An open message to Cardinal DolanCardinal, I must respectfully disagree with your decision and your reasoning in inviting the president, although I will grant you the best of intentions and hope that you have something to speak to the entire country on the issues of life, religious liberty and the sanctity of marriage so as to not allow the president to manipulate the situation as he and his campaign will undoubtedly attempt to do.
Over the last 40 years the late Pope Pius XII has been vilified by the left and the press for "not standing up against the Nazis and Hitler. The canard has been spread so much that many take it to be the truth. Will it be said by later generations that the church broke bread with those who have orchestrated the demise of religious liberty, the promotion of abortion and the attack on marriage.? Are we giving scandal to future generations who will not understand your efforts at "dialogue?"
If during the 1960s after the attacks on the civil rights workers, the blocking of school house doors and the turning on of hoses, a Catholic bishop in the South had invited George Wallace to a charity dinner, would that have been appropriate? Would not such an invitation have sent a signal that Wallace's racist tendencies were not that important in the scheme of things, that it was all just politics?
Finally what is to be gained? You will not convince the man. He is someone who has turned his back on his own origins. He has embraced the Planned parenthood mentality. He calls pregnancy a burden and a disease. His administration is out to close down everything Catholic because we are the only competition for the soul of America. What is to be gained?
I hope you have something up your sleeve because from where I stand, you, the church and the country are about to be once again snookered