[quote="MidnightSun12, post:6, topic:295237"]
For Obama, his conflict with the Church is a political one where he can justifiably drop his gloves for a non-partisan dinner. For the Church, however, this is a battle to the death. If this HHS mandate continues as planned, Catholics could potentially be getting persecuted and jailed for living out their faith. This is not a political issue for the Church, it's survival... If Obama loses this battle then he will find another high paid job easily as a lobbyist or a politician, if the Church loses this battle then this will be the beginning of legal Catholic persecution in America. So I feel that whatever legal ability the Church has to stall or halt Obama's re-election efforts, then it has a responsibility to take advantage of that ability (even if that means appearing to show favoritism towards the republicans this time around).
Now, this dinner with Obama isn't necessarly a bad thing. In fact, I would support this dinner if two things were to happen during Obama's attendance: 1) There would be no opportunities for PR benefit to the Obama campaign (ie. no photography) and 2) This dinner would be used as an opportunity to call out and discuss the evil nature of Obama's policies in the interest of showing him the error in his ways. Even Christ had dinner with sinners, but I can guarantee that Christ was spending this time to help save their souls and certainly did nothing to stroke their ego's or make them feel justified in their ways.
I certainly don't mean to show disrespect towards the Cardinal and I'm sure he has no deliberate intention to hamper the Church's efforts agains the HHS mandate. But we have to realize that the Church in America has never had to fight this type of religious persesuction before, it's easy to just keep these issues in the political arena and forget just how close to home they could be hitting after election day... :(
Christ said His would be tested, or persecuted for His namesake. He also said that even the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church, and promised to be with it until the consummation of the world.
Are we forgetting that the Church was born through much worse persecution than the type we are facing today?
I don't see how one can think the Cardinal could be hampering the Church's efforts against the HHS mandate, since the Cardinal is one of those who filed a lawsuit against this administration. That lawsuit is still pending.
Whether it's a mistake or not, only one will judge; we need to stand united as Catholics in support of the Cardinal. The public display of division does not go unnoticed by those who would find advantage in the division...