Dolan: What a Gift Pope Francis Is

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 02:04 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, described Pope Francis as a "pleasant surprise," and exclaimed Thursday, "What a gift he is."

"He's simply himself," Dolan told CNN's "New Day."

Pope Francis broke away from previous teachings of the Catholic Church by encouraging flexibility on issues like homosexuality and contraception. He lives more simply in a guesthouse at the Vatican rather than the papal apartments, drives a 1984 car, and exudes a more personal touch in frequent interactions directly with people.

Doctor Reveals : Healing Powers of Prayer

"Hallelujah. What a gift he is," Dolan said. "It's been a pleasant surprise. I am thrilled with the effect that he's had on the world."

Story continues below video.



The archbishop said the Pope speaks to this period in history and to those who may have felt distanced from the Catholic Church in the past. Dolan said Pope Francis recently told him the church needed to "reestablish a warmth and a tenderness."

"I think now what we're seeing, and Pope Francis knows it, is somebody to restore that sense of embrace, that warmth, that tenderness. And, he's doing it on steroids," Dolan said.

The cardinal explained Pope Francis differs from his predecessors, Pope Benedict, whose "great charism was the mind, the brain," and Pope John Paul II, who, he said, was a "man of fortitude and courage."

"Then, we had to deal with people who felt alienated from the church, because we had Popes who were brilliant in expressing the timeless vigor of the church's teaching. Now, we've got a Pope that says, 'You know, we got another aspect of that teaching . . . mercy, love, tenderness, inclusion,'" Dolan said.

"We need both. He's a nice balance," he added.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Rasmussen: US Voters Expect Another Cold War With Russia

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 12:19 PM

Most U.S. likely voters expect a Cold War-style relationship between the United States and Russia, according to a Rasmus . . .

Pope Francis to Visit US Next Year

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 12:07 PM

Pope Francis will make a three-day trip to the United States next year - his first visit since becoming Pope in March 20 . . .

Texas GOP to Obama: Enforce Law to Solve Illegal Kid Crisis

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 11:52 AM

The entire Republican delegation in Texas has sent a letter to President Barack Obama demanding that he enforce the immi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved