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  • Annie
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    You knocked it out of the ballpark, Father. I tuned in for the RNC Benediction as well. Your tone tonight was much stronger and more pointed. It needed to be. God bless you.

  • Conrado Oseguera
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful, but hoping You not to take deep part in political events. You know that enemies of the Church are always following these situarions to negatively criticize pur behaviour. Greetings from Honduras, land of Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez.

  • Anna
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for this beautiful prayer at the DNC. Not all registered Democrats are pro-choice, and unfortunately, many people forget that. I belong to the Democrats for Life organization which disagrees with the current party platform. I’m pro-DOMA as well. People ask me why I’m not a Republican, and my answer is simple: We have veterans’ benefits, social security retirement and disability pay, and welfare for people who have fallen on hard times. Democrats have traditionally supported the “little guy” in this country who works hard to make a meager wage. Unfortunately, through no fault of my own, I found myself disabled at the age of 36—30 yrs too soon to stop working—and I would be homeless if it weren’t for SSDI benefits that I paid into since I started working at age 14! In a nation that is so rich, it seems a shame that we have to force people to be generous by taxation. Certainly many charities exist that get donations regularly from those who can give; but, how many people “adopt a family” and cover their expenses when the breadwinner lost his job because the corporation he works for outsourced all the work overseas? No one I know does that.

    I am a practicing Roman Catholic and registered Democrat for that reason: those who are poor, unemployed, disabled, elderly, and served our nation in the military have some assistance when they need it! I only wish the helpless unborn were counted among those who need protection and assistance too. I remember when only fathers worked while mothers raised their own children and kept the house a real home. Our nation has grown into one that is full of families where both parents “need” to work to make ends meet, or have only one parent working and raising the children. Our family unit has eroded away. The values of too many Americans are skewed—secular relativism has turned the tables, making people who adhere to traditional morality “judgmental” because we aren’t tolerant of sexual aberrancy.

    I appreciate you representing the true faith in your prayer at the DNC tonight. I don’t know if any consciences will be bothered enough to rethink their positions on abortion, the HHS mandate, or same sex marriages, but all things are possible with God! And to your prayer, I say Amen!

  • Scott
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Amen

  • doug d.
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you so much for your backbone and in not shying away from the issues that affect the Church in our country so deeply. Continue to stand tall for life, family, and heaven. We’re with you. Thank our Blessed Lord for this new generation of strong Cardinals, Bishops, and Priests.

    Christus vincit
    Christus regnat
    Christus imperat

  • M Marshall
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Wow! I was truly moved by your prayer. I humbly stand with you in this petition to God. Thank you for your recognition of the unborn, our brave servicemen and women and for, as you said here, “the great gift of our beloved country”!

  • Christy Mattingly
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan:

    I think this was beautiful and so appropriate.

    Thank you for giving this most important speech.

    May God bless and keep you.

    Christy A. Mattingly
    Catholic

  • Steve Maurice
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    Nice prayer, but I doubt that a delegation that voted God out of their platform the day before was really feeling it. On the bright side, at least they didn’t boo you like they did Him.

    Now that your political convention tour is over and you begin to work on your speech prep for the Al Smith Dinner, let me suggest a joke: “What do St. Peter and the DNC have in common? They both denied our Lord three times.”

  • Irwin
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    The ONLY TRUTHFUL message at the DNC!!!!!!! Thank You Archbishop for the 2nd mention of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. There is finally REAL hope that we can change our country for the better.

    May God help us to Save the America we love!

  • Efrain Sora
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan, I heard your closing prayer at the RNC and I have just read your closing prayer at the DNC. May the Lord continue to bless you and bestow upon you the gift of Wisdom. May the God of Solomon continue giving you the strength to speak on behalf of those in need, especially the unborn. May the Spirit of truth continue to govern the gift of you priesthood. In Jesus’ name.

  • Betty Ventura
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much for posting. After the networks and the DNC cut your prayer, it took me a few minutes to find it on C-Span.

    Thank you!

  • Chris Bracken
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    That was very thoughtful. I hope the people were listening.

  • Maria
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Bless you, Father, you are a brave man. Thank you for this prayer and the benediction. My prayers remain with you. You make me proud to be a Catholic, and right now, this is so needed.

  • Susan McKay
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your bravery Cardinal Dolan. What better venue to remind those present of the sanctity of life than the DNC!!

  • Teresa Vermeulen
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for the wisdom and grace we received through this inspirational prayer!
    God bless you and God bless America

  • maureen and Tom McCormack
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan
    Thank you for the benediction so sorely needed at this convention. We pray that some of your words may touch the hearts and minds of the convention goers and our country will once again be a nation under God.

  • Patrick McCarthy
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan … I didn’t think there was any way you could do this without giving away the soul of our country to the GODless Democratic Platform … but you did it … You wrote that as if they were the Democrats of old … GOD Bless you Cardinal Dolan … and I thank you … GOD Bless us all.

