholic, no longer trust a word you say.
Posted By: Michael Cowtan
2009-10-30 11:45 AM

Anti-Catholic bigotry:
Archbishop Dolan: Thanks for your powerful prose in standing up to anti-catholic bigotry in the public sphere: we definitely could challenge the local papers hre back home in St. Louis to print your piece. This is something I would like to see printed in teh local paper here in Washington, Mo.,and in the St. Louis papers, where there is a huge representation of the Catholic Faithful. It's good to see we have some Bishops in and from St. Louis like Yourself, Burke, Carlson, and Herman who aren't afraid to speak out in behalf of the Church. We, the people, need such leadership all over the world! Deacon Randy Smith
Posted By: Deacon Randy Smith
2009-10-30 11:44 AM

Blatant anti-Catholicism just occurred on American TV
His Excellency, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan: The following seriously warrants your immediate attention: On Sunday evening 10/25/09 a popular sitcom on cable channel HBO aired a segment in which the Jewish lead character/writer/producer urinates on a picture of Jesus Christ hanging on the wall of a bathroom in a Catholic home. If this had been done to a picture of the Grand Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a Mezuzah, Menorah, Yarmulke, Star of David, or a picture of Mecca, Muhammad, the results would be catastrophic....the Jews would yell anti-Semite and the Muslims would order a fatwah and kill the offender. Yet the Catholic Church and the Christians sit back and tolerate it. Please do something about this! Thank you.
Posted By: P.J.
2009-10-30 11:43 AM

The Last Acceptable Prejudice
That there is an anti-Catholic bias in the press, in society as a whole, should not come as any surprise. After all, the fullness of divine revelation is contained in the teaching of the Church and, when she is at her best, she is the most potent weapon in the war against evil and the Evil One. Moreover, His Grace is correct when he says that there is room for legitimate criticism of the Church, though she is guided by the Holy Spirit, she is also made up of sinful human beings. However, legitimate criticism is one thing, hateful attacks on the Church, such as those lodged by Ms. Dowd, are another. The Church has a right to defend herself and her people from unfounded attack and His Grace is right to do so. Moreover, the Church has an obligation to testify to the truth and His Grace was correct in pointing out the outright lies of those in the press and in society. His Grace, Archbishop Dolan, is standing in defense of the Church and her people, not from legitimate critique, but from prejudice and hateful invective and may God bless him richly for his courage in doing so.
Posted By: Clint W. Green
2009-10-30 11:11 AM

The Church persecuted...
Hello Archbishop Dolan from the Catholic catacombs of NY. We hear you. Our thanks goes beyond words for your defense of Holy Mother. And for your earlier Kennedy correction as well. We take heart that a big holy guy like you is ready to lead us into the public square again. We pray every day for you and for the grace to follow.
Posted By: Mary Greene
2009-10-30 11:10 AM

Right on, Tim! Your priestly brothers in St. Louis are proud of you!!
Posted By: Fr. John Jay Hughes
2009-10-30 11:06 AM

The Church persecuted...
Hello Archbishop Dolan from the Catholic catacombs of NY. We hear you. Our thanks goes beyond words for your defense of Holy Mother. And for your earlier Kennedy correction as well. We take heart that a big holy guy like you is ready to lead us into the public square again. We pray every day for you and for the grace to follow.
Posted By: Mary Greene
2009-10-30 10:58 AM

FANTASTIC blog, Archbishop! As a writer, I commend not only the truth contained, but also the style! "I guess my own background in American history should caution me not to hold my breath." I love this line! Keep on defending us, your Church militant/faithful!
Posted By: Melissa
2009-10-30 10:53 AM

