The following letter was sent by a concerned Catholic. The sentiments and expressions used in the letter do not reflect Socon or Bust’s views of the controversy. At the very least, the pressure will be on for ++Dolan to show up and lean into Obama at the Circus.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Diocese of New York
1011 First Ave
New York, NY 10022
Subject: The chief priest answered, “We have no king but Caesar”
I am very concerned regarding your extending President Obama an invitation to the Al Smith dinner. Let me provide some background:
God tells us, You shall not distort justice; you must be impartial. You shall not take a bribe; for a bribe blinds the eyes even of the wise and twists the words even of the just. Justice and justice alone shall be your aim, that you may have life and may possess the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you (Deu 16:19-20).
And God says that when we are unjust and our hands are full of blood, He doesn’t even listen to our prayer: When you spread out your hands, I close my eyes to you; Though you pray the more, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood! . . . Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil . . . Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow (Is 1:15-17).
Cardinal Dolan, today, I believe the Lord is again being crucified by the chief priest, to be more specific, by you. Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. (John 19:15-16)
When our bishops, today’s chief priests, forsake the Lord and His demand for justice while pandering to pro-infanticide, pro-abortion, and pro-same-sex marriage politicians – Obama, for example – they cry out loud and clear, “We have no king but Caesar,” no different than the chief priests who persuaded Pilate and the Roman soldiers to crucify God Himself.
In following Christ we are not to regard the position or status of others in their treatment. The Pharisees and Herodians knew that Jesus was truthful and impartial in His teaching and treatment of others. Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status (NAB Mat 22:16); for you do not regard people with partiality (NRSV Mat 22:16); for you do not regard the position of men (RSV Mat 22:16). I don’t believe there is any evidence in the Gospels that Jesus pandered or watered down His teaching to give advantage to Temple or civil leaders, in fact concerning the Temple (church) leaders, He demonstrated just the opposite, I believe we must do the same.
It appears to me that you, Cardinal Dolan, are showing “partiality,” showing “regard” for Obama’s “position” or “status,” You’re not being “impartial.” You don’t have the aim for justice. Inviting Obama to any dinner and giving him a platform is putting him above the unborn, above the faith, above justice. Your invitation, in my eyes and the eyes of many others, suggests support for Obama’s evil behavior. It appears to me that you are, in effect, saying, “We have no king but Caesar.”
According to canon law, it is the diocesan bishop alone that is responsible for what goes on in his diocese, not the politically correct USCCB, not the Catholic Conference of his regional area – in this case NY – not a vote of all the priests in his diocese – the responsibility is his alone. Unlike the bishops responsible for Notre Dame and Georgetown, you need to, and you will, be the one and ONLY one responsible for this decision.
The Catholic faithful’s expectations are higher for chief priests (cardinals, archbishops, bishops) than for others. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more (Luke 12:48).
Yet, Cardinal Dolan, as a cardinal and a Catholic, you, in a most public and obvious way, not only violate God’s word and Canon Law (287-1, 386-1 & 387) but you violate the USCCB guideline, your own guideline, “They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions” (USCCB – Catholics in Political Life – 2004).
Am I making a judgment on your behavior? Yes I am. As Dr. Peter Kreeft has pointed out: It is wrong to be judgmental as regards persons, but it is equally wrong to refuse to judge actions.
With all due respect, I suggest you pray to Saint Thomas Moore who said, “I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.”