Cardinal-designate Dolan was chosen by the Pope to address the group for today's Day of Reflection and Prayer on the vigil of the consistory.
The New York archbishop recommended the following seven pointers:
1) Remembering that even those who boast of their secularism have an innate longing for the divine; the first step of evangelization must be to keep the quest for God alive
They are also like all of us are ordered toward sin and they like us have free will. And so consequently some have willfully chosen to reject God, His Church and are our enemies.
2) "Be not afraid" -- confident, without being triumphalist, since it is the power of God who sends his people to evangelize
But do be afraid of giving the impression that you are indifferent or that the dogmas and privileges of the Church are on the same level as man-made religions and churches.
3) Knowing that the new evangelization is not about presenting a doctrine or belief-system, but a Person, whose name is Jesus.
Who gave the great commission to the Church to teach a belief system that He gave to us from the Father.
4) Nevertheless, this Jesus is the Truth. Hence, evangelization is linked to catechesis
In other words a doctrine and system of belief. But don't evangelize a person with the Truth.
5) An evangelist must be a person of joy -- someone who smiles
Villians and devils smile alot as well. How about distinguishing joy from happiness?
6) The new evangelization is about love -- the love of God made concrete in service
Only if directed towards the salvation of souls, a full stomach with an empty soul is a tragedy.
7) Finally, martyrdom. A reminder that the Church is now peopled by those who are suffering persecution for their faith, and that these martyrs give impetus to the new evangelization
Will the Cardinal designate be standing in the front lines of that persecution as he wears the red signifying that he'll shed his blood for the faith? Will he die for Christ and presenting the message of His sacrifice on the Cross? The necessity of His Church for the salvation of any soul that desires to be saved? Will he die for the sacraments Christ Himself gave to the one and only Church He established?
Or will the Cardinal lay down his life for the "inate longing for the Divine" by the Churches sworn enemies or will he be defending the faithful from those enemies?
Will he die for "non-triumphalism?"
Will he die to prevent the doctrine and belief system that God revealed to man from being presented?
Will he die to make sure that those who want to know and love the 2nd Person of the Trinity, God made man know His teaching without one jot nor tittle missing?
Will he die to make sure that the evangelization of Love is about servicing the needs of souls more than bodies?
I for one think the bishop is full of crap. He wants to be a social worker with a mascot named Jesus.
This kind of insipid milquetoast "rallying cry" wouldn't attract ants at a picnic if it were smeared with jelly. This bishop's talk isn't even worth the walk.