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Hudson & Fournier: Catholic Countdown to Election 2012, Day 17. The Ironies of the Al Smith Dinner 2012 Comments

The media attention to this event did nothing but paint in bold colors the contrast of Obama's pro-abortion position with the teaching of the Catholic Church and, particularly, with Cardinal Dolan. It was Cardinal Dolan himself who made sure that President Obama's unconscionable lack of concern for innocent human life was fixed in the minds of all the dinner attendees as they left the venerable Waldorf Astoria. Continue Reading

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  1. DrJoeS
    2 years ago

    I will try to be on point and respectful. Why any thinking, believing Catholic would vote for Obama is beyond my understanding. The bishops need to be sure that the flock understands the power of their vote and the need to cast it correctly. And many of our nuns need to get a conscience check as well.

  2. mike robertson
    2 years ago

    The tragedy is the number of Catholic democrats voting for such evil, presumably because stuck in their minds is covetousness of the wealthy ( a violation of a Commandment) and their desire to have the government confiscate that wealth and give it to them ( another Commandment mentions stealing).

    The irony is that this socialist nonsense is killing European economies and is hurtling ours towards a similar collapse. I wish Catholic democrats would stop hurting people like me in the lower half of the economic spectrum. Another tragedy is that to vote for such an economic system these misguided Catholic democrats want, they have to accept voting for such an evil man who supports infanticide even after the baby survives the attempt to kill her inside of her mother's womb.

  3. michael
    2 years ago

    Most people did not hear any of the talks given by the candidates or Cardinal Dolan. All they will see is the archbishop of New York laughing away with Obama. As mentioned in the pro-life advertisement by American Life League, while the laughing was going on October 18, nearly 3,500 surgical abortions were performed in this country alone. So much for civility. Your claim that this will not have an effect upon the election is based on what evidence? Are you prophets? Nearly all the big wigs in that room will be voting for Obama on November 6th and receiving Holy Communion the following Sunday. And as for saying this was not a Catholic event, that is hogwash. This CATHOLIC event is to raise money for CATHOLIC charitable causes including helping unwed mothers. Al Smith IV did not invite Obama, it was solely Cardinal Dolan. O'Connor refused to invite Clinton...Egan refused to invite Kerry...yet Coach Dolan went against this precedent and invited a far worse icon of the culture of death. It is a tragedy and a disgrace. Oh, by the way, $5 million dollars was raised at the dinner...one of the biggest takes ever. I guess it was worth the 30 pieces of silver.

  4. Terri K
    2 years ago

    "It was Cardinal Dolan himself who made sure that President Obama's unconscionable lack of concern for innocent human life was fixed in the minds of all the dinner attendees..."

    By one indirect reference to the personhood of the unborn? I wish it was true, but I think that's deliriously optimistic.I live in a predominantly Catholic area that it also deeply Democrat. These people cannot even begin to consider voting anything but Democrat. It's like rain being shed off a speeding truck windshield. Reason has no influence. These are people, who, if even moved at all from their bigotry, are looking for something to soothe their barely-piqued consciences, a reason to slip back into a comfortable denial. I'm sure photos of a jovial Cardinal Dolan sitting next to smiling Obama will be abundantly sufficient to do the job.

    I disagree with the conclusion of this article. While I read about the dinner and watched both Romney's and Obama's speeches, most people don't dig that deep. Voting is purely emotional and any anemic excuse to ignore the call to vote with conscience is enough excuse to dismiss the responsibility.

  5. Tom McGuire
    2 years ago

    I assume for most readers of this article, the choice of candidate has been made based on Anti Catholicism. When the pro-Catholic President is elected, Catholic citizens should begin to evaluate the direction of the new administration. A statement published, October 9, 2012, "On Our Shoulders, A Call to Catholics to Protect the Common Good", signed by 100 Catholic Theologians provides principles of evaluation.

    "Economic forces must be reckoned among any serious account of the threats to society and human dignity.  Ryan's budget resolutions speak mainly of overbearing government and free individuals acting in a private sector whose justice is never questioned.  It is hard to reconcile this vision with the history of the past forty years, in which globalization has deindustrialized America and deregulation has increased the power of private corporations.  At the same time, unions, which official Catholic teaching has long recognized as indispensible to the rights of workers and the common good, have been severely weakened. [22]  Whatever the threat of government power, any adequate response to our challenges must address the facts of economic power as well.  Modern papal social doctrine has addressed both threats since its inception.In Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI has offered an analysis more probing than that offered by either political party. 
Benedict speaks of the loss of state power in the face of globalization and calls for the development of new forms of government engagement.
In our own day, the State finds itself having to address the limitations to its sovereignty imposed by the new context of international trade and finance, which…has altered the political power of States….[T]heir powers…need to be prudently reviewed and remodelled so as to enable them, perhaps through new forms of engagement, to address the challenges of today's world. [23]
Benedict continues the century-long papal teaching that the market alone cannot address the needs of the common good:
Economic activity cannot solve all social problems through the simple application of commercial logic. This needs to be directed towards the pursuit of the common good, for which the political community in particular must also take responsibility. Therefore, it must be borne in mind that grave imbalances are produced when economic action, conceived merely as an engine for wealth creation, is detached from political action, conceived as a means for pursuing justice through redistribution. [24]
Benedict offers a description of the temptation to reduce the social safety net that reads like an analysis of the Ryan Budget:
From the social point of view, systems of protection and welfare…are finding it hard and could find it even harder in the future to pursue their goals of true social justice in today's profoundly changed environment….[T]he market has prompted new forms of competition between States as they seek to attract foreign businesses…. These processes have led to a downsizing of social security systems as the price to be paid for seeking greater competitive advantage in the global market, with consequent grave danger for the rights of workers, for fundamental human rights and for the solidarity associated with the traditional forms of the social State. Systems of social security can lose the capacity to carry out their task, both in emerging countries and in those that were among the earliest to develop, as well as in poor countries. Here budgetary policies, with cuts in social spending often made under pressure from international financial institutions, can leave citizens powerless in the face of old and new risks. [25]

    Let us pray: "Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice; the kingdom of heaven is theirs." Antiphon, Morning Prayer, October 19th.

  6. Joe
    2 years ago

    Sad, they have a good time while the unborn die. Saving one unborn life is worth all the dinners. Do you think God really cares about these dinners?
    And you think this will not effect voters. Many will gladly give our lives for our religion but not this. Cardinal Dolan for every smile you ware, an unborn is taken from us.
    Folks, go to prior write-up to view more comments.

  7. Larry B.
    2 years ago

    Bottom line is he was still there. He was an invited guest. Obama sat with Dolan. Do you really believe he would be there if it was not good for his image? Would Obama be there if it would not benefit him? Obama being at this dinner is the same as Dolan being invited to the Democratic convention and giving the closing prayer. Personally, I would not invite this man, Obama, to a dog fight.


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