MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News) New York Cardinal Tim Dolan told Milwaukee area Catholics last night to embrace their church as a spiritual family, and oppose secular efforts to destroy the religion.
Dolan spoke to about 4,000 people at the downtown Milwaukee Theatre, in the 10th annual Pallium Lecture series. Dolan started the event when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002-to-'09. He said one of the biggest problems in the church is the large number of people who identify themselves as former Catholics -- those who left because of what they call the "sinful behavior" of priests and other top church leaders. Dolan did not specifically mention the sex abuse by Catholic priests, but he did say people have left the church because they were quote, "shocked, saddened, and nauseated" by the behavior of its members.
Dolan said Catholics should not hide from it -- and they should quote, "fess up to the sinful side of the church." He said those who love the Catholic Church do so despite its problems, and he asked members quote, "Are you prepared to defend your faith from those who would take it from us?"