Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, head of the USCCB and archbishop of New York, told John Allen of NCR that the bishops are not "Obama haters," despite what some may think. More importantly, he stresses a posture of "openness" and "dialogue" with respect to the HHS decision. "We'd much rather be conciliatory," he told NCR. This is the most Christian, and in the end the most productive, stance for the church to take.
ROME -- Insisting that the Catholic bishops of America are not “Obama haters,” soon-to-be Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said this morning that while the bishops regard a recent compromise on insurance mandates announced by the administration as unacceptable, he’s committed to “dialogue” and a “posture of openness” in trying to reach agreement. There’s still “a little glimmer of hope,” Dolan said, that an acceptable solution can be found.
Dolan said he’s well aware that some Americans, including some Catholics, believe that “the bishops can’t stand this administration anyway, so any thought of dialogue or moderation is really a waste of time, because the bishops aren’t about to stop opposing [it].” Dolan insisted that impression is both “strategically counter-productive” and “factually untrue.”
"We didn't start this battle, and I'm kind of uncomfortable with it," he said, "We'd much rather be conciliatory." Dolan also said he was “disappointed” with the quick support given to the administration’s announcement by the Catholic Health Association, saying it amounted to "popping the champagne cork" before the bishops had a chance to react. There too, he said, he wants to keep the dialogue going.
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