The notorious Al Smith dinner approaches, and the shortsighted (someone would say: cowardly; count me among them) decision to invite the President does not stop making waves.
Let us examine again the reason brought forward to justify the invitation: it is better to talk than to criticise from far away.
Is it? Really? Are Satanists invited to the dinner? What about militant atheists and rabid “homosexualists”? Will a chosen selection of Church-persecuting Chinese leaders be of the party? Oh well…
Cardinal Dolan knows perfectly well that an invitation is an honour and a tribute. He merely conveniently forgets this simple fact of life to try to sell the rather stale ware of “dialogue” with hardened enemies of the Church.
You clearly see the weakness and ineffectiveness of the modern Church at her utter inability to wage war to anyone, though this clearly proved not very effective in reducing the number and virulence of Her enemies. Now that the dinner approaches and the Cardinal gets the flak from every corner, he lets it be known – through the usual “sources close to”; it reminds one of “The thick of it” – that he has some doubts
about whether the invitation was such a smart move, and that it might well be that Barry Boy is merely after the photo-op and the general “friends of the Catholic” aura.
You don’t say, Your grace? This is an astonishing, revolutionary thought indeed! What might have occasioned such a profound conclusion?
Perhaps the fact that Obama’s victory is not so sure as it used to look at the time of the invitation? Or the desire to let absolutely everyone believe you are on their side?
O for prelates who do not try to satisfy everyone, and do not look for proximity to the powerful.