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Watch: NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan Puts Same-Sex Marriage in the Same Category as Marrying One's Mommy


NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan sits down with 60 Minutes to explain his bigoted position on same-sex marriage.


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  1. Another deluded man, who knows nothing of which he speaks

    Posted by: Patrick M | Mar 23, 2011 6:29:10 PM

  2. That must be one of the most idiotic things I've ever heard. And also very insulting, but I guess it was his purpose.
    Shame on him. Leader? I don't think so,

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 23, 2011 6:32:51 PM

  3. I don't even have the energy to respond indignantly anymore. In a country where over half the population supports gay marriage (, I assume that fewer and fewer people are taking guys like this seriously.

    Posted by: poison | Mar 23, 2011 6:35:16 PM

  4. I wish they'd get someone familiar with the issue to do these interviews.

    Dolan said he would support civil unions and that is a bald-faced lie.

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 23, 2011 6:36:36 PM

  5. Seriously? Why would ANYONE listen to marriage guidance from a celibate (well hopefully - parents should keep their children well away from this man) virgin who is not allowed to marry. His opinion is irrelevant. And amusingly enough his own flock are ignoring him. A recent survey indicates that catholic people are the most likely of the religios folk to support gay equality.

    Posted by: SteveC | Mar 23, 2011 6:37:18 PM

  6. Holy ignorance at it's best.

    Posted by: Ishaq | Mar 23, 2011 6:43:25 PM

  7. It seems to me that the Christian faith has already "redefined" many pillars of their institution.

    The way they treat children has changed.
    Black people were once deemed subhuman and born to be slaves.
    The disabled, deaf and blind were once defined without souls and thus could be discarded by society, never to be taught life skills.
    Women were also once considered property of the men who owned them, to be bartered and traded like animals.

    All of these were considered pillars of Catholic Christian society, but all have changed institutionally.

    Posted by: Ed Reggi | Mar 23, 2011 6:43:43 PM

  8. This spokesperson for this organization has no moral authority on anything. And he's flat-out lying when he claims his church would support other rights for gay people. His church opposes every step forward we try to make and supports every regressive obstacle our opponents put in our way.

    Posted by: RichardR | Mar 23, 2011 6:50:32 PM

  9. Why is this man allowed a larger voice?
    Why is 60 Minutes endorsing his implied authority by giving him a mic?
    Why does this guy's particular religious bent have any bearing on the other 340 million citizens of this nation?

    He's a relic; hardly an authority on life, law or anything else, I'd imagine, but that fable that is Katholicism.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Mar 23, 2011 6:53:02 PM

  10. I hope end comes for ALL religion soon.

    Posted by: wonderer | Mar 23, 2011 6:53:54 PM

  11. Americans are a religious lot.
    Religion is such a big deal in your country.
    Your Supreme Court even defended the right of the Westboro Baptists to promote hatred and hate-speak in the name of religion.
    In other countries, Great Britain, Holland, Canada and many other countries religion is much less relevant.

    Posted by: Lars | Mar 23, 2011 6:55:43 PM

  12. I wish the NYT would mess with him:

    "Dolan Comes Out in Full Support of Civil Unions, Call Gay Relationships 'Beautiful and Noble'"

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 23, 2011 7:10:54 PM

  13. He just wants to diddle little boys, he doesn't want to marry them. Geez.

    Marriage by definition is for life? Well 50% of US marriages aren't marriages, brilliant man.

    Posted by: Alpha | Mar 23, 2011 7:14:57 PM

  14. Yeah! Like he has a lot of credibility. When he was Archbishop of Milwaukee he continued the policy of stonewalling on pedophile priests and has been accused of hiding millions of dollars in such a way that the diocese is now filing for bankruptcy so it doesn't have to pay judgments who those who were abused. They have not found the money (yet) but frankly, the man has not earned the benefit of the doubt. And this man is lecturing on what he considers moral? Why should anyone care what this man thinks?

