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. Shannon Brett says:

    Cardinal Dolan has put our families in danger by what he is doing. He has shown the government that our church is weak and ripe for opression. During opression the government always goes after the Bishops before the laity. It is important that we do not rally to Cardinal Dolan’s defense when the government comes to lock him up. Once we are rid of his kind his office can be replaced with a faithful Bishop. And he can rally to their defense. DEUS LE VOLT!

  2. Songbird says:

    Please DIS-INVITE Obama!

  3. Jonathan says:

    ____
    Can. 1369 A person is to be punished with a just penalty, who, at a public event or assembly, or in a published writing, or by otherwise using the means of social communication, utters blasphemy, or gravely harms public morals, or rails at or excites hatred of or contempt for religion or the Church.
    ____

    Does Cardinal Dolan not chair the USCCB? Should he not penalize the President by whatever means necessary, including rescinding invitations to dine? Should he not be publicly announcing the excommunications of such people as Pelosi, Sebelius and Biden? Why is he not performing the duties and obligations prescribed to his offices? Why is he not publicly professing the intrinsic evils of lust, including abortion, homosexuality and contraception? Why is he not opennly denouncing President Obama and his lackeys? Does not his lack of action “gravely harm public morals?” Should not Cardinal Dolan be punished with a just penalty for being so passive and friendly in the face of Evil?

    Is Cardinal Dolan truly adhereing to the below laws of the Church, especially when he invites enemies to dine with him?
    ___
    Can. 208 Flowing from their rebirth in Christ, there is a genuine equality of dignity and action among all of Christ’s faithful. Because of this equality they all contribute, each according to his or her own condition and office, to the building up of the Body of Christ.

    Can. 209 §1 Christ’s faithful are bound to preserve their communion with the Church at all times, even in their external actions.

    §2 They are to carry out with great diligence their responsibilities towards both the universal Church and the particular Church to which by law they belong.

    Can. 210 All Christ’s faithful, each according to his or her own condition, must make a wholehearted effort to lead a holy life, and to promote the growth of the Church and its continual sanctification.

    Can. 211 All Christ’s faithful have the obligation and the right to strive so that the divine message of salvation may more and more reach all people of all times and all places.
    ___

    Cardinal Dolan must Condemn this “man” named Obama, not get aquainted with him over wine and a $100-meal.

    —–

    We are not fighting the US for the sake of religious liberty [that is American-speak], but for the Truth. Why are the clerics not publicly professing Truth? And don’t get me started about the hundreds of millions of babies executed before their first breath.

    So many clerics allow politicians, esp Catholic ones, to go unpunished.

    Let the cowards be anathema.

    Cardinal Dolan, just remember that cowards lead the parade to Hell. And that parade beats NYC’s St Patricks Day Parade by many miles.

    ——

    We the laity of the Church have the duty and obligation to be extremely and zealously irate with the ArchDiocese of NYC and all bishops who are not witnessing Truth in their words and actions.

    “The person who does not become irate when he has cause to be, sins.”
    — St. John Chrysostom (Homily XI super Matheum, 1c, nt.7)

  4. Fra Chris says:

    This duplicity within the Roman Catholic Church has simply got to stop! Wake up and smell the crucifix!

  5. Jeremy says:

    Why is anyone surprised about this? Did everyone forget Cardinal Dolan here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQEmO07DpaI#t=5m30s

    People really thought he wouldn’t throw us under the bus? It’s understandable to be outraged, but surprised? No.

  6. Greg Hohman says:

    Archbishop Dolan, we are praying for you! That you will LEAD the American Catholic faithful, as we are now fully engaged in this battle with Satan. We strongly request you to dis-invite Obama, and to publicly excommunicate those in public office who patently ignore Church teaching by promoting scandalous policies, yet continue to come and demand the Holy Eucharist.

