In an Empire State of Mind

It has been awesome taking part in the events in Rome these past three weeks, saying goodbye to Benedict, and then taking part in the conclave last week to elect Pope Francis.  Today I will be joining our new Holy Father for his Mass of Installation, in Saint Peter’s Square.  At the same time, I am sorry that I will not be able to join my brother bishops of New York State as they undertake two days of advocacy on important public policy issues in Albany, as well with as the nearly 1,000 Catholics from every part of our state who will join them Wednesday for Catholics at the Capitol. I do love Rome, but, boy, do I wish I could be with all of you in Albany.

Pope Francis has a reputation for intense devotion to the poor, of humility, of promoting the Culture of Life.  That’s what we, as the Church, must be all about as well, and that is what we must bring in our meetings with our elected representatives in Albany.

I will certainly be with my brother bishops in spirit as they meet with Governor Cuomo, Senators Skelos and Klein, and Speaker Silver Tuesday afternoon to lay the ground work for Catholics at the Capitol by affirming the Church’s beautiful teaching on the dignity of every human person made in the image and likeness of Almighty God from the moment of conception until natural death.

And I will be praying for those committed advocates traveling to Albany to join with your bishops in proclaiming a great big Yes! to life, by working together to build a Culture of Life in New York by providing real choices for pregnant women and girls who may find themselves pressured to abort, and who so often suffer quietly for years afterward as a result. Surely, we can find some area of agreement among our elected leaders to help those who make the heroic choice to keep their babies, as well as those who have already aborted and need love, compassion and healing to move forward with their lives.

You will also uphold the Culture of Life  and proclaim the dignity of every human person by fighting for the safety of all children, wherever their parents send them to school. We bishops stood in support of Gov. Cuomo in his stand for sensible gun control, but while the NY SAFE Act rightfully included money for public school safety, no such funding was included for religious or independent schools in that legislation. We worry about the message that this sends. We’re also grateful for those who supported our efforts to get full reimbursement for all of the state mandates on our schools.

And, of course, you will passionately advocate for more state funding for affordable housing and for health care for the poor and vulnerable, because these are basic human rights that preserve human dignity. And you will speak out as well for the dignity of those in our state’s prison system, because our Lord taught us very clearly that whatever we do for any of the least of our brothers and sisters, we truly do for Him.

Know that my brother bishops and all of our laity, religious and clergy doing this important work in Albany will hold a special place in my prayers these next few days, even if I cannot be there with you in person.

A blessed St. Joseph Day, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter!

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5 Responses to “In an Empire State of Mind”

  1. MaryGr says:

    You say: Surely, we can find some area of agreement among our elected leaders to help those who make the heroic choice to keep their babies, as well as those who have already aborted and need love, compassion and healing to move forward with their lives.

    I’m sorry Cardinal Dolan but we do not have one, not a one, in the NY political class who will fight for the unborn. The unborn are worthless troublemakers to our lawmakers. The unborn might fare better if they were dolphins, whales or polar bears. But they are not. They are the innocent and the voiceless in a legislature of goats. What did Christ say about the sheep and the goats? “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”

  2. ReginaMary says:

    “…affirming the Church’s beautiful teaching on the dignity of every human person made in the image and likeness of Almighty God from the moment of conception until natural death.”
    That, my dear Cardinal, is the key. Our teachings are beautiful. So very, very beautiful.

  3. Judith says:

    I was one of those misguided folk who hoped that you would be elected to be the Pope. However, I think it was my timing was wrong in the sense that I believe that you will be the NEXT Pope. I believe you are a special man, like Louis Pasteur, Jonas Salk, Albert Einstein, etc. I think you will make a difference in the world with your message of peace and love. It is time for ALL of us to stop destroying the world with hate and selfishness. I believe you will be the man to lead us to do this. God blesses you.

  4. Richard Graziano says:

    In light of your stance on the sanctity of all life, I was wondering whether you were going to call on Senators McConnell, Cruz, Paul, and Representative Boehner, etc, to urge them not to filibuster bills on universal background checks for firearm purchases, limits on the size of magazines and the ban on assault weapons so that those children and adults already living will not be exposed to the dangers of gun violence that have been perpetrated against the children of Sandy Hook and Aurora and thousands of other places. You stated that you supported Gov. Cuomo’s actions regrading guns, but I have heard nothing from you to indicate your support for President Obama’s efforts at gun control at the national level. Come on Cardinal Dolan, call your Republican friends in Congress and demand that they vote for reasonable gun control. Stand up for the living to the same degree as for the unborn or surely we will have another mass shooting before long.

  5. MaryGr says:

    Richard Graziano, I get really upset when Catholics try to advance gun control as a “sanctity of life” issue. Historically, when the Church speaks of the sanctity of life it means abortion, euthenasia, IVF, embryonic research. To lump gun control into the life issue is a cruel modernist deceit. Only 21 children died mercilessly in Sandy Hook and Aurora. 4000 — FOUR THOUSAND — die mercilessly EVERY DAY in abortions. The unborn are living, sir. They are as alive as you or me. Or those Sandy Hook first graders. Only they are hidden. We don’t have pictures of them. We don’t see how cute they are, or imagine their adulthood. But they live. If they were whales, dolphins or eagles they would have the protection they deserve as living human beings. But alas, they are the smallest and live out of sight. We don’t see what’s left of them after they’ve been killed. You have every right to be concerned about mass shootings, but please give no equivalence whatsoever to sanctity of life issues.