Skip to comments.Dolan spoils the party (Why did Democrats allow the cardinal to give a right-wing prayer? )
Posted on 09/08/2012 6:12:36 AM PDT by NYer
The Democrats still have a religion problem. No, not that religion problem. They just cant seem to get past wanting the blessing of a larger-than-life religious figure even when that figure has called their policies un-American and depicts their core beliefs as antithetical to our most cherished freedoms.
The circumstances leading up to Cardinal Timothy Dolans benediction last night were politically fraught, but they didnt have to be. First, Mitt Romney announced Dolan would be giving the closing benediction at the Republican National Convention. (At the time, I wrote that the move signaled Dolan had chosen sides with the GOP. Nothing he said last night seemed to suggest otherwise.) Under fire from fellow Catholics and others, and in an effort to appear nonpartisan, Dolan offered to perform the same function in Charlotte. While some observers have argued that Dolan was backed into a corner and working from a position of weakness he needed the Democrats to give him cover from the charges of partisanship the Democrats looked like the ones in the position of weakness. They couldnt, after all, say no.
Or could they have or should they have? The problem with celebrity benedictions and invocations is that they are necessarily political, no matter how much both the host and guest protest that its really about honoring God, and not about politics. Its a political convention! How can anything that happens at it not be political?
As Irin Carmon has detailed, Dolan took the opportunity to offer a prayer freighted with the hottest of the hot-button issues of the campaign abortion, contraception and marriage equality, the latter two framed as infringements of religious liberty, what Dolan last night called the first, most cherished freedom.
In other words, Dolan wasnt giving a final blessing on the proceedings, he was signaling to conservatives that he was there precisely to condemn them.
This, and in particular, Dolans prayer for protecting those waiting to be born, thrilled antiabortion activists. This was a moment in history. So proud and inspired to witness #truthtopower, tweeted Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest.
This all happened on the same day that Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City was convicted of failing to report to authorities the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, who had a pornography problem. The conviction was the first of its kind in the ongoing church sex abuse scandal, with the case offering damning evidence that Finn failed to take any meaningful action to prevent Ratigan from taking lewd photographs of young girls on playgrounds and at church functions. Recently the New York Times reported that Dolan himself, while archbishop of Milwaukee, authorized payments to abusive priests so they would agree to be defrocked without a protracted internal church process. The report prompted the advocacy group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests to protest, In what other occupation, especially one working with families and operating schools and youth programs, is an employee given a cash bonus for raping and sexually assaulting children?
Perhaps Democrats thought they looked tolerant, embracing of a big tent, to have Dolan there. After all, there are pro-life Democrats seeking a place within the party. Indeed, Sister Simone Campbells well-received speech drew wild applause when she proclaimed that her pro-life stance is about more than one issue. As she demonstrated so vividly, the Catholic Church and its many affiliated charitable organizations are well-known to many Americans for the essential social services they provide in their communities.
The Democrats conflict with Dolan is not just about the churchs opposition to abortion (a view Campbell shares, but doesnt talk much about). On the matter they call religious freedom, the Bishops have, for more than a year, embarked on a carefully orchestrated campaign, staffed with lobbyists, bolstered by activists and cheered on by the Republican Party, to paint reproductive and LGBT rights as dire threats to the religious freedom of millions of Americans Catholics (and evangelicals). As the Bishops this summer called on Catholics to commemorate the martyrdom of St. Thomas More, whom Henry VIII beheaded over his loyalty to Rome, Father Paul Scalia (son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia) more explicitly compared the contraception mandate to Henry VIIIs break with the Catholic Church and the bloody religious wars of Reformation England.
Before last night, the DNC had given a prominent role to womens rights advocates, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan and Sandra Fluke, the center of the Bishops storm over the contraception mandate. Although this point was not emphasized, Fluke, in particular, is a symbol of what happens when one religious group one with a lot of money and a powerful Washington lobbying arm tries to impose its religious views through policy. But that particular danger to religious freedom, religious pluralism and secular government was left unspoken at the convention, a serious shortcoming of the Democrats when it comes to talking about religion. Instead, Dolan was given a spot to advocate the opposite view.
Dolan was not speaking truth to power. Dolan is power. Sister Simone could not have given the benediction; nuns are considered laypeople and women are barred from ordination in the Catholic Church. American nuns are under Vatican investigation for promoting radical feminist themes.
The church, of course, is free to have these rules. Thats the real essence of religious freedom: The government wont interfere with the churchs internal policies and governance. On matters that affect other citizens, though, religious freedom demands respecting the religious views of others as well: Many, many religious people, including many dissenting Catholics, believe their faith supports marriage equality, supports access to reproductive healthcare, supports equal roles for women and LGBT people within the faith. But by letting Dolan trounce on the conventions full-throated celebration of equality for women and LGBT people, the Democrats bared their real religion problem: They still cant seem to speak truth to power.
I think it was symbolic in many ways. Highlighted their sins, rebuked them, called them to repent and like Pharaoh, hardened a few hearts. Pearls before swine and the dust from our feet.
"...Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!"
-- Pharoah, to Moses, in Exodus 12:32
First. I want to very careful not to "point out their speck while ignoring my plank".
