The election of New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, to lead the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was seen as a very hopeful sign by many who are concerned with the state the Catholic Church in America. I was one of those hopeful Catholics, but alas I have had my nose rubbed in reality: Cardinal Dolan has proved to be little more than an affable dupe at best and a dangerously misguided classic liberal at worst.
During the lead-up to the presidential election, Cardinal Dolan essentially abandoned the effort to bring the truth to the 30 million adherent Catholics who regularly hear Mass.
While one post- election survey found that adherent Catholics had voted for Mitt Romney by a wide margin, Romney’s total did not break 60%; and that shortfall can be directly placed at the feet of Cardinal Dolan for his failure to stand up for Catholic teachings. In his home diocese of New York City, we heard NOT A WORD about the election. Our parish of nearly 1000 people was supplied with a convoluted, poorly-written, unreadable, and barely more-than-apologetic pamphlet on why Catholics cannot vote for “those who support abortion.” No names were mentioned – of course.
Since the election, we have been asked to donate to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), which has a long and strong history of connections to ACORN as well as abortion- and gay “marriage”-supporting organizations. Cardinal Dolan did not have the sense of awareness to at least cancel this collection in Staten Island, which was devastated by super-storm Sandy. More than this, there was no clear explanation of what CCHD is really about – which provides grounds for cynicism and emotional disengagement from the Church.
The latest insult to the Catholic faithful is the appointment of Alexia K. Kelley (a longtime adviser to putative Catholic abortion supporters John Kerry, Kathleen Sebelius, and Barack Obama) as the new head of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA). Kelley worked hard behind the scenes for the confirmation of the ridiculously pro-abortion fake Catholic Sebelius as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The USCCB, headed by Cardinal Dolan, lists the FADICA on its website as a “resource.” Is there anything else left to say?
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