Cardinal Dolan Takes on Trump

Cardinal Timothy Dolan laughs with reporters after holding a prayer service

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, S.T.L.

Cardinal Dolan had some pretty harsh words for Donald Trump regarding his statements about making Mexico pay for it.  He basically called the 2016 president hopeful a Nativist, a reference to a 19th century anti-Catholic group which often distributed anti-Catholic propaganda and sometimes committed violent attacks against Catholics.

I normally don’t like to talk about immigration in religious discussions since immigration is a gray issue in Church social doctrine.  The Catechism does say, “Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions” (no. 2241).  While it does say that “more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of” a better life, the latter part of juridical conditions must still be respected.  I will not go into the details since that is up to prudential judgment and not an aspect of Catholic dogma.

You can read the article here:

I will say that people on both sides need to consider some of the following factors: reason for leaving one place for another, the consequences of deporting them, the consequences of allowing just anybody to enter, the kind of rights they have as opposed to the privileges they don’t get if illegal.  Cardinal Dolan accused Trump of condemning an entire race, but Trump has repeatedly complimented Mexicans at large while explaining that his comments have to do with the violent drug gangs and human traffickers that illegally come into the U.S.  If His Eminence is going accuse Trump of forbidding Catholics from entering the country, he should at least consider that there is reason to believe from sources that illegal immigrants are more likely to leave the Church than those who legally enter the country, or that many who enter the country are not practicing Catholics or Catholics at all.  Plenty are violent drug gangs like Los Chapos and Los Zetas who kidnap Christians and kill them.  What about new threats from jihadis, including Mexican converts to Islam, along with Pakistani Muslims, to illegally enter the U.S. to wage jihad?

This article is also not so much about Cardinal Dolan’s statements of Trump’s immigration policy as it is about Cardinal Dolan’s habit of saying or doing things to get the media’s attention.  While we should evangelize, saying things and omitting other things for the media to like us probably is not evangelizing.  It sounds more like just saying what it takes to be liked; but we’re not called to be liked; we’re called to teach the truth unashamed as Saint Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel” (Romans 1:16).

My concern with Cardinal Dolan is that he sometimes does or says something that seems off.  For example, he has stated “good for him” regarding a gay athlete announcing his engagement to his boyfriend (I highly doubt he was being sarcastic as it’s not in his character), he has been awfully silent in the wake of the leaked Planned Parenthood videos, he invited a gay group to advertise themselves in this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade while reportedly rejecting an anti-abortion group’s entry, his archdiocese has sold a few churches among one of them which was turned into a mosque.  Why is Cardinal Dolan speaking more on gray issues like immigration than on issues like abortion, euthanasia and Islamic violence against Christians?  Why does he make a false dichotomy between the IRA and ISIS when it is abundantly clear that ISIS follows Islamic texts to the very page?

Of course even bishops are sinful just like us, but it is the duty of the sinner to reconcile to God and renounce his/her sin.  In Cardinal Dolan’s case it is more dire since his actions are made public and give a thumbs up to those who may indulge in error, thus scandalizing their faith.  We should pray for the bishops, that they may guide the Church in truth in unity with the Holy Father.  The Church needs faithful bishops.


Here is another article:

An Hispanic priest apologizes for Cardinal Dolan’s politically motivated remarks here:


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