By now we know that, contrary to the giddy wishful thinking of Democrats the media and their leftwing “Catholic” stooges, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) under the leadership of its president Cardinal Timothy Dolan has not “caved to Obama” or anyone else.
There was never any doubt this would be the case because as the personal representative of Pope Benedict XVI Cardinal Dolan is carrying this fight not only for religious freedoms of Catholics but the liberties of all Americans as well. In this proxy war between Benedict and Barack Obama the very existence of the Catholic Church in America is at stake and Pope Benedict has no intention of losing.
The timeline of events over the past eight years makes this very clear.
In 2004 Benedict who was then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was the Prefect of The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a memorandum advising American bishops they must withhold Holy Communion from Catholic politicians who persistently commit the public sin of supporting abortion. Only a few Bishops complied including Bishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis who publicly warned John Kerry not to attempt to receive Communion in his diocese.
In 2005 Cardinal Ratzinger became the Pope and he appointed Cardinal William Levada as the first American to ever be named Prefect of the CDF. This was as clear a signal as comes from Rome that the new Pope wanted a more conservative USCCB.
In 2007conservative Cardinal Francis George was elected president of the USCCB signifying that Benedict’s message was being heeded.
In 2008 Benedict appointed Cardinal Burke as the first American Prefect of The Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura making him the penultimate interpreter of the Canon Laws under which the Church operates. This further strengthened Benedict’s message to America’s Bishops to closely adhere to Canon Law.
In 2010 the strongly conservative Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville are elected president and vice president respectively of the USCCB, providing more evidence that Benedict’s message had been heard.
November 2011: Cardinal Dolan meets with Barack Obama to discuss Obamacare’s assault on the Catholic Church and American liberties. Apparently there was no agreement.
January 2012 Benedict announces he will elevate Dolan to be a Cardinal.
February 5, 2012 Cardinal Dolan addresses a letter to Catholics asking for support in his fight against the mandates of Obamacare that will force Catholic institutions to cooperate with abortions.
February 10, 2012 Obama offers a phony doubletalk “compromise” on the mandate and Cardinal Dolan rejects it. There was never any doubt he would. Cardinal Dolan is Pope Benedict’s warrior; he is an all American warrior fighting for the liberties and freedoms of all Americans, not just those of Catholic Americans.
Cardinal Dolan and those of all faiths who are rallying behind him are fighting for us against a malevolent entity bent on destroying our religious and personal liberties. This is why he cannot/will not fail; this is why we must support him in every way possible.
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