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NY Archbishop Laments Marriage Equality, Frets Over 'Theophobia'

Dolan As New York State prepares for gay marriage to begin later this month, New York Archbishop Thomas Dolan has taken to his personal blog to decry equality.

Writes Dolan, "Our state sadly attempted a re-definition of marriage.  Is there anything left to say?"

Apparently there is, because the Archbishop then launches into a seven-point harangue about how the "goliath" of LGBT activists, "glitterati" and media rammed through the landmark legislation.

And, of course, it wouldn't be an anti-equality manifesto without a warning that God-fearing Catholics will be forever ostracized:

We do worry indeed about this freedom of religion.  Editorials already call for the removal of guarantees of religious liberty, with crusaders calling for people of faith to be coerced to acceptance of this redefinition.  If the experience of those few other states and countries where this is already law is any indication, the churches, and believers, will soon be harassed, threatened, and hauled into court for their conviction that marriage is between one man, one woman, forever, bringing children into the world.

Dolan also claims that equality will lead to "nonmonogamy" -- "the idea that society is unrealistic to think that one man and one woman should remain faithful in marriage, and that openness to some infidelity should be the norm!" -- and frets over what he calls pervasive "theophobia," "a hatred by some of God, faith, religion, and the Church."

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  1. His biggest fear, of course, is that his supply of little boys to rape will be cut off.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 8, 2011 8:33:25 AM

  2. There is one perfectly good reason for "theophobia".

    1) The HYPOCRISY of the church on so many other issues. They have absolutely no moral high ground to stand upon.

    Posted by: Taylor | Jul 8, 2011 8:41:33 AM

  3. These perverts have been hiding behind their robes and their mumbo jumbo long enough. It's time that their scams and crimes against humanity are exposed, and they are kicked out of their tax-free havens.

    Posted by: ralph | Jul 8, 2011 8:45:55 AM

  4. Well, if Theology would stop being responsible for inciting violence, hatred and vilification of those not in their exclusive clubhouses, hide child molesters and ram their views down on everyone else, people wouldn't see them as something to be feared. Religion, and Christianity in particular, has a long history of using fear to control people (Fanatical Islam appears to be catching up, true, but Christianity did come first as they like to remind us all), and the fact that it's finally coming home to roost is, as far as I'm concerned, is a case of reaping what you sow...

    Posted by: Matthew Lang | Jul 8, 2011 8:51:28 AM

  5. It's not God or religion that's the problem, it's the people who twist spirituality and the Bible to justify their hatred of others.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 8, 2011 8:59:06 AM

  6. I suffer from theophobia. It started in early childhood when I noticed otherwise normal-appearing people pretended to see and talk to their imaginary deities.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jul 8, 2011 8:59:27 AM

  7. I don't hate God. (I don't believe in him, either.) I respect other people's faith, to the extent it stays out of other people's business. I DO think organized religion is generally a vice, but don't per se hate it. The only thing I hate is the Church, which is an evil institution run by evil men like Dolan. I was raised Catholic, so I have an insider's knowledge of the corruption of the institution.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jul 8, 2011 9:03:54 AM

  8. It's still amusing that this bloviating prelate calls the LGBT faction "Goliath" while his pitiful little multi-trillion dollar criminal enterprise, as one blogger calls it, is the poor put-upon David. In his blog, Dolan makes an incredible statement: "The Church neither has nor wants political clout." Can he say that with a straight face, I wonder?

    Then, rather disingenuously, he offers this: "If we did hurt anybody in our defense of marriage, I apologize. We tried our best to insist from the start that our goal was pro-marriage, never anti-gay. But, I’m afraid some within the gay community were offended."

    The amount of invective we have endured, the slandering, the vile names, the money the Church poured into campaigns to discredit us, disenfranchise us and destroy us - can we ever forgive and forget? The fact is, in his post, he links same sex marriage with no-fault divorce and contraception, which are really independent issues. It is my fervent hope that gay married couples will "do it better," as Dan Savage predicts.

    Posted by: Abel | Jul 8, 2011 9:19:54 AM

  9. from wikipedia: A phobia (from the Greek: φόβος, Phóbos, meaning "fear" or "morbid fear") is a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding despite the fear, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational.

    I think religions have given us more than enough rational reason to fear them. The Catholics more than most. Hardly a phobia, it's simply good sense.

