Last Word

No surprise in the response of The New York Times to my recent claim of disregard for Catholic sensitivity. They continue to assume an infallibility on what they term their ‘responsible reporting’ on the Church.

They speculate that all of this is because I ‘might not have liked the intense spotlight cast on the Church when the Times extensively reported on the…abuse…by Catholic clergy.’

While the Times is entitled to their opinions, such is not the case. As my brother bishops and I have constantly stated, we welcome, need, encourage, and appreciate such coverage, as long as it is fair and accurate. The problem — as so many have pointed out – is precisely that the reporting of the Times on this issue is not.

However, even to bring this issue up – which the Times obsessively does (recall how, when last year I dared question their objectivity in reporting on the Church, they dismissed it as arising from a defensiveness about an upcoming investigative report on my own response on the tragedy of abuse) – only clouds the case in point: in its glowing reviews and glaring photographs in the October 15 edition, the Times insulted the image of a consecrated woman, a nun, and a revered Catholic figure, Cardinal John O’Connor. That they feel nothing wrong with this only proves my point.

No more comment from me on this spat. As I observed in my original blog, my allies tell me it’s a waste of my time, as it’s been going on for decades.

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27 Responses to “Last Word”

  1. Elenka says:

    Archbishop, you have quite a battle on your hands, but better you than someone else! We continue to pray for you and your archdiocese.

  2. Tom says:

    Archbishop Dolan is one man standing up to an empire of well documented anti-Catholic bias.

    As much as we miss him here in Milwaukee, I am encouraged daily by his outspoken and fervent love for the Church.

  3. Henry Guell says:

    Don’t give up Archbishop! As the leader of the Church in these United States and especially the state of New York, you have the opportunity to make changes that up to this point, no other person has made the effort to make.

    As faithful Catholics all over the country, we look to you to be our leader and fighter! We need you to keep it up! Have courage and trust the Lord to help you!

  4. Dean says:

    Stay strong, your Excellency!! Your faith, courage and conviction are inspiring to so many of the Catholic faithful!

  5. Ann Nora Conte says:

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,
    I did not read the Times article but did hear about it. I thank God we have you to speak for us. God Bless you.
    Ann Nora

  6. Please DO NOT remain silent. For far to long we have all remained silent and where has that gotten us?

    Thank you for speaking up and I pray that you and others in authority continue to speak out.

    God Bless…

  7. Patricia George says:

    Thank you for confronting the New York Times on these disgusting, disrespectful advertisements. Just because we have come to expect an anti-Catholic bias from them doesn’t mean we do not appreciate your strong leadership in challenging that bias. Cardinal O’Connor was a compassionate force in providing care for Aids patients in the city of New York, but the Times will never shed light on his advocacy. Thank you for speaking on behalf of Catholics everywhere.

  8. cecelia marinelli says:

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    I thank you for standing up to the New York Times. For too long they have trashed Catholic law, people who believe and the church as a whole. There ideology is so far left that they can only agree with the perverse radicals who think there way is the correct way. It is indeed difficult to disagree with there neophytes, but disagree you must. I am so proud of you for standing up and giving it to them. It is long overdo and regardless of what anyone says, it is nice to have an ArchBishop who stands with the flock of believers. We all need the help of Michael the Arch Angel to make what is wrong in this world right. There is a difference between art and filth. To denegrate those that serve humbily, relgiously and with complaint is more than I can bear. Ignorance seems to be bliss to those who are so indifferent, yet would only trash Catholic world and not other religions. Keep strong, keep safe and above all pray for all of us as we pray for your fortitude. We walk with God.

  9. Your Grace,

    You are an inspiration to the 165 men studying for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, as well as to this lowly professor of homiletics. I used your blog, your installation homily, and many of your stories to inspire, edify, and instruct future priests in the ways of of loving God! They love it, and they love you, especially because of your love for Christ’s Church.

    Thank you and ad multos annos!

    Fr. Leo E. Patalinghug

  10. This calls for the Catholic War Veterans to be revived to become a political force against the support of secular religion by the NYT Times.
    South America is Catholic and easern Euorpe. The Catholic church defeated communism. Is this payback from the NYT. American policy must step up to this attack on freedom . This is a grave mistake for the state dept. to ignore this attack on an allied power.
    Read Peggy Noonan’s article of Pope John Paul entering Mexico city where fourteen million followers came out to greet him. The love of the polish people for the Catholic church because of the Church’s fight against communism. The Chilian President Pinera recognizes the Catholic church also and it’s people recognize Gods blessings.
    The NYT is the enemy within.
    These cowards who attack the Church must be demonised for their support of a Communist goverment to replace our Democracy here in America.

