New York's Cardinal Dolan: Democrats have abandoned Catholics
A couple of events over the past few weeks brought to mind two towering
people who had a tremendous effect on the Archdiocese of New York and
the U.S. more broadly. Their witness is worth remembering, especially in
this political moment. Last Saturday’s feast of St. Patrick, the patron
saint of our cathedral and archdiocese, reminded me of Archbishop John
Hughes. As the first archbishop of New York (1842-64), “Dagger John”
displayed dramatic reverence for the dignity of Irish immigrants.
Thousands arrived daily in New York — penniless, starving and sometimes
ill — only to be met with hostility, bigotry and injustice. An immigrant
himself, Hughes prophetically and vigorously defended their dignity.