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  • Walter Tonelotto
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    Yes, Cardinal Dolan,
    we trust your judgement and inspiration. Know that all 10 stations of RADIO MARIA in the USA support you and pray for you. KEEP GOING… we are with you!

  • Paul Keating
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    For a man as sophisticated and media savvy as Cardinal Dolan, this strikes me as a very political act and one has to wonder how much thought went into it either on his part or of the Republican National Committee who may have extended the invitation. Considering the role that Abortion rights will play at the Convention and the General Election, I believe Cardinal Dolan has already “cast” his ballot and is hoping that many other Catholics will follow his example and support Mitt Romney’s candidacy given the “blessing” it will receive next week. Does the Cardinal really expect that the Democrats will invite him “to pray with them” at their Convention?
    The Cardinal as do all of us have a right to decide which Party and Candidate are best for the country but his public acts will serve as an endorsement whether he cares to admit it or not.

  • Henry Bos
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I am so very disappointed with your decision to offer a prayer at the Republican convention. I do not doubt your motivation to only pray but you, of all people, must understand that your appearance on that stage will serve as your encouragement to vote for the Republican party. Given the current political climate and the Church’s disagreement with the Administration regarding health care, I find it extremely unwise. I am sitting in my home here in Arizona where even the Church has turned against immigrants, and shake my head in sadness at what has happened to my Church. I am truly saddened by your decision. I am beyond anger and am just sad. God bless you.

  • Patty
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I am looking forward to Cardinal Dolan’s straight forward, healing inspiration.

  • Jim Cowan
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I am pleased that an invitation has been made and accepted. Cardinal Dolan is the most articulate spokesman for our Catholic Faith. He has a message of Hope that can resonate with those who are willing to truly listen. I hope that CNY or this site will publish his remarks when available.

  • Janet
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    This- Emminence is how to dis-invite the anti-Christian Obama and (fairly) Romney from the spectacle and photo-op of the Al Smith dinner. You are a Shepard of the faithful. Please be an example of a warrior for Christ-we cannot allow the current crushing of faith and freedom to continue.
    http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/rick-warrens-civility-forum-axed/

  • Irene
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I think you should also participate in some of the Occupy events when you’re there. Local faith leaders are planning a vigil for peace at the start of the convention and there will be a Peace Rally at the end.

  • Meredith
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    This is very upsetting to me. This appears totally partisan. It’s best to stay clear of the republicans who put forward on their party platform a vow to slash funds for the poor, have strong and bigoted anti-immigrant policies and are entirely pro-death penalty.

  • Mary Greene
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    pIf I were the Dems not only would I invite the Cardinal to pray at the convention finale(after all, ours is a civil and cordial God) but I would invited him to open the convention and bless the party platform which is a doozy.

  • Stan Wisniewski
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    Your Emminence: My fear is that, although your intent in going to the political convention is to pray and not to endorse, given the USCCB stance vs. the current administration, your attendance will be construed by many as an endorsement. I’m also quite sure that aside from an individuals perception, the party (either party) will cast your attendance as your (and by extension the USCCB’s) endorsement. Thanks, Stan

  • Jim D
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    The appearance of Cardinal Dolan at the GOP convention gives the impression of his support for the Romney-Ryan ticket. This is not what Christ would do. The Romney-Ryan budget and policies are very un-Christ-like. Obama’s policies toward the poor, universal health care, economic inequity, the environment, climate change, education, etc. are far more Christian than Romney-Ryan’s. And the Obama-Biden-Hillary Clinton foreign policy has been masterful, collaborating with other nations as partners, as opposed to the arrogant policies of Bush and now Romney (with his threats to Iran, Russia and China). We can’t risk a Romney-Ryan budget or foreign policy. WE HAVE TO GET GET THIS RIGHT. It is inexplicable that the Cardinal would do this. Please reconsider.

