However, the Cardinal, who is known for his stand on abortion, could not resist the opportunity to pray for a change of heart when he led the prayer on Monday. "We have been called to choose life and protect the least of these," Mahoney prayed. "Keep us ever committed to protect the life and well-being of all people, but especially unborn children."
Several Democratic delegates criticized the Cardinal's prayer. "Abortion is one of the defining issues between Democrats and Republicans," delegate Ann Gaither said. "I think it was very unfortunate that he chose those words." Meanwhile, some pro-lifers criticized his decision to address the convention in the first place. ZE00081621
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