The archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, is scheduled to give the benediction at the close of the Democratic National Convention, just after President Barack Obama speaks.
Dolan, of course, did the same at the Republicans' meeting last week in Tampa, Fla. Afterward he gave an interview stressing that he was nonpartisan and would be happy to do both conventions. Democrats invited him.
The church has had some tense moments recently with Obama's administration over the issue of his health care law, and whether it can require religiously affiliated institutions to offer their employees contraception.
— Sally Buzbee
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