  11. Ruth Ann says:

    Archbishop Dolan,

    Please continue to speak out. No, you don’t have to criticize the N Y Times on a daily basis, but don’t hesitate to do so when they are unfair. You will inspire more of us to do likewise. I used to read that paper online every day. I quit when the wrote so unfairly about the abuse scandal.

    Peace,
    Ruth Ann

  12. Fr. Michael Klos says:

    Dearest Archbishop Dolan,
    Well done! I do have a question however… For whom is the “New York Times” the “paper of record”? Seems to me that if people of good will and integrity stopped supporting it by not purchasing it this bastion of anti-Catholicism (and anything else indecent) would soon fall sadly by the wayside.

  13. Nella says:

    Archbishop Dolan,

    Please continue to speak out. We need more Catholic leaders like yourself, Fr. Groeschel and Fr. Corapi, who are not intimidated by these hateful media outlets. Thank you for continuing to fight the good fight!

    Respectfully yours,

    Nella

  14. John Luc says:

    Arcbishop Dolan,

    I agree with your position on this entirely. The NY Times despises Catholicism. I do not agree, however, with your final stance above. While understandable, we cannot be fatalistic about this. Saint Paul would give these people a fight they would never forget. This will continue and only get worse unless we fight. And believe me – Catholics know how to fight Father. I’m just not sure our Church does.

    An organized nationwide Catholic boycott of the NY Times and all of its advertising sponsors is absolutely required here until we see a front page apology and acknowledgment of their insensitivity and the offensiveness of this display. Otherwise our Church will ultimately disappear under a continuing wave of bigoted propaganda (that will stick if left unanswered) and a lack of spine. Father – Catholics are ready for this and have had enough of the bigotry and a Church that doesn’t stand up for them and itself. I will be more than happy to help with this and there are numerous savage Catholic lawyers who can help. But first you need to get the entire US arm of the Church on board. Jesus was not a weenie. Don’t Give Up – Stand up!!!

  15. Karen: St. Eugene in Fox Point says:

    Archbishop Dolan…
    We will continue to pray for your eloquence when dealing with the New York Times and other like minded media. I do agree that disputing with the NYT is a waste of time, but having the “Last Word” was in order. I am confident that you will always have the last word on this as we look to you to keep up the fight!! After all….You are our leader in defending our faith here in the United States. When you write your letters to the NYT it gives all of us great encouragement and inspiration to write our own letters. :-) We miss you terribly here in Milwaukee, but it looks like you are needed in New York right now. Stay the course…. Many Blessings!!

  16. Andrew Piacente says:

    As NY Archbishop, soon to be made Cardinal you can affect the whole country thereby the world. With shepherdless archdioces like Los Angeles now gaining a true prince of the Church in Jose Gomez on the west coast and you here in NY this whole country can change practically overnight.

    It will take courage and fortitude that I know you have within you. Be not afraid Bishop.

    Closing schools and parishes in the middle of the largest influx of new Catholics since the early 1900′s is a crime against humanity. Lead us. Show what the Church militant really means. We are dying out here. I see old friends and neighbors who have not a clue. 45% of Catholics believe that the Most Holy Eucharist is just a symbol. Confession lines have disappeared. Too many people – do – not – believe. Our beloved Holy Father is trying but the palace revolution he faces must be slowly killing him like it did his predecessor. Men like Raymond Burke and Fabian Bruskewitz are with him – are you?

  17. Ed Graveline says:

    Your Excellency!
    I wish all our Bishops had your courage to stand for the Truth! God bless you and I will certainly pray for you and your archdioces of NY. I live in Las Vegas, NV, and admire you from afar. I love what Bishop Burke said in a recent speech too at the Vatican – we need more Bishops like you!!!
    The NY Times went off the deep end long ago. From plagerizers, to falsehoods, they are not the Old Gray Lady of yesteryear. They went the way of the garbage disposal.
    So, as my father once said to me, ‘When a dockey kicks you – you just consider the source”.
    Yours in Christ,
    Ed in Las Vegas

  18. Michael J Ertl says:

    Interesting to wonder if those who feel it’s alright to criticize the Archbishop Dolan for his sensitivity to crude Catholic jokes, feel similarly about PBS’s firing of Juan William’s in light of his recent statements.

    ‘Stand for something or fall for anything!’

