Forbes Has Private Meeting with Boston's Cardinal Law

By Jerry Miller | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

Boston, MA ( Republican presidential hopeful Steve Forbes held a private meeting with Cardinal Bernard Law late last week, and although the Roman Catholic cleric does not endorse candidates, news of the meeting can't hurt Forbes in heavily Catholic New Hampshire, whose primary is Tuesday.

Forbes first requested an opportunity to meet with Law in April .

The meeting, held at the prelate's residence, is significant since Law is the spiritual leader of millions of Catholics through out the six state New England region, including New Hampshire, which is home to more than 300,000 Catholics.

According to Forbes, the meeting lasted more that an hour and was "a wide ranging discussion" on a host of topics including abortion and other life issues.

Unlike his 1996 White House bid, Forbes has emerged as a strong pro-life advocate this time around.

Calling the meeting "very moving" and characterizing Law as "a remarkable man," Forbes said of the meeting, "It was certainly one of the highlights of the past year."

Forbes said no endorsement was made and added, " The Cardinal is not going to immerse himself into the politics of the Republican Party."

While details about the session were short, a spokesman for the Cardinal called the meeting "a courtesy visit," and added, "Nothing should be read into this.'