Since July 14 of this year, the Center for Medical Progress has released five under-cover videos revealing Planned Parenthood’s potentially illegal trafficking of the body parts of fetal children. Each video illustrated more and more of Planned Parenthood’s moral depravity as executives haggled over the price of tissues and organs harvested from aborted children. But even though Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s office is 2.6 miles from the National Headquarters of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral is 1.7 miles away, and despite the fact that Cardinal Dolan is the chairman-elect of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, he has said absolutely nothing about the scandal or the Senate vote which failed yesterday to ban Planned Parenthood from Federal Funding.
Instead of leading Catholics around the Country in driving a spear right through the heart of the nation’s largest retailer of abortion and harvested fetal organs, Cardinal Dolan chose to write an op-ed about one of 23 declared presidential candidates. And while abortion and same-sex “marriage” are at the top of social concerns in this country, especially for Catholics, Cardinal Dolan didn’t even go there. Rather, he focused his attention on the immigration policy of one presidential candidate.
Cardinal Dolan’s silence about one of the biggest shifts in momentum against Planned Parenthood is strange, to say the least. But this isn’t the first time Catholics have witnessed odd behavior from the Church’s Prince of New York City. Earlier this year, Cardinal Dolan acted as Grand Marshall of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, allowing for the first-time-ever an openly homosexual organization to march in the parade. But allowing an openly homosexual organization to march in the parade was only part of the issue. In addition to this, the parade also banned a pro-life organization from marching, even though Catholic League president Bill Donahue was promised that a pro-life group would be allowed to march.
While controversy surrounding the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was swirling about, Cardinal Dolan gave an interview to Meet the Press, where he gave a hearty “Bravo” to NFL draft candidate Michael Sam, who had just “come out” about his homosexual lifestyle.
Going back just a little bit further, Cardinal Dolan invited the nation’s most anti-Catholic president in the history of the United States to the prominent Al Smith dinner, even though previous pro-abortion candidates had been barred by former prelates of New York.
This is a very difficult reality for Catholics to grasp. Shepherds carry a staff for two reasons: 1) keep the sheep from wandering off, and 2) smack-down wolves when they get close to the sheep. However, what is happening in New York looks an awful lot like the exact opposite. For the chairman-elect of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities to call out the immigration statements of one out of 23 contenders for the 2016 presidential election while completely ignoring Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby organs is a slap in the face to the entire pro-life movement. While we may never know why he is doing this, what is abundantly clear is that Cardinal Dolan needs our fasting and our prayers.