We win!
Beautiful and accurate piece, Archbishop Dolan! But we also need to recognize the nature of truth and the world's constant and negative reaction to it. Fr Bill Halbing says there are two institutions that recognize the primacy of the Catholic Church, and one of those is ... the media! If we are not learning to accept being singled out, attacked, despised, then we are not doing what Christ has asked of us. In the end, God wins, and if we are with Christ, so do we.
Posted By: Tim - Diocese of Fargo
2009-10-30 10:47 AM

whining comment
Livia, Regarding your comment, "please stop whining", I disagree that the constant Catholic Bashing is not meaning full discrimination. I'm trying to raise my kids, and the very air they breath is anti-catholic. Secondly, It is not whining to defend one's self against false accusations. your comment that we do enough harm to our own has a bitter tone. Speak for yourself--there are a billion catholics.
Posted By: Derk Burrus
2009-10-30 10:40 AM

Dear Archbishop, there is another sad manifestation of anti-Catholicism in some circumstances around the murder of Fr. Ed Hines in Chatham, NJ. A hate group which is anti-Catholic and anti-priest willbe on hand at the funeral. Some sympathized with the murdere, though today we learn that he has a criminal record involving children. Thanks for speaking up. God Bless YOu,
Posted By: Patricia Marks
2009-10-30 10:13 AM

Silver Lining
One silver lining to Maureen Dowd's column is that it brought attention to an issue that a lot of folks wouldn't have otherwise known about. After I first learned through Dowd's column of the proposed Vatican visitation of American nuns, I then went to some credible Catholic websites to learn more about it. I think its something worth discussing and I hope that happens on a later blog.
Posted By: Irene Baldwin
2009-10-30 10:11 AM

RE: Playing the victim card
Editor's Note: The links to the corresponding New York Times articles have been added.
Posted By: Editor
2009-10-30 9:58 AM

Keep Up the Good Work
Thank you for the couragious post, Your Excellency. Keep fighting the good fight. I strongly encourage you to submit your article for publication in other newspapers or magazines. The faithful need a strong voice like yours, to push back against the disingenuous forces that peddle in anti-Catholic bigotry. Like Christ, we too are hated because of our Faith.
Posted By: DM Reed in Ohio
2009-10-30 9:53 AM

This article was inspired; a masterful response to a growing epidemic in our country that has been ignored by many, including many of those who claim that they will not discriminate based upon race, creed, or national origin. Also, thank you to Nick Stuart for his kind words above. We are in a culture war right now, and we must stand together in solidarity to face the common threat. I can't thank you enough, Mr. Stuart.
Posted By: Chuck in Cheyenne, Wyoming
2009-10-30 9:46 AM

Please stop the whining
As a faithful Catholic, I do hope that we can grow up and stop the whining. We are NOT discriminated against in any meaningful way and we do enough harm to our own. We were promised a difficult road as disciples. Walk it and stop complaining. And remember to love your enemies along the way.
Posted By: Livia Fiordelisi
2009-10-30 9:12 AM

Faithful to the Gospel
Archbishop Dolan, thank you for your advocacy and Catholic voice! It's the Times' loss that they chose not to publish your "Foul Ball" article. It would have fit so well into World Series week and called people's attention to the media's anti-Catholic bias. Your write with courage and conviction, humilty and great honesty. I pray that there is a wise publisher (Wall Street Journal, USA Today, America Magazine) that will share your insights with their readers. You have an eloquent gift for touching hearts with your words. Thank you for the gospel you proclaim in this digital age. Your message reaches more than Catholics, and as a Catholic, I am honored to support you in prayer. People are listening. It might feel at times like you are voice crying in the wilderness, but keep on trusting that God is using your voice!
Posted By: Terri Telepak
2009-10-30 9:05 AM

Foul Ball!
Archbishop Dolan... So many Catholics need to see and hear their Shepherds stand firm in defense of their faith and speak the truth in charity .. as you and some other faithful Bishops have done... Jesus is truth ..and He himself tells us , if they persecuted Him they will certainly persecute those that follow Him .. Society today considers truth to be less then kind , even unmerciful... when in fact, it is mercy itself as our Holy Father stated in his new encyclical "Caritas in Veritate" (Charity in Truth) . Those who are in union with the Pope will continue to be persecuted , even from within...But we are promised that "the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church" and this is what gives us hope and peace .. That is why , our Shepherds need to come forward as you have done and shine Christ light ...defending His Church in Truth... Thank you & may our precious Lord continue to bless and protect you as you are obedient to Christ call lead & protect His flock... In His love.. Marie Vasta S.F.O. †
Posted By: Marie Vasta
2009-10-30 8:55 AM

