Archbishop Dolan’s sermon

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).


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  1. cuaguy says:

    Thanks for the recording!!

  2. AlwaysCatholic says:

    Father Z: I attended the Assumption Mass on behalf of my parish, Mater Ecclesiae Berlin, NJ a couple of years back when you were the homilist. As much as I wanted to break out in applause for your commanding and brillant sermon, I did not. We all refrained from applause at the request of Father Robert Pasley as he gently reminded us that once the Mass began, the music etc were all part of the Mass and that applause was not appropriate.
    I know the naysayers will give the excuse that today’s installation of Archbishop Dolan makes it okay to constantly break out in applause ans several standing ovations but I think not.
    Am I mistaken?

  3. Anthony says:

    I am not a fan of applause during Mass, however I watched the Mass live on TV and I did find the action of Mayor Bloomberg during the homily amusing. When Arch. Dolan received a long applause and standing ovation after mentioning the sanctity of life in the womb.. the camera but to Mayor Bloomberg. While (most) everyone else was standing and applauding he was seated and silent. Now I wouldn’t expect him to applaud since his stance on the issue is well known and contrary to that of the Church, the camera showed him speak to whatever aide was next to him and both rose to their feet without giving any applause. Looks like the mayor wanted to, yet failed, to avoid the bad photo op of being seen as the lone man sitting down not clapping. It’s sad that this homily reminded me a great deal of the annual state of the union address in which polticians are very careful about when they applaud or stay silent.

    As for the new bishop of NY… ECCE SACERDOS MAGNUS!

  4. Adam says:

    This was a wonderful installation ceremony as seen on tv. Truly a deeply moving mass with many cardinals and bishops present. But the homily of the new Archbishop was just superb and inspiring, especially his convictions in the true spirit of the Gospel. But when he spoke about the defence of the unborn, that was a great moment of preaching as the congregation rose to its feet and applauded for some long time. But as the TV showed, the Gov and Senator from NY did not stand until the end of the clapping. Also Geraldine Ferraro who is so pro-choice looked very awkard when the camers focused on her.
    The NY diocese and the American Church have a new leader who is going to shake up the place. Watch this spot. The bishop is very much in the JPII populist mode and will be a force to be watched and listended to. At 59 he will one day be a cardinal and the sooner the better for the US Church. But watch the conclave when he is a cardinal – who knows what may happend as the young, inspirational bishop makes his mark.
    Perhaps the time will come for the Italian-speaking US cardinal to be, to go even higher.
    This is a man comfortable in his own skin and it shows. He looks at peace, he smiles, he laughs but he is a man of God. And that is good for all us, whether in the US or outside.
    The Church needs such bishops today. Men who are not afraid to speak out and be counted.
    Go +Tim Nolan.

  5. TNCath says:

    Fr. Z: “There is some disarming fluff at the beginning.”

    “Disarming?” Yes. “Fluff?” I respectfully disagree. I think of it more as a healthy charm and sense of humor. [If you wish. But I think of joke about tax day and mom going to a sale at Macy’s as being fluff. There can be fluff in sermons, and it can serve a purpose, but it is still fluff… and I can’t believe I am writing about this…. RABBIT HOLE!.] If more priests, bishops, cardinals, and yes, laity, were able to express themselves with the humanity, humility, clarity, honesty, and even humor of Archbishop Dolan, we’d be a lot better off.

    It was indeed a magnificent sermon. He did indeed “nail” it. Thanks for posting!

  6. Laura Lowder says:

    I was on the Z-Chat watching the stream with folks here, and got to listen to the homily with these friends. I felt revitalized, encouraged, heartened by this homily. I hope I get to hear more from him in coming years. God bless him!

  7. Brendan says:

    I was watching the broadcast from on mute, and I think I saw New York Governor David Paterson in the pews. He yawned at one point, and in general didn’t look too happy.

    I wonder about his reaction when Dolan talked about the sanctity of marriage. As you may know, Paterson, a Catholic, intends to introduce legislation tomorrow to legalize gay marriage.

  8. JC says:

    The homily was a great government program layout. Good for New York, and for American Catholicism. Now I’d like to make a liturgical point, if I may.

