Every four years since 1960, the presidential candidates of the two major political parties have been invited to speak at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a fundraiser for Catholic Charities at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.
The affair is named for Al Smith, the first Catholic presidential candidate.
This year’s dinner, which is set for Oct. 18, has generated more controversy than usual — mainly because Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has invited President Obama to attend.
Dolan defends the invitation HERE:
I am receiving stacks of mail protesting the ...