    Now is the time. We rise or fall by your leadership. In Jesus precious Name, gh

  7. Joshua says:

    Dear Mr. Mechmann,

    Thank you for attempting to clear up the issue.
    Unfortunately, the issue isn’t with the invitation itself but with the scandal it causes.
    Few people, I think, will disagree with you that good things can come from inviting politicians–even with morally opposing views– to a dinner. But given the combination of the Cardinal’s office, his public stance in the eyes of the Church in America, the confusion already in the public, and the dire circumstances (the President seeking re-election is not only disagreeing with, but persecuting the Church), it would have been better for the Cardinal simply not to be the one to offer the invitation. If this event is distinct from the diocese, there is no reason for the Bishop to be the one doing the invitations.

    The line that I most strongly disagreed with in your article was the following:
    “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.”
    Unfortunately, it is easy to see this… We are already dealing with many Catholics in America who don’t see a problem with either the President’s policies or birth control or abortion. When people see the headline: “Cardinal invites Obama to speak at C.C. event” it is sadly very easy for people to become confused and see this as a weakening of the Church’s stance–or that the religious freedom issue is not so big of a deal.

    Exactly what line does a head of state need to cross before he is not invited to public events “closely affiliated” with a Diocese? It seems to me that the President has far passed too many of these lines.

    Respectfully, yet with great disappointment,
    Joshua

  8. Patricia says:

    And, dear bishops and cardinals, when they come for you, you’d better pray that prison is the worst thing awaiting you. Will you see even then how you fashioned and then handed them the manacles youselves? And we, the poor sheep under your protection, will still pray for your cowardly souls as they drag us away, too. Immaculata, hide us under your mantle!

  9. Phyllis White says:

    If this is the the ‘unofficial’ statement, when will the official statement be released?

  10. Michael Lockery says:

    Your wish to hobnob with a destroyer is disgusting and filthy. Please grow a pair and dis invite Mr. Obama.

  11. Patrick Hickey says:

    What are the sins against hope? The sins against hope are despair and presumption. By despair, man ceases to hope for his personal salvation from God, for help in attaining it or for the forgiveness of his sins. Despair is contrary to God’s goodness, to his justice – for the Lord is faithful to his promises – and to his mercy.
    Right now the Catholic faithful, the real Church Militant are trying to wage war against this man’s presidency. This President that is intent on destroying the church and yet Cardinal Dolan insist on brushing away the line in the sand and asking the most evil president this nation has elected so that he can attend and presumably speak at a Catholic function.
    Isn’t it ironic that the sin of despair that I am committing and will need to have absolved by a priest was caused by a Bishop.
    Cardinal Dolan, what is it that you do not understand the threat from this man.

  12. Steve Maurice says:

    This explanation is complete and utter nonsense. The event is a fundraiser for the Archdiocese and Cardinal Dolan sits on the board of directors of the Al Smith Foundation. How can you sincerely claim that such an invitation shouldn’t cause scandal among the faithful.

    Turn the tables to look at it from a different perspective. The White House holds a fundraiser for whatever, say protection of abused animals, and President Obama will be there to greet all the guests and sit with the most VIPs at dinner. Cardinal Dolan is invited to dine with the Prez. Would he attend? If not, why not?

    The same reasons you give for the Cardinal’s non-attendance are the exact reasons Obama’s invite should be rescinded. The faithful may be as sheep, but we are not as dumb as sheep. Please do not treat us as such.

  13. Jeanne Gawdun says:

    I guarantee you that President Obama will use his appearance at this dinner as a photo opportunity in order to win the Catholic vote in his re-election campaign.
    Jesus ate with sinners, to be sure, but he did all of the talking.

  14. Michael says:

    “…set aside our deeply-held differences…speak nicely and politely to each other, and work together for a common cause in the service of the poor.”

    And there you have it, right from the ivory tower. Of course the poor doesn’t include the unborn.

    I am so disappointed. There is no leadership in the Church.