    I don’t think of Card. Egan and his Cathedral Church Rector, Msgr. Ritchie, as particularly interested in liturgical restoration, but I still believe St. Pats has a very decent musical program, and the use of traditional elements (six candles near the altar), etc. To make a few points, last Sunday I was very surprised to see the archepiscopal processional cross, and even more so to see Card. Egan celebrating at the High Altar (under the baldachino), instead of at the new one further in the front.

    After this big intro, I wonder, what can we expect of Archbishop Dolan in this regard? Is he fond of, say, the “benedictine arrangement”? He’s making some headway already: a very traditional crozier (compared to Card. Egan’s very simple wood one), that tall “evangelists” mitre, that recalls Paul VI (compared, again, to His Eminence’s short one that matches St. Pats very “bleh” vestments), and a slightly adorned alb that shows the red cuffs of the choir cassock (Card. Egan used a very plain one).

    Yet Archbishop Dolan still seems even “juvenile” and perhaps too energized when climbing the steps to the sanctuary, performing simple actions (the benediction of the incense while seating, or removing his mitre, for example), or just can’t seem to be able to seat still (watching him shuffling in his cathedra).

    I will not make a fuss about the cheesehead incident. But St. Patrick’s, and its Archbishop, are clearly the most relevant see in the nation, and a point of reference in the “capital of the world”.

    New York has perhaps one of the better liturgy programs in big sees. It is not overwhelmingly conservative, but it is, to my humble regard, much better than many (think of L.A. and San Francisco), not so than some few others (St. Louis comes to mind). For those of you who have followed Archbishop Dolan, what can we expect to see?

  9. Jason Keener says:


    For the most part, St. Patrick’s did have a nice musical program today. I heard Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” and even some Gregorian Chant. Well done!

    How you saw Archbishop Dolan today is pretty much exactly how he is. During his time in Milwaukee, as I have posted elsewhere, Archbishop Dolan was not known for having a special interest in promoting liturgical renewal or the Reform of the Reform. Again, I think what you saw today is exactly what you can expect to see in the future with regards to the Liturgy.

    Kudos to Archbishop Dolan for the great point in his homily about defending the unborn.

  10. Charlotte says:

    Milwaukee speaking here!

    What you see with Archbishop Dolan is what you get. What you see in all the TV interviews this week – that’s him. His tone and demeanor of the homilies you have watched and listened to these last 3 days – that’s classic Archbishop Dolan, not a new coat or a new Dolan. He is not sugar-coating or putting on a fake smile or acting nicey-nice because he’s new.

    He will always tell a fluff joke. He will always be broad, smiling, physical. Unless something drastic happens, I doubt he will change (which is something he affirmed in one of the TV interviews this morning.)
    Even when Archbishop Dolan is addressing serious matters, there is a warmth and even casualness that comes with it.

    Will he become more formal in his demeanor or in the way he celebrates mass? Doubtful. Unless he feels that doing so fits the NYC mold (and you NYC folk know how things go in your churches, I don’t.) In other words, he will likely follow suit of whatever makes his subjects comfortable and whatever is normally done in your neck of the woods. If you were specifically asking, although not asking directly, if he’s for or against the Latin rite – all I know is that he was open to a permanent Latin rite church in Milwaukee and has never stood in their way.

    What you see is what you get. It is precisely for that reason that I think he was chosen. No pretense, no overt formality to him. He is a man of the people and he likes it that way.

