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New York bishops were assured same-sex marriage would not pass, cardinal discloses

Catholic World News - March 12, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has revealed that Republican leaders in the state legislature gave the Catholic bishops of New York assurances that a bill recognizing same-sex marriage would not be passed last year. The bill was approved, and the bishops were criticized for their failure to rally opposition.

“We got burned last year when we were told the redefinition of marriage didn’t have much of a chance—and of course it did,” the cardinal said. He refused to blame Republican lawmakers for the costly miscalculation, however, saying “it could be as much our fault as anyone else’s.”

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  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Mar. 13, 2012 2:17 PM ET USA

    As a kid, I watched a daily show on TV called "Howdy Doody" that had an audience of children who sat on stage in bleachers called the Peanut Gallery. There was a clown called Clarabell who had a seltzer bottle and who, in nearly every show, sometimes tiptoed, sometimes ran around the studio looking to sneak up on Buffalo Bob, the show’s host, to squirt him with the seltzer bottle. Buffalo Bob meanwhile would walk in front of the Peanut Gallery saying “what?” “who?” to the children who were screaming wildly that Clarabell was right behind him. With Cardinal Dolan, I feel like I’m in a dream, watching reruns of Howdy Doody. But this time the stakes are real life: my Catholic Church and everything that was once considered grace-blessed America. I’m screaming my head off. I’m warning him about the President, the Democrats, the NY politicians and the whole sleezy progressive world sneaking up behind him. Watch out, watch out. I’m yelling. Maybe now he hears something. Stay tuned.

  • Posted by: Polycarp - Mar. 13, 2012 9:05 AM ET USA

    Yes, Cardinal Dolan is correct in his conclusion. A lesson to learn, also, is not to trust the politians.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Mar. 12, 2012 8:45 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Dolan continues to demonstrate his naivete for all the world to see. Yep, he trusted those politicians. How did he ever get New York?

  • Posted by: Exaudi nos - Mar. 12, 2012 5:43 PM ET USA

    “it could be as much our fault as anyone else’s.” How do you put that horse back in front of the cart?

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