  • Gary Sabourin
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,

    I’m Catholic….and a Democrat (just like my saintly father and just about everyone I grew up with). Following his example, I’ve been an a teacher and counselor in Catholic schools for 34 years. With the greatest respect, I have to express my deep sadness that you have chosen to offer the Closing Prayer at the upcoming Republican National Convention. I realize that you have clearly stated that this is not to be viewed as political, but I fear the reality on the ground will be exactly the opposite. It’s heartbreaking for me. If my father was alive, I’m certain that it would be heartbreaking for him as well. He was a Union Steward for the UAW in Detroit and helped build (literally) Our Lady of Grace parish in Dearborn. There are ways to disagree with the current Administration from a Catholic perspective (Pro-Choice), and, I believe, there are ways to disagree with a possible Romney-Ryan Administration from a Catholic perspective (the Ryan Budget). Both are clearly Anti-Life. So many Catholics see the first and are blind to the second.

    I don’t have any advice or suggestions, nor do I want to presume to recommend a course of action. I just felt compelled to communicate to you that I believe this will be viewed as a tacit endorsement and will serve to embolden those who seek…in one disguised form or the other…. to further abandon the poor and disadvantaged….the very state into which Our Lord choose to enter this world.

    All this being said, I wish you every blessing.

    Sincerely,
    Gary Sabourin
    Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Annie
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I’m very happy and proud that you were invited and accepted. God speed on your journey.

  • Nancy Janzen
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    Last Saturday a younger person came to me as I waited for confession because I was wearing a Stop the HHS mandate button. He asked if our bishops would stand strong on the issues. I told him not to worry our bishops are strong in the faith and to trust them. You follow your conscience. I know it is well formed and you will never waiver on the truths of our faith. I also gave him the # for the text campaign. I will stand behind, next to or if necessary in front of you when it comes to the time to stand. You just text me.

  • bill Crew
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I too am very angry that Cardinal Dolan is going to the Republican convention – even to pray.
    This is quite obviously an endorsement of the candidates. it could also be against the separation of church and state policies. Since part of that policy gives the Church a tax exemption, maybe this could put an end to such exemptions. While i doubt this would happen because we all know our politicians lack backbone. I have felt more and more separation from the Church over the years with the myriad of scandals (which keep on coming), I think this might be the final straw.

  • Fenisia Pacini
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I am very disappointed that the Cardinal will appear at the RNC convention. I believe this is in violation of the Separation of Church and State.

    Ialso believe that it endorses Romney and that if the Church is tax exempt the IRS should withdraw its tax exempt status. A petition needs to be done .

  • Regina Smith
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    In this political climate it seems unwise to even hint at favoritism towards either political party. We as Catholics, understand bias and the appearance of bias. We can’t try to look neutral in a politically charged and partisan environment. Let the local clergy participate, as is the custom. Bringing in the Cardinal from New York sends a message of disdain for the local clergy and upping the ante by bringing in the heavy hitters.

  • Ken
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I expect you to wear both your cardinal’s cassock and pectoral cross, please!

  • Beverly
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I find the strong presence of Cardinal Dolan offering prayer at either or both convention(s) to be very reassuring.

  • Anne Morrison-Low
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I am appalled and saddened by this decision.

    The Cardinal is a smart man – he knows exactly why the GOP invited him and he has his own agenda in accepting. This is clearly an endorsement of the Republican Party and ALL it stands for, particularly in light of recent comments by the Cardinal re Paul Ryan (“I’m anxious to see him in action.”) How much more of an endorsement could there be? It appears that the poor of this great country and their pressing needs are no longer a priority for the hierarchy of the Church in the U.S.

    As a lifelong Catholic (63 years) it is becoming more and more difficult to practice my faith which I continue to do in spite of the enormous obstacles the church puts in my way.

    It all makes my heart hurt.

  • Alan Russotto
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    God Bless Cardinal Dolan !!! If the democrats (Catholic or otherwise) have a problem with this, why don’t they invite The Cardinal to deliver the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention. AMDG !

  • Jim Eggers
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    This is a very overt political act, the general voting public only reads or sees headlines, and this makes ot look like an endorsement for the very rich and draconian candidates that the GOP has brought forth. Most of the Catholics I have known in my 60 years are either poor or lower middle class, and this ticket will not do anything to help us. I am not entirely sure that the Cardinal’s ego can be overcome by his piety.

