NOTE: Commentary is made as a private citizen and not as Regional Coordinator for Silent No More or Leader of Rachel's Hope, unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

An Open Letter to New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan

It was brought to my attention the Archdiocese of New York's annual Al Smith Dinner will once again be a speaking platform for both presidential candidates. I understand this is an important event to raise money for the poor and that the original intent of inviting both candidates was to bring about a positive rapport between both parties and the Catholic Church. 

We all know now that didn’t work when Mr. Obama was invited and appeared.  He has done nothing but continually degrade the teachings of the Catholic Church by promoting abortion along with several other issues contrary to our beliefs (i.e. same-sex marriage).  His programs and policies find no place for religious freedom, in fact, takes away that freedom altogether. 

This year you will be welcoming Hillary Clinton who has vehemently promoted Planned Parenthood, late-term abortions, tax-payer funded abortions and was quoted as it pertains to abortion, “…and deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”

Inviting a pariah such as Mrs. Clinton would create more misinformation in mainstream media and much confusion to Catholics. By doing so, you are also undermining every effort our church is making in evangelizing and bringing people “home” and most egregiously, contradicting our beliefs with images of you in the media smiling alongside Mrs. Clinton during the event.

You, above all, should know what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says regarding abortion:

2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion.
This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end, or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:

You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.
God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.

Inviting Mrs. Clinton to the dais of this dinner may not be an acceptance of her politics, but the appearance of acceptance, which is just as destructive.

Your Eminence, Catholics throughout the country look up to the Church’s leaders for guidance, encouragement and education of how to follow the Church’s teachings. One would think that since you are the head of Pro-Life at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops you would rather make a statement regarding the sanctity of life rather than create a scandal within the Church. With that in mind, I humbly ask you prayerfully reconsider your invitation to Mrs. Clinton, in fact, your invitation to Mr. Trump as well.  Make this about the Church, the poor, the unborn and not politics. 

For the sake of the Church and the Unborn 


  1. All Christians must unite on the pro-life issue.

    1. I agree George. We all need to take a stand.

  2. It should have occurred to him. He needs to profess the church's beliefs strongly.


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