The Associated Press (AP) has an exclusive interview with Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who will be installed as Archbishop of New York this week.  Here is an excerpt, with my emphases:

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Archbishop-designate Timothy Dolan said Monday, on the eve of his installation, that he will challenge the idea that the Roman Catholic Church is unenlightened because it opposes gay marriage and abortion.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Dolan said he wants to restore pride in being Catholic, especially given the damage the church endured in the clergy sex abuse scandal, which he called a continuing source of shame.

“One would hope that through education and through the joy that we give by our lives that people will begin to see that these fears and this skepticism we have about the church are unwarranted,” Dolan said.

He said Catholics also must defend themselves against bias, which he said was still deeply ingrained in American culture.

Periodically, we Catholics have to stand up and say, `Enough,’” he said. “The church as a whole still calls out to what is noble in us.”

Sounds very promising to me!  I hope Archbp. Dolan can light a nice fire under Catholic Americans.  It’s way overdue!

I like how he encourages us to give witness to the truth and goodness of our Church by “the joy that we give by our lives.”  I think that in this world, joy is one of the most powerful evangelization tools.  We live among so much sadness, despair, and discouragement.  Joy gets people’s attention.

I may not always succeed, but I do try to share with others the joy that my faith gives me.  People tell me that my face lights up when I talk about my faith.  It doesn’t matter what else may be going on in my life.  And heaven knows there’s been a lot.  But I still find joy in my faith.  And I hope that it comes across and inspires people.