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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. "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."

    No, it isn't. They are no more in favor of "legal unions" (which is, in fact, what civil marriages are). They have a problem with gay people having any civil rights, not just the right to marry. And our having the right to marry does not infringe on any religious right, so they are lying to say it does. What they are ultimately afraid of is that society will see the Church for the hateful and perverted institution that it is and will increasingly abandon them.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 8, 2011 11:22:24 AM

  2. blah, effin', blah

    Posted by: Beau | Jul 8, 2011 11:23:22 AM

  3. Patric@thanks for your insistence on the term "mariage equality", it is sound and I shall use it exclusively.

    As for Dolan. I'm sorry but your moral high ground is ever more insubstantial given the untenable dogma and bad behavior of the Catholic church. The panic on your face merely means that it's time to reconsider beliefs that are fundamentally unsound and increasingly unworkable. You still have choices, but sexual orientation will not be one of them.

    Posted by: uffda | Jul 8, 2011 12:01:50 PM

  4. How dare he! How dare he stand in judgement of this secular law that offers equality to so many who have been marginalized for so long. This does not impact him in any way. He will not be forced to perform marriage ceremonies between two men or two women. This does not take away from the strength of anyone's marriage. They twist and manipulate God’s words to serve their own bigoted antiquated views. And, they do this all standing on a mountain of lies and deceit. The church has no moral authority. They forfeited any that they may have had when they (the bishops) sold out children to protect their own. Those who talk about excommunicating politicians for their votes need to take a look at their own church leaders. Ask themselves, how did they vote when it came time to protect children. They talk about the harm that this law will have on children, what about the harm the church has already inflicted upon children. Where was their outrage then? Where was their call for excommunication? These hypocrates stand in righteous indignation of two consenting adults who want to commit to each other in love to share their lives together, yet these are the same people who turned their backs on the institutionalized evil that was forced upon the church's most vulnerable. Tell me about the difficulty of explaining to a child why two men or two women love each other and want to be married and we’ll see how that compares to explaining to a child why the man he and his family trusted and looked to as a representative of God, felt it was his right to use that child and treat him like so much garbage; AND WHY the Church, to which his entire family has been so devoted, thought that what happened to him was so meaningless and inconsequential that they sent that man out to “minister” to more and more children. Let us see which explanation is more challenging to deliver…shall we.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jul 8, 2011 12:13:00 PM

  5. What is really ironic is that he complains about the possibility of polygamy, when the Catholic Church partnered with the MORMONS in California to prevent gay marriage....!

    Now that is hilarious....

    Posted by: TonyJ | Jul 8, 2011 12:19:14 PM

  6. The comment I left on his blog seems to have dispappeared, leaving only the "thank you for your eloquence". Funny that. Now who's phobic...

    Posted by: Blake | Jul 8, 2011 12:23:39 PM

  7. He wants his own freedom of belief and his world view, but does not want these freedoms for others.

    Posted by: trees | Jul 8, 2011 12:41:04 PM

  8. Gee whiz archbishop, if you don't want people to be "theophobic" then perhaps you'll stop touching children with your penis.

    Posted by: wtf | Jul 8, 2011 1:32:01 PM

  9. Actually, he should know his Greek better. The word he's trying to coin would probably be something like misodoxasia.

    You really get a sense of how doctrine can't work on a daily basis when you look into how it deals with non-believers. What is his position on Jewish marriage? Or Mormons? What about married Anglican priests? He can't open his mouth on these issues without causing a major political crisis for the church, but on gay issues he can rant away.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 8, 2011 1:40:31 PM

  10. Did you catch the part where he compares himself to God? Well, I think God likes his Catholic priests with a little less Superbia and a little more Humilitas.

    Posted by: Pete | Jul 8, 2011 1:45:40 PM

  11. Once again, religious extremists attempt to define any interference with their attempts to force the precepts of their faith on others as a violation of freedom of worship.

    Freedom of worship does not give you the right to force your religion on others by interfering with legislation.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jul 8, 2011 4:34:28 PM

  12. In my analysis of Archbishop Dolan;s position, I determine that it is a matter of "heterosexist supremacism" rooted in misogyny - this allows seeing it as analogous to white racist supremacism. This gives Dolan an opportunity to see his position from "outside the box" - the full analysis is at my blog, at

    Posted by: Joann Prinzivalli | Jul 8, 2011 5:20:30 PM

  13. The catholic church who has a long history of protecting child rapist is in no position to be a moral guide to anyone !

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 8, 2011 5:43:37 PM

  14. I know what I believe. Apparently, it's not the same thing that he believes. OMG, I am such a theophobe for not believing what he believes! :|

    Posted by: ophu | Jul 8, 2011 6:20:57 PM

  15. Archbishop or Grand Poopah?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 9, 2011 12:12:45 AM

  16. At least his Episcopal Church counterpart is more loving and charitable.

    Posted by: Sami in Vancouver | Jul 9, 2011 1:29:24 AM

  17. 'harrassed and threatened'? the bish certainly knows a lot about that, 2000 years worth, but now he's terrified he will wind up on the receiving end....tant pis.

    Posted by: littlebadwolf | Jul 9, 2011 2:30:25 AM

  18. I have 2 phobia's;
    The first is to allow my son to be an altar boy;
    The second is that Mr Dolan wants this country to be a Cathocracy!

    Posted by: wayne | Jul 9, 2011 8:07:03 PM

  19. Remember this BIGOTS church has been guilty during its entire history of murder, rape, torture, plunder, supression of knowledge ect. in the name of God treat these slimes like the monsters they are.

    Posted by: Curtis | Jul 9, 2011 10:53:02 PM

  20. I am Gay. I do not understand: why do we need marriage to me and my boyfriend? We love each other, live together for many years. I'm not against marriage for men, I do not understand them.

    Posted by: Jeam | Jul 10, 2011 10:17:30 AM

  21. Gays responsible for Theophobia and nonmonogomy? Mr Dolan, I'm afraid the catholic clergy is more responsible for the first, and statistically homosexual relationships last far longer then heterosexual ones.

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Jul 11, 2011 3:10:48 AM

  22. What a nasty group of posters on this site. You cannot even accept that over 80% of the sexual abuse cases involving the Church were committed by homosexuals.

    Posted by: the lone gunmen | Sep 3, 2011 6:02:41 PM

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