    Archbishop Dolan, you speak for many Catholics that are tired of being ridiculed for our belief’s and we support you through prayer.

    Mike in Milwaukee

  19. Katherine says:

    Archbishop Dolan,

    Your repeated statements about New York Times art reviews yet your absolute refusal to say a word against the trash and filth contrary to Catholic values in the New York Post (i.e. their photos of the ‘Venus Erotica Show’) is undercutting your stance.

    Why do you stilll refuse to say even one word against the soft-core pornography in the New York Post? Are Murdoch owned companies exempt from criticism no matter how much their material violates Catholic values?

    Are you really more concerned about photo of an actor dressed as a nun than of half-naked women in suggestive poses put into millions of New York households?

  20. Mary Edwards says:

    You are are not a shrinking violet as are so many Catholics these days and I applaud you for standing up for the Church in a time of nasty attacks. New York is lucky to have you as their archbishop and you have many cheerleaders all over this country. I took my granddaughter to NYC for her 16th birthday a month ago and one of the highlights was sitting in the 9th row at St. Patricks and observing your wonderful way with the people there. Keep up the good work. A Fan from New Mexico…

  21. Cathy Chirch says:

    The problem is not in the NY Times but in ourselves. The Holy Father commented in April of 2010: “The attacks on the Pope and the Church come not only from without…The greatest persecution of the Church comes not from Her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church, and the Church thus has a deep need to re-learn penance, to accept purification.”

  22. Mary ellen says:

    I sent this to the NY Times. It’s time for Catholics to defend our church, the Anti Catholic bigotry in our media/newspapers and art is wrong. We need to defend our Church. I sent this to the New York Times and also have sent and called NPR WNYC regarding their Anti Catholic bias.

    Your continued bigotry against the Catholic Church is hurtful..The Catholic Church has done more good then harm.
    Cardinal O”Connor often worked on hospital floors at St. Claire’s devoted to HIV pt’s before we even understood AID’s. To put a picture of him next to a condom and call him a scumbag, it’s wrong.
    Catholic bigotry is alive and well in America..and you the New York Times are the number one promoter..I put you in the same league as the National Enquirer. You just want to sell papers and taking shots at the Catholic Church is easy in your eyes.
    The Catholic Church has been around for 2,000 years, we are not going anywhere.
    Catholic bigotry is wrong as is Anti-Semitic or any other form of discrimination. The Catholic Church continues to help all regardless of faith, race, sexual preference or immigration status. So shame on you! Get to know the Catholic Church I think you will join us!
    God Bless!

  23. Doug Leone says:

    Catholics have always been bashed by he world so we should not be too shocked by this affrontery.
    Now something that the good Archbishop can and should do something about is “Catholics” who publicly in the public square promote abortion. They should be politely told they are not welcome to any place of honor at St. Patrics Cathedral or to recieve Holy Communion.
    We have a most clear example of a Catholic following church teachings in Carl Paladino. He said in the governors debate, I abide by the teachings of the Catholic church I am against same gender marriage. He took a lot of heat for his position. andrew on the other hand proudly proclaimed he was for homosexual marriage.

  24. Katherine says:

    Archbishop, when the NY Times reviewed a play you deemed offensive to Catholics, you said the Times “would never think of doing” such to the Jewish community. Well, you have been proven wrong for today the Times reviewed the new production fo Merchant of Venice, considered anti-Jewish by some.

    And Saturday, the other major daily in the Archdiocese, the NY Post, ran a racy, inappropriate photo of two mostly undressed persons in suggestive positions. And still you maintain your silence about the trash and filth in the largest circulation newspaper in the Murdoch- FOX News media empire.

    Given a choice bewteen a newspaper that prints a photo of an actor dressed as a nun or one that constantly prints photos of people hardly dressed at all, I know which I would first speak out about. But I am a person who does not quiver in fear of the Murdoch-FOX media empire.

  25. Crissy says:

    I dont understand, why does Catholic Charities receive so much money from the NY times?

  26. JD says:

    Keep up the good work, Archbishop. We support you here in Lower Manhattan. By the way, does anyone actually read the NY Times anymore? Circulation has been diving year over year over year over year over ……..

  27. Fr. Robert Biroschak says:

    Archbishop Dolan— It is easy to understand and empathize with your frustration. But silence in the face of insensitivity to Catholics’ deeply-held beliefs leads to more of the same. Why not publish your thoughts on these matters in a wider forum? At any rate, Winston Churchill (I think) said it best: Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!