Cardinal Dolan to offer closing prayer at Republican Convention
August 23rd, 2012
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Cardinal Dolan to offer closing prayer at Republican Convention

(CNN) – Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, America’s highest-profile Catholic official, will deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Republican convention, in another sign of how important the Catholic vote is expected to be this year.

The Archdiocese of New York confirmed Dolan’s role on Wednesday night, after it was reported by The Associated Press. News of Dolan's role initially came in an interview of presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney by EWTN, a Catholic television network, which is scheduled to air Thursday night.

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  1. Donkey Party

    Keep religion out of politics, unless churches want to lose their tax exemption.

    August 23, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. Larry L

    When churches start getting involved in politics their tax exemption should immediately cease. The fat-cats who fund the Republican Party use religion as a tool to energize religious radicals without having to offer them anything beyond symbolism. Religion won't pay for the promises – low taxes, good medical care, cheap gas, huge Defense budget, big bucks for Israel, reduced deficit, and 12 million new jobs. Are Republicans ever going to get Romney to explain how he plans to PAY for these things? Are they just going to pray-them-into-reality?

    August 23, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    No one is there!!! How pathetic GOP and its drama.

    August 23, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    in another sign of how important the Catholic vote is expected to be this year.
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    No that's wrong, and I'm a Catholic.
    It's about making it SEEM like the Catholic vote is going to be important because Paul "Eddie Munster" Ryan is a Catholic, and all the so-called GOPeeing Teatroll self-created hoopla about contraception and how the President is trying to force Catholic organizations to pay for it yada, yada.
    The WOMEN'S vote is going to be important this year. SUPER important. But the GOP is trying to downplay that.
    The LATINO vote is going to be important this year. SUPER important. But the GOP is trying to downplay that.
    The same goes for the Black vote, military, student, senior citizen, and poor vote.

    The fact that the Cardinal is delivering the closing prayer means nothing more than the Cardinal is delivering the closing prayer, and brings to a logical conclusion the very intimate relationship the Pink Hat hierarchy has indulged in with the Rerhuglikkklan Party at the expense of Catholic parishoners.

    Did I already say that I'm a Catholic? And I ain't buying what the Chruch is selling.

    August 23, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Paul_I

    Let's see how far Cardinal Dolan crosses the line between religion and politics. And will the good Cardinal pray for Mitt's immortal soul that it may be saved from eternal damnation?

    August 23, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would have preferred someone from the Louisville Cardinals, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Arizona Cardinals, or even the Stanford Cardinal. Is this cardinal a 'legitimate' person who supports the Ryan/Akin/GOP/Romney anti abortion plank?

    August 23, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. CanadaONE

    The pope's spokesman says Obama will get the message later today when it's relayed through the US ambassador to the vatican, NBC Online reports.

    Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said the the message calls Obama's victory a historic occasion, and offers warm wishes to Obama, his wife and family

    NOVEMBER

    August 23, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Yes, because clearly, people who want to run a governmental system that was explicitly designed to be secular in order to assure that powerful religious insitutions would not be infringing on peoples' inalienable human rights by using the gov't itself to further their religious agenda...those people should obviously be choosing a particular religious institution and then engaging in a giant spectacle of having it "bless" and "sanctify" their self-declared moral superiority and righteous worthiness to rule through said secular gov't. Is there offically sanctioned prayer time for Muslins and Jews and Sikhs and other religions on their convention schedule? Oh wait, that's right, this is supposedly a Krischun Nashun...despite all the historical record that proves otherwise. Takes some real magic thinking and a few magic pens to rewrite history, but gosh darnit these guys are trying hard.

    August 23, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Yes, because clearly, people who want to run a governmental system that was explicitly designed to be secular in order to assure that powerful religious insitutions would not be infringing on peoples' inalienable human rights by using the gov't itself to further their religious agenda...those people should obviously be choosing a particular religious institution and then engaging in a giant spectacle of having it "bless" and "sanctify" their self-declared moral superiority and righteous worthiness to rule through said secular gov't. Yep...makes perfect sense and is not incongruous with our nation's founding principles or the demographic make up of our society at all....

