Controversies and Dinners

There is a controversy brewing in Catholic and pro-life circles over reports that the President has been invited to attend the annual Al Smith Dinner here in New York.  In my opinion, people need to take a deep breath, relax a second, and think carefully about this.

It’s important first to understand what the Al Smith Dinner is, and is not, and then what the invitation means, and what it does not.

The Al Smith Dinner is organized and hosted by the Alfred E. Smith Foundation, which is closely affiliated with but independent of the Archdiocese of New York.  It’s named after Governor Al Smith, an iconic figure in New York politics, who dedicated his life to serving the people of the state, particularly the needy.  He was a classic urban machine politician, but was also committed to working with others across party lines when he saw that it was in the public interest.  He was always proud of his Catholic faith and he defended the Church against attacks against religious bigotry.  He was certainly well familiar with anti-Catholicism, since his own faith was brutally attacked during his run for the Presidency in 1928.

The dinner is not a religious event in any way — it’s a civic/political event that raises money for Catholic charitable institutions.  It’s not held at a religious building — it’s at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  It has no religious component aside from a benediction and closing prayer — much like sessions of Congress.  A large proportion of the people who attend the Dinner are not Catholic, and the list of past speakers shows that only once in its almost 70-year history has a religious figure given the keynote address (Cardinal O’Connor).

The dinner has a long tradition of inviting New York elected officials of all parties, and candidates of both major parties for the Presidency.  It is strictly non-partisan, and an invitation to the dinner is in no way an endorsement of any office holder, or any candidate for office.

It’s also important that the politicians who speak at the dinner are not being given any honor or award by the Church, but are rather delivering an address that is one part jocular remarks written by professional jokesters, and two-parts generic political after-dinner bromides.  Any comparison between the Al Smith Dinner and the honorary degree given to the President at Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony is thus completely off-the-mark.

Everybody at the dinner understands this — it’s a civic event, much like a Veteran’s Day parade (but with a fancier menu and white tie).

Some people have been saying that inviting the President in some way undermines or contradicts the Church’s public witness in defense of life and the family.  There is no question that the President’s political agenda and policy record are deplorable from a Catholic perspective — he is consistently anti-life and is ardent in his promotion and support of abortion, he is in favor of re-defining marriage, he opposes parental choice in education, his Administration is a consistent enemy of religious freedom, and there is good reason to believe that he has dealt with our bishops in less than good faith.

Give the consistency and strength with which our bishops — particularly Cardinal Dolan — have been proclaiming the Catholic view of public policy, it is hard to see how this one Dinner could possibly lead anyone to believe that the Church is softening her defense of life, the family, and religious liberty.  When everyone wakes up the morning after, the struggle will resume.

But, as a matter of fact, an invitation to the current incumbent President to the Al Smith Dinner actually sends a message, one that is important in this time of pathologically toxic politics.  It says to us that we can vehemently disagree with a public official’s positions, but we can still show respect for his office, and for him as a person, and treat him with civility.  It gives us an opportunity to act as Christians, and show some love to our adversaries, and even those whose policies we consider to be immoral and oppressive. After all, even St. Peter told us to “honor the emperor” (1 Pet 2:17).

The message is also that we can set aside our deeply-held differences and leave the partisan politics at the door for an evening, speak nicely and politely to each other, and work together for a common cause in the service of the poor.  That’s a good thing, something that Al Smith would have been proud to associate himself with, and something that Catholics and pro-lifers should also support.

 

Note:  Some bloggers and other news sources have linked to this blog post, and have said that it is a statement by “the Archdiocese”.  Please read the sidebar to this blog: “The opinions expressed by the Bloggers… are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Archdiocese of New York”.  These comments are not an official statement by the Archdiocese or the Cardinal — they represent my opinions, and mine alone.  Clear?  Okay, fire away — but in a civil way, please.

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564 Responses to “Controversies and Dinners”

  1. Egbert says:

    MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT THIS –

    This close into the election season, Obama will use the pictures of getting along with the Cardinals and Bishops as evidence that the HHS thing is all just a bunch of nothing. The proof will be the picture itself and it will find its way onto TV and the internet for less informed Catholics to see and to think “hmm, I thought there was a problem here but I guess not. After all, if it were really a serious issue, they wouldn’t be together yucking it up.” Of course, that conclusion will be valid. Obama’s attendance and positive media – that will be designed to undercut the Cardinal – will be tantamount to an endorsement.

