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Cardinal Dolan Comes To Albany


New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan came to the Capitol with other Catholic Church leaders to meet with Governor Cuomo and some leaders of the legislature. 

Karen DeWitt sat down with the Cardinal for WAMC to talk about the church’s push for an education tax credit and its effort to stop a movement to allow physician assisted suicide in New York, something supporters refer to as ‘aid in dying.’ The Cardinal also shared his opinions about the tenor of the Presidential race, saying he’s particularly concerned with the anti-immigrant views of leading GOP candidate Donald Trump. Dolan, who has a graduate degree in American history, says he’s observed political mudslinging before but he says this year the anger and bad behavior is “heightened.” He says parents tell him they don’t want their kids to watch the debates. The Cardinal has already written an op-ed against Donald Trump’s immigration policies, and he says he continues to be concerned.

“To single out the immigrant, to blame them for our problems to imply that the immigrant drags down the nation instead of lifts up the nation,” said Dolan. “I don’t think my grandparents would like that and I certainly don’t.” 

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of public radio stations in New York state. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.