    August 23, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Say No to Willard Romney Hood and Personhood Ann Ryand

    That's nice, but the big question is whether they will have Dr. Jack Willke speak on their medical stances? You know, THE Dr. Willke who Akin cites as his medical expert on why women can't get pregnant during a rape. The same Dr. Willke that Willard Romney issued a press release on during his last failed Presidential run since Willke was endorsing Willard Personhood RMoney.
    So what really needs to be told is that Akin's position is the same as Willard's which just also happens to be Paula Ryand's position which is alsothe GOP's platform. Anti-choice, no matter what. There is no difference amongst Akin Romney nor Ryan. There is no splitting hairs, they are pro-rapists' rights.
    And quit hiding your taxes Willard.

    August 23, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. rs

    What part of the separation of Church and State does the GOP not comprehend? This is yet another example when the GOP who claim to revere the intent of the "Founding Father" pick and choose what they abide by for political expedience.They may trick some voters into believing they are moral, Christian types, but their policies and public statements say otherwise.

    August 23, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. babs

    The Republicans are the choice of the Church's hierarchy as it struggles to covince Catholics that the Church's official positions against birth control are relevant. Some 90% of Catholics disagree with the hierarchy. The "Catholic vote" has become a chimera. Republicans are deluding themselves if they think Catholics follow the dictates of the Church's hierarchy. The Republican Party and the Catholic hierarchy are trying to support each other in a society which believes neither has relevance.

    August 23, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Thomas

    How much is he being paid ?

    Or how much dose it cost to have God on your side ?

    August 23, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Yes, because clearly, people who want to run a governmental system that was explicitly designed to be secular in order to assure that powerful religious insitutions would not be infringing on peoples' inalienable human rights by using the gov't itself to further their religious agenda...those people should obviously be choosing a particular religious institution and then engaging in a giant spectacle of having it "bless" and "sanctify" their self-declared moral superiority and righteous worthiness to rule through said secular gov't.

    August 23, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Sniffit

    So who's the Imam that will be leading the convention's Muslim prayer time? And the Rabbi? And hey, let's not forget the reverends and bishops etc. for the Protestants, Mormons, et al. Scientologists? Is Tom Cruise going to lead a Scietnology prayer with Edgar Winter doing the backup music?

    August 23, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. demwit

    Rev Wright vs Cardinal Dolan An epic battle for the mind and soul..

    August 23, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. CanadaONE

    and they left the MORMONS OUT?

    the Mormons will not be happy and will stop contributing to Romney's campaign

    OR MAYBE this a secrect plot to re- baptize Catholics in the Mormon religion without them even knowing it...

    It is a long standing belief by Catholics that Mormons are not a legimate relegion infact the Mormon faith in many way runs counter to the Catholic faith

    stay tuned for the details

    August 23, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This doesn't smack of a religious endorsement of a political party, not at all. No sarcasm there at all. This is a swipe at Obama's preceived problem with the Catholic Church over the requirement for getting their health insurance to provide contraceptives.

    August 23, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. CanadaONE

    OUCH !!

    The Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith said the Lord told him that the Catholic Church is wrong and that that the Catholic Creeds are an abomination (JSH 1:18,19).

    But Romney will flip flop again and go against his own faith

    August 23, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. bb

    The mixture of church and politics is a bad combination.

    August 23, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Marie MD

    LOL! Who spoke to him the altar boy?
    Remind everyone what a prehistoric religion cstholicusm is and why over 90% of catholics don't follow the religion to the letter. I have a friend who says she is catholic and goes to church every weekend but she also calls herself a cafeteria catholic. In other words pick and choose what is right for you NOT what this religion tells you.
    Almost forgot! Don't bring children or contraceptives or condoms or the morning after pill or common sense to the convention!

    August 23, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. gg

    Churches have abandon their mission of saving souls and gone into the business of electing officials.

    August 23, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. HenryB

    Simply unbelievable. The Catholic Church, which has meddled in the political process long enough, now aligns itself fully with the Republicans? Astonishing, simply astonishing. I cannot believe my former (yes, former) church is going this way. This is sad indeed.

    August 23, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |