Democrats change their minds and accept Cardinal Dolan’s invitation to pray at their convention

News spread fast yesterday when Cardinal Dolan noted that he offered to pray at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week, but that his invitation was declined.

The Democratic Party, sensing that they are alienating the Catholic vote, quickly scrambled and accepted the invitation.

The Archdiocese of New York sent out the following statement:

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Democratic National Convention. As was previously announced, he will also be offering the closing prayer at the Republican Convention on Thursday of this week.

It was made clear to the Democratic Convention organizers, as it was to the Republicans, that the Cardinal was coming solely as a pastor, only to pray, not to endorse any party, platform, or candidate. The Cardinal consulted Bishop Peter Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte, who gave the Cardinal his consent to take part in the convention that will be taking place in his diocese.

I wonder what time slot they will put Cardinal Dolan at.

I also wonder words he’ll use in his prayer…

UPDATE: Bill Donohue at the Catholic League samples a bunch of quotes from left-wingers who were speechless that Cardinal Dolan would dare pray at the Republican National Convention.

Andrew Sullivan called Dolan “The Republican Party Cardinal.” The Boston Herald’s Margery Eagan called him an “opportunist.” Mike D’Antonio at the Huffington Post accused Dolan of “leading the bishops in a partisan direction.” John Gehring of Faith & Public Life said he was “baptizing the Republican nominee.” Mike O’Loughlin at America accused him of “being a shill for the GOP.” TheNational Catholic Reporter said Dolan was “playing a dangerous game.” Sarah Posner at Salon said Dolan’s acceptance “solidifies a partisan partnership between the GOP and the Bishops.” Niall O’Dowd at the Irish Voice said his presence “is a dog whistle to all Catholics out there to support the GOP candidates.” And the Los Angeles Times editorialized that Dolan has “placed his imprimatur” on the Republican strategy.

Donohue notes that we could all learn from Cardinal Dolan, a man of principle who doesn’t look at every last thing through politicized glasses.

The fundamental difference between Cardinal Dolan and these critics comes down to one thing: he is a man of principle and they don’t know how to spell the word. He invited President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner, knowing he would receive flak from some on the right. Then he agreed to speak at the RNC, knowing he would be blasted by some on the left. Now he has accepted an invitation to speak at the DNC and none of his critics—on both the left and the right—can figure him out.

What this shows is that Cardinal Dolan is able to rise above the politics of the moment. But to those who view the world exclusively through the lens of power, this is completely unintelligible.

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41 thoughts on “Democrats change their minds and accept Cardinal Dolan’s invitation to pray at their convention

  1. brendan duhamel says:

    i understand that cardinal dolan was not in fact endorsing the republican party when he said that he would be saying the closing benediction at the republican convention (as he asked to do the same at the democratic convention) but i do not understand why it would be so horrible for the catholic church to actually endorse the republican party. i believe that if us catholics really want to win the election (that means romney) then we all need to be on the same page. if the church were to come out right and say that they support romney and not obama, we would (i believe) win back the liberal catholics who are still out there.

  2. Chip says:

    The liberals go ballistic because Cardinal Dolan will go to the RNC to pray, foolishly crying “PARTISANSHIP” and “SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!” Yet they get all mushy and proud that Sister Simone will proudly speak in support of the Democrats platform that is direct conflict with Catholic social teaching. The absurd logic of these folks is bewildering!

  3. Gino says:

    Remember Cardinal said both VP’s “take their faith seriously”. I can hardly agree. There is a point when you can be non-partisan, but never when a Catholic in office of either party who publicly defends intrinsic evils against Church teaching! I also hardly agree that the issues the Church has with this administration and President is something you can drop for a few hours for dinner and drinks and a few laughs.Somethings are much too serious to lose especially human life!

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