Cardinal Dolan supported Synod letter to pope at instigation of George Pell

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York in a 2015 file photo. Photo: CNS/Lucas Jackson, Reuters
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York in a 2015 file photo. Photo: CNS/Lucas Jackson, Reuters

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has acknowledged that he was one of a group of cardinals who sent a confidential letter to Pope Francis expressing concerns about the Synod process, according to a report from Catholic World News.

In an interview with Sirius Radio, Cardinal Dolan said that he joined the effort at the instigation of the former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell. He observed that Pope Francis had encouraged the Synod fathers to express their opinions honestly, and the cardinals’ letter was sent in that spirit.

He said the concerns expressed in the letter whether the working document for the Synod, the instrumentum laboris, should be the sole focus of the bishops’ discussion; whether the process allowed for fair and open debate; and whether the bishops participating in the Synod should be given an opportunity to influence the selection of the bishops chosen to write the final text.

Listen to the full interview

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