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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. v_mag

    Not all Catholics are on the Repugnant "bandwagon to nowhere". The bishop's conference has condemned Ryan's budget as unChristian. There's a group called "Nuns on the Bus" that is touring battleground states to counter the evil they see in Romney/Ryan. Most Catholics use birth control, and they can see that R/R is headed towards outlawing birth control pills and devices.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  2. dp

    like we would really listen to this guy. real catholics have minds of our own

    August 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Colin

      "real catholics have minds of our own"

      Seriously? See my post below.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  3. Colin

    Look, whatever else you think about it, Catholicism REALLY is simply Dark Ages reinterpretations of Iron Age Jewish mythology.

    Why in hell we,as thinking adults in the 21st Century, still pay any attention to this superst.itious garbage about immortality, mindreading (or "prayers being heard" if you prefer) gods, saints, angels and other magical/divine beings, miracles, bread and wine becoming flesh and blood and the other utter nonsense that makes up this faith eludes me.

    I know that, most of the time, it is harmless, but many, many people waste a lot of time and money following this religion. The fact that there are still millions of Catholics in the USA, the vast majority of whom are good (and otherwise smart) people is proof positive that our system for educating our children in science and rational thought has been totally ineffective for at least a few generations.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • troll

      sounds like you are discribing the athiest retards.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Reality

      Being inclusive:

      Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion to include Catholicism:

      • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

      • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

      prob•a•bly
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

      • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

      • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

      • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

      • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

      Added details available upon written request.

      A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

      e.g. Taoism

      "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

      Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

      August 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Colin

      Hey Reality, you need to expand your critique of Buddhism. " fat Buddahs/skinny Buddhas" is not enough. You skewer most of them very effectively, but let these guys off too lightly.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  4. Ohhhh...

    I thought he was going to 'close' the GOP convetion, in which case I would have gladly supported him.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  5. Dan

    Dolan has practically made a career out of protecting pedophile priests. A GOP gig is right up his alley.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • AngryCitizen

      You cracked me up some!!!
      😉
      He shdnt be there – except of course he supports Romney...
      The Mormon-Catholic-Freemsson coalition is alive and well....
      Jesus will trample ,em

      August 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  6. FROST

    church n politics dont mix.im not religious and im not dem or rep . think for yourself.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • KB

      I agree... Tell that to Rev. Jessie Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and every other "Reverened" in the Democratic Party

      August 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • J

      So you just make up your belief system as you go along....kind of like duck tape?

      August 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Huebert

      @J

      "So you just make up your belief system as you go along"

      Kind of, I read various philosophers and ethicist to help refine and adapt the system, incorporating and rejecting whatever I choose, but it is largely my own creation. It's called thinking for your self.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • FROST

      whos religion is the right one then maybe all of you should fight it out . ill sit back and wait laughing.

      August 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • FROST

      @kb i said church n politics dont mix . i dont base it on any heritage or color like some do. all of the parties r stealing your money you pick witch one you want to have yours .

      August 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  7. Akira

    America's Pope? Well I didn't vote for you!

    August 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • J

      No duh, you don't "vote" for a Pope.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  8. dahditdah

    Mormons are assured of being masters of their own planet in the afterlife, Catholics apparently are more interested in dominating the one the rest of us are living on.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • J

      Obama wants to rule now.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • I don't know

      Where you people get this 'your own planet thing'. You are so grossly mistaken you sound rediculous.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Marky Merlot

      @I don't know. Your name is apt, for when one can't spell, one looks RIDICULOUS!

      August 24, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  9. bxgrrl

    He has no place in the Republican Convention unless the RC Church wants to give up its tax-exempt status.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • KB

      Give me a break... like the Democratic convention won't have any Christian Ministers at it? You can't even be a leader in the Democratic African American Community without being a Minister first. Do you even think before you post???

      August 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • J

      Tell that to the Reverend Jessie Jackson, the Reverend Jerimiah Wright and 3/4 of the african american baptist churches.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  10. Honey Badger Dont Care

    He should be in fracking jail not presiding over anything!

    August 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • J

      Nazi.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  11. revbates

    Cardinal Dolan should be praying for his church instead of the GOP. Obviously, the GOP is standing with the Catholic Church's stand on birth-control for women, but what about the Church's stand on illegal immigrants? Just goes to show that "politics makes strange bedfellows."

    August 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • GMD

      The Church has a strong stand on justice for illegal immigrants too. You should check the USCCB web page for information.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • J

      It does. Political parties are the most twisted, mismatched group of folks that anyone would ever want to get together. Its fun only if you are in to that sort of thing. For the rest of us, its strange.......

      August 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  12. Lynne

    "but that the Republican convention’s organizers insisted on Dolan’s participation."

