Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan appeared on “This Week” with ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos and said this:
“Sometimes by nature, the Church has got to be out of touch with concerns, because we’re always supposed to be thinking of the beyond, the eternal, the changeless,” Dolan said. “Our major challenge is to continue in a credible way to present the eternal concerns to people in a timeless attractive way. And sometimes there is a disconnect – between what they’re going through and what Jesus and his Church is teaching. And that’s a challenge for us.”
There you have it. Everything’s explained. No big deal, the church is supposed to be out of touch with the people it serves. It’s a perfect advertising strategy, after all how many successful companies are “out of touch” with their customers?
When asked why people are dropping church and becoming “nones,” he said this:
“What I’m afraid is that that’s afflicting society in general. That’s afflicting families. That’s afflicting – communities. People want privacy. People crave isolation. We’re hearing parents say that they can’t even get their kids to talk anymore,” he said. “They’re – they’re tweeting one another. So, this – kinda this craving of individualism, being alone, be – aloofness, that’s afflicting all of culture, all of society. We’re feeling it in the Church, too, because we’re not about ‘me.’ We’re about ‘us.’ We’re about the ‘our.’ We say ‘Our Father.’ But society is saying, ‘It’s me, myself and I.'”
Huh? I guess he just proved point number one: he’s out of touch with… well… everyone but himself.