Thank you for your example
Thank you Archbishop Dolan for giving aggrieved Catholics, and liberty loving people frustrated by the US media, an example of true leadership. By responding to the lack of integrity (or outright bias) in the New York Times you allow many frustrated people to let go of their anger knowing that someone is willing to speak up for their rights. You also give us an excellent example of how to deal with bigots: cite the facts directly to them in a firm and respectful way and by their response, see what type of people they really are. Thank you also for your continued dedication to save souls from the deceptive traps of this world. I pity the New York Times if the day comes when you grow silent, walk away from them, and wipe the dust from your feet.
Posted By: Bryce Bellinder
2009-10-30 7:58 AM

"Yet the Times did not demand what it has called for incessantly when addressing the same kind of abuse by a tiny minority of priests: release of names of abusers, rollback of statute of limitations, external investigations, release of all records, and total transparency." Yes, and if the orthodox Jewish community had a governing hierarchy with a decades-long history of lying, obstruction of justice, and a pattern of legal attacks against the victims, but not the perps, your pathetic whining might be taken more seriously. But the fact is, neither you, nor any other American Bishop have the courage to admit that the scandal was not caused by perverted priests, but by venal, self-serving Bishops, a clear majority of whom who were more than willing to sacrifice someone else's children to their own agenda of lying, coverups and obfuscation. BTW, this is your cue to trot out that oh-so-useful lie about "the best science of the time...", I entered the Church two years ago. It wasn't because of lies like this one.
Posted By: Doug Sirman
2009-10-30 6:48 AM

The constant attack on the Church and Church leaders is fueled by the left's hatred of the Church for standing up for life. It goes all the way back to the 60s when the Church would not officially cave in on birth control. Then when aborion was legalized, the Church refused to be silent. THe effort to destroy the church will continue until we Catholics stand up and say ENOUGH. Catholic voters must vote ONLY for pro-lifer candidates and the Church hierarchy must finally draw the line in front of the Church steps and tell the dissident politicians that if they will not defend life, they are not in communion with the Body of Christ. Perhaps they won't care, but you will see such a positive response from the Faithful throughout the land. For we are waiting for warriors to stand up and defend that which is Good, True and Beautiful. Thank you for your remarks. Pax et Bonum
Posted By: John Jakubczyk
2009-10-30 3:16 AM

Sign of the Times
Well, if I know the Catholic blogosphere, this article will reach more readers than The Times could've, had it manned up to editorial parity.
Posted By: CO
2009-10-30 2:10 AM

I see it often
Thank you, Your Excellency! As a convert to Catholicism in the South, we often hear anti-Catholicism as a way of life. However, with Bishops like Archbishop Gregory and yourself to shephard us, we don't have much to fear.
Posted By: Brett Adams
2009-10-30 1:14 AM

Archbishop Dolan, Thank you for calling out the attacks on the Catholic Church. Even though the Times has not published your article, maybe another media outlet will. We are so blessed to have your leadership in these times. Our family will pray for you.
Posted By: Kathryn
2009-10-30 1:00 AM

Home Run
Well said, Your Excellency! And thanks to New Advent for linking to this blog.
Posted By: Nick Milos - Archdiocese of Seattle
2009-10-30 12:21 AM

Hard Sayings
Archbishop Dolan, I am not surprised that the NYT has declined to publish your remarks. To very slightly paraphrase famous remarks made in an entirely different context: "These are hard sayings. Who can bear it ?"
Posted By: Ed
2009-10-30 12:15 AM

Thank you for trying, Archbishop Dolan.
Posted By: Ruth Brooks in STL
2009-10-30 12:13 AM

