Abp. Dolan to President Obama: Cease Attacks on Marriage or Risk “National Conflict…of Enormous Proportions”

Wow. This definitely represents a significant escalation of tone and includes the threat of consequences if the Obama administration does not, as this letter from Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the President calls for, “push the reset button” on their multipronged efforts to undermine marriage and treat Catholics who believe in marriage as bigots.

Abp. Dolan is careful to point out that his opinion represents the view of the bishops conference:

The Justice Department‟s move [to undermine DOMA], in addition to other troubling federal decisions occurring recently, prompts me yet again to register my grave concerns.  The content of this letter reflects the strong sentiment expressed at a recent meeting by more than thirty of my brother Bishops who serve on the Administrative Committee of our episcopal conference.  I know they are joined by hundreds of additional Catholic bishops throughout our nation…

On how Obama’s efforts to undermine marriage threatens the religious and civil freedom of Catholics:

“…it is particularly upsetting, Mr. President, when your Administration, through the various court documents, pronouncements and policies identified in the attached analysis, attributes to those who support DOMA a motivation rooted in prejudice and bias.  It is especially wrong and unfair to equate opposition to redefining marriage with either intentional or willfully ignorant racial discrimination, as your Administration insists on doing.”

A frank warning about just how serious and aggravated this situation has become:

The Administration‟s failure to change course on this matter will, as the attached analysis indicates, precipitate a national conflict between Church and State of enormous proportions and to the detriment of both institutions.

Obviously I would recommend reading the entire letter. Especially if you disagree with the US Bishops’ position on the need to protect marriage. The letter includes a 3-page USCCB staff analysis of recent federal threats to marriage from April to August of this year. The evidence is very straightforward.



58 thoughts on “Abp. Dolan to President Obama: Cease Attacks on Marriage or Risk “National Conflict…of Enormous Proportions”

  1. Anne says:

    I disagree, you need to refresh your memory with the teachings of Jesus. He especially embraced sinners.

  2. Anne says:

    I totally agree, anyone who is so shocked and or disappointed by this President’s administration was clearly not paying attention to his campaign.

  3. Barb says:

    Dolan should reach out to Ahmadinjead…they are totally on the same page: “In Iran homosexuality is looked down upon as an ugly deed,” he said. “Perhaps there are those who engage in such activities and you may be in contact with them and more aware of them. But in Iranian society such activities, thoughts, and behaviors are shameful. Therefore, these are not known elements within Iranian society. Rest assured, this is one of the ugliest behaviors in our society. It is against divine will, divine teachings of any and every faith, and it is certainly at the detriment of humans and humanity”

  4. Arturo says:

    It appears more and more politicians are jumping on the band-wagon that’s trying to ostracize Christianity from government institutions, telling them they are not welcome whereas government has always been welcome in the Catholic Church…until now! Government is now trying to force their agenda on Christian churches, and thereby wearing out their welcome. The Catholic church has remained the same since it began, for the most part; government has not.

  5. Paul Nichols says:

    Abp Dolan, and many others, fail to see the push for “Gay Marriage” as a natural outgrowth of their own embracing of gays & lesbians.

    Quite honestly, I’m amazed that they seem surprised at this continued assault on traditional marriage. What the bishops have done, by and large, is to “invite” the gays in and basically give them a pass on same-sex attraction. We continually hear things like “Well, they’re sinners just like all of us”. This is true when taken by itself, but I don’t believe there are any other groups out there who define themselves by their worst sinful inclination.

    And that inclination itself can never be squared with Catholic teaching. They should have seen this coming years ago. It’s a bit of “too little too late” at this point. I see the bishops being very focused on traditional marriage with their right hand while the left hand is holding the door open for homosexuals. I don’t think that approach works, and it would appear that the Church is trying to fight off a culture that’s long ago turned on them, and She’s just now waking up to this fact.

    When you invite the wolves for dinner, you shouldn’t be shocked when they start slaughtering the sheep.

    1. Irishtroubadour says:

      I will have to actually agree with you here Paul N. The Church has really dug a hole for itself here and I don’t see her coming out of it. Jesus said to love, and it is only through showing people that we don’t condone what they are doing, but we cannot condemn them either. If God ceased to love them, they would *snap* out of existence. A foundation of love must be built first, and then change will come. You have to show those who struggle with SSA that what they fear is the rejection of love itself, which is what a lot of Catholics give to those who struggle with SSA. It’s time for the Catholics to get over their fear, and walk into the lepers and love on them! Jesus is patient with change to the heart, why can’t those who make up his Church be also. (Though I know a lot of priest who have, and many of those who struggle with SSA have shown great growth and healing, WHY? because those shepherds cared and protected their sheep and showed what it meant when Christ went and ate with sinners. He showed them love, and then they converted. Meanwhile the scribes and pharisees *modern day Catholics* whispered in their hearts against them.) Sounds pretty familiar.

  6. Newark says:

    It is unfortunately true that government has become sociopathic….
    it’s not your father’s Democrat party anymore.

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