Catholics embracing faith, but not Church – Dolan

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York greets media as he arrives for the final general congregation meeting at the Vatican March 11.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York greets media as he arrives for the final general congregation meeting at the Vatican March 11.

March 18, 2013

A major issue facing today’s U.S. Catholic Church is that many people express “absolutely no problem with faith, but they do have a problem with religion,” said New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

He said this is an issue facing many religions, but noted that for Catholics it is “a particularly pointed challenge because Catholics believe Jesus and his Church are one; it’s a package deal.

To recover that intimacy of a relationship with Jesus and his Church is a major pastoral challenge,” he told Catholic News Service several days before the cardinals agreed to a media blackout March 6.