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Cardinal Dolan Will Bless GOP Leaders, Faithful In Tampa

Cardinal Dolan Will Bless GOP Leaders, Faithful In Tampa

The Catholic leadership in the United States has embraced a more visible political role as of late, forming a SuperPAC to lobby against contraception coverage and going so far as to advocate against support of Obamacare from the pulpit.

So it should come as little surprise that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan will deliver the closing blessing to the Republican National Convention, even if the cozy relationship between the bishops and the GOP makes many Catholics uncomfortable. As reported in the Washington Post:

The cozy relationship between a sizable portion of U.S. bishops and the Republican Party should be cause for concern, and not just among progressive Catholics, Michael O’Loughlin wrote in a post on the website of America magazine, a leading Catholic weekly published by the Jesuits.

Cardinal Dolan’s appearance in Tampa will damage the church’s ability to be a moral and legitimate voice for voiceless, as those who view the Catholic Church as being a shill for the GOP have just a bit more evidence to prove their case, O’Loughlin concluded.

Dolan has reportedly said that if the Democrats extended an offer for him to pray at the convention there, he would accept, but that seems unlikely given the visible and vocal role Dolan has taken in suing the administration. Furthermore, Dolan maybe insisting his role is simply as a neutral vessel for the spirit, but with Dolan, nothing is neutral.

Having a prayer at the opening and close of the convention is nothing new, nor is it unique to the GOP, but it is the choice of Dolan that is important here. Dolan has gone out of his way to be a visible partisan within the church and embroiling, often unnecessarily, Catholicism with partisan politics. It is that link–between the church leadership and the Republican leadership that should give people of all faiths–or no faith–pause.

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12:51AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Why doesn't he go out in the street and help people who have just been devastated by the hurricane? No, better that he stays inside and get a good tv coverage. Make God really proud.

8:48AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

@Carlos, thanks for making this real easy to do I'll just turn your own words back on you. How does that sound?

Some people read the Sunday comic strip for a laugh, I read comments by Carlos for entertainment. You actually believe this stand up content you write in here, which proves that the best standup material comes from real life. Jon Lovitz was so right on that one! LOL!
ROFLMAO Carlos. Dismissed.

3:01AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Surely, then, anyone who doesn't follow/approve of the Catholic Church, and "all its works and pomps" ie Protestants and non Christians of all persuasions, will vote against the Republicans because of this blessing. (I expect a lot of Catholics will vote Democrat too.)

2:29AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

@ JACarlton A.- Yeah and in 1995 the Maximum Tax write off for a donation is $10K. So Hello? Educate yourself before you say something that ditsy.
@Michael G.- I am not angry, and let me read that again… yeah I still don’t see where you got that right since you have not even bothered to reply as to you not stating how you can stand on your fictional high ground. And by the way I have a job that requires very long hours, I only come on here every now and then when I am bored on the little free time I have to get a good laugh in. Some people read the Sunday comic strip for a laugh, I read comments like yours. Exact opposite of angry, that is why I love you guys here. You actually believe this stand up content you write in here, which proves that the best standup material comes from real life. Jon Lovitz was so right on that one! LOL!

11:57PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Maybe the nuns on the bus tour will make it to the GOP convention in time to pray for Isaac to rain on Dolan's parade.

11:57PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Maybe the nuns on the bus tour will make it to the GOP convention in time to pray for Isaac to rain on Dolan's parade.

9:41PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

I don't get it, as Romney is a Mormon.....

6:14PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

If the Catholic church is endorsing Republicans the end is truly near and I renounce my Catholicism.

4:39PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Dolan' prayer and blessing will go no higher than the convention center roof. Thanks Jessica for the article.

4:23PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

skulls can't be any more stupid than that can they? they physically lack brains. I know this from anatomy and physiology. From all I can see Americans are being welcomed to the DNC no matter what imaginary friend they believe in. If some happen to be of a certain Abrahamic tradition that an empty skull doesn't like who cares? It is obvious again that hate comes without brains.

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