    Posted by: Jeff M. | Jul 8, 2011 9:28:40 AM

  10. Theophobia is long overdue. The history of religions is that they have been a "justification" for judgments against those who believe/act differently. This has ranged from missionary proselytyzing to murder and (in the theocrats' minds) the even more severe eternal damnation of the soul beyond termination of biological life. Homosexuality is just one more difference they want to punish and condemn - don't forget that not that many centuries back "heretics" were burned at the stake for different beliefs in the trinity/the actual nature of communion wafers etc.

    They do indeed lack high moral ground on which to stand. It is time that theocratic positions were doubted and questioned. How ironic that people only wanting to declare their love for each other might be the source of that theophobia.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 8, 2011 9:35:55 AM

  11. He's a swine of the ilk of Father Coughlin.

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 8, 2011 9:40:35 AM

  12. It's nauseating when a centuries old, impossibly rich and internationally influential fraternal organization like the Catholic Church claim they're the ones who are being discriminated against.

    Dolan is a righteous asshat. You can see him waving from the further shores of yesterday.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Jul 8, 2011 9:42:40 AM

  13. "As New York State prepares for gay marriage to begin later this month . . . ."

    There is no such thing as gay marriage. The term is as meaningful as "blonde marriage" or "short marriage" or "half Irish marriage". The term gay marriage (often used with added scare quotes) is a term preferred by haters to imply that our marriages are not real and are counterfeit. While I recognize that the term is widely used, it is disappointing to see a gay blog use the terminology preferred by those who would seek to deny our marriages the legitimacy to which they are entitled.

    There is only one civil institution of marriage and it is an institution to which certain members of society have until now been denied access. What we are preparing for in New York is the arrival of marriage equality and we should speak about it as such. (As a bonus, "marriage equality" also advances our argument politically much more effectively by focusing people on the issue of equality - a winner - and not on something as possibly unfamiliar - and, especially when used with quotes, scary! - as "gay marriage".

    Posted by: Patric | Jul 8, 2011 9:55:49 AM

  14. Why he called it a redefinition? It is supposed to be a religious dogma and not an arbitrary definition.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 8, 2011 9:57:20 AM

  15. he's a talking dildo.

    Posted by: dan | Jul 8, 2011 10:01:05 AM

  16. Hush up, Mary. You lost and you know it.

    Posted by: Tom R | Jul 8, 2011 10:05:51 AM

  17. His latest rant is fear of polygamy once marriages begin in our state. He can't even produce factual evidence for it in any of the ten countries and American states where it's legal.

    The roman cult is morally bankrupt and has NO authority to pass judgment on civil matters given its track record on pedophilia and misogyny for the past two millenia.

    Posted by: Robert | Jul 8, 2011 10:17:14 AM

  18. You're worried about theophobia? Then stop acting like total assholes.

    Posted by: Justin L Werner | Jul 8, 2011 10:22:44 AM

  19. I think we should call it "Legal Union" rather than using the word marriage. It's the word "Marriage" that scares the hell out of the bigots and haters. The end result is the same, but we do not need to call it "Marriage."

    Posted by: SONNIE | Jul 8, 2011 10:31:42 AM

  20. Which tradition of marriage does he want to revert to? Does he wish to roll back to women being chattels of their husbands who could be sold at the market as was the case in Europe only a few centuries ago?

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 8, 2011 10:45:43 AM

  21. If Mr. Dolan wants to get involved in the politics of the state he should have to give up his tax exempt status. It would be a great help for the city budget but there will be less money for the clergy to buy pretty dresses, flamboyant jewelry, and a mercedes to ride his fat ass around.

    Posted by: John | Jul 8, 2011 10:53:25 AM

  22. this man has accomplished nothing by spread hate interfere in the lives of people who are not members of his church. he wonders why people hate the church? myob, each year more and more people walk away from the church. , that should worry him more.

    Posted by: walter | Jul 8, 2011 10:58:28 AM

  23. Fear, hatred and paranoia.

    Jeez, Dolan, get some help!

    Posted by: B-rod | Jul 8, 2011 11:04:29 AM

  24. I've got his theophobia.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jul 8, 2011 11:10:26 AM

  25. You reap what you sow. If there's hatred towards "the Church" (excuse me, when did the Catholic Church assume the moniker of "The Church" -- there are lots of churches and more every day are accepting that gay men and women are Children of God's only the creepy, guys-who-never-marry, abuse children and hide it, Catholic Church and a few others regressive denomination who don't...) it's been an expressed outrage that they have brought on themselves because of their own internalize hatred and fear. Sorry, no sympathy here, Dolan. You set up the dominoes, don't whine now that they are falling.

    Posted by: Bart | Jul 8, 2011 11:17:20 AM

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