Cardinal Dolanâ€™s Speech Changes Irk Gay Catholics
Though the Catholic Church may not be known for its quickness, Cardinal Timothy Dolan made a few changes to his political prayer in the week between the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Dolanâ€™s Democratic prayer largely mirrored the words he gave to Mitt Romney and company at the Republican National Convention last week, with a few tweaks that injected a little bit of the pastorâ€™s politics.
Most notably, he poked at the Demsâ€™ pro-choice platform, praying,Â â€œWe ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected,â€ adding â€œthat they may be welcomed and protectedâ€ from his Republican blessing. Conservative bloggers and Tweeters celebrated the speech as pro-life.
He also echoed his Republican speech calling for â€œrespecting the laws of nature and of natureâ€™s God,â€ asking for help to â€œresist the temptation to replace the moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions you have given us for the nurturing of life and community.â€
Dolan said on his Twitter account yesterday before the prayer, â€œAs I did at the RNC, I go as a pastor. Not to endorse any party, platform, or candidate.â€ [more]