Cardinal Dolan: Church needs to be transparent, honest about its flaws

Cardinal Dolan: Church needs to be transparent, honest about its flaws

[Hat-tip to Catholic World News]

By Peter Finney Jr.

NEW ORLEANS – New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan suggested to more than 400 priests of the state of Louisiana that humbly and openly sharing the “wounds” and shortcomings of the church might bring those who are alienated back to the practice of the faith.

Using the image of the church as “our supernatural family, which we, as priests, are called to image,” Cardinal Dolan told the opening session of the three-day Louisiana Priests’ Convention Sept. 19 that human weakness has been a part of the church from the beginning.

“The church is not just our family – it’s also a dysfunctional family,” he said. “Everybody today talks about dysfunctional families. Have you ever met a functional one?”

Cardinal Dolan, who spoke on the theme of “Shepherding Today as Priest, Prophet and King,” said in the jubilee year of 2000, St. John Paul II “apologized publicly” 54 times for “the specific sins of the church.”

“That’s more than once a week,” Cardinal Dolan said. “And Pope Francis surely has done so.”

The cardinal said while the world is “ever ready to headline the flaws of the church,” the dynamic changes when “her loyal members are more than willing to own up to them.

If that happens, people estranged from the church “might just take a second look,” he said.“Their favorite caricature of the church is as a corrupt, arrogant, self-righteous, judgmental hypocrite,” Cardinal Dolan said. “I sure don’t have any problem admitting that, at times, it can be tough to love the church because of her imperfections. The mystical body of Christ has lots of warts.”

[The New York archdiocesan record of transparency and honesty concerning its “flaws”]

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2 comments on “Cardinal Dolan: Church needs to be transparent, honest about its flaws



  1. Timmy: The church is not just our family – it’s also a dysfunctional family!

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

  2. Cardinal Dolan said:
    “The church is not just our family – it’s also a dysfunctional family,” he said. “Everybody today talks about dysfunctional families. Have you ever met a functional one?”

    What an insult! Yes! I know many “functional families!!!!” And not just my own. What kind of life is he living? Does he think that all live a trashy lifesyle? Does he think that he can force all to live Amoris Laetitia’s pathetic description of Bergoglio’s family?

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