Bless you, Father, for you have not sinned against the separation of church and campaign.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan's decision to offer the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention as well as the Republican convention is a shrewd way to tamp down controversy about the Catholic hierarchy's seeming transformation into the Republican party at prayer.
The real shrewdness, of course, came from the Democratic Party, which called Dolan's bluff by inviting him to invoke God's blessing on what many Republicans consider a godless party. It's arguably less of a reach for Obama than having Rick Warren pray at his inauguration.
I still think Dolan allowed himself to be used by accepting the Republican invitation, which was obviously an attempt to underscore his agreement with the Catholic bishops that the Obama administration is engaged in a war on religious liberty. But the cardinal was careful at the time to indicate that he was an equal-opportunity invocator. Now each party gets a tip o' the miter from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.