Cardinal Dolan slams DNC pledge to support only pro-abortion candidates

| April 27, 2017 | 23 Comments

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan described the recent pledge from the Democratic National Committee’s chair to support only pro-abortion candidates “disturbing” and “intolerant.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

The cardinal, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged members of the Democratic party to “challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position.”

The cardinal’s April 26 statement was in reaction to recent comments by DNC chair Tom Perez who said: “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

Perez went on to say in an April 21 statement: “At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country, we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

Perez’s statement came after a DNC “unity tour” rally in Nebraska, where another DNC leader and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, appeared April 20 with a former state senator, Heath Mello, the Democratic mayoral candidate in Omaha. The DNC tour was sharply criticized by pro-abortion groups for joining forces with Mello, who sponsored a 2009 state Senate bill requiring that women be informed of their right to request a fetal ultrasound before having an abortion.

“The actions today by the DNC to embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women — one of the most critical constituencies for the party — of our basic rights and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid,” NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in an April 20 statement.

Sanders responded to the criticism by saying different views on abortion within the party were natural. Perez took this a step further saying he fundamentally disagreed with “Mello’s personal beliefs about women’s reproductive health.”

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” April 23, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was asked if a Democratic politician could be pro-life.

“Of course,” she said, adding that she has “served many years in Congress with members who have not shared my very positive — my family would say aggressive — position on promoting a woman’s right to choose.”

Dolan, who offered prayers at the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2012, had strong words for the Democratic party in his April 26 statement saying the party’s “platform already endorses abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy, even forcing taxpayers to fund it; and now the DNC says that to be a Democrat — indeed to be an American — requires supporting that extreme agenda.”

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  • Dominic Deus

    Dominic Deus here. Seems like I just commented on this. Oh, that’s right–I’ve been commenting on this for years.

    Pro-choice is not the same thing as “pro-abortion.” Pro-choice means leaving the ultimate decision to the woman who is pregnant, not to her state legislature, her governor, the Catholic Church or Chick-fil-A. To Her. The woman. The one who is pregnant. Not to the aforementioned (mostly) men who never had to give a thought to what it means to be pregnant, let alone pregnant without food or money to support the children they already have.

    Pro-choice means having the faith in ones sisterly human beings to say “Regardless of what I believe personally, the decision is not up to me. She decides.” Men have a particularly hard time doing this because they have many centuries of history in which they believed they had the right to tell women what to do. Many men still feel that way including some men in the Magisterium of the Church.

    I don’t know what “pro-abortion” is. Most of the pro-choice women I know would reject that label saying they are in favor of leaving the decision, the choice, on what to do to the pregnant women. There are many options in pro-choice: keep the baby, put the baby up for adoption, use alternate generation child raising and more including abortion. None of them are easy to exercise. I’ve never heard any pregnant woman say “This unplanned pregnancy is really great! Now I can have that abortion I always wanted!”

    Finally, I want to close with expressing my sincere thanks to the USCCB and Cardinal Dolan for declaring the use of contraception as the single best way to reduce abortions.*

    –Dominic Deus

    • Nick Aponzi

      Oops. Yes it us. When one votes to keep a practice legal one is supporting that practice. Simple really.

      • Dominic Deus

        Nick, thank you for your post. I would offer that with respect to abortion nothing is simple. In this case, sometimes it is difficult to identify what the issue is.

        The issue is not abortion. The issue is who gets to decide what to do. For starters, it probably shouldn’t be anyone named Nick or Dominic or any of their guy friends. It should be women and the woman in the best position to decide who’s the one who’s pregnant.

        The issue is not “keeping abortion legal”. The issue is keeping freedom of choice legal.

        That’s what we do in America.


        • Mary Claire Remington

          Thank you, Dominic.

          • Dominic Deus


    • tschraad

      Dominic Deus – you do not know what “pro-abortion” is? ‘No need to talk to you to become pro-life as you definitely are pro-abortion. Now look in a mirrow

      • Dominic Deus

        tschraad–We have been down this road before. It is no more helpful for you to define me than for me to define you. You have strong opinions. Tell us where they came from and why you hold them. Pick a point or two from your opposing conversational posters and tell specifically why you find them unconvincing. Only in this way will we advance our understanding.

        –Dominic Deus

        • tschraad

          Dominic Deus – you wanted to know what a pro-abortion person was so I describe you as you are definitely not pro life.

          My starting point is that all life is a gift from God. Life starts at conception and after conception, killing on any innocent human being is against the commandment of God. Thou shalt not kill. God gives us life and we must preserve and keep this unique human being. Killing any unborn human being is wrong, period no matter what inconvenience it may bring.

          • Dominic Deus

            tschraad–Thank you for your post. Now let’s see if we can make some progress. I am assuming you are Catholic but if you are not, that in no way diminishes the value of your ideas.

