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FAITH/ Cardinal Dolan and President Obama

According to NANCY ALBIN Cardinal Dolan’s opposition to the HHS mandate and his congratulation letter to Obama on re-election are not in contradiction but in a full embrace of reality

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After reading the congratulations letter from Cardinal Dolan to President Obama, I have recovered the awe and wonder at being a Catholic. (letter is below)

I became Catholic in 2008 in Los Angeles working at an entertainment studio while the priest scandal was all over the headlines. Many of my friends could not believe my choice. I didn’t know how to disagree with someone and share what is most dear to me, and thus I would either be mute or fight. I experienced the loss of friendships when the disagreement could not be resolved. My choice in life to become Catholic and follow the greatest love ever that has entered my life, caused what seemed to be chaos in my life and the lives of others.

What is striking about Cardinal Dolan’s letter is that he is able to do two things – congratulate the President, thus accept reality, and still share what is most dear to him. Nothing of Cardinal Dolan’s humanity is lost. How is this possible?

I believe it is possible because the true consistency of Cardinal Dolan rests in Jesus Christ, present here and now, who is his strength and his song. In a relationship between the two of them – in a conversion that is happening now.

His consistency is not in the results of the election. And this is impressive to me. Cardinal Dolan’s opposition to the HHS mandate and this congratulation letter are not in contradiction but in a full embrace of reality. “It is God Himself who creates the Church,” said the Pope recently, and thus Cardinal Dolan in awareness of this fact asks God to give strength and wisdom to President Obama for the responsibility entrusted to him by the people of the United States of America.

Cardinal Dolan has received from the core of the faith, from which all the dynamic of human activity springs forth – even congratulations to the president.

Cardinal Dolan Congratulates President Obama On Re-Election 

Dear President Obama,

In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States. The people of our country have again entrusted you with a great responsibility. The Catholic Bishops of the United States offer our prayers that God will give you strength and wisdom to meet the difficult challenges that face America.