Archbishop Dolan: “We Didn’t Ask For This Fight… You Can’t Compromise Principles” (Video)

Cardinal-designate Archbishop Timothy Dolan told Catholic News Agency that the Catholic Church “didn’t ask for this fight” over religious freedom with the Obama Administration. He also said, “You can’t compromise principles.”

Bishop Dolan also scolded far left Sister Carol Keehan, the head of Catholic Hospitals, for acting unilaterally not in concert with the US bishops in approving the guidelines.


In an interview Monday evening in Rome with Catholic News Service, Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan discusses why the U.S. bishops oppose the revised contraceptive mandate announced by President Obama three days earlier. Major excerpts here.

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  • Fuquay Steve

    Before all the anti-Catholic rants about the past – it is important to note the the Church is moving in the right direction. There are parishes throughout the US that are becoming more and more conservative in terms of values. The recent generation of Catholics are the aberration- traditional Catholics are returning in droves and the liberals are declining. This trend will continue. We are becoming more vital to the country.

  • WillofLa

    I hear that the Catholic church is still fighting Obama on this issue and says dumping the cost and product onto the insurance companies is still not going far enough in religious freedom. I hear that “all the other Christian religions” have accepted Obama’s decision to pass this issue onto the insurance companies.

    I don’t believe this is the truth. I believe we may be seeing some Media Matters propaganda in this part, that everyone else says it’s okay for their churches insurance company to pay for it so long as the church doesn’t have to endorse recommending contraception or abortion to their members or employees. That is got to be crap! Many Southern Baptist churches are self insured in order to save money. Turning this over to their insurance company, that is under control of the church is still the church giving it’s permission and endorcement of contraception and abortion. So I think we are seeing some infiltration of some lies coming from Media Matters and/or some other Communist front group trying to promote Obama’s decision’s being good decision’s.

  • http://partizensunite.proboards.com/index.cgi MustComment

    As this continues to “go viral”, it can only strengthen the Catholic community. And it’s about time. I hope this complete lack of judgement on Team Obama’s part will be HIS final undoing…

  • bigL

    But please don’t vote for Obama in November 2012, whether Obama “changes his mind” or not.
    Roman Catholics have a disconnect. They vote knee-jerk for Democrats. Just this time, Please don’t vote democrat. One time in your lives. Stay home or vote for the GOP. Next time in 2016 vote democrat,Not this time..
    and Please Cardinal Dolan ,do not meet with Obama befoe a podium and raise your collective arms in avictory salute with Obama, do not do that.No matter whatis said that photo will carry the day.

  • The Elector of Saxony

    The Church misses the issue entirely. Even if Obama were to order HHS to rescind this rule, this time, the enabling act still grants HHS broad powers of life and death over every man, woman, and child in this country. They can rule that medical treatment should be withheld from the elderly, the disabled, the very young. They can at some future time require every employer to offer free abortion coverage and include the Churches in that order. The problem is that this act grants virtually unfettered power to the Executive going forward in perpetuity unless and until the act is repealed or found unconstitutional.

    And before you imagine the Courts will protect you against a ruthless, bloodthirsty future HHS? The Federal Courts won’t even hear a complaint until you’ve exhausted the agency’s internal processes. So, if you were denied a cancer treatment because you were over 70, you’d have to go through a decade of appeals inside the agency that ruled against saving your life before a court will agree to hear your complaint. Of course, you’ll be dead by that point so, there’s that problem. And once you do get into Court, broad deference is granted to agency interpretations of Congressional Acts. So where the agency is rulemaking within its mandate and those rules don’t directly conflict with Congressional intent, the Courts are reticent to overturn the agency rule. There would no recourse if a future HHS were to mandate abortion and contraception coverage to the Catholic Church as an employer.

  • moron

    Bishop Dolan needs to put Notre Dame in their rightful place as well.

  • Estragon

    This should NOT be allowed to be framed as a Catholic issue, and the Bishops are doing their usual inept job by framing it that way and working ONLY to gain exemptions for themselves.

    What about the lay Catholic who owns a business? Or the Baptist? Or the pro-life atheist? What about them?

