Cardinal Dolan Congratulates President Obama on Re-election

The following press release was issued today by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the President Barack Obama’s re-election.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARDINAL DOLAN CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT OBAMA ON RE-ELECTION

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulated President Barack Obama, November 7, the day after his re-election as President of the United States.

Cardinal Dolan promised the prayers of the bishops saying that “The Catholic Bishops of the United States offer our prayers that God will give you strength and wisdom to meet the difficult challenges that face America.”

He added that “In particular, we pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant. We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom. We pray, too, that you will help restore a sense of civility to the public order, so our public conversations may be imbued with respect and charity toward everyone.”

His letter follows.

Dear President Obama,

In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States.  The people of our country have again entrusted you with a great responsibility.  The Catholic Bishops of the United States offer our prayers that God will give you strength and wisdom to meet the difficult challenges that face America.

In particular, we pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant.  We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom.  We pray, too, that you will help restore a sense of civility to the public order, so our public conversations may be imbued with respect and charity toward everyone.

May God bless you and Vice President Biden as you prepare for your second term in service to our country and its citizens.

Sincerely yours,

Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
President
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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8 Responses to “Cardinal Dolan Congratulates President Obama on Re-election”

  1. For those who are disappointed in the election, remember Jesus didn’t win any political battles either. While St. Thomas defends the right and responsibility of the state to enact laws that are in accord with God’s law (the eternal law and natural law), he decides that the ultimate goal of God is the conversion of individual hearts. For example, while it is true that many unborn children will cont
    inue to be killed, it is even more troublesome that there are lost souls willing to procure and administer such procedures. Jesus changed lives before he changed laws. In fact, if the laws don’t help change hearts, then in eternity those laws, even good laws, will be worthless too. Our enemy is the devil, not President Obama. Our answer is Christ, not Gov. Romney. Our agent of change is Christ’s Church, not the US government.

  2. lydia says:

    Cardinal Dolan pray for the Catholics including clergy who voted for this man and his policies. You champion government healthcare and illegal immigration and look what that got you, a second Obama term and the church in his crosshairs.

  3. berrienisd says:

    This is very gracious and it’s necessary to be gracious. But when the HHS mandate takes effect, we had better be prepared if people lose their services to tell them it’s not our fault, but the fault of the administration. We could get kicked twice if we’re not ready for this.

    The fact of the matter is that we’ve been providing services out of charity and caring for the general population. If they reject us, they reject the services too. If the government makes it impossible for us to do what we do, then we can hardly be blamed for not doing it.

  4. I am encouraged to see a call to civility and to the reality of Jesus message to each individual heart. President Obama may be in office, but Jesus is still on the throne, and he calls us to give ourselves completely to his radical way, according to whatever special capacity has been given each of us. In this YEAR OF FAITH, our dear Papa has anticipated our need for spiritual nourishment and grounding in our faith so that we do not lose our way. We need reminders that we are not politicians, we are Christians, and while our mission will sometime overlap the political sphere, we can’t allow ourselves to become confused in our identity. Even if Romney had been elected, we would STILL have a huge burden because our culture has been given over to sin. Politicians do not stem the tide. They are themselves guided by it, since they represent, rather than lead. “Our agent of change is Christ’s church, not the US government.” Amen!

  5. Cheryl Whitaker says:

    Jesus, told us to “Love our neighbor”. Who is our neighbor? President Obama.
    Though he stands in opposition to our most fundamental and dearly held principles, we must love as our neighbor though we may not like him or his policies.
    So let us hold him up in prayer and ask the Lord our God to bless President Obama so that he may succeed in his presidency for the good of our country and those who live in it. Like Bartimaeus may the president’s spiritual blindness be cured and may he , like St. Paul have a true conversion of heart and soul.
    Also we must pray for our fellow Catholics who continue to act as though the Church offers a buffet of doctrine from which they can choose only what appeals to them. They also are our neighbors and we need to love and pray them into conversion.

  6. Cheryl Whitaker says:

    Jesus, told us to “Love our neighbor”. Who is our neighbor? President Obama.
    Though he stands in opposition to our most fundamental and dearly held principles, we must love as our neighbor though we may not like him or his policies.
    So let us hold him up in prayer and ask the Lord our God to bless President Obama so that he may succeed in his presidency for the good of our country and those who live in it. Like Bartimaeus may the president’s spiritual blindness be cured and may he , like St. Paul have a true conversion of heart and soul.
    Also we must pray for our fellow Catholics who continue to act as though the Church offers a buffet of doctrine from which they can choose only what appeals to them. They also are our neighbors and we need to love and pray them into conversion.

  7. Jackie DeNucci says:

    Cardinal Dolan,
    I think we need a prayer for President Obama and all elected officials. I’ve been trying to compose one myself, but your name keeps coming to mind. Would you please compose one.
    Thank you,
    Jackie DeNucci

  8. Michael says:

    Your Excellency,

    At this time of year, most of us will read President Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation. Lincoln spoke of the country making reparation for our national sins. All should also read the chapter on “Reparation” in the Venerable Archbishop Sheen’s “Life is Worth Living.” It applies more today than when it was written. We all must begin to make reparation to our Lord for the national sins of this country. Our family has already begun strict “Fish Fridays.” They did this recently the UK.

    Without something such as a return to strict “Fish Fridays” or other wise, the average Catholic does not, at this time comprehend how serious this is.

    My wife has taught Catholic Schools for over 30 years and next year, she and others like her could be out of work. 1 of 6 hospitals could close, as hospital # 6 is Catholic. Look what states are already doing- social agencies, like in Peoria , IL could go from full employment, to minimal [according to a bishop on today's Al Kresta Show, Peoria, one social agency went from 480 employees to 8 due to anti-Catholic restrictions from the state].

    Another thing that would wake up the county’s Catholics would be if each bishop contacted the local public school system and asked them to draw up a contingency plan to absorb all Catholic students if we are forced to shut down. Same for hospitals.
    Unemployment offices in all states need to be contacted with the numbers of potential employees who may lose their jobs.