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Cardinal Dolan on TIME’s 100 “Most Influential,” as is PPFA’s Richards

by | Apr 19, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

First, the good news about the results of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list which showed up on the magazine’s website today. That list of “people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world “ includes pro-life champion Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York. His selection was accompanied by a thoughtful and very respectful commentary  written by  Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham.

“In leading the opposition to a proposed Obama Administration rule that would have required Catholic organizations like hospitals to pay for contraceptive services for female employees, Dolan successfully argued that such a policy violated the nation’s principles of religious liberty.”

“From his headquarters in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dolan, who arrived there after serving as Archbishop of Milwaukee, offers a nuanced Christian witness, reaching out to Jews and Muslims and urging his own faith to re-evangelize itself before assuming that the rest of the world will open its head and heart to the Catholic message.”

PPFA President Cecile Richards

The bad news is that despite a reader response in which more people said  “no way” she should be included on the list than said she should “definitely” be on, PPFA President Cecile Richards is among the 100 who “inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world”—at least according to TIME.

As befits someone who is a media darling, Richards’ selection was accompanied by (strangely) a very few words from Sandra Fluke. Fluke is a third-year law student  at the Georgetown University Law School Center whose 15 minutes of fame has been extended indefinitely.

Why? Because the media loves her for her role in defending/justifying the Obama mandate that all religious institutions–-universities, hospitals, and charities–-pay for health insurance that covers sterilization and contraception.

But there were enough words for Fluke to write

“Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, 54, is a role model for all of us as she leads women in pursuit of unfettered access to health care and reproductive freedom. She is also my advocate and that of every woman in America, as I learned firsthand when I was publicly disparaged for speaking out on an issue she has been working on every day for years.”

As we reported earlier this month, Timothy Cardinal Dolan came in a very respectable 17th place just ahead of Ms. Richards. The numbers ebbed and flowed as interested parties (like us) encouraged their followers to vote.

But there was more to the results than meets the eye. Readers were given the option of checking one of two boxes for candidates: Should the candidate “definitely” be on, or “no way” they should be on.

Lost in the rankings is that while Cardinal Dolan affirmatives were about 4,000 more than Ms. Richards’ (42,796 to 38,942), his negatives were roughly only half of hers (23,653 compared to 45,395).

Put another way, Richards had more “no ways” than she did “definitely be on” while Cardinal Dolan had almost twice as many “definitely be on” as  “no way.”

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