President Obama turned down a chance to have Timothy Cardinal Dolan deliver a prayer at the Democratic National Convention after Dolan told Democrats he would be “grateful” to deliver a blessing in Charlotte.
Dolan — considered the top Catholic official in the nation, as head of the Archdiocese of New York and president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops — tipped off Democrats a few weeks ago that he had agreed to deliver the prime-time benediction at the Republican convention in Tampa next week, Dolan’s spokesman Joseph Zwilling told The Post.
“He wanted to make sure that they knew that this was not a partisan act on his part and that he would be just as happy and grateful to accept an invitation from the Democrats as he would to have received one from the Republicans,” said Zwilling.
“He has not been contacted by them” since, he added.
A senior Obama campaign official said yesterday that the Democrats would have a “high-ranking” Catholic at the convention, but indicated the arrangements weren’t yet final.
“I can’t announce it because the person hasn’t got their plane ticket,” said the official.
To start, let me say that I can expect a number of liberals to be frothing at the mouth, calling for Obama to issue an executive order to strip the Catholic Church of its tax exempt status as punishment for Dolan's "partisan" act. Yerah, and while he is doing that, how about stripping the tax exempt status enjoyed by labor unions who consistently endorse and fund political candidates?
But this is interesting, as one hack journalist I know always says - who will be the "high-ranking Catholic" to give the benediction at the DNC? I do note that they did not specify that it would be a priest, just a "high-ranking Catholic," or even a man as "the person" has yet to book their flight (which can be done in 10 minutes online - thus, it is not the Pope since he has his own plane).
As the 80's Australian band, Men At Work, sang: who can it be now?
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Other candidates would include a Generic Kennedy, Gov. Jerry Brown of California, or Fr. Michael Pfleger.
Hell, maybe it's Joe Biden.