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Democrats may rue invitation to Cardinal Dolan, says Robert George

September 04, 2012

The Democratic Party may regret inviting Cardinal Timothy Dolan to lead the closing prayer at the Charlotte convention, Princeton’s Robert George writes in the Wall Street Journal.

Democratic leaders may have felt they had no choice to invite Cardinal Dolan, George reasons. “Still giving the cardinal the microphone at the convention has its price.” He goes on to explain that the rhetoric of the Democratic Party involves attacks on all individuals or institutions that resist liberal ideology—notably including the Catholic Church. Thus: “The cardinal's presence confounds efforts by the abortion-rights and gay-marriage movements to stigmatize and marginalize those who refuse to fall into line.”


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  • Posted by: chasann113163 - Sep. 05, 2012 3:08 PM ET USA

    Where fool walk in Angels fear tread. I fear the Liberal media will make some Catholic's believe the church does still think of itself a Democtat,s. I think its a mistake for the Cardinal to go, the Democrats aren't going to be listening to him anyway, the Republicans didn't. Proper respect is to be quiet durnig a prayer and it doesn't seem like anyone knows this.

  • Posted by: joancollins507161 - Sep. 05, 2012 11:44 AM ET USA

    If a mistake was made, it was Cardinal Dolan's. He should never have agreed to appear at a convention where the platform embraces homosexual "marriage" and taxpayer funded abortion. It will seem that the Catholic Church blesses this Godless agenda. Many Catholics, under cover of "social justice," will vote for monetary policies we cannot afford and which curtail our freedoms even more, while closing their eyes to the evils of the platform because the "Good Cardinal" gave his blessing.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Sep. 04, 2012 11:44 PM ET USA

    I disagree. The Cardinal has no forum at the convention in which to clarify Catholic (our Lord's teaching). The Cardinal's presence lends weight to the church's support for the Democratic Party and for all its public dissenters on fundamental Catholic teaching. It will seem to the viewing audience as if he is giving his blessing to the whole anti-life agenda that will precede his appearance.