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Cardinal Dolan Invites Obama to Catholic Charities Al Smith Dinner
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http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/120803

August 3, 2012

Catholic Charities and Obama

By Matt C. Abbott

First, I ask you, dear readers, to please keep me in your prayers. Many thanks!


Perhaps I'm missing the boat, so to speak, but I must say that I'm perplexed and disappointed by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York's invitation to President Obama to speak at the annual Al Smith Dinner.

From LifeSiteNews.com (click here for the full article):
When asked if consideration was given to the Obama administration's recent attacks on religious freedom, particularly Catholicism, in inviting the president, [Meghan Myers, the executive director of the annual fundraiser] replied that she could not comment on the invitation since she did not extend it. Obama was invited, she said, by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan....

The idea of cancelling the traditional appearance of the presidential candidates is not without precedent. On two occasions since 1960 the presidential candidates were not invited by the Archdiocese of New York to the dinner in 1996 (Cardinal John O'Connor), when strongly pro-abortion Bill Clinton was a candidate, and in 2004 (Cardinal Egan), during the candidacy of also strongly pro-abortion Democrat John Kerry....

Interestingly, on July 9:
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago joined an ongoing lawsuit in federal court ... seeking to overturn the mandate issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). To receive an exemption from the mandate, Catholic Charities must abandon its longstanding commitment, rooted in its Catholic faith, to serve the poor regardless of their religion.

'The sole matter at hand is that religious freedom has been compromised by the mandate in violation of the First Amendment of our nation's Constitution,' said Monsignor Michael M. Boland, Administrator, President and CEO of Catholic Charities. Regarding the limited exemption to the HHS mandate, Boland added that 'HHS fails to understand that there is no distinction between our Catholic faith and our commitment to serve the needs of all people regardless of their religion.'

'We support health care reform and efforts to expand access to health care to all Americans. But we oppose any policy that compels us to compromise our Catholic faith. Make no mistake: This mandate affects all religions and anyone of faith. This is about religious liberty. We must take a stand, not only on behalf of Catholic Charities, but for all faith-based organizations. We must protect our right to serve all the poor, not just those HHS defines for us,' Boland said.
Good for Catholic Charities of Chicago! But why in the heck is Catholic Charities of New York apparently Cardinal Dolan himself inviting our Church-persecuting president to speak at a Catholic fundraiser?

I asked Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life for his comments on the matter.

Father Pavone responded:

"I'm all in favor of protocol and understand the difference between respecting the president's policies vs. respecting his office. But there comes a time when the polite putting aside of differences for a while amounts to scandal. There comes a time when enough is enough and we can no longer afford to give people a reason to doubt our position as a Church. Today, the unjust HHS mandate went into effect for Priests for Life and millions of other Americans, and I announced to our staff that we are disobeying the mandate [click here to see the video]. So, no, I don't think the invitation is appropriate at this time."

I also asked Michael Hichborn of American Life League for his comments on the matter.

Hichborn responded:

"We are living in possibly the greatest time of confusion that the Catholic Church has ever known. Catholics are profoundly confused about fundamental principles like birth control, homosexuality, abortion, Mass attendance, and even the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Given the latest revelations about Catholic Relief Services' errant funding practices [click here for the story], the ongoing scandal at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and the serious problems at the Catholic Health Association, hosting Barack Obama at a Catholic Charities event, and giving him a platform to speak, only compounds the extreme confusion among American Catholics.

"In St. Paul's letter to the Romans, he said, 'The wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting in Christ Jesus our Lord.' It's time to stop over-emphasizing the symptoms of sin, which are poverty, plagues, illness, and injustice, and go back to the very purpose for being a Catholic, unity with Our Blessed Lord. Until the Church returns to preaching the Good News about Jesus' Mercy and the joy of the Eucharist, while encouraging repentance and the rejection of sin, the Catholic Church will continue to resemble the political philanthropy that modern society claims that it is."

Matt C. Abbott
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This is why Catholics in America even voted for Obama--the priests were afraid to point out his extreme pro-abortion background. The Bishops, like Cardinal George in Chicago, took no stand. We in Illinois knew it, but no one listened. As a representative in the Illinois House, Obama wrote legislation supporting the firing of a nurse at Christ hospital--because she rescued a live, crying baby from the biological waste bucket. The baby was supposed to be aborted, but survived several hours to die, shivering, as the nurse held it in a blanket.

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This week, I received a newspaper from "One More Soul", their response to the HHS mandate! I am a BOM teacher and that is how I got this paper. This is the first newspaper that I remember receiving from them. Usually it is flyers or a small catalog for buying teaching material. Now, before I tell you anything more about the newspaper, I need to give some background of BOM. Billings Method Ovulation Method. I was a teacher in 1987 and had the knowledge in 1979. The teaching material was secular, many denominations teach it. Next, federal grants keep the group going. It means secular teaching. In 1995 I found out that top women in the DC area for BOM and here in AZ were witches!

So, now, I started to read this paper this week. Bishop Lori, on behalf of the USCCB abridged version before the committee on the Judiciary, Untied State HOuse of Representatives, Feb. 28, 2012: says(pg 2) I would like to discuss the various absurd consequences that have flowed from the HHS mandate. He lists them First, Second and etc. Fourth reads: Sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients are essential, but essential health benefits are not.

This is the 2nd time I have run across a bishop saying, the immorality of family planning is ok, but not for us. Now, mind you this is not acceptable! Contraception in any man made fashion is against God and bishop Lori is saying it is essential. Then a little quote from Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

To make a long story short, I thought that "One More Soul" was an off shoot of BOM and maybe ok. Well, I sure think different now. So, I told them to take me off their list. I wonder who put them up to this. But as long as there is federal grants, and bishops trying to keep themselves looking pro-life and money trails to feds, and their agenda of immoralities, we will get propaganda that it is the gov't mandating when in truth the USCCB have been serving, supporting, the gov't agenda for decades and serving up sterilizations, contraception and abortions. They took the money and had to align themselves to the agendas/ideology of the UN and such. And let us not leave out the Industrial areas foundation. They are great agitators and when they have meetings they are very secret and they are in all nooks and crannies of the catholic church.

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