Video and Text of Cardinal Dolan at the DNC

This is going to get a lot of people talking…  Cardinal Dolan prayed at the conclusion of the DNC, making references to welcoming those waiting to be born and religious freedom.

The video and text of His Eminence’s prayer is below.


With a “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,”  let us close this convention by praying for this land that we so cherish and love:

Let us Pray.

Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed to us so powerfully in your Son, Jesus Christ, we thank you for showering your blessings upon this our beloved nation.  Bless all here present, and all across this great land, who work hard for the day when a greater portion of your justice, and a more ample measure of your care for the poor and suffering, may prevail in these United States.  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.

We beseech you, almighty God to shed your grace on this noble experiment in ordered liberty, which began with the confident assertion of inalienable rights bestowed upon us by you:  lifeliberty, and the pursuitofhappiness.

Thus do we praise you for the gift of life.  Grant us the courage to defend it, life, without which no other rights are secure.  We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected.  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.

We praise and thank you for the gift of liberty.  May this land of the free never lack those brave enough to defend our basic freedoms.  Renew in all our people a profound respect for religious liberty:  the first, most cherished freedom bequeathed upon us at our Founding. May our liberty be in harmony with truth; freedom ordered in goodness and justice.  Help us live our freedom in faith, hope, and love.  Make us ever-grateful for those who, for over two centuries, have given their lives in freedom’s defense; we commend their noble souls to your eternal care, as even now we beg the protection of your mighty arm upon our men and women in uniform.

We praise and thank you for granting us the life and the liberty by which we can pursue happiness.  Show us anew that happiness is found only in respecting the laws of nature and of nature’s God.  Empower us with your grace so that we might resist the temptation to replace the moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions you have given us for the nurturing of life and community.  May we welcome those who yearn to breathe free and to pursue happiness in this land of freedom, adding their gifts to those whose families have lived here for centuries.

We praise and thank you for the American genius of government of the people, by the people and for the people.  Oh God of wisdom, justice, and might, we ask your guidance for those who govern us:  President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Congress, the Supreme Court, and all those, including Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office.  Make them all worthy to serve you by serving our country.  Help them remember that the only just government is the government that serves its citizens rather than itself. With your grace, may all Americans choose wisely as we consider the future course of public policy.

And finally Lord, we beseech your benediction on all of us who depart from here this evening, and on all those, in every land, who yearn to conduct their lives in freedom and justice.  We beg you to remember, as we pledge to remember, those who are not free; those who suffer for freedom’s cause; those who are poor, out of work, needy, sick, or alone; those who are persecuted for their religious convictions, those still ravaged by war.

And most of all, God Almighty, we thank you for the great gift of our beloved country.

For we are indeed “one nation under God,” and “in God we trust.”

So dear God, bless America.  You who live and reign forever and ever.


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  • Mary Lucia

    Praise God for Cardinal Dolan! He didn’t walk on egg shells or mince words in proclaiming the rights of the unborn. Not that many of those in attendance would have been moved, but a wider audience might have been. Sad that the major networks didn’t broadcast the benediction. Thank you Cardinal Dolan for speaking for the voiceless.

    • Lillian Porter

      Very moving prayer. Don’t have TV. After he spoke, Cardinal Dolan was tweeted thousands of “F-Bombs”. I think I read it and saw examples on

  • Marylynn

    Thank you so much for posting this! It is the highlight of my week. I remarked on FB, “Cardinal Dolan, in the closing benediction for the DNC, prayed to save us from everything this present administration would dismantle! Oh, Father God, I can just see You now, thunderously laughing in great joy at the situation’s irony while being so pleased at Dolan’s obedience.” Bless him, LORD, for this was very brave and wonderful of him. He is truly Your anointed and for such a time as this. Amen in Jesus’ holy name.

    • Carl

      Marylynn, love your post, I couldn’t have said it better. Your comment about God laughing made me laugh a laugh of joy myself. It make me think of Psalm 2 (one of the two only references in the entire Bible of God laughing). I am an evangelical pastor but I sure applaud the Cardinal’s courage and the positive way he prayed his prayer. It will be preserved in the files of Heaven to be brought out once again on that great Judgment Day as exhibit A, demonstrating that the LORD spoke a warning to all present at the DNC. To the King and to the Restoration.

  • AMMurphy

    What may really have people talking is not so much his allusions to marriage and the unborn, but whom he decided to pray for by name, where and when. I don’t recall hearing His Eminence speak the names of President Obama and Vice President Biden in Tampa. But he prayed for Romney and Ryan by name at both conventions.

  • Tom Jurek

    Thanks for posting this. I PURPOSELY missed O, but forgot about the MOST important part of the evening. THIS!
    Deacon Tom Jurek

  • Jeanne Karras

    No one could have said a better prayer.
    This was the best event at the DNC.
    God Bless Cardinal Dolan, and
    God Bless America

  • Laura Connolly

    I am delighted to find a priest who is so in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable members of society aNd with the faithful and people of goodwill who desire to promote their basic justice. I wishIrishreligious media would do the same. Laura

  • Tomas Mitchell

    I had to restrain my self from weeping at the wonderful prayer. All I can say is thank you for posting this.

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  • Maueeenmom

    Very nice prayer! Respectfully, Marylynn I disagree with your review.

    The present administration is working to provide health care for the poor, those who are working part time jobs but unable to afford to buy insurance. The present administration is respecting Medicare and trying to preserve it for elderly and retirees so it is not turned over to investment firms so their share holders can make more dividends…the present administration is trying to maintain HEAD START and public schools and
    provide a safety net…the present administration is NOT WANTING to cut PELL grants for low income students and families. The present administration is respecting rights of citizens to love each other and make matter how difficult. I like this prayer…I also like this administration and believe This administration was dropped into a really tough time in our history…and this administration deserves 4 more years to continue to work…but it will take all of us to help. Thank you.

    • tnvet

      To Maueeenmom:
      While what you say sounds good history indicates just the opp0site. Mr. Obama is not a legal president as indended by the Constitution. Our Constitution supported strong states rights and less federal government. Thomas Jefferson said “the democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not”. Our system was established to support the rights of the people to govern themselves, to work hard and build their companies. We now have a Government where about one fourth of the employed support the remaining three fourths. Nothing fair and good there. Get real, Obama is taking the U.S. down the path to destruction.

    • TommyG

      I too believe in a safety net, but sadly, a large number of the people getting assistance have turned the safety net into a hammock. Liberal/socialist policies never work. Look at other countries that have tried it. They have, or are now collapsing. Socialism only works until you run out of other people’s money.

    • Jim

      And how do you justify this administrations stance on abortion, gay rights and gay marriage? Everyone of them is a sin in God’s eyes

    • not4more

      Maueenmom – I respectfully disagree. Jesus never FORCED anyone to give their wealth to anyone else. Government = Force. Our politicians breed mediocrity in the name of votes, disguised as compassion.

    • pastorsmate

      The things you suggest the present administration is working to protect and preserve are true. Unfortunately, it is what they are actively NOT protecting that is the problem — including not protecting the Amendment-granted right to live out, in the marketplace, that faith we have freedom to espouse, by letting it determine our moral choices in every area of life and the way we conduct everything we do. To do otherwise is to live in opposition to what we believe (i.e. to deny our own belief). The other huge omission of this administration’s protecting of the downtrodden and helpless of society, is the active NON-protection of the most helpless of all human beings — helpless unborn babies. Somehow to this administration, the “rights” of women — the “right” not to be uncomfortable, not to get stretch marks, not to have their plans interrupted, not to have to take responsibility, not to be bothered (if they don’t want a baby) with signing their name to give the baby to loving parents, and essentially the “right” to simply not to be bothered with the consequences of their actions — these imaginary “rights” of women somehow wipe out the right of infants to not be MURDERED!?!? So one human being’s “right to not be inconvenienced” trumps another human being’s right to LIVE? If that’s not a messed up value system, I don’t know what is. Then on top of that, they want those of us who refuse to condone murder to PAY for that woman to kill the child!! NOW … NOW…can you see why we’re upset? It’s “murder-by-hire”. It gets you the death penalty if the murdered person was standing up — but not if curled up in the womb.