  15. Dan says:

    Would Cardinal Dolan invite Hitler to a fundraiser dinner and invite him to the podium to tell jokes? I would hope that the answer to that question would be “No Way!”

    Obama is the most pro-abortion President in our nation’s history. He has trampled on the religious freedom of Catholics in an unprecedented way. The HHS mandate threatens to close down every Catholic hospital, school, and charity in the country!

    Thanks to Obama, come August 2013, there may be no more Catholic charities in the US. I guess then there would be no need for an Al Smith Dinner to raise money for a non-existent charity.

    Cardinal Dolan has been our General and leader in the fight against the HHS mandate. He has done an amazing job of rallying the troops – every Bishop, most Priests, countless lay faithful – in opposition to Obama’s mandate. What are we to feel when our General hands over the microphone to Obama and lets him tell jokes? Utter Betrayal.

    This is a much bigger scandal than Obama’s Notre Dame invite, because that was initiated by one order of priests at one Catholic University, not known for its orthodoxy. This invite is from the President of the USCCB and leading voice against Obama’s trampling of our religious freedom.

    Venerable Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, pray for us.

  16. Joe Bland says:

    Cardinal Dolan, I had hoped you would be that great man of integrity and courage. Please, I beg you, stand up against the forces of evil in this country and dis-invite President Obama. How can you be sueing the man in Federal Court over the HHS Mandate and then invite him and be sitted next to him at a dinner, that you invited him to. That is what is called sleeping with the enemy.

    You are confusing and leading faithful Catholics astray. This is given way to scandal sir and it is not what this Church needs right now. If you stand up and dis-invite Obama the people will get behind you and support you. This is a “cross” and if you love the Lord you have to pick up your cross and follow him. I will be praying for you.

    Gob Bless

  17. Jeff Hugo says:

    S-C-A-N-D-A-L
    Cardinal Dolan…we love you and are behind all that you do, but the shepard doesnt let the wolf in to dine WITH the sheep.

  18. Marie says:

    HI: Correction: I should have written Cardinal instead of Bishop.

  19. Deborah says:

    While not “official”, Mr. Mechmann’s blog is clearly the unofficial position of the NY Archdiocese and Cardinal Dolan. Any reasonable person can make that conclusion. Poor Mr. Mechmann chose the short straw in being the front person on this one. As far as Cardinal Dolan, this decision to invite President Obama is indicative of 50 years of malfeasance by bishops in defending the Faith with boldness and fearlessness. Cardinal Dolan could still do what is objectively right, and rescind the invitation. Miracles do happen.

  20. Lucia Bartoli says:

    How can the Cardinal lead US, when he cannot follow Christ’s example? I see no place wherein Christ was obsessed with being NICE. There is NO PLACE for BHO at this HIGHLY PUBLICIZED DINNER and the other guests should decline to go, if Dolan will not rescind this misplaced invite. EVERYONE associates this event with Catholicism. Get real! The Church is busy being effeminate and nice. What happened to charitable admonition? Why would we “take a break” from our vast differences? Heck…let’s invite Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, the No. Korean dictator and the rest of them to show them how NICE we are. There is never a break from evil or the battle against socialism and the fight FOR LIFE. The cardinal has wimped out. He is not behaving like a shepherd but more like a sheep.

  21. Michael says:

    I’ll respect the office of my presbyter by giving him the benefit of the doubt and not saying anything ill of Cardinal Dolan. No one except his Eminence can know the recitude of his intention which, should merit our prayers above all else, will be brought to light at the appropriate time, even if that time is the final judgment.
    The chilling thought is that there are more Catholics that probably think like Mechmann than there are who are bold enough to stand behind the Truth, God Bless those who do
    And regarding the whole ‘honor the emperor’ thing, maybe one should consider the expanded teaching of Authorities In Civil Society before one starts quoting Sacred Scripture: (The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community. “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” “We must obey God rather than men” CCC 2242)

  22. Don Ross says:

    Where are the commnents and responces from Cardinal Dolan? Isn’t this his Blog? Jesus told the Jewish people to listen to what the phaises say but don’t follow what they do. “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, `The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practise what they teach. Matt 23:1
    Saying one thing and doing another makes you a hypocrite. I am losing all respect for the USCCB, the CRS and many of the bishops in our Church. When will they stand up against the evil in our times? Psalm 26:4 “I do not sit with the worthless, nor do I consort with hypocrites;..”