  • Patrick White
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I can think of no one better to offer a prayer at the RNC. Cardinal Dolan speaks clearly, lovingly and the truth. I will pray for you that you are able to help cure the divisiveness that is so prevalant.

    Blessings to you Cardinal Dolan and to the USA
    Patrick White
    Overland Park, Kansas

  • Suzi
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Cardinal Dolan. I know that you will use your platform to speak to all those on both sides about the important issues of the election – the greatest of those being LIFE and religious freedom.

    If it appears partisan, at least you’re on the right side of this one ;0)

  • George Donahue
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    When Mitt Romney announced you were scheduled to give the benediction at the convention (as opposed to local Bishop), the intent was obvious. The explanation that the Cardinal called the local Bishop to see if it was okay for him to give the benediction is laughable. I assume you will have he decency not to endorse Romney directly. Cardinal please make the choice: religious leader or political operative. A gentle reminder: the Republican agenda is opposed to the Catholic social teaching on just about every front with the exception of abortion. I deeply respect the church’s position on abortion.It is a deeply held religous belief. Not all people or relgions share it and we shouldn’t impose it upon others.

  • Larry
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I am surprised by the number of comments indicating disappointment… and stating a preference for the party that campaigns in support of abortion and same sex marriage. These are interesting times for Catholics and somehow our view of “social justice” has become rather twisted. Cardinal Dolan … I pray that you have the right message for the Republicans, just as I pray you have the right words for both candidates at the Smith dinner. God Bless

  • S.K. Patrick
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    Irrespective of what the intentions might be, the appearance of this decision by Cardinal Dolan to deliver the closing prayer at the Republican Convention will be construed to be political.
    I really do not see Christ being pleased with the decision by His representatives on Earth to be involved in political events. Cardinal Dolan’s time would be better spent doing God’s work.

  • Chalice Wilkerson
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I see this as totally political and the path the bishops and cardinals have taken to march lockstep behind the Republican Party because being anti-abortion and anti-gay are the only issues they truly care about. Instead of cleaning up their own house such as CArdinal Dolan’s ‘hush money’ payments to molesting priests, they instead claim some ‘high road’ of denying rights to others because their tender religious consciences are upset. I have actually read the Bible and abortion and gay behavior are not exactly hot topics in the book — where is the Church’s commitment to the poor and the least among us? I think the Catholic Church hierarchy is doing a disservice to the hard work of so many true Catholic Christians by getting involved in supporting the Republican Party.

  • Robert M.
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I work as a volunteer at Catholic Charities and proudly served this country in the Marine Corps during the Regan years. I am thrilled that His Eminence will deliver the closing prayer.

    I only hope and pray the brewing hurricane (Isaac) does not interfere too much!

    May God Bless these United States

  • Rob
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan is a very smart man here. By accepting the invitation of the RNC, and making it clear he would do the same at the DNC. (By the way other archbishops have in the past performed a service service at the DNC, so forget the wailing an gnashing about entering into the political realm) He puts the anti-Catholic DNC in a clear position to reject him, just as they have rejected the Church in her requests to have our religious liberties respected.

  • John M. Conroy
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    Last night a friend called me at supper time to say she had heard on the radio that Cardinal Dolan was to give the benediction at the Republican National Convention. I assured her this was not so; that, if a Catholic prelate were to do this, it would be the ordinary of Tampa. More fool me! How sad it is to see the Archbishop of New York engage in this kind of political activity to further his agenda and to further dishearten those of us who struggle to make some sense out of the current chaos in the Church we love.

  • Steve Maurice
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    I find it extremely ironic that those disraught over Cardinal Dolan’s acceptance to say the closing prayer at the GOP convention, are likely some of the same people that see no problem with President Obama being invited to the Al Smith dinner. Politics do have a way of clouding moral judgement, don’t they?

    As for the prayer, say a good one, dear Cardinal. Our political climate certainly demonstrates that all politicians, left and right, are in need of God’s blessing and guidance.

