Dolan: Ryan Is a ‘Great Public Servant’


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ABSTRACTDolan: Ryan Is a ‘Great Public Servant’ - Kathryn Jean Lopez - National Review Online Get FREE NRO Newsletters   Log In   |   Register Follow Us     August 27 Issue  Subscribe to NR  Renew  August 27 Issue   |   Subscribe   |   Renew Home The Corner The Agenda Campaign Spot The Home Front Right Field Bench Memos The Feed The Tyranny Blog Media Blog Audio & Video The Latest Three Martini Lunch Uncommon Knowledge Between the Covers Ricochet Kudlow’s Money Politic$ David Calling Exchequer Phi Beta Cons Planet Gore Critical Condition Tweet Tracker NR / Digital Subscribe: NR Subscribe: NR / Digital Give: NR / Digital NR Renewals & Changes Shop! Donate Media Kit Contact Nussbaum: The HHS-Mandate Battle Interview: By Design and Choice Symposium: Aftereffects of Akin Costa: Mitt Romney’s Honey Badger Hanson: Are We Doomed? Sowell: Will Voters Choose ‘Issues’ Over America? Nordlinger: Salzburg Journal, Part II Prager: Worse Than Wrong Lowry: The SPLC’s Intolerant Campaign Editors: Step Aside, Todd Akin Editors: Pennsylvania Takes On Voter Fraud Trinko: How the GOP Wins Medicare O’Sullivan: Media Pieties du Jour: No Facts Need Apply Fund: Military Voting Rights Under Fire in Ohio Costa: My Brother, Paul Ryan Zubrin: Legalize Methanol Habeeb: Dreams from His Brother Kerpen: Opting Out of Hidden Taxes Nordlinger: Salzburg Journal, Part I Barone: Romney and Ryan Turn the Tables on Obama New on NRO . . . Close To: Your Email: Your Name: Subject: August 17, 2012 4:00 A.M. Dolan: Ryan Is a ‘Great Public Servant’ This VP nomination marks a milestone for Catholics. By Kathryn Jean Lopez About Author Archive Latest E-Mail RSS Send Follow •   followers Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, on the air Print Text   Comments 31 Kathryn Jean Lopez  T he first time Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, met Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan, the congressman was talking about St. Thomas Aquinas. Cardinal Dolan reminisced about the meeting and their subsequent friendship and correspondence during his Sirius Catholic Channel radio show Thursday . The meeting took place at Carthage College, a Lutheran school in Kenosha, Wisc., Dolan, then bishop of Milwaukee, was there to receive an honorary degree; Ryan, a fourth-term congressman, was the commencement speaker that year. “He gave — I timed it — nine minutes, which is excellent, on St. Thomas Aquinas,” recalled Cardinal Dolan, who himself tends to give concise homilies. “It was tremendous, in front of a Lutheran audience,” the cardinal remembered. “So we really started up a great correspondence and got to know each other very, very well.” Advertisement “We go way back, Congressman Paul Ryan and I,” the cardinal continued. “I came to know and admire him immensely. And I would consider him a friend. He and his wife Janna and their three kids have been guests in my house; I’ve been a guest at their house. They’re remarkably upright, refreshing people. And he’s a great public servant.” Dolan stressed that he was “speaking personally and not from a partisan point of view. . . . But I have immense regard and admiration and affection for him, just personally.” Dolan added that he is “happy” his friend has the “honor” of being on a national ticket. In his first solo outing this week, Ryan met hecklers criticizing him for policies they believe are against the “common good.” This summer, his budget was criticized on a bus tour by politically active liberal religious sisters, one of whom is on the verge of becoming a talking-head-show regular through Election Day. In his own show, taped Tuesday afternoon and aired Thursday afternoon, Cardinal Dolan acknowledged that Ryan has his critics, but commended the congressman for his efforts to tackle the federal budget deficit. He recalled exchanges they have had about the Ryan budget plan (exchanges that National Review Online first reported on last May) and .......