As head of the Archdiocese of New York and president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Dolan is the biggest honcho in the American branch of the Roman Catholic Church. A while ago, he agreed to deliver the prime-time benediction at the Republican convention in Tampa next week. Since he didn’t want to appear partisan, he told the Dems he would be happy and grateful to deliver a prayer at their convention in Charlotte.
They haven’t called. I doubt Dolan is holding his breath! LOL
The Democrats have announced that a “high ranking” Catholic (to be named later) is going to offer a benediction in Charlotte, but it’s not likely to be the guy heading up the Catholic fight against the Obama Administration’s war on religious freedom. Likely, the “prayer” (such as it is) will be led by one of the bishops who still support the left-wing.
Democrats are really drawing a line in the sand these days!
Catholics have been voting Democrats ever since Irish and Italian Catholics made up the bulk of the unwashed, uneducated, immigrant groups the early 20th c. establishment GOP couldn’t like.
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After we got our first and so-far only Catholic president, the Democrat Martyred Saint of Camelot, John F. Kennedy, the American Catholic commitment to voting D got even stronger.
However, since Roe v. Wade, the Democratic Party has increasingly chucked Pro-Lifers under the bus. You’d think this might be a problem for Catholics and it has been for about half of us. But old prejudices die hard.
When I turned 18, I never once considered registering Republican. I worked on Carter’s campaign during my first presidential season as a voter; until McCain, it was the only campaign I volunteered for.
But my revulsion for murdering helpless infants proved to be a lot stronger than my Catholic Democrat indoctrination. (It probably helped that I was only 9 when JFK was assassinated.) Anyway, I crossed over to the Right to Life Party and stayed there for decades, voting that line if I could, or going with the most Pro-Life candidate running.
When the Right to Life Party folded, they sent me a letter encouraging me to register Republican. When I read that, I experienced a visceral and incredibly negative gut reaction. It was like they’d told me to eat dog poop or something. It both shocked and shamed me to discover that I had any anti-Republican prejudice in me, much less one of such potency!
So, I held my nose, changed my registration to R and since then have been working on my attitude by learning more about the history of the two major parties. What a shocker to discover it was Democrats who founded the KKK and Republicans who pushed civil rights legislation!
Until very recently, the Catholic “social justice” crowd has held sway with about half of the American Catholic voters. In my experience, these are mostly the folks who think Jesus was a Liberal and therefore whatever Democrats do is What Jesus Would Do. It’s especially prevalent among those who live and work in areas where being Pro-Life equates with being a Right-Wing Religious Nut. (Like where I was born and still live.)
We knew, back in 2008, that Barack Obama was so overtly Pro-Abortion that he deep-sixed Illinois legislation that would have provided medical and comfort care to abortion survivors. IMHO, it takes a really cold, heartless bastard to insist helpless, naked babies be left alone to die. We KNEW this about him and we TOLD our fellow Catholics about it.
When Dearest challenged our pastor on this issue, she handed him a 3-page article that basically boiled down to “It’s okay to ignore the unborn in the name of voting Democrat, because Democrats are the good people who support social justice or something.” Seriously. Dearest and I both read it carefully. There was not a word of Scripture or Catholic teaching in it anywhere, just lots of Democrat Talking Points and muddy logic.
It was crap, but it worked. Check out the Catholic vote for the past 3 presidential elections:
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It has taken the Obama Democrats actually throwing Catholic sensibilities TOTALLY under the bus to wake half of these twits up. And Cardinal Dolan, God bless him, is leading the charge away from Democrat Talking Points and back toward the Gospel as Jesus Christ actually preached it.
In a recent poll of 900 self-identified Catholic registered voters, only 27% said they support Obama. With over 77 million Catholics in the United States, a drop from 54% to 27% will be devastating to Obama’s totals. Hee hee!
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H/t: Pistol Pete