  • Theresa
    August 23, 2012 Reply

    Our country is in great need of prayers. Our leaders need someone to pray with them and for them. God bless you. May the Holy Spirit fill you heart. Thank you for accepting this honor.

  • patrick mahon
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    I am a Catholic and I like the fact that Cardinal Dolan is going to say a prayer at the convention. My father was a Republican and I am as well. Cardinal Dolan is the leader of my church here in NY and is and American citizen, a dam fine citizen at that, and he can pray where ever he wants! He was invited, accepted thats that!! Maybe if we had more prayer in this country from what ever denomination you are, and less deviousness, we could get things done!! You go Cardinal Dolan!!!!

  • Katherine Smith
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    How disappointing that you would choose to politicize the church in such a way. I am not talking about the gop convention, but your speaking at the Values Voter Conference. When you align yourselves with the likes of Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Bill Bennett, Gary Bauer, there is little doubt as to what your politics are and that you really are agressively pushing those politics. A sad day for the American church.

  • Susy
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    The times we are living in have changed. The Church in the US is facing a crisis of freedom of religion in President Obama’s HHS mandate that, if it’s not repealed or fought in court and won, could dismantle our Catholic institutions. This grave threat must be taken seriously by all Catholics. The aggressive agenda to destroy traditional marriage, and the ensuing threats to religious liberty, by permitting same sex marriage, are further grave threats to the well being of our society. Aggressive pro abortion policies supported by the federal government here and abroad spread the Culture of Death that so worried JPII. Now is the time for Catholics to close ranks and say ‘no more.’. Correct policies regarding the economy, immigration can be addressed after our foundational issues are secure. God Bless Cardinal Dolan for his leadership.

  • J. Green
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    I am very disappointed in your decision to lend support to a political campaign.

    I understand and appreciate the Church’s position on life, but the Church has other positions such as social justice and care for the less fortunate. To me, a church-going Catholic, the Church leadership pays lip service to everyting other than life, church ceremony, and maintaining your authority.

    You will give a blessing at an event that will nominate two men, one a Catholic, with stated policies regarding the poor and disadvantaged that are contrary to the Church’s teachings.

    Your action will further erode the moral authority of our Church’s hierarchy. I suppose your new teaching is that the rich, powerful and connected will inherit the earth. It’s a lesson that I will not teach my children.

  • John F
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    I don’t think the Cardinal is going there to endorse but to pray.
    However for some to call the Romney policies un-Christlike is a big stretch. I think we have seen enough ant-Catholic anti-Christian rhetoric coming from the current administration including the “Catholic” VP. )ProChoice, pro same sex marrieage etc etc etc)

  • Carol
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan:

    Please do not offer a prayer at either National Convention.

    This is not a prudent thing to do at this time.

    You will gain much respect from all “sides” by removing yourself from the partisanship and offering some hope for navigating all this polarization.

    Respectfully offered.

  • Richard Tuttle
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    The Cardinal’s appearance and Benediction is not partisan; just a Blessing for good, solid American citizens.

  • Marci
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,
    I hope you are not being biased towards one political party as a leader in the Catholic Church. Will you also seek to lead prayer at the other political party (Democrat) too? I hope so.

  • Steven
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    In response to Gary…I know many Republicans who care for the poor…caring does not end if someone considers themselves Republican or Conservative. I would actually say the past four years have created more poor people than ever before.

    Steven

  • AndyP/Doria2
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    Wait a minute! Cardinal Dolan offered equal time here. What more can anyone ask for?