  • Dawn Elizabeth Slike
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    I am so very happy and proud of my Catholic Church that you did this, Cardinal Dolan. The audience was stunned to silence. You clearly pricked some consciences.

  • Christine
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    AMEN!

  • Carly
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Archbishop, I am not of your faith but I wanted to tell you how thankful I am that you were courageous enough to give this prayer at the DNC. I thought it was incredible and sincere. May the Lord bless and watch over you.

  • JohnG
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    I think you covered all of the points. Well done.

  • doris
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    I attend your mass on sundays. I love you warm and your anointed spirit. Thank you cardinal for being you.

    To me you remind me of pope. paul.

    You will be a wonderful and luv pope.

  • Marie O’Donnell
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for the beautiful prayer you offered last night at the DNC. After the fight to put God back into their plank and the parade of people wanting free birth control and abortion rights, it was so good to see you call upon the God, who they seemed to want to turn from, and ask his blessings on everyone. It was a true sign of His love for us all and His willingness to recognize that we have failings and shortcoming, but that we are still all His children.

    It was a magnificent prayer and I hope a lot of those who were booing God before had their hearts touched by it.

    Yours truly,

    Marie O’Donnell

  • Paul Franklin
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Amen, and Thank You, Cardinal Dolan.

  • Frederick Schmidt
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Your closing prayer was the only worthwhile speech to be heard at the DNC last night.
    Thank you for your inspirational words!

  • vivian cuadras
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    It is interesting that the DNC benediction echoed the sacrament of CONFIRMATION! Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your witness to Christ.

    May we all come to know our great God in Christ Jesus!

    Let us stand firm in our faith.

    In Christ,

    Vivian Cuadras

  • Edward Har
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Nicely done, Your Eminence! No doubt that the Democrats listening to that prayer understood EXACTLY what you were telling them in the very tactful yet firm way in which you pronounced the truths of God’s Word in the form of a prayer. Beautiful!

  • Kent
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan for that very fine prayer.

  • Edie Prost
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    A prayer to remember and to repeat daily. A petition to be sung to our almighty God-echoed across this nation from the hearts of those who know Him.

  • Daniel V. Sollecito, Attorney at Law
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful Prayer. Some of us were offended that PBS cut away to thier own studio commentary before the benediction and never carried it.
    Bro. Dan Sollecito, SFO

  • Lynn Maiocco
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Way to go Cardinal Dolan! You make me proud to be a Catholic! God Bless You!

  • Don Al berstadt
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Only mentioned hot button issues on Catholic Church agenda:
    Abortion, healthcare, religius freedom.

    Not mentioned: right of workers to organize, the environment, providing refuge for immigrants, and refugees, gun control, employing negotiations versus war, eliminate the death penalty, economic justice and fairness and responsibility.

    So just missed a couple of things.

  • Vince C
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, you benediction at the DNC was a work of inspired genius. You hit all the high points that needed to be made to this particular audience and to the world: the sanctity of life, religious freedom, traditional marriage. To deliver this message in the Lion’s Den, as it were, took a tremendous amount of courage and conviction that could only come from God. Watching the faces of those attending the convention was priceless. A few seemed to be edified by the your words, but I saw a lot of annoyed and hostile faces, and not a few faces that were convicted and struggling with guilty consciences. Bless you, Cardinal Dolan.

  • Dorothy
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,
    I am grateful to your strong and principled defense of Catholic principles. However,
    I respectfully disagree with your decision to invite President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner.

    In light of the President’s disdain for the First Amendment rights and the mortal threat he represents to religious institutions, I suggest that media coverage and “photo-ops” be elinimated.

    D. Fuchs

  • Monica
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    Thank you for the strength of your faith. Our prayers are with you as you lead us in our faith journey. May we be strengthened to live our lives with such boldness as you have demonstrated on numerous occasions.
    May God’s graces be poured out upon.
    Monica

  • Paul S
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    I thought it was absolutely brillant. Although first and foremost it was a prayer, some of the points made in the prayer were absolutely in your face about the Democrats culture of death

  • Elizabeth
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, Thank you for praying for all these things we believe in.

  • Barbara Bowers
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you ,Your Eminance, Your talk was right on! I know the Holy Spirit was @ work again!

  • Georga Collins
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan….that was the very BEST prayer ever prayed! You covered all the issues with love and blessing. You were strong, courageous, and sincere. I’m so glad I saw you praying, because I had not watched the DNC but kept it on Fox while I watched some recorded programs. Then, there you were.
    I am praying that Mitt Romney wins this race. Pundits say there was more excitement at the DNC than the RNC, but as I’ve grown, I realized that getting all excited does normally carry one through life or Faith or marriage. It’s a walk, not a sprint.