    How long can the leadership of the Catholic Church in America remain so clueless. Worse than embarrassing, its demoralizing. What are the people who really think this is a real issue to think?

  2. Mike Carr says:

    Cardinal Dolan: When you were elected as President of the USCCB, I applauded the election as you were undeniably more orthodox than the alternatives. I assumed you would become a pillar of the Catholic faith by defending and promoting the sanctity of life in ALL venues. How wrong I was!
    YOU have the opportunity to publicly state and defend why you will disinvite President Obama to the Al Smith dinner, but so far you have failed to do so. And my question to you is, why not?
    President Obama is the most powerful pro-abortion politician in the world, and YOU are going to break bread with him! Are the 30 pieces of silver going to Catholic Charities worth the damage you are going to do to the pro-life efforts in the United States??

  3. Anthony says:

    Michael Voris has very accurately and deftly ripped apart the so-called reasoning behind this awful blog entry. I urge everyone to watch it.

    http://www.churchmilitant.tv/daily/?today=2012-08-10

    I’m very deeply disappointed in Cardinal Dolan’s lack of fortitude in this matter.

  4. Dan in Littleton CO says:

    It pains me deeply to see our Church Leadership take such an action
    I can only hope in the promises of Christ
    What in the world is the Bishop thinking!

  5. Maggie says:

    You think that your commentaries are not like what happened to Notre Dame? Oh please. What it is, is a “Catholic” event. You speak out of two sides of your mouth. Permitting Obama to come to the dinner at all is totally inappropriate. You are literally giving credence and acknowledgement to Obama’s murderous ideas which totally go against the Catholic Church and it’s conscience and truths. How dare you be so unwise. You cannot set aside the horrible differences. St. John the Apostle tells us to love one another. However…. he clarifies this in his second letter to a lady where he says that love involves our walking according to the Commandments, and the Commandment is the way in which one should walk. In the same letter he addressed one who is ‘progressive’ by saying that if someone is such, but does not remain rooted in the teachings of Christ, that person does not possess God. It is only if one is rooted in Christ’s teaching, that person possess both God and Son. I find this remark extremely important. In his Chapter 2, he uses very strong language and speaks of priests and provides a Commandment to them that they are to give glory to God (that means to Him alone). And, if they do not take it to heart or hear this, then a curse would be sent upon them including cursing and scattering their blessing, and they would lose that and He would smear dung on them. The passage was so disturbing regarding the dung of their feasts that Targums translated it to, “I will make visible on your faces the shame of your crimes. Malachi demonstrates the severity of priestly misdeeds. In Malachi is a stunning job description of the priest serving Christ today. St. Ignatius of Antioch,. bishop and martyr says this: A man has to reckon not with a man, but with God, who knows the secrets of the heart. All things have an end, and two things, life and death, are side by side set before us.. There are two coinages, one of God and the other of the world. Each has its own image. So, unbelievers bear the image of this world, and those who have faith with love, bear the image of God the Father through Jesus Christ. Unless we are ready, through his power, to die in the likeness of his passion, his life is not in us. “While Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them. “While He called to Himself in order to convert them, those who toiled and suffered, it was not to preach to them the jealousy of a chimerical
    equality. While He lifted up the lowly, it was not to instill in them the
    sentiment of a dignity independent from, and rebellious against, the duty of
    obedience. While His heart overflowed with gentleness to the souls of good
    will, He could also arm Himself with holy indignation against the profaners
    of the House of God, against the wretched men who scandalized the little
    ones, against the authorities who crush the people with the weight of heavy
    burdens without putting out a hand to lift them. “He was strong as He was gentle. He reproved, threatened, chastised, knowing and teaching us that fear is the beginning of widom and that it is sometimes proper for a man to cut off an offending limb to save his body. Finally, He did not announce for future society the reign of an ideal happiness from which suffering would be banished; but, by His lesson and by
    His example, He traced the path of happiness in heaven: the royal way of the
    Cross.” Pope St. Pius X Encyclical Our Apostolic Mandate, (Hawthorne, Vic., Australia: Tenet Books, 1974), pp.21-22

  6. Kevin Doran says:

    Let’s see if I get this straight. We (the laity) are asked to pray and fast for two weeks but the Cardinal and his friends drink cocktails and have dinner with this representative of the Anti-Christ. Call me when you get your act together!!!!

