Steven Ertelt of Life News called it an admonition to Democrats on Abortion, and Religious Liberty.
In his closing benediction, Timothy Cardinal Dolan gave the kind of benediction that the Obama re-election campaign probably feared he would give when Dolan was initially rejected, and later approved, to give the closing prayer.
“Grant us the courage to defend life…waiting to be born, welcomed & protected,” he said, excoriating Democrats to support religious liberty as well in light of the controversial Obama HHS mandate that Catholics and pro-life advocates oppose. Dolan prays for “life, without which no other rights are secured.”
“God grants us the right to life so we can choose liberty and happiness,” he said, adding that unborn children should “be welcomed and protected.” He referred to the right to life, without which no other right has meaning, saying, “We praise You for the gift of life, grant us the courage to defend it.”
“Renew in all our people a profound respect for religious liberty, the first, most cherished freedom,” he said.
Read the full text of the prayer, here.
Twitchy has the twitter responses.
This came on the same night Caroline Kennedy professed her Catholic faith to the party faithful and then voiced her strong support for abortion rights and against any abortion restrictions, which completely stunned Bill O’Reilly.
Video via Gateway Pundit:
One wonders what people who lustily applauded people like Sandra Fluke and Caroline Kennedy were thinking while they were bowing their heads to Cardinal Dolan’s prayer.
Praying for "those waiting to be born that they are protected"??? Does this priest know where he is???—
(@AlexaShrugged) September 07, 2012
Dolan’s benediction at the RNC actually hit the same bullet points, (respect for all human life, and preserving the blessings of liberty- especially the freedom of religion), but he was received more warmly there, with louder applause before and after he finished his speech.
And he was introduced by the Speaker of the House, and fellow Catholic, John Boehner: