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April 21, 2014 - 8:59 am

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, put in a good word for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Sunday’s Face the Nation and said he’d be a good presidential candidate.

Dolan also quipped that Pope Francis could throw his hat in the ring, noting the Argentinian pontiff (who polls far better than President Obama) “has really ignited the imagination of the world.”

“And, for once, finally, it’s almost like people are saying, wow, there’s reason to cheer. There’s reason to hope. There’s a good guy. The good guys are winning in the church. People want the church to succeed. People want religion and faith and spirituality to work,” he said. “People in general are on the side of virtue and goodness and everything that’s noble and decent in the human person. And when you see somebody like Pope Francis that can tap into that and just seems to emanate that and call forth — call that forth from everybody, people kind of take a second look at religion and say, wow, maybe belief is worth it.”

Dolan cautioned the media, though, against interpreting Francis’ reforms as changing the structure of the Church. “Christianity, like Judaism, is a revealed religion. It’s an inherited religion. We believe that God has told us certain things about himself and ourselves. And we can’t tamper with that,” he said. “Now, we can kind of redirect the way we teach it or express it. And, boy, this pope is doing that on steroids. But to the substance of it, can’t, can’t, can’t.”

One example, the cardinal stressed, is gay marriage.

“I believe we can’t camper tamper with that. Would I do things to protect the civil rights of those who are unable to live up to that? You bet I would, whether that became insurance, whether that became housing, whatever,” he said. “Do I believe that society could be affected negatively if we tamper with the definition of marriage? Yes. And that’s just not as man of faith. That’s just as, I would like to think, a loyal American, that if we tamper with that essential of human relationships, marriage, we’re sooner or later going to come to regret it.”

He also tipped his hat to Hobby Lobby: “I think they are just true Americans. They’re saying, look, the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way we act. America is at her strongest, at her best when people can bring everything into the public square, including their moral, ethical, spiritual and religious convictions. And the government should never force us to do anything that is contrary to those deepest held convictions. That they’re fighting for that, willing to go all the way to the Supreme Court, boy, they sure have my admiration.”

Dolan said Bush, who unlike his Methodist brother George W. is Catholic, will be helping the archdiocese promote Catholic schools.

“I like Jeb Bush a lot. Whether I would be for him as a presidential candidate or not, I don’t know personally. But I sure admire him. And I especially appreciate the priority he gives to education and immigration, by the way,” Dolan said. “I found him remarkably innovative… He said, darn it, let’s see what works. We can’t do business as usual. We got to help our public schools. We know that they are terribly flawed. What can we do improve them?”

“And he experimented. And he went out on a limb. And a lot of things — and things began to click in Florida to — such that he’s rightly proud of this progress that he made in education. And, if you don’t mind me blowing our own horn here, he says one of the best things going is Catholic education.”

When asked if he would like to see Bush run for president, the cardinal replied, “Yes, I think he — I sure think he’d bring something, yes. He’d be good.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I'm a conservative evangelical Christian. I never heard of ANYBODY in my circles (which include some pretty big names) who ever suggested that Romney's religion was a reason not to vote for him.

His track record was always the reason discussed. Simply put, he's a phony.
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No. No dynasties and no Common Core.

Dear GOP. I'll go back to voting libertarian if Jeb is your nominee.
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I am supporting the true Catholic candidate, Rick Santorum. No more meat on Fridays. Baptist Churches will be forced to hold Tuesday night bingo, complete with beer and lots of cigarette smoke. National Guard troops will surround and lay siege to the domestic porn industry in the San Fernando Valley. Finally all masturbation will be outlawed.
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1. Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA), 1986: A blanket amnesty for some 2.7 million illegal aliens.
2. Section 245(i) Amnesty, 1994: A temporary rolling amnesty for 578,000 illegal aliens.
3. Section 245(i) Extension Amnesty, 1997: An extension of the rolling amnesty created in 1994.
4. Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) Amnesty, 1997: An amnesty for close to one million illegal aliens from Central America.
5. Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act Amnesty (HRIFA), 1998: An amnesty for 125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti.
6. Late Amnesty, 2000: An amnesty for some illegal aliens who claim they should have been amnestied under the 1986 IRCA amnesty, an estimated 400,000 illegal aliens.
7. LIFE Act Amnesty, 2000: A reinstatement of the rolling Section 245(i) amnesty, an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens.
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These fat and comfy Cardinals are big Democrat supporters. They talk a good game but still support the party that pushes tax payer funded abortion. What hypocrites. They sit around wrapped in their red robes and on their fat a$$es and what do they actually do? Do they produce a product, use applied engineering, do manual labor? Of course not. They sit on their royal fat a$$es and say "give me money"...every week. They live in opulance but preach a different lifestyle for the lay people...but worst of all...they have squanderd $millions of your money on out of court settlements for pedophile priests. And they did this while they shuffeled these pedophiles from parrish to parrish in order to hide them from the law. What morons. Shame on them.
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Please advise me where the Church has officially supported the Democrat Party?
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There is de jure, and there is de facto.

