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What about Cardinal Dolan’s confusing praise for President Obama?

Did Catholics forget about Obama’s record?

‘There comes a time when ‘putting aside differences’ amounts to scandal’

WND News Analysis
By Anita Crane

New York’s influential Cardinal Timothy Dolan is facing criticism for socializing with Barack Obama at a time when the Catholic Church is being persecuted by – and bringing lawsuits against – the president’s administration.

Cardinal Dolan and President Obama at the 2012 Alfred Smith Dinner.

Amid some 50 Catholic lawsuits and 50 other religious lawsuits against Obama and his signature health-care legislation, this past week Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed Obama and his challenger, former Gov. Mitt Romney, to the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner. It’s a longtime charitable event where presidential candidates humorously campaign while speaking in honor of the first Catholic presidential candidate.

This year, many Catholics criticized Cardinal Dolan for inviting Obama because they claim it sends a mixed message, especially while the Archdiocese of New York is simultaneously suing the Obama administration. Critics believe that voters who don’t research Obama’s aggressive abortion record coupled with his attacks on the Catholic Church and other pro-life institutions will interpret Dolan’s hospitality as approval for Obama.

Their fears were partly realized at the dinner when Dolan praised both Obama and Romney as men of honor and faith: “I’m privileged to be in the company of two honorable men, both called to the noble vocation of public service, whose love for God and country is surpassed only by their love for their own wives and children, and who, as happy as I hope they are to be here with us tonight, would rather be home with Michelle, Ann, and their families.”

Dolan also celebrated the “two Catholic” vice presidential candidates as if the Democratic incumbent Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican opponent, Rep. Paul Ryan, are both faithful to God, church and country, but as WND reported, only Ryan qualifies.

Prior to the dinner, Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said, “I’m all in favor of protocol and understand the difference between respecting the president’s policies versus respecting his office. But there comes a time when the polite putting aside of differences for a while amounts to scandal. There comes a time when enough is enough and we can no longer afford to give people a reason to doubt our position as a church.”

Priests for Life is suing the Obama administration too.

At the dinner, Romney complemented his respect for Catholics with zingers at Obama.

For example, he said, “Your kind hospitality tonight gives me a chance to convey my deep and long-held respect for the Catholic Church. I have special admiration for the apostle St. Peter, to whom it is said, ‘Upon this rock I will build my church.’ The story’s all the more inspiring when you consider that he had so many skeptics and scoffers at the time who were heard to say, ‘If you’ve got a church, you didn’t build that.’”

Obama made fun of his own underwhelming performance in the first presidential debate, targeting one of several publicly anti-Catholic Catholics at the dinner for his punch line: “I particularly want to apologize to [TV host] Chris Matthews. Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg. This time around, I gave him a stroke.”

Video of the speeches can still be seen on C-SPAN’s website.

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2 comments for “What about Cardinal Dolan’s confusing praise for President Obama?”

  1. I thought that both the president and his challenger did well at the Al Smith dinner. Throughout his life, the president has shown his deep commitment to others. He exemplifies President Clinton’s view that “we’re all in this together beats your on your own every time.” Thomas L. Friedman presents a similar viewpoint in his Sunday column:

    Posted by Phil Alonso | October 29, 2012, 6:30 pm
  2. Phil, thanks for reading and writing. If you read Obama’s policies, his merciless abortion agenda, he very clearly doesn’t care about the most vulnerable human persons. Rather, he wants to wipe them out.
    Thomas Friedman is dishonest. For starters, there’s no such thing as a fertilized human egg. There’s only a human person whose humanity begins at fertilization. And this is what Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock rightly said: “I struggled with it myself a long time but I came to realize that life is a gift from God, that I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.” The life of the human person is something God, the Creator, intended.
    Rape was the excuse used to decriminalize abortion.
    I know several people who were conceived during crimes of rape. Please read or listen to their stories and try to tell me they deserved the death penalty for their fathers’ crimes.
    4) Here’s Norma McCorvey, the Roe from Roe v. Wade on how she lied about being raped and what it has done to our nation:

    Posted by Anita Crane | October 30, 2012, 5:33 pm

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