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NY Archbishop Dolan: "The Holocaust" "Demands" "Memory," "To Forget is Heretical"

April 27, 2010

When is the last time you heard a modern prelate mention the term, heresy, in its proper context, in relation to the perennial teachings of the Church?

In a recent ceremony commemorating Pope Benedict’s visit to a synagogue during his U.S. visit in 2008, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York spoke on the importance of Catholic-Jewish relations, stressing that the two must focus on their commonality and work together to preserve the “memory” of the faith.

Archbishop Dolan gave his remarks at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at Park East Synagogue in New York City on April 22 …

“Both of our traditions reverence memory,” he asserted. “’To forget’ is disastrous, dangerous, and heretical. We both worry about an amnesia that seems a part of today’s existence, to live only for the now, unconscious of our roots, our foundations.”

“It is my hope that in the many years God may give me as Archbishop of New York, our Catholic-Jewish dialogue may be marked by a practice of ‘memory’ which never fails to hold us mutually accountable to the honesty and transparency demanded by the tragedy of the Holocaust, but also to a ‘mutuality’ of concern for each other which places our friendship first, and our grievances second. Our dialogue must never be reduced to one of exchanged grievances.” (“Archbishop Dolan: Catholics and Jews must work to preserve ‘memory’ of faith,” Catholic News Agency, Apr 27, 2010)

In fact, “our dialogue” is an arrangement in which one side “remembers” and expresses its grievances for which it offers no forgiveness while the other makes unending concessions from which even core beliefs are not spared. This is not dialogue and it’s not friendship. It’s enslavement.

Will traditionalists stand against the enslaving modernist dogma of Holocaustolatry which has been enshrined in the Catholic Church?

Archbishop Dolan and Rabbi Wechsler Radio Dialogue

December 19, 2009

U.S. archbishop and rabbi to hold religious dialogue on satellite radio

New York City, N.Y., Dec 18, 2009 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- SIRIUS XM Radio announced on Thursday that Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York and Rabbi Harlan J. Wechsler, who both host their own radio shows, will co-host a live radio special on Sunday, Dec. 20.

“We are honored to bring together Archbishop Dolan and Rabbi Wechsler for an insightful discussion that will appeal to people of many backgrounds,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SIRIUS XM Radio. “This thought-provoking and timely dialogue about tradition and faith demonstrates the unique power of radio.”

Archbishop Dolan and Rabbi Wechsler, hosts of “A Conversation with the Archbishop” and “Rabbi Wechsler Teaches” respectively, will hold an interfaith dialogue on Sunday and address topics such as Catholic and Jewish holy days and the importance of preserving traditions in an increasingly secularized world.

The program will be broadcast simultaneously on The Catholic Channel and SIRIUS XM Stars on Sunday Dec. 20 from 3:00-4:00 ET.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/u.s._archbishop_and_rabbi_to_hold_religious_dialogue_on_satellite_radio/

Archbishop Dolan Replaces Cardinal Keeler as USCCB Judas Goat

October 23, 2009

The rabbis and their Judas Goat accomplices believe that numbers and dates empower their schemes. But whatever power they have derives directly from ‘Christian’ neglect of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If the salt lose its savor, wherewith shall the earth be salted? (Matthew 5;13) And as Pope St. Pius X echoed, “In our time more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men … All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easygoing weakness of Catholics.”

New Moderator of Catholic-Jewish talks named

Spero News

Friday, October 23, 2009

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York has been named Moderator of Jewish Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), succeeding Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop-emeritus of Baltimore, in that role.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, USCCB president, made the appointment, which is effective November 11, and is for five years.

In announcing the appointment, Cardinal George noted the New York Archdiocese’s “long history of cooperation and friendship between Catholics and Jews.” In addition, said Cardinal George, “Since the Second Vatican Council, important strides in this relationship have been made through dialogue and collaboration in countering racism, anti-Semitism and other offenses against human dignity,”

Cardinal George said in the letter of appointment. “Our Episcopal Conference, through the leadership of your predecessors in New York, and especially through the tireless and generous service of Cardinal William Keeler, has sought to contribute to the work of reconciliation between the Church and the Jewish people after centuries of mutual estrangement. While we look back with gratitude on nearly a half century of progress in these efforts at healing and renewal, we also know that important and pressing challenges lie ahead for us.”

Cardinal George said news of this appointment will be appreciated by the Bishops of the United States, as well as by friends and colleagues in the Jewish community who have come to know Archbishop Dolan as a good listener and faithful interpreter of the historic ties that bind the two communities together.

