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Cardinal Dolan: At This Time in America 'We Need a Little Christmas'

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By    |   Friday, 23 December 2016 03:45 PM

New York City's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says "we need a little Christmas" in America today.

He made the comments during a Friday interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

Interviewer Brian Kilmeade asked the cardinal for a message to reflect on Christmas in 2016.

Dolan said, "When I come in to [St. Patrick's] cathedral on Christmas Eve, for midnight Mass, there's going to be SWAT teams – in a house of peace, we would have to have protection. But that reflects the trouble that's going on. But is that not the message of Christmas? At the darkest time of the year, at the time when we're tempted to be filled with doubt and discouragement, we're reminded that ultimately, light trumps darkness. Goodness is going to have the last word over evil. That's a powerful Christmas message. We need it. We need a little Christmas."

Dolan reflect on recent political events, saying he got upset about comments made by Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, in a leaked email from 2012.

In one of Podesta's emails, Sandy Newman of Voices of Progress, in 2012, wrote that there needed to be a "Catholic spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a Middle Ages dictatorship."

In October of this year, Dolan said about the leaked email message, "If it had been said about the Jewish community or the Islamic community, within ten minutes there would have been an apology and a complete distance from those remarks. Hasn't happened yet.

"That got my Irish up, too, because I thought it caricatured Catholics. It showed… it showed leadership of the Democratic Party that, I thought, (was) extraordinarily insensitive."

Dolan praised the Christmas decorations at the cathedral, joking, "It's like the spiritual version of The Rockettes."

Kilmeade, after the interview, credited Dolan, saying, "I hope someone doesn't take this wrong. He's a natural talk show host. He could do a show by himself."

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