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National Poll Inviting Obama to Dinner Sends Wrong Message

American Life League News Report: Fifty Percent of Catholics Feel Obama Invitation ‘Scandalous’

Washington, D.C. – American Life League’s Investigative News Report, The ALL Report, released additional results of a nationwide survey recently commissioned by American Life League. This telephone survey of 900 self-identified Catholic registered voters was conducted between August 15-19, 2012, and focused on Catholic perspectives on the Church and nation.

According to the survey, 55 percent of Catholics believe Cardinal Dolan’s invitation of President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner sends the wrong signal to Catholics.

Fifty-three percent of Catholics think the dinner invitation gives the impression that President Obama is viewed favorably by the Catholic Church.

And half of those surveyed believe that an invitation from a Catholic cardinal to the president is scandalous.

“The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines scandal as ‘an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil.’ Inviting a person to attend a Catholic fundraising dinner and that person accepting the invitation is not, of itself, a scandal,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. “But the invitation to, and the attendance of, a person who stands for something that is intrinsically evil sends the wrong message—-a message of either callous indifference or support of such evil activities. Therefore, Obama’s presence at the dinner is certainly scandalous, and will certainly serve to influence and/or confuse Catholics on the Church’s teaching on evil acts. With this in mind, again, we respectfully urge His Eminence Cardinal Dolan to disinvite this president.”

The American Life League poll was conducted by ccAdvertising, Centreville, Virginia, which gives the margin of error as /- 3 percent.

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