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Cardinal Timothy "Bravo" Dolan has become little more than a useful idiot for the socialists and secularists. If you want to read the opinions of a loyal Catholic leader look up Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia. He has published many great articles and speeches and the wonderful book "Render Unto Caesar."
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It really bothers me that the Washington Post is now running cartoons about Cardinal Dolan being an anti-gay bigot. Even worse, they are censoring my comments reminding them that this is a very old, not forward thinking, parody. The archaic bigotry bothers me, but so does the censorship. They are also running an article about the Grahams being anti gay bigots because they support putin protecting children from being adopted by homosexual pedophiles and pederasts. There are a lot of cases of that happening, especially among the leaders of the movement, but they are being buried. Very disturbing.
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Go on a fast, Dolan.
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See you at the Costello's Four Deuces on Thursday night so I can defend the Cardinal.
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Defend him? From what? Is some food going to force itself down his throat again?
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The Catholic Church could have been one of Obamacare's "biggest cheerleaders" if not for some of its mandates involving contraception, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Friday. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/ny-cardinal-dolan-catholic-church-couldve-been-cheerleader-obamacare-f2D11673900

Apparently Dolan is for liberty ... but for Catholics only. He doesn't care if Obama's one-size-fits-all healthcare is rammed down our throats. Once Catholics get the privilege to opt out of paying for birth control, he'd support Obama's plans to force us in every other aspect.

I used to support religious liberty for Catholics ... but no more. Catholics will get their freedom when we get ours ... the day Obamacare is repealed.
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Two important historical facts: 1) Cardinal Dolan is a crook, liar and disgrace to all Catholics. 2) Pope Francis, while a common priest and pastor in Argentina was an apologist for then (dictator) rampant mass murders and "los deaparecidos!" See, then Pastor (Pope Francis) knew the whereabouts for mass graves and murdering taking place in Argentina, but kept quiet..."go-along-to-get-along!"
As for Mr. Dolan, he deliberately foiled a court ordered decision to reimburse some $100 million dollars to several families IN HIS DIOCESE suffering under the sex-scandal Mr. Dolan covered-up. All this is carefully laid out in court documents...since sealed. Mr. Dolan, then cleared out all assets in possession of his Diocese, distributing it to "other Dioceses's assets" and declared bankruptcy in his Diocese. Pretty tricky stuff, no! Now, he's some kind of holier than thou articulator for Catholicism in all USA??? IMPOSSIBLE, He's worse than Bernie Madoff. Mr. Dolan is guilty, per plea deal, and should be doing time in the clinker. Worse, Mr. Dolan, NEVER APOLOGIZED TO FAMILIES SUFFERING THIS DISGRACE. Worse than Mr Sandusky. Shame! Shame! Shame! Let's start telling the truth, no more cover-ups. Cardinal Richelieu is long since dead.
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No. No dynasties and no Common Core.

Dear GOP. I'll go back to voting libertarian if Jeb is your nominee.
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Dolan likes Jeb because Jeb's Catholic. Therefore the archbishop's recommendation may noted and filed, and he may be excused.

I think America has come a ways from voting for or against people solely on the basis of religion. And the ones that really want to drag us back to those days won't vote for any Christian, Jew, or atheist.
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He likes Jeb because he is pro life and wishes to legalize a large portion our illegal brothers and sisters. The Cardinal would no doubt vote for Jeb's Methodist brother George over nominal Catholic and queen of death, Nancy Pelosi. I do not believe your suspicion of his motives to be accurate. s My parents sent me here from Ireland when I was 14 to visit my brother and I stayed, illegally Four years in the military and marriage to a Guatemalan American brought me home for good.
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Take a look at the track record of elected Catholics. In general, they have not been friendly to the Constitution, even when they claim to be Republican.

They are pretty uniformly soft on crime, and big on government, well, except for the legitimate functions of government.

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Catholic Church supports principle of subsidiarity. Subsidiarity means pushing down decisions to lowest level of government that makes sense. Your claim of centralized control holds no water. What individual Catholics do is often odds with church teaching.
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Wonder why Catholics might approve of total control by a central power.
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Oh, don't get me started on why their doctrine predisposes them to affiliate with the leftists!

Birds of a feather, except on a FEW social issues.



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To whatever degree Catholics "affiliate with leftists" is because left infiltrated the church both in the form of philosophy and individuals. The KGB planted liberation theology in the Latin American church. But the KGB also infiltrated the entire World Council of Churches. Formerly mainstream denominations are now lefty ministers preaching to empty churches. Thankfully pro choice nuns and communist priests are mostly now in retirement and a new generation of good priests is ascending.
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No, it's not the liberation theology that is the problem. It's standard Roman Catholic dogma that makes it the natural ally of statists.

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Unfortunately, I still believe being Mormon/LDS cost Romney some critical votes in several so-called swing states in 2012. That was a luxury better not exercised in otherwise conservative areas in FL, VA, IA, CO (the Colorado Springs area in particular) and southern OH. The differences in McCrory's (North Carolina)blowout margin and Romney's tight margin NC are telling.
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I'm a conservative evangelical Christian. I never heard of ANYBODY in my circles (which include some pretty big names) who ever suggested that Romney's religion was a reason not to vote for him.

His track record was always the reason discussed. Simply put, he's a phony.
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Yeah, exactly like Obama. Exactly. No difference

Of course nobody said it out loud.
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Romney would have appointed pro life judges. That is a difference. Ipso Facto, you are wrong.
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I'll see your assertion and raise you one track record.

What kind of people did he appoint when he was Governor of Massachusetts?

HINT: Liberals, by a wide margin.

Romney discredits the Mormon church. Mormon defenders of Romney discredit it even more. You prove that his phoniness is not an aberration.




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