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Dolan tells bishops to examine their own failings Annual USCCB conference opens on a note of humility
By David Gibson| Religion News Service, Published: November 12 | Updated: Tuesday, November 13, 2:51 PM
BALTIMORE â€” After sweeping setbacks to the hierarchyâ€™s agenda on Election Day, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday (Nov. 12) told U.S. Catholic bishops that they must now examine their own failings, confess their sins and reform themselves if they hope to impact the wider culture.
â€śThatâ€™s the way we become channels of a truly effective transformation of the world, through our own witness of a repentant heart,â€ť Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told the 250 bishops gathered here for their annual meeting.
â€śThe premier answer to the question â€™Whatâ€™s wrong with the world?â€™ is not politics, the economy, secularism, sectarianism, globalization or global warming ... none of these, as significant as they are,â€ť Dolan said, citing many of the issues that have become favorite targets of the hierarchy.
Instead, Dolan said, quoting English writer and Catholic convert G.K. Chesterton, the answer is contained in two words: â€śI am.â€ť