Did you catch His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan's benediction closing last week's Republican National Convention? It was a beautiful prayer that hit many themes near and dear to social conservatives' hearts. (NewAdvent.org still has it up on their page, I believe.)
If you are one of them, you can be forgiven for wondering why --- as several conservative Catholics have called upon him to do --- Cardinal Dolan will not cancel the quadrennial Alfred Smith Dinner, which gives a prominent platform to both presidential candidates. You might also be scratching your head on why he has decided to pray at the Democratic National Convention this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.
After all, the Democrats willfully trumpet abortion in their party platform, wrapped up in fuzzy language, though it may be. They're pushing for the direct undermining of marriage. The list can and does go on.
But His Eminence strikes the right chord in response. It's not only thoughtful and reasonable, it's Christ-centered. And as the head of the Catholic Church in what is arguably the world's capital and as head of this nation's bishops conference, that last consideration is the most important. Disagree? Go ahead, but make your case from the Gospels. I don't know if you can do so. On the other hand, I know the Cardinal definitely can.