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Cardinal Dolan: I'd Suggest Kaepernick Unite, Not Divide Us

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By    |   Thursday, 29 Sep 2016 01:43 PM

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, said Thursday that if he could speak with a NFL quarterback who continues to take a knee rather than stand for the National Anthem, he'd ask him to work to bring Americans together.

"We need your witness more than ever to unite us and bring us together," Dolan said on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" he'd tell San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. "Not to further divide us."

Dolan said that he had lived through the 1960s, when race divisions were perhaps at a peak, but had thought the matter was behind the nation. And when someone like Kaepernick does not stand for the National Anthem, it bothers Dolan.

"I'm [in] a sacred enterprise where rituals are important," said Dolan. "They remind us of the divine. I worry if we begin to question and chip away at them, then the common ground that we got that allows for civility and compassionate public discourse, that's going to erode even further and we don't need that."

Meanwhile, the current presidential election "seems to raise the Mercury quite a bit," said Dolan, and people are bothered by the personal attacks.

"I didn't watch the debate," he said. "I watched the Mets game. What I hear people say, they didn't talk about issues and attacked one another. Did we hear them talk about substantial revival of the economy? Did we hear about substance and foreign policy? Did we hear about some of the burning issues like the culture of life, like immigrants?"

And he does think Americans are yearning for answers and unity, and he would like to think they tell their children that it is okay to disagree on issues, "but never attack a person."

Dolan is looking forward to the annual Al Smith dinner, a huge dinner held to bring politicians together in a "real climate of amity."

This year, though, there is a great deal of stress between candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and Dolan will be sitting between the two, just as he sat between nominees Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in 2012.

"Except for the debates, it's the only time in the political season that the two candidates come together," said Dolan about the annual dinner, sponsored by the New York archdiocese."

"We're a bridge builder," said Dolan."On that evening we pray there's a sense of joy, self-deprecating humor and bringing out what's best in America."

And there have been times where a candidate will pull him aside to ask for advice or his prayers.

Other than that, Dolan said he's ready to sit between the rivals, and "I'll have a couple of martinis beforehand."

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