    Are we going to allow the federal government to impose Democrat secularist “values” on everyone?

    THAT is the issue, the ONLY issue.

  • Remco Kimber

    Okay, Padre, it’s true; you didn’t ask for this fight.

    But I hope in all that’s holy that you have the gumption and staying power to fight the fight for all it’s worth.

    The stakes are that high.

    *****

    Santorium made a remark last night in Idaho which I would recommend to GP readers,

    He said the Obama administration believes it has the right to force the Catholic Church to hire women priests. “They’re going to fight because they believe their secular values should be imposed on people of faith.”

    He added, “Don’t you see how they see you? How they look down their nose at the average Americans. These elite snobs!”

    Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/02/15/1994669/santorum-woos-idaho-conservatives.html#storylink=cpy

    Once again the Ruling Class v. the Country Class (of Codevilla’s July 2010 article) raises its head.

    The Ruling Class sees us as subjects to be ruled, not citizens to be respected.

  • dunce

    Now he remembers. It seemed for a long time that the church was treating basic tenets of the Catholicism much like the democrats treat our constitution, some thing with a life of its own that changes with the passage of time. Moral absolutes are not fads that come and go with changes in secular governments. Yeah,yeah,yeah, the world is round but that was not a moral absolute as not murdering babies is. The ten commandments are not subject to repeal, revocation, suspension, rescission, modification, revision, accommodation, amendment, or supercission by any mortal man or political organization created by men. A few judges made a decision on when human life begins based on ignorance and lies that the advancement of science has proven wrong as to when human life begins because they rejected religion as admissible in court and democrats insist that it is “stare decisis”.

  • squeaky

    [As with Komen, choice wasn’t okay with Planned Parenthood, and within a short amount of time, verbal abuse rolled in. Jill Stanek reports that a worker at Paul’s Pantry explained:] when you don’t play from the obama playbook…
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/now-planned-parenthood-bullies-catholic-food-bank-for-saying-no-to-them
    http://www.gocomics.com/glennmccoy/2012/02/11

  • Mike H.

    Estragon. Your’re right. Dolan and the rest of the Catholic leadership are inept. I’m afraid they also lack the courage or staying power for the long fight.

  • FU#K OBAMA

    Since the 1930’s the Catholic Church has been in bed with the god-state called socialism, under the guise of charity you know.They even supported Satan himself, Obamacare. Now they are realizing that this devil wants their soul as well.

    As long as they are standing fast for freedom from state tryanny I will stand with the Catholic Church too. But should they give up the fight, to hell with them.

  • 1RedBeard

    I’m not a Roman Catholic, actually little better than a heathen, and I see nothing wrong with birth control. But I’m with the cardinal and his church in this fight against tyrannical government. So are a great many people who are willing to fight for the right of others to be able to follow their consciences.

  • Jd

    Since Muslims were exempted, all religions should be, too.

  • squeaky

    [Democrats: GOP Conscience Protection Amendment Would Take Us ‘Back to Medical Dark Ages’] the other shoe i was waiting for.
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/democrats-gop-conscience-protection-amendment-would-take-us-back-medical-dark-ages

  • Sandy

    #1 February 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm
    Fuquay Steve commented:

    Before all the anti-Catholic rants about the past – it is important to note the the Church is moving in the right direction. There are parishes throughout the US that are becoming more and more conservative in terms of values. The recent generation of Catholics are the aberration- traditional Catholics are returning in droves and the liberals are declining. This trend will continue. We are becoming more vital to the country.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    I agree — Our Institutions are under assault and we need to stand by them or they might just disappear.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    He also said, “You can’t compromise principles.”

    Too bad those principles don’t include the idea that the U.S. government has no business forcing people to buy a particular product.

  • dunce

    I disagree with the not asking for the fight, every man of the cloth is a volunteer leader in the struggle against evil and he has been taught that this is evil. This not just between a woman and her doctor. It is between good and evil.

  • Sandy

    13 February 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    1RedBeard commented:

    I’m not a Roman Catholic, actually little better than a heathen, and I see nothing wrong with birth control. But I’m with the cardinal and his church in this fight against tyrannical government. So are a great many people who are willing to fight for the right of others to be able to follow their consciences.

