Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Catholic Democrat Group Response To Democratic Convention Cardinal Dolan Invite - STAY AWAY

Or perhaps he does not view all Republicans as evil and immoral nor their contributions

Yeah That pretty much sums it up:

From Catholic Democrats president Steve Krueger:

Cardinal Dolan would be well advised to keep his distance from both Tampa and Charlotte in the next two weeks for the good of our Church and the good of a divided nation. The Church can, and should be, a powerful advocate for the common good in our country. Cardinal Dolan’s actions are jeopardizing that advocacy. In the process, he is not only Republicanizing our faith but also politicizing and dividing our parishes.

I realize that as to gay marriage , and the instrinsic evil of abortion problem the Catholic Democrats have an added problem of the HHS Contraception mandate to deal with. These are Catechism and Catholic Social Justice Issues. Also as to the latest develops on religious liberty the POPE HIMSELF has reference that. I don't think the Holy Father was "Republicanizing"

A fight that the Church did not choose to have and apparently the Catholic Democrats were unable stop with their influence.

I understand their problem. As a Catholic Republican I am fighting to get some rational immigration reform through and try to change the tone.

I thought the response at First Things was a lot more mature and need in our Catholic public life today.

We knew from the get-go that Dolan was willing to pray at both conventions, but the criticisms (largely from the left) came anyway. Now they’ll probably start coming from the right.

Such criticisms will be misplaced. Many pro-abortion and pro-same-sex marriage groups try to pain the Catholic church not as a religious body but rather as an “anti-woman” or “anti-gay” political lobby. Having Dolan pray at the Democratic convention makes it much harder for them to make that argument. After all, one never would invite the heads of Americans for Tax Reform or Freedom Works to the DNC podium. Christian moral commitments are not essentially partisan ones, and it important that Democrats as well as Republicans recognize this.

The takeaway is this: A silent, respectful reception for Dolan will constitute a minor affirmation of the special importance of religion in American life. And a rude reception? Well, that would embarrass all those who seek to discredit the church’s moral witness.

I for one expect a very gracious reaction from the Catholic Democrats in attendance. I truly don't think we have sunk that low yet.


stanchaz said...

May I humbly remind Cardinal Dolan,
as he preens and pontificates under the spotlights
of the political conventions:
there is really room for only ONE superstar in his religion.
And as the Cardinal addresses and blesses the Republicans and their billionaire buddies,
as he smiles upon those who would destroy Social Security and voucher Medicare to death,
and as he joins with those who readily admit they they “don’t care about the very poor”......
it would be good, it would be very good ...for the good Cardinal
to remember -and take to heart- the words of his boss,
who once said “What you do for the least of these you do for me”.
Unless perhaps, the Cardinal is working for someone else these days?
Not only do Politics and Religion not mix:
they bring out the worst in each other.
And they destroy each other.

James H said...

Actually from the GOP point of view they are trying to save social security and medicare.

Also I think The Cardinal would agree there is only room for one Superstar in the Catholic Faith.

It appears from your tone you are very upset that Dolan would appear at a convention that is pretty mainstream, and a good many of your fellow citizens belong too. I sort of get you might be in the weeds where you have carictures of the other party.
However a good many watching do not.

Dolan is doing the right thing I think