    Much love and blessings to you,
    Georga Collins
    Rio Rancho, NM

  • Mary Ann Curry
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    I am very pleased to be able to read Cardinal Dolan’s Benediction prayer via facebook this morning. The prayer was beautiful, inspiring and well done. Unfortunately, the TV channel I chose to watch the convention on switched right off to the news anchor. You could slightly hear and see Cardinal Dolan as he began to speak. I pray that the media, etc. will have the courage to allow everyone to be “free” to express our “freedom of speech”, and not feel intimidated by the ones who protest. Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your precious words. In God we trust and God Bless America!

  • Joel
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for distinguishing Jesus from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Thank you for remembering the unborn. Would you please consider rescinding your invitation to Obama to the dinner right before the election? Pictures of the two of you together will help him be reelected.

  • Joe of St Therese
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Great Job Your Eminence 🙂

  • Fr. Bob
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    Thank you for that prayer. For some days, i have become ever so fully convinced that prayer is our sure refuge in the Lord in the midst of today’s storms.

  • melissa marcelli
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    God bless America and God bless Cardinal Dolan. Thank you for your benediction on the DNC. Your prayer especially for defending the gift of life was like a balm to my soul. Your words, as they are ordained by God himself, will be used to penetrate hearts and minds across this country. Again, thank you, Cardinal Dolan.

  • Mary Ann Curry
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    I read Cardinal Dolan’s prayer on facebook. Sadly, ABC switched to the news anchor just as the Catdinal began to pray. I felt bad! I pray that the media,etc. will gain the courage to allow everyone to express & witness our “Fredom of Speech”, and not be intimidated by the protesters. Thank You Cardinal for your precious words.

  • Mary Ann Curry
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your precious words.

  • Tanya Shaw
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    God bless you Cardinal Dolan!!!!! God bless you!!!!!

  • ciao
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Well done, your excellency!

    If I have opposed your getting anywhere near those Democrats before, I take it back now, because you have proved that your intentions were of the best and your words are truly courageous. Beautiful and powerful prayer. Thank you. God be with you and Mary love you.

  • Magnus
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    THANK YOU and MAY ALMIGHTY GOD WORK THROUGH YOU ALWAYS! I would vote for you for Pope but we need you in the USA more to lead the battle against the evil upon us.

  • Carleen
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan. I was proud to be a Catholic last night. I am a Catholic woman that was disgusted at Caroline Kennedy, but very glad to hear your prayer.
    May God continue to bless you.

  • James Faehr
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Who can disagree with that ?

  • GONZALO T. PALACIOS, Ph.D.
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Well said. Literally, Thank God! I still find it objectionable for a follower of Jesus to agree to address Caesar and his satraps. Gonzalo T. Palacios

  • SK Bernard Bialk
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Very heart felt no one could have said it better, thank you Father. You are an inspiration in these trying times.

  • Jackie
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Grace. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!!!

  • Ron Fazio
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan for President!!!I am so proud to be Catholic. Thank you Cardinal for displaying an unbiased approach….but I believe the Democrats are so far off track, they should be mindful for their souls for following the evil one…(satan, not Obama).

  • alan
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for a powerful benediction. I humbly beg that all pro-abortion Catholic polliticians be offered a chance to repent or face excommunication. May God bless you.

  • Steven Surrency
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Perfect prayers. As a theologian and philosopher, I am so inspired to see the bishops so eloquently standing up for truth before anyone who will listen. You spoke truth without regard for who was listening. Terrific!

  • Ciaran Buckley
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Great job Cardinal Dolan, God bless you and us

  • Sister Terese Peter
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Although I greatly admire Archbishop Dolan, I do not agree with his choice to provide the final prayer. All too often (and rightfully so) we hear about Catholic Colleges and other Catholic institutions who have invited pro-abortion speakers to their graduations and other celebrations. The outrage is absolutely correct. I don’t think that he converted anyone at the DNC convention. I think he made a terrible choice, especially given the debacle over the dems using “God” in their official platform and their stand on Israel. It is true that Jesus ate and drank with sinners, but He was God–Dolan is not. What’s even worse is that it is obvious that the dems merely used Dolan as a pawn to try to show how “accepting” they are by having Dolan there. He played right into their hands.

  • Randell P
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    @ James Faehr:
    Let’s see, the democrats could disagree:
    “We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected. ”
    No wonder his speech was cut from the coverage. May conflict with their agenda…
    We can definitely use all the prayers we can get…

  • dolores hall
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you your Eminence for speaking the words that are in the hearts of so many of the Faithful. God bless you for your courage. I pray that I and others of the Faith will also have the courage to stand for what is right and just. Thank you.Thank you.

  • Father Jason Worthley
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Eminence!

  • Pamela Woodward
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Perfect! And beautiful! Thank you Cardinal Dolan!

  • Larry Coty
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Unbelievable. I can’t wait to see the prayer you offer at the next Planned Parenthood convention.

  • Chuck In Seattle
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful prayer, Archbishop! Thank! I agree with many of the points from Anna above (12:20 am).