  • James Michael
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    Good for the Cardinal. I hope he is voting for Romney/Ryan. It’s not like serious Catholics have much of choice other than not voting which is a vote for Obama. If you are an informed and faithful Catholic you must be involved and you have no other choice. Period. Pray tell how any faithful Catholic can vote for Obama/Biden/Democrat Party? You Can’t unless you chose to ignore Church teaching and doctrine. Some of the comments here are very revealing from quote unquote “Catholics”. Are you good folks serious? You have a party that just added a plank to their pro abortion/pro culture of death platform endorsing “Gay Marriage”. Do you not know that any Catholic CANNOT vote for ANY politician or support a political party who supports, encourages and espouses…the “culture of death”…a/k/a intrinsic evil a/k/a “abortion, artificial contraception, invitro fertilization, cloning, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, same sex marriage etc.”
    It is an inconvenient truth. The fact that the Good Cardinal Dolan and his predecessors at the USCCB have not made Church teaching CRYSTAL CLEAR in the last 45+ years on this matter is one of the great ongoing scandals in the Church. Instead we get 28 pages of mind numbing mishmash about “informed conscience” blah, blah, blah without an opening paragraph in clear single syllable English that says in effect…”Catholics Can’t Vote for Any Pro Abortion Politicians” etc, etc or “You Can’t Be Catholic and Pro-Choice”. As a result we get ill informed Catholics who equate Killing innocent Unborn babies (and intrinsic evils) with social justice and feeding the poor. Sorry, it ain’t so despite the Cardinal Bernandin’s “Seamless Garment” pronouncement in the early 80’s. If Catholics are responsible for the reelection of Obama after the last 4 years then God help us all. We will deserve everything that we get. You can’t mock God indefinitely without expecting consequences.

  • timothy canezro
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    As with all endeavors I wish you the best as you as one of our Catholic leaders and as a Holy Man to give a good prayer at the convention. May the Holy Spirit work through you and your words and touch all those politicians that operate in a secular mode of life and rule with self-serving interests in mind.
    Trusting ever in your wisdom,
    Your son in Christ,
    Timothy canezaro

  • Gregory Peterson
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    So, as a Catholic I am interpreting this collaboration with the Republican Party in its current elaboration as a sanctioning of lies, the destruction of Medicare, excessive tax cuts for the wealthy and more.

  • Joanne S.
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    Perhaps this will help counter the damage done by inviting President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner. The Dems can certainly invite you to give a blessing at their convention as well, but I suspect they will invite a Muslim cleric or atheist instead.

    To those commenters here who claim the GOP doesn’t care about the poor, I can only say you are very wrong. Our grandchildren who survived the abortion industry will be burdened by deficits they will be unable to carry and burying one’s head in the sand as the Dems do won’t stop this country from going under. We will ALL be poor.

    How anyone can claim to be Catholic and support the Dem platform of unlimited abortion and gay marriage is beyond me. They have to justify these intrinsic evils by claiming they care about the poor. If Obama is re-elected, the Catholic Church will see a persecution that can’t be imagined. Unbelievable.

  • Frank
    August 24, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    I’ve been a Catholic for 67 years, in fact at one point I had intentions of entering the seminary; but didn’t find myself worthy.
    I can’t believe you are allowing the Rebublican party to use you by giving the closing prayer at their convention. You have made it clear that you are not supporting the republican ticket for president, unfortunately the republicans are using your attendance as a sign to catholics of your support. I live in Tampa and it already has been inferred that your presence is a effort to gain the catholic vote for the republicans.
    I understand fully that the church does not agree with current laws that are in contradiction with church teachings; BUT the President represents all people in this country not just one faith. We have co-existed for many years with the seperation of church and state, my opinion is that it should remain that way.

  • George Van Buskirk
    August 25, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,
    I recently learned that you will give the closing benediction at the Republican National Convention. I am a renounced Catholic for many reasons but mostly because of one thing, hypocrisy. I feel confident in my decision to renounce my Catholicism after your recent decision.
    The Republican party has taken strident positions against anything that might resemble Christ’s teachings, especially in the Beatitudes. They propose a budget that is anti-poor, they embrace an anti-human philosophy delivered from the poison of Ayn Rand, they ignore the rights of the immigrant who John Paul II spoke out for, they support the terrible injustices against the Palestinian people, they did everything in their power to bring war to Iraq even though the Pontiff was clear in his disapproval of such an act, they are funded by secular, destructive capitalists like the Koch Brothers who this moment are working to strip the voices of the less fortunate of their voting rights. There is nothing Christ like or even Catholic about the modern GOP yet you will indicate to Catholic voters by your support they represent the Church when they clearly, emphatically do not. Once elected I’m certain they will pursue a path of war against Iran which will lead to so much destruction. The blood that will be shed will be not only on their hands but yours. Have a good time at the convention and know you have given this ex-catholic reason to never entertain the idea of a return to your “church”.
    With Deepest Sincerity,
    George Van Buskirk

