Catholic Faithful Appalled by Hateful Attacks on President.
Conservatives realize what a blunder their criticism was
Conservatives are in full retreat from their politically, socially and theologically disastrous attempt to defame President Obama following the invitation of the University of Notre Dame to award him an honorary degree.
Early and intemperate remarks used the strongest language against the President and the University. Typical of the Right-wing, they went so overboard, their own fanaticism became the issue. They learned little from their misguided attempt to proclaim Rush Limbaugh their leader, and action that also resulted in a full scale retreat by conservative and Republican leaders.
Sensible conservative Catholics like Archbishop Timothy Dolan, are now expressing the conservative viewpoint in more moderate and temperate terms. The Archbishop, soon to be enthroned in New York City, offers his personal opinion ("I think it was a mistake.") but affirms his respect for Barack Obama and simply re-states what we all know -- that the Church stands with the President on many issues but not on the abortion issue. Sending a subtle message, in one of his first acts as Archbishop of New York, Dolan will be guest of honor at an event organized by a pro-choice organization (Central Synagogue) and has invited teh President to attend his installation in St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Former Ambassador Thomas Patrick Melady, a conservative Catholic leader, has now penned an article saying that conservatives need to reign things in on this issue and other conservatives are echoing Dolan, voicing their objection as a personal judgement and going to great lengths to distance themselves from the Obama-haters. Even ultraconservative Archbishop Raymond Burke has had to apologize for his actions in recent days.
Christian conservative Michael Gerson sent clear signals on the need to change the rhetoric today saying that the Obama-haters "are going too far" on the Notre Dame issue and is trying to direct criticism of the President back to issues, not the Notre Dame speech. Church bishops previously silent are speaking up that the tone and rhetoric have got out of hand.