    I must say, however, as I compare the two prayers, while you gave a “proper” “winger wagging” to the DNC, I think you left the RNC off the hook far too easily! I think an outside observing, looking at the two of these, would see bias, which is very unfortunate.

  • Matilde L Perez
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Wonderful prayer!

  • Billy Bean
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    May God bless America with more American Catholic bishops like Cardinal Dolan!

  • Sam
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Dear cardinal Dolan
    The legislation pushed and supported by Obama concerning late term born alive aborted children is infanticide….I am a catholic ( not a great one ) and I am a nurse who as an 18 yr old was present when a d&c was performed in the second trimester….I live in Illinois …..the church needs to take a stand…these nuns who support this man need to see what happens to a child born alive left to die while struggling to hang onto life…I am pro choice around birth control…abortion has nothing to do with PLANNED parenthood…..as a young girl I was always vocal about a woman’s right to choose until I saw this procedure. There is something wrong with a Person who would support and push such legislation making it illegal to give. Edical care to a child hanging onto life.

  • Maria Z
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    God bless and Thank You Cardinal Dolan. You have always been an inspiration. If any party needed you,it was the Democrats. I didn’t watch them because I despise their position on abortion,gay marriage,and especially taking God out of their platform. I’m a proud practicing Catholic. I’m hoping the candidate who appreciates rights to life,sanctity of marriage and religious rights win in Nov. God needs to be important again after a 4 year absence.

  • Susy
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    So proud as I watched and heard your prayer at the DNC that tears sprang to my eyes! You are such a blessing for the Church. May God bless you, you are a treasure!

  • Greg Howard
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    I think that is one of the best speeches I have heard in a long time. What I do not understand is that the Democrats want God taken out of their platform, the boos, the people who object to God who has given us this opportunity to succeed as a Nation and now those who want us destroyed.
    These people who want us destroyed are the same ones who want God out of our lives. Think about that one when you decide to vote in November, make your vote for those that believe in God and not Government as the answer.

  • Leslie
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    I have no words other than “beautiful” and “profound.” Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for your faithful service to God and His Church, and for your meaningful and inspiring presence in the public square. God bless you, Cardinal.

  • Sharon Kruse
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    I am a Missouri Synod Luther Father Dolan and want to thank you for the wonderful benediction you gave last night.
    What is sad is that probably only those who watched it on FOX heard the whole prayer. To that end, I shared it with my Facebook friends and have already received comments.
    Your prayer was uniting to me. It showed what we need to do to get back to a country that cares about each other. Where we put others first.
    This benediction can be reprayed often. It has so much meaning for America.
    God Bless you Cardinal Dolan, may He bless the work you do and the Love of God that you share.

  • Kim Wetzel-Williams
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    @Gonzalo T. Palacios – Jesus ate with sinners. He said that sick people need a doctor. I have to admire Cardinal Dolan for walking into a pit of vipers who tweeted and posted so much filth and hate today.

  • Susan Smith
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Well done

  • Jennifer Hickerson
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Your Excellency, thank you, thank you, for your wisdom, charity, and courage. May God hear your prayer!

  • Doug
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan had to go to the lion’s den. Jesus said that He did not come to heal the righteous but to heal the sinner. A wonderful work of evangelization! Bravo Cardinal Dolan!

  • J. Thunder
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    You walked into the Lion’s Den and prayed for the Lion’s victims. I deeply respect your strength and conviction and I’m proud to be Catholic!

  • Dan B
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan

    Thank you sir for having the courage and conviction of praying a prayer that focused on our Nation’s foundation upon Godly principles.

    May God bless you

  • Jane Delaney
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, I have the honor of working for Fr. Caruso. Your words are inspring and “spot on”. You are a man of virtue and honor and your words reflect your persona. Such profound observations said by a gentleman… Hurrah!

  • Julie
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan, I ask all Christians to pray for you daily. As for news stations who cut off your prayer, they will not be viewed in my home. They are all about ratings, send them a message and keep them turned off.

  • john son of john
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Shalom
    God Bless him

    Glad he mentioned marriage : )

  • Ryan
    September 7, 2012 Reply

    Amen! Thank you, Your Eminence. Perhaps some supporters of abortion, state-sponsored sodomy, secularism, etc. will receive the grace to convert to the Truth.

  • From Georgia
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Thanks you for a great prayer…..i am a conservative and your prayer was the only part of the DNC that had complete substance and meaning to me…..thank you also for always standing up for morals in our country and most of all for our sweet God…….

  • Timothy O’Brien
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Well said indeed. To Gonzalo, it isnt biblical to insist one should not even “address” Caesar…. 1 Peter 2:17 “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor”….we can tell Caesar he is sinning and transgressing his office, while still acknowledging and even honoring him within his office properly understood.

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan!

  • Esther Marie Ventura Ferencz
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolon:

    Blessed be GOD. You were outstanding and wow you turned near beet red near the end of that GLORIOUS PRAYER!

