Mitt Romney will announce that the senior US Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan will give a benediction at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Cardinal Dolan was requested to speak personally by convention organizers, according to a press statement released by the Archdiocese of New York. The press release states that the Cardinal is will only pray at the convention and will not endorse any candidate. The Cardinal is also open to a similar invitation from the Democratic National Convention.
Cardinal Dolan is the senior Catholic Cardinal in the United States and is also President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Earlier this year, documents surfaced showing that Dolan authorized payments of up to $20,000 to priests who sexually abused children as incentive to leave the ministry. He is against the funding of Planned Parenthood by the Susan G. Koman Foundation, and is currently suing President Obama over healthcare reform.
Media Resources: BBC News 8/23/12; Archdiocese of New York 8/23/12; EWTN 8/23/12; Feminist Newswire 6/1/12; Feminist Newswire 3/19/12
3/10/2014 Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide - The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - an international organization of parliamentarians - released its annual review of Women in Parliament last week at the United Nations, showing a record number of women winning Parliamentary seats around the world.
Overall, there was a 1.5 percentage increase last year in the number of women holding seats in government worldwide. . . .