New NY archbishop to “challenge” criticism

I guess the Eye of Sauron is tap-dancing with glee in his dank sub-basement, since he’ll soon have a new ally.  The AP reports: “The incoming archbishop of New York [Timothy Dolan] says he will challenge any suggestion that Roman Catholics are unenlightened because they oppose gay marriage and abortion.”

Well, la-dee-da. May I be the first to assert, not just suggest, that the Roman Catholic Church is unenlightened, for a variety of reasons beyond their positions on gay marriage and abortion.  Bring it on, m***********s!

What will be the form of this “challenge”?  Issuing press releases?  More agressive courting of major media outlets so the archbishop can whine in public?  Lawsuits?  Will the Church merely ensure they have their say in the public forum, or will they actively try to shut down those who disagree with them by smearing them as anti-Catholic bigots?

Personally, I think the more the Church talks, and the more the Church will show how, um, unenlightened they are when it comes to 21st century issues that actually make a difference in people’s lives.  So, I say, bring it on, Dolan.  Your church’s positions are indefensible, so it’ll be interesting to see what you come up with to “challenge” those who disagree with you.

Here’s the full (albeit brief) article:

AP Exclusive: Dolan to fight anti-Catholic bias
By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer

NEW YORK – The incoming archbishop of New York says he will challenge any suggestion that Roman Catholics are unenlightened because they oppose gay marriage and abortion.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan also tells The Associated Press that he wants to restore pride in being a Catholic.

Dolan made the comments in an interview Monday in Manhattan.

He is scheduled to be installed as the leader of the Archdiocese of New York in ceremonies on Tuesday and Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He succeeds Cardinal Edward Egan, who is retiring.

The 59-year-old Dolan was most recently the archbishop of Milwaukee.

In his sermons this week, he says he will ask Catholics not to be so consumed by their own problems in these difficult times that they neglect to help others.

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