Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

October 21, 2013

Pope Francis’ recent warning against overemphasizing moral teachings against abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception means that U.S. bishops should emulate his positive approach to evangelization, not shift the priorities of their public policy agenda, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

“What he’s saying is that if the perception of the Church is of a scold who’s always nagging and always negative and always fearful, we’re not going to make many converts, because nobody wants to join the Church out of fear or (join a) a paranoid group,” the cardinal told Catholic News Service Oct. 8.

“If we emphasize the positive, the gracious, the embracing, the warm, inviting side of the Church, then we’re going to attract people,” he said.