  • Michele
    August 25, 2012 Reply

    I am delighted that you will be delivering the benediction at the RNC Convention in Tampa. The GOP Party platform is pro-life and the Party’s nominee for Vice President, Rep. Paul Ryan, is also a faithful Roman Catholic. The Lord has given you a wonderful opportunity to pray publicly on behalf of the Roman Catholic faithful in America during this primetime- televised national party convention. You are the best representative of our Catholic faith tradition in America today. I know that you will make the most of this public prayer opportunity and will bring honor to our faith tradition, our nation and to our God. To God be the glory!

  • Joseph heim
    August 25, 2012 Reply

    Be very careful, cardinal Dolan -you have our prayers- as there are many traps and snares being set for you by political figures. But this has left me puzzled. Why cloud things when Romney and the GOP are and have been pro abortion (only Virgil Goode is pro life in this race). Also ponder this: much of the start up money for governor Romney’s Bain came from el Salvador right wing people implicated in the killing of the blessed Archbishop Romero, and what in the world will you tell Romero in the next world when he asks you about this and why did you bless thoseninvolved with those who killed me and many of my Catholic brothers and sisters? I think the cardinal means well, but I greatly fear his good intentions are so ringing I n his head that he doesn’t hear the sirens of disaster on this . God bless.

  • Leticia Barrett
    August 25, 2012 Reply

    His Emminence, Cardinal Dolan has deal with this issue with wisdom, prudence, and charity. I am sure he would have accepted the Dems invitation, had they extended it to him. As to the difference in the two parties policy positions: The Works of Mercy pertain primarily to the church, meaning each one of us, not to the state. Our Lord’s mandate to care for the poor, the unborn, and the immigrant is for “me” under penalty of judgement: “In truth I tell YOU, in so far as YOU did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, YOU did it to ME.”(Mt. 25:31-40)
    Tom & Leticia Barrett

  • Philip regan
    August 25, 2012 Reply

    This is a terrible day for the Cathoic Church when we seem to endorse those who want to cut supports to the poor and cut taxs on the rich.Have we lost our way totally .The rest of the world is in shock .Philip Dublin Ireland

  • Charlene Harris
    August 25, 2012 Reply

    I am deeply disappointed that you have accepted the invitation to the Republican Convention. This is a dangerous game that you are playing at a time when religion has been elevated as a major divisive and polarizing issue for Catholics during this election. Your appearance brings the Church front and center into a political fire under the presentation of merely being a priest at prayer. Even if you are sincere in your purpose, it really doesn’t matter because perception takes precedence. To the average person, Catholic or not, your appearance basically translates into the Catholic Church’s endorsement of Romney and the republican position; never mind that that position is not consistent with Catholic Social Teaching. It seems like a contradiction to claim religious freedom or freedom from governmental intrusion at the same time support a political party and or candidate. Honestly, I would have expected something more dignified from a Cardinal. This is a good time to ask: “How would Jesus have responded in this situation?”

  • Ruth McNulty
    August 26, 2012 Reply

    I see no probably with the Cardinal being invited to do the closing prayer. That’s what Clergy do…Pray. Billy Graham would certainly go. I am sure the Cardinal would love to pray at the Democratic Convention also. God is neither a Democratic or a Republican. What harm is in this? We are all free and have free choice to vote for who we believe will be the best leaders for our Nation. Not going to influence my vote one way or the other.

  • Marie
    August 26, 2012 Reply

    I am beyond saddened at the stance the Church is taking regarding provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The Church can continue to take a pro-life stance (as do I) and still support (and perhaps try to influence postively) those who choose contraception and even abortion. Jesus NEVER turned his back on anyone. Today’s Church is taking a stance against the poor and helpless when they most need us. Cardinal Dolan’s appearance at the Republican Convention confirms that we have cast our lot with mean-spirited, narrow thinking people who are promoting their own brand of Christian sharia.

