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August 23rd, 2012
09:17 AM ET

Cardinal Dolan to offer closing prayer at Republican Convention

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(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.

Dolan is the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the church’s U.S. arm, and has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s rule requiring insurance companies to grant employees no-cost contraception coverage.

The Catholic Church opposes contraception and wants Catholic hospitals, colleges and other institutions to be exempt from the law.

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The bishops have also been critical of the Republican budget crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate.

A spokesman for Dolan said convention protocol calls for the local bishop to deliver such a prayer, meaning the slot would have normally gone to a Florida bishop, but that the Republican convention’s organizers insisted on Dolan’s participation.

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“The Cardinal made it clear to the RNC (and to the Democratic National Committee as well) that he was only there to offer a prayer, not to engage in any partisan politics,” the spokesman, Joseph Zwilling, said in an e-mail, “and that he would be willing to accept a similar invitation from the DNC if they were to invite him to pray at their Convention as well.”

Catholics are considered the quintessential swing vote, and no presidential candidate has won the White House without winning that bloc since at least the early 1990s.

Millions of middle-of-the-road Catholic voters populate key swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Catholic Church • Politics

soundoff (696 Responses)
  1. tuvia

    ----

    *****

    GOOD SHABBOS TO EVERYONE.

    SHALOM, PRAY FOR SHALOM

    SHALOM, YOM TOV.
    TUVIA

    *******************8

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    September 7, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  2. Tbay

    Aw, how sweet... The beast and the harlot playing nicely together

    August 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  3. bmore

    Does the good Cardinal understand that Romney's faith calls the Cardinal's Pope one of the Satan's underlings? Romney has tried to outdistance himself from his church while saying he gives a great deal of money to it as charity. His church has nursed a hatred of anyone who doesn't believe God is from Kolob. His church dooms everyone to hell who don't know the secret signals needed to get into heaven. Nice job, Cardinal.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • gerald

      Having lived in Utah for 8 years some of what you say is true. THere is strong anti-catholicism in Mormonism. Talmage's book, "The Great Apostocy" which is very popular among mormons is quite anti-catholic. It is not however true that Mormons believe everyone else goes to hell. Mormons believe in 3 levels of heaven and then hell. Hell is reserved for the worst sinners, murders and rapists. Only Mormons can get to the highest heaven, the Clestial Kingdom. There is the telestial and terestrial as well. Many Christians and mormons who have not been sealed in marriage and done all the good in Mormonism go to the telestial. Everybody else goes to the terrestrial of which I was told is 100 times better than earth. So it seems pascals wager isn't that big a deal in moromism. I am not mormon but I do think we should be fair to their beliefs.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  4. Merle

    Religion SHOULD have no place in the political process. Unfortunately, it seems these days it's more important than the real issues

    August 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  5. GOP Word Association

    WORD = GOP Association
    Old People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Sick People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Poor People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Female People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-white People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-christian People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Unemployed People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Gay People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Glob of cells in a womb = Something we PRETEND to care about just to get votes.

    August 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  6. Reality

    For truth in closing prayers:

    The Two Universal Sects

    They all err—Moslems, Jews,
    Christians, and Zoroastrians:

    Humanity follows two world-wide sects:

    One, man intelligent without religion,

    The second, religious without intellect. "

    Al-Ma'arri

    "Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri (AD 973 / AH 363, died AD 1058 / AH 449) was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[1][2] He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth."

    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/resalat-al-ghufran#ixzz1lI6DuZmZ

    August 25, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • chief

      HA HA i cant believe out all the other choices you threw in the zoroastians.....

      August 25, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Reality

      Chief,

      I should have added quotation marks at the beginning of the poem as said poem was written as noted by Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri at a time when Zoroastorism was in vogue. (~1000 AD/CE)

      August 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • gerald

      chief buddy or is it priestgerald, where ya bin. Missed ya. :)

      August 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  7. Phil the Love

    The Roman Catholic Church and Republicans both know a little something about using fear to make money and keeping their sheeple misinformed.

    And cover-ups. Don't forget the cover-ups.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things*

    August 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      * except Sunday through Saturday. Dealer licensing and taxes not included.

      August 25, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • just sayin

      Without prayer there would be no Sunday through Saturday. God bless

      August 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      No. Not really. My Sunday through Saturday are here just fine. Still there. In fact, tomorrow, my Sunday will be better because I will be listening to live outdoor music and eating yummy market food while you are praying to your make-believe characters.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • just sayin

      Our prayers make your life possible. God bless

      August 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! ~

      August 27, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  9. jody moore

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    August 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  10. curiosity

    Hey Bill Deacon,
    US citizens acting as agents of a foreign government are required to register as such.

    22 USC CHAPTER 11 – FOREIGN AGENTS AND PROPAGANDA 01/03/2012 (112-90)
    If you are an agent of the Pope, you represent a foreign government.
    All Catholic priests, bishops, etc should have to register as foreign agents.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Well they do not so the U.S. government must not find them to be foreign agents. Thank you.

      August 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 24, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • TROLL ALERT

      I know you want to, put please don't feed it.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • truth be told

      Truth is never trolling. Let those that would deny free speech like this "troll alert" perish from the face of the earth.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • TROLL ALERT

      Not denying anything, just giving everyone a warning.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • truth be told

      Bull ... as if that hides your communist attempt to silence anyone YOU disagree with.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • sean

      The majority of hispanic catholics thru out the us have voted Democrat and Im sorry to say the cardinal will have no influence on our votes, manly because the law of the land says obortion is legal and no matter how you slice it. that, we know will never change.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

      It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. Teaching kids to be agnostic helps reinforce their understanding of the new real things they can see and learn about in life. It helps them properly separate the known from the unknown without confusing them. They just need to be taught things that are unknown, like god, and things that are made up, like all religion.

      Atheists have strong minds, and don't run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, disserving society).

      We have only begun to scratch the surface in using the mind to its maximum. Damaging it with made-up junk that politicians and salesmen dreamed up long ago is senseless, and limits the mind's potential. These politicians and charlatans didn't even do a good job of organizing and being consistent with the stuff they dreamt up to try to control people. Daddy used to say they were caught with their pants down when the bible was first translated so that common folk could read it. Very true.

      old mama kindless

      August 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • TR6

      @truth be told: "Bull ... as if that hides your communist attempt to silence anyone YOU disagree with."

      Your persecution complex is showing again

      August 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Can you imagine TuBeTop going to church tomorrow and turning on its "good Christian" face for all its fellow worshippers to see? It'll glad-hand the minister and pass the peace and behave as if its truly a loving, caring, compassionate person, after writing its invective on here all day and night the rest of the week.

      What a hypocrite.

      August 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • truth be told

      Found a Bible verse describing Tom Tom ... The book of Job chapter 39 verse 17.

      August 26, 2012 at 6:36 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! ~.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  12. MaryM

    Google White Horse Prophecy and Lying for the Lord

    August 24, 2012 at 10:21 am |
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