New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan called on Milwaukee-area Catholics Thursday to embrace the church as their spiritual family — despite its flaws — and to fight those forces in the secular culture that would seek to destroy it.continue at JS
"Are you prepared to defend your faith from those who would take it from us?" Dolan asked an enthusiastic and near-sold-out audience at the Milwaukee Theatre.
"These liberators might be the late night talk show hosts, classmates of our kids ... or editorial page journalists who misunderstand the beauty of our Catholic faith," he said. "Are we prepared to engage them ... to live and die for the church? That, my friends, is apologetics. And that, my friends, we need more than ever."
The former archbishop of Milwaukee and one of the nation's most influential American prelates was the featured speaker for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's 10th annual Pallium Lecture series, which he founded during his tenure here. Thursday's talk, which stressed the beauty and mystery of the church, as well as its sins, gave local Catholics insight into Dolan's role as the Vatican's point man for what it calls the new evangelization to spread the faith.
Note well: "Archbishop Jerome Listecki started the evening with a prayer service, which with the choir took on the air of a high liturgy."
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A standing ovation welcomed New York Cardinal and former Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan and back to Wisconsin