NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he’s now giving the benediction at both the Democratic and Republican conventions.
The New York Roman Catholic leader made the announcement Tuesday through his spokesman.READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Officer Timothy Thrane Released From Hospital 1 Month After Being Hit By Alleged Drunk Driver
After GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced last week that Dolan would offer the benediction at this week’s Republican Convention in Tampa, Fla., some Catholic liberals criticized Dolan’s appearance. They said it gave the impression he was endorsing Romney.
Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, is also an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama’s mandate that employers provide health insurance that covers birth control.READ MORE: Columbia University Community Shocked By Deadly Knife Attack On Graduate Student Davide Giri
Dolan said he was participating only to give a prayer.
Separately, Democrats said Tuesday that Sister Simone Campbell of the Catholic nuns’ lobby group NETWORK will give an address at the convention next week.MORE NEWS: Hiring Stalled In November, With Businesses Adding Only 210,000 Jobs
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