    • Publius

      Maueeenmom, I would suggest that you consider that access to insurance is NOT access to healthcare. Medicare, the largest insurance program in the US, is being rejected by ever larger numbers of doctors. The more government, which deals in matters of convenience, never conscience, become involved in healthcare, the less actual service become available. In so far as we truely wish to help the poor, the infirm, the needy, it HAS to take place at the level of individuals…the further from that the less ethical such help will always become. Government has no business engaging in charity, a fact well know and a basic assumption at the Founding. We ignore that at our own peril.

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  • Marji Wojcik

    Thank you so much for posting this! And God bless Cardinal Dolan for shining the light of truth amid such a large gathering of the lost and confused.

  • R R H

    God Bless our Country and God Bless Cardinal Dolan for standing with God and praying for our wonderful Country United States of America land of the FREE and land of the Brave!

  • Christian

    I’m with the Nuns on the Bus!

    • John Gillis

      You might like “Nuns on the Run.” It’s funnier.

    • Julianne Wiley

      Really? Then you’re somebody in the know. Someone who could perhaps offer some insight about what Sr. Simone Campbell was referring to when she told the Sinsinawa Donminicans that “we asked for help in DC, and our colleagues, all the big players, they came together and helped us brainstorm this.” Who would those “big players” be?

      One, I know, would be the “Faith and Public Life” fund, which also engaged in a coast-to-coast publicity campaign against the “Fortnightfor Freedom” — yes, *against* Religious Liberty, the right of Catholic institutions to carry out the mission of the Church according to its own moral criteria, and not those of George Soros.

      Soros? The billionaire atheist/activist. He’s the funder for FPL, which in turn was one of the “big players” allies with “Nuns on the Bus.”
      Does this signal a Preferential Option for Billionaires — and the overwhelming influence they derive from reducing the poor, and the Church, to dependence on the State? Any additional information or insight from you would be most appreciated.

    • Victor Flores de la Hoz Cabrera

      I’m also stand with the Nuns on the Bus and our Beloved Cardinal Dolan. One for all and all for one. The Catholic Church will remain invincible for another 1500 years provided we Stand with the Poor, the Weak and the Helpless.

      God Bless Cardinal Dolan!

  • Gordon

    Religious freedom being code for “Do as I say”

    • Terry Kinakin

      Better…. Do as God says, ie: BIBLE? Heard of it?

    • Ralph T. Howarth, Jr.

      Religious Freedom is the freedom to live your own moral life in the public square; but contrary to popular opinion, immoral behavior has a way of enslaving everyone else around about. Well said Fisher Ames in 1805: “The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness, which the ambitious call, and the ignorant believe to be, liberty. “

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  • Timmy DeCelles

    I’m curious that I have not seen a recap of how Cardinal Dolan’s benediction was actually received by the Democrats. Were there any observers of how things went? Was he speaking to an empty auditorium? I cannot fnd this information at all. At the RNC, I did hear commentary that FOXnews did show his entire speech; the other “mainstream” media turned to other discussions as the Cardinal. No respect. What happened at the DNC?

    • cindy

      Hi, You can probably watch the session of the last night on cspan-org. Or if you watch the video on this website, you will see that many in the audience stood up and turned their backs to the Cardinal.

      The Bible says: pride comes before a fall. From my lips to God’s ears. The pride and arrogance that would enable these poor lost people to turn their backs on someone praying is beyond belief. I think it breaks the heart of God, because He knows where they are headed, in spite of all His efforts to save them.

  • Ken Shelden

    Actually religeous freedom is code for “do as God says”. Christians are to be “Christ followers”.

  • Buschami

    Response to Maueeenmom:
    I agree with all you said. You left out one very critical piece. The present administration is doing nothing to protect the unborn – and the mothers/fathers of them. This administration, like many before it, do not have ALL Americans in mind when they profess to protect Americans. Why is all their work so lauded when it is only for those who are not aborted? Remember, those who do and promote abortion were given the chance for life. They were born, not aborted.

  • http://none JAMES HARTMANN

    In our yet young Lutheran church here in Seward Nebraska we have members read the scripture lessons as a part of the service on Sundays and i was just in the process of studying those so as to read this coming Sundeay the first of which is from Isaiah 45: 21-25. If i could i would challenge everyone withinthe democratic party as well as anyone else who would think they can get along without God and do as they please to read and study that few short sentences that Isaiah wrote to the people of those early years. In there it says “Before me every knee shall bow, not every knee shall boo, as did the democrats when God’s name was put bqack into the platform. Of course the words were proclaimed for all of us to hear no matter who we are or think we are

  • Lawrence

    His Eminence did speak and pray for Obama and Biden, in fact, he prayed for Obama and Biden first, before Romney! Check out his prayer yourself.