Excellent! Thank you and God Bless you Archbishop Dolan.
Posted By: Michael
2009-10-29 11:22 PM

Thank you, Archbishop Dolan
First, to Nick Stuart: Thank you for your kind words. This: In a time when our moral culture has hit the iceberg, this country needs the Catholic church. is especially heartwarming. Thank you. Archbishop Dolan: Thank you for this commentary. Thank you for speaking honestly to the constant, non-stop, anti-Catholic bias that pervades our media and culture (and has been a part of American culture, sadly, since this nation's inception). But rest assured that those of us Catholics who see this criticism and vitriol do not let it shake our faith; I believe wholeheartedly that THIS is the sort of attacking that Christ Himself said we would endure for following Him. The more attacks levied against the Catholic Church, the more I'm convinced this is the One, True faith.
Posted By: Amy P.
2009-10-29 11:16 PM

YOU GO SPIRITUAL PAPA OF NEW YORK!!! DO IT AGAIN!!!! This is better then watching the World Series!!!!
Posted By: Juan Rodriguez - Defenders of the Holy Trinity
2009-10-29 11:08 PM

God is Love
I agree with what you have stated. If only people can realize that God loves everyone, and that there is no need to criticize others because no one is perfect. I also agree that anything that goes on in the Catholic Church makes news, and even though there are more serious topics, somehow they get pushed to the side. I can't understand how people expect the Catholic Church to agree with something about health care that does not follow our religion or our beliefs. Thank You for standing up and bringing this matter out in the open. Thank you for standing up for our faith even though there are others that try to bring us down for no good reason. Your words are strong and speak out to everyone who reads them.
Posted By: Kyle
2009-10-29 10:56 PM

I don't think there is anything wrong with being anti-Catholic. As a Protestant I must stand for truth and expose the heresy of Rome. For example the Papacy is a 6th century invention. Transubstantiation is pure fiction. The forgered and interpolated writings of so many church fathers all need to be exposed. The Catholic church is the source of much of the liberalism in America. Catholics overwhelmingly vote Democratic and have the higher rates of Alcoholism than the general public. So when the Catholic church gets rid of her pagan sacrifices, ineffective sacraments, and other Medieval inventions, I will finally become pro-Catholic
Posted By: George Welborn
2009-10-29 10:43 PM

Anti-Catholicism & more
Where there is the Greatest GOOD, there is the greatest Evil attempting to bring ruination. These media attacks are lashes upon the Body of Christ, the Church. As long as we have Mother Cabrini, Dorothy Day, Bp. Sheen, Cardinal Cooke, Fr. Groeschel and you Excellency, the Church in New York will stand firm, grow, and Christ's time, prevail. Hoping to see you in Buffalo for the Cure' of Ars event on Nov. 08. I hope you enjoyed the hospitality of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral! Dn Al Amato, a Roman Rite Catholic, married to and serving in ecumenical love the Armenian Church as well as my local Catholic Parish
Posted By: Dn. Albert Amato (Armenian Church) Buffalo
2009-10-29 10:42 PM

Sounds like…
Sounds like something for the Ombudsman, not for the Times Op-Ed page
Posted By: Micah Sittig
2009-10-29 10:12 PM

Anti-Catholic Media
Thank you so much for the commentary. As you have stated it's not only the NYT but it seems every paper has open season on the Catholic Church. It is also the reason my husband and I do not subscribe to the Times anymore or to the Dalles Morning News. I thank God you are fighting back this needs to happen at a national level. I hope other bishops have the courage to do the same. Thank you and God bless you.
Posted By: rose lewis
2009-10-29 8:52 PM

Article: Anti-Catholicism
Your Excellency--A well done commentary except for one point: your reference to Pope Benedict's outreach to "former Catholics." I assume you are referring to the the four bishops of the SSPX. They were and still are Roman Catholics, as are the Faithful who these good bishops tend to as their flock. God love you.
Posted By: Michael
2009-10-29 8:45 PM

