In the sermon for his installation Mass at St. Patrick’s, Archbishop Dolan nailed his colors to the mast.
I was especially interested in an image he borrowed from the late Card. Cooke, namely, that when it comes to defending the unborn and helpless, the Church can become like a mother bear defending her threatened cubs.
He shored up the priests of the Archdiocese, committed himself to Catholic schools, desired for a reclamation of Sunday Mass for Sundays, and encouraged the Church even when ridiculed for her teaching on the sanctity of marriage.
His comments about the sanctity of life and defense of the unborn, human life at every stage, brought the congregation to its feet in sustained applause.
I was especially interested to see this happen in the presence of an important cross-section of the US hierarchy.
Listen for yourselves.
There is some disarming fluff at the beginning. He get’s down to work at about 4:25 (in my recording).