As you know, it is something of a tradition in election years now to invite the presidential candidates to the Al Smith Dinner, and annual event in the Archdiocese of New York to raise money for Catholic charity.
This year Sen. McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Barak Obama (D-IL) were present, seated on either side of Card. Egan.
They both spoke.
Here is "Diogenes" take on the white-tie affair:
Off the Record
hey, lighten up!
Posted Oct. 17, 2008 10:14 AM by Diogenes
The American bishops have generally agreed that political candidates who favor unrestricted legal abortion should not be given opportunities to speak at Church-sponsored events.
* unless the events raise $5 million for Catholic Charities
* unless the events are hosted by the cardinal-archbishop of the nation’s most prominent city
* unless the events are covered by every imaginable major media outlet
* unless the events are light-hearted, humorous affairs.
Because under those circumstances, you see, the archdiocese isn’t endorsing the pro-abortion candidate. It’s just showing that someone can support the deliberate slaughter of unborn human beings and still be a heckuva fun guy.