The other day my wife an I were watching a Catholic program on EWTN called “The World Over” with Raymond Arroyo. Mr. Arroyo was interviewing Cardinal elect Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. In the course of the interview Arroyo asked the Archbishop how he would handle New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, who had vigorously pushed and signed a new law legalizing gay marriage in public defiance of the Catholic Church. Governor Cuomo claims he’s a Catholic. Archbishop Dolan responded that he would try convincing the governor of the error of his ways (my words). This is the same failed strategy used by church leaders since time immemorial.
Can you think of a case where a church leader has been successful in changing the mind of a person such as Governor Cuomo? I’ve never heard of one. Do you think that any Catholic leader could change the moral positions of such luminaries as Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, Patrick Leahy, to name just a handful? History has shown that this strategy will never work. This is pure appeasement. Appeasement is as good as surrender. This is what has happened to the Church today when it comes to the moral issues of our day, such as abortion, euthanasia, marriage and the family. Some examples of failed appeasement experiments:
- “Peace in our time” by the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 1938. Click here to view the video of Chamberlain’s announcement in 1938. Right after he signed the appeasement agreement with Hitler, what happened in 1939? Hitler conquered Czechoslovakia, the subject of the agreement, then came the invasion and conquest of Poland and the start of War II. Peace in our time?
- The Vietnam Paris Peace Talks of 1968-1973. As a Vietnam veteran myself I recall this as if it happened yesterday. I was in Vietnam when these failed talks started. The Americans signed a peace treaty with the North Vietnamese in 1973. What happened after this agreement was signed? By 1975 the North Vietnamese had conquered all of Vietnam. What happened to the treaty?
- Notre Dame, a Catholic University, invites the most pro-abortion president in history to speak there in 2009. Click here to watch a short clip of Fr. John Jenkins, an apostate priest and president of Notre Dame, make the most lavish and loving introduction of President Obama; you would think that he was introducing Pope Benedict XVI. I’m sure he would not be so kind to the Pope.
- Archbishop Dolan himself has met with President Obama in the last few months and supposedly, shared with him his concerns. No doubt he told him of his opposition to the HHS proposal to force Catholic institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraception at no cost to the employee. Well, what happened after this meeting? Just this week HHS announced that they will force Catholic institutions to provide such benefits and there will be no conscience or religious exceptions. Check out the story by clicking here.
Appeasement does not work. Appeasement does not work. When will they learn?