New York City's Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that Hillary Clinton should disavow negative comments made by campaign staffers that were disclosed in emails hacked by WikiLeaks.
"They are extraordinarily patronizing and insulting to Catholics," the archbishop of the Big Apple told News Channel 13 in Colorado Springs on Monday.
Dolan will host the Al Smith Dinner in New York on Thursday, which is to be attended by both Clinton and Donald Trump.
The white-tie event, long a stop for presidential candidates since its beginning in 1945, raises funds for Catholic charities that aid needy children.
"If it had been said about the Jewish community, the Islamic community, within 10 minutes there would have been an apology and a complete distancing from those remarks, which hasn't happened yet," Dolan told the ABC News affiliate after the "Respect Life Dinner" in the city.
In a 2011 email chain, Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, communications director Jennifer Palmieri and Center for American Progress fellow John Halpin mocked conservative Catholicism as an "amazing bastardization of the faith."
Catholic leaders have called for Clinton to distance herself from the remarks and fire Podesta and Palmeri.
"I'm hoping that she's going to distance herself from these remarks," Dolan said.
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