  • Peter Kushkjowski

    Cardinal Dolan gained my respect with his out-spoken, clarion call on the world stage. His prayer puts many soft-pedalling, evangelical pastors to shame. If there ever was a time for trumpets to sound certain sounds it is now.

  • Peter Kushkowski

    OOPS! Slipped a finger when spelling my last name on previous response…

  • http://Facebook Cathy Dykstra

    Good thing the DNC allowed GOD and Israel” back in their platform………..otherwise the Cardinal would not have been allowed to pray.

  • Greta Anne Patterson

    One comment no one has made is about the fact that Cardinal Dolan also prayed using the name of Jesus and referred to Him as the Son of God in the prayer. Usually, you would expect generic reference to God at a political convention in the United States these days. I’m proud of him for that!

  • pastorsmate

    Loved Cardinal Dolan’s beautiful benediction. He spoke for so many of us, with such courage to pray for ALL our freedoms to be preserved, and for life (without which the Constitution has no meaning) to be protected at all other costs. The fact that he dared to pray essentially the same basic content he had prayed before a life-and-freedom-affirming audience the week before, before an audience with the opposite bent, was inspiring and mind-blowing. I was both weeping and cheering by the time he finished. Could we get a long headstart on a “Cardinal Dolan For President” campaign?!!?

  • James

    Thank you for sharing this prayer. May people of both parties and all those of neither be called to remember that we are the UNITED States of America. We all should recognize that the difference between parties is only the difference between liberties that people work for. We ask God to protect all those liberties. Cardinal prayed for the unborn, and the immigrant… the soldier, and the poor. Thank God for sending a man who would pray well for all of us. Peace and love. That’s all we need.

  • Deborah

    God Bless Cardinal Dolan for saying we believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and Jesus the Savior and Lord of all mankind. The DNC rebuked God and his chosen Holy city of Jerusalem for all the world to see, and then re-instated them to the platform after voting 3 times like Judas betraying his Lord. Do they really think God won’t notice that they were going to take him out of the language and out of their lives?

  • Al

    This was at the DNC??? Awesome! Praise God!

  • Fidget

    Thank you Lord for Cardinal Dolan who, standing in the midst of the lions den, boldly prays for the hearts of the lions.

  • Ruth Campos

    I praise God for this prayer and for giving the Cardinal wisdom and courage to pray it at the time and place he did. I prayed it along with him in the C-Span video, then again while reading the text, after asking God’s forgiveness on our nation for not showing respect for “the weakest and neediest among us.” Great prayer, worth being prayed again and again! May God grant us His mercy for messing up His divinely ordained order and causing ourselves and those around us unnecessary pain through our rebellion against Him. His laws are not there to bring us bondage, but for our protection and happiness. Can you imagine the paradise this world would be if everyone obeyed the Bible? There would be no war, no unkind words spoken, greatly reduced traffic accidents due to considerate behavior on the roads, reduced stress due to everyone being kind to one another, no unfair politics in the workplace, no murder, no stealing, no need to distrust your neighbor, reduction of reasons to be afraid, and so much more. I could live with that kind of change in our world! Whoever says that obeying God’s laws brings bondage is believing a lie.

  • David

    To Howard: There is sin in every generation and in all nations. Bearing false witness and hating your neighbor is your sin. The Catholic Church has taken strong measures to combat abuse of children, an effort far greater than other institutions. Your biased opinion blinds you to the latest reforms. Our culture has been promoting evil as good and good as evil since the 1960′s. Sexual crimes are prevalent across society. Sex trafficking is rampant.

    Howard, you have no proof to give any credence to your fast and foolish charges. The books of the Bible were identified and approved by several Catholic Councils, including the Council of Carthage in 397. The Bible is protected and cherished by the Catholic Church as the inerrant word of God written in the words of men. The Church safeguards Jesus’ teachings century after century and
    has to respond to heresies, paganism, and destructive ideologies. The Church is here to save souls, not to control the public.

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