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Cardinal Dolan addresses same-sex marriage on Easter Sunday news shows

April 01, 2013

In two television interviews that were aired nationally on Easter Sunday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York addressed the issue of same-sex marriage.

On ABC, he was asked, “What do you say to a gay couple who says, we love God, we love the Church, but we also love each other and we want to raise a family in faith?”

Cardinal Dolan replied, “The first thing I say is, I love you, too. You were made in God’s image and likeness. We want your happiness. And you're entitled in friendship.”

“But we also know that God has told us the way to happiness, in terms of sexual love, that is intended only for a man and a woman in marriage where children can come about naturally,” he added. “We got to do better to see our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. I admit we haven't been too good at that.”

Asked whether the Church was “out of touch,” Cardinal Dolan said that “sometimes by nature, the Church has got to be out of touch with concerns, because we’re always supposed to be thinking of the beyond, the eternal, the changeless.”

“Our major challenge is to continue in a credible way to present the eternal concerns to people in a timeless attractive way,” he continued. “And sometimes there is a disconnect - between what they're going through and what Jesus and his Church is teaching. And that's a challenge for us.”

On CBS, Cardinal Dolan was asked “whether the Church would temper some of its traditionalism to keep pace with recent changes in public opinion on gay rights, abortion, and other issues.”

“I think what we can't tamper with what God has revealed, and you mentioned some of the issues,” he said. The Church, he added, “can try to do better in the way we present them with more credibility and in a more compelling way.”


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Apr. 01, 2013 7:51 PM ET USA

    I watched Cardinal Dolan on Sunday and was dismayed by his answer on Gay marriage. Apparently he thinks the Church needs to repackage its message that Gay Marriage will never be validated by the Church and that homosexual acts are seriously sinful. Maybe a slick Madison Avenue Advertising Campaign can make those homosexuals happy with the Church! Cardinal Dolan just doesn't get it. Militant homosexuals will never be happy with the Church's teaching on homosexual acts no matter what.

  • Posted by: shrink - Apr. 01, 2013 5:25 PM ET USA

    Cdl Dolan says: "(to) present the eternal concerns to people in a timeless attractive way”. Well, this may not be "attractive" but it it is "compelling": Christ died to redeem us from our SINS. If we don't embrace the Cross, and embrace the commandments of Christ, we're lost to hell.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Apr. 01, 2013 12:21 PM ET USA

    The most compelling defense of purity in recent times came from St. Maria Goretti, who said, "No! No! It is a sin!" and paid for her words with her life. Any takers?