Obama Rejects Pro-Life Catholic Cardinal's Benediction at DNC
President Obama and the "social justice" Democrats have just told Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan they don't want him at their convention next month, according to the New York Post. Earlier this week, the GOP announced that Cardinal Dolan will be giving the benediction at next week's Republican National Convention:
President Obama turned down a chance to have Timothy Cardinal Dolan deliver a prayer at the Democratic National Convention after Dolan told Democrats he would be “grateful” to deliver a blessing in Charlotte.
Dolan — considered the top Catholic official in the nation, as head of the Archdiocese of New York and president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops — tipped off Democrats a few weeks ago that he had agreed to deliver the prime-time benediction at the Republican convention in Tampa next week, Dolan’s spokesman Joseph Zwilling told The Post.
“He wanted to make sure that they knew that this was not a partisan act on his part and that he would be just as happy and grateful to accept an invitation from the Democrats as he would to have received one from the Republicans,” said Zwilling.
"He has not been contacted by them” since, he added.
Cardinal is the highest ranking level of clergy in the Roman Catholic Church below the pope. There are twenty cardinals in the United States and another 187 in the rest of the world. Together, these 207 comprise the "College of Cardinals" who select the pope by a majority vote of their members (those under the age of 80). Dolan was elevated to his position as cardinal earlier this year by Pope Benedict XVI. Despite his relatively short tenure in the position, Dolan is considered one of the most influential members of the Roman Catholic clergy in the United States, since he is responsible for the large and powerful Archdiocese of New York.
It is unlikely that the "high ranking" Catholic to be named later by the Obama campaign would be a cardinal, though several bishops support the "social justice" Catholicism popular within the Democratic Party and Obama's inner circle.
Obama's decision to snub Cardinal Dolan is yet another sign that the Democratic Party has decided to abandon the "pro-life churchgoing" Catholics who comprise the majority of those in congregations throughout the country. Instead, the Democratic Party will continue to align with left-wing "social justice" Catholics.