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Archbishop Dolan: No honors for pro-abortion Catholic politicians

February 26, 2010

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has told a New York television station that pro-abortion Catholic politicians will not receive honors at events like the Al Smith dinner.

“Everybody's welcome,” said Archbishop Dolan. “There's a difference between being welcome and providing someone who is dramatically, radically, publicly at odds with the Church on a particularly given issue to have a place of prominence and receive an award.”

Commenting on the scandals surrounding New York Governor David Paterson-- a pro-abortion Catholic-- Archbishop Dolan added, “There's something to be said for our American way of doing things, that character, integrity, personality have something to say and that the American people expect their elected officers, and by the way their church leaders, so we are not immune to it either, to be people of integrity, of justice, of fairness and of good character.”


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  • Posted by: kmbold - Mar. 10, 2010 7:57 PM ET USA

    No "place of prominence or ...rewards". Just Holy Communion.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Feb. 26, 2010 7:11 PM ET USA

    Maybe the name of the dinner should be changed in light of the facts about Al Smith - i.e. that he paid for the abortion of his son's girlfriend (Newsweek 1936), that he was the precursor to JFK's "I won't let my religion interfere with my politics..." (paraphrased). Apparently, Al Smith wasn't the noble and courageous Catholic most people have believed him to be. Ask C. Joseph Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts. See Atlantic Monthlly essay 1927 by Smith.