  11. Pierre Ronsard says:

    I do not think that those waiting for any significant change from the spiritual torpor that grips the surface of Church life in NY have much reason for hope. The new archbishop’s willingness to connive with human weakness by resorting to fluff seems to be a pretty good indication of his character. Let us not forget the cheese-head incident in Wisconsin. No doubt the good things that are going on in the archdiocese: the availability of the regular Latin mass on a daily basis in a number of obscure places, the spiritual guidance by hidden men and women of sanctity will continue and may even spill over into mainstream Catholic life. But then that represents the real life of the Church in New York. Without this underground stream, there would be no Church in our city. New York is fortunate in always having had this hidden aspect available to those who seek it. Perhaps I shouldn’t say this. But what happens at St. Patrick’s and the chancery is glitter and show to keep the devil occupied whilst the true followers of Christ do their work in secret. When the chancery finds out about this work, it inevitably tries to stamp it out as happened at St. Raphael’s some years back. Yet it always springs up again. And if it appears under official auspices, that is only evidence of its strength. Archbishop Dolan can only further this process. But basically he can do nothing to stop it. It is the result of the Divine Mercy which looks down on God’s children who are forced to live and raise families in such a wicked environment, where the “Catholic” governor, an admitted adulterer has just presented a new bill for same sex “marriage,” whose former pastor, a “monsignor,” is being investigated for child molestation and who followed in his pastoral office a “bishop” who died of aids, stemming, so it is said, from involvement in drugs. And this new archbishop has time for fluff? Obviously, he thinks he does.

  12. Charlotte says:

    So much for hope, huh, Pierre? I mean, really, Pierre, it sounds like New York doesn\’t need an Archbishop, seeing as you and your \”underground\” are the only real Catholics out there.

    Is there ANY commbox on Father Z\’s blog that is free from invasion of this kind of Traditional Catholic negativity?

  13. A Random Friar says:

    Christ rose from the dead! That is more than enough hope in the world for me!

    The fluff was ok. The “thank everyone in the room” bit dragged on. You ALWAYS thank your mother (Hi mom!), and everyone else can get a “and a big thanks to everyone else!”

  14. Fr. Charles says:

    I’m just back from the installation, and it was as encouraging as everyone says. Don’t listen to the newspapers about priests going to sleep during Dolan’s homily. [HUH?!?] In my section there was a palpable energy and joy. Our new archbishop did very well today. May God bless him in his ministry among us.

  15. Chris C says:

    At least they didn’t dress him in burlap like they did when he first came to Milwaukee!

  16. Clinton says:

    Good for New York! I especially liked his observation that the Mass, even his own installation Mass, is not about
    Abp. Dolan, but about Christ. While he spoke of himself and of his new archdiocese, he was able to tie his remarks
    into the larger message of the Gospel. I thought the sermon was very nicely done, indeed.

    The priests of the New York archdiocese must be pleased to hear his remarks to the effect that they are ‘the apple
    of (his) eye’.

    A few of the folks posting on this thread were speculating about the future of the state of the liturgy in New York.
    I’d like to make the observation that such is the power of the Extraordinary Form that all that is needed for it to
    exert its ‘gravitational pull’ is for it to be given a chance. +Dolan strikes me a a fair man, and what more do we need?

    New York seems very fortunate in its new Archbishop. As Anthony said above, Ecce Sacerdos Magnus!

  17. ckdexterhaven says:

    I’m comforted by his words, assuring all that the Church will protect the unborn. I suspect Archbishop Dolan and others see what’s in the future for our Church, our Country. His words tell me he’s someone we can count on in the looming distance. Don’t forget to pray for our Bishops/priests.

  18. Maureen says:

    There’s fluff and then there’s getting people to lower their guard. Dolan is a people person, and I suspect he calibrated the amount of fluff to the probable suspiciousness of certain segments of his audience. It sounds like Mayor Bloomberg didn’t succumb to his charm fluff assault; but most of the onlookers apparently did.

    All I know is that there’s some priests who are able to tell a joke and then effortlessly transfer their listeners over to the serious stuff. There’s other priests who can’t and shouldn’t try. There are some people who can effortlessly break every rhetorical rule and still deliver great edifying oratory filled with the Spirit. There are lots more people who can’t.

    In general, priests should try to deliver inspirational homilies and save the jokes for special occasions. In certain specific cases, I have no problem with a little maundering on or even the cheesiest jokes. Some people can make it work, and results are what matter. But it takes a lot of practice and self-knowledge for anyone to discover a personal style in any art or craft, a lot of practicing the rules to learn when they can be fruitfully broken. Even then, I suspect even great homilists have room for improvement.

    So if people want to criticize the fine points of Archbishop Dolan’s homily, that’s fine. But what most people will remember is the homily itself, and that was fine stuff, and their trust of the new archbishop. There are other ways to establish that sort of thing, I’m sure; but that’s the one the archbishop is used to using and which seemed to work.

