Cardinal Dolan: Obama’s Actions Are “Radical, Unprecedented, and Dramatically Intrusive”
By: Andrea Ryan
There’s nothing like lying to a Cardinal to get you in good with the faith community.
The other day Peggy Noonan, the disappointing traitor to her Conservative mentor, published an article in the Wall Street Journal declaring that Obama’s mask of deceit, dishonesty, and treachery was no longer fooling the American people.
Today, James Taranto, has another article exposing the president’s proclivity for being “imperious and deceitful”. After a meeting last November, Obama promised then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan to “respect the Catholic Church’s rights of conscience”. Two months later, Obama publicly humiliated the same church for which he claimed immense regard with his unconstitutional birth control mandate.
In Taranto’s interview, Cardinal Dolan describes a president with “radical, unprecedented, and dramatically intrusive” behavior.
From the WSJ,
The president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is careful to show due respect for the president of the United States. “I was deeply honored that he would call me and discuss these things with me,” says the newly elevated Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York. But when Archbishop Dolan tells me his account of their discussions of the ObamaCare birth-control mandate, Barack Obama sounds imperious and deceitful to me.
Mr. Obama knew that the mandate would pose difficulties for the Catholic Church, so he invited Archbishop Dolan to the Oval Office last November, shortly before the bishops’ General Assembly in Baltimore. At the end of their 45-minute discussion, the archbishop summed up what he understood as the president’s message:
“I said, ‘I’ve heard you say, first of all, that you have immense regard for the work of the Catholic Church in the United States in health care, education and charity. . . . I have heard you say that you are not going to let the administration do anything to impede that work and . . . that you take the protection of the rights of conscience with the utmost seriousness. . . . Does that accurately sum up our conversation?’ [Mr. Obama] said, ‘You bet it does.'”
The archbishop asked for permission to relay the message to the other bishops. “You don’t have my permission, you’ve got my request,” the president replied.
“So you can imagine the chagrin,” Archbishop Dolan continues, “when he called me at the end of January to say that the mandates remain in place and that there would be no substantive change, and that the only thing that he could offer me was that we would have until August. . . . I said, ‘Mr. President, I appreciate the call. Are you saying now that we have until August to introduce to you continual concerns that might trigger a substantive mitigation in these mandates?’ He said, ‘No, the mandates remain. We’re more or less giving you this time to find out how you’re going to be able to comply.’ I said, ‘Well, sir, we don’t need the [extra time]. I can tell you now we’re unable to comply.'”
“We find it completely unswallowable, both as Catholics and mostly as Americans, that a bureau of the American government would take it upon itself to define ‘ministry,'” Archbishop Dolan says. “We would find that to be—we’ve used the words ‘radical,’ ‘unprecedented’ and ‘dramatically intrusive.'”
There’s a new trend here. Instead of “hope and change” we now have “creepiness and deceit.”
Hat tip: Duane