Archbishop Timothy Dolan, (New York), delivered a lecture in Callan Hall, Maynooth on Thursday past, to mark the the Year for Priests. Four days later, he has been announced as the man responsible for the Apostolic Visitation of irish seminaries. This appointment gives me hope. Our seminaries are in crisis, and they could not have found a better person to help sort it out. Archbishop Dolan is one no nonsence guy. He is charismatic , he is sharp, he is not afraid of the media, he is a leader, and he is Catholic. Hopefully, some of this might rub off on our bishops!
Theme of Lecture: God is the only treasure people desire to find in a priestExcerpt"To those who may think my reflections overly pious and simplistic, to those who think being grounded in holiness not enough in an emergency so desperate, I claim it is no more simplistic than the exhortation given us by the Master Himself, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of heaven and all else will be given thee.”To those who claim the problem is that, as a matter of fact, Church teaching is too holy, too aloof, too distant, too out of touch, I say the problem is hardly Church teaching but lack of fidelity to it.To those who wonder if holiness, humility and identity are a pollyannaish ignoring of deep psychological turmoil in the priesthood, I say with Adrian van Kaam, no, as a matter of fact, holiness means wholeness, and wholeness means integrity, and a man of integrity hardly abuses our youth or overlooks the crimes of those who do." Full text