Who can resist Sharon Otterman’s tease this weekend in The New York Times?
“If you ever wondered what Cardinal Dolan might ponder in the confessional,” she writes, “read on.”
Wonder about our New York Archbishop’s inner thoughts?
How has Pope Francis inspired him?
How does this impact our diocese’ focus — carried out through Catholic Charities — on the key issues of poverty, inequality, prison ministry and immigration?
Your questions are answered thanks to this in-depth Q and A with Cardinal Dolan published this weekend in The New York Times:
Are you, or is the diocese as a whole, increasing focus on issues such as poverty, inequality, prison ministry and immigration?
I think what has happened is that Pope Francis has made it easier for us to be heard on these issues! He has inspired many people to think more about how we care for one another, especially the “least among us.” The bishops of this country have been a leading voice on immigration reform, for many years.
I get a lot of criticism that we bishops preach too much about the immigrant, the poor, the sick, the economy. These are all areas in which the Archdiocese of New York has always been enthusiastically involved…It’s my responsibility to carry that on, just as it is my responsibility to continue and expand our work in charity, education, health care. Yes, Francis inspires me in this regard, as he has inspired people everywhere. That’s a great gift he has given us.
For more than a century, Catholic Charities has helped solve the problems of New Yorkers in need – non-Catholics and Catholics alike. The homeless family, the prisoner and the immigrant are among those for whom we provide help and create hope. We rebuild lives and touch almost every human need promptly, locally, day in and day out, always with compassion and dignity. We help your neighbors as you would like to be helped if your family were in need.
Download a PDF version of Catholic Charities At-A-Glance for a look at what we do in any given year for those in need.
Read the full interview with Cardinal Dolan in The New York Times.