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    As a fellow heathen, believer in a woman’s right to choose I stand with the Catholic Church and their teachings and thank them for their courage — they have 2,000 years of experience and God on their side. Obama is just a transient.

  • Thomas

    So the Catholics don’t want to follow labor laws while not paying any taxes so they throw a hissy fit that the OPTION of contraception is to be made available to people that work in their hospitals, schools etc. There is an easy solution to all this and it is Medicare for all a nice single payer system would solve this nicely. These kid rapers didn’t get this mad when the “found out” some of their priests were going balls deep into kids.

    I bet if alter boys could get pregnant contraception would be a sacrament.

  • jd

    the catholic church did call for this fight by complicity.

    as did chamberlin vs. germany.

  • Casual Observer

    I am tired of everyone trying to put aside the issue by throwing up the pedifile statement and the funny thing is only uneducated idiots use it

    I just hope the Bishops are ready for the storm because they are in it until the end know.

  • Gary

    [Comment deleted for impersonating a fellow commenter]

  • http://gorightface.blogspot.com Kip

    Whenever good and evil compromise, it’s a win for evil.

  • Granny

    #2 February 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm
    WillofLa commented:

    I hear that the Catholic church is still fighting Obama on this issue and says dumping the cost and product onto the insurance companies is still not going far enough in religious freedom.
    ___________

    The whole idea of dumping the responsibility onto the insurance company is just a shell game. Since the Church pays for the insurance, the Church is then still required to pay for birth control & abortion that is against their long held religious position.

  • FurryGuy

    #23 February 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    Gary commented:

    No one is DENYING women medical care, balloonhead. Anyone that wants an abortion can get one by PAYING for one out of their own pocket. With Obamacare FORCING everyone to buy insurance, which will include abortion services by law, means EVERYONE will end up paying for something many have moral objections to.

    You want something, pay for it yourself.

  • Gary

    Gary #23

    Again, the coward using my username to post dumb stuff. Jim Hoft already confirmed on this site that Molon Labe was doing this:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/02/preschooler-forced-to-eat-chicken-nuggets-after-homemade-lunch-confiscated-by-government-agent/#comments

    “Gateway Pundit Administrator commented:
    I also see that Molon Labe has, indeed, used your identity, Gary. The comments have been deleted and he will be put on notice that if he does that again he will be banned. Without hesitation. I am allowing him one strike since he has been a loyal GP regular.

    So I certainly hope this is somebody else.

  • Gary

    Furry Guy
    Once again, see #27.
    It isn’t me.
    It’s somebody trying to compromise my username.
    Jim Hoft confirmed today that it was Molon Labe, but since he was warned about it, I’ll assume for the moment that it’s a copycat.

  • randtruth

    So the Catholic hierarchy is upset on an issue that most Catholics agree with the president on.

    Good to see that they still have some outrage left in them, though, since they were noticeably quiet on the whole ‘raping little boys and girls’ issue.

    What a bunch of con artists!

  • FurryGuy

    #25 February 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm
    Granny commented:

    In a perverse manner this “compromise” would disallow anyone that professes being a Catholic or anyone professing a religious basis for objecting to abortion from working for an insurance company that provides for medical care, either directly for the company or indirectly as an agent. This becomes a defacto litmus test for employment in the private sector, run by the government.

  • Liz

    So didn’t the Catholic leadership push hard for Obamacare? Now they want it both ways? Chaos.

  • YourMaster

    0bama played catholics for UTTER FOOLS…
    ….if they vote 0bama in 2012 this mandate is most likely to be applied then.

    consider this postion… he could say he’ll recede the mandate (for now…)
    ….but what makes you think (if he is re-elected) he wouldn’t re-apply it again after 2012?
    he is the most PRO-abortion and PRO-Infantcide president that we’ve ever had.

    so yeah… they only way you have any degree of assurance this mandate never takes place fool him into receding it by saying you’ll support him…
    and then… change your mind at the last minute, and vote republican 2012. *lol*

    ….that would be a huge bitch-slap across 0bama’s face.

