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Catholics Question Bishop's RNC Role

New York cardinal set to deliver benediction
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2012 9:45 AM CDT
Catholics Question Bishop's RNC Role
In this Feb. 25, 2012, file photo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks to the press after prayer services at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

(Newser) – New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan is headed to the Republican National Convention to deliver a benediction, a rarity in modern times: Not since 1972 has an out-of-town bishop flown in to bless a party convention. While observers at first called it a win for Mitt Romney, now some Catholics are raising questions about the move, the Huffington Post reports. The bishop's appearance "will damage the church's ability to be a moral and legitimate voice for voiceless," notes a post on the website of America, a top Catholic weekly.

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"Those who view the Catholic Church as being a shill for the GOP have just a bit more evidence to prove their case." But conservative Catholics applaud the move. If Romney wins the election, "there will be a very healthy relationship between a Romney administration and the US Bishops, led by a close working relationship between Cardinal Dolan and President Romney," predicts a writer at CatholicVote.org. A rep for Dolan says his appearance is apolitical: "It's as a priest going to pray." Head to HuffPo for more. (Read more Timothy Dolan stories.)

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