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Obama supporters seen influential on Al Smith dinner board

Catholic World News - October 16, 2012

Jack Fowler of National Review believes that he has found a reason why President Barack Obama was invited to attend the annual Al Smith dinner. The dinner is sponsored by a foundation that raises funds for Catholic charities, and:

Turns out that many board members (former NBC boss Robert Wright, developer John Zuccotti, moneyman Peter Kiernan III) of the Smith Foundation are well-heeled, big-time supporters of pro-abortion Democratic lawmakers. This includes good old Al Smith IV, the foundation’s chairman.

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  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Oct. 17, 2012 5:35 PM ET USA

    The Cardinal should skip the dinner and stay in Rome doing the work of the Synod which is much more important. Let Bishops Sullivan go in his place. Then the big question about the photo will be: "Hey, who is that laughing it up with the President?"

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Oct. 17, 2012 1:08 AM ET USA

    There may be little control over the invitation to Obama,but each person attending (including Cardinal Dolan) has control over his or her own attendance. Whatever the original intent of the dinner, this year it is clearly a photo op to show the nation's voters that the Catholic leadership has no problem with the President. Abortion (the death of children), end of life issues, religious freedom - and the Word of God - are not things to be compartmentalized for a 'fun night' out on the town.

  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Oct. 16, 2012 11:34 PM ET USA

    I wonder what the honoree, the late Governor Al Smith, dubbed patron of the "Little People" who led the cause for social legislation to care for those enduring hardship would say about his relative Al Smith IV advocating for President Obama, the commander and chief of abortion, homosexual marriage, HHS mandate, embryonic stem cell research, etc. Even so, Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan as President of the Foudation's board still has the power to disinvite the president.

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