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The Continuing Embarrassment
of Cardinal Dolan

by Christopher A. Ferrara
September 24, 2012

This column has already noted the scandalous appearance of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, at that coven of fiends known as the Democratic National Convention. In a column for The Remnant I have remarked the scandal of Dolan's invitation to Mr. Obama to crack jokes and promote his presidential campaign at the Al Smith Dinner on October 18.

"Some have told me the invitation is a scandal," Cardinal Dolan admits. But that will not deter him. For the important thing, says he, is "civility." Oh yes, and "engagement and dialogue" as called for by — all together now! — the Second Vatican Council, whose splendiferous "renewal" of the Church is there for all to see.

But what engagement? What dialogue? At the Al Smith dinner the Cardinal will sit there like everyone else and guffaw at Obama's professionally written gag lines, without uttering a word against the President's diabolical agenda. "I am receiving stacks of mail protesting the invitation," the Cardinal admits. But it's full steam ahead! After all, what do mere rank-and-file faithful know about the important business of civility, engagement and dialogue?

As for the slaughter of the innocent unborn and the insane demands of militant homosexuals, well, those are matters to be decided in the Sacred Voting Booth. We mustn't spoil the boisterous mood at the Al Smith Dinner with petty partisan politics. Even Al Smith, the 1928 Democratic Party presidential candidate and two-time governor of New York (d. 1944), must be groaning under his tombstone at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, New York.

With Cardinal Dolan, the embarrassments just keep coming. Go here to watch him fawning and grinning with approval during the "gay friendly" ceremonies to celebrate the "rededication" of the infamous, openly "gay parish" of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan — what a horrible abuse of that manly saint's name. Watch him smile benignly and nod with approval as he is introduced to the parish's "Catholic Lesbian Group" and "Gay Catholic Men Group," which receive a standing ovation.

Then there was the Cardinal's humiliating appearance at Fordham University on September 14 along with that famous Church-basher Stephen Colbert, who professes to be a Catholic while he relentlessly promotes the Obama agenda. The next day Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times was plainly delighted to report that when "Mr. Colbert went to shake Cardinal Dolan's hand... the cardinal took Mr. Colbert's hand and kissed it — a disarming role reversal for a big prelate with a big job and a big ring." Having made a fool of himself with that gesture, the Cardinal ramped up the buffoonery: "If I am elected pope, which is probably the greatest gag all evening, I'll be Stephen III."

Then came a question by e-mail: "I am considering the priesthood. Would it be prudent to avoid dating?" The Cardinal's reply, as reported by Goodstein, was that 'it's good' to date [!], partly to discern whether the celibate life of a priest is what you want." Then, as if to ensure that he would strip himself of whatever remained of the dignity of his office, he added: "By the way, let me give you the phone numbers of my nieces." Just another big laugh at the expense of the Church of which he is supposed to be a prince, consecrated with a vow of blood martyrdom.

As we can see with the sorry case of Cardinal Dolan, the diabolical disorientation of the Church has its comical side — black comedy. And no doubt the one laughing hardest at Dolan's antics is the very source of that disorientation, who could not be more pleased by the spectacle of clownish cardinals who kiss the hands of devilish celebrities. Our Lady of Fatima, intercede for us!