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NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan On Marriage In Catholic Church: Gays And Lesbians Are 'Entitled To Friendship': Video

CardinalABC’s This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked guest Cardinal Timothy Dolan how he would respond to Catholic gays and lesbians who want to get married in the Catholic Church.

Dolan, who claims the church "is not an anti-anybody," replied:

"Well, the first thing I’d say to them is, 'I love you, too. And God loves you. And you are made in God’s image and likeness. And – and we – we want your happiness. But – and you’re entitled to friendship.' But we also know that God has told us that the way to happiness, that – especially when it comes to sexual love – that is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally. We gotta be – we gotta do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit, we haven’t been too good at that."

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  1. So says the closeted homosexual.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 31, 2013 12:41:38 PM

  2. Why anyone would want to be a member of this religion is beyond me. The Catholic faith needs to be driven out of America.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 31, 2013 12:43:13 PM

  3. Excuse me? Sir? Yes you. You in the dress? Exactly WHEN did God say all that because it's not in the ten commandments nor did Jesus ever utter that nonsense. "...entitled to friendship..." Asshat.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 31, 2013 12:43:54 PM

  4. God hasn't told you any such thing. Your bigoted sub-conscious did. And don't use the bible, that book of fairy tales that has been so rewritten and re-interpreted over and over, to back you up. It was re-written and re-interpreted by like-minded people. THAT'S preaching to the choir: bigots wanting to hear bigoted things

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Mar 31, 2013 12:46:03 PM

  5. We've had 22 years of "friendship" but unfortunately here in Ohio that is all our relationship is legally.
    Great "words of wisdom" from a sexless man who wears a dress...

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Mar 31, 2013 12:46:09 PM

  6. I guess "Tim Dolan-lite" has not only dropped a few pounds but some of his hateful rhetoric.
    Can they remake him to appear compassionate with the intent of reversing some of the past damage he's done? Bring in some gay bucks?
    He's been an enemy of gay folk for many years and this softer-edged Tim Dolan isn't fooling anyone I hope. The sharp edges are just beneath that puppy facade.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Mar 31, 2013 12:50:29 PM

  7. At this point, Cardinal Dolan and the Catholic Church are being completely ridiculous.

    We don't just hold friendships, now do we? We [gays] love and bond in ways that defy the definition of friendship. So Cardinal, please stop redefining friendship, marriage and everything in between. The comedy is getting tired.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 31, 2013 12:50:52 PM

  8. what credibility does the appointed US leader of the world's largest pedophilia ring have anyway? STFU.

    Posted by: dan | Mar 31, 2013 12:54:26 PM

  9. BTW it is nice to see you guys draw the line between Jesus and all this nonsense. Men's prejudice is the very demon that took Christ to the cross.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 31, 2013 12:56:53 PM

  10. Pedophile says what?

    And there is no way to not be offensive when you say "defending marriage" because it clearly implies that gays a threat.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 31, 2013 12:57:10 PM

  11. This God darned fat ass is a liar.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 31, 2013 12:57:19 PM

  12. Or a priest and a boy

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Mar 31, 2013 1:00:19 PM

  13. Saw this this morning - and Stephanopoulos doesn't challenge him on his answer. What happened to journalism?

    Posted by: Remote Patrolled | Mar 31, 2013 1:06:34 PM

  14. If we were entitled to friendship, why did they persecute us for 1700 years instead?

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 31, 2013 1:14:27 PM

  15. I don't want friendship or approval from the Catholic Church. I just want to be left alone. They should stay out of politics and stop meddling in people's lives.

    Posted by: loki7329 | Mar 31, 2013 1:32:55 PM

  16. .... is he saying the church should be attacking infertile heterosexuals, marriages with no biological children, and those awful parents who...uh..."adopt"?

    and why on earth are we even listening to Catholics about this?

    any gay catholics on here who want to get married in a catholic church by a priest? i don't know any.

    and i'm not sure why a catholic should have an opinion about non-Catholic marriages.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 31, 2013 1:37:04 PM

  17. We're entitled to friendship and they're entitled to altar boys.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 31, 2013 1:57:20 PM

  18. Unfortunately for Cardinal Timmy, the Catholic church doesn't get to define what gay people--or any other American citizens--are entitled to. The Constitution does that ("equal treatment under law"), and slowly but surely--inevitably--the courts are recognizing it.

    Posted by: jomicur | Mar 31, 2013 1:57:47 PM

  19. the question was very unfortunate, it was way too easy. Frankly, I don't really care how the catholic church decides to treat its members. If they treat gays badly, they should leave. But I can't stand that they're front and center in the battle to break up our relationships, most of which have nothing to do with catholicism. So rather than ask, what would you say to someone who says I love the catholic church but I'm gay (just too easy to reply we love you too), he should be asked why does the catholic church care if two non-catholic gays or lesbians want to marry? He'll have to defend the church's battle to control everyone's lives, and he'll look much more bigoted than he does here.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 31, 2013 1:58:04 PM

  20. Congratulations - You have been upgraded from the F list to the E-minus list! Happy Easter!

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Mar 31, 2013 2:01:42 PM

  21. Perhaps the Pope will experience a divine revelation sometime in the next few years, not unlike the one the Mormons had when refusing to admit African Americans got iffy. "Oh wait, this just in… I'm getting, almost getting it… Some static… Come in God… Over? Oh yes, yes… I understand. I'll run out into the street and marry a few homosexuals right now. Got it. Thanks Boss. And no, I don't much care for figs either."

    I confess to being puzzled by the obsession LGBTQ people have with their rejection by the world's largest child rape and torture ring. Is there no level to which we will not stoop in our quest finally to be chosen first for basketball? I mean, really… I don't even like basketball.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 31, 2013 2:06:16 PM

  22. Didn't the pope endorse civil unions in Argentina? Yes, hastily, but he still endorsed them.

    Posted by: Craig | Mar 31, 2013 2:13:10 PM

  23. The Catholic Church can make up whatever silly rules they want for their followers but they CANNOT tell the rest of us how to live our lives. When the Catholics or the Mormons say that I cannot marry the man I love because it is against THEIR religion, that's going to far. I don't understand how anyone can be gay and Catholic. This man is a liar and he is anti-gay.

    Posted by: Joseph | Mar 31, 2013 2:16:56 PM

  24. " We love you as second class citizens."

    Posted by: David | Mar 31, 2013 2:26:37 PM

  25. Didn't God command him to be fruitful and multiply? Why is he giving the finger to God?

    Posted by: DickG | Mar 31, 2013 2:28:10 PM

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