‘Church changing big time,’ says Cardinal Dolan

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Vatican City, Mar 3, 2013 / 05:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).-  

An American cardinal has said the Catholic Church is undergoing a lot of changes in a Mass at the Vatican today.

“The Church is in the business of change big time,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said at St. Peter’s Basilica during a Mass he presided for U.S. journalists.

He said that many journalists had been asking him if he believed the new pontiff would make changes within the Church.

“Jesus calls us first and foremost not to change structures, but to let God change us inside,” he said at the Basilica’s catacombs in the Hungarian Chapel.

The cardinal believes he needs changing inside and labeled it “conversion, repentance and spiritual renewal” as well as “the heart of the Gospel.” 

“What we’re doing right now is what makes the Church live and it’s more important than electing a Pope,” said Cardinal Dolan during the Mass celebrated at 10:30am local time.

“It’s a lot more important for the lives of the hundreds of millions of Catholics who went to Sunday Mass this morning,” said the cardinal.

But according to the cardinal, it is Mass that “helps us understand the very nature of the papacy.”

“Saint Paul says ‘I hand down to you what I myself have received’,” the Archbishop of New York told the journalists during his homily.

“That is the very nature of the papacy, to hand on faithfully what God told Jesus, what Jesus told his apostles and what his apostles hand on to us traditionally,” Cardinal Dolan said.

He explained that in the Mass reading, the people of the time were trying to understand what God was telling them when they had tragedies.

“They were trying to figure it out just like we try to figure out tragedies, sickness and suffering in our life,” said the prince of the Church.

He noted that, “Jesus, of course, brings us back to the basics when he said ‘you know, it’s important to hear everybody’ and it’s repentance.”

“Don’t always try to figure out God’s will all the time, but try to figure out what God is asking you to do inside,” advised the 63-year-old.

“It is a call to renew your life, to repentance of heart and to conversion of soul,” he added.

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