Cardinal Dolan’s Response to Obama’s Election

Religion New Service reported Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Response to the re-election of President Barack Obama. Those who follow the news and public policy know that Dolan has taken a tough line with the President’s policies, particularly the health care reform.

What do you think about Cardinal Dolan’s letter below?

Dear President Obama,

In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States.The people of our country have again entrusted you with a great responsibility.The Catholic Bishops of the United States offer our prayers that God will give you strength and wisdom to meet the difficult challenges that face America.

In particular, we pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant.We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom.We pray, too, that you will help restore a sense of civility to the public order, so our public conversations may be imbued with respect and charity toward everyone.

May God bless you and Vice President Biden as you prepare for your second term in service to our country and its citizens.

Sincerely yours,

Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
President
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

6 thoughts on “Cardinal Dolan’s Response to Obama’s Election

  1. 1. Authoritative…because the letter’s content is rooted in God and His word.
    2. Respectful…because Cardinal Dolan’s attitude is also rooted in God and His word.

  2. “very…very good!!’ “I was quite surprised and pleased by the Bishops response!”
    “It was not only gracious….but the “Christian thing to do!”

  3. His prayer that the president will “exercise his office to pursue the common good” is deeply critical because little concern for the common good was present in the last election. Instead of what can you do for your country, the question in this election was what can your country do for you? Jonathan Chait, in the New York Magazine, said it most clearly: “We Just Had a Class War, And one side won” (http://nymag.com/news/features/obama-class-war-2012-11/). Class warfare may sound like rhetorical overreach, but it points to the moral standards of truth telling in the last election. The Affordable Care Act is an example. It was passed as a Government mandated benefit program, but the Supreme Court declared it was a tax administered by the IRS with penalties for non-compliance. Yet both candidates said it was not a tax for political purposes in the campaign. The use of sophistry to hide intentions makes it harder to tell who is telling the truth. Without the truth, how can we discern the common good?

    • Bruce, your words about the lack of truth in the public square are piercing for all involved. Oftentimes truth is relegated to another room while marketed messages seek to attract followers. The common good is something worth discussing further.

  4. I think he represented the heart of God very well. I hope Pres. Obama has ears to hear and a heart that obeys those words so graciously written by Cardinal Dolan.

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