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I have an M.A. in Theology and an M.Div (Master of Divinity) from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. I am currently a media consultant and promoter of classical music. I am also certified as an officiant by the Federation of Christian Ministries for baptisms, weddings and funerals and minister independently of the Rochester Diocese. My life has encompassed many interesting paths: broadcasting, free-lance writing, video-production, music, ministry and a secular job in government. In addition to this blog, I have a YouTube site at www.youtube.com/priestray and I have a Facebook page.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Time Magazine Honors Cardinal Timothy Dolan


Dear Blog Visitors:

It should be no surprise that Cardinal Timothy Dolan and I disagree on a few issues, inclusive of ending mandatory celibacy for priests, the ordination of women, and full equality for gay Catholics (I support these issues and Cardinal Dolan does not).

Despite the above differences, I want to extend an olive branch by congratulating Cardinal Dolan for his recognition by Time Magazine as one of the hundred most influential people in the world. Whether or not I agree with Dolan's stance on church issues, I am at least in full agreement that he is certainly one of the hundred most influential people.

Although Catholics are not supposed to talk openly about the election of a successive pope while the current pontiff is still alive, it is no secret that conversations have already taken place amongst both the Vatican curia and members of the media. A name that consistently surfaces as a possible papal contender is that of Timothy Dolan. At the very least, I recognize the cardinal's appealing sense of humor and strong communication skills, which are attributes that would serve him well as pontiff. In addition, I have a strong sense that Dolan, if elected, would convene Vatican III, whereby divisive issues could be openly discussed.

It is no secret that the Roman Catholic Church worldwide is suffering the consequences of financial challenges, priesthood shortages, and a sharp decline in Mass attendance. We are seeing the consequences via multiple parish closings and a lack of confidence in the ability of the universal church to survive in a progressive and multi-cultural world. It would take a pontiff with the personality of Timothy Dolan to call a council and act as a driving force and mediator in discussions that would certainly be lively.

I continue to articulate my views on controversial issues that face that Roman Catholic Church. However, I may ultimately leave the Catholic Church behind and move onto a more inclusive community. Whether or not this will be the case, I nevertheless want to wish Cardinal Timothy Dolan well and congratulate him for the honor that has been bestowed upon him by Time Magazine.

Peace to all,
Ray

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