  23. Rory Flick says:

    Doesn’t matter what words you use to explain away the invitation. Official or not , this is Catholic. This very fact and the invite given to an enemy of the Church is, BOTTOM LINE, a SCANDAL!!!

  24. Brother Luke Greinke,MBPH says:

    To: Cardinal Dolan. Your mission (vocation) is to defend the Catholic faith. That is why you wear the scarlet red. Willing to die for your faith. I can’t understand why you are inviting President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner when your predecessor the late Cardinal O’Conner would not for President Clinton for the same issues. Maybe Cardinal Dolan, if you feel he cannot defend the faith, resign and let another more worthy take your place.
    I know Cardinal Dolan you like to be popular on TV, but do the right thing for the Church, not your popularity.

  25. Steve Maurice says:

    When the Cardinal realizes what is at stake and admits his mistake, then the invitation MUST be rescinded publicly. There can not be some back-door communique that allows President Obama to gracefully offer his regrets due to some schedule conflict. Otherwise the scandal will remain.

    The only way this can be resolved so that the Catholic faithful and the rest of the country knows what the Church believes and stands for is for Cardinal Dolan to humbly admit that the President should not have been invited due to his stance against the dignity and sacredness of human life and to allow his attendance would confuse the public and scandalize the faithful.

    If Cardinal Dolan does that, he will be fulfilling his office as teacher of the faith. If he does not, besides appearing cowardly, he will be inflicting great harm on his flock.

  26. Martha Roberson says:

    Personally, the opinions of Mr. Mechmann are of no interest to me. What is interesting, however, is why he felt compelled to express his opinion on what appears to be an official website for the Archdiocese of New York. It seems odd. Whoever’s responsible for inviting President Obama to this event should have the courage to explain their decision for doing so. That interests me.

  27. Lorraine says:

    How utterly stupifying it is to invite a man who has done everything in his power to become the Enemy of the Church. How saddened we are that the Church no longer sees itself as doing spiritual battle with evil…

    Now we invite our enemies to dinner in the name of finding common ground?? How can we have any common ground wih a man who forces the Church and her members to pay for & support that which it opposes to its very core.

    It is grossly sickening! It is is an act of treason!

  28. Lorraine says:

    We also need to be worried about how long it will be before true tyranny ensues on the Faithful if Obama is re-elected.

    From these cowardly (& worse) acts we can deduce that no-one in the Church will come to our aid when we are forced to renounce the Faith… which probably will not be far behind as Obama has already gained so much ground against the Church.

    Predictably it will come from this administration through forcing us to accept so-called gay marriage & funding of abortion. If we refuse “heads will roll”…

  29. Catherine of Genoa says:

    Your Excellency, I pray that the Holy Spirit tells you what to do and gives you the courage to do it.
    Praying hard for you.

  30. David Smith says:

    Wow, Edward Mechmann. Your post shows how you have so completely danced around the point. I’m truly astounded. There’s not enough space in this comment box to respond to all your half-truths and mischaracterizations.

    Welcome everyone to the church of “nice”.

    Mind boggling. . .

  31. Eileen Colby says:

    Cardinal Dolan really should dis-invite the President and make it clear why he is uninvited. We should all pray for the President and pray many rosaries and novenas.

  32. Kieran says:

    Why not speak the truth boldly and authoritatively to Mr Obama, and reserve the nice and polite talk for the millions of innocent victims of Obama Policy.