    You can’t use a hammer for everything; but sometimes a hammer is the correct tool.

  19. JAR says:

    It seems that applause has reached an epidemic in the ordinary form of the Roman Rite. People feel as if they don’t applaud they are somehow not showing their approval or more simply that there has to be some kneejerk expression of “participation”. What happened to contemplative silence? It reminds me of when I was an NBA game several years ago; fifteen seconds did not go by before the entertainment kicked in and music was blasted at you. After ten years of exclusively attending the extraordinary form, seeing this carnival like atmosphere seems almost silly in comparison. What’s really disturbing is that today’s installation Mass probably represents among the best example the ordinary form of the Mass has to offer.

  20. Jason Keener says:


    I have to agree that applauding during the Novus Ordo is getting out of hand, as applause seriously hinders the sacred tension of the Mass. Watching the Installation Mass today, I was often reminded of this quote from “The Spirit of the Liturgy” by the then Cardinal Ratzinger:

    “Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment. Such attraction fades quickly – it cannot compete in the market of leisure pursuits, incorporating as it increasingly does various forms of religious titillation.”

  21. Phel says:

    We will really miss him here in Milwaukee. His light wasn’t under a bucket here, but these are times when Abp Dolan’s leadership is definitely needed on a larger scale. Congrats to the new Archbishop of NY!

  22. Hans says:

    Having been the subject of applause at Mass more than once, it is a source of great discomfort. However, if there must be applause at Mass, or something that is likely to result in applause, it should at least be confined to the time reserved for announcements before the final blessing and dismissal.

  23. M. G. Hysell says:

    Archbishop Dolan’s homily was the most kerygmatic and paschal exercise of the munera docendi I have ever heard. Like O’Connor before him, despite his youth, Dolan will certainly be the virtual Primate for the U.S. Church. I am exuberant for the Church in New York.

    Many years!
    Many years!
    Many years!

  24. memoriadei says:

    JC from Milwaukee ! Yes, so good to see your cut through it with “what you see is what you get” ! That’s exactly what I love about Archbishop Dolan.

    And, this was a really sacred moment in Church history…why is it necessary for so many here to pick apart applause and other such nonsense?

    This was a great day in the Lord…be glad in it.

  25. Don says:

    Several posters a couple of months ago on Fr Z\’s blog insisted that Archbishop Dolan had displayed little interest in promoting the Traditional Mass. How do those remarks stand today?

    During Archbishop Dolan\’s installation Mass in New York, did he pray the Roman Canon? Was the Ordinary of the Mass prayed in Latin?

    Did Gregorian Chant receive \”pride of place\” status at yesterday\’s installation Mass in New York?


  26. GOR says:

    In an interview prior to his departure Ab. Dolan said something which I think describes his modus operandi very well. He said his approach was to ‘engage’ rather than to ‘attack’.

    Yes, he is folksy, gregarious and given to jokes and humor – that is his manner. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is rooted in doctrinal soundness and orthodoxy. St. Paul’s “being a fool for Christ” comes to mind – but Ab. Dolan is nobody’s fool.

    We can quibble about his tenure in Milwaukee but, given what he inherited, the task was herculean and he would probably be the first to admit that he didn’t achieve all that he would have liked. You don’t change in seven years what was evolving for more than twenty years. His successor in Milwaukee still has much work to do.

    But that is for another day. We wish him well in New York with the assurance that he has the prayers of many of his former flock. Ad multos annos!

