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Cardinal Timothy Dolan appears to pray against gay marriage at DNC

Benediction by top Catholic official in US openly contradicts Democratic Platform

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York appeared to be contradicting the party platform Thursday during his benediction at the Democratic National Convention Thursday following the closing speech by President Barack Obama.

In what appeared to be a reference to gay marriage, Dolan said: '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.'

The Democrats included marriage equality in their platform for the first time, a move that came after Obama personally endorsed gay marriage.

But Dolan, in his capacity as president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, had written to Obama last year to protest his administration's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. He stated that the move could 'precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions.

In his benediction at the Republican National Convention last week, Dolan did not make a similar reference. The Republican party platform calls for the affirmation of DOMA as well as a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

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