Once, in 2008, I sat down and had a wonderful chat with Archbishop Timothy Dolan and found him to be one of the most down-to-earth and deeply holy priests I have ever known (as a personal aside, I feel that MANY of the newly appointed bishops have been very good and holy priests; something to be quite happy about in the age we live in – it is almost a prerequisite now, given the abuse scandals). As a consequence, I was highly pleased to see him appointed to the see of New York City.
I have been following, sporadically, the controversy in NY over the proposed “same-sex marriage” law. It would violate, of course, the essence of marriage, but would go further in attempting to interfere in how Catholic organizations operate, effectively imposing the validity of “same-sex unions” on them. It was thus somewhat of an unexpected thing that the Christian Science Monitor just ran a story detailing the effect Archbishop Dolan’s outspoken opposition to the bill is now having: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0624/New-York-gay-marriage-bill-Could-Catholics-play-a-decisive-role. It continues to disappoint that so many Catholics are not in unity with the teaching of the Magisterium (due, in most part, to a failure of catechesis), but it is a good sign for the life of the Church there that Archbishop Dolan has at least spoken out about the Church’s clear position.
I think we all should pray a rosary for the success of Church’s current efforts vis-a-vis “same-sex unions” in New York and for the general benefit of the Catholic people in that state.
Yours in Christ,
Br. James Dominic, OP