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What Would Dagger John Do? Part Two

It pains me as a Catholic to say it, but this response by Archbishop Dolan to the Obama administration’s in-your-face HHS-mandate provocation is simply pathetic:

Dolan said he met with the president weeks ago in the Oval Office to talk about the law. Dolan said the president gave his promise the provision would go away, but it hasn’t. “It seems to be at odds with very sincere assurances that he gave me, that he wanted to continue to work with the church in these endeavors and views and projects he shared a passionate interest in, so I can’t figure it out,” Dolan said.

“When I left the Oval Office, where I was very grateful for his invitation to be there, I left with high hopes. That nothing his administration would do would impede the good work that he admitted and acknowledged in the church,” Dolan said. “And I’m afraid I don’t have those sentiments of hope now.”

Is the American clergy this naive? Are their moral detectors so deficient that they would trust a man of Obama’s moral track record? “Sincere assurances” and “high hopes” mean nothing to an Alinskyite practitioner of American taqiyya, for whom subterfuge, dissimulation, misdirection, and bald-faced lying are a way of life, but it’s obvious that the Cardinal-designate is utterly clueless about these things. 

I mean, really: “Can’t figure it out”? “Seems to be at odds”? Your Eminence, it is at odds, which should lead you only to one conclusion about the president’s sincerity and veracity. As Sherlock Holmes liked to say, “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

No one wants to believe the president of the United States or any other high governmental official would deliberately lie to the Archbishop of New York. But what other conclusion can a reasonable person reach? That Valerie Jarrett and Kathleen Sebelius made him do it? 

One of the problems the Right consistently has in dealing with the Left is its touching credulity in their stated motives, instead of assessing their genuine objectives. Like the Archbishop, we’re constantly taken by surprise when the entirely predictable happens. Haven’t any of the princes of the Church read the essential text on the subject of good and evil (and the deception that evil must practice in order to overcome good), Milton’s Paradise Lost

As God says to Jesus in Book Three regarding Satan’s seductive mission:

Onely begotten Son, seest thou what rage 

Transports our adversarie, whom no bounds

Prescrib’d, no barrs of Hell, nor all the chains

Heapt on him there, nor yet the main Abyss

Wide interrupt can hold; so bent he seems

On desparate reveng, that shall redound 

Upon his own rebellious head. And now

Through all restraint broke loose he wings his way

Not farr off Heav’n, in the Precincts of light,

Directly towards the new created World,

And Man there plac’t, with purpose to assay 

If him by force he can destroy, or worse,

By some false guile pervert; and shall pervert

For man will heark’n to his glozing lyes,

And easily transgress the sole Command,

Sole pledge of his obedience: So will fall, 

Hee and his faithless Progenie: whose fault?

Whose but his own? ingrate, he had of mee

All he could have; I made him just and right,

Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall.

No, they were probably boning up on liberation theology instead. 

Somewhere, Dagger John is weeping.

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.


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