Cardinal Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

Birthday: 6 February 1950

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Cardinal Glennon College, Shrewsbury, MO
Licentiate in Sacred Theology – Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome, Italy
Doctorate in American Church History – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Ordination: 19 June 1976
Episcopate: 15 August 2001
Cardinal: 18 February 2012
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Cardinal Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • While serving as the U.S. bishops’ chair on pro-life activities, Dolan called for a Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life from August 3 until September 28, 2018. The effort was undertaken in part so the Supreme Court will bring to an end Roe v. Wade. (Catholic News Service)
  • Cardinal Dolan told attendees at the 2018 March for Life Prayer Vigil Mass in Washington that the battle to end abortion will not be won on the political front alone. First and foremost, he said, it is waged on the spiritual front where abortion must be recognized as a “power of darkness.” Dolan called on Catholics to be apostles of life and to lobby for life, but to realize the power of prayer in the fight against abortion. “Our love for babies and their struggling moms and dads, our passion for a society to assist and protect all venerable life, will keep us at it, because, to borrow my brother pastor’s [Martin Luther King] refrain, ‘we shall overcome.’” (LifeSiteNews)
  • More than 12,000 Catholics listened to Cardinal Dolan preach a sermon about the “sanctuary” of a woman’s womb at the 2017 March for Life Vigil Mass in Washington DC. During his sermon, Dolan compared the sanctuary of the Church to the womb of the mother. “Behold the baby in the sanctuary of the womb. Once that sanctuary is violated, once that society deems it legal to invade it, the integrity of the natural and the supernatural are ruptured.” Dolan urged those in attendance to have confidence in their “pro-life testimony.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Cardinal Dolan blasted what he called a “deceptive” advertisement ran by a dissident, pro-abortion group called Catholics for Choice during the 2016 presidential campaign. Dolan said the group distorts Church teaching, is not affiliated with the Church, and that it is funded by persons who want to use abortion as a method for population control. (USCCB)
  • Cardinal Dolan gave the closing prayer at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. During his prayer, he asked that God would “Grant us the courage to defend life…waiting to be born, welcomed and protected.” He also prayed “We praise You for the gift of life, grant us the courage to defend it.” (LifeNews)


Unclear if he upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • In May 2018, Pope Francis allegedly told a clergy sex abuse victim that “it does not matter” that he is gay and that God made him gay. Cardinal Dolan defended Pope Francis on his radio program, saying “what [Pope Francis] says is beautiful, don’t you think?” Dolan claimed that the pope’s decision to tell the abuse victim that “God loves you and so do I” was something Jesus would have also said to him. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2017, Cardinal Dolan endorsed “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay,” a memoir by a Catholic man who indulged in homosexual behavior thinking he was gay but repented and now leads a celibate life. Dolan praised the book as an “honest account of the genuine struggles faced by those with same-sex attraction” that details how its author came to “understand and accept God’s loving plan for his life.” (New York Times)
  • On NBC’s “Meet the Press” in 2014, Cardinal Dolan applauded a professional football player for coming out as gay, saying “Bravo” and “Good for him.” Dolan also said “I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya.” The Archdiocese of New York later clarified that Dolan is “fully supportive” of the Church’s teaching on “homosexual activity,” “particularly as it is expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.” (CNS News)
  • A former priest who writes for a website called South Florida Gay News listed Cardinal Dolan number 2 on a list of top 5 “gay-friendly” papabile at the 2013 conclave. (South Florida Gay News)

Abortion politics

Does not uphold Church teaching on abortion politics
  • A spokesperson for Cardinal Dolan released a statement on his behalf on January 25, 2019 after the Catholic Governor of New York signed a bill that legalized abortion on demand until birth. The statement said, “excommunication should not be used as a weapon.” It also said, “notable canon lawyers have said that, under canon law, excommunication is not an appropriate response to a politician who supports or votes for legislation advancing abortion.” It added that, “I do not believe that excommunication would be effective as many politicians would welcome it as a sign of their refusal to be ‘bullied by the Church.’” The statement was issued after several other U.S. bishops said they would likely excommunicate those Catholics who supported the bill. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2014, just ahead of the midterm elections, Cardinal Dolan told reporter John Allen that denying pro-abortion politicians Communion is “in the past,” and that “I don’t hear too many bishops saying it’s something that we need to debate nationally.” He also said “Most don’t think it’s something for which we have to go to the mat.” (Crux)
  • In 2010, Dolan told an Albany news reporter that he does not favor denying Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians, and that he prefers to “persuade” them to fulfill their obligations instead of impose sanctions. (Catholic Culture)


Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • In June 2018, Cardinal Dolan rebuked a Jesuit priest who said Catholics should support contraception as a means to decrease abortions. In a column, Dolan said the priest’s assertion was troubling, a capitulation to the abortion culture, and “a grave weakening of the powerful pro-life witness.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • At the Fall 2017 meeting of U.S. Bishops, Cardinal Dolan delivered a speech on what he called “the wisdom” of Humanae Vitae. Dolan told his fellow bishops that Paul VI “prophetically” reminded the Church about God’s design for sexuality, married love, and the dangers of contraception, which Dolan said is leading to marital infidelity and a lowering of moral standards. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Cardinal Dolan said he was “baffled” by the University of Notre Dame’s decision to provide birth control coverage to its students and employees in 2017. (Wall Street Journal)
  • In a strongly worded column written in 2012, Dolan blasted the New York Times for failing to report on a court ruling that dealt a significant blow to the Obama administration’s HHS contraception mandate. Previously, the New York Times had praised the mandate. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Cardinal Dolan wrote a blog post on his website in 2012 rebuking a New York public school program that provided high school students Plan B “morning after” pills, birth control pills, pregnancy testing kits, and condoms without their parents consent. (LifeSiteNews)

“LGBT” ideology

Unclear where he stands on “LGBT” ideology
  • In the Spring of 2017 and Winter of 2018, a pro-LGBT ministry run by the Paulist Fathers in New York City held their seasonal “social” gathering at well-known gay bars in Manhattan. (Joseph Sciambra)
  • In June 2017, LifeSiteNews discovered that the leaders of “gay and lesbian ministries” in three parishes in the Archdiocese of New York are homosexual drag queens, Planned Parenthood donors, and “married” to persons of the same sex. The parishes routinely engage in homosexual activism, associate with pro-gay organizations, and march in “LGBT” pride parades. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In the Archdiocese of New York, Blessed Sacrament Church’s “Gay Fellowship” group partnered with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Foundation” to hold a fundraising dance in the parish hall on June 17, 2017. There was no punishment or public statement from the Archdiocese about the event. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In December 2016, the Archdiocese of New York did not respond to multiple requests for comment by LifeSiteNews about a parish in New York hosting talks by an openly gay English priest and pro-LGBT Vatican consultant Fr. James Martin. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Cardinal Dolan decided to serve as the grand marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade even though an openly LGBT activist group was allowed to march under their own banner. Dolan said he welcomed the decision to include them. Previous Archbishops strongly denounced gay participation in the march. 5,000 people signed a petition urging the Cardinal to not lead the parade. (LifeSiteNews)


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Marriage and Family Life

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  • When Cardinal Dolan was serving as Bishop of Milwaukee in 2008, he co-authored a pastoral letter with three other Wisconsin bishops explaining the immorality of embryonic stem cell research and the Church’s support for non-embryonic stem cell research. (LifeSiteNews)


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