Cardinal Dolan's letter in the Wall Street Journal
The anti-Christ, Obama, and his war on Christians - Cardinal Dolan's
letter in the Wall Street Journal
Regarding the following:
Still don't think that Obama is an anti-Christ? Just what would it take -- a signed confession? Not about to
Supporting the killing of 1.3 million unborn and partially born children every year, with many suffering
excruciating pain. You don't think that qualifies anyone to be an anti-Christ? How about if Obama also supports
killing children after they're born by denying them treatment if they survive an abortion? Still not
How about if Obama in addition to all of the above pushes the sick and deadly homosexual life style which is
condemned by God and is the greatest proliferation of AIDS?
If you are still not convinced you're a Democrat -- you know one of those people who puts their party above
everything -- even God.
It's sad that the media intentionally omit certain views in their coverage.
Bishop Dolan's Liberty Letter
The debate over the Obama Administration's birth control mandate has been ingloriously fact-free, even more than
usual. So amid demonstrably false claims about a plot to relegate women to the era of "Mad Men," if not Salem,
Massachusetts circa 1692, Cardinal Timothy Dolan's letter on religious freedom deserves more readers.
The Catholic Cardinal describes a chilling visit to the White House.
"We have made it clear in no uncertain terms to the government that we are not at peace with its invasive attempt
to curtail the religious freedom we cherish as Catholics and Americans," the archbishop of New York wrote in a
public epistle to Catholic bishops last Friday. It's an eloquent and powerful document, though not one that
received much of any media notice. "We did not ask for this fight, but we will not run from it," he
Cardinal Dolan explains that "As pastors and shepherds, each of us would prefer to spend our energy engaged in
and promoting the works of mercy to which the Church is dedicated: healing the sick, teaching our youth and
helping the poor." The problem, and the genesis of this Catholic confrontation with Washington, is the
government's "bureaucratic intrusion into the internal life of the church" and its bid "to define what constitutes
church ministry and how it can be exercised."
The test of pluralism in a democracy is the protection afforded to minority views, especially of religious faith
and practice. Nine of 10 health plans already cover contraceptive and sterilization methods, and they present no
ethical or moral qualms in a majority of the others. (The economics are another matter.)
But the Administration is using raw political force to compel a small subset of schools, hospitals, charities and
other religious institutions "to maintain in our policies practices which our Church has consistently taught are
grave wrongs in which we cannot participate," as Cardinal Dolan puts it.
He also relates a remarkable meeting that he says the White House convened with the bishops to "work out the
wrinkles" of the mandate. Having accepted the invitation, the bishops asked if concrete policy changes like
broadening the mandate's exemptions were "all off the table. They were informed that they are."
In other words, the White House's solution is merely for the bishops to shut up about the wrinkles. Cardinal Dolan
writes that "there was not even a nod to the deeper concerns about trespassing upon religious freedom." White
House staffers also cited some writings by vicars of the Catholic left in support of the mandate, in effect
telling the bishops that they know less about church teachings than your average Washington Post
As a study in ideology and power, the anecdote is chilling, compounded by all the recent claims by Democrats and
liberals that Catholics who actually abide by their faith are opposed to modernity. Such prejudice is supposedly
defunct in contemporary America, except when it's practiced against religion.
Cardinal Dolan touches on the way the mandate's supporters are having a false debate about "access" to health
care, which everyone supports, but he doesn't say---though we can say---how /cheap/ contraception is in most
cases. Prescription birth control pills generally cost between $15 and $50 a month, and Wal-Mart and Target sell
generic versions for as little as $9. The idea that college coeds are going broke from this small and predictable
expense is ludicrous.
"Religious freedom is our heritage, our legacy and our firm belief," Cardinal Dolan concludes. The sad reality is
that his letter will not persuade the dominant wing of America's governing political party from insisting that
religion kneel before its secular will.