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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  Gerald V. Todd
Bio: Gerald V. Todd
Date:  September 7, 2012
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Topic category:  Elections - Politics, Polling, etc.

The DNC saved the highlight of the convention for the very last.

The closing highlight of the Democratic National Convention followed time-honored tradition. In this case, it wasn’t the President’s reincarnation of Jimmy Carter speeches, almost word for word. In my mind it was the final invocation by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York.

Cardinal Dolan gave a similar invocation at the end of the Republican Convention, but in that case he was largely preaching to the choir in his role as pastor to all, regardless of faith or lack of it. The DNC had an unexpected consequence – the best kind – when, as he uttered his prayer, the cameras panned the audience. It was unusually respectful for a “progressive” audience, but something else happened.

I’m no expert on body language, but being steeped in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for over half my life, I have prayed with troubled souls no more conflicted than those the camera caught in the delegation. Since most Catholics are Democrats because their families were Democrats in better times for the party, it stands to reason there were a large number of at least cultural Catholics among the screaming, sometimes blasphemous delegates. Some were clearly troubled by the dichotomy between the ranting of the carefully selected convention speakers and the strong and pointed invocation of their religious leader as he pleaded for God’s protection for “those of us still in the womb…”

“The natural man only understands the things of his senses; the things of the spirit are foolishness to him… (St. Paul in 1 Corinthians) For the rest, it’s “time to stand in the evil day…”

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Biography - Gerald V. Todd

Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.

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