Timothy Cardinal Dolan, of the Archdiocese of New York, is the epitome of the company man. When the powers that be in his company, the Church, were orthodox and perceived to be conservative, that is what he was. Now, well Rorate Caeli gives us a sample of what he is now:
“Who am I to judge?” makes a triumphant entry in the American subset of the College of Cardinals, in an interview granted to the highest-rated political debate program on US television, to be broadcast tomorrow:
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised University of Missouri football star Michael Sam for coming out as gay, saying he would not judge the athlete for his sexual orientation. “Good for him,” Dolan said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” airing Sunday.
“I would have no sense of judgment on him,” Dolan continued. “God bless ya. I don’t think, look, the same Bible that tells us, that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, ‘Bravo.'” [Source]
OK, then. Naturally, the Cardinal did not have to say anything at all regarding a specific individual, even if asked. But silence and discretion are one thing, explicitly refusing moral discernment is another, and raising such refusal to the status of “good” and “bravo” is quite noteworthy for a Prince of the Church, because it is in itself a moral judgment, a positive moral judgment.
It is quite easy to see that no moral debate in which the Catholic Church takes part, of any kind and on any level, can ever anymore advance even one inch if the parameters become simply an isolated reading of “not judging” – and much less if “not judging” is elevated to the positive judgment of “good” and “bravo.” Politicians quote a pontiff when casting immoral votes, and what can the Church say, from now on, on any legal matter (that presupposes a moral order)? It can always be used to stop any social debate.
to read the rest. A throw away line of Pope Francis in an interview is thus made an eleventh commandment for the Church. Who are you to judge, Dolan? You are a prince of the Church, and if you do not think that requires judging, and standing up fearlessly for the Truth, no matter what you perceive the attitude to be in the Vatican, it is past time for you to resign. Careerism and cowardice have ever been mortal enemies of the Faith, and both appear to be flourishing under the current pontificate.