Monday, November 11, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: A Church for the Poor

Cardinal Timothy Dolan endorsed Pope Francis' "Poor church for the poor," but said that the U.S. bishops don't have to do anything new.

The cardinal, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops until the end of their meeting this week in Baltimore, was responding to questions about why the bishops were not doing more about the poor. He said that as president most of the complaint letters he received were from people complaining that the bishops talked too much about social justice, government cut backs, and the poor.

The cardinal noted that "different popes put a spotlight on different issues in the church, and certainly Pope Francis, thanks be to God, has put a spotlight on injustice and needs of the poor, and a ringing call for the church to be poor and for the poor."

What Cardinal Dolan disagreed with is "the interpretation that the (bishops') conference has been less than concerned about the poor." The cardinal argued that this has been a constant concern of the conference since its founding in 1917. But there is no doubt, he said, that the pope is "asking us to be even more vigorous in an area that we already have a pretty good track record on."


National Catholic Reporter

Thomas Reese | Nov. 11, 2013 NCR Today

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