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Cardinal Dolan on 'Meet the Press': Pope is Not for Civil Unions, and It Would Make Me Uncomfortable — VIDEO


On today's Meet the Press, David Gregory asked NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan about the Pope's statements this week that seemed to suggest the Catholic Church might support civil unions.

Said Dolan:

“He didn't come right out and say he was for them. Once again in an extraordinarily open, sincere, nuanced way, he said 'I know that some people in some states have chosen this. We  need to think about that and look in look into it and see the reasons that have driven them.' It wasn't as if he came right out and approved them. But in a sensitivity that has won the heart of the world, he said, 'Rather than quickly condemn them, let's see. Let's just ask the questions as to why that has appealed to certain people."

Gregory then asked Dolan if that would make him personally uncomfortable.

Said Dolan:

"The civil unions? It would. It would in a way, David, because I don't think, um, marriage between one man and one woman forever, leading to life and love. That's not something that is just a sacramental religious concern. You bet it is that. And that's how God is elevated into making a sacrament. But it's also the building block of society and culture. So it belongs to culture. And if we water down that sacred meaning of marriage in any way I worry that not only the church would suffer, I worry that culture and society would."


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  1. Looks like a pedophile if I ever saw one

    Posted by: Will | Mar 9, 2014 11:30:21 AM

  2. I wonder if his head is going to explode when he learns that the Bible says nothing about gay marriage. And that the closest thing mentioned in the BIble about a union of two men is the story of Jonathan and David where their souls were "knitted" together.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Mar 9, 2014 11:38:23 AM

  3. Pompous narcissistic ass...

    Posted by: UrbanMike | Mar 9, 2014 11:40:45 AM

  4. Timmy- your comments and the comments of your boss are irrelevant. We do not live in a theocracy and newsflash- if the Xtian Dominionists get their way here in the good 'ol USA-you will be out on your ear and other body parts as well as "the gays" because the fundies have no use for adherents to the Roman Catholic Church.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 9, 2014 11:42:04 AM

  5. "I know all about marriage because I have one." Or not. If you don't play the game, you don't make the rules.

    Posted by: nolaramie | Mar 9, 2014 11:43:38 AM

  6. Can we stop pretending that the Church is ever going to give us their blessing? Stop chasing waterfalls.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Mar 9, 2014 11:44:53 AM

  7. Anything that makes that fat pedo uncomfortable is a good thing.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 9, 2014 11:47:43 AM

  8. "Gregory then asked Dolan if that would make him personally uncomfortable." ……….and he gives his stock answer. OK Dolan what makes me uncomfortable is you should be in jail for your pedophilia antics. This is a child with sin on his soul. See you in hell.

    Posted by: robertL | Mar 9, 2014 11:51:33 AM

  9. How long before SPLC certifies the Catholic church a hate group?

    Posted by: jomicur | Mar 9, 2014 11:54:36 AM

  10. So sorry he's uncomfortable.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 9, 2014 12:06:59 PM

  11. How lucky for the Pope that he has a translator-in-chief like Dolan to tell everyone what Francis REALLY meant to say! [/sarcasm]

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 9, 2014 12:10:30 PM

  12. "Once again in an extraordinarily open, sincere, nuanced way..."
    In other words, the pope was speaking in a sincere, open way so nuanced that only Dolan can properly interpret it. Sounds like Dolan said the pope was speaking in the kind of open way Dolan speaks, when Dolan says that he loves gay people and wants gay people to be treated equally in society, but equality doesn't mean equal rights cause Jeebus....

    Posted by: john patrick | Mar 9, 2014 12:16:41 PM

  13. Once again, no one cares what makes this religious fanatic comfortable and/or uncomfortable. The U.S. Government should remove this Church's favored tax status and ban the entire religion from its borders. This is a cult of evil bigoted zealots and nothing more.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 9, 2014 12:17:54 PM

  14. The pope (before he became pope), in coming out against marriage equality in his home country, came out in favor of civil unions as an option.

    Posted by: john patrick | Mar 9, 2014 12:25:08 PM

  15. All these pious references to God by this man dressed in black robes with red cap and piping, sitting in his big mansion, are rather tiresome and even revulsive.

    Posted by: john patrick | Mar 9, 2014 12:27:47 PM

  16. This toxic queen will get fired by Pope Francis, to be sure, just give it time.

    Posted by: Pietro | Mar 9, 2014 12:30:25 PM

  17. oh, for heaven's sake.
    bergoglio himself proposed civil unions as a compromise position when argentina was about to legalize same sex marriage.
    dolan really doesn't think before words explode from his mouth.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 9, 2014 12:41:44 PM

  18. Papist Swine.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Mar 9, 2014 12:42:17 PM

  19. So sayeth one of the leaders in the world's largest international child rape ring.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Mar 9, 2014 1:19:11 PM

  20. Why is it always "if you are for same sex marriage you are against traditional marriage?" Do they think that heterosexual couples will stop getting married and having children if we have same sex marriage??
    "Uncomfortable" is they way I feel when I hear him talk. When I see an overweight bigot in a red cap sitting in a palatial home in Manhattan twisting the true words of Christ I think of all of the money my parents threw into the collection basket on Sunday while I was growing up...

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Mar 9, 2014 1:49:47 PM

  21. Andy found the one out-take that makes Dolan look angry and blustering -- good job!

    Now THAT'S the Catholic hierarchy I remember.

    (Easter is on its way. I remember one cleric describing it as "the stink of lilies." But I digress.)

    Posted by: james st. james | Mar 9, 2014 2:03:09 PM

  22. "...marriage between one man and one woman forever, leading to life and love. That's not something that is just a sacramental religious concern. You bet it is that. And that's how God is elevated into making a sacrament. But it's also the building block of society and culture."

    What Does he have to say about a bisexual King James having mandated an English translation of the holy scriptures, or the Holy See sponsoring a gay artist to complete illustrations of spiritual myths on the walls and ceiking of his Sistine Chapel?

    Posted by: James | Mar 9, 2014 2:29:23 PM

  23. I have already predicted that her highness will redefine what the Pope said.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 9, 2014 2:55:13 PM

  24. What if I feel uncomfortable when the largest religious corporation in the world attacks my legal rights?

    Cardinal Dolan feels uncomfortable when he contemplates gay relationships for exactly the same reason as the vast majority of homophobes feel uncomfortable when thinking of rainbow people. It's because he fears his own homoeroticism.

    Cardinal Dolan could cure his discomfort caused by my existence if he were to drop dead.

    anglo saxon word him.

    Posted by: Stephen Rider | Mar 9, 2014 4:56:07 PM

  25. Dame Timothy Lady Dolan can just BE uncomfortable. I'd like to see him uncomfortably sitting in a court room answering pedophile charges. I wonder why he feels he must "interpret" what the Holy Father says? Does he feel Pope Francis is unable to make himself understood?

    Posted by: abel | Mar 9, 2014 5:30:32 PM

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