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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