Monday, April 9, 2012

Cardinal Dolan: We didn't ask for this fight; we're not going to back away from it

This weekend Cardinal Dolan was on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer on CBS. It is m my understanding that the New York prelate does this on an annual basis on Easter Sunday. The Cardinal did not initiate discussion of the religious liberty issue, but he was asked by the host some questions that prompted some interesting answers.

One thing that really jumps out at me when I listen to discussions about the HHS mandate is how some try to say that the Church started this, that the Church is getting political.  Yet, Obama drew first blood by hood-winking Cardinal Dolan and the US bishops, telling them they would not encroach on religious liberty, then proceeding to force the Catholic Church and individual Catholics to violate their deeply-held religious convictions by the HHS mandate.  Cardinal Dolan is right to say that we did not start this fight. 

The second thing that really gets under my skin is the argument that there are all kinds of Catholics, with Cardinal Dolan representing just one group.  These folks, Catholics themselves, being paraded on TV just so they can show themselves as representing the "other side" of the "catholic view", show their lack of understanding of the faith.  Catholic Health Association, which has worked to undermine the US Bishops, does not speak for the Catholic Church in America, the U.S. Bishops do when what they say is in harmony with Catholic teaching.  We have 100% of diocesan bishops together on the HHS mandate and it's infringement on our religious liberty.   If the Holy Spirit is on the side of bishops who are in union with the Church, what spirit guides those who oppose them?

H/T to Frank Weathers who also pointed to an interview where Bishop Lori, on NBC's Meet the Press, discussed the issue of religious liberty.  Here is that clip:

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Anonymous said...

Obviously this country is becoming de-christianized. I am inclined to believe we are witnessing the death of the USA. Don't mean to be too negative but the media has this country by the short hairs.

Moral values always seem to diminish. In my lifetime, I've never seen an increase in morality w/resp to government action.

stanchaz said...

Mr. Dolan claims that "Nor can we argue purely from revelation: why should other citizens respect our opinions if we do not present them as applicable to all people regardless of religion?" That's precisely the problem: hiding under your tax-exempt mantle of “revealed” holiness, you want to tell the rest of us what to do, and how to live. The bottom line is that absolutely NO ONE is coming into our Churches or places of worship and telling believers what to believe.....or forcing them to use contraception. BUT If the Bishops (and other denominations) want to continue running businesses outside of their places of worship...businesses that employ millions of people of varying faiths -or no "faith" at all- THEN they must play by the same rules and rights that other workers live by and enjoy (especially if their businesses use our tax dollars, and skip paying taxes, in the process). If the Jehovah's Witnesses church hires me, can they alter my health insurance to exclude blood transfusions? Even worse- what if they operated a hospital by their “rules”? This is not a “war on religion”. Never was. However, it IS a war BY some religions... on women and men who simply want to plan their families, to control their futures, to keep their jobs, and to have health insurance that allows them to do that. Likewise It is a war -not on religion- but on gays and others who the church deems to be second class citizens, and targets of its venom. The churches (or the IRS) need to decide whether these churches are  going to be political organizations proclaiming and practicing partisan politics from the places of WORSHIP. Not both. Not in America.