  7. Michael An says:

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    With all respects of this difficult time of the Church, I humbly propose this solution: Fire those involved in the giving out of 5 million dollars of the Catholic Relief Services fund to CARE, an international organization that supports. promotes and advances contraception as part of its so-called anti-poverty program. And this infamous invitation of President Obama is also initiated by CRS. I pray you will be courageous to right these wrongs!

    God Bless!

  8. Dorothy says:

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    This is a sincere request for forgiveness for the hurtful, negative comments i have made to you and the USCCB.

    God the Father, through His Son Christ Jesus, the High Priest, has decreed your position through His Vicar, our Holy Papa Benedict, and so it must be that He wills it, and that is enough for me.

    I repent of the ill i have caused, I ask for your forgiveness and i offer God the Father the reparation of Christ Jesus the Lord for my sin.

    I pray extraordinary Graces for you through the Mother and Queen of the Divine Will, dear Archbishop, and that “you do all that Jesus tells you to do”.

    Only God’s Will be done in all,
    through Christ Jesus The Lord.

    Pax Christi,

    Dorothy

  9. Brian Weber says:

    Giving Obama this honor only strengthens this reprobates ability to lead America, and the American Catholic Church to Hell. This invitation gives the impression the church hierarchy is getting in bed with the Devil.

    Cardinal Dolan, since you have not made an official explanation to the faithful of this unorthodox behavior we can pray you made a horrible misjudgment and fine some way to reconcile your errant position.

    Identify and rid your office of all the secular progressives that have infiltrated your office and apparently influenced you in this matter.

    PLEASE DIS-INVITE OBAMA!

  10. Carl Bibeau says:

    The self-enlightened crowd in our Church likes to portray orthodox believers as dullards. Before the language change in the Liturgy last Advent our Diocesan Liturgist indulged himself while purportedly offering a “workshop” to aid sacristans in their understanding of its implementation. This monsignor (the bishop’s M.C.) characterized the liturgical changes as having “Benedict’s hand all over it” as if that was a bad thing. He took up the better part of 2 hours ranting his dislike of central control being exerted over the local “custom” and freewheeling “interpretation” so long enjoyed by improvisationists. He lamented that he was expected “to be a cheerleader” for this change… “but it is what it is.” Sounds like insubordination to me. But that’s not the extent of the chutzpah. He actually stated, “Bishops come and go, but I remain as the Liturgist of the diocese.”

    Why am I airing a seemingly unrelated grievance? It’s ALL related. After the whistleblowers unveiled the CCHD’s support for organizations participating in activities antithetical to Church teaching, did anything change? One out of 55 was de-funded, and that only after the bishops attacked the messenger by maligning them.

    So in this current issue of Hirelings Gone Wild the cardinal’s “representative” voicing merely “his own opinion” tells us alarmists condescendingly to “take a deep breath.” What?! No tin-foil hat characterization? Oh, that only applies when you heterodox folks are wearing your secular hat.

    Pharisees. Our suave, savvy shepherds engage in duck and weave better than their secular counterparts. The One True Faith might as well be locked up in a Vatican vault because the middle management certainly does a tremendous job of keeping it away from the people.

  11. Carl Bibeau says:

    oh and btw…

    Isn’t it ironic that Mr. Mechmann should write, “The dinner is not a religious event in any way — it’s a civic/political event that raises money for Catholic charitable institutions.”

    Isn’t The Fortnight for Freedom and the bishops’ protest of the HHS Mandate essentially the same semantics game? Obama and his Administration of traitor “Catholics” claim the authority to determine all organizations not specifically a Church should be free to exercise Catholic conscience.

  12. Carl Bibeau says:

    oops… Obama says they should NOT be free to exercise conscience. My mistake. I must be a dullard.

  13. Greg Guidry says:

    Evil/Dolan = 1…………Christ’s Church = 0

  14. Mickey says:

    This is cowardly and weak. Rescind Obama’s invitation. This is men fearing other men more than they fear god. Men Pleasing men, not God.

    Matthew 10:28
    And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

    Galatians 1:10
    For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

  15. Mr. Meckmann,
    Didn’t they tell you? When you took that job you were not allowed your “personal opinions” on official sites propbably because they DO give the perception that they come from the leader (your boss) of the Archdioces of NY? Perception is important.
    And really, isn’t the perception given that this really IS a dinner that has something (Something!!) to do with the Catholic Church. And as such one should show good Catholic respect to all by speaking real TRUTH. Especially to anyone given the honor (yes honor is being given) of presenting a speech!!! Again, the perception for all of us little Catholics out there is that a big lie is happening. Yet another!!!
    Mr. Meckmann, please help us, don’t throw us under the bus!!!
    Therese Noecker

  16. Paul Murray says:

    Inviting Barak Obama shows total lack of judgment by the church.

