Compassion and Solidarity

Recently I came across a well-written article in the Wall Street Journal written by Paul Moses, author and journalism professor at Brooklyn College/CUNY. Moses writes about why he remains a Catholic. (*Subscription to this article may be required).

Here is an excerpt:

Last year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation took out a full-page ad in the New York Times  and other newspapers aimed at persuading Catholics like me to “quit the Catholic Church.” Bill Keller, former editor of the Times, wrote a column in the paper urging discontented, liberal-minded Catholics: “Summon your fortitude, and just go.”

He made the suggestion in commenting on the publication of “Why Catholicism Matters” by Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, who wrote that he believes that “maybe a smaller church would be a better church.” So it’s not just liberal critics who would like to escort people like me to the exit. Some conservative Catholic leaders and pundits would too.

To me, these invitations reflect a shallow view of the Catholic Church that reduces its complex journey to the points where it intersects with the liberal social agenda. Pope Francis’ pastoral approach has shown a more merciful, less judgmental face of the church—one that always existed but needed to be more prominent in the public arena.

You can read the whole article here.

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4 Responses to “Compassion and Solidarity”

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  2. betty majeski says:

    Your Eminence,

    I so enjoyed seeing and listening to you in Milwaukee on Thursday. I very much would like a print of your speech if at all possible. I like to have hard copy where I can reflect on it more often and share it with my fellow St. Rita parishioners.

  3. Heather Andrew says:

    Your Eminence,

    This article is very timely for me. I very much enjoy listening to you on the Radio and reading your blog. I think you are an inspiration and someone the people in the Catholic Church should aspire to. Your positivity and excitement is infectious. I am a cradle Catholic, went to Catholic grade school in a small midwestern community that proudly had 6 Catholic Churches and schools at the time. The sense of community was warm and welcoming. As an adult I have moved to a different diocese and am raising a family in a new (to me) Catholic Church. I love our parish, it is young and inviting and we have a wonderful Priest. However, I feel that the higher powers in the Diocese are changing our Church to be exclusive instead of inclusive.

    Like it says in the article, it appears that the Diocese preference is to have a smaller Church with less Lay People contributing and others banished because of a sin, than a large congregation that is forgiving and welcoming. I feel that it is hard to get my children excited about their faith when they are kept at an arms distance from everything. For example, when I was a kid we were welcomed up at the alter during the Offertory (during special masses) to understand the changes that where occurring.

    I have had many friends and family that have essentially left the church because of the decisions that are being made at the diocese level. It is disheartening and I pray they return. I realize that the Church will change but I don’t always understand the motive, making it hard to accept when it appears people are being left out.

    Pope Francis is also an inspiration. I pray that all Church Leaders embody his (and your) energy, forgiveness and inclusiveness as they lead Church. And please pray that those that are struggling with the Church can find their way back.

    Please continue to be as “public” with your faith as you have in the past. It is a great role model for all!

    God Bless.

  4. I love Cardinal Dolan and respect him tremendously, but I remain disappointed that “compassion and solidarity” seem to have no place in his Catholic Church. Does no one care about our priests in prison? The Holy Father has set an example by visiting those in prison. He even writes to some priests in prison. Yet I have yet to hear of the shepherds of our Church visiting priests in prison, or urging their priests to visit those in prison as if they were visiting Christ. Our Holy Father humbles himself as Jesus did, and he is loved by our priests in prison for his simplicity, his sincerity, and his holiness. Despite the lack of visits from their bishops and their fellow priests, none of the 20 plus priests in prison that I correspond with would ever give up their faith. They remain strong Catholic priests – the mark of which can never be erased. You and all bishops should be examples of holiness and wisdom, and,yes, compassion above all, to be the shepherds you are called to be.