    Thanks so much for the beacon of LIGHT you were, as so many catholics shamed themselves on that stage…..EACH ONE in some way. ESP the women clamoring for their aborts and all else? I think and felt in my heart the sorrow of Gods heart. YOU RAISED HIM ABOVE THE CLAMOR. God Bless YOU and Mary Keep YOU as you walk this treacherous journey all of us walk in this land.

  • Larry
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Should have been prayed at the opening. The message was to stop killing the unborn, and that the Institution of Traditional marriage is between a man and a women. Let those who have ears hear. To late for Obama and Biden, but maybe some others can still be saved. My “Hope” is for a “Change” of heart for those who truly want to move “Forward” in their own Life and the blessings of Jesus Christ! Amen and Shalom

  • Tom
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for this prayer of humility and truth to the true God! And than you for your courage!

  • Anne
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,
    Thank You for showing us how to enter a lion’s den, and speak the truth. No one could pigeon hole you as just being a one issue guy concerned with the unborn but not really caring about all the other ills of our society.
    Usually the pro-lifers are dismissed by the other side as hard right Republicans who could care less about the other ills in our country.

  • Emily
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    I am not a Catholic. But I was impressed by the bravery you showed by saying what needed to be said. As the mother of 4 children I am always amazed that someone can say that the unborn should not be protected. Thank you!

  • Steve and Moira
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Your Eminence, for being a good shepherd. Your words were perfect and with God’s blessings, they will change hearts.

  • J.P.Reilly
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for this post. In vain did I look over the PBS internet DNC site with their ‘complete coverage’ for it. Amazing when the Pres of the US Bishop’s Conference closes the DNC with this fine Benediction and NONE of the Media saw it newsworthy. We certainly have come(strayed) a long way in a short period of time.
    EWTN had it up earlierand I shared that.

  • Sandy
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    I questioned the wisdom of Cardinal Dolan inviting Pres. Obama to the Al Smith Dinner; but after seeing the prayer, I will never question Cardinal Dolan again! It is clear all his decisions are made in consultation with the Holy Spirit. He is clearly a man of God and we are blessed to have him in the leadership role he is in. THANK YOU, CARDINAL DOLAN, for answering God’s call to serve in the priesthood!

  • Brother Priest
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    A well crafted speech/prayer, dear Eminence.

    [This is not a screed, please read]

    Unfortunately, I believe the bishops are taking the wrong tack. It is the clergy’s fault that this country’s Catholics are so poorly catechized that we could have come to this situation. And why? Because cassocks were traded in for suits, to use an analogy. Because the sacred power entrusted to Christ’s ordained minsters was secreted away after the desire for social relevancy and acceptance. And now, when the sacred character of the Apostles’ successors is now needed more than ever — through moving THE FAITHFUL to prayerful works of penance, to following the example of the first Apostles and Fathers by excommunicating those who so manifestly and viciously impugn visible signs of communion. But instead, we have again fallen for the devil’s ruse, that we can be a social power. And so, yes, finally our bishops are more consistently supporting that which is most important, but they continue to do it as ersatz statesmen. The Christian significance is not as a political influence.

    Your Eminence, you are a historian — when in the Church’s history has it gone well when our clerical leaders have sought to positively sway and even enter political government? at least in the modern era?

    Yes indeed, the faithful of this great land must exercise their natural, civic, and Christian duties. But neither you nor your brother bishops are laity; you are clergy. Your primary charge is to address the faithful with saving truth, sacraments, and order; and your formal interaction with the non-Christian is to be evangelical, i.e., expressly for the sake of converting them to the name of Jesus Christ.

    I am happy the day is soon coming when the episcopacy will not be able to posture as parallel state leaders, who try to artfully devise comments that show how well balanced and open we are. I am glad that the Church’s social prestige is being stripped away, although I am horrified and prayerful about the sins of the Church’s men. I am thankful that days are coming where Catholics will recognize more clearly again the two orders of nature and grace, and recognize our great gift of supernatural and eschatological lives. Do not be misguided about the powers, against which we fight. This is spiritual warfare, not a culture battle, and not a political puzzle.

    Dear Eminence, I wish you would lead us in sincere fasting and reverent prayer above all else.

    Thank you for reading this.

  • Mike Edwards
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Amen!

  • Clay Proffitt
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan for a moving prayer to close the DNC convention (and the RNC one as well)

    It’s refreshing to have someone like yourself in a position of prominence who is in full respect and understanding in what the founders of this nation founded it upon. “With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” a fitting way to begin by using the most inspired message by the most inspired document ever penned by man.

    He is the source of true hope. I find comfort in the belief that if this nation was born through a sequence of divine miracles that it would be foolish not to believe that he would take similar action to save the “last, best hope” for the world if we remained humble, faithful servants to Him just as our ancestors had been before us.

    May God watch over you and guide you wherever in life you may be called. God bless.