Muy Querido Arzobispo: Gracias por defender nuestra fe Catolica. Cum Petro et sub Petro, Tony de New York.
Posted By: Tony de New York
2009-10-29 8:26 PM

word of St. John Chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom writes And why, then, passing by the others, does He converse with Peter on these things? (John 21:15). He was the chosen one of the Apostles, and the mouth of the disciples, and the leader of the choir. On this account, Paul also went up on a time to see him rather than the others (Galatians 1:18). And withal, to show him that he must thenceforward have confidence, as the denial was done away with, He puts into his hands the presidency over the brethren. And He brings not forward the denial, nor reproches him with what had past, but says, 'If you love me, preside over the brethren,' ...and the third time He gives him the same injunction, showing at what a price He sets the presidency over His own sheep. And if one should say, 'How then did James receive the throne of Jerusalem?,' this I would answer that He appointed this man (Peter) teacher, not of that throne, but of the whole world." (Chrysostom, In Joan. Hom. lxxxviii. n. 1, tom. viii)
Posted By: dorotella
2009-10-29 8:09 PM

Kudos to the good Archbhisop!
Posted By: MAM
2009-10-29 8:06 PM

The Modern Crusades
The mainstream media is but one offensive threat in the developing "new crusades". Some may contend the Church go underground to preserve our faith until the army of moral relativism and the new political class extinguish themselves through the practice of abortion, same-sex marriage, and euthanasia. Kudos to the likes of Archbishop Dolan and Archbishop Chaput for taking the fight right back to the enemy and standing firm on principle. We need visible leaders of the Church out front leading the debate and demonstrating that 60M Catholics are not going to lay down our faith and moral foundation for the sake of political correctness and socialized governance. This battle will intensify in the coming years as the only way the Obama administration can implement their core communistic strategy is to marginalize and eventually eliminate the Catholic Church from American life, as we are the strongest voice of truth and reason; two undeniable tools of war that cannot be defeated.
Posted By: Michael K
2009-10-29 7:45 PM

It is about time we heard from someone more credible than the buffoon over at the Catholic Anti-Defamation League, even though his job is necessary too. We need to have this conversation throughout America, from every pulpit. Of course, all the while reminding ourselves of our Creed, the Beatitudes, and the perfect freedom of obedience and admonishing ourselves for our sins, both prominent and those yet to be seen. And if you need encouragement, remember also, We've been through worse. This is nothing compared to those first three hundred years (when the Church grew the most!).
Posted By: Michael Roger
2009-10-29 7:40 PM

Attacks against the Catholic Church
When I read about attacks against the Catholic Church, like those you have chronicled here, I find great solace in the words of Jesus, as recorded in the gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5, versus 10 - 12: "Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you." We are clearly under serious attack by the secular world, and have been for some considerable time. The Catholic Church stands out, often times singularly, in opposition to the constant tearing down of the God created fabric of life by those that wish to create a new and disturbingly evil new world order. Thanks to you, and other good and faithful Bishops like you, the good Word is still being preached “to the ends of the earth.” Take care, God bless, and keep up the good fight!
Posted By: Ron Fischer
2009-10-29 7:38 PM

Your Excellency, Thank GOD A BISHOP has decided to speak up everyday!!We Catholics need to be taught everyday.. When we have a Bishop that defends Mother Church it makes us proud to be Catholics. I BEG you to use the Pulpit to teach, defend, inspire Catholics to learn, repent, and also defend. Authority was given to you and the rest of the Bishops. Please explain the teachings of the church and why they were meant for all eternity not to be changed for the current times. I pray that God uses you to bring CATHOLIC back to the Catholic church in the public forum. God Bless, I will pray everyday for you and all the Priests. Sincerely, Jerry Colby
Posted By: Jerry Colby
2009-10-29 7:26 PM

Your Excellency, thank you for posting this. I live in California and we have problems of our own. I hope your text will reach to the West and continue to wake up and unite all Catholics.
Posted By: Teresa
2009-10-29 7:09 PM