“Above all else,” Cardinal George said, the Jewish community will find Archbishop Dolan to be “a friend who communicates the joy of his own faith, while at the same time conveying profound respect for the spiritual gifts of the other.”

Archbishop Dolan will join Cardinal Keeler on November 11 for the semi-annual USCCB’s consultation with the National Council of Synagogues. This will be the last Catholic-Jewish meeting at which Cardinal Keeler serves as co-chair.

http://www.speroforum.com/a/21427/New-Moderator-of-CatholicJewish-talks-named

17th Annual "Nostra Aetate Dialogue"

October 20, 2009

Nostra Aetate to Explore Catholic-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue

Contact: Nina Romeo
(212) 636-7576
nromeo@fordham.edu

Catholic-Jewish interchange will be the subject of the 17th annual Nostra Aetate Dialogue, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the McNally Amphitheatre on Lincoln Center campus.

The discussion, “The Future of Catholic-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue,” will feature Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York HERE, and HERE, and Arnold M. Eisen, Ph.D., the seventh chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Edward Bristow, professor of history at Fordham University, will serve as moderator.

The event is co-sponsored by the Archbishop Hughes Institute on Religion and Culture and the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Nostra Aetate Dialogue can be traced to the Nostra Aetate (In Our Time) document, a declaration by the Second Vatican Council stressing the importance of relationships between the church and non-Christian religions.

The Archbishop Hughes Institute on Religion and Culture was established in 1995 to foster Catholic-Jewish dialogue and in addition to the Nostra Aetate Dialogue, hosts the annual Russo Lecture.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in Westchester, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.
10/09

http://www.fordham.edu/Campus_Resources/eNewsroom/topstories_1686.asp

Bishop Dolan Asked Rabbi of Talmud to Intervene For Him in Heaven

April 7, 2009

What a wide gate Bishop Dolan apparently believes in. One wonders what besides “Holocaust denial” could prevent a soul from attaining eternal salvation, according to him.

… Rabbi Isaac Nathan Lerer was already unconscious when Dolan, his friend, arrived at his bedside in late February. The archbishop removed his purple zucchetto and lay it next to the rabbi’s kippah, said daughter Chavee Lerer.

“He said, ‘Look, Isaac, I have a hat just like yours,’ ” she said.

Dolan took her father’s hand and prayed for him, then asked for his prayers when he was with the Lord … (“Dolan touched hearts during 7-year tenure,” Annysa Johnson, Journal Sentinel, April 6, 2009)

http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/42563317.html


Dolan’s Warmth Praised: Jewish-Catholic Relations Seen Getting Boost with New Archbishop

Steve Lipman – The Jewish Week

Feb. 25, 2009

The executive director of Milwaukee’s Jewish Council for Community Relations received an unexpected invitation last week.

Paula Simon was part of a small group of the city’s Jewish and Catholic leadership invited to the home of Archbishop Timothy Dolan, to discuss interfaith relations in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to end the Vatican’s ban against a bishop who had denied the Holocaust. The invitation from the archbishop came just days before he, head of Milwaukee’s Catholic diocese for seven years, was named by the pope to succeed Cardinal Edward Egan as archbishop of New York City’s diocese.

“He wanted to get a pulse of the Jewish community,” Simon said. “He wanted to make sure that we understood that what the pope did did not reflect what he [Archbishop Dolan] felt.”

Simon, in a telephone interview with The Jewish Week, said the archbishop apologized for the impression given by the pope’s action that the Catholic Church condones denial of the Holocaust’s historical authenticity. “We’re embarrassed. This is inappropriate,” she reported the archbishop as saying about lifting of the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson, who has said the Holocaust was exaggerated and no Jews died in the Nazi gas chambers.

“He could have sent a quick note or e-mail” to express his feelings, Simon said. “It could have been done in a phone call.”

“You can’t put a value on that kind of relationship,” she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s not lip service. It’s real.”

Simon cited the meeting, and the archbishop’s unsolicited outreach to Milwaukee’s Jewish community, as the latest examples of Dolan’s “personal commitment to interfaith issues” that have included one-on-one meetings with Jewish leaders as well as more formal interaction.

Other representatives of Milwaukee’s Jewish community and spokesmen for national Jewish organizations praised Archbishop Dolan as a charismatic member of the clergy who will help to restore Jewish-Catholic relations that have stalled in recent years because of several divisive issues. They said the archbishop, with a more effusive personal style, is likely to bring a new tone to interfaith activities here, which were cool under Cardinal Edward Egan, New York’s outgoing archbishop.

