The Cardinal’s (Dolan) Criteria Fall into Question

Friday, October 19, 2012 – By Judie Brown

Just yesterday, the Al Smith Dinner, which has been the focus of many efforts at American Life League in our quest to encourage Cardinal Timothy Dolan to disinvite President Barack Obama, took place with the totally pro-abortion president attending and in excellent humor—as was the cardinal.

In his defense of the invitation, the cardinal wrote in his blog, “In the end, I’m encouraged by the example of Jesus, who was blistered by his critics for dining with those some considered sinners; and by the recognition that, if I only sat down with people who agreed with me, and I with them, or with those who were saints, I’d be taking all my meals alone.”

The cardinal apparently abandoned his former rules for choosing dining companions. I say that with all due respect because his statement takes me back a few years to the annual Pro-Life Wisconsin banquet which, in 2009, was scheduled for October 3. I had been invited to be the keynote speaker. Then-Archbishop of Milwaukee, Timothy Dolan, had been invited to sit at the head table with me as well as members of the Pro-Life Wisconsin board. He was asked to offer the opening prayer and reflection. When the archbishop discovered that I was the keynote speaker, he sent a letter to Pro-Life Wisconsin president Peggy Hamill stating that he had to decline the invitation to attend the banquet because Judie Brown was involved in the public castigation of bishops!

Personally, as I look at what is occurring today regarding the Obama situation, I find this troubling to say the least.

On the one hand, he found it problematic that I led and continue to lead a campaign to beseech Catholic bishops to obey canon 915 and deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians. On the other hand, he finds it Christlike to dine with the most pro-abortion president in the history of this nation.

The media is having a field day with the Dolan/Obama encounter, just as we predicted it would. Even before the event one New York Times headline read: “Dolan Will Let Obama and Romney Joke it up at the Al Smith Dinner.” An Associate Press headline read: “Cardinal suing Obama invites him, Romney to dinner.”

I am not attempting to suggest that dining with me in Milwaukee should have garnered any headlines at all, but I am suggesting that Dolan has changed his dining partner comfort zone over the past three years.

When Dolan wrote, “If I only sat down with people who agreed with me, and I with them, or with those who were saints, I’d be taking all my meals alone,” perhaps he didn’t really think it through. Or could it be that he, unlike Christ, would prefer to be the darling of the media elite instead of emulating the good shepherd who, by His teaching and His very presence as the Son of God, brought people to their knees in repentance for their sins?

I cannot answer that, but I remain not only concerned but curious about the double standard. “No Dinner for Obama,” Your Eminence, would have at the very least been consistent with your 2009 mantra, “No dinner with Brown.”

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3 comments on “The Cardinal’s (Dolan) Criteria Fall into Question

  1. I’m not saying that he is one, but Cardinal Dolan’s words and actions are entirely consistent with those of a “double agent”. His claim of surprise at the Obama HHS mandates simply goes beyond the bounds of credibility, unless he is simply mentally incompetent. In either case, such level of dishonesty and/or stupidity should disqualify him from holding any office of importance within the Church — the Catholic Church, that is; he seems entirely suited to be an Anglican “bishop”…

    Now, I know this probably comes off as harsh, but I wouldn’t say it over one isolated “lapse in judgment”; Cardinal Dolan has demonstrated a consistent pattern of trying to please everyone (except for those who care about Catholic orthodoxy, that is); as with many “moderate” Republican politicians, he’s willing to compromise on what he’s supposed to advocate in the hopes of being liked by those with power and influence, gets his feelings hurt when it doesn’t work, and yet continues to do it over and over again. He should consider early retirement.

    Again, until one of these bishops actually has the guts to issue actual excommunications for pro-murder “Catholic” politicians, or in the case of external enemies of the Church such as Obama, publicly condemn their attacks to their faces, there is no reason to take them seriously — the pro-aborts and other perverts already know this; it’s time for Catholics to wake up as well.

  2. I’m just fresh out of excuses for the Bishops–and even the recent Popes. “Blessed are the rationalizers”? “Those who spin and weave”? Not quite in the Bible.

    I pray that that does not mean that I seek to explain away, nor minimize, good actions. I pray that I never minimize the courageous things that Pope Benedict has done to reach out to the traditional Catholic community.

    When you are in a hierarchical Church it is hard to handle betrayal: without succumbing to anti-authority thinking. When you look at a profound betrayal, it is hard to also recognize–in the same person–a profound act of righteous courage. We can handle saints and traitors: but when the two are mixed in one person…well, that is real hard to handle. But, Christ told us to take up his cross…and during this period–as in many others–that cross is not hard to find.

    May all the saints in heaven pray for us…

    • Sensitively stated, and well, Stephen. It IS a hardship.

      Hard facts, though, trump all sentiment. They don’t eliminate it but they take precedence.

      And Benoit XVI, Pope of Rome ( and a very nice man of the academic bent ) is, at the very least, a semi-Modernist. Pure truth.

      At least with Alexander VI, it was simply concupiscience. This is a different breed of cat prowling the corridors, today. Ideologues, ultimately, can almost never be converted.

      He’s pope. He’s right here and there and his heart ( sentiment ) is no doubt superior to any of the rare moments I am capable of. On the key theological and philosophical grounds of patent orthodoxy, well…. Houston, we have a problem.

      And don’t forget he wrote to other bishops that Traditionalists cannot be opposed too strongly. He is out to split Traditionalism right down the middle.

      And if you look at your watch, he’s right on time and truckin’ !

      “Rubber Ducky, this is Big Ben. We got the hammer down! Let’s roll!” : – )

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