I am just finishing an excellent book on this topic by Bill Donohue of the Catholic Civil Rights League. It is titled: "Secular Sabotage." The anti-Catholic sewage flowing in our society he describes is amazing. And I know Donohue is not exaggerating because I remember all his examples from when they were in the news.
Posted By: Deacon John M. Bresnahan
2009-10-29 6:38 PM

Foul Ball
Your Excellancy- Thanks for a wonderful article and great national leadership. You have a fan in Texas.
Posted By: Sarah P. Keenan
2009-10-29 6:28 PM

Keep them coming, Your Excellency!
Posted By: Brian Besong
2009-10-29 6:01 PM

Mark 7;7
Wow. From the individual who shamelessly pandered to the public with ALL things temporal: "....The Church says yes to EVERYTHING...." THAT "statement" alone, is probably MORE "anti-Catholic" than ANYTHING ever said by a critic. Whoever made the comment "Bullseye" was at-least half-correct.
Posted By: His Prince Michael
2009-10-29 5:33 PM

I myself have experienced anti- catholic sentiment at work and with friends.. I'm put in the position of defending the church. In every religion there are good and bad, why do they see the catholic church as a gaint monster. We are being treated unfairly. Your excellency we will pray them.
Posted By: sayuri
2009-10-29 5:25 PM

Kudos to Archbp. Dolan
Many thanks for going public on this important issue. Thank you for standing up.
Posted By: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf o{]:¬)
2009-10-29 5:09 PM

Anti-Catholic Prejudice
I have long railed against the often mindless and almost automatic prejudice expressed against my church by various ignorant people. Since I know I am far from perfect, I refrain from answering a lot of the nonsense because it's just stupid. But oh how I wish that I was fortunate enough to have Archbishop Dolan within Sunday Mass distance. I think those who are fortunate enough to have his wise counsel and robust beliefs are very much better for it.
Posted By: Gayle Miller
2009-10-29 4:45 PM

A Home Run
Archbishop Dolan -- Thank you for this. You are right about all of it, of course, but your analysis of the shameful rantings of Ms. Dowd, whose editors must simply wave her copy through without even reading it, is especially acute. Even the most uncritical reader would have to conclude that she, and the Times, have lost the plot when it comes to the Church. We are grateful to have you here in New York. I look forward to reading more in this space.
Posted By: Matthew Hennessey
2009-10-29 4:08 PM

Article: Anti-Catholicism
It is time for our Catholic leaders to name the virulent attacks against the Church as "Catholic hate-speech." What other faith-tradition would permit or tolerate it! Thank you, Archbishop.
Posted By: Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.
2009-10-29 4:00 PM

Pointing out the NY Times' agenda
Kudos! I hope your blog will be one that the editors of the "paper of record" check regularly. The anti-Catholic bias of the Times is one reason I haven't read the newspaper in decades.
Posted By: elizabeth
2009-10-29 3:46 PM

Calling The Times on Anti-Catholicism
Archbishop Dolan, thank you for this. This is a serious topic that gets little or no discussion and it is great to see it addressed by the Chruch. My question is this: Why don't we hear about this from the pulpit?
Posted By: Frank Murphy
2009-10-29 3:46 PM

Anti-Catholic Bias
My protestant family history runs all the way back to Jan Hus, and it's not likely we're going to be coming back anytime soon. That said, I am pained by attacks on Catholics as much as if I were one myself. To illustrate with a scene from 1953 movie Titanic. The ship has hit the iceberg and is on its way to the bottom. Two crewman running down the deck come across a priest leading a group kneeling on the deck in prayer. The first crewman says to the second "Let's pray." The second crewman says "But we're not Catholic." The first crewman says, as he pulls the second one down to kneel on the deck "What difference does that make now?" In a time when our moral culture has hit the iceberg, this country needs the Catholic church.
Posted By: Nick Stuart
2009-10-29 3:25 PM

Foul Ball!
Archbishop Dolan: Bullseye! And I hope that the Times' public editor sees fit to weigh in on this flagrant anti-Catholic prejudice, as one responder suggests. Meanwhile, I suggest that the Times is not the only New York newspaper deserving of the Dolan skewering for the same reason. John Nason
Posted By: John Nason
2009-10-29 3:12 PM

