Statement on Democratic Convention

This morning, the Archdiocese of New York released a statement to the press regarding next week’s Democratic National Convention. I would like to share the press release with you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 28, 2012

STATEMENT OF JOSEPH ZWILLING REGARDING INVITATION TO PRAY AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

“Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Democratic National Convention.  As was previously announced, he will also be offering the closing prayer at the Republican Convention on Thursday of this week.

It was made clear to the Democratic Convention organizers, as it was to the Republicans, that the Cardinal was coming solely as a pastor, only to pray, not to endorse any party, platform, or candidate.  The Cardinal consulted Bishop Peter Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte, who gave the Cardinal his consent to take part in the convention that will be taking place in his diocese.”

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53 Responses to “Statement on Democratic Convention”

  1. Thomas S. Dallmer says:

    Your Eminence,

    When I wrote earlier I was concerned about your decision to pray at the Democratic National Convention. I was afraid your doing so would give the Cathilic faithful the idea that one party was as good as the other and we could vote democratic with a clear conscience. After hearing what you had to say however, I want to say my fears were unfounded. The prayer you offered was on the mark and quite right for the occasion.

    Thank you for standing up for what is right.

  2. Michael G. Lewis says:

    If our Catholic Bishops, by their official comments and actions, do not stand for true Roman Catholic beliefs, then the Church should never, never expect the Catholic laity to be faithful to the truths taught by our HOLY LORD. If the Shepards are not loyal, then the sheep can not be expected to do so.

  3. Carol says:

    Huge mistake, Cardinal Dolan, liberal Catholics looking for a reason to support the Democratic liberal agenda found one, in you being present at their convention. The prayer was a beautiful one, but NOT absorbed by the so called “Catholics” that support a party that “boos God” and “cheers abortion”. They took your presance as a sign of condoning their agenda. How many Catholics strutted out on stage, and made a verbal comment that they were Catholic, and then went on to confirm their belief in the Democratic convictions on moral issues. I am shocked that the church does not call out these so called Catholics on their public demonstrations of making a mockery of Christs Teachings.