During an introductory press conference here on Monday, the archbishop called his work in Jewish-Catholic dialogue in Milwaukee, and before that in St. Louis, “intensely rewarding and enriching.”

With Dolan’s arrival here, “The issue of dialogue is back on the agenda,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Foxman said ties between the Jewish community and the Catholic Church, which grew warmer in the early 1960s after the Vatican II changes supported by Pope John XXIII, have cooled in the last few years because of such issues as the Latin prayer for the conversion of Jews, attempts by some hardliners to repeal Vatican II and the statements of Bishop Williamson.

“These are chips in the relationship,” Foxman said, adding that the leader of New York’s Catholics automatically becomes a leading voice in interfaith work because of the size of the city’s Jewish and Catholic populations. “We need to put Jewish-Catholic relations back on the track.”

While the archbishop is considered a hardliner on many Catholic issues like abortion and celibacy of priests, his conservative outlook is not expected to detract from his work with the Jewish community, Foxman said. “He is an open person, open to people and ideas.”

As a participant in the Conference of Bishops’ interfaith activities, Archbishop Dolan worked closely with Baltimore’s Cardinal William Keeler, who chaired the conference’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and served as the church’s point man with the Jewish community. With Cardinal Keeler, at 77, in poor health, Archbishop Dolan — likely to be elevated soon to cardinal — will be in position to play a greater role in ecumenical affairs on a national scale, the Jewish interfaith leaders said.

“I never got the sense that he wanted to backtrack on [the ecumenical liberalizations advanced by] Vatican II,” said Rabbi David Cohen, spiritual leader of Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee, who had worked with the archbishop on interfaith activities.

“He will perforce become much more active,” said Rabbi A. James Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser.

Archbishop Dolan, 59, is an author who has written three books on Catholic spirituality, and a raconteur who is viewed as warmer and more accessible — according to members of the Catholic and Jewish communities — than his predecessor, Cardinal Egan.

In one well-publicized incident, Archbishop Dolan presided at an open-air Mass while wearing a “cheese-head” hat popular among Green Bay Packer fans.

Rabbi Rudin said Archbishop Dolan “is going to bring back some of the style of O’Connor,” referring to Cardinal John O’Connor, a gregarious man who preceded Cardinal Egan as leader of the New York Diocese. “I think New York’s Jewish community will take to him, and he to the community.”

Simon said the archbishop “understands the intrinsic value of interfaith relations, particularly relations with the Jewish community.”

While the Milwaukee diocese was forced in recent months to reduce its budget because of the deepening recession, Archbishop Dolan retained funding for the department that conducts ecumenical activities with the Jewish community, she said. “That attests to his commitment.”

When hosting interfaith meetings, the archbishop would call the Jewish participants in advance to determine their kashrut preferences, said Rabbi Ronald Shapiro of Milwaukee’s Congregation Shalom.

The rabbi was invited by the archbishop to take part in a memorial service for the late Pope John Paul II, recite Kaddish in the pope’s memory and explain the meaning of the Aramaic prayer.

Archbishop Dolan was part of an interfaith mission that visited Auschwitz in 2005 under the aegis of Sacred Heart University’s Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding.

“Though I had no doubt that he [previously] understood the significance of the Holocaust,” the visit to the death camp “reinforced the responsibility that religious leaders have” in fighting discrimination.

“He was deeply moved at Auschwitz,” said Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, who was also on the 2005 mission.
Rabbi Blanchard, director of organizational development at CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, said the archbishop “really understands human vulnerability.”

Rabbi Marc Berkson, spiritual leader of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee and past president of the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, called the archbishop “a very pragmatic man. His involvement with the Jewish community deepened over time.”

Rabbi Berkson tells of a speech Archbishop Dolan gave at a Friday night service at Milwaukee’s Congregation Shalom in 2005.

Beginning his speech with a remark that “If I seem a bit distracted it’s only because, usually, I’m the only one in the room wearing a yarmulke,” the archbishop went on to talk about Jewish scriptures, John XXIII, John Paul II, Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel.

“I am so shaken and saddened by the crimes, bigotry, violence and hatred that have been visited upon you by spiritual relatives of mine whose hideous actions pervert the genuine teaching of Jesus and His Church,” he said.

“The talk he gave that night was damn impressive,” Rabbi Berkson said. “You guys are very lucky to be getting him in New York.”