  17. Sid Sanders says:

    I wonder if Moses and the Pharaoh had stopped somewhere between the frog and mosquito plagues and had a dinner party to show how nice they really were, would the Pharaoh remained obstinate or if he would have changed his mind and allowed the Israelites to leave? Don’t think his mind would have changed, do you? Being politically correct in these trying times when the fate of the unborn is at stake, when our religious freedoms are at stake, and when our God is on trial is treason because we are at war in case you did not know. We can and must be civil and continue to pray for both sides of the conflict, but we do not have to honor a man who has consistently shown through his words and actions that the blood of the unborn and the truth of th Bible mean nothing to him nor those who are behind this terrible and yes,evil agenda. I can only hope and pray that if our President does in fact come to the light hearted and allegedly non-religious dinner that the Blood of Jesus will wash away his sins and that he undergoes a miraculous conversion. However, as the Pharoah remained obstinate I fear the President will as well. Please Cardinal Dolan, continue to put on the armor of God and make a stand. We know you are leading the battle and we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, but it’s time(in my uneducated personal opinion) to shine the light on the darkness.

  18. C Posey says:

    Mr. Meckmann,
    Obama is fighting with the Catholic Church. Cardinal Dolan will be attending. Perhaps if this is not a Catholic function (which is disengenuous for you to say) then the Cardinal and any other faithful Catholic should not attend. Somehow I doubt that this would happen. Let’s make it easier – tell Obama a mistake was made and he is NOT invited.

  19. Kathi says:

    Thou protesteth too much Mr. Mechmann……….quite simply, there is something rotten in the state of Denmark/the US Church, and this fiasco is just symptomatic.

    Next year, who? Cecile Richards? Hilary Clinton? Melinda Gates? What’s a little money raised at the expense of the Church’s credibility?

  20. Agnieszka Rawiak says:

    I am appalled. Is the Archdiocese prepared to take responsibility for Obama being re-elected as a result of your ever-more-confusing actions? It’s absurd; to me it’s like the sheep inviting the wolf to have dinner….and he doesn’t even have to disguise for the occasion…

    I’m Polish, I receive but bits of information about what’s happening in your country at the moment and I try to get the info only from the sources I trust (like ChurchMilitant.TV), and yet somehow the information I get, combined with an average intelligence and an average knowledge of my faith has been more than enough to understand that Catholic=pro-life=anti-Obama.

    So this whole situation just begs the question about what exactly is happening here? The workers of the Archdiocese are either misinformed, unintelligent or lack elementary knowledge about their faith, if they have invited Obama and now try to make it look like a perfectly reasonable decision. Whatever the reason, it clearly makes them less then able to guide the flock entrusted to them by God.

    I’ll pray for you, guys, and I really hope that this will get sorted out.

    God Bless

    P.S. You can sign a petition to disinvite Obama – he obviously will not disinvite himself…

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/cdl_dolan_disinvite_obama/

    To finish, I wanna share with you the picture that just came to my mind, which is the following: Obama holding his invitation and singing happily: “You’re just too good to be true/ Can’t take my eyes off of you…” (if I had any talent, I would draw it, but I don’t, so use your imagination :) ) I hope you don’t find it offensive, I laugh not to cry about all this..

  21. Matt says:

    This action by Cdl. Dolan really takes the wind out of the sails of those of us who have been backing him up on his bold stands against attacks on our religious liberty. The message it sends to me is this: “It’s OK, what Obama is doing isn’t really a big deal. Regardless of how things turn out, everything will be honkey-dorey.” It makes me wonder why I have put my rear end on the line defending the Church’s position with my friends and acquaintances. I’m afraid that’s exactly what will happen, too. The HHS mandate will go forward, and life will go on pretty much as normal. Then the next incremental encroachment on our religious liberty will come… then the next… and we will all be like frogs being cooked in a pot where the water temperature is being slowly turned up.