Maybe it could get published elsewhere
This was a great op-ed piece, Your Excellency. Perhaps you could consider submitting it (or an alternative version of it) to another media outlet for publication (Wall Street Journal, another NY daily paper, or a non-newspaper like the Weekly Standard, First Things, the National Review, etc.). Don't give up and keep fighting the good fight to defend our Holy Mother Church.
Posted By: Justin in Ohio
2009-10-29 2:56 PM

Playing the victim card
I find the self-pitying and egotistical tone of this post quite breathtaking. I notice that the Archbishop fails to link to any of the articles he takes issue with (though he uses links selectively elsewhere on his blog). Here's what Dowd says about the Pope. Strong stuff - but is any of it untrue? In 2004, the cardinal who would become Pope Benedict XVI wrote a Vatican document urging women to be submissive partners, resisting any adversarial roles with men and cultivating “feminine values” like “listening, welcoming, humility, faithfulness, praise and waiting.” "Nuns need to be even more sepia-toned for the über-conservative pope, who was christened “God’s Rottweiler” for his enforcement of orthodoxy. Once a conscripted member of the Hitler Youth, Benedict pardoned a schismatic bishop who claimed that there was no Nazi gas chamber. He also argued on a trip to Africa that distributing condoms could make the AIDS crisis worse.
Posted By: David
2009-10-29 2:05 PM

Catholics and the Media
Your Excellency, Reading your blog made me proud to be a Catholic and a Catholic Communicator. You have verbalized what many of us have been stating for some time! I applaud your courage to submit it to the Times and then post it on your blog. Thank you for speaking the truth.
Posted By: danielle cummings
2009-10-29 1:51 PM

Sharing your Gifts
Archbishop Dolan, thank you for sharing your gifts with the Church, especially your great mind, penchant for the written and spoken word and jovial personality. I too think Cardinal Regali will be disappointed in the WS outcome!
Posted By: Roy Petitfils
2009-10-29 12:50 PM

Archbishop Dolan -- Thank you for speaking up so precisely and eloquently. What you say is absolutely true. The reason for it is that certain people in very high places are very uncomfortable with the challenging, Christ-centered, reality-based message we preach. They call us names and undermine us in every way possible in order to undermine the truth that is at odds with their view of the world. Jesus Himself knows exactly how all of that feels. But we already know the end of the story -- that evil will not prevail.
Posted By: Jay in JCMo.
2009-10-29 12:36 PM

Archbishop Dolan, great commentary. but what is even worse is the fact that there is also a lot of anti-God sentiment as well. now atheists are running subway ads, saying that people are better off without God. we live in a secular world with absolutely no religion or faith in anything. but we can fight back. for example i saw an ad in amny with a great quote by Padre Pio: "you don't believe in God, don't worry. God believes in you." what a nice charitable way of responding to those who don't believe in God!
Posted By: Oscar Ortiz
2009-10-29 11:11 AM

The Times
I just e-mailed the NY Times' public editor this blog posting, suggesting that it's something he might want to take a look at.(For anyone who doesn't know, the Times' public editor is kind of an independent ombudsman who, among other things, keeps an eye on the paper's reporting practices).
Posted By: Irene Baldwin
2009-10-29 10:55 AM

Anti-Catholicism Article
Well, Congratulations, Archbishop Dolan! Of course the Times would not print it. It rings of too much truth and in their selective "blindness" they do not see or even seek the truth. Thank you for always proclaiming truth in such an intelligent and sensitive way. I pray you will have many years ahead to lead us all to that truth.
Posted By: Maureen McCormack
2009-10-29 10:46 AM


America: «Regarding another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism. AMERICA: FOUL BALL! The following article was submitted in a slightly shorter form to the New York Times as an op-ed article.  The Times declined to publish it. I thought you might be interested in reading it». By Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, 29.10.09