Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Republican National Convention.
Although it is usual church protocol to invite the local bishop to offer such a prayer, convention organizers asked the Cardinal if he would consider doing so. After contacting Bishop Robert Lynch, the Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, Florida, who gave the Cardinal his approval, the Cardinal accepted. It was made clear to the convention organizers, however, that the Cardinal was coming only to pray not to endorse, and that he would be willing to accept a similar offer from the Democratic Party as well. That same sentiment was conveyed to the Democratic National Committee.
In an interview with Ave Maria Radio’s Al Kresta on Aug. 21, Bishop Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin vouches for Congressman Paul Ryan’s Catholic bona fides and says he is an “excellent Catholic layman of the very highest integrity.”
Catholic Advocate President Matt Smith appeared on MSNBC Tuesday, August 14, 2012 opposite former Congressman Patrick Murphy (D, PA-08, Catholic). There is a clear difference in understanding the settled issues of our Church. As a reminder, before being defeated in 2010 Congressman Murphy had a 0% rating on the Catholic Advocate Scorecard and a 100% rating from the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL).
This morning we applaud Governor Romney for speaking out again about the attacks on our religious liberties. The ad should be refreshing for people of faith who care about this issue versus President Obama’s campaign choosing to hire Georgetown student Sandra Fluke and continue to pursue the egregious HHS mandate.
The description of the ad is simple:
“President Obama has declared war on religion by forcing religious institutions to go against their faith. Mitt Romney will stand up and protect religious freedom whenever it is threatened.”