An Open Letter to Cardinal Dolan
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - By Margaret Ekam
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An Open Letter to Cardinal Dolan

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Your Eminence,

During the last week, there has been much written on diocesan websites and by other bishops concerning the controversy created by your invitation to President Obama to attend the Alfred E. Smith dinner. Much of what has been written seeks to justify that invitation.

American Life League recently launched an effort to convince you to rescind that invitation. The reason for this memo is to let you know exactly why we are doing what we are doing. First, let me point out that Cardinal Egan invited Mr. Obama to this same dinner four years ago and we did not object. Although we disagreed with Obama's basic philosophies, we felt that an attempt by the cardinal to show congeniality was worth trying.

However, it is now four years later and it is clear that whatever the cardinal hoped to accomplish at the 2008 dinner did not work. In four short years, President Obama has done everything in his power to undermine the teachings of the Catholic Church. As you know, he is implementing programs and policies that may soon make it necessary for the Church to repudiate our basic beliefs or close down all of our charitable and educational organizations.

Your Eminence, Mr. Obama has a long history with the Catholic Church. From his days as a community organizer working with Catholic churches in Chicago to his current attack on our beliefs, Obama has shown himself to be a shrewd politician with a captivating personality. How else do you explain the fact that, despite his very public support of abortion, contraception, and Planned Parenthood, he received 54 percent of the Catholic vote in 2008?

The question is NOT why you invited Mr. Obama to the dinner. The real question is why he accepted.

I submit to you that the reason he accepted is that he has nothing to lose. The Al Smith Foundation website touts that, at the 2008 dinner, Obama displayed "wit, wisdom, warmth, and wile." I am sure the author of those words thought he was being totally complimentary, but the fact is that he was very accurate. Synonyms for "wile" are, of course, "hoax," "ploy," "scam," and "deception."

I believe Mr. Obama sees the 2012 Al Smith dinner as an opportunity to, once again, use his wiles to entice the Catholics in America to "trust" him----a trust that he has betrayed time and time again.

Your Eminence, when I think of the outcome of the event----where you are seen hosting both candidates for president----I am convinced the idea that will be transmitted through the images of that dinner will be that a vote for either candidate is okay with the hierarchy.

This is precisely why American Life League launched the No Dinner for Obama campaign. We don't want Catholics to be confused about the most pro-abortion president in American history. Our duty is to be faithful and to defend moral principles, while begging our hierarchy to do the same.

We pray for you, and all members of the hierarchy, "Lead us out of temptation and toward truth, particularly today when so much is at stake."

You and the bishops of the Church have convinced us over the last several months that the future of the Catholic Church in America is hanging in the balance. We MUST oppose the contraceptive mandate and all of the other affronts the current administration is throwing at us.

Inviting the head of that administration to dinner and a night of humor and congeniality is NOT how we are going to save our Church.

Please, your Eminence, cancel the invitation or cancel the dinner. If you do neither, I am very afraid that, at this time next year, you may be forced to cancel most Church activities that take place outside the confines of your physical churches.

Asking the blessing of Your Eminence, I am,

Yours respectfully in Christ,

Judie Brown
American Life League

Cc: All United States Catholic Bishops


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American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org.


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Tom Lavin | 2012-08-20 09:30:45
We are all obligated to oppose Cardinal Dolan's missteps in our defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of the removal of BO. Please ask the Cardinal Newman Society to oppose Dolan's invitation at: http://cardinalnewmansociety.org/JoinSupportorContactUs/tabid/61/Default.aspx
John Jay | 2012-08-18 10:34:48
I oppose this dinner. Cancel the invitation.
Monk Chanan Mattison | 2012-08-17 11:04:31
To Dolan: "I would that thou wert either hot or cold, but thou art lukewarm. Therefore I am about to spit you out of my mouth!" (Revelations 3)
Jose | 2012-08-16 21:44:05
Luke 7 describes when Jesus ate meat with the Pharisees. The purpose was so they would see how a woman, deeply repented, would show her overwhelming love to the Lord. The meeting had a purpose for God's sake. Nevertheless, no change occur, we now how Jesus was persecuted by them. Let the dinner be opened to the poor, those whose Jesus really seek. Let the Lord touch there hearts. Let the dinner have a true purpose for Jesus so he can guide other to the Father.
Anita Beckwith, MEV | 2012-08-16 21:36:52
I agree with you Judie, we need to stand up for our Church and its teachings. The line has to be drawn.
frank | 2012-08-16 17:30:49
Wasn´t it Mr, Kruschev who said: "Ve spit in der faces and dey call it dew?
Tracey | 2012-08-16 17:23:19
Judy, I have spoken with you many times, but this time I totally disagree with you. You of all people should know Cardinal Dolan is no fool. Please read his blog, it will explain reasoning for inviting both presidential candidates to the dinner.
Jeanne Hunter | 2012-08-16 15:09:15
I trust Judie Brown in this important decision.
Maria | 2012-08-16 13:25:26
Thank you, Judie for expressing so well what most serious Catholics feel about this invitation. All through the Church's history Catholics have been betrayed by their Sheperds, by their fruits you shall know them.
KAT | 2012-08-16 12:34:37
Thank you Judy Brown..always a solid voice of reason in the fight for life.
Chris | 2012-08-16 11:56:22
I completely agree with your sentiments. We are all united to our Bishops and we want what's best! May Mary and Jesus guide Cardinal Dolan to take the courageous and right decision. God Bless!
Mary Fritz | 2012-08-16 10:55:48
High time Dolan speaks out against the $716 Billion cuts to Medicare because of Obamacare. His silence regarding this is inexcusable. Yes, he has done what he should in speaking out against the mandate but that is ONLY part of the evil in Obamacare.
Sir Louis | 2012-08-16 00:30:12
Judie, An excellent letter. The best statement I have seen on this matter.
Wanda Vilter | 2012-08-15 18:32:55
Cancel the meeting. God Bless, Wanda