My favorite photo of Dolan.
There's always a place at the table folks...
So long as...
... an invitation to the Al Smith Dinner is not an award, or the provision of a platform to expound views at odds with the Church. It is an occasion of conversation; it is personal, not partisan.
... people of faith gathered in an evening of friendship, civility, and patriotism, to help those in need, not to endorse either candidate.
... you can accomplish a lot more by inviting folks of different political loyalties to an uplifting evening, rather than in closing the door to them.
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.* - Cardinal Dolan
Works for me.
Although probably not for the Catholic blogosterium.
I know, I know, it is not the same thing...
*I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Pope Pius XII did exactly that - he ate alone. God save the Church from an American pope!