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  • New York’s two Dolans now embody two different Americas

    New York’s two Dolans now embody two different Americas

    • Feb 9, 2017

    There are two Dolans in New York today, one the owner of basketball’s Knicks, James Dolan, and the other the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. They seem to embody two different Americas — one angry and confrontational, the other open and committed to friendship despite disagreements.

  • In debate over the Al Smith dinner, let’s not forget Al Smith

    In debate over the Al Smith dinner, let’s not forget Al Smith

    • Oct 31, 2016

    Sometimes lost in the shuffle in the debate over the Al Smith dinner is the fact that Smith himself is an inspiring role model worth recalling, in terms of his concern for immigrants and the poor, and as a symbol of Catholic emancipation in America, having blazed the trail for many other pioneers to follow.

  • Dolan rejects conservative calls to scrap Al Smith dinner

    • Oct 28, 2016

    In the face of calls from some Catholic conservatives to stop hosting the annual Al Smith dinner because it gives a platform to pro-choice candidates, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said, “The event is great and nothing can ruin it … In my mind, it’s America and the Church at their best.”

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