American Life League Hails Vatican Call For Church Leadership To Adhere To Catholic Teachings in all Circumstances

American Life League | September 20, 2012 

Washington,   D.C. – Catholic News Service reports on Vatican Secretary of State   Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s homily on theological, spiritual, and practical   leadership and responsibilities at the annual 10-day seminar for 95 new bishops. In response, Judie   Brown, president of American Life League, issued the following statement:

We applaud Cardinal Bertone for his brave   and candid exhortation to bishops to remain firm in their fidelity to the   Gospel and Church teachings by not living “according to the criteria of the   world and the fashion of the moment.” Furthermore, Cardinal Bertone stated, “If   people criticize us because we are not faithfully living our vocation and our   mission, certainly we must examine ourselves and change.”

We realize that in certain   circumstances, such as the one confronting Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the   upcoming Al Smith Dinner, it is difficult to ignore the criteria of the world   and do that which is unpopular. However, there are times when such action is   called for no matter what the negative response from the world may be.

We have asked Cardinal Dolan to disinvite   President Barack Obama as keynote speaker at this prominent Catholic roast   and dinner that takes place only weeks before the election. The entire   purpose for our NO DINNER FOR OBAMA campaign is predicated neither on our   desire for media coverage nor on a tactic to embarrass a prince of the Church.   Rather, we exhort Cardinal Dolan to avoid mixed messages to the faithful by   joking it up with the very man who is working so diligently against the   Church.

Cardinal John O’Connor did not invite   William Jefferson Clinton to the 1996 Al Smith dinner because of his   pro-abortion position. Cardinal Edward Egan asked John Kerry not to attend   the 2004 event for the same reason. Obama is more militantly pro-abortion   than either.

Thus, we respectfully ask Cardinal Dolan   to rescind the invitation of scandal to dinner.

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