Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan has to meet many a prospective donor. These are the sorts of people Cardinal Dolan will need. Although he has raised $45 million for the impending renovation of the cathedral from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, the cathedral trustees and individual donors, he’s still $132 million short of the total needed.
That means that he will have to depend on non-Catholics, on people who do not share his conservative social views, on parishioners whose own churches have been closed or are jeopardized, and on philanthropists who will have to be persuaded to put bricks and mortar ahead of human needs. Continue reading