In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela

Today I learned that Nelson Mandela, former South African president and a hero to all, had passed away. Here is the statement that I released to the press:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2013

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL DOLAN ON THE PASSING OF NELSON MANDELA

Nelson Mandela was a hero to the world. His bravery in defending human rights against the great evil of apartheid made him a symbol of courage and dignity, as well as an inspiration to people everywhere. As Blessed Pope John Paul II noted during his visit to South Africa in 1995, Nelson Mandela was for many years, “a silent and suffering ‘witness’ of your people’s yearning for true liberation,” who, as President of South Africa, had to then “shoulder the burden of inspiring and challenging everyone to succeed in the task of national reconciliation and reconstruction.” In succeeding in these crucial and difficult tasks, Nelson Mandela truly made the world a better place.

May he rest in peace.

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3 Responses to “In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela”

  1. Julie Ann Courville says:

    “Unfortunately, Nelson Mandela Signed Law Legalizing Unlimited Abortions
    The world is paying its respects to civil rights leader and former South African president Nelson Mandela today, after learning that he passed away at the age of 95. While most people respect the civil rights and racial reconciliation work he did, some have questioned where Mandela stood on abortion.

    Unfortunately, Mandela signed into law a bill legalizing abortion on demand. ”
    This quote is from Lifesite News.
    Which evil is more intrinsic ?
    http://www.lifenews.com/2013/12/06/unfortunately-nelson-mandela-signed-law-legalizing-unlimited-abortions/

  2. Disappointed and confused on your upholding of Mandela “a Hero”. Did you fail to remember he is pro-abortion and signed it into law in Africa only 2 years after becoming President, 2006 same sex marriage and also a registered Communist. Fulton Sheen said it would be the faithful laity that will save the church. How prophetic. Sincerely, C Jean Sanborn

  3. Gerry Widemark says:

    I am sorry but a government leader and “hero” would not champion the murder of his own citizens. Nelson Mandela has championed some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world and is not fit to wear the “Hero” label.