Cardinal Dolan in Rome: popular if not papabile

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On Sunday the archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan continued to charm the citizens of the Eternal City (and many in the media, who probably see him as more papabile than his fellow cardinals do) as he celebrated mass at the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a middle-class Roman neighborhood. RNS photo by David Gibson

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ROME (RNS) If ordinary Romans still had in a say in selecting their bishop – also known as the pope – the way they did in the early centuries of the church, then Cardinal Timothy Dolan might already be pontiff.

  • Southern Baptist

    There is NOTHING holy about the Pope!

    It is WRONG to bow to any man and WRONG to kiss the ring of a mear man.

    Popes have been responsible for more terror, torture, and death through history then any other group of men! The Middle Ages was when SATAN took control of the Catholic “church”. The pope lives in luxury and retires to a castle; the millions wasted on hims should be used to feed the hungry.

    Idiot Catholics pray to a dead woman (Mary) and do NOT follow the teachings of Jesus!

  • Susy

    What an ignorant and hateful comment.

  • Charles Austin

    Go to lunch at Tre Scalini in the Piazza Navona, and let me know if it’s still great. (If it’s not, I don’t wanna know.)
    Charles Austin
    In New Jersey (sigh!)

  • David Gibson

    It is still great, Charles! But expensive…

  • David

    What a laugh , you haven’t a clue about the Catholic Church only what you read in the press the people are the church if you hate the Pope then you hate all Catholics and if you are a Christian then you are not a true one , love your enemy as your self .

  • Nick Alexander

    This article made me consider how different the hierarchy of the Church would be if Catholics returned to the ancient practice of electing their bishops.

  • gilhcan

    Dolan is smudged by his brazen participation in the sex scandal cover-up. But the Vatican is bold. He paid sleazy accountants and lawyers with the money of the lay people of the archdiocese of Milwaukee to show him how to shift their larger funds from account to account to prevent having to pay court-ordered awards for the sex crimes of the clergy. Aren’t those sex crimes and such diversionary tricks also sins? Is it only in the Catholic Church that crime does pay? I think it was Jesus who proclaimed, “The wages of sin is death.” But does that stop you from trading your red cap for a white one?

  • gilhcan

    Absolutely! One would that would be the only solution. But then, look at what we have in Washington, DC. And in spite of all the failed efforts of Republicans to suppress the vote of the people electors, we still have a do-nothing Congress.

  • kafantaris

    Why not return the Church to the simple teachings of Christ that started it in the first place.
    Be humble. This is the best way to live as tooting our own horn never works. Pride is the cancer of the self that has wrecked the life of many a man.
    Share with others. After our living expenses are paid, why not share the rest with those less fortunate. We can’t take it with us, and it will spoil our kids more if we leave it with them. Why not give it to those we deem worthy while we still have our faculties.
    Show tolerance. This is not only the hallmark of a learned man but also an experienced one. Nobody is all bad or all good. In between lies humanity, but we will never find it if we don’t look there. After all, this is where Christ looked and found us. This is where the Church must look also to find its lost flock.
    Turn the other cheek. If we were wronged revenge won’t make it right — though it might briefly feel better. But the revenge will perpetuate the wrong, and from generation to generation. Why not fight the urge for revenge ourselves by turning the other cheek so it stops there and then with us.
    Above all, let’s love our strange, filthy, unworthy neighbor as we love ourselves. He could use our understanding and help, though he may not deserve it. He is our brother — unconditionally — and we are our brother’s keeper.
    This is what Christ was about and these are the themes that shaped the Church way back in Constantinople. We should return to those themes to invigorate the Church, and in the process find and invigorate ourselves.
    As for the things that divide us, they should be cast aside — not only because they have no place in modern society, but also because they never had a place in Christ’s mind.