Cardinal Dolan, Holy Father Congratulate Obama, Stand Firm On Life, Liberty and Marriage

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Pope Benedict XVI both sent letters of congratulations to President Obama today.

I found it personally heartening when I read that along with congratulations and assurances of the bishops’ continued prayers for the President,  Cardinal Dolan also made a statement for the United States Bishops:

“We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom.”

Thank you Cardinal Dolan. I needed to read that.

I am going to re-blog the entire CNA article below. For other great articles like it, check out CNA.

Pope, Cardinal Dolan urge Obama to respect life and religious freedom
By Michelle Bauman

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2012 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders are calling on President Barack Obama to respect the fundamental American principles of life and religious liberty after he won a second term in office.

“We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In a letter congratulating Obama on his re-election, Cardinal Dolan noted the “great responsibility” with which the American people have entrusted the president and assured him of the prayers of the U.S. bishops.

“In particular, we pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant,” the cardinal said.

“We pray, too, that you will help restore a sense of civility to the public order, so our public conversations may be imbued with respect and charity toward everyone,” he added.

Cardinal Dolan’s commitment to defending life, marriage and religious liberty was echoed by other Catholic groups following Obama’s Nov. 6 win at the polls.

The U.S. bishops have clashed with the Obama administration over religious liberty issues in recent months.

At the center of the conflict is a new federal mandate that requires employers – including religious hospitals, schools, and charitable agencies – to offer health insurance plans covering contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

Bishops from every diocese in the U.S. have spoken out against the mandate, warning that it poses a serious threat to religious freedom. More than 100 plaintiffs, including numerous Catholic dioceses, universities and charitable organizations, have filed lawsuits challenging the mandate.

The importance of religious freedom was also emphasized in Pope Benedict XVI’s message to Obama.

In the letter, which was sent through the apostolic nunciature in Washington, D.C., the Pope offered best wishes to Obama and promised prayers for the president in the coming years.

The pontiff also said he hopes that the American founding ideals of freedom and justice may hold a prominent place in the nation’s future.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, noted that “the U.S. president has an immense responsibility, not only in his own country but also towards the rest of the world, given the role the U.S.A. plays at an international level.”

“For this reason we hope that President Obama will respond to his fellow citizens’ expectations,” he said, “serving law and justice for the good and development of all people, and respecting essential human and spiritual values while promoting a culture of life and religious freedom.”

  • Ted Seeber

    I’m having severe difficulty believing it’s worthwhile anymore. 98% of American Catholics choose yesterday to abandon all warnings about intrinsic evils in both major party platforms, and vote for either Obama or Romney.

    I can understand the 48% who voted for Romney as the lesser of two evils. Mildly lessor. Not everybody has my scrupulosity disease.

    But those who voted for Obama puzzle me. Why abandon Christ?

    Still, I see very few American Catholics even paying attention to the USCCB- and the voting showed it.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Not true Ted. The popular vote was almost half and half. I would guess that the vast majority of those voted against Obama over these issues. That’s half the people, which is not a bad starter set.
      Stop worrying about those who fall to the side. Jesus Himself said that most would. Read the parable of the sower. Your job is to be faithful yourself. It’s especially important when you don’t see a point in keeping on. That’s the exact time when you need to be most steadfast.

      • Ted Seeber

        Half for abortion and half for oppression of the poor, yields nearly all. The Republicans are just as bad at rejecting the Bishops and the Church as the Democrats are.

        Hmm- though steadfast myself….I just am finding it very hard to continue.

  • Beverly

    “98% of American Catholics choose yesterday to abandon all warnings about intrinsic evils in both major party platforms, and vote for either Obama or Romney.”

    For all practical purposes, there were only two choices and the difference was obvious. I don’t understand how someone would abstain or vote for a third party that had no chance of winning. It’s making a statement that will fall on deaf ears.

    • Ted Seeber

      Exactly the problem I’m experiencing with my conscience the past two days- all the teaching of the church falls on deaf ears. None will hear it.

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  • Faith

    This makes me so sad. Our political system is so broken. I am glad I put my trust in Christ and not man!

    I know faithful Catholics who voted for Obama. I think they were very conflicted but in the end it came down to healthcare. They are not wealthy, they have struggled mightily with insurance issues, scary pregnancies and sick children and it almost put them under. These are hardworking families with lots of children and the cost of healthcare is a huge issue to them. These are not people looking for free handouts; the economy and cost of healthcare are just too much for them to bear. They justify it by thinking that if affordable healthcare happens more women will be able to have access to good prenatal care and that in itself will prevent some abortions. They also think that this is a battle to be won by changing hearts and not fighting it out politically. They see positive changes at the state level. They note that more people identify as pro-life than ever. Maybe not pro-life voters at this point, but pro-life personally, and that will eventually turn the tide.

    Don’t feel abandoned, Ted. I feel sad too, but then I remember my Lord and Savior! Right now I am in a scripture study group and we’ve been reading the book of Wisdom. I have found it very comforting, so beautiful, so insightful and and so uplifting!