  • Anne Wolfe
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for this thoughtful prayer. You reminded us of our ancient Judaeo-Christian heritage, our dependence upon God, the sanctity of human life, keeping the meaning of long-established institutions, right of religious liberty, and the wisdom of the American Founding.

    I particularly liked praying for the candidates by name for both parties.

    Thank you for trying to unite us on fundamental beliefs that are being assaulted and for reaching out, as a representative of Jesus Christ, to all Americans.

    We in Miilwaukee continue to pray for you and for this election.

  • Julie Ann Courville
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, Your prayers at the Conventions were awesome, Thank You.Please do not allow cameras or photo ops at Al Smith dinner. Don’t allow Barack Obama talking time.Cancel the dinner until after the elections. Souls are more important than money.Many Catholics are still planning on voting for Obama. They are not putting the value of Life and faith in God as a priority. I have been working on political phone surveys. Many people feel Obama is their Saving Grace. Please read the blog written by a Michele Somerville(it seems as though she supports liberal agenda) below. We are on the brink of disaster in this country.
    Your are always in my thoughts and prayers.

    BLOG:
    About four years ago I caught the last 20 minutes of the 2008 Alfred E. Smith dinner on CSPAN. Senator Barack Obama’s bit was funny, and his comedic timing was impeccable. But I found myself distracted from full enjoyment of the future president’s performance by the man seated beside him, who chuckled so hard at Obama’s jokes he seemed like he’d cry. Later on in the evening, that same man would characterize Barack Obama as “exemplary.” That man was Edward Egan, Cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York.

    How was it possible that a Roman Catholic cardinal might find the jokes of a crusader for what he and his fellow hierarchs view as the mass murder of (what the Catholic anti-abortion advocates call) “babies” in utero so hilarious? How could a Roman Catholic prelate so revel in feasting at a table with a popular pro-choice presidential candidate while knowing that in parishes throughout the United States priests were barring pro-choice politicians from “the table of Our Lord?” How? The answer may be that such a thing is possible only if the cardinal doing the chortling doesn’t quite believe everything he preaches. Hence the concern on the part of the many Roman Catholics who have criticized the choice made by Timothy Dolan, Cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York and President of the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) to invite President Barack Obama to the Al Smith Dinner.

    I am glad the President Obama will attend the Al Smith dinner. I think the mere fact that Obama was invited at all will win him Catholic votes. However, Rev. Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life, who objects strenuously to Dolan’s choice to invite Obama to the Al Smith Dinner is right to feel betrayed by Dolan in this:

    The Rev. Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life, a leading abortion opponent based in Staten Island, said Monday (Aug. 6) that “the polite putting aside of differences for a while amounts to scandal.”

    “There comes a time when enough is enough and we can no longer afford to give people a reason to doubt our position as a Church,” Pavone wrote in an email. “So no, I don’t think the invitation is appropriate at this time.”

    “Better to cancel the event than have it become another cause for scandal in the Catholic Church…”

    If Timothy Dolan breaks bread with Barack Obama, laughs at his jokes or extends any words of graciousness that might wind up construed as praise, Dolan will siphon out some of the urgency out of his “religious freedom” and “defense of marriage” positions. He will give Catholics cause to doubt his positions on same-sex marriage and contraception. He will cause many Catholics to wonder whether the cardinal’s talk of Catholic conscience and religious freedom is genuine — or just politically driven cant.

    As I watched Timothy Egan delight in Obama’s performance roughly four years ago, I remember thinking: Maybe the cardinal and his ilk don’t really believe what they preach. Maybe obedience, and not belief, fuels their promulgating. They submit to the Magisterium the way soldiers do generals. Maybe they just have to toe the Vatican party line, and belief is not always required.

    Does Timothy Dolan truly believe what he says about same-sex marriage, artificial contraception and abortion? Of course there’s no sure way to know. Roman Catholicism has an enlightened approach toward doubt. It is no sin to doubt. There can be little doubt, however, in any any Roman Catholic camp, that regarding the president as some perfectly good guy with whom Catholics just don’t quite seem to see eye-to-eye poses a threat will to Dolan’s already dragging and tenuous credibility.

    If Timothy Dolan believes, for example, that an embryo is a child, he views Barack Obama as a man militating (even if with good intentions) with considerable rigorousness, to ensure that the mass murder of “babies” remains legal in the United States. That most Catholics don’t hold this position is immaterial. It’s what Dolan teaches.

    Dolan did not have to invite Obama to the dinner. Cardinal John O’Connor excluded Bill Clinton; Cardinal Edward Egan excluded John Kerry. That precedent exists for excluding pro-choice candidates from this event makes it all the more difficult for Dolan to put the kind of spin he needs on his decision to invite the president to the dinner. That in his putative outrage over the Health Care mandate, Dolan moved to sue the Obama offers all the more reason for Dolan to leave the President of the United States off the Al Smith dinner guest list.

