Bigot of the Week Award: September 7, Archbishop Timothy Dolan

7 Sep

Bigot of the Week

The Democratic Convention was a stirring, compelling event with many powerful speakers. Sadly, every party has its low point and this one chose to end with it. For some mysterious reason, the DNC selected Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York to deliver its closing benediction. (Ironically, he also closed the RNC — was this a pointless gesture of coalition building?) Dolan is famous for his very Catholic opposition to reproductive choice, including his stand against the Obama administration’s very reasonable birth control requirements. He is also rabidly anti-marriage equality, having written at length about it including a vitriolic post on his Archdiocese’ blog (I think you can find the blog at http://www.whowouldJesusHate).

At an event celebrating American freedom and civil rights, Dolan’s views had little place. Given his staunch opposition to positions held by the very President whose nomination he was blessing, the hypocrisy of the his appearance was palpable. Predictably, Dolan took political advantage of his pulpit podium making anti-equality comments throughout his five-minute prayer. Here are three excerpts that speak for themselves:

We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected…

Empower us with your grace so that we might resist the temptation to replace the moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions you have given us for the nurturing of life and community…

Oh God of wisdom, justice, and might, we ask your guidance for those who govern us […] including Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office.

Undermining the very platform that provides foundation to the event, questioning the leadership of the President for whom the benediction was offered, and creating a false moral equivalence for the Republican candidates who oppose basic human rights at every turn. (As an added bonus, giving moral weight to Paul Ryan, whose use of Catholic theology to defend his nefarious budget has been debunked in stern terms by the American Archbishops!) Badly done, Archbishop Dolan, promoter of ancient white patriarchy over human values. Badly done, DNC. Did Rick Warren teach you nothing?

10 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: September 7, Archbishop Timothy Dolan”

  1. Didion September 7, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    Wow. I’d quit by that time so I missed this altogether. How did the crowd react? What an unbelievably tacky, shameful thing to do after being welcomed by the DNC in an effort of open arms.

    I’ve got another bigot for you, which I read about at Pamela’s great blog (but nowhere else!): Kansas City Bishop (Catholic) Robert Finn, who was just patted on the wrist for covering up child pornography by a fellow priest. When will it end?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 7, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      I could not really interpret the crowd’s reaction. I must confess, I was about to spit up! Thank you for the referral! I will most definitely check it out!

  2. Christine Noble September 7, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Once again we see the Democrats playing to the Republican base rather than trying to motivate their own, despite the fact that their base outnumber’s the GOP (on almost every issue, sometimes in super majorities.) Which all the more reason that if you really feel the need to vote to re-elect the POTUS, do so on the Working Families Party line (Row D in NY, I don’t know what it is elsewhere.) For that matter, do so with every Democratic candidate you can. Remind them of who they are supposed to be fighting for.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Yes, it was a sour note to end on for the DNC.

    • Nani Lawrence Weasley September 8, 2012 at 3:40 am #

      Did you even watch the DNC? And have you ever heard of taking the moral high ground? Yes, it’s frustrating that the GOP is allowed to walk all over President Obama, but it also makes me have more faith in him. It’s great to know politics hasn’t corrupted him.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 8, 2012 at 7:22 am #

        Did you mean to be so condescending in your comment? Did you read my article and how dangerous Dolan’s comments are to all those that are marginalized?

      • Christine Noble September 8, 2012 at 10:40 am #

        How is having a heterosexist, mysogynist monster pray at the DNC taking the moral high ground? There are plenty of people of faith that do not try to ram their narrow view of the divine down everyone else’s throat that the Democrats could have asked. Instead they ask this creep. You don’t reach your hand across the table to someone who wants to bite it.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

        I have to agree with you. In no way does Dolan represent social justice and his words are that of hate and oppression.

  3. James Queale September 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    One thing needed in the party platform: Backbone! There are times that I jump for joy at the wonderful things Democrats do, but then they have to mess it up with one thing here or there.

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