|11/14/2012 11:21:00 AM|
Cardinal seemed to support program that would hurt poor
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New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gives a thumbs up at this week's bishops' meeting.
To the Catholic Sentinel:
My husband and I were surprised and dismayed to receive a mailing from Catholic Vote, an organization supported and advocated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, decrying the HHS mandate which is a requirement of President Obama’ s Affordable Care Act.
I understand there is a problem with this mandate as it is not in alliance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. But to send out such a mailing with continuing references to President Obama implied a vote for Obama would be an offense against the Catholic Church.
Is Cardinal Dolan not aware of what eventually would have happened to the poor and needy of this country, also a main concern of the Catholic Church, had Romney won?
He would have adopted the Ryan Plan which, among other things, would include cuts to Medicaid, healthcare programs for the poor, food stamps, Head Start, Pell grants, job training and elder care. Thirty-seven percent of the tax benefits would go to millionaires. Even the U.S. bishops said Ryan got it all wrong, and yet Cardinal Dolan indirectly encouraged Catholics to vote against President Obama and to vote for a politician who would embrace this disgraceful tax plan that would be beneficial to the rich but extremely harmful to the poor.
Vincent and Bonnie Zanobelli