During his speech in Congregation Shalom, the rabbi said, Archbishop Dolan called that Shabbat’s bar mitzvah boy to the bima and gave him the pink skullcap the archbishop had worn on his head.

The youth wore the pink kipa the next day at his bar mitzvah, and “the kid still treasures that kipa,” Rabbi Berkson said.

Simon said the archbishop, following the recent meeting with Jewish leaders, communicated his feeling about the Bishop Williamson controversy to priests in the Milwaukee diocese. “His heart is there. His passion is there. Theologically, he is there.”

At the meeting, she asked Archbishop Dolan about reports that he would be leaving for New York. “The rumors were flying last week.” The archbishop confirmed that he was among six finalists for the New York position.

“I am disappointed that he’s leaving,” Simon said. But she is not surprised. “Many people thought he was a rising star when he came to Milwaukee.”

http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a14990/News/New_York.html

Bishop Dolan Asked Rabbi of Talmud to Intervene For Him in Heaven

April 7, 2009

What a wide gate Bishop Dolan apparently believes in. One wonders what besides “Holocaust denial” could prevent a soul from attaining eternal salvation, according to him.

… Rabbi Isaac Nathan Lerer was already unconscious when Dolan, his friend, arrived at his bedside in late February. The archbishop removed his purple zucchetto and lay it next to the rabbi’s kippah, said daughter Chavee Lerer.

“He said, ‘Look, Isaac, I have a hat just like yours,’ ” she said.

Dolan took her father’s hand and prayed for him, then asked for his prayers when he was with the Lord … (“Dolan touched hearts during 7-year tenure,” Annysa Johnson, Journal Sentinel, April 6, 2009)

http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/42563317.html


Dolan’s Warmth Praised: Jewish-Catholic Relations Seen Getting Boost with New Archbishop

Steve Lipman – The Jewish Week

Feb. 25, 2009

The executive director of Milwaukee’s Jewish Council for Community Relations received an unexpected invitation last week.

Paula Simon was part of a small group of the city’s Jewish and Catholic leadership invited to the home of Archbishop Timothy Dolan, to discuss interfaith relations in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to end the Vatican’s ban against a bishop who had denied the Holocaust. The invitation from the archbishop came just days before he, head of Milwaukee’s Catholic diocese for seven years, was named by the pope to succeed Cardinal Edward Egan as archbishop of New York City’s diocese.

“He wanted to get a pulse of the Jewish community,” Simon said. “He wanted to make sure that we understood that what the pope did did not reflect what he [Archbishop Dolan] felt.”

Simon, in a telephone interview with The Jewish Week, said the archbishop apologized for the impression given by the pope’s action that the Catholic Church condones denial of the Holocaust’s historical authenticity. “We’re embarrassed. This is inappropriate,” she reported the archbishop as saying about lifting of the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson, who has said the Holocaust was exaggerated and no Jews died in the Nazi gas chambers.

“He could have sent a quick note or e-mail” to express his feelings, Simon said. “It could have been done in a phone call.”

“You can’t put a value on that kind of relationship,” she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s not lip service. It’s real.”

Simon cited the meeting, and the archbishop’s unsolicited outreach to Milwaukee’s Jewish community, as the latest examples of Dolan’s “personal commitment to interfaith issues” that have included one-on-one meetings with Jewish leaders as well as more formal interaction.

Other representatives of Milwaukee’s Jewish community and spokesmen for national Jewish organizations praised Archbishop Dolan as a charismatic member of the clergy who will help to restore Jewish-Catholic relations that have stalled in recent years because of several divisive issues. They said the archbishop, with a more effusive personal style, is likely to bring a new tone to interfaith activities here, which were cool under Cardinal Edward Egan, New York’s outgoing archbishop.

During an introductory press conference here on Monday, the archbishop called his work in Jewish-Catholic dialogue in Milwaukee, and before that in St. Louis, “intensely rewarding and enriching.”

With Dolan’s arrival here, “The issue of dialogue is back on the agenda,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Foxman said ties between the Jewish community and the Catholic Church, which grew warmer in the early 1960s after the Vatican II changes supported by Pope John XXIII, have cooled in the last few years because of such issues as the Latin prayer for the conversion of Jews, attempts by some hardliners to repeal Vatican II and the statements of Bishop Williamson.

“These are chips in the relationship,” Foxman said, adding that the leader of New York’s Catholics automatically becomes a leading voice in interfaith work because of the size of the city’s Jewish and Catholic populations. “We need to put Jewish-Catholic relations back on the track.”

