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(NY Cardinal) Dolan: ‘We Can’t Back Down’ (Appears on the O'Reilly Factor)
NRO ^ | March 29, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez

Posted on 03/29/2012 10:10:54 AM PDT by NYer

Discussing the HHS contraception/sterilization/abortion-mandate debate during an interview that partially aired on The O’Reilly Factor last night, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Catholic bishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said: “Our opponents are very shrewd because they have chosen an issue that they know we are not very popular on and that is why . . . we have to be very vigorous in insisting that this is not about contraception, its about religious freedom. 

He went on to say: 

And I dont want to judge people, but I think there would be a drift in the administration that this is a good issue and if we can divide the Catholic community — because its already divided — and if one can caricature the bishops as being hopelessly out of touch these bullies who are trying to achieve judicially and legislatively what theyve been unable to achieve because their moral integrity has been compromised recently. There is that force out there trying to caricature us, all right? But we cant back down from this fight because its about religious freedom, its close to the very heart of what the democratic enterprise what we know and love as the United States of America is all about. 

Cardinal Dolan took on the mainstream worldview that insists the faithful be on the margins of civic life: “To think that theres a Berlin wall between ones religious convictions and ones political activities is crazy; its ludicrous. Its not only non-Catholic, non-Christian, non-Biblical, its also un-American.

“Every great movement in American history has been driven by people of religious conviction,” Dolan said.And if we duct-tape the churches Im just not talking about the Catholic Church — if we duct-tape the role of religion and the churches and morally convinced people in the marketplace, thats going to lead to a huge deficit, a huge void. And there are many people who want to fill it up — namely, a new religion called secularism which would be as doctrinaire and would consider itself as infallible as they caricature the other religions doing. So to see that morally driven, religiously convinced people want to exercise their political responsibility, I think that is not only at the heart of Biblical religion, its at the heart of the American enterprise.” 

As a recent statement from the bishops made clear, they are in this fight for the very principle of religious freedom, not some kind of special privilege, or accommodation. 

Video here


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To: Salvation
Too bad abortion is a world-wide event.
China makes women get abortions after their first baby, be it a girl or boy.
When India got hold of the amneocentisis test, they aborted girl babies like there was no tomorrow. I understand that in BOTH China and India the male population is skewed way up out of proportion. Not enough women to go around. I THOUGHT that might increase the value of women, generally speaking. It didn't in China.

Do you remember the "zero population" drive of the 1970's here in the states? I do. Those folks wanted people to feel GUILTY for having more than one child.

21 posted on 03/29/2012 9:02:37 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
Yes, I remember that zero population thing. I read once that all the people in the United States could be put into the state of Texas and still have leftover room. LOL!

Here's a great quote to ask those people.

Chesterton on birth control/population control:

In 1925 Chesterton wrote an introduction to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in which he said that “The answer to anyone who talks about the surplus population is to ask him, whether he is part of the surplus population; or if not, how he knows he is not.”

22 posted on 03/29/2012 9:24:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
I remember that line from the Christmas Carol. My husband and I watched the George C. Scott version EVERY year. Great version of a wonderful book.

There IS no "surplus population." We are all here on earth for God's Plan. I sometimes wonder about ... oh, never mind. :o)

23 posted on 03/30/2012 5:59:46 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: the invisib1e hand

Ya Know..There was a time in this country that Unions were an important force for good...(40 hr work week, paid vacations and against child labor etc etc etc)

24 posted on 03/30/2012 9:56:09 AM PDT by ConservativeNewYorker (FDNY 343 NYPD 23 PAPD 37)
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To: ConservativeNewYorker

Not during the Cardinal’s lifetime.

25 posted on 03/30/2012 11:07:13 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (... ... ... ...)
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