    Posted by: alex Parrish | Mar 23, 2011 7:16:59 PM

  15. Another Catholic pervert projecting his sick desires onto the unbelievers.

    Go rot in your own hell and leave us alone.

    Posted by: jexer | Mar 23, 2011 7:22:24 PM

  16. Anytime one of these hypocrites opens his mouth the press should ask about all the cover ups and abuse done to children.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Mar 23, 2011 7:27:59 PM

  17. As I recall "historical traditional marriage" these church folk speak of so fondly was created by man (as opposed to being dictated by God) as a method of enhancing male-dominated property rights. Oh, the longing for those good ol' days, eh, Archbishop Dolan? His pronouncements are nothing more and nothing less than tired reguritated Papist BS. Why does any sane thinking person pay it any attention?

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Mar 23, 2011 7:28:43 PM

  18. I'd like to ask how such ignorance got that job and then I remembered that it's a required item on their resumes

    Posted by: Danny | Mar 23, 2011 7:49:32 PM

  19. Marriage, as a Sacrament, is defined by the istitutions instilling it. The Catholic church has no right to define marriage for me or my church. Marriage as a civil union is for two consenting adults who want to be married, gay, lesbian, Bi, transgendere or straight does not matter!

    Posted by: Reverend Joseph Shore-Goss | Mar 23, 2011 7:50:18 PM

  20. Well, first off, it would make more sense for me if he had said gay marriage is like marrying my daddy.

    But I'm tired of engaging religious leaders over the religious ramifications of what they are calling a religious right. I don't care to get married religiously. I just want the legal and societal implications of equating same-sex with opposite-sex marriage.

    Posted by: Austin | Mar 23, 2011 7:51:34 PM

  21. RichardR is so correct. I recall vividly when Mayor David Dinkins marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade with the gay contingent. The group was pelted with beer and obscenities. When the mayor arrived at St. Patrick's Cathedral, John O'Connor who opposed all ordinances which would have protected rights of gay people stood on the steps waiting for Dinkins to greet him. I thought to myself that if Jesus had been at that event, he would have been walking with David Dinkins and the gay group, not standing on the steps in rich robes with John O'Connor.

    Tim Dolan is no different from his predecessors or his pope. You can't really love someone if you don't respect them. You can't respect someone if you treat them as second class citizens.

    Tim Dolan and his ilk are so taken with the "definition" of marriage as one man and one woman with children that they seem to think that that "definition" came from out of the ether somewhere, or from the mouth of some invisible god whose will they know and speak. New versions of the dictionary define marriage as between a man and woman or two men or two women. Marriages have been fluid as long as people have used such terms.

    Tim Dolan is right about not being qualified to play short stop. But neither is he qualified to define what marriage should be for everyone, nor does he have the right to determine who can and who can't marry.

    Posted by: John Patrick | Mar 23, 2011 8:17:16 PM

  22. ... and yet another reason to despise the lies and hypocrisy of the Catholic (and all the christian) Churches! Take your dirty paws off my life, Dolan and go concern yourself with getting your damn church in line and out of altar boys' pants instead!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Mar 23, 2011 8:23:07 PM

  23. A long time ago the RC Church had quite a few intellectuals in it. Philosophically they were leaning more and more toward existentialism so they were silenced, forbidden to publish their scholarly works if they remained in the Church.

    As the decades have passed the Church has cleansed itself of its intellectuals and instead has pseudo-intellectuals like this man of obvious limited intelligence. Another reason the RC Church is on its death bed, no one intelligent would join up, only the pedophiles are attracted now.

    Posted by: Brain Drain | Mar 23, 2011 8:51:50 PM

  24. And he is why good people stop being Catholic.

    Posted by: X | Mar 23, 2011 9:11:31 PM

  25. All I can say about his comments on marriage are that if you're not going to play the game you can't make the rules.

    Posted by: Harry McRae | Mar 23, 2011 9:17:41 PM

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