Cardinal Timothy Dolan to also give benediction at Democratic National Convention

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, pictured in March 2012 leaving a meeting at the New York State Capitol, will now give the closing prayer at both the Democratic and Republican conventions

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who is slated to give the closing prayer at the Republican National Convention Thursday, will also close the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte.

Last week, the New York Times reported that Republican presidenial candidate Mitt Romney had been courting the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president since April.

“That month, the two had a private meeting, previously undisclosed, at the chancery in New York, across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, said Peter G. Flaherty, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign who is Catholic and who served as Mr. Romney’s liaison to the religious community when he was governor of Massachusetts,” according to the New York Times.

On Monday, Dolan was in the news asked President Obama and Romney “to sign a civility pledge to stay off personalities (bye-bye birther and dog-on-car wisecracks) to campaign on their policy proposals,” USA Today reported.

“Dolan has become increasingly active and visible as the presidential campaign gears up. His decision to deliver the benediction at the GOP convention on Thursday night immediately following Romney’s official nomination was met with sharp rebukes from many who say his appearance will formalize what was seen as the hierarchy’s growing embrace of the Republican ticket,” Religion News Service reported Monday.

And Dolan isn’t the only prominent Catholic official appearing at the conventions. A source in the Obama campaign tells Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein that Sister Simone Cambpell, the liberal lobbyist-lawyer who spent the summer running the well-publicized Nuns On the Bus tour, will speak to the Democrats.

View Photo Gallery: A group of Catholic nuns associated with Network, the Catholic social justice lobby called out by a recent Vatican report, is touring the nation to draw attention to economic inequality.

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  • JePense

    Maybe Dolan can discuss pedophile in the Catholic church.

  • FuchuBH

    First one of those two pandering twits who gives up this witchcraft gets my vote.

  • dmoore11

    I hope that someone brings an extra pair of shoes (see Bush in Iraq) to show Dolan their appreciation of his oft-repeated positions.

  • Tim58

    I’d rather hear Sister Simone Cambpell give the benediction, since she more closely reflects Jesus’ work and teaching.

  • dbd1830

    I don’t think Simone Campbell’s support for Ahmadinejad reflects Jesus’ work and teaching in any way.

  • Secular1

    Which dimwit in the democratic party extended this invite to these two religionists. Don’t they realize that they are elevating that sorry pedophile, intead of bringing him up on charges. As to teh lady Ms Simone Campbell, should be welcome as long as she is there as Ms. Simone Campbell, the attorney.

  • Jane Yavis

    I am happy that Cardinal Dolan is speaking at both the Democratic and Republican Convention. That’s how it should be,,,,,Bill Donohue fro the Catholic League,,,,,and all the member of his politically motivated Christians will be outraged. Take the time to read the sourgrapes Comments from Bill Donohue (as if anyone cares what he has to say) regarding the Cardinal’s acceptance. If you don’t think the photo and his comments aren’t politially motivated you are a better person than I.

  • sjgl8032

    Thank God both conventions are pretty much kid free…

  • rryder1

    How about some “Freedom from Religion.” What are we praying for? More children to abuse?

  • stanchaz

    May I humbly remind Cardinal Dolan,
    as he preens and pontificates under the spotlights
    of the political conventions:
    there is really room for only ONE superstar in his religion.
    And as the Cardinal addresses and blesses the Republicans and their billionaire buddies,
    as he smiles upon those who would destroy Social Security and voucher Medicare to death,
    and as he joins with those who readily admit they they “don’t care about the very poor”……
    it would be good, it would be very good …for the good Cardinal
    to remember -and take to heart- the words of his boss,
    who once said “What you do for the least of these you do for me”.
    Unless perhaps, the Cardinal is working for someone else these days?
    Not only do Politics and Religion not mix:
    they bring out the worst in each other.
    And they destroy each other.

  • TarynO

    Yes, let’s generalize a problem for a minority of Catholic priests and call all Catholic priests pedophiles…because that’s respectful and tolerant. Classy, guys.

  • reformthesystem

    By starting to cover their tracks, maybe His Eminence and others like him are beginning to realize that for people high in the RC hierarchy to be meddling in US politics stirs up memories of their meddling in German politics in 1932-33 when their Catholic Party provided votes in the Reichstag which, when added to the Nazi votes, gave the 2.3 or 3/4 majority needed to authorize Adolf Hitler to take dictatorial power.

  • verbummilitant

    And what the Democrates do for the “least of these” unborn babies they also “do for me” in their hearts.

    Abortion is an intrinsic evil. That means, to support abortion is intrinsically evil!

    To join with evil is to loose the grace to have eyes to see the good.

  • dbd1830

    How did this bizzare rant from reformthesystem become a “top comment” for this article?

  • Oblate

    I think stanchaz meant to say “Democrats” instead of “Republicans”.

  • Oblate

    Don’t you know? The WashPost has an algorithm that favors anti-Catholic cracks. Gee, EVERYONE knows that!

  • cjackman

    tarynO: If members of the Catholic Church didn’t go to extremes to cover the sex abuse of children up by moving the pedophile priests from parish to parish and state to state there might be a grain of respectful and tolerance.

  • DavidinGA

    We’ll probably have a woman elected President before they ever ask a nun to give a benediction.

  • Jean Pierre Katz

    I regret that I voted for Obama in 08′

    I am a Jewish liberal and not religious person, but erasing God’s name from the Democratic platform gives me the shutters. It’s another example of how out of touch the Democratic Party is to average Americans.