When Richard Hearns was growing up in the west of Ireland, sketching everything in sight, he never once imagined he’d be painting the official portrait of an Irish American Catholic cardinal.
The Archdiocese of New York published a list with 120 names that ‘have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor or possessing child pornography,’ according to their website on April 26.
Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York and former head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) pro-life committee, delivered the keynote address at the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown University on Saturday.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan criticizes Governor Andrew Cuomo for unfairly attacking the Church in his Jan. 15 “State of the State” speech with rhetoric regarding proposals to extend civil statutes of limitation for child sex abuse.
In the latest allegations of sexual abuse to hit the U.S Catholic Church, Bishop John Jenik, an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of New York, has been accused of sexual abuse and is now under review by the Vatican.
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan has named a former federal judge to study archdiocesan policies and procedures with respect to sexual abuse by clergy and recommend enhancements directly to the cardinal.
Recent revelations and accusations related to clerical sexual abuse have been “a disaster, one crisis after another” for the Catholic Church, according to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, and have jeopardized its moral authority to speak on other issues such as the sanctity of human life, immigration and the environment.
Pope Francis’ reported comment to a Chilean sexual abuse survivor, “That you are gay doesn’t matter,” has made major headlines in recent days – and on Tuesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York affirmed the comments, saying “Jesus would have said that.”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, on behalf of the Bishops of New York State, is urging the public to support the establishment of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation as a way of serving people of all faiths with their health and health-related needs.
For the usual red carpet attendees, it was a moment in which they were presented with a lived example of the Church open to the world around it — both via the figure of the cardinal, but also the cooperation of the Vatican in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition on “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”