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Cardinal Dolan and the new evangelization


GEORGE WEIGEL

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Archdiocese of Denver
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
3/21/2012

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ABSTRACTGEORGE WEIGEL: Cardinal Dolan and the new evangelization Archdiocese of Denver Search HOME NEWS DENVER CATHOLIC REGISTER EL PUEBLO CATOLICO PARISHES OFFICES CATHOLIC SCHOOLS BISHOP CONLEY QUICK LINKS >>> About the Archdiocese Becoming Catholic Pastoral Handbook Cardinal Stafford Library Calendar Donations Web Archive Contact Us MENU BY TOPICS MENU GEORGE WEIGEL Cemeteries & Mortuaries Child & Youth Protection Education/Classes Hispanics (En EspaƱol) Evangelization/RCIA Liturgy & Spirituality Marriage & Family Life Other Catholic Organizations Seminaries & Clergy Social Teaching Vocations Youth, Young Adults & Campus Ministry Archive 2012 Archive 2011 Archive 2010 Archive 2009 Archive 2008 Archive 2007 Archive 2006 Archive 2005 Archive 2004 Archive 2003 GEORGE WEIGEL COLUMN George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. His column, "The Catholic Difference," is syndicated by the Denver Catholic Register , official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver.  Click here to read his biography .   Subscribe Today! For only $20 per column ($10 if online only), you, too, can publish George Weigel’s weekly column in your newspaper, bulletin or journal. For more information, contact Tracy Murphy, Associate Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Denver, at tracy.murphy@archden.org . Cardinal Dolan and the new evangelization March 21, 2012 - The irrepressibly effervescent personality of Cardinal Timothy Dolan may tempt some to think of the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as the latest in a line of glad-handing Irish-American prelates, long on blarney and short on depth. Succumbing to that temptation would be a very serious mistake. For Cardinal Dolan is a man of formidable intelligence, a historian trained in the school of the late John Tracy Ellis, dean of the classic historians of Catholicism in the United States. That historian’s-eye view of the contemporary scene and its antecedents in the immediate past, linked to a deep insight into the meaning of Vatican II and the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, produced a remarkable speech to the College of Cardinals on Feb. 17, the day before Dolan received his red hat. Like everything else Cardinal Dolan does, his speech that day was delivered with brio, and it was that bubbling energy that got most of the press attention. Yet Dolan’s key proposal—that the Church is entering a new phase of its history—was a bold one, and may set the terms of discussion for the Church of the future: “As John Paul II taught in ‘ Redemptoris Missio ,’ the Church does not ‘have a mission,’ as if ‘mission’ were one of many things the Church does. “No, the Church is a mission, and each us of who names Jesus as Lord and Savior should measure ourselves by our mission-effectiveness. Over the 50 years since the convocation of the Council, we have seen the Church pass through the last stages of the Counter-Reformation and rediscover itself as a missionary enterprise. In some venues, this has meant a new discovery of the Gospel. In once-catechized lands, it has meant a r.......