            I recognize your response as the traditional teaching expressed by many traditional Catholics. Your second paragraph lays out the position very well. I will address your view from the traditional Catholic perspective.

            The traditional teaching of the Church on abortion is a part of a much larger teaching often referred to as “The Consistent Life Ethic” supported by the USCCB and Pope John Paul II.
            “The Consistent Life Ethic” opposes abortion, and also euthanasia, capital punishment and war.*

            Can you tell me where you stand on those other issues?


            * The Church has, for some time, been backing away from the concept of “just war” and advancing the cause of the pro-active “Just Peace” movement.

          • CorvetteKid1969

            No, it is left-wing liberals like the pedophile-enabling Gumbleton and his ilk who are pacifist fools and trying to pass their snake-oil off as doctrine.

            “Just War” is controlling doctrine and the attempt by social justice liberals to try and piss away more $$$ from white middle class Catholics to left-wing liberal causes is not fooling anybody.

            We can see what is happening with McElroy, Mahoney, and their ilk trying to siphon more $$$ and give it to Maxine Waters, Diane Watson, and the Black Left.

          • Dominic Deus

            Once again I must throw the “Makes no logical sense” card. Try to avoid the *ad hominem” attacks and express your own ides and reasoning so your readers can understand. What are you saying and why?

          • CorvetteKid1969

            The pacifist POV is invalid and immoral.

            It is an attempt to Protestantize the Catholic Church with a laundry list of left-wing social justice nonsense. Those policies can not be pursued if the Church holds to the Just War and takes pro-war position on moral wars like Korea, Vietnam, and the MidEast.

          • CorvetteKid1969

            There is no “consistent ethic of life.”

            This was more liberal nonsense promulgated by Chicago’s Joseph Bernadin, who was looking to give cover to abortionists like Kennedy, Cuomo, Leahy, Piglosi, etc.

            It was never adopted by the Vatican, was called a fraud and a farce by numerous Archbiships and Cardinals (notably John Cardinal O’Connor).

          • Dominic Deus

            Perhaps not for you but for the Church, yes.

            Ethical consistency often requires us to confront our prejudices. Perhaps you would share with us your ethics and how they are consistent, even when you must face your prejudices.

            It happens to all of us. There is no shame in it.

          • CorvetteKid1969

            I reject a political moral equivalence between abortion (1,200,000 killed) and euthanasia (a few hundred a year, and at the end of a long life) or capital punishment (35 killed a year, and guilty of serious crimes).

            This is like saying that parking in a handicap spot and committing murder are both crimes…therefore….they both deserve the same punishment.

          • Dominic Deus

            The consistent life ethic does not rely on quantity of lives affected but on the morality of protecting a single life no matter what the circumstances. The moral equivalence of lives, one to one, is always the same. This is a very difficult ethic to hold–it essentially says that, at its core, the murder’s life is a sacred as his victim’s.

            I am not the best apologist for the consistent life ethic and I object to some of the conclusions that come out of it, but I, a strong critic of the Church, do respect it for embracing the consistent life ethic.

    • CorvetteKid1969

      How come pro-choice doesn’t apply to racial segregation, ?

      • Dominic Deus

        It does if you are exercising your personal choice in your personal sphere and decline to associate with racial minorities or anyone else. You can even choose to be virulently racist, sexist, Nazi, and a Klan member.

        In the public sphere, you cannot claim that your personal choice compels others to behave the way you want them to, or believe as you do.

        That’s the American way.

        • CorvetteKid1969

          And the Catholic Church will now freely choose to associate with pro-white conservatives over left-wing Negroes and their anti-Catholic political agenda. I couldn’t agree more.

          • Dominic Deus

            I see you have quite a history of posting on Breitbart. I find it repugnant but recognize it as free choice.

            More important, your last comment makes no logical sense. Can you try explaining it again? Thank you.

          • CorvetteKid1969

            I have no “history” of posting of Breitbart. I have posted there a few times and visit the site maybe every few weeks or months. Check the spelling.

            My message is simple: if “pro-choice” does not merit exclusion on abortion, than pro-choice on racial issues does not, either. And since a pro-white position is more beneficial and favorable to the Catholic Church and Catholics — 97% of Catholics are white — the Church should be and will be endorsing this position in the near future.

            The days of Catholic bishops selling out white Catholics are coming to an end, that was what I was saying.

          • Dominic Deus

            Good. Now I understand. Unfortunately, your post is buried rather deeply in this thread and I encourage you simply copy and paste it into a new one so readers can see it. So far as I can recall, I have never heard your viewpoint expressed before and I am sure others would find it interesting.

  • CorvetteKid1969

    Dolan needs to get his head out of the liberal USCC asses and recognize that the Democratic Party is to Catholics what the Ku Klux Klan is to blacks or the American Nazi Party is to Jews.