Hichborn: ‘Unthinkable for a Catholic charity’ to invite Obama

“Regardless of what they’ve done in the past, it is unthinkable for a Catholic charity to invite the man [President … Continued

“Regardless of what they’ve done in the past, it is unthinkable for a Catholic charity to invite the man [President Obama] seeking the destruction of religious freedom in America to a fundraising event. This sends the wrong message to pew-sitting Catholics, who are anxiously looking to our bishops to stand up and fight against this clear enemy of the Church who will be joining them for dinner.”

Michael Hichborn of the American Life League said about the implications of inviting President Obama to New York archdiocese’s Al Smith Dinner. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan reportedly also extended an offer to Mitt Romney to attend the October event.

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President Obama speaks at a campaign rally at Colorado College in Colorado Springs on Aug. 9.

  • ThomasBaum

    Michael Hichborn

    You wrote, “Regardless of what they’ve done in the past, it is unthinkable for a Catholic charity to invite the man [President Obama] seeking the destruction of religious freedom in America to a fundraising event.”

    Jesus seemed to be catholic in His approach to others what is wrong with Catholics being catholic?

    You also wrote, “This sends the wrong message to pew-sitting Catholics”

    Shouldn’t Catholics be more than “pew-sitters” or is that what you think they should be?

    I, for one, am glad that Jesus did not call us to be “clones”.

  • Patrick Dean

    Mr. Baum- you seem – almost intentionally- to be missing Hichborn’s point. President Obama has alread bold faced lied to Carnial Dolan’s face and his proxies have done no better- repeatidly. Dolan had enough class not to call him one it. The reality is that President Obama ideology calls for the destruction of religious freedom in this country- it may as well force Kosher restaurants to pork. If you dont see the problem prima facia, no one can help you see it.

  • ThomasBaum

    Patrick Dean

    You wrote, “President Obama has alread bold faced lied to Carnial Dolan’s face” and “Dolan had enough class not to call him one it”

    Maybe instead of “class”, he should have honesty and call him on it, isn’t that what Jesus would have done?

    Believe it or not but Jesus did not say ‘Proclaim religious freedom’, He said, “PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS”.

  • bwong5

    They deserve what is coming. Everything that is coming.

  • Michael Hichborn

    Jesus admonished sinners by calling people to turn from their sins and turn toward God. He did NOT, however, yuk it up with Herod and Pontius Pilate.

    As for “pew-sitting Catholics,” I was referring to those who actually bother to go to Mass every Sunday, as they are obliged to do. You are right that we are called to be Catholic ALL the time, which means we are called to live the Faith in all walks of life, be it in the chambers of Congress, on TV, in day to day life, and even at fundraising events.

    By the way, Jesus did call us to be “clones” in one sense … He calls us all be be like Him in all manner of His life, especially in suffering and in death.

  • the1joncook

    Silly wabbit…………….Tricks are for kids.

  • ThomasBaum

    We are not called to be “clones” in any sense, each and every one of us are individuals made in the Image and Likeness of God and we are called to walk with God in different ways.

    God is not a puppet-master, we are ALL God’s children and all children are different from one another.

    My second grade teacher, Sister Philip Marie, taught me two of the most important things that I believe that I ever learned and they are:

    God Is Love which I didn’t understand at the time and still do not understand but I know to be literally true since meeting Who is referred to as God the Father in my heart.

    and

    That we are all equal in the Eyes of God which does not mean that we are all the same or should even attempt to be the same.

  • Nelson

    I believe in all my heart that if Jesus Christ could talk to us today about our debt problems he would say “Yes, solve the problem but do not do it so the poor and the struggling are hurt. There is a fair and equitable way to do it by spreading the responsibility to those who can best cope with it” I am Catholic and a Obama supporter. Go ahead and judge me if it makes you happy.

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