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Cardinal Dolan, on Today show, discusses Catholic teaching on homosexuality

August 01, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss Pope Francis’s recent comments on gay priests, has also been interviewed on NBC’s Today show.

“What the Pope is saying is, don’t forget there’s another element to God’s teaching, namely that we treat everybody with dignity and respect, that we don’t judge their heart, that we love and respect them,” said Cardinal Dolan.

“This is no way could this be interpreted as a change in Church doctrine or the Church’s faith and morals,” he continued. “It is a change in tone.”

“Homosexual people deserve love respect and dignity, while homosexual acts are immoral,” Cardinal Dolan added. “The Church’s teaching, which is based on the Bible and God’s revelation, is that sexual love is reserved only between a man and woman in the lifelong, life-giving relationship of marriage, and any relations outside of that, hetero or homo, would be less than God’s intention.”


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  • Posted by: koinonia - Aug. 02, 2013 7:50 AM ET USA

    The difficulty in making some of these conciliatory statements is the ambiguity and potential to distort. The Church teaches that the actions discussed above are gravely immoral. Further they separate the soul from God in a manner that results in spiritual death. Those who persist risk eternal death in hell separated from the source of all love. The necessary purpose of amendment must accompany profound sorrow. This is uncommon today as various groups reolutely demand public endorsement.

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 02, 2013 2:41 AM ET USA

    Ms. Quinn is yet another supposed Catholic politician (Biden, Pelosi, Cuomo, etc, etc, etc) that all have voiced and voted their opposition to the Magisterium. Respect? This is part of the Church of Nice and is certainly part of why our bishops are so afraid or reluctant to take action against politicians who aren't really Catholic in thought, word, or deed. As long as this remains so, many more will also leave the Church.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 01, 2013 7:30 PM ET USA

    Yes, "less than God's intention," but also contrary to God's intention, and abusive of God's gift. It's not like preferring silver jewelry to gold, but rather like preferring poison to food.

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 01, 2013 6:32 PM ET USA

    Defender misses Cardinal Dolan's (and the Holy Father's) point entirely. Each person, regardless of sexual orientation, race, etc., is entitled to respect as a child of God. That is what the Church has always taught. But, sex outside of heterosexual marriage is wrong. Christine Quinn is wrong for advocating LBGT same-sex sex, and she is not due our respect for her advocacy. Such advocacy must be condemned.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 01, 2013 11:55 AM ET USA

    Damage control.

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 01, 2013 11:48 AM ET USA

    Perhaps the cardinal needs to have a talk with Christine Quinn, who leads the race for NYC mayor? She is "married" to a woman, and supports LGBT causes. For that matter, as she is the NYC Council Speaker, why hasn't Cardinal Dolan already spoken to her about, "It's my church. They're the ones who have the wrong perspective. I'm not going to leave. If I leave, it's as if they won."? Or is this to be yet another example of how our bishops don't want to handle pseudo-Catholic politicians?