Re: Henry McCulloch’s article A Faithful Catholic Condemns Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York: Anti-American Oaf
From: Vincent Chiarello (e-mail him)
Henry McCulloch’s description of the current head of the Archdiocese of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, is spot on and echoes the appropriate criticism that has been leveled against this cleric, who was described by Italian “Vaticanists” as not being “serious” during the election of the current pontiff. Allow me to expand on another point: Cardinal Dolan’s willingness to accept the commission of an illegal act to warrant Church support, a principle that not consonant with Church doctrine.
From St. Paul’s writing to that of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Church recognized that in secular matters the legitimate authority of the State was to be followed, as in “rendering unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s...”
As McCulloch also observes, the Church delved into politics only when a serious and imminent threat to the Church’s existence or teachings were threatened. At no time did any U.S. Cardinal seek to move the political class to condone an act that was clearly inimical to Christian belief with the rationale that it would improve the immigrant’s economic, but not his spiritual, life.
All of the earlier respect for Church tradition was thrown overboard by the subsequent interpretations of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, and that now includes sending best wishes to Moslems who are in the throes of willfully destroying Catholic convents and seminaries throughout the world. Cardinal Dolan is not alone: in our nation’s dysfunctional capital, the Archbishop of Washington , Donald Cardinal Weurl, is cut from the same bolt of cloth.
One final point that should concern both these Princes of the Church, but will not be mentioned: the rate of illegitimate births amongst Hispanics was, as chronicled by the Center for Immigration Studies, rising at a faster rate than any other cohort. “Hispanic immigrants have seen the largest increase in out-of-wedlock births – from 19% in 1980 to 42% in 2003.” (See: Illegitimate Nation,: An Examination of Out-of-Wedlock Births Among Immigrants and Native, by Steven A. Camarota, May 2007.)
Perhaps the key to understand the actions of these Princes is to understand the Latin, at one time the language of the Church, aphorism: nolite confidere in principibus –put not your trust in princes.
Chiarello is a retired Foreign Service Officer whose tours included U.S. embassies in Latin America and Europe. See Vincent Chiarello's previous letters to VDARE.com.