  27. Pierre Ronsard says:

    You may well be right about us “under grounders.” I cannot speak for those taken in by the glitter of officialdom. But we are only trying to live an apostolic life and no doubt failing most of the time.May God forgive us our sins! Admittedly,we are helped by over 2000 years of grace filled precedent. And officialdom has had a precedent of less than forty years and is still struggles by means of trial and error to get things back to the state the Church enjoyed before it made its attempt to re-invent the wheel in the sixties and seventies.
    Orate Fratres AMDG: The record speaks for itself. Read the NY Post. I do not have to rehearse the sex and embezzlement scandals in the archdiocese, the jailings and persecution of the faithful. They are all recorded in NY papers. That the situation is better than LA, e.g. is no sign that the spiritual state of the Church in NY is good.
    Don: the mass here has become another form of entertainment. At the Franciscan church next door to me they literally dance in the aisles and the only priest there who said a private traditional Latin mass was quickly dispatched to the boon docks when it became too popular. At the same time, professional musicians abound to provide music for all tastes at the novus ordo services, from Palestrina to hard gospel. I would not be taken in by the music at yesterday’s installation: the gregorian chant, the Bruckner Ecce Sacerdos. If you think the music at St. Patricks was good, you should hear the boy choir at the protestant church just a block away where every sunday the musical movements of classic polyphonic and modern settings of the mass are sung in Latin: Victoria to Vierne and Langlais. Since unfortunately many Catholics have begun to attend those protestant assemblies down the street, St. Patricks has to do something. New Yorkers invariably love a good show. The proof of Dolan will come over what to do about the shuttering of St. Vincent de Paul on 23rd St. Will he hand it over to the priests Institute of Christ the King who have said mass their before? We wait to see.

  28. cuaguy says:


    The only reason that I can think of that the Roman Canon was not prayed yesterday was so “Timothy our Bishop” could be said in St. Pat’s Yesterday

  29. Mitch_WA says:

    The earlier complaints about the dissapointing vestments at St. Pats and the albs of the various priests, and bishops. One) it makes sense that all the bishops would have plainer albs for this event, let the new archbishop look the spiffiest, don’t try and stand out, etc. The vestments, obviously the Cathedral has a huge supply of these matching vestments, instead of having a mismatched vestments, use the matching ones (disapointing as they may be). Although the E. Catholic Bishop did look the most impressive of the bunch. (They almost always seem to show up Western bishops as far as vesteture goes… the glories of Byzantium still tower over the splendor that is Rome so often, but that might just be my bias…)

    But lets look at the Archbishop’s vesteture in compairison to this:

    or this

    See things could be alot worse!

  30. Austin Scott says:

    I presume M Ronsard is referring to St Thomas 5th Ave, which has one of the best music programs in the nation, and the only residential boy’s choir. It would be a great blessing if choir schools could be revived in Catholic NY and across the country. They are powerful in forming young men into observant Christians, and create a pool of talented musicians.

    Sadly, the best Catholic musicians I know hold positions in Anglo-Catholic churches where they are actually encouraged to use the riches of the liturgical tradition in music. This is true even in England.

  31. Kathy says:

    Fr. Z, what do you mean by “reclamation of Sunday Mass for Sundays?”



  32. Miseno says:

    I was there yesterday and it was an amazing. What a breath of fresh air to the local Church here and I think this will effect the whole nation too. I wanted to shout for joy when he said the Mama Bear analogy. I think this man has the potential to lead a revival of the Church in New York and I am going to pray that he rises to the occasion!

  33. Jay says:

    Another Wisconsinte here…

    Regarding Archbishop Dolan and the EF, there is not one but 3 (and maybe 4) Parishes offering it.

    Under the inst. of Christ the King, there are EF Masses at St. Stanislaus (one of the grandest Churches in the city of Milwaukee), also there is an EF Mass in Fond du Lac (a bit north-west of Milwaukee) and just recently, it has been announced, there will be one in Kenosha (south of Milwaukee, towards Chicago.) The only limiation on EF Masses being celebrated right now is the number of priests able to celebrate them , once the Inst. of Christ the King gets more priests the availibility will increase I am sure.

    I have also heard that one of the diocesan priests on the south-side of Milwaukee also says the EF Mass, not exactly sure on the details.

    Archbishop Dolan is not, himself, out there saying the Tridentine Mass (though I wish he would!), but he has welcomed it.

    The ammount of hostillity some are showing towards Archbishop Dolan is vexing. “He wore a cheese-head once, he’s no good.” Yes he used a cheesehead for a few seconds as a prop in a homily when he first came to Milwaukee. Is using props in a homily a bit, well, “cheesy,”? Probably. However, gestures like that did actually go a long way to raising morale of Catholic and reaching out to non-Catholic Wisconsinites. It is hard for people not from here to “get” the whole Cheesehead thing, but it’s sort of akin to how JP-II and B-XVI have been known to wear regional hats from time to time to show a bond with the people.

