Democratic officials appeared wary of accepting Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s offer extended last month to lead the closing invocation at their national convention, and now we know why.
Dolan, the archbishop of New York and current head of the U.S. bishops conference, did not shy away from controversial subjects in his invocation to a convention that has been dubbed “abortion-palooza” for its heavy emphasis on abortion rights, specifically praying that Americans be given the courage to defend life – including that of the unborn.
“Help us to see that a society’s greatness is found above all in the respect it shows for the weakest and neediest among us,” the cardinal began. “Grant us the courage to defend it, life, without which no other rights are secure,” he continued. “We ask Your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected.”
The Democratic platform unveiled this week endorses taxpayer funded abortion on demand. Delegates at the convention have been addressed by top abortion advocates including Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richard, and head of NARAL, Nancy Keenan.
Dolan had also mentioned the right to life in his invocation to the Republican National Convention last week, asking God’s benediction “upon those yet to be born.” The cardinal extended his prayer for the protection of life also to the elderly, at a time when concerns are high among pro-life advocates about a growing push for euthanasia and the possibility of healthcare rationing. “Strengthen our sick and our elders waiting to see Your holy face at life’s end, that they may be accompanied by true compassion and cherished with the dignity due those who are infirm and fragile,” he said.