Not only does Tim Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, have a blog, but he even allows comments (moderated, of course).
When I left my comment, I was sure it would never be published, but it was!
This may seem like such a small thing to many of you, but it isn't. It's really very significant. Although Tim Dolan will often warble the Vatican's corporate anthem, he is not afraid to sit down with the likes of us. He is not dismissive of our kind. At heart, he is a listener and a magnanimous leader. All the same, to allow my words to appear on the official site of the Archdiocese and on his personal blog is amazing and very encouraging, and if you are inclined to leave a kind comment on his blog thanking him for this one little step in the direction of distant reconciliation, you will do much to reinforce his gesture. Set aside the rants for the moment. Set aside making your case and arguing the issues for a moment. He's leaving the door open just a bit. Giving space to a shockingly inconvenient man like me who is loudly and totally opposed to the Pope won't speed him along on his way to a red hat. Again, you may not understand just how significant a gesture this is. For the moment, please just take my word for it.
PS: I suspect he does not connect me with the name Tony Adams although I did have to provide the address of this blog at sign-in.
After the break, the text of my comment, and to illustrate how different Tim Dolan is from the Pope, a bit of B16's arrogant Palm Sunday sermon.
My comment on the blog of Archbishop Timothy Dolan:
The pedophile priest scandal contains so many overlapping and disturbing issues for the faithful to deal with:
a) Does this widespread sin/crime tell us that the "personality" of the priesthood is built on unhealthy premises?
b) Have most priests known all along about how widespread the problem is?
c) Is mandatory celibacy the root of the problem?
e) Is the Pope responsible for this mess in the way that the head of General Motors or of a failing financial institution must take responsibility and step down?
f) Are priests well-trained for celibacy?
g) Even priests who do not have active sex lives, sublimate through food, booze, money and entertainment. Is that really celibacy?
h) Homosexuality practiced by clergy is getting wrongly mixed up with the pedophile priest scandal. Even good gay priests are being brought down by this. Can the Catholic priesthood return to health without some major changes?
I have my opinions, but this is your house, so I'll just leave having voiced the serious questions in everyone's mind.
These are sad times that call for bold and heroic leadership. You know how we always say that the Holy Spirit moves in strange ways? Well, the Spirit may be at work in these revelations which may lead us to a renewed Church in which women priests and married priests (both straight and gay) will lead us. No press release from Father Lombardi can stop the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Meanwhile, in Rome, the German Shepherd relishes war over peace.
He is 82 years old. Funny thing about octogenarians. They get pretty set in their ways. The ones who were always gracious and loving and wise and magnanimous reap what they have sown in the care they receive from friends and family. The ones who have been heartless and judgmental and careless with those entrusted to them still receive the maintenance and respect that good people always extend to anyone who is elderly, but a persistently hateful elder doesn't get the luxury of a pass in matters of sin, crime, justice and reparation.
He doesn't care for what is being said about him, and he used his Palm Sunday sermon to say that faith in God helps lead one "towards the courage of not allowing oneself to be intimidated by the petty gossip of dominant opinion."
Oh, Mary, how the congealed liebfraumilch of human kindness doth stagnate in your icy Bavarian veins!