Analysis: How Dolan at the RNC Will Affect the Catholic Vote

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Every year during the parade, Archbishop Timothy Dolan greets Italian-American parade-goers outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Every year during the parade, Archbishop Timothy Dolan greets Italian-American parade-goers outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. (Marlon Bishop/WNYC)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be offering a benediction at the Republican National Convention next week on the same night Mitt Romney will accept his party's nomination for President.

Dolan heads the New York Archdiocese and the U.S. Conference of Bishops, putting him at top of the hierarchy of the American Catholic Church.  Dolan’s spokesman said the appearance is not an endorsement.

WNYC’s Amy Eddings spoke with David Gibson, a writer for Religion News Service and the author of The Coming Catholic Church and The Rule of Benedict about how Dolan’s presence at the GOP convention may affect the Catholic vote.


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Comments [2]

Grandpa Daniel from New York

Dolan's appearance and prayer amounts to a political endorsement by the head of the religious heirarchy established in the territory of the United States of America, by the Bishop of Rome. If one can believe that God controls the weather to tell us how he feels about what is going on, it looks like God has been directing Hurricane Isaac to tell us that what is going on may not please Him at all.

Aug. 26 2012 12:43 PM
arizona kid

Targets Catholic Hispanics on the choice issue and bluntly reminds them of the church's stance on abortion and birth control. Remember, the church holds excummication power on this issue. An attempt to force Catholic Hispanics to either support the Republican right or stay at home (and not vote at all

Aug. 25 2012 03:43 PM

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