  • Gina
    August 26, 2012 Reply

    To all those who disagree with this decision, I am unclear as to why this is such a problem. It is common place to have a religious person offer benediction at the convention. Whether it be the local bishop or Cardinal Dolan doesn’t matter. As Catholics, we should be thrilled and humbled that any political party is inviting a representative of the Catholic Church to offer benediction. Let the democrats invite him as well. Both parties need the Lord! Your Eminence, may the Jesus work through to bring the power of the Holy Spirit into the hearts of all present!

  • Wayne
    August 26, 2012 Reply

    How sad to see the comments from people who declare themselves as catholic and don’t see how off they are in their focus. To equate anything, to include the economy, social security, Medicare/Medicaid, etc. with the right to life is absolutely wrong and opposed to Catholic doctrine. It would do you well to revisit the Catechism and see where you are mistaken. To vote for our current president is to align yourself with evil

  • Douglas Myser
    August 26, 2012 Reply

    As a Catholic, brought up in the teachings of Jesuits, I am appalled that you would support any political party. It is a fact, that if you support either, you are supporting anti christian positions of some type. Democrats support abortion, Republicans seem to want to go to war, to feed the military industrial complex.
    That may seem simply, but it is true. So, your rationale that more people die in abortions than in war should remember the lost trillions spent on war, and the impact that has on millions of lives. Romney has clearly stated he will gut programs for the poor, and build up the military. Jesus would do the oppposite. Shame on you, but don’t worry, you will be forgiven for this sin. And have no doubt, blessing a group that will gut programs for the poor is a sin.

  • Alan Raymond
    August 26, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,
    The courage you exhibit in speaking out against the diminution of religious freedom by the current administration is inspirational. For far too long Catholic leaders have been reluctant to criticize secular leaders for fear of retribution (e.g.: tax status & regulatory force). But fear must not dictate silence. We must also be willing to openly oppose secular leadership who vigorously attack the religious beliefs we hold sacred: the sanctity of life and sacramental nature of marriage.
    I don’t understand how people who consider themselves Catholic could have voted for an ardent pro-abortion (not pro-choice) candidate, but they did! This president, when a state senator, voted against a bill that would have prohibited the termination of a baby who survived a botched abortion!!
    Others have commented favorably toward this president’s policies regarding the poor and education. However, policies that guarantee generational dependency on Caesar and give preference to teachers’ unions rather than students and parents do not bode well for the moral fiber of our culture nor the future of our country.
    May God bless and guide you.
    Thank you,
    Alan

  • Suzanne
    August 26, 2012 Reply

    Romney and Ryan need prayers more than most Democrats do. Of course, we pray that people do not see Dolan’s prayer as an endorsement.

  • Mary Lu Callahan
    August 27, 2012 Reply

    If this was only about prayer, then Cardinal Dolan should have deferred to the local bishop according to Church protocol. Considering the intellect of the man it is either knowingly symbolic or succumbing to ego.

  • Gene Lindquist
    August 27, 2012 Reply

    As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Muslim] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries. — Adams, Treaty of Tripoli

  • Shannon Thompson
    August 27, 2012 Reply

    As a lifelong social justice Catholic, this and other recent decisions coming from church leaders saddens me greatly. I believe that both political parties have strayed so far from the words and actions of Christ, that church leaders publicly supporting either of these parties are embracing a decidedly un-Christian path. Perhaps Paul Ryan can sleep at night ignoring this political/spiritual contradiction, however you (or any other Catholic who understands this contradiction fully), should have great difficultly. Please reconsider your presence at this convention.

