New York Cardinal to give benediction at RNC
By MAGGIE HABERMAN |
8/22/12 9:27 PM EDT
The AP reports on a high-profile appearance in Tampa by a high-profile Catholic church official:
Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan will give the benediction at the Republican National Convention on the night Mitt Romney accepts the presidential nomination. The cardinal's spokesman said the appearance was not an endorsement.
Dolan is the New York archbishop and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Romney announced Dolan's appearance in an interview with Raymond Arroyo's "The World Over Live" on EWTN Catholic network.
The archdiocese is one of more than 40 Catholic groups suing President Barack Obama over his mandate that employers provide health insurance that includes free birth control as a preventive service. The rule exempts houses of worship but includes faith-affiliated employers such as hospitals, charities and colleges.
Obama promised to change the requirement so that insurance companies and not faith-affiliated employers would pay for the coverage. But details have not been worked out and many religious leaders have said the compromise appears to be unworkable.
This is the flip side of the Democrats' move to define Romney and Ryan over Medicare and the Ryan budget - focusing on the parts of Obamacare that are unpopular, especially with Catholics, a key bloc in the election.
But the move by Dolan, while an archdiocese spokesman insisted it isn't an endorsement, is nonetheless clearly intended as a statement.