Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan gives pro-life shout-out at DNC!/AlexaShrugged/status/243909593221169152

Now, that’s a spine of steel.

Catholic Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, an outspoken critic of President Obama’s abortion mandate and war on Catholic health care providers, was given the closing benediction slot at the DNC. After agreeing to deliver the closing prayer at the RNC, Dolan revealed that he had extended his services to the Democrats, but was blown off. 

The matter was quietly smoothed over and Dolan appeared tonight.

He tweeted before the prayer:

I look forward to praying at the DNC tonight. As I did at the RNC, I go as a pastor. Not to endorse any party, platform, or candidate.

— Cardinal Dolan (@CardinalDolan) September 6, 2012

Dolan didn’t hold back:

Cardinal Dolan is praising God for the gift of life at the convention of a party who spews hate about LIFE. #DNC

— Tami Nantz (@TamiNantz) September 7, 2012

From #DNC benediction:"We thank you for the gift of life and ask that you help us protect it" Amen! Hope those in attendance hear that @nrlc

— Marshall Bowen (@mbowen12) September 7, 2012

Yes!!! Touch their hearts! RT @Sr_Lisa: We praise You for the gift of life! – Dolan

— amyceleste (@amyceleste) September 7, 2012

@AlexaShrugged He just walked into a hornet's nest. May his faith be strong. God, please give him strength.

— Michael Musmeci (@MichaelsAsylum) September 7, 2012

#DNC2012 Cardinal Dolan giving benediction, in name of Jesus Christ, speaks of life and the pre-born, liberty, natural law and God

— Patti Brown (@pattibrown) September 7, 2012

Dolan: Giving a HUGE pro-life benediction, calling on Democrats to protect human life in a way they don't currently.

— (@LifeNewsHQ) September 7, 2012

WOW, Dolen lectures Demcorats on respecting religious liberty.

— (@LifeNewsHQ) September 7, 2012

Dolan: God grants us the right to life so we can choose liberty and happiness. Telling Democrats to not resist moral law.

— (@LifeNewsHQ) September 7, 2012

Cardinal Dolan prays openly for unborn children and the Right to Life at #DNC2012. #awkward.

— Right to Life (@nrlc) September 7, 2012

Thank you Cardinal Dolan for praising life and asking for protection on the unborn in his benediction #DNC

— Gay Rickmyre (@GRickmyre) September 7, 2012

Proud of St. Louis' son, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan! He gave a beautiful benediction while standing up for life and religious liberty!

— Matthew DeWitt (@dewittmw) September 7, 2012

Cardinal Dolan was FANTASTIC…Life and natural law…GOD. The delegates were already at the after-parties. Any boos? Booze maybe.

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 7, 2012

Best of the night, Cardinal Dolan praying about life and the life of the unborn at the DNC. @DNC2012 @WhitneyNeal

— Corley Rinaldi (@Jefferson1801) September 7, 2012

Dolan also summoned prayers for those “persecuted for their religious convictions” — a clear shot at the Obama administration’s campaign against the religious freedom of Catholic and other religious health care providers opposed to the Obamacare abortion mandate.

@irritatedwoman did anyone else notice how many times Cardinal Dolan said "God"? Also mentioned religious persecution Were those jabs DNC?

— Timothy O'Donnell (@TimothyODonnel2) September 7, 2012

Democrats for Life was iced out of spots on the stage; their petition to change the platform to reflect the views of 21 million pro-life Democrats was rejected.

But Cardinal Dolan amplified and represented the silenced on stage:

We're very glad there was at least one pro-life voice at the #abortionconvention. Thank you Cardinal Dolan. #DNC2012

— Right to Life (@nrlc) September 7, 2012

BREAKING: Catholic Cardinal Lectures Democrats on Abortion pro-life #prolife #DNC2012 #DNC

— (@LifeNewsHQ) September 7, 2012

Hands down, Dolan was the most memorable and newsworthy speaker of the night. Too bad most networks didn’t air it.

The full text of the prayer and video can be found here.

Note: An earlier version of this post mistakenly included video of Dolan’s prayer at the RNC (that is, last week).  We have removed that video.


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