Perhaps the cardinal’s intensity reflected growing frustration with our secular prince, Gov. Andrew Cuomo? Dolan ended his powerful, moving homily with a saying popularly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach! Preach at all times. Use words when necessary.”
There has been a lot of preaching from Gov. Cuomo, every day in his press conference, but as I have written in this space, his words often ring hollow. Eloquent words about protecting the elderly are a startling contrast to policies which enabled the deadly spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, resulting in thousands of deaths.