Cardinal Dolan OK with Mormon president

April 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday that while there may be reasons not to vote for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, his religion should not be one.

Dolan said on CBS' "Face the Nation," he doesn't think Catholics would have a problem voting for a Mormon in the White House. He said he expressed that sentiment at a Jewish Anti-Defamation League meeting a couple months ago.

"I said, listen, everybody, we Catholics and we Jews have felt the sting of the other side, and now one of the ways we can cooperate is to see that religious prejudice, religious bigotry doesn't enter the campaign," Dolan said.

Dolan also said he firmly believes in a separation between church and state, but thinks the idea has been misconstrued to mean there should be "a wall between one's faith and one's political decisions, between one's moral focus and between the way one might act in the political sphere."

He added that he doesn't think there's too much religion in politics today.

"I think politics, just like business, just like education, just like arts, just like culture, only benefits when religion, when morals, when faith has a place there," he said. "I think the American -- the public square in the United States is always enriched whenever people approach it, when they are inspired by their deepest held convictions."

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