Cardinal Dolan Speaks To Bill O'Reilly

Rock on Cardinal Dolan! We thank God for you--


Don Ross said…
Dear Cardinal Dolan,
I watched your interview with Bill O’Reilly last night on Fox News, and want to express my utter disappointment in your response to his question “ would you tell Catholics not to vote for Obama“. I expected you to have the courage to say “Yes” but instead you said that “Catholics don’t like to be told how to vote“. Myself and many Catholics like me have been looking to the Church leaders to clearly guide us in the right path in political as well as religious life. Your failure to do so in the last presidential election resulted in more than half the Catholics thinking they could vote for Obama with a clear conscience. What a wonderful opportunity you had to guide these misguided Catholics to the correct decision, to choose life. But you weaseled out and blamed us for not wanting to be told how to vote. Every other agency, political group, lobby and religion can tell us who to vote for but the leadership in the Catholic Church remains silent because we don’t want to hear it? How wrong you are. We not only want to hear it, we need to hear it The future of our country and our Church depends on it. What Obama has done since he became President is evil. One of the first things he did when he became President was to authorize our Catholic tax money to be spent on abortions throughout he world. Thus he was directly responsible for funding perhaps millions of abortions, just the same as if he had signed their death warrant. Every Catholic who voted for him, gave him this authority, since all presidential authority comes from the people. Therefore those Catholics are complicit in the deaths of these innocent babies. Remember what was said in Ezekiel 3:18 “If I say to the wicked man, You shall surely die; and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his wicked conduct so that he may live: that wicked man shall die for his sin, but I will hold you responsible for his death.” St. Paul had no problem warning us of sins that could cause us to be condemned, but for far too long the Church has been silent on sins like cooperating in abortion, adultery, divorce and remarriage, fornication, cohabitation of the young etc. I hope your reluctance to come out against Obama was not for financial considerations like losing the Church’s tax free status. For if it was you have let money control your actions it has become your God. I don’t believe that is what God wants. I will continue to pray for you and all the clergy that the Holy Spirit may guide you in the right path in these serious matters.
Alex said…
The Bishop rocked it out!
Dear Don, I am 20 years old and entering the convent in 1 month (Blessed be God!) I went to a conference here in Houston with Cardinal De Nardo and he said the reason the Bishops and Cardinals can't tell you who to vote for is because God gave us free will and as vicors of Christ they can not take that free will from us. I understand that you desire them to be more matter of fact, but if they tell the congregation not to or to vote for a canidate than that is endorsing that canidate. Neither the Republican or Democratic canidate is 100% in line with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, thus the bishops can not tell us who to vote for. They can tell us the moral teachings of the church which should egg us on to NOT vote for a president who is in love with Planned Parenthood, legalizes late-term abortions, supports the HHS Mandate (you get the point). It is up to the lay people to speak out as the Body of Christ and to pray harder than ever in union with the bishops. He encourages the layity to get politically involved as we do have a duty to vote. If the Bishops told us not to vote for Obama the media would jump on the occasion, and in reality it would make everything worse. When you tell a fallen away Catholic they can't do something it makes them hate the church more. It is like telling your teenage daughter "You can't see him!" and she runs up to her bedroom saying "I hate you dad!!" and then she sneeks out of her bedroom window to see the boyfriend that doesn't treat her with respect. It is a delicate issue and I hope you understand why the Bishops can't tell us who to vote for. God Bless you! I am praying for you man and I pray we can get this country to open their eyes!

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