    If you have any difficulty with bold statement making, try this: “Dear President Obama, your anti life and anti family policies are an affront to the Catholic faith. Whilst you continue to persecute Christ’s Church on earth, don’t expect any speech making honours or nice polite talk from us. P.S. Please tear up the invitation we sent you: we made a huge mistake! Regards Ed”

  33. Steve Dawson says:

    I have to say that I am offended by the message of this blog post. To state that anyone who disagrees with this decision needs to relax and think carefully about it implies that we have not done just that. I have thought very carefully about what is at stake here. This is a huge scandal, I would say much bigger than the Notre Dame fiasco. I respectfully request an apology for these offensive remarks. When the spokesman for a major diocese in America says that people who disagree with the diocese just are not thinking clearly, there is a huge problem. You and the Cardinal are in my prayers,

    In the Immaculate,

    Steve

  34. I am so tired of being taken for a mindless, brainless, idiot. Blah, blah, blah. Yup, we all sure buy that. LEAD. LEAD properly. Lead as a Cardinal of Jesus Christ. You know, Jesus. The Savior, who died on the cross to save us. Yes, that One.

  35. Nora says:

    When Barack Obama, or one his surrogates, says between the 2012 Al Smith Dinner and the election, “Catholics can vote for me, heck even the Cardinal invites me to dinner” and a Catholic does vote for this intrinsic evil then this will be a sin all of you who allow this invite to go forward will have to answer for to Christ.
    God have mercy on your souls.

  36. Bill G says:

    So many of us feel like we’ve been kicked in the stomach contemplating the optics of Cardinal Dolan sharing jokes and laughter with Obama, pillar of the legalized child-murder racket and Church persecutor. I hope and pray that the Cardinal has a change of heart and mind and relieves our suffering from this appalling prospect. And please God give us some John the Baptists to call evil by its name. I hope you other bishops and priests out there will do this and speak for those who have no voice to defend them.

  37. Martha Trowbridge says:

    “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.”

    If indeed this is difficult for you to perceive, is it not wise for you to yield to those who CAN see?

    Your side-stepping of the issue by declaring that the dinner is not under The Archdiocese’s direction in no way side-steps the fact that the invitation was issued by Cardinal Dolan.

    In his decision – and his refusal to hear the anguish of his flock – Cardinal Dolan has handed President Obama his favorite strategic key: Divide And Conquer. Catholics have lost faith in their leader; what’s worse, they’ve lost trust.

    Not to worry, though.

    God sees exactly what is going on. And why.

  38. Dorothy says:

    Sorry to Christ Jesus, Abba Father, Holy Spirit.

  39. Deborah says:

    I wish there was a “like” button so I could press it on just about every comment here by the faithful, especially “Jonathan says: August 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm.”

    “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven especially those in most need of your mercy.” Amen.

  40. David Kramer says:

    Is there any wonder why the Catholic Church has begun a downward spiral in attendance? I have not left the Church, the Church has left me. How dare you invite a politician that advocates abortion, let alone through his actions force the Church to break from it’s doctrine. So, is the Catholic Church maneuvering itself to become the state Church?

  41. Carol says:

    Mr. Mechmann’s blog has so many untruths, especially considering he as an employee, has posted “his opinion” on the NY Diocese Blog site….he would have had to get approval for this posting from a superior, making this even more objectionable.

    Cardinal Dolan has really made a very ‘huge’ mistake in inviting President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner (yes, he has to have a say in this since he is on the Al Smith Board). At a time when we are suing HHS because of the Government’s Contraceptive Mandate and attack on the Catholic Church and the Religious Freedoms of all, what message does this send?

    Our Good Lord is crying over this…..can’t you see His tears from the Cross?

    So sad in Florida

  42. Noreen says:

    Cardinal Dolan, to say that you are a disappointment is an understatement. You have betrayed, like Judas, the Son of God. Enjoy the money. Perhaps you should give a raise to your underling, Edward Mechmann, for taking the heat and keeping you out of the forefront. Shame on you!