  22. Terry says:

    It seems you have been provided a sign, a better way forward! With the announcement that Paul Ryan, a faithful Catholic, will be the Vice Presidential Candidate of Mitt Romney. Could this not be a wonderful message to the event, to uninvite President Obama, an individual that has demonstrated his intentions are not Christian and ask Paul Ryan to join Mitt Romney at the event. What a wonderful opportunity to share our true faith.
    Thanks and take care,
    –Terry

  23. Patrick says:

    Cardinal Dolan,
    Act with the authority given you by Christ. Stop this abominable scandal. Rescind the invitation to Obama. Souls are in peril!

  24. Ignati says:

    “The message is also that we can set aside our deeply-held differences and leave the partisan politics at the door for an evening”

    Obama – and the culture of death that he is trying to implement through the HHS mandate and other means – is not partisan politics. Please consider this critical point and pray about it. One doesn’t sit down with an enemy looking to destroy them and have a nice meal.

  25. Maryse Usher says:

    Barak Obama is an unrelenting and unrepentant enemy of the Church and all She proclaims. To invite him for a night of luxurious fun and laughter is thus to utterly trivialise and pronounce as a mere political stance – among many of equal standing – the Truth and what Our Lord and the saints underwent to defend it.

  26. +IN HOC SIGNO VINCES+ says:

    I’m not from NY, i’m from Europe(Croatia), but even in my country this kind of invitation would be considered shameful and scandalous. Card. Dolan please dont do that, for the sake of the Curch and for her clean cheek.

  27. Abraham says:

    He says that this dinner is not a religious event, but almost everybody connects it with the Catholic Church. He also says that they are not giving Obama an honor, but what is it called when you invite an individual to come and speak at a major event. If Obama is allowed to go and speak at this dinner, it will give many attackers of the faith a good reason to claim that the Catholic Church is ok with Obama and all that Obama stands for. Of course this is not what the Cathoilic Church wants, so we should tell the world where the Catholic Church really stands and dis-invite Obama.

  28. johnny junkin says:

    Who are you kidding. May God have mercy on your soul

  29. Steve says:

    This is just another example of church leaders caving in to the opposition! I pray to God for mercy upon their souls!

  30. Brian says:

    Straining out the gnats and swallowing the camel. These bishops have no balls after being the “religious arm of the Democrat Party for 40 years.

  31. Kari says:

    This Mechman is an idiot. And how can Cardinal Dolan really believe that it is OK to one minute oppose Obama and the HHS mandate and the next be inviting him to this dinner and allowing him to speak at it? Has he lost his mind? I have lost my respect for Dolan. We must fight the evil of the HHS mandate and all that Obama stands for and to invite the enemy into our camp while he is trying to destroy us is pure insanity. I am sure Obama is having a good laugh over the whole thing and so are lots of other liberals.

  32. Maclorio Rojo says:

    In plain words: at the dinner you and Cardinal Dolan should butter up and bend over because the baby killer obama will stick it to you, and by extension … to all Catholics

    Love and charity demands truth … the truth that obama is an enemy of the Church and should be called out as such …. Oh, a work spiritual mercy … remember that???

    How nicely would Saint Theresa of Calcutta treat obama? Remember the Clinton breakfast???

    Just be sure to smile for the obama photo op …. he will get many miles out of it …. mostly from ignorant Catholics in the pews (his Catholic voters who abort and contracept) who have not been taught any true teachings of the faith from the pulpit …

  33. Will says:

    Fulton Sheen, please pray before the Throne of Almighty God that this Diocese, which you served here in the Church Militant, will actually become the strong MEN of Christ they are supposed to be and not cause scandal… Amen

  34. Joshua says:

    St Filumena Wonder worker please PRAY FOR US!!!

  35. Craig Macleod says:

    This archdiocese should be dissolved for it’s weakening of the faith and Cardinal Dolan should be stripped of all titles and honours for his treachery.

  36. Michael R. Petroski says:

    How we can invite a person who would destroy Religious Liberty for the sake of giving women the right to free contraception and abortion at the (among others) Church’s expense is far beyond me. We can “work together in service of the poor” without giving aid, comfort and POLITICAL AMMUNITION to Mr. Obama. If you think Mr. Obama will not use this event as political fodder, you have not been paying attention to his re-election propaganda.

  37. Kevin Mauro says:

    Dining with the Devil. Just more proof that The Wolf is in Sheep’s clothing.

  38. Samuel OKelly says:

    This is, quite simply, wrong. it is not a matter of party politics or showing disrespect for the office held by BO. It is a fundemental question of standing up for truth, with integrity.