  • Rhoda R

    I think that this is a conscience issue. The SCOTUS has put this under the 1st Amendment a number of years ago when they expanded the CO status from just religious grounds to anyone whose conscience prohibited taking human life. Shouldn’t the same standards be applied to abortion/BC?

  • bg

    ++

    not to worry, if they don’t get their mass abortion monies, once they find
    a way to make millions off of sterilization, they will sterilize en mass.. :-(

    ==

  • 1RedBeard

    Gary (the real one): I took the steps that Wanumba and Taqiyyotomist recommended, and registered the “gravitar” with a personal picture. Had to alter my name slightly, since plain old RedBeard was taken, but it will be nice to watch what happens now.

  • http://Oldlineconservative.com Steve-Oldlineconservative.com

    The Bishops lean toward Socialism. They like Obama because of his open borders policy and government sponsored give away programs. They signed on to Obama-care.

    Maybe this will be a wake up call.

    Socialists start by promising a safety net for the poor but that safety net becomes a noose around your neck.

    Liberty and Socialism cannot be reconciled.

  • Wayne

    Every time the Catholic Church supports Democrat policies they are compromising on principles.

  • Gateway Pundit Administrator

    This is a warning that anyone discovered impersonating a fellow commenter will be banned.

    Molon Labe, you must immediately stop impersonating Gary.

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  • Mandy

    I think the Bishops will stay firm on this one. The following is a statement from Cardinal George.
    “This is the first time in the history of the United States that a presidential administration has purposely tried to interfere in the inner working of the Catholic Church;playing one group against another for political gain. What isn’t always understood is that the Bishops of the Catholic Church make no attempt to speak for all Catholics; they never have. The Bishops speak for the Catholic and apostolic faith, and those who hold that faith gather around them. Others disperse.”

  • squeaky

    obama’s catholic plan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVN2MMuiedI
    obama’s catholic plan a year later.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dl_v0fLDUo

  • aprilnovember811

    You can’t compromise on the Bill of Rights. John Boehner can end this now, will he? If he doesn’t he’s working for the other side, or he is not fit to be Speaker of the House. He’s giving his tacit approval by letting this go by without punishing this.

    Mark Levin recommends ‘articles of impeachment’ for HHS Secretary Sebelius

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/14/mark-levin-recommends-articles-of-impeachment-for-hhs-secretary-sebelius/#ixzz1mUxDYLFN

    GOP Can Stop Obama’s Contraceptive Rule Now With Congressional Review Act, Law’s Author Says
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/gop-can-stop-obama-s-contraceptive-rule-now-congressional-review-act-laws-author-says

  • bg

    ++

    squeaky #41 February 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    thank you..

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    aside from playing O’s lhasalapso, exactly what has Boehner
    accomplished since being selected Speaker of the House??

    ==

  • dnb

    After the whole Obamacare debacle over abortion and the bishops’ readiness to compromise on that issue in their overeagerness to have a ‘social justice’ health care system, added to the bishop’s fawning explanation of Sr. Keenan’s acceptance of the so called compromise, he’s leaving the bishops plenty of room to capitulate. I hope they understand their flocks are watching.

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  • owl

    I stand with this Archbishop but I also blame him and his church. They crawled in bed with Obama. Just exactly like the Jewish vote. You got what you voted for but you inflicted that immoral scum on the rest of us.

    They think they are so much more moral with their way of thinking. They honored Obama and fawned over him at Notre Dame. Now they find something wrong with him making them do what they were okay with making all of us do. If the shoe fits…………..

    I am tired of their morals being better than my morals thingy. It so happens that we must all fight their battle for them now. Their battle is our battle. It would just be nice if they could see their way clear to return the favor.

  • owl

    If you want to see the Professional MSM Pooper Scoopers at work, look at a Yahoo news.
    “Public backs Obama in birth control battle”.

    The Scoopers frame the issue. They clean up the Poop. King Obama who issues waviers on whim, decided to call this a woman’s health issue.

    King Obama stomped on religious rights and the Professional Poop Scoopers never, ever let it see the light of day. They scooped.

  • myohmy

    It is time for catholics to organize and stands united against the assault on religious freedom.