    My Jesus, mercy!

  43. James says:

    A feast with publicans and sinners seems here to be tradition. I’m certain Mr. Voris has more of a feel for this, but Romney is invited too. Is the opportunity for the Cardinal too good pass up? I had not known he’s been a ‘softy’ before.

  44. Ralph Enger says:

    Cardinal Dolan!

    Shame! Shame! Shame! You, the father of so many in your flock dare to
    compromise the Catholic Faith, and alllll of it’s teachings. Stop this hypocritical
    nonsense, and lead us with strength, courage and honesty. Do not compromise.
    From compromise it’s a slippery slope that ends in heresy. Please un-invite the
    man who is proud to call himself an ally of pro-abortion, gay marriage, etc. Stand
    firm in your faith, and GOD will reward you if not now, then for eternity. We are
    ONE, CATHOLIC, APOSTOLIC, CHURCH, and you are not alone! God BLess You! We WILL keep you in our prayers.

  45. Mitch Smith says:

    I am not the most articulate of men. However, since we are now almost two weeks into having our Free Exercise of Religion reduced to mere freedom of worship, I would like to point out to His Eminence that even if it’s coated in tempura, deep fried and dipped in chocolate, feces remains feces, and he has handed ammunition to the Administration, and to faux catholic groups like “Catholics for Choice”, who are already using this event to confuse the faithful. I am tired of having to try to explain the hypocrisy of the Hierarchy to my family, and even more so to those who wish the Church to be silenced. You cannot serve two masters, and attempting to suck up to the politicians who have betrayed us for s=years running is an act of moral cowardice. If only Cardinals could be subject to court martial…

  46. Linny says:

    Cardinal Dolan has betrayed the sheep. He’s supposed to protect them from the wolf, not invite the wolf to dinner! This sorry excuse for a president is evil and anti-Catholic, the very essence of antichrist. This invitation is hypocritical and Jesus is not pleased!

  47. DianeMary says:

    This blog is a pathetic attempt to gloss over a very troubling situation. Cardinal Dolan and the Archdiocese of NY show a weakness of which the evil one will take advantage. This dinner will be a scandal to the Church and will give the false impression that this President is just another politician instead of the very dangerous man of power that he is.

    May God intercede for His church.

  48. Rachel says:

    I’ve only been active in the Church since 2009, so I’m a newbie. When I heard what was going on with the HHS mandate and Obamacare, and how our Bishops are standing up to this I took it all seriously, as I thought we all should do.
    I work at a major (national) health insurer. Our open enrollment this year was in May and went into effect July 1. I found out that not only was my employer covering all birth control, abortive drugs, IVF, etc free of charge because of Obama and the mandates but that it’s being paid for with the money that the employees put towards their own insurance. What does that mean? If I have insurance through my employer my money will directly pay for birth control etc.
    Because I took seriously the stand that our Bishops took against this and because I can’t go against my morals I am currently without insurance as I declined it due to my morals and to stand with the Bishops. I can not afford insurance otherwise so I’m trusting our Lord to take care of me.
    So when I read that Obama is invited to a dinner that where the funds will be used for Catholic programs etc and that Cardinal Dolan will be there playing like nothing has happened, and I read that we should play nicey, nice for an evening and joke with the man that is responsible for all of this I have to wonder…… Are the Bishops and Cardinal Dolan REALLY serious about this????
    As for me I will continue to stand for our Lord, for the Truth, and for the teachings of the Church our Lord founded. I will pray and beg all of you to pray for this situation. Let the Glory of Our Lord be shown in this situation!

  49. John Smith says:

    Stepping out of the boat? Wow, what an accurate description of Mechmann’s attitude towards the Church.

    Yes, he certainly has stepped out of the boat (a.k.a. the Barque of Peter).

    With traitors like Mechmann in the Church, we certainly don’t need any other enemies.