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NY Catholic Charities Al Smith dinner open to pro-aborts, not pro-lifers? August 15, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals.

It is well known that New York City has one of the very highest abortion rates in the country.  It also has one of the very highest rates of public support for abortion in the country, as well.  It kind of makes sense, then, that a fair number of those who participate in, or even organize, the Al Smith Catholic Charities dinner where Obama is invited would be pro-abort.  An independent pro-life blogger has done some investigation, and gathered some admittedly anecdotal evidence that indicates such may be the case.  Even more, it points to a potential pro-abort bias within those organizing this very high profile celebrity dinner.

First, the blogger developed a fake identity and e-mail address and queried the Al Smith people from the standpoint of representing a well known pro-abort group (Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice) interested in buying a table for this event (Yikes – tables start……START at $25,000 each).  The Al Smith people had no problem with this whatsoever.  Interestingly, this post also notes a 2004 statement made by the USCCB entitled “Catholics in Political Life.”  It said (I add emphasis):

The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should nothonor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.  They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.

Many Catholics feel that Cardinal Dolan, well recognized as a leader in the fight against the ongoing persecution (although doing so in a self-limiting way by refusing to condemn the evil of contraception loudly and repeatedly), has strayed dangerously close to, or over the line of, giving a platform to Obama in this invitation.  Even though this is supposed to be a light-hearted evening, no doubt Obama will find a way to turn this to his electoral advantage.  That advantage cannot serve the interests of the Church, in light of Obama’s constant, die-hard support for abortion and his ongoing persecution.

This pro-life blogger did not stop there, however.  She sent another e-mail to the organizers, in which she blasted pro-lifers and made plain her (fake) support for abortion.  Here is the exchange:

Reporters e-mail to Smith Dinner_____________________________________________________________________

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 8:51 PM, Mary Haskell <rockfordnurse1956@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Cardinal Dolan,

Thanks for inviting President Obama to the Al Smith dinner.  It is putting all those stupid pro-lifers and religious freedom zealots in their place.

 ________Al Smith dinner response on August 13:______

Al Smith Foundation alsmithfoundation@archny.org

Thank you so much for your email, Mary!

———————————-End Quote————————————-

A similar e-mail was sent voicing support for the pro-life cause, and received no such laudatory response.

So, is this data too anecdotal to be significant?  Could these occurrences just be coincidence, or oversight?  Possibly in the case of the former, but in the latter, given there was no reply to the pro-life e-mail but a “gosh I’m so happy I got this!” reply to the pro-abort one, it doesn’t look good to me.

Could this be evidence of a systemic problem or bias within the Al Smith dinner organizers?  Could this bias have played a role in the decisions made to invite Obama?  Is it possible organizers who support Obama’s re-election fed bad advice to Cardinal Dolan, putting pressure on him to invite the President by manipulating him with visions of scandal if no invitation were made, or playing on the Cardinal’s evident charity or fears of being politically sidelined?

Who knows.  But it is interesting that, rather than going away, more and more seems to develop around this issue.  I don’t think this poor prudential decision and potentially scandalous situation is going away until long after the election.

h/t culturewarnotes

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