In appearance on ABC's "This Week," Dolan responded to an ABC News/Washington Post poll that found 60 percent of Catholics "describe the church as 'out of touch' with the views of Catholics in America."
"Sometimes by nature, the Church has got to be out of touch with concerns, because we're always supposed to be thinking of the beyond, the eternal, the changeless," he said. "Our major challenge is to continue in a credible way to present the eternal concerns to people in a timeless attractive way. And sometimes there is a disconnect -- between what they're going through and what Jesus and his Church is teaching. And that's a challenge for us."
Dolan said he's concerned a growing lack of religious affiliation is "afflicting society in general."
"People want privacy. People crave isolation. We're hearing parents say that they can't even get their kids to talk anymore," he said. "They're -- they're tweeting one another. So, this -- kinda this craving of individualism, being alone, be -- aloofness, that's afflicting all of culture, all of society. We're feeling it in the Church, too, because we're not about 'me.' We're about 'us.' We're about the 'our.' We say 'Our Father.' But society is saying, 'It's me, myself and I.'"