Cardinal Dolan's invitation to the most virulently pro-abortion politician to occupy the office of President has already cleared the news cycle. The scandal and protest of faithful Catholics and other pro-lifers has already cleared the news cycle. The decision of His Eminence to maintain the invitation in the face of protest has also cleared the news cycle.
So, in a nation with a short attention span, why revisit the issue? For purposes of clarity, and in the hopes of trying to rouse complacent Catholics from the sleep of meekly submitting to our emasculation in the so-called "public square".
Christopher Ferrara has posted a piece on The Remnant which dissects the larger problem exemplified by the Al Smith invitation, called The Cardinal Virtues: Engagement, Dialogue and Civility. Though known as a firebrand, in this piece I think that Ferrara treats the subject with honesty and charity. He is not disrespectful to the Cardinal, nor do I wish any disrespect to him. He does point out the disastrous logic of His Eminence's position.
It is a symptom of a colossal problem, fatal to the interests of the Church of Christ. As we near the 50th Anniversary of the undeniable disaster of the Second Vatican Council (or of its implementation, if you insist), pointing out the obvious is still, regrettably, topical. Catholics must wake up to the reality of the consequences of a failed approach to secularism-- and then change that approach.
From the full article, these excerpts. It is a little long (no surprise to any reader), but it is worth reading in full. I had a hard enough time cutting what I did: