You gotta love Cardinal Dolan. What a gregarious, infectiously joyful and optimistic public face of the Catholic Church.
Last Saturday he was interviewed by WPIX on hot button issues such as the contraception mandate and the Vatican’s action toward the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Wow, talk about putting a positive spin on things. Here’s his take on the Vatican disciplining of the sisters:
The Vatican praises them, compliments them, says, “Where would we be without the sisters? We love you, we want to work with you, we appreciate the dialogue, we want to keep it going. We do need to bring to your attention some concerns that we hear from a lot of people, including women religious, about some of the doctrinal areas where you’ve been straying, and we want to point that out to [us]. … But let’s do it as friends, in a very reasoned dialogue.”
I’m kind of grateful that the leadership of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, they’ve been rather temperate and measured. They seem to appreciate the friendship and the invitation to dialogue. … I hear most sisters saying, “This sting a little, but they’ve got some points. Maybe we need to relook at things, maybe we have not expressed things in the best way.”
Watch the whole video here. I expect Pray Tell readers will have some reactions to it.