    Further, it would be hard for anyone who didn’t live in Milwaukee during the Rembrandt Weakland era to understand what happend to the Church here and what a gift Archbishop Dolan has been to the good-Catholic folks of Wisconsin.

    People who are being hyper-critcal of Archbishop Dolan (thankfully a small group) are like people on a life-boat who are threatening to jump off because they don’t like the way the trim was painted.

    My advice to these people, trust the judgment of His Holiness. You haven’t been around Dolan, you have no idea of all the great things he has done, esp. under the radar. You haven’t been there when he shares a lunch with the homeless guys hanging around the downtown, you haven’t been there when he stops in to visit and hang out with devout familes or groups of orthodox young people. You haven’t seen all the good he has done for seminary. You weren’t there when he visited the solid Catholic schools, historic churches, and shrines that his predecesor ignored, or when he visited sick and injured Catholics he did not even know in the hospital at an amazing pace. You weren’t there when he consecrated the Archdiocese of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Etc. I could go on and on.

    It is no exageration to say that nearly every practicing Catholic I know has some joyful and faithfulled expereince with Archbishop Dolan, the ammount of great things he has done for Christ and his Church is known in whole only to Christ himself so please just trust the Holy Father and give Archbishop Dolan a chance!

    We are ordaining the most seminarians in Milwaukee in 14 years this year and they are good men, exactly the sort we need.

    I’ll just conclude by way of a metaphore, Archbishop Dolan was like the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dam, holding back the flood. His succesor will be in a good position to accomplish great things here (including the the reform of the reform liturigcal realm) and he can thank Archbishop Dolan for tilling the soil and preparing it for the seeds that must be planted.

  34. dymphna says:

    The best part was watching Dolan before the Mass
    even started. He was really delighted standing on the
    steps saying hello to everyone. The second best
    part was the sour expression on Gov. Patterson’s face.

  35. \”The proof of Dolan will come over what to do about the shuttering of St. Vincent de Paul on 23rd St. Will he hand it over to the priests Institute of Christ the King who have said mass their before? We wait to see.\”

    Well…….I would say in response to the above comment that you should be hopeful. Here in Milwaukee, Archbishop Dolan had an excellent relationship with the Institute of Christ the King and I would be surprised if the good Archbishop did not support the Institute in expanding their work in New York just as he has done here in Milwaukee. The Institute of Christ the King has been a God send to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and I thank God everyday for Archbishop Dolan\’s support of their work in the Archdiocese here.

  36. stigmatized says:

    why do they have two altars in the sanctuary of s. patrick’s? the high altar under the baldachino is there for all to see. the only reason i can give for the second altar is that it allows the celebrant to be even more the center of the people’s attention. surely that is what this installation mass was about from start to finish. it was the most offensive thing i have ever seen on television, in the context of religion.

  37. Terry says:

    His Excellency, other than being a Priest of God and appointed Archbishop of New York, is a tremendous actor and grandstander…his tenure at Milwaulkee was tremendously disappointing..leaving the same sodomite Priests in charge at the Chancery. ‘Just Passing Though’ would have been a great motto for his service in Milwaukee. Don’t Rock the Boat, don’t Rock the Boat Baby… I’m on to bigger and better things, New York, New York.

    Let’s also take a look at the ‘staying power’ of Ordained Priests under his leadership at the North American College…a very dismal track record…can anyone say FIFTY percent or more drop out rate AFTER Ordination?

    The Milwaukee Faithful, who have suffered so much, now continue to suffer as Archbishop Dolan’s backslapping, gladhanding ambition takes precedence.
    Now that he’s found his likely next to last resting place, we’ll see for sure if he’s always been made of shifting sand. His first fight is quickly before him, the anti-Catholic Governor of New York and similar legislative leaders with their homosexual ‘marriage’ agenda.

    PRAY for the new Archbishop of New York…that he not further embarass the Holy Church and the Holy Father by his grandstanding good ol boy mediocrity.

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