Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, ".......Terribly Unfortunate Editorial In America"

"The Secretary of HHS is widely quoted as saying, 'Religious insurance companies don't really design the plans they sell based on their own religious tenets.' That doesn't bode well for their getting a truly acceptable 'accommodation.'" Cardinal Timothy Dolan also described a recent meeting at the White House between bishops' conference staff and White House staff, and said 
"our staff members asked directly whether the broader concerns of religious freedom—that is, revisiting the straight-jacketing mandates, or broadening the maligned exemption—are all off the table. They were informed that they are. So much for 'working out the wrinkles.' Instead, they advised the bishops' conference that we should listen to the 'enlightened' voices of accommodation, such as the recent, hardly surprising yet terribly unfortunate editorial in America." 
 "The White House seems to think we bishops simply do not know or understand Catholic teaching and so, taking a cue from its own definition of religious freedom, now has nominated its own handpicked official Catholic teachers." Cardinal Dolan also said "We will continue to accept invitations to meet with and to voice our concerns to anyone of any party, for this is hardly partisan, who is willing to correct the infringements on religious freedom that we are now under. But as we do so, we cannot rely on off the record promises of fixes without deadlines and without assurances of proposals that will concretely address the concerns in a manner that does not conflict with our principles and teaching." He added that "Congress might provide more hope, since thoughtful elected officials have proposed legislation to protect what should be so obvious: religious freedom. Meanwhile, in our recent debate in the senate, our opponents sought to obscure what is really a religious freedom issue by maintaining that abortion inducing drugs and the like are a 'woman's health issue.' We will not let this deception stand. Our commitment to seeking legislative remedies remains strong. And it is about remedies to the assault on religious freedom. Period." Cardinal Dolan added that "Perhaps the courts offer the most light." Cardinal Dolan warned the bishops that 
"given this climate, we have to prepare for tough times. Some, like America magazine, want us to cave-in and stop fighting, saying this is simply a policy issue; some want us to close everything down rather than comply (in an excellent article, Cardinal Francis George wrote that the administration apparently wants us to 'give up for Lent' our schools, hospitals, and charitable ministries); some, like Bishop Robert Lynch wisely noted, wonder whether we might have to engage in civil disobedience and risk steep fines; some worry that we'll have to face a decision between two ethically repugnant choices: subsidizing immoral services or no longer offering insurance coverage, a road none of us wants to travel." 
Cardinal Dolan added that "we know so very well that religious freedom is our heritage, our legacy and our firm belief, both as loyal Catholics and Americans. There have been many threats to religious freedom over the decades and years, but these often came from without. This one sadly comes from within. As our ancestors did with previous threats, we will tirelessly defend the timeless and enduring truth of religious freedom."
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Maria said...

"...a plea for confidence, which means implicit trust in God.

No one who knows what the situation is, doubts that the Catholic Church is going through a veritable emergency of faith. What is an emergency but a time for urgent decisions, that is discriminating judgment? What leaders of the Church need to do today is not be shaken by the storm that is raging all around them, but to hold on literally for dear life to what Christ has revealed, to what has been defended for us by the champions of orthodoxy like Athanasius, Augustine, Jerome and Gregory the Great, lived out before us by saints and mystics like Benedict, Francis and Ignatius Loyola, like Clare, Margaret Mary and Teresa, like Elizabeth Seton and Thomas More, and experienced by us in whatever span of life we have so far lived.

There are seductive voices everywhere and some are very erudite. They may also claim numbers on their side. But no, the numbers in favor of the true Faith and the true Church are legion. They are all the myriad souls since Christ ascended to His Father who are now in the Church Triumphant. They are our intercessors before the throne of God, as they are also our consolation that we are not deceived. The present crisis is really a challenge or, better, a glorious opportunity to prove our loyalty to Christ the Truth so that one day we may possess Christ our Life who told us not to fear, "I have overcome the world." So shall we, with the help of His grace, and the Church will be the better and stronger for the experience of these critical times."
--John Hardon SJ
Crisis of Faith

God love Cardinal Dolan! Go get em Cardinal. I love it when prayers are answered ;)

Maria said...

Whoops. Looks like Father Hardon is inisisting that we listen to him , lol.

Mike in Oceanside said...

The America Magazine editorial staff is strangely quite. The left-wing blowhards may have actually went to far this time. America's vocal leader Fr. James Martin, S.J. who once said that he had to keep silent on many of his own personal views because they might get him in trouble, it's safe to say they are in trouble.

Maria said...

" one under Heaven is more exposed to the temptation of pride than a priest. Perhaps some people, especially in academic circles, still wonder why the Church is suffering so gravely at the hands and lips of her priests. We need not wonder. Most of the chaos in the Catholic Church today is due to the pride of priests.

What adds to the gravity of the situation is that the media (the radio and television, newspapers, magazines and publishers) give priests so much occasion for publicity and such opportunities for recognition, **especially if they have strange ideas**, that unless priests are extremely careful, their vanity and desire for praise will be exploited by the enemies of the Church to the detriment of the people of God."
-Fr. Hardon SJ

Michael: It has helped me to think about those Jesuits who lead others astray as victims in need of our prayer and sacrifice. This is extremely demanding, both emotionally and spiritually, but there is no other way. Fast and pray for them. "Love leaped the grave". With God all things are possible... even the conversion of the Society's infidels.

PS I prayed and fasted, often, in hope that Bishop Dolan would admonish dissent at America Mag. It happened. I suspect I am not the only one on this prayer wagon.

Anonymous said...

Card. Dolan's lace curtain Irish charm might have worked in, say, 1950 but not today. He's in over his head.