Cardinal Timothy Dolan brought down the house on September 3rd. No, not at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but on the “Colbert Report,” where the good Cardinal traded jabs with host Stephen Colbert, and discussed his bestselling e-book original, Praying in Rome. Cardinal Dolan joked that his mother and Colbert are the only people who have read his engaging and often funny reflection of his experiences during the last papal election, but in actuality, his e-book has received enormous praise for its honesty, humor and wisdom. Michael J. Miller, of Catholic World Report, said this about Praying in Rome:
“Cardinal Dolan’s e-book contains quite a bit of humor, some of it jokey (ribbing the boyish-looking Cardinal from the Philippines), much of it wise. (Will the beloved “Pope of Change” modify Church teaching about morality? “Fughetabboutit!”). While taking his oath of confidentiality quite seriously, the author still manages to humanize the hallowed procedures of a papal conclave. He disarms the commentators who try to pit Pope Francis against his predecessor by demonstrating that every pope has his signature style. In short, he retrieves the events of Lent 2013 in the Year of Faith from the opinion pages and the blogosphere and brings them back into the life of the Church.”
While Cardinal Dolan’s signature good humor is abundant throughout the book, his focus truly is on the very serious responsibility the Cardinals faced in electing the next Vicar of Christ. During his conversation with Colbert, Cardinal Dolan said, “I tell you, the first thing we do [in the Conclave] is pray, and we pray hard because do we ever need help!” This attitude of prayer and seeking the Holy Spirit was the driving force behind his time in Rome, and is the foundation upon which he chronicles his experiences.
Praying in Rome is available now, wherever e-books are sold!
Enjoy the interview, in two parts, below. For more resources on Praying in Rome, please visit our Resources Page.