While the archbishop is considered a hardliner on many Catholic issues like abortion and celibacy of priests, his conservative outlook is not expected to detract from his work with the Jewish community, Foxman said. “He is an open person, open to people and ideas.”

As a participant in the Conference of Bishops’ interfaith activities, Archbishop Dolan worked closely with Baltimore’s Cardinal William Keeler, who chaired the conference’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and served as the church’s point man with the Jewish community. With Cardinal Keeler, at 77, in poor health, Archbishop Dolan — likely to be elevated soon to cardinal — will be in position to play a greater role in ecumenical affairs on a national scale, the Jewish interfaith leaders said.

“I never got the sense that he wanted to backtrack on [the ecumenical liberalizations advanced by] Vatican II,” said Rabbi David Cohen, spiritual leader of Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee, who had worked with the archbishop on interfaith activities.

“He will perforce become much more active,” said Rabbi A. James Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser.

Archbishop Dolan, 59, is an author who has written three books on Catholic spirituality, and a raconteur who is viewed as warmer and more accessible — according to members of the Catholic and Jewish communities — than his predecessor, Cardinal Egan.

In one well-publicized incident, Archbishop Dolan presided at an open-air Mass while wearing a “cheese-head” hat popular among Green Bay Packer fans.

Rabbi Rudin said Archbishop Dolan “is going to bring back some of the style of O’Connor,” referring to Cardinal John O’Connor, a gregarious man who preceded Cardinal Egan as leader of the New York Diocese. “I think New York’s Jewish community will take to him, and he to the community.”

Simon said the archbishop “understands the intrinsic value of interfaith relations, particularly relations with the Jewish community.”

While the Milwaukee diocese was forced in recent months to reduce its budget because of the deepening recession, Archbishop Dolan retained funding for the department that conducts ecumenical activities with the Jewish community, she said. “That attests to his commitment.”

When hosting interfaith meetings, the archbishop would call the Jewish participants in advance to determine their kashrut preferences, said Rabbi Ronald Shapiro of Milwaukee’s Congregation Shalom.

The rabbi was invited by the archbishop to take part in a memorial service for the late Pope John Paul II, recite Kaddish in the pope’s memory and explain the meaning of the Aramaic prayer.

Archbishop Dolan was part of an interfaith mission that visited Auschwitz in 2005 under the aegis of Sacred Heart University’s Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding.

“Though I had no doubt that he [previously] understood the significance of the Holocaust,” the visit to the death camp “reinforced the responsibility that religious leaders have” in fighting discrimination.

“He was deeply moved at Auschwitz,” said Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, who was also on the 2005 mission.
Rabbi Blanchard, director of organizational development at CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, said the archbishop “really understands human vulnerability.”

Rabbi Marc Berkson, spiritual leader of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee and past president of the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, called the archbishop “a very pragmatic man. His involvement with the Jewish community deepened over time.”

Rabbi Berkson tells of a speech Archbishop Dolan gave at a Friday night service at Milwaukee’s Congregation Shalom in 2005.

Beginning his speech with a remark that “If I seem a bit distracted it’s only because, usually, I’m the only one in the room wearing a yarmulke,” the archbishop went on to talk about Jewish scriptures, John XXIII, John Paul II, Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel.

“I am so shaken and saddened by the crimes, bigotry, violence and hatred that have been visited upon you by spiritual relatives of mine whose hideous actions pervert the genuine teaching of Jesus and His Church,” he said.

“The talk he gave that night was damn impressive,” Rabbi Berkson said. “You guys are very lucky to be getting him in New York.”

During his speech in Congregation Shalom, the rabbi said, Archbishop Dolan called that Shabbat’s bar mitzvah boy to the bima and gave him the pink skullcap the archbishop had worn on his head.

The youth wore the pink kipa the next day at his bar mitzvah, and “the kid still treasures that kipa,” Rabbi Berkson said.

Simon said the archbishop, following the recent meeting with Jewish leaders, communicated his feeling about the Bishop Williamson controversy to priests in the Milwaukee diocese. “His heart is there. His passion is there. Theologically, he is there.”

At the meeting, she asked Archbishop Dolan about reports that he would be leaving for New York. “The rumors were flying last week.” The archbishop confirmed that he was among six finalists for the New York position.

“I am disappointed that he’s leaving,” Simon said. But she is not surprised. “Many people thought he was a rising star when he came to Milwaukee.”

http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a14990/News/New_York.html