  • art madrid
    August 27, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan: I am an old Catholic (70 years old). Your acceptance of the RNC’s invitation is certainly ill-advised. The Republicans stand on all social issues is certainly at odds with the church’s supposed stand for the poor and underrepresented in the world. How you can present yourself at this gathering of the very wealthy is a mystery to me. Although I was born a catholic and went to catholic schools for many years, actions like yours are making some catholics leave the church. I also think that our founders had it right be including the need for separation of church and state.

    art madrid
    stockton, california

  • Kate
    August 27, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    I do not feel it would be appropriate for you to speak at the GOP convention, as Tampa should be the city from which to chose a representative from the church. This alienates Catholics such as myself who are democrats when such a high profile visit is made for a political purpose that supports the opposition. I am highly discouraged by your support of the Republicans when the issues the Catholic Church espouses are fought for hard by liberals and democrats every day-financial regulation to protect Americans, ending the death penalty, civil rights, public education, protecting the environment, health care for everyone, community services. With all the non political good the church does it saddens me to see such action taken by a man of your stature.

  • Rachel
    August 27, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for agreeing to pray at the Republic Convention. Romney and Ryan represent life, integrity, hope, opportunity for the poor to become rich, for reform to allow more immigrants to enter the U.S. legally, for seniors for this and future generations to have Medicare, and for affordable healthcare for all. I wish you could pray at the Democratic Convention as well. May God bless us all with the ability and the willingness to see and hear His Truth above and beyond the lies of the media and dishonest politicians. Rachel

  • Irwin
    August 27, 2012 Reply

    Way to go Archbishop Dolan!!!! Finally it is clear who ALL CATHOLICS should be voting FOR—ROMNEY/RYAN!!! We need to Save our Country and at the same time save millions of unborn babies too.

  • Rosemary
    August 27, 2012 Reply

    For all the reasons they stated, I agree with others who are saddened, disappointed, and I would add angry about Cardinal Dolan going to pray at the Republican Convention. Because the visual message will outweigh his words, his presence will endorse the Republican Candidates for President of our country. Why? If he doesn’t intend to endorse them, he could have easily responded to the invitation by pointing out that the protocol is for the local Bishop to carry out such a role. For reasons that only he truly understands, Cardinal Dolan is going to this Convention.

  • Shane Molloy
    August 28, 2012 Reply

    In agreeing to speak at the Republican Convention Cardinal Dolan has demonstrated a complete lack of understanding, nevermind empathy with the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus threw the moneylenders out of the Temple, he didn’t offer to pray at the close of business. Shane

  • William B. Slowey
    August 28, 2012 Reply

    I commend you for accepting the invitation of the Republican Convention and hope that you are invited by the Democratic Convention. On this feast of Saint Auguatine, it is fitting to note that you should go wherever the teachings and true meaning of the Word of the Lord needs to be heard. Indeed, your predecessors travelled fearlessly on uncertain paths to teach all God’s children the message of the Gospel and to answer His call to holiness.

  • John
    August 29, 2012 Reply

    The platform of the Democratic party will include positions supporting same sex marriage, transexual behavior, homosexal relationships and a multitude of other behaviors that are directly opposed to Catholic teaching. The presence of a church leader without overt opposition to these positions gives legitimacy. Please reconsider your attendance.

  • George Donahue
    August 29, 2012 Reply

    My apologies to the Cardinal. He is giving the benediction at the Democratic Convention. I hope both benedictions will be non-political. Allowing Mitt Romney to announce the Cardinal’s appearance was a mistake. I do believe that the Cardinal has been too political and should re-think the Church’s approach.

    George M Donahue

  • Mary Marie
    September 3, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, it is your decision on whether you do or don’t, but in my opinion, neither party is a good choice for our country. On the democratic side, the healthcare reform turned out to do more harm than good. Not only will many of the poor who are high-risk still not be able to get insurance…they will be taxed for the insurance that they cannot afford. The bill also gave the IRS the authority to seize assets if not paid…and the democrats have no intention of withdrawing the bill. This is a huge injustice to the poor. Also, the bill also allows children as young as 15 to receive abortions and sterilizations without parental consent. On the republican side, many people will starve to death with the cuts that are being proposed on foodstamps. Many foodstamp recipients are going hungry already because food prices have doubled within the last few years and foodstamps barely increased. A large cut in the program will most certainly mean loss of life. There seems very little hope for the poor this election. Not all of the poor are liberals either…many are conservative christians also. God bless you, Cardinal Dolan.

 

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