    So the Catholic Church takes orders from the GOP now. As a Catholic, I find this whole thing insulting. The Church should stay independent in every way. When a member of the church shares a pulpit with politicians at their convention, it will be seen as an endorsement. The Church must stand on the outside and speak truth, not work within the political system.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • J

      As a Catholic I feel insulted that you are a Catholic. President Obam has squarely trounced the Catholic Church's 1st Amendment rights and you don't really give a damn about that.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • GMD

      J, thats not a very kind way to talk to a fellow Catholic. You probably didnt care much when Bush engaged in a war the Pope himself tried to talk him out of, put your patisanship aside.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      J, the bishops have been trying to shove their rights down the rest of our throats for the last 2 centuries. Not all Catholics agree with the bishops, especially when it comes to reproductive rights. The problem is when the Church gets too cozy with either party, it makes things look bad for the Church and for the rest of us.
      Also, for a little bit of historical perspective, the Republican Party was Anti-Catholic for most of its existence, the presence of William Miller as Barry Goldwater's VP candidate notwithstanding. When I was a kid, just about every family in my neighborhood had two pictures hanging in the living room or dining room – President Kennedy and Pope John XXIII. When Reagan conned Blue-Collar Democrats into supporting the Republicans, he dragged a significant number of those Catholic families with him. The problem is the Republicans have never produced the prosperity they promised to those same Blue-Collar workers, and they are trying to use the Bishops to force Catholics into supporting Republican causes under threat of withholding Penance, Communion, and Christian Burial.
      While I respect the right of the Roman Catholic Church to support Right-to-Life movements, it cannot be the single issue by which they judge the candidates, especially when you consider most Republican Politicians are supporting issues that the same Church has been opposed to. Given that more people are effected by cutbacks in education, school nutrition, WIC, and immigration reform than are by who has access to birth control or abortion, they really need to stop focusing on that one issue.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  13. Mike Trujillo

    Mormons give only too mormons......Just like republicans.We have health care why don't you mentality.
    Dolan is idiot to pray with Republicans

    August 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  14. sgurdog

    That guy is a wacko!

    August 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • J

      Do you mean the Religious Poop Shoot guy below?

      August 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  15. New Gawker

    Funny how the separation of church and state is ignored but the right to bear arms is fought tooth and nail.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Eric

      Um do you know where seperation of church and state came from? What started it? Maybe you should look it up. You will then understand why your question is wrong.

      Actually here it is

      http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/987191/posts

      August 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  16. New Gawker

    After the prayer the after party starts and that's when they bring out the young boys for the Cardinal.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • J

      No they hand out guns and do target practice of pictures of prominent liberals.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  17. ReligiousPoopShoot.com

    Any religion based on Jesus Christ is gonna lick balls, because Jesus does in fact lick balls.

    Enough

    August 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Hello Enough!
      !
      Thank you for visiting ReligiousPoopShoot.com. We appreciate your comments!

      August 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Fuk Jesus, fuk him up his stupid a.s.s.

      vp

      August 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Hello vp!

      Thank you for visiting ReligiousPoopShoot.com. We appreciate your comments!

      August 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Jesus is a one-note joke that only retards follow. He's fuking clown shoes. If he were real I’d beat the sh.it out of him for being so stupid.

      Lib

      August 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Hello Lib!

      Thank you for visiting ReligiousPoopShoot.com. We appreciate your comments!

      August 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      All you motherfukers are gonna pay! You are the ones who are the ball-lickers! I'm gonna fuk your mothers while you watch and cry like little whiney bi.tches. I'm gonna make you eat my sh.it, then sh.it out my sh.it and then eat your sh.it that’s made up of my sh.it that I made you eat!

      Jesus

      August 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Hello Jesus!

      Thank you for visiting ReligiousPoopShoot.com. We appreciate your comments!

      August 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Jesus is the worst prophet I have ever heard of. He is a stupid d.ildo. A loser with dumb-a.s.s parables like a third rate Moses or Bill and Ted.

      New Gawker

      August 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Hello New Gawker!

      Thank you for visiting ReligiousPoopShoot.com. We appreciate your comments!

      August 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • troll

      Do you have Tourette's?

      August 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • ReligiousPoopShoot.com

      Hello troll!

      Thank you for visiting ReligiousPoopShoot.com. We appreciate your comments!

      August 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  18. Lib

    Sorry, that's cardinal.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  19. Lib

    Well, I thought that politics and religion should be separated.I am catholic and this bishop does not represent my beliefs. Without Birth Control to regulate my daughter's cycle she could have had more serious problems.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  20. vp

    Mormonism teaches that human beings may, by practicing the tenets of its faith, become gods and goddesses themselves, with their own planets full of people worshiping them.

    I'm sure Evangelicals are OK with that.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • J

      Yes and what other tidbits does the Obama campaign have to offer? Paid by the hour or the word?

      August 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
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