Bishop Dolan Elected in Upset.
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected president Tuesday of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a surprise win that underscored the bishops' shift toward a more aggressive defense of orthodoxy.
Kicanas was pilloried in the days leading up to the vote by conservative Catholic bloggers, who urged readers to send protest faxes and leave messages for bishops at the Baltimore hotel where they are meeting.There is nothing like open public documentation to Bishops that states the scandal, asks them do the right thing, is backed up by blogochatter and articles written by activists and the prayers of the people, the Communion of Saints and souls in Heaven and purgatory. It is a winning combination and one that we intend on carrying forward with other scandals going on right here in the Archdiocese of Boston. (Next on my radar are the structure changes that moved power away from the Archbishop and the first policy being written by counterfeit operation in power in the Boston Chancery - "non-discrimination policy" at Catholic schools - brace yourselves)
Lots of hands went into this - kudos to everyone for answering the call to serve the Lord to work towards the dramatic turn around of the USCCB.
The Bishops heard our pleas and responded. This is an absolute change in the wind for Church Militant.
The good old boy network that gave absolute assurances to internal protocol for the first time in 40 years was broken up.
What happened today is huge in so many ways.
Theology will be impacted, education, direction on the best way to serve God's people in political activism, including the 2010 election.
There are calls for a more unified voice, building on the work that Cardinal George began three years ago.
Here's the quid pro quo - Archbishop Kurtz was elected as VP. Here's his thoughts on Summorum Pontificum. Here he is at an abortion clinic.
Here's some thoughts one of the patrons of Commonweal left relating to her experiences over the Liturgy:
Some here have wondered what ideological position Kurtz might occupy, or what sort of a mind he has. Let me offer one illustrative ancedote. When he was pastor of a parish in the Diocese of Allentown, he invited me to give a workshop for his liturgical ministers. The next day he phoned to complain that my presentation had not been sufficiently doctrinal. What was wrong? I had referred to the Eucharist as the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation.
Any more questions?
And, best of all, Archbishop Chaput is poised to be next in the machine.
I know some Catholics in conservative quarters have some reservations about Ab Dolan because he (disappointingly) has circumvented the Church's call of the Prodigal Father (Canon 925) and there was disappointing participation at a parish where moral theology on human sexuality is being twisted into Masses celebrating their booty calls. I saw the video of that and I was not too pleased myself -- but you've got to remember that Ab. Dolan signed the Manhattan Declaration. He is a solid prolifer and has spoken out courageously about politicians and abortion. I believe we scored on this one.
Dolan has been a strong friend and ally and has been called a “hero” by leading pro-life advocates in part for speaking out about Catholic politicians who support abortion.
“It bothers me if any politician, Catholic or not, is for abortion,” Dolan has said. “Because in my mind, we’re talking about a civil right, we’re not talking about a matter of Catholic Church discipline. We can’t allow the noble pro-life cause to be reduced to a denominational issue.”
In 2008, Dolan took House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice-President Joe Biden to task for misrepresenting Catholic pro-life teachings.
“Church tradition is equally clear that bishops are the authentic teachers of the faith. So, when prominent Catholics publicly misrepresent timeless Church doctrine – as Biden and Pelosi regrettably did (to say nothing of erring in biology!) – a bishop has the duty to clarify,” he explained.
Big. Huge. Gargantuan.
The Roman Catholic Church in the United States has just freed up from the chains of the immorality of Bernadin's 40 year reign of terror.
Feel the momentum.
We've had enough of exhortations to be silent"! Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world has become rotten because of silence." ~ St. Catherine of Siena
And He shall reign for ever and ever. Hallelujah.