Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cardinal Dolan's Letter of Excuses on the Al Smith Dinner Dust Up

I'm sure you've all read it by now.

He is holed up in the Chancery comforting himself from blistering critics, reminding himself that Jesus ate with sinners.

Don't we all realize that if didn't sit down and eat with people who disagree with him, he'd be eating alone?

How condescending. What does he think parents are doing with children from puberty to age 30?

Second Vatican Council

Is this from the Onion?

Mary Ann Kreitzer asks a brilliant question, do you suppose for one nanosecond that if Obama's policies legalized stabbing in the neck and sucking out the brains of Bishops, he'd be inviting him to entertain wealthy donors with jokes at his frau-frau event?

After a phone call from the Cardinal, Bill Donohue has had an epiphany: If we want to change the culture, we must book swanky events and invite political oppressors to entertain us.

That mission statement pretty much puts him right out of business. I'm on the edge of my seat. Does that mean he'll be booking his own retirement event hosted by Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius?

I wish we thought of that before the twin towers and 2000 Americans were blown to smitherines.

Think of the possibilities.

We could turn Homeland Security into a Five Star Restaurant.

Hillary and Barack's Operation Ethnic Cleansing of Catholics and Christians in Serbia and the Middle East could all be avoided over falafel.

Think of all the lives that could have been saved if the Third Reich had been invited to entertain donors over a little wienershnitzel in a Chancery in Auschwitz.

Bottoms up.

When they look at us sitting in the pews, do you think the Bishops see rubber balls at the ends of our noses?

Let's be clear about what this is and what it is not.

Cardinal Dolan is suffering from the same affliction that got the best of St. Peter. When the enemy is set to murder and execute, "saveth thine own backside".

This manifests itself by running into the camp of the enemy to mingle among them, gathering around their fire to keep your flesh safe and warm.

The name of the affliction begins with the letter "C" and rhymes with "Howard".

Your Eminence, We are here to remind you that God sees what you are doing.


Maria said...

What is the price we have to pay for proclaiming Jesus Christ as Incarnate Truth? The price is high. It can be summarized in the three verses of the eighth Beatitude.

Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when men reproach you, and persecute you, and, speaking falsely say all manner of evil against you, for my sake. Rejoice and exalt, because your reward is great in heaven; for so do they persecute the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:10-12).
The key word in the eighth Beatitude is the word “prophets.” The biblical term for prophet is nabi. It means someone who speaks, acts, or writes under the extraordinary influence of grace to make known the mind and will of God.

Strange to say, Jesus is telling us to proclaim Him to others as the prophets of the Old Testament proclaimed the one true God. No less than the prophets of old had to pay dearly for proclaiming the truth, so we Christians must be ready to pay even more dearly for proclaiming the Incarnate Truth who is Jesus Christ.

Just before His ascension into heaven, He told His disciples that they would “receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be witnesses for me in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and even to the very ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). As I never tire telling people, the original Greek of the Acts of the Apostles reads “you shall be my martyrs.”

Servus Dei John Hardon SJ

Shame on Cardinal Dolan.

breathnach said...

Suggested name changes:

Cardinal Dolan: Cardinal Wolsey

Bill Donahue: Thomas Cromwell

Aged parent said...

Lovely comment, breathnach.

StevenD-Jasper said...

vatican 2--"engagement and dialogue" -->license to be a wimp.