On Colbert Roasting Cardinal Dolan
Al Smith (D-NY) was a New York politian from the
early 20th Century who was the four time Governor of the Empire State as well
as the first Roman Catholic nominee for President of the United States in 1928 . The Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is an
annual charity white tie fundraiser which dates back to 1945 and has raised
millions of dollars for healthcare causes in New York.
|2012 Al Smith Dinner|
The Al Smith Dinner is always held on the third Thursday in October. As Stephen Colbert quipped about itscalendary cycle, it is like Catholic thanksgiving. In 1960, Theodore White remarked that the Al
Smith dinner was “a ritual of American politics. as candidates from both
parties would share the dais and show a humorous or even self-effacing
side. For example, last year both President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) both attended the fete hosted by New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
reserved for Cardinal Dolan. So much so, it seemed like a Cardinal Roast.
many both inside and outside the Catholic community with his earnest aestheticism. But Dolan touches people
with his joyful sensibility combined with his fervent faith.
For Colbert’s part, his humor was gentle and charitable. I will forever think of the title “Your Eminence” with a subtle smile yet appreciating the implication of the honorific. While Timothy Cardinal Dolan remains in New York after the Sweet Sistine 2013 Conclave Championship, at least Dolan’s beloved baseball St. Louis Cardinals have reached with World Series this year without the existential threat of competing against the New York Yankees.
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