…no one was surprised when Dolan’s Republican National Convention benediction included several references to religious liberty.
“Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America home,” said Dolan, as he began his prayer. It also included, in part: “We ask your benediction upon those yet to be born, and on those who are about to see you at the end of this life.”
This passage set the tone for anyone parsing the cardinal’s words for political content, said Deacon Greg Kandra, a 26-year CBS News veteran who now serves in the Diocese of Brooklyn and has been active in a variety of multimedia Catholic ministries.
“What caught my attention was what Cardinal Dolan didn’t say, as well as what he did say. He kept the whole thing broadminded, without getting too specific,” said Kandra. “Most of all, there was nothing overtly political in this prayer.”