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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. Hate is hate is hate. There is no wiggle room there.

    Posted by: Doug Cooper | Mar 31, 2013 11:40:43 PM

  2. I, as a gay man, am entitled to friendship.
    Yippee kiaaaaaa !

    That's a staggeringly profound summary and dismissal of my very core being, my very essence of meaning and affection and love and the whole reason for delighting in my existence......not my "lifestyle"- my being.

    Now I should be just entitled to friendship........

    It's like those nutters who talk about "a personal relationship with Jesus".
    It's meaningless verbiage dressed up to sound profound ......
    It's phrases pulled from an incoherence at the heart of what they have convinced themselves they have to believe ....

    And most of all it is pathetic.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 1, 2013 12:33:32 AM

  3. If a man dresses in Medieval garb you can be sure his mind is trapped in Medieval Myths.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 1, 2013 3:30:40 AM

    Maybe it has dawned on them that the reputation of the church suffered a lot.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 1, 2013 4:02:06 AM

  5. Soooo glad this bigot - sorry, no other word for it - glad this bigot wasn't appointed Pope. All the Cardinals are shameless, homophobic bigots but this American one is particularly despicable in his hail-fellow-well-met, phony gregarious, "just a regular guy" BS he blathers on and on about on the Catholic Channel on Sirius Radio.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 1, 2013 8:47:37 AM

  6. Screw him and all the members of the hierarchy of this heinous institution. If I believed in hell or prayer, I'd pray that he would rot in hell. Along with the child molesters and the pope.

    Posted by: John | Apr 1, 2013 10:09:26 AM

  7. Like priests are 'ENTITLED TO FRIENDSHIP' with little children ?

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 1, 2013 10:24:03 AM

  8. Gee, Timothy, that's awfully bigoted, er, uh, I mean, big of you.

    Tim, sit down and shut up.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 1, 2013 11:39:52 AM

  9. What the church has forgotten, are the teachings of love and taking care of the poor and infirm. If the church involves itself in politics, then it is not a true church. Instead, it is a political organization and should be treated as such. Amen

    Posted by: S. | Apr 1, 2013 11:40:00 AM

  10. What an imbecile.I hate religion.The bible's idea of what marriage is is a terrible outdated nonsensical idea.marriage was a property transaction.Women belonged to their husbands,and the bible has horrific laws that demanded execution,such as a woman being stoned to death if she wasn't a virgin when she married.This is the modern age.Religion needs to die.

    Posted by: Miguel | Apr 1, 2013 2:12:12 PM

  11. (the comment above about "this bigot" was made by someone else with the same name)

    @Michael : the Biblical story about the Roman centurion probably does not mean what you think. In ancient Rome, it was OK for a man to have sex with another man, but sexual rolls had to mesh with social status. It would be OK to for a male full-fledged Roman citizen to have sex with a male slave, but only if the slave was a bottom. A centurion would simply view the sexual taboos of the locals as being rather quaint, and if a local preacher tried to berate a centurion for being a sinner, the only question would be whether the preacher would be ignored or punished. For a centurion to not feel "worthy" of having a local preacher visit his home would have been unprecedented, so the story might have been an attempt to make Jesus appear rather special.

    The term "born eunuchs" in the Bible possibly refers to males born without testicles, or at least without ones in the normal place. They didn't know what was going on at the time.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 1, 2013 6:37:05 PM

  12. What a hateful man.... What did he say about the morality of people who get legally married without the church? Are they just 'friends' to him, too? (actually, that answer may be 'yes' in his mind, but that doesn't mean that he would conduct political campaigns against the right of those people to be civilly married...)

    Again, don't marry them in your church, but also don't conduct campaigns against civil rights for others....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Apr 1, 2013 7:36:04 PM

  13. GRRRRRR. Can't stand him. Even my mother says he's such a phoney.
    So, no one is ever allowed to have sex outside of marriage, and marriage is only for a man and a woman. Terrific. Good luck with that.
    I wish the pro-gay marriage party line would focus on 'religions can restrict marriage to whomever they like, but the US constitution must guarantee equal access to the law to all.' Just remind the religious that marriage has nothing to do with religion! Let's start with equality and then put whatever frills you want on top.

    Posted by: Book | Apr 1, 2013 8:36:39 PM

  14. Some of these Priests, Bishops, etc should start to read there own history.

    Originally, the Clergy were married, and had children. Some of these children entered the same business as their Fathers; i.e. They became Priests, and because of "Daddy" they got promoted to some nice job titles. When daddy died, some became the next Pope. (Why let a family business die?) Some Church property ended up in the kids hands, etc. Finally, the solution to the problem was to make all Priests, etc to be single; Unmarried; no Wives or kids to get their hands on Church property.

    Time flies; Now they are talking about Priests getting Married. La De Da!

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Apr 1, 2013 9:13:51 PM

  15. Well thank you for throwing us a bone and allowing us to be friends with other men like us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    Could you imagine if this human train wreck ACTUALLY had real police and political power!? He's have us on his approved list of people entitled to "friendship" by which I'm sure he means "friendship" and nothing more. So we would be legally allowed to have friends... a right granted to us by the church. WOW! I think he purposely used the word "friends" knowing that liberals would interpret it as "lover/partner" and conservatives would interpret it as "friend, and nothing more".

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Apr 2, 2013 4:00:56 PM

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