Religion and the Race for the Presidency 2012

 

Last week, the National Post’s Catholic-in-residence, Raymond De Souza, wrote about how pleased he was about the growing influence of the Catholic Church in the United States, “America’s two (political) Catholic tribes”, August 30, p A14. In his latest op-ed piece, the priest reported that New York Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, was going to give the closing prayer at both the Republican and Democrat conventions. He also stated that this October, Cardinal Dolan would be presiding over the annual Al Smith fundraising dinner for New York Catholic Charities. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney would be attending. He pointed out that this would be the only event that would feature both men other than the presidential debates. Yes, very heady stuff – feel the power of this religious entity.
The world famous former Roman Catholic priest Charles Chiniquy stated that in 1852, he was invited to at a large meeting of Catholic priests in the state of New York. There, he heard of a plan to concentrate Catholics in the large cities of the United States. This was in order to take political control of the country and make way for a time when, “not a single Senator or member of Congress will be chosen, if he be not submitted to our holy father, the Pope” and when Catholics “will not only elect the President, but fill and command the armies, man the navies, and hold the keys of the public treasury”.
Certainly New York Archbishop John Hughes, Dolan’s predecessor, plainly declared the Roman Catholic Church’s wish to make America Catholic. What he stated in an 1850 lecture was reported in his own New York paper, Freeman’s Journal and Catholic Register. Hughes asserted, “Everybody should know that we have for our mission to convert the world,–including the inhabitants of the United States,–the people of the cities, and the people of the country, the officers of the navy and the marines, commanders of the army, the Legislatures, the Senate, the Cabinet, the President, and all”.
Funny the mainstream media doesn’t report this. There is a fly in the American Catholic Church’s ointment though, according to De Souza. It concerns Obama’s federal health insurance mandate forcing “religious institutions to provide coverage for contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. The Catholic bishops consider this departure from precedent an unacceptable attack on religious liberty, and Cardinal Dolan has led the public fight against it. In fact, the Archdiocese on New York has filed a suit against the administration on religious liberty grounds. Speaking of religious liberty, what do the bishops and De Souza think of Pope Pius IX’s Encyclical Letter which was published in the New York Times on January 13, 1865? In this letter, the Roman pontiff showed the Church’s opposition to freedom of religion by railing against, among other things, the principle that “Liberty of conscience and of worship is the right of every man.”
Will we hear anything from De Souza or the Roman Catholic Church about this? Sorry, I have my doubts.

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