However, I got a sense that this was more than just a floor vote at a convention. For me it was as if the camera could almost pan backward and bring into view the judgment seat of God.
Methinks the democrat party - and perhaps by extension, the USA - has finally sealed their (our???) doom by not implicitly denying God (condoning abortion, homosexuality, etc.), but in fact by EXPLICITLY - 3 times - denying his supremacy.
Perhaps Rev. Wright is finally correct. It may be "God DAMN America" - unless we repent...
What they did, how they did it and Dolan....
We know, as Christians, this was no frivolous thing and neither was Dolan’s rebuke to the party.
I am not so much pointing out their speck,
Sorry - I wasn't very clear. I didn't mean to imply that you were pointing out a speck, I was trying (unsuccessfully) to make the point that in the context of judgment, I am not without sin...
Actually, nuns are not strictly clergy, in that they are not ordained and cannot perform any of the functions which are restricted to men in Holy Orders, e.g. hearing Confession, saying Mass, administering Confirmation or Anointing of the Sick. They are not deacons, priests, or bishops.
In that sense, they are laity.
Although ascetics, nuns, and unordained members of religious associations of men are not "clerics," as members of canonical congregations they are sometimes included under the title clergy in its wider sense as vowed religious.
This indicates that as people who have not received the sacrament of Holy Orders, they are still in a special way dependent under ecclesiastical authority.
No need to apologize, just wanted to be sure on both our context.
In reference to judgement, I offer you this verse to consider:
Revelation 18:4 ...’And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.’
It was a great prayer. Called the dimocrats on the dime.
It’s called Death Insurance. They love being atheists, pretending they’re too smart to believe in God, trashing Christians, pushing God out of the national mind. But in the end, somewhere in the back of their tiny minds is a voice that says “yes, but what if?” Somewhere, they know the evil they are.
So they keep a priest or two on call for the end. Kind of like Ted Bloato Boozo Kennedy’s last letter to the Pope, the one with the fat check if His Holiness would just pull a few strings and get His Murderous Fatness past the pearly gates.
Incontrovertible proof that the Star Wars bar scene was prophetic.
They don’t need a prayer, the Democrats need an exorcism.
I wonder too why the Dems allowed him to pray for the protection of traditional marriage, after they had waved the rainbow flag throughout the entire convention.
“In other words, Dolan wasnt giving a final blessing on the proceedings, he was signaling to conservatives that he was there precisely to condemn them.”
Right, it was very clear.
Many Dems were probably too dim to understand that’s what he meant by “Show us anew that happiness is found only in respecting the laws of nature and of natures God. Empower us with Your grace so that we might resist the temptation to replace the moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions You have given us for the nurturing of life and community.”
Also, with all the pro-sodomy stuff going on, the smarter Dems realized they needed to have him there to fool some of the Roman Catholic voters.
I think they are true to their own religion i.e. they aren't heretics. Their religion needs a bit of thought. What is the religion of a liberal? It sure has zip to do with the decency and dignity of an individual human being.
My problem with liberals has always been their desire to spread misery wherever they go. Normally, irrational misery isn't contageous. Liberals want the government to force everyone to be miserable.
They also like to tell me I'm stupid if I don't care to be miserable.
It's a heck of a way to live.
Article published September 6, 2012
Planned Parenthood settles with Illinois on Medicaid payments
By Andrew L. Wang, Crain’s Chicago Business
Posted: September 6, 2012 - 11:00 am ET
Tags: Illinois, Legal, Physicians
Planned Parenthood of Illinois has agreed to pay the state $367,000 to settle a dispute over alleged overbilling of the Medicaid program by the not-for-profit’s medical director.
Dr. Caroline Hoke, an obstetrician-gynecologist and the organization’s medical director since 2007, had been under threat of termination from the state Medicaid program since 2010, when the inspector general of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services sought to recover allegedly improper payments.
Dr. Hoke was the fourth-highest billing physician in the state Medicaid program in 2009-11, receiving $3.9 million, despite not receiving any payment for much of 2010 and all of 2011, according to a Crain’s analysis of Medicaid reimbursement records.
The settlement comes about a week after the mother of a Planned Parenthood patient filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the organization, alleging that negligence during an abortion contributed to her daughter’s death.
In the Medicaid case, the agency alleged that Dr. Hoke overbilled the state an estimated $430,380.02, mostly for services that were not documented, according to records in a DHFS administrative proceeding against Dr. Hoke.
The inspector general contested Dr. Hoke’s billings between 2006 and 2007, when she worked at Planned Parenthood of Illinois locations and at Erie Family Health Center. The West Side clinic separately agreed to pay the state $20,000 to settle its portion of the dispute.
With the settlement, neither Planned Parenthood of Illinois nor Erie admits any wrongdoing or responsibility for the overbilling.
More than 80 percent of the amount being paid back to DHFS was for recordkeeping matters related to billing for birth control, Planned Parenthood said in a statement.
Was the best speech at their convetion.
Guess so. Maybe he was their token religious person.
Did C-span show it?
I think I was still watching cspan during the Benediction, but I was mostly just listening to Cardinal Dolan.