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04/19/2007


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

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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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NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan Says 'Bravo' to Michael Sam for Coming Out: VIDEO

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NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan appears on Meet the Press tomorrow and will talk about the church's sexual abuse scandal, and also gay football players.

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. In May Dolan issued a memo to LGBT Catholics urging them to "pray, fast, and sacrifice" over the Supreme Court's upcoming decisions on marriage.

But Dolan is happy for out NFL-hopeful Michael Sam

“The same Bible that tells us, that teaches us, well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people,” Dolan said. “So I would say, ‘Bravo.’”

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Jon Stewart Rips Cardinal Dolan, Catholic Church, and Christian Bigots in New 'Gaywatch': VIDEO

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In his latest edition of Gaywatch, Jon Stewart looked at the Christian B&B owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who denied a gay couple a room in 2008 and recently lost their case before the UK Supreme Court.

He also destroys Cardinal Dolan's recent remarks that the Catholic church has been "outmarketed" on gay marriage, and rewrites A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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NYC's Cardinal Dolan Regrets 'Stampede' to Gay Marriage, Says Church Has Been 'Out-Marketed': VIDEO

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday and was asked by David Gregory about the massive shift in attitude toward same-sex marriage.

Said Dolan: “I think I’d be a Pollyanna to say that there doesn’t seem to be kind of a stampede to do this. I regret that. I wish that were not the case."

Gregory then asks him why that is the case:

"I think maybe we’ve been out-marketed, sometimes. We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay. And as much as we’d say, ‘Wait a minute, we’re pro-marriage, we’re pro-traditional marriage, we’re not anti-anybody,’ I don’t know. When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle.”

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NYC's Anti-Gay Cardinal Dolan Says Pope Francis is 'Daring, Fresh, Innovative, Batting a Thousand' — VIDEO

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Yesterday, an interview of Pope Francis was published by America magazine in which he advised the Catholic church to end its small-minded obsession with same-sex marriage and abortion, and said that the church cannot "interfere spiritually in the life of a person."

FrancisThe Pope's comments appeared to be directed at folks like NYC's Cardinal Dolan, who in recent years has been utterly obsessed with just those issues.

As our reporter Sean Mandell wrote a few months ago, "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."

In May Dolan issued a memo to LGBT Catholics urging them to "pray, fast, and sacrifice" over the Supreme Court's upcoming decisions on marriage. Can it be argued that this man is not obsessed with "interfering spiritually" in the lives of gay people?

Yet Dolan was a bucket of smiles in a pre-dawn interview with CBS New York about the Pope's statements yesterday.

Said Dolan: “This man is batting a thousand. We wanted a man who had a heart, we wanted a man who could teach like Jesus, we wanted a man who could get us back to the essentials of the church. He’s a good teacher, he wants to shake us up. He’s daring, he’s fresh, he’s innovative.”

Dolan appears to be throwing up a smoke screen because he doesn't want people to realize the Pope is actually directing his comments at anti-gay bigots like him.

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

Michelangelo Signorile was spot on in a piece yesterday when he wrote:

And in saying "I have never been a right-winger" in the same interview in which he's criticizing the church for being too "obsessed" with gay marriage and abortion, Francis is hitting at those Catholic leaders who use gay rights and abortion to wield political power, putting them on notice. Again, his comments don't change the church's doctrine, but they do a lot to change its focus. That can only be seen as a huge shift.

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Cardinal Dolan Steps On Pope's Message Of Tolerance - VIDEO

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Pope Francis made headlines while in Brazil yesterday, when he told followers that LGBT Catholics should not be "marginalized", and asked "who am I to judge?" Many found the Pope's comments to be groundbreaking, and possibly indicative of a massive "sea change" in the Catholic Church's views on homosexuality. Of course, Cardinal Timothy Dolan doesn't want you to get too excited. 

The New York cardinal and archbishop has a history of making anti-gay remarks. Thus, his most recent comments, which came during an interview on CBS This Morning this morning, seem almost predictable. When asked about the Pope's recent message of tolerance, Dolan insisted that Francis' comments represent lessons that the church has been teaching for years. Is that message to treat LGBT people with tolerance? Not exactly. 

“Homosexuality is not a sin, right? Homosexual acts are. Just like heterosexuality is not a sin outside of marriage, that would be sinful...While certain acts may be wrong, [Pope Francis] would always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity and not judge them."

In other words, according to Dolan, The Pope's message is simply a re-hashing of the commonly-uttered "love the sinner, hate the sin" proverb commonly used by homophobes to insist that they are not, in fact, homophobic. Of course, this is simply Dolan's interpretation, since the Pope has yet to issue any additional comments as of late. Then again, should Dolan's interpretation prove accurate, then it wouldn't hurt the cardinal to heed the Pope's (and his own, apparently) advice. As ThinkProgress pointed out...

"The Cardinal hasn’t always followed his own advice and has repeatedly condemned the rights of same-sex couples under the guise of love and support for the gay community. After lobbying against New York’s marriage equality law, Dolan prohibited by decree any Church personnel or property from being utilized for same-sex marriage ceremonies under penalty of "canonical sanctions," calling the state’s law "irreconcilable with the nature and the definition of marriage as established by Divine law." He has also compared the "threat" posed to marriage by gays and lesbians to that of polygamy, adultery, forced marriagecommunist dictatorships, and incest. Dolan responded to the Supreme Court’s decision striking down a section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act by claiming that the spread of marriage equality will threaten 'the common good of all.'"

That all certainly sounds like judgement to us...

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