    Timothy Dolan’s choice to break bread with the President Obama will cast an entirely new light on the religious freedom campaign, a campaign much predicated on demonizing the incumbent. Catholics and non-Catholics alike will have all the more reason to question Dolan’s challenges to “ObamaCare” in the aftermath of the gala at the Waldorf.

    Read the rest of “The Al Smith Dinner: Why Dolan Should Have Snubbed POTUS and WHY I’m Glad He Didn’t” on Indie Theology.

    Follow Michele Somerville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NYpoet

  • kattie
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan. You are truly a holy man. You are an inspiration to all. May God bless you too!

  • Sandra
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    I am an evangelical Christian living in Florida and I thank God for your bravery in standing on Truth, God’s Word, and Right in this public prayer. You were brave and though the masses will rush at you the way they rushed at Stephen, I know you will be blessed for your conviction and courage. It was inspiring to my while family. May God Bless you.

    Sincerely,
    A Christian

  • Mary Firtz
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Dear Sir,
    I vary much appreciate you standing infront of those people and making them listen to your words and standing them still if just for a breif moment…….I imagine it caused them to behave and reflect as individuals instead of collective mob type behavior if ever so breifly……Listen and Praise GOD …Humble yourselves…….GOD Bless you Sir Bishop…..Thank – You for your courage to say befor somany what we never get a chance to finish our words….But you did…God Bless You AMEN

  • Joanne
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    It had to take a lot of courage to deliver that prayer after the Dems had a problem making up their minds about keeping God as part of the platform. I hope other Bishops throughout the country get behind Cardinal Dolan; I hope they go speak about this issue to the priests in their diocese.

    It should be clear to Catholics that Obama needs to leave office and that longtime Catholics who support either him or the Democratic Party need to make a moral decision leaving both to the wind.

  • Fred
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal,

    I thank you for your words of faith and love to the democrats but fear they were wasted.
    They think themselves above god and his decress. We are supposed to witness to them but how can we when they don’t even respect us??

  • Cristina
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    As I listened to you on youtube the day after. With every sentence, my jaw kept dropping lower and lower. How you got through that benediction, that amazing benediction, and came out alive is beyond me. God is good and merciful indeed and the courage that you exemplified by going into the lion’s den and slapping every lion there across the face was definitely something I am thankful God let me witness. It truly was brilliant and courageous. THANK YOU!!!

    And then when you were done, I laughed so hard at the fact that you pretty much debunked the entire convention in one benediction. That was awesome!

    God bless you Father!

  • Dave Wickert
    September 8, 2012 Reply

    I am sure everyone regardless of political leaning appreciated you making the effort to offer a prayer at both conventions. Thank you.

  • Gil Brady
    September 9, 2012 Reply

    BIshop,

    I do realize you have been busy, and appreciate the work you are doing. I am, however, frustrated that my comments are your blog are “awaiting moderation”. Please have someone explain what exactly this means.

    I am asking you again to address the recent events involving the defrocking of Msgr Kavanagh. His sole accuser has retracted his accusations and yet the church sits by and does nothing to address this injustice. Here is my letter from earlier, please note that it has been awaiting moderation for almost a month.

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    August 16, 2012 at 2:15 am
    Archbishop Dolan,

    I was struck by this passage:

    The Church, too, is accountable. In the past, at times, some Catholics acted like the Church was above reproach, exempt from the demands of accountability, on its own, above it all. That was wrong. That was tragic.

    As your archbishop, I am accountable to many, and I’m glad that I am, because I am weak, imperfect, flawed. Daily do I examine my conscience. Every two weeks I tell God, “I’m sorry,” in the sacrament of penance. Often do I meet with people, boards, and councils to whom I report, and ask for advice and criticism.

    I respectfully request that you hold yourself accountable in regards to the actions the archdiocese has taken since Daniel Donahue recanted his allegations against Msgr Charles Kavanagh.

    The church needs to be accountable for misleading the public on the facts of this case and you specifically need to be willing to acknowledge that the church acted without sufficient evidence and has refused to admit their mistake now that the accuser has recanted.

    If you believe in the words you write, and i believe you do. Please take action right away to demonstrate the fact that the church can role model appropriate humility and reverse their decision on Msgr. Kavanagh and restore him to full standing. If you do not do this, in a case where one accuser has come forward and subsequently recanted, then you cannot with clear conscience stand by this blog.

    Respectfully,

    Gil Brady

  • Philip Abraham
    September 9, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for praying for us at the Democratic Convention, too. That prayer is helpful for me to read again, now (and again). So very much we need wisdom and strength as we work to do what we feel is right. Thank you for continuing to pray hard for our candidate, Mr Obama — not that he will win the election; rather that he will be led and protected and strengthened to be successful in doing good work through 2016. May the peace of Christ be with you always.

  • Leilani
    September 9, 2012 Reply

    1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” The prayer was bold, strong and courageous in these ungodly times.
    Thank you so much Cardinal Dolan for such a wonderful blessing and prayer! Praise God for your leadership at the DNC.

