New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Barack Obama, Alfred E. Smith Foundation Dinner: Regarding the article (MUST read by my friend Judi McLeod) “Cardinal Dolan: Disinvite Barack Obama to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation Dinner!”
Obama’s photo op, Mr. Mechmann, will live right on through Election Day
Cardinal Dolan has a political way out of the Obama dinner invite. Although it is a matter of established tradition for the Al Smith foundation fundraiser to host both incumbents and presidential hopefuls during an election year, Archbishop Dolan’s predecessors made notable exceptions in 1996 and as recently as 2004—declining to invite either of the candidates.
Like Obama, archbishops should be judged by their deeds rather than their lofty words.
The words Catholics wait to hear from their archbishops this election round is “Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner”.
Tomorrow is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the “falling asleep” of the Mother of God. A good day to pray Godspeed for the words we most need to hear about Obama not coming to the Alfred E. Smith foundation dinner.
- Judi McLeod
67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Keynote Speakers: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
For ticket information please contact Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation 1011 First Avenue, Suite 1400 New York, NY 10022
SIGN the petition…Cardinal Dolan & the Archdiocese of New York : Disinvite President Obama from the Al Smith fundraising dinner
Obama plans on using the Catholic gala as a “photo op” to sow bewilderment and score political points with Catholics who oppose him. Obviously, Cardinal Dolan is too busy drinking beer, engaging in self-deprecating jokes with the public and just generally enjoying the limelight and all that goes with being the head of the most prestigious Archdiocese in the U.S. to see that President Obama is just playing him for a fool. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo did the same thing last year when, after giving the Cardinal confident assurances of his good intentions, he managed to get Dolan to back off and leave town before signing his same-sex marriage bill into law through somewhat shady politics.
Many people see Dolan as a leader and major player in the fight for religious freedom in America. Obama more astutely sees the Cardinal as a stand-in for PT Barnum’s quip “There’s a sucker born every minute”!
While society and religion are being militantly persecuted by Obama and his soft-totalitarian government our Catholic bigwigs are shmoozing up to America’s political elite in the hope of having a fun filled evening of drinking, smoking cigars and cracking jokes together. Can you imagine Jesus doing the same thing with His own executioner Pontius Pilate?
One can almost hear Jesus encouraging the Cardinal: ‘‘If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first”.(John 15:18). Let us hope that the Cardinal will heed these words of Jesus. Let us pray that he will put away his desire to be liked by all, that he will have the foresight and courage to see the mistake he is making and act swiftly to un-invite Obama to the Al Smith dinner.