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Text of Archbishop Quinn letter to Obama

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The text of Archbishop John Quinn’s letter of support to Barack Obama:

The President
The White House
Washington, D. C. 20500
Mr. President,
I am writing as a Catholic Bishop to offer a different voice from the often strident outcries over your forthcoming visit to Notre Dame University. I acknowledge certain critical differences between us, especially on the issue of abortion. But without minimizing the gravity of these issues, I want to state several things, which I believe of major importance at this time.
First, I am personally deeply gratified by the election of an African American as President of the United States and I share the jubilation of many Americans and in particular of many African American Catholics in the United States over your election. It is significant that the Vatican newspaper compared your election with the fall of the Berlin Wall and I recall that the Pope personally offered his congratulations to you.
I believe it important to acknowledge the fine example you have given in your married life and in your love and devotion to your children. The ideal of stable family life has long been a focus of interest for the Catholic Church. This, together with your frequent call for personal responsibility, is a great contribution to our nation.
It strikes me that you have shown a measured, thoughtful approach to issues of public concern and your ability to listen to and weigh views different from your own is an asset to the discharge of your high responsibilities. This admirable quality inspires hope for further dialog on issues over which there are major differences.
Mr. President, I address this letter to you not to deal with matters of policy or legislation, but simply to wish you great blessings and to assure you of my prayer that your service as President will bring lasting benefits to all Americans who, with you, cherish the ideal of “liberty and justice for all.”
Most sincerely yours,
+John R. Quinn
Former Archbishop of San Francisco
 
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Mareczku

posted May 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm


This is a beautiful letter. I applaud the positive tone. I am pro-life and hope that President Obama can be convinced of the truth of the pro-life cause. He is the President of all of us, Catholics included, and deserves our respect.



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alforo

posted May 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm


Once again, physical and human sensibilities and attributes trump the spiritual. It is more important ‘to be human’ than it is to submit to the precepts of the church. Kudos to secularization. That’s what it’s all about. That is what we need. It is more important to love your wife and kids than it is to condem abortion and the killing of human life.



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smalley

posted May 16, 2009 at 6:06 pm


btw, when did pro-life and pro-choice become mutually exclusive?



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Gerry

posted May 17, 2009 at 11:26 pm


Add another skull of a bishop on the road to Hell.



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