• Kevin Kelly
    November 19, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    Will The Affordable Care Act require Church run institutions in the U.S. to provide healthcare to their employees which includes drugs for abortion and sterilization? It appears to me that the new law will demand it. V.P. Biden claimed during the campaign that this wasn’t the case. I also noticed that calls during Mass for removal of this requirement have stopped. Will the Church silently comply? If not, what will these institutions do?
    Kevin Kelly

  • Conan776
    November 20, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Civil marriage is simply a form of civil contract about which there are simply no theological implications, other than our moral obligation as Catholics to abhor arbitrary discrimination within the rule of Law. That obligation simply outweighs our need to “protect our brand” in regards to the Sacrament of Marriage.

    I see only a passing mention in your missive in regards to the Social Justice implications of the Presidential election, which, among other more esoteric concerns, should, God willing, result in millions more poor and elderly Americans having access to health care than had it gone the other way. There are indeed simply things that the State, lacking the profit motive, can do better than private enterprise. Policing, firefighting, and healthcare are each of the same kind in this respect, and that the populace understands this more and more shouldn’t be equated with people simply wanting a handout.

  • Julie Ann Courville
    November 20, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,

    Several years ago Bishop Frank Dewane from the Diocese of Venice FL told us we need to be Bold in our faith. I thought about this again. A few mornings ago upon awakening.
    the following inspiration of the meaning of BOLD came to me…..

    Acronym for BOLD B Bravely
    O Offer
    L Love &
    D Direction
    All of us Catholics who are true to the Faith, must go out and preach God’s truth through our words and especially actions. Love is ultimately sacrificial. We must be crystal clear not grey and murky.
    God bless you


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