21-August-2012 -- Catholic World News Brief |

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Cardinal Dolan lauds Paul Ryan as 'great public servant'

Speaking on Sirius Catholic Channel radio, Cardinal Timothy Dolan lauded vice presidential contender Paul Ryan as a "great public servant."

Recalling a Wisconsin Lutheran college commencement that both attended, Cardinal Dolan said that Ryan spoke for nine minutes on St. Thomas Aquinas. "It was tremendous, in front of a Lutheran audience," the cardinal said. "So we really started up a great correspondence and got to know each other very, very well."

"I came to know and admire him immensely," Cardinal Dolan added. "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."

Stating he was "speaking personally and not from a partisan point of view" and "not trying to be an apologist" for Ryan, Cardinal Dolan praised Ryan's "call for financial accountability and restraint and a balanced budget" as well as his "obvious solicitude for the poor."

Noting that there may be differences in "prudential judgment" over how to assist the poor, Cardinal Dolan added that "I admire him. He's honest. He's refreshing. Do I agree with everything? No, but . . . I'm anxious to see him in action."

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