Hmmm, a debate has arisen on Saint Blogs as to whether Timothy Cardinal Dolan is a fool or a careerist. Kevin O’Brien at Waiting for Godot to Leave addresses the controversy:
For those of you who haven’t been following, let me summarize in brief. Cardinal Dolan has given what I consider to be a poorly reasoned, condescending and annoyingly folksy rationalization of his decision to serve as Grand Marshal of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which will now show the children along the route a group of “gay Irish” marching under a banner identifying themselves as such. Dolan rightly points out that we condemn the sin, not the sinner – and of course gays have been marching in parades for centuries (though not parading about as gays). He wrongly points out that if a man or a woman marches under a Gay Pride banner, it’s merely a way of indicating his or her sexual identity, and is in no way an endorsement of the sins that such a sexual identity seeks out.
I countered with an Open Letter to Cardinal Dolan in which I asked to march under the banner of IRISH ADULTERERS. I point out that, even though the sin of adultery is condemned, and even though I have not given in to consummating fully the temptations of adultery, I still consider this my sexual identity and the Church should not judge me for that, and certainly by marching under a banner in which I identify myself as having an inclination to adultery, I’m not endorsing adultery. Heavens no! I’m simply Proud of my inclination. I simply identify with my temptations. I could have said more. I could have suggested groups marching under such banners as GREEDY IRISH EMPLOYERS, or LAZY SLOTHFUL IRISH DRUNKS, or IRISH CHILD MOLESTERS. I mean, we can’t judge a child molester’s soul, only his sins – although if Dolan is affirming anything in this scandal, it’s that we are defined by our sins.
So that’s our story so far. And the general take on this situation is that Cardinal Dolan is a naive fool.
Maybe we have to consider the unpleasant possibility that His Eminence knows exactly what he is doing, he is not the fool, and that these are conscious choices.
Too many events have happened in Dolan’s history to suggest naivete or [foolishness]. There’s something else at work here.
No, it’s not him being a heretic, modernist, or whatever you want to say. Plain and simple, Dolan is a careerist. All of his controversial decisions from the Sheen dustup, to his role in the abuse scandals, to Holy Innocents, to now the parade have been about what’s best for the bottom line … his bottom line. What advances his profile is what is best for business.
This is one of those theories that fits all the facts – which means it’s probably true.
Go here to read the rest. Well, Dolan is clearly a Company Man. Go here and here for prior posts making that case. Whatever the boss wants is whatever Dolan will do. When orthodoxy was in flavor that is what Dolan promoted. Now that the wind has shifted, apparently, at the Vatican, Dolan shifts too. However, being a complete careerist does not mean that a man can’t also be a complete fool. Most careerists I have encountered fit firmly in both categories, and that might well be the case with Dolan.