I was shocked to see that Catholic Charities was once again extending an invitation to President Barack Obama to speak at the Al Smith dinner. It is especially appalling in view of the president’s refusal to enforce U.S. law (the Defense of Marriage Act) and his continued radical support for abortion. But even more than that, his trampling of the conscience rights of Catholics and other people of faith make the invitation a serious scandal. How can Catholics in the pew believe what the Church teaches if our shepherds treat crucial moral issues as though they are not serious. What kind of message does it send to see the lighthearted laughter at the dinner considering the moral evils advanced by this administration?
Your Excellency, I’m a mother of five who just welcomed my 21st grandchild into the world. I have spent my entire adult life fighting abortion and even spent time in jail on three occasions for defending the babies. I did it because I firmly believe the little ones murdered at the abortion mills are no different from my own children. I would like to think you believe that too. Do you, in fact, think the lives of the babies are as important as the lives of priests, bishops, archbishops, and cardinals? I regret to say, that it does not appear to be so when a champion of child killing is honored by the archdiocese. And be sure he and others see it as an honor to be the invited guest of the Cardinal of New York.
There is precedent for not inviting a sitting president as I’m sure you are well aware. Cardinal O’Connor did not invite Bill Clinton when he was president and Cardinal Egan did not invite John Kerry when he was a presidential candidate.
I beg you, Your Excellency, to imitate them and disinvite President Obama.
Mary Ann Kreitzer