  • liz
    September 9, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan. Thank you for your words during the Republican and Democratic conventions. I am at a loss for words on how I feel about the celebration of abortion during the Democratic convention. When I first started thinking about the Al Smith dinner several months ago I thought for sure you would not host it but I was disappointed to find out you decided to go ahead. I accepted your reasoning and hoped it was the right descision to ahead with it. Now after the blatant disregard for human life at the democratic convention, how can you give this President any platform? The decision doesn’t have to be partisan. Just say you cannot give either canidate a platform. Cardinal Dolan, how do you expect those faithful to chuch teaching, to feel if you give such evil a platform. Please reconsider the Al Smith Dinner. Please invite Pro-Life Christians, whether Democrat or Republican, to honor at this dinner. You cannot invite Barack Obama and not alienate your most faithful. Please, Please it’s not too late. God Bless, Liz

  • Lincoln Richey
    September 9, 2012 Reply

    “Amen”!!!!!!!

  • Peter Venter
    September 10, 2012 Reply

    I tuned into a part of the Dep. Convention when they were voting for the removal of God’s name and avoid stating that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel.

    Can someone tell me more on this. As I said, I only tuned in when the vote was taken.

  • Steve
    September 10, 2012 Reply

    What happened to the “thee’s and thou’s and thy’s”? What was the rationale for change?
    The “Our Father” and “Hail Mary”nest? Every change in prayer requires an act of the will.

  • Lee
    September 10, 2012 Reply

    A blessing upon you, Cardianal Dolan.

    I have recently been requested to sign a petition to you that Move On is preparing, demanding that you prove that you really meant what you said (at the DNC: that you had come to the convention to pray, not to endorse a candidate) by instructing the priests in your diocese to stay out of partisan politics.

    I do not support this petition. I particularly do not support the (false) witness these goons are bearing against you: that if any priest in your diocese engages in partisan politics, then you really were at the convention to endorse a candidate, and therefore lied in your prayer.

    Although I was raised in a Christian home, I am certainly not a Catholic. Although I feel that abortion is an important option, I agree that there are far too many abortions here in America. Although I do not completely agree with everything you try to do, I will state unequivocally that it is wrong for anyone to bear false witness against another, as Move On has chosen to do to you in its petition.

    Please do not allow yourself to be swayed by this dishonest petition. People of conscience have just as much right to engage in politics as people of no conscience.

  • Robert hochfelder
    September 11, 2012 Reply

    TD!!! Stands for Timothy Dolan and TOUCHDOWN. Cardinal, you scored at the DNC. God bless you today and always in your ministry.

  • pamela menera
    September 11, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, Your Benediction was beautiful and courageous considering all the disturbing rhetoric spewed during the Convention. With all due respect, what is so troubling to me, is that with so many speakers, claiming to be Catholic and yet advocating ideology that is in direct conflict with the teachings of the Church..no member of the Clergy has said anything in defense of our true beliefs as faithful Catholics. I find it beyond irony that this Sunday begins the year of the New Evangelization , yet there is deafening silence on the part of the Bishops regarding the misrepresentation , by so many in the political arena, of our Faith. Caroline Kennedy is one obvious example . You simply cannot be Catholic, and support abortion. I pray that the Lord will inspire you to speak out specifically to those prominent misleading individuals, who do not speak for the Church. God Bless You, Strengthen You, and Guide You.

  • Eddie
    September 11, 2012 Reply

    I am really suprised they didnt stop you in the middle and throw you out. You not only used the banned word almost ten times, but even used His sons name. I know the Holy Spirit was tweeking alot of collected conciousnessess that night with that prayer. That was very inspiring and heartfelt. God Bless!

  • Adele Tanguy
    September 11, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for your beautiful prayer & for the courage you displayed & inspired us with in plroclaiming God’s truths with your pleas to Him. We are blessed with your leadership, but please confront what Caroline Kennedy said “as a Catholic woman“-she is delusional as to what beliefs her faith requires. I assume she was confirmed & baptized? Doesn’t she need to be reminded of her promises?

  • Beverly Sobraske
    September 12, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence: Now is your opportunity to show that the church stands by their rhetoric and principles. Caroline Kennedy should be excommunicated for her statement at the convention , backing “women’s reproductive rights”. We all know her words were code words for abortion rights. When is the church and especially the College of Cardinals of the United States going to have the courage to publically stand against the catholics in public office who promote and vote for abortion? I DO NOT GET IT!! What is more important that human life? If we do not come out against the pro abortion stands of the Kennedys, the Pelosis, and all the other catholics in congress, what moral standing do we have in the world? Please have the courage to publically and privately confront Ms. Kennedy in spite of her money and popularity. Noone should be more important that the lives of the unborn. Thank you and God bless you.

    Sincerely, Beverly Sobraske

 

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