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NYC's Cardinal Dolan Issues Anti-Gay Call to Action: Read It


Fearing decisions from the Supreme Court that would rule broadly in favor of marriage equality and against DOMA and Prop 8, New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan, America's top Catholic, has issued a bulletin to Catholic parishioners across the country, calling upon members of the clergy to give sermons with anti-equality sentiment and counseling members of the laity to pray, fast, and sacrifice as a means to stop what he calls, "the Roe v. Wade of Marriage."

According to the bulletin, LGBT marriage equality, “serves no one’s rights, least of all those of children.” Parishioners are strongly encouraged to join the Church's “Fortnight for Freedom," a series of anti-marriage equality events leading up to the 4th of July.

Dolan, who claims to not be "anti-anybody", has equated same-sex marriage to incest, denied LGBT Catholics entry to mass, and insisted LGBT individuals are entitled to friendship, not marriage.  Last year he vehemently opposed same-sex marriage legislation in New York state, calling it a "communist threat" and has since complained that he felt burned by lawmakers.

Last year Dolan gave closing prayers at both the Democratic and Republican national conventions.  In February he was questioned about the alleged sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy in Milwaukee during his tenure as archbishop there. 

The Church's bulletin, rife with anti-LGBT sentiment, comes at a particularly tenuous time for the LGBT community in New York which has seen an alarming uptick in hate motivated crime in recent months.  

Check out the bulletin AFTER THE JUMP...

Bulletin Insert Marriage and the Supreme Court Spring 2013

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  1. It's amazing this fat-ass Nelly queen is trying to tell other people being gay is wrong. For once, though, I'd love someone to explain how allowing gay marriage affects those children of heterosexuals or stops heterosexuals from marrying.

    Posted by: Michael | May 28, 2013 3:07:36 PM

  2. Obviously calling the potential decisions the "Roe v. Wade" of marriage is also a call to action for conservative Catholics to protest equal marriage using the same methods (up to and including murder) as they have used to try to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Posted by: TomTallis | May 28, 2013 3:09:02 PM

  3. Can someone get around to revoking the catholic church's tax exempt staus? Clearly they are pushing a political agenda.

    Posted by: MT | May 28, 2013 3:10:17 PM

  4. Hack in black.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | May 28, 2013 3:13:11 PM

  5. You want something to pray about? Here it is Dolan:

    Sex-abuse investigations rip open Catholic Church's secret files:
    For centuries, the church has maintained a second set of books containing sensitive documents such as notes on priests' alcohol abuse, disputes over parish funds and, later, molestation allegations.,0,1511948.story

    Posted by: Jerry | May 28, 2013 3:14:54 PM


    Posted by: jtramon | May 28, 2013 3:15:17 PM

  7. Personally, I'm rather fed up with some of my own "not bigoted against gay people but still Catholic" friends who continue to donate to the Catholic Church.

    their silence = death.

    if you, or anyone, sits in a service SILENTLY while this bigoted garbage gets spewed then you are COMPLICIT in this hate fest.

    at a time when NYC's had a rash of anti-gay violence, this pig gets up and encourages more prejudice against us.

    ugh. i wish i believed in Hell so that this guy would end up there.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 28, 2013 3:17:55 PM

  8. It's ironic, and a bit moronic, that any religious institution, which was once persecuted (doesn't that include them all?) would so easily forget that they too could be on someone's hit list. If we truly keep limiting freedoms, where would we finally stop? Won't the religious zealots need to battle to the death to see which religion finally reigns supreme?

    I believe in a world which takes into account the current progress of mankind. We are all, worldwide, going to HAVE to live together, get over yourself and your religion. Your religion isn't as important to others as you think it is, no matter which one you're a member of.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | May 28, 2013 3:21:10 PM

  9. Taking their lead from the GOP, apparently the new reaction to finding yourself on the wrong side of history is to double down on your rhetoric and bigotry. Dolan should look up George Wallace on Wikipedia.

    Posted by: Chadd | May 28, 2013 3:22:58 PM

  10. In your attempts to pit and polarize people against each other, you are losing the members whose religious heart doesn't lie in persecution.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | May 28, 2013 3:24:35 PM

  11. Or is that the point?

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | May 28, 2013 3:26:05 PM

  12. Oh right, like the Catholic Chruch really cares about the rights of children.

    Posted by: Ulu | May 28, 2013 3:30:05 PM

  13. Apparently he doesn't practice what he preaches - the Call to Action letter asks people to fast. Clearly he isn't really into that.

    Posted by: Phil | May 28, 2013 3:33:08 PM

  14. Catholics in silence = oppressors

    Put your donations in the collection plate and feel absolved of your silent participation in the deaths of thousands of young LGBT kids every year at the hands of lunatics inspired by the voice of hate coming from this man.

    Or don't.
    Grow a backbone and tell this vile creature that you've had enough.
    Raise your voice against hate.

    Posted by: JONES | May 28, 2013 3:33:59 PM

  15. Is there a national Catholic organization for LGBT equality?

    Posted by: JONES | May 28, 2013 3:35:18 PM

  16. The Catholic church seems to be full of loving caring people.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 28, 2013 3:38:46 PM

  17. Papist Swine.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | May 28, 2013 3:39:27 PM

  18. Tax the repulsive parasite.

    Posted by: RMc | May 28, 2013 3:40:02 PM

  19. Dolan is the living, breathing embodiment of Vatican-directed homophobic Papist hatred toward millions of Americans. He and his fellow Papist leaders hold no moral authority over the issue of SSM or, for that matter, the "rights...of children". They're in it for the $$$ and nothing more. So, to Dolan and his ilk, I offer this prayer: STFU!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | May 28, 2013 3:40:50 PM

  20. Kiwi is right. I am going to let my family know if they want to continue to sit and listen to the bigoted BS in Catholic sermons, they should know I consider it a personal insult. They need to walk out on the overt prejudice of this hateful religion.

    Posted by: candideinnc | May 28, 2013 3:43:06 PM

  21. Gays who hold on to their desperate need to believe in the Catholic Church are traitors.

    Here is what the Catholic Church teaches about us in their catholic Catechism :

    "(2357) Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarily. Under no circumstances can they be approved."

    So all we gays are just "untermenschen".....lesser beings, we have defective humanity, ......I guess we are just the scum of the earth.
    Thanks Cardinal, you and your ilk are so wonderful and superior to us all.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 28, 2013 3:48:23 PM

  22. If they're busy praying they won't have their hands in the pants of the altar least something positive will come from it.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | May 28, 2013 3:53:30 PM

  23. "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" -- Henry II

    Posted by: mike/ | May 28, 2013 4:15:57 PM

  24. The Catholic church has a vile history of oppression and murder. Gay men and women who belong to this house of tyranny are fools. I spit on Dolan, the Pope and every other symbol of Catholicism. It is a disease that needs to be stamped out for good.

    Posted by: LAX/JFK | May 28, 2013 4:18:11 PM

  25. Let's not pretend that Archbishop Dolan's position on gay marriage is any less ignorant and bigoted then your average Jewish Orthodox Rabbi or Protestant Evangelical preacher. They're all Birds of a Feather that hate gays together.

    Posted by: Kieran | May 28, 2013 4:21:45 PM

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