Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Archbishop Dolan's Response to 3 Issues

Don’t miss the bigger picture

Archbishop Dolan responded to 3 serious issues that affect his diocese. This link may drop out after this week so check Archbishop Dolan's archive of past columns here:

Regarding Call to Action and their meeting in Milwaukee he states:
The third issue has to do with the “Call to Action” conference scheduled for Milwaukee this November. As you may recall, this group, based in Chicago, has been meeting in Milwaukee for decades. This group was actually initiated by the bishops 30 years ago, and started off asking some legitimate questions.

But they have gotten way off track. In this case as well, I inquired some years ago what impact this annual meeting has on the archdiocese, and was told, almost none. Our Catholic people, I was advised, recognize that this is a group that has taken stands totally outside the bounds of church teaching.

Unfortunately, as stated in the official program of this year’s conference, the leadership of that group has decided to include in the program an invitation to invalidly ordained “priests and bishops” to “celebrate a liturgy.”

Here again it becomes my teaching responsibility to state clearly that such an action would make any claim of Catholic identity by the group to be misleading. Faithful Catholics attending these sessions would only promote division and disunity rather than genuine renewal in the church.

People ask why I “allow” Call to Action to meet in Milwaukee. This group, of course, hardly asks my permission, and pays little attention to what any bishop, including the Bishop of Rome, has to say.

Enough of this. Why do I write about it anyway? Because, too often, we are tempted to become myopic, with our only focus on juicy issues that disrupt and distract us from the mission of the Gospel. Don’t get me wrong, I am always open to dialog, and, as I have learned especially during these past four years as your archbishop, one’s temperament for patience grows as one’s leadership role expands.

"Veil tip" to Dom.

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