Timothy Cardinal Dolan named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Congratulations, your eminence!

"What about the argument that vast numbers of Catholics ignore the church’s teachings about sexuality? Doesn’t the church have a problem conveying its moral principles to its own flock?"

When asked these questions by James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal, here is what Cardinal Dolan said:

"Do we ever!" the archbishop replies with a hearty laugh. "I’m not afraid to admit that we have an internal catechetical challenge—a towering one—in convincing our own people of the moral beauty and coherence of what we teach. That’s a biggie."

For this he faults the church leadership. “We have gotten gun-shy . . . in speaking with any amount of cogency on chastity and sexual morality.” He dates this diffidence to “the mid- and late ’60s, when the whole world seemed to be caving in, and where Catholics in general got the impression that what the Second Vatican Council taught, first and foremost, is that we should be chums with the world, and that the best thing the church can do is become more and more like everybody else.”

Last week I wrote a post about Archbishop Dolan being made a Cardinal and about seeing him at World Youth Day this past summer in Madrid.  Well, His Eminence was back at New York’s iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Ash Wednesday and for special welcoming celebrations this past weekend. 

Thanks to Rocco Palmo at Whispers in the Loggia for this very moving, deeply profound, and surprisingly personal video of Cardinal Dolan’s homily for the 1st Sunday of Lent.

(Note:  the main part of his homily begins at 5:30.)

"[It’s] all about God; it’s not about me.  It’s all about Jesus and His Church; it’s not about me.  It’s His dominion; it’s not mine.  It’s His Kingdom; it is not ours.  It is His will not mine that needs to be done.  And to Him and Him alone be the honor and the glory."