02 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Pope listens to what Francis of Assisi can teach us about creation

On the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the preacher to the papal household said that St. Francis of Assisi is a key model in showing the lin…

Read more

23 Feb 2016 Articles Comments (1)

The History of Lent

Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. In the desire to renew the liturgical practices…

Read more

17 Aug 2016 Q&A No comments

Should John Paul II have retired because of his infirmity?

Full Question Recently a priest told me that John Paul II should have stepped down much earlier because having someone as pope who was "practically droolin…

Read more

12 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (2)

Since we have God's written word, why so much emphasis on oral tradition?

Full Question You place a lot of emphasis on oral tradition in the Catholic Church, but doesn't the fact that we have a written Bible show this was the way…

Read more

15 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Next ‘Courtyard of the Gentiles’ to take place in Assisi

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has announced that its next “Courtyard of the Gentiles" dialogue with nonbelievers will take place in Assisi …

Read more

12 Oct 2015 News Vatican Comments (1)

Proclaim the beauty of God's plan for family, LA archbishop tells synod

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles addressed his fellow synod fathers on Saturday, encouraging the Church in sharing the beauty of the Creator's plan for crea…

Read more

12 Oct 2016 News Comments (7)

Clinton campaign ANTI-CATHOLIC BIGOTRY in leaked emails

Hillary Clinton's staff shared what they think about Catholics in an email exchange released by WikiLeaks. Catholics will NOT be happy with the attitude. The co…

Read more

25 Jul 2016 News No comments

World Youth Day pilgrims told to expect lengthy security checks at papal events

World Youth Day celebrations begin in Poland on Wednesday People attending Pope Francis’s meetings with world youth in Poland should expect detailed security…

Read more

16 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (12)

Is it possible for objects to be cursed or attached to evil spirits? If so, what can I do to…

Full Question I feel a strong sense of evil from certain objects in our home, to the point that I cannot look at them without making a concentrated effort …

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so

Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate. What do all these people have in common?

They’re all striving for holiness and, according to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, they’re the “new minority" to whom it is important to extend inclusion in the Church.

“…these wonderful people today often feel themselves a minority, certainly in culture, but even, at times in the Church!" the Archbishop of New York said in his Oct. 12 blog post. “I believe there are many more of them than we think, but, given today’s pressure, they often feel excluded."

The cardinal, who is currently in Rome for the Synod on the Family, said that inclusion has emerged as a “very refreshing, consistent" theme discussed at this year’s synod.
He listed immigrants; those with same-sex attraction; single people; those with disabilities; racial minorities; the divorced or widowed; the elderly and homebound, all as being essential to the life of the Church.

“We in the family of the Church love them, welcome them, and need them," he said.

However, there is another group of people that should be remembered when discussing those who feel excluded from modern society – and even the Church – he said.

“I am thinking of those who, relying on God’s grace and mercy, strive for virtue and fidelity," Cardinal Dolan said.

This includes couples who choose not to cohabitate before marriage; spouses who endure hardships in marriage; gay men or women who embrace chastity; a mother who sacrifices her career for her children; and spouses who lovingly welcome children into their marriage.
“They are looking to the Church, to us, for support and encouragement, a warm sense of inclusion," he said. “We cannot let them down!"

Cardinal Dolan’s comments came shortly after Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput addressed the synod assembly, calling for precise language, especially when speaking about inclusion and “unity in diversity."

“Brothers, we need to be very cautious in devolving important disciplinary and doctrinal issues to national and regional episcopal conferences – especially when pressure in that direction is accompanied by an implicit spirit of self-assertion and resistance," Archbishop Chaput had said.



Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories