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Al Smith is spinning in his grave

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 21, 2016

Has the Al Smith Dinner Ceased to Be a Worthwhile Event for the Catholic Church?

That’s the question raised by Thomas McArdle in a column that appears in the National Catholic Register. Is there anyone out there who wouldn’t answer Yes?

Sure, the white-tie dinner raises lots of money for the archdiocesan charities. Great. But there are other ways to raise funds, without providing a forum for (as McArdle put it) “politicians with whom Catholic Democrat Al Smith himself might well be ashamed to be seen.”

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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