EQUAL TIME: Cardinal Dolan’s Prayer at the Democratic National Convention

Last week, I posted Cardinal Dolan’s prayer
at the Republican National Convention in its entirety.

It seemed an omission, then, not to post his prayer at the conclusion of the Democratic Convention, as well.  Although it’s been posted on-line in several places, including on Cardinal Dolan’s own blog, I am pleased to do my part to spread the word:  At the convention which has been dubbed the “abortion-palooza” for its flagrant celebration of abortion rights, Cardinal Dolan again offered an unapologetic defense of Life.  He defended the elderly; he defended religious liberty; he defended natural law.

At this point, I’d guess it’s President Obama—not Cardinal Dolan—who’s feeling a little hot under the collar, in anticipation of the controversial Al Smith Dinner.

Oh, don’t let me bother you with a lengthy explanation.  Instead, savor the Cardinal’s courageous words.



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:  life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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, blessAmerica.  You who live and reign forever and ever.



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  • Jeanne


  • Peter Einwaller

    What was the Cardinal’s message other than his presence at both conventions – pointing out to all, again, this is just another electoral competition between equals? Equals? The Party of death, depravity, Godlessness and religious persecution, vs the equally bad RNC? This is just not rational.

    The DNC Party of Death & Depravity clearly felt his prayer did them far more good than harm, or they wouldn’t have let him leave the arena without incident. Thanks a lot Cardinal.

    As a pro-life, still practicing, cradle Catholic who prays occasionally with groups outside our
    local abortion clinics, the Cardinal has just put another dagger from the Catholic Hierarchy in our backs again, like so many other Bishops over the past 39 years and 52 million dead unborn. They continue to omit taking any significant (much less somewhat risky) actions to meaningfully help end 1.5 million abortions each year, but instead rely on pious platitudes covering everything equally from abortion to poverty – as if they don’t realize that poverty, war and injustice are the results of a dramatic rise over these past decades in sins of abortion, homosexuality, pornography, promiscuity, etc..

    It’s as clear as the look in a child’s eyes: ONE OF THESE PARTIES SUPPORTS SIN AND DEPRAVITY; THE OTHER DOES NOT. Obviously this is unknown to the Cardinal and his cohorts in the USCCB.

    Personally, I still hope he will take me up on my offer to buy a ticker to put on the wall at their next conclave, as they discuss Administrative affairs the ticker will track the number of dying unborn
    during their meetings. It may not help their focus any, but at least the unborn will get some notice
    at these meetings – unlike the majority of government leaders who consider themselves catholic but continue to work ardently as pro-abortion activists (Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, the Kennedy’s and the like…).

    Is the word disgust appropriate here?

    and a plethora of others