Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cardinal Dolan says there is nothing to worry about the Obama invitation to din-din.

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!


  1. ...ahhhh yes, I remember...Jesus sitting down to dinner with Herod, slamming back a few bottles of wine and prime rib, enjoying some laughs and ignoring, for a few hours (for the sake of civility and 'dialogue'), a break from partisanship. Heck, I seem to remember Christ's herald being the guest of honor (or something like that) at Herod's banquet where Salome did that really outstanding liturgical dance...Gee, come to think of it, don't we celebrate that very feast day in two weeks???...or something like that.

  2. Hurrah SUSAN ! for showing HOW DECEPTIVE THE CARDINAL'S FALSE USE OF THE BIBLE to support his aggenda is ! Walter

  3. Anonymous11:06 AM

    Blogosterium... ahahaha! Perfect description!

  4. "who was blistered by his critics for dining with those some considered sinners"


  5. 15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

  6. I call your prayer against an American pope and raise you a prayer against a Canadian pope

  7. i can see both sides of the argument but given cardinal dolan is who he is and knowing who and what i am), i'm going to give the good cardinal the benefit of the doubt. lots of folks know me from back in the day and i'm sure they'd be just as shocked if they saw me supping with his eminence.

  8. Unless there is something I have missed, I don't believe Cardinal Dolan is coming to heal anyone, Thom. Like Susan said, it is prime rib and cocktails and cigars.

  9. Hey Thom,

    Do you understand the difference between Herod and Levi; Nero and Casius (later Longinus); Pharaoh and Mary Magdalene? Christ didn't sit down at table to dialoge with any of the former. An open and repentant heart is what our Lord looked for...Obama's doubling down on the wickedness. I'll see your Scripture quote and raise you one; Matt 18:15-1 (and for the good Cardinal, perhaps Matt 24:48-51 would be a good reminder).

    Though I held great hope for him at his installation, his real-time track record has been pretty abyssmal on some major issues...he runs out of town on the eve of New York's passing of 'gay marriage' without uttering a whimper; he sits on his Chair at a blatently 'homosexual Mass', stroking his chin and nodding in agreement and admiration at the scandal going on in front of his eyes (this is on video!); he invites the most pro-abort, anti-Church, marxist president in history to a seat of honor, and the podium, at a Catholic dinner (Notre Dame and Fr. Jenkins have NOTHING on him)! You don't think the photos from this travesty are gonna be all over Obama's media sites the next morning as a Doug-Kimec-redux?...only this time with tons more gravitas???

    This has become a pattern of weak, effete behavior. Yes he has a lawsuit in the works; and when John Roberts once again sells out his Faith and His God, what's left?...sue for peace with the devil? I 'loved' C. Dolan's quote a couple of weeks ago when detailing the options left to us...he actually said, "A third option, I suppose, is to capitulate and accept the strangling mandate…I don’t want to go there. We just finished a Fortnight for Freedom, and the saints we honored – Saint Thomas More, Saint John Fisher, Saint John the Baptist, Saints Peter and Paul – would not want us to go there, either."

    "I DON'T WANT TO GO THERE"???? "The saints...would not want us to go there either."??? Holy smokes! How about, "we CANNOT, we WILL NOT, we WILL DIE before, we go there!"? Now THAT would be a Cardinal worth his red hat!...especially one who followed it up by keeping every Catholic organization under his jurisdiction open saying, "Mr. Obama, you will have to come in, beat us, drag us out, and throw us into jails across this country before we will bend to this evil law, and betray the legacy of the Saints and Christ Himself!..WE WILL NOT SUBMIT!"...and then for the Bishop/Cardinal to be the first to (peacefully) be beaten and dragged out. Now THAT would be a prelate I would follow through the fires of hell for Christ!...and THAT, no less, is to what they're called.

    I don't enjoy criticizing a Cardinal, but bad behavior and selling out of the flock needs to be called out. Weakland should have been called out; Bernardin should have been called out; Mahoney was only called out by the great Mother Angelica, who had more testicular fortitude than the lot of the USCCB put together. Is Dolan as bad as these?...I honestly don't know, but his pattern of behavior and love for the camera bodes ill. Oh, for the moral leave to clone Bishops Morlino, Bruskewitz, Card. Burke and their like, too few though they be.

    Christ died a bloody, torturous death for His Church, that satan might have no part or entry into Her. Sure doesn't sound like what's going on in the bowels of NY these days.

    St. Athanasius, pray for us.

  10. I think, Maria and Susan, that your problem is with the Gospel, not with me- considering I only responded with a Gospel passage.

    Do with it what you will.

  11. I know this isn't any kind of 'official' meeting but...the last time Cardinal Dolan met with President Obama, Obama's administration announced the HHS mandate. After Cardinal Dolan met with Gov Cuomo, Cuomo got gay marriage pushed through the NY legislature. The election is, what, two weeks after the Al Smith dinner? Oh boy (oh well).

  12. I'm closing comments on this - all I have to say is that Cardinals and Bishops say and do what they say and do. The world turns.