  39. Stop_the_Mandate_Now says:

    Imagine yourself back in 1961. Kennedy is President and the leading board member of USAID (the UN nonprofit agency which helps refugees). Now, USAID has a fund-raiser banquet in Switzerland and invites Mao Tse-Tungt and Khrushchev. The President will be there along with many communists and free thinkers from every nation of the world. All there to roast each other and have a laugh and a nice dinner with a cigar afterwards. It was confirmed by the White house press secretary, and everyone there is perplexed asking the question “Why are all the VFW’s and the families and survivors of WW2 and the Korean War soldiers so upset? This is not an American dinner held in American, it has more than just Americans invited and after all, it is a night of jokes and fun. We are doing this as a fund raiser for the poor refugees. What is the big deal, let us show everyone in the world that we all love one another with Christian love because that is what it is all about. because “It gives us an opportunity to act as Christians, and show some love to our adversaries, and even those whose policies we consider to be immoral and oppressive.” yeah right!

  40. Joe E in the IE says:

    Tip o’ the iceberg, fellow Catholics.

    Here in California, bishops, priests, nuns and lay ministers proudly share the stage with the likes of Diane Feinstein, Antonio Villaraigosa and Barbara Boxer at illegal alien rights rallies but rarely show up at pro-life events, especially if there’s a possibility that a Republican politician might speak. Their excuse: that would make it a political event. Sad to say, the president has bought the Catholic vote with amnesty for illegal aliens.

    Holy hypocrisy, Batman.

  41. JamesD says:

    A complete sell out of the Faith. Do you still believe in Judgment Day and Hell? It doesn’t matter what you believe, they are real, and that is what you face. Traitor.

  42. Patrick M says:

    Now remember this president has crucifix’s covered up or taken down wherever he attends or speaks. WILL CARDINAL DOLAN stoop to this also? I do not believe thiscorrect only a week or so before the biggest election of our countries history. Please Cardinal dis-invite this anti-catholic poltician who will use every picture of you as your acknowledgement of his immoral policies.

  43. Johnny Marshall says:

    What’s up doc? Do you realize you have given the ok to millions of catholics to vote for President Obama with your invite to him to attend this dinner? Have you forgotten that President Obama has lied to you before? Hqve you forgotten that President Obama is using our federal tax dollars to fund the execution of our unborn children in the planned parenthood facilities? Have you forgotten that President Obama is trying to shut our catholic church down with his health care program and will shut it down if he is re-elected. Please resend this invitation to President Obama to attend this dinner.

    Thank you.

    Johnny Marshall
    St. Michael Catholic Church
    Bedford, Texas

  44. Christine says:

    There is no reason that someone who is blatantly opposed to one of the core tenets of our faith should be voluntarily invited to a Catholic event! This is unconscionable and the invitation should be immediately rescinded. What are our bishops doing????

  45. Bernie says:

    Shame on you Cardinal. The bones of Priests, Bishops, and Cardinals line the path to Hell. When will the One True Church proclaim this fact and act as such. You are confusing the faithful with your liberal. modernist ways.

  46. ALBERT BAUTZ says:

    Embarrassing balderdash. Sniveling and cowardly from the Archdiocese no less.

  47. gwen cloninger says:

    I can’t believe once again our Church bows down to a President who has no respect for our beliefs and in fact does everything in his power to destroy human life and the family. PLEASE resind this invitation to this dinner. Talk about egg on your face that is what you look like. Get some strength from the Trinty to do the right thing.

  48. gwen cloninger says:

    I can’t believe once again our Church bows down to a President who has no respect for our beliefs and in fact does everything in his power to destroy human life and the family. PLEASE resind this invitation to this dinner. Talk about egg on your face that is what you look like. Get some strength from the Trinty to do the right thing. This is not a dupilcate comment as this is the first I’ve written.

  49. renee harris says:

    I would love to hear the Pope speak up about what is going on here. It would definately send a message of Hope to all the faithful Catholics who support the protection of the most vulnerable in our world. This direct support for evil is most disheartening and I am ashamed of these leaders of the church who support this evil. I know the Archbishop Chaput sees the light and speaks out against the darkness, God bless him for his courage and faith. Father forgive them for they must not know what they do.

  50. A Mendes says:

    I’m not anti-Democratic, I just appose ABORTION.