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NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan Discusses The Scrapped Pro-Gay Language from Vatican's Family Synod Report: VIDEO

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NYC Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke to George Stephanopoulos today about the Vatican's watered down final document for its synod on the family - a report that scrapped language that seemed to indicate a dramatic new tone in the church's response to homosexuality, divorce, and contraception. 

Dolan, ever the bigoted firebrand, praised the African church leaders in attendance who were vocal about their opposition to any doctrine revisions that could be interpreted as pro-gay.

"There was a pretty good, vivid conversation especially with the African bishops, who I love more than ever, who obviously come from cultures and societies that I admire that have a very strong definition of marriage as man and woman with children and are kind of afraid of attempts to water that down. One of the fears that they would have would be what we would call same-sex marraige. So they were pastorally sensitive about a document giving any indication that the Church might be open to any change at all in the definition of marriage. So there was a good debate, a good conversation that went on."

Pope francisDolan also reiterated his belief that Pope Francis is trying to take the "middle road" on issues facing the church: 

"Once again, you got overwhelming agreement on things - first of all on the definition of marriage given to us by God and faithfully handed on by the church: one man, one woman, lifelong, life-giving, faithful, bringing about new life and children. Enthusiastic response to that. And then the other side was how can we embrace and never alienate those who are unable to live up to that noble ideal. And as usual, Pope Francis is saying we've got to keep both those values in mind. "

Dolan has a lot of work to do to live up to the call to embrace and not alienate gays, however. Despite his claim that he's not "anti-anybody," Dolan has equated same-sex marriage to incestdenied LGBT Catholics entry to mass, and insisted LGBT individuals are entitled to friendship, not marriage - among a laundry list of other incendiary remarks.  

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NYC Cardinal Dolan Says Pro-Gay Document from Vatican 'Needs Some Major Reworking': VIDEO

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NYC Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, spoke to CBS This Morning about the Vatican document released Monday that appeared to show a marked change in the Catholic Church's attitude toward gay people. The document caused such a stir that yesterday Catholic leaders backtracked, calling it a "working document," a sentiment echoed by Dolan in his interview Wednesday morning.

The document "needs some major reworking," Dolan said.

Added Dolan:

"All of this is almost like antipasto to help the holy father arrive at a fresh new way to teach the timeless teaching on marriage and family...I know there is remarkable unanimity and enthusiasm in backing the holy father’s attempt to present the teachings of the church in fresh, exciting and engaging new ways, but there might be some good, deep discussion on the way that is being expressed.”

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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. In 2012 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.

Last December Dolan said the Church had been "out-marketed" in its fight against gay marriage and in March he said that Pope Francis is not for civil unions and that the thought made him uncomfortable.

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Gay Group To March In NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade For First Time

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New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will for the first time allow an openly gay organization to participate “under its own banner”, according to The New York Times. Previously, groups that identified as gay have been banned from the parade, meaning gay individuals were allowed to march but only with other groups and not with banners that were LGBT-identified. That will change next March, when OUT@Universal becomes the first gay group to march in the parade.:

It's unclear how the group was chosen: whether OUT@NBCUniversal, which is described on its website as "the affinity group for LGBT & Straight Ally employees at NBCUniversal," was invited by the organizers or applied. Parade directors voted unanimously to include the group, the statement said.

Other gay groups can apply to march in future years, spokesman Bill O'Reilly said. 

NBCUniversal broadcasts the parade annually. As for the decision behind the move, the parade committee commented that the "change of tone and expanded inclusiveness is a gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics”:

DolanThe statement said the parade was "remaining loyal to church teachings," and O'Reilly said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who is to be the parade's grand marshal next year, was "very supportive" of the change.

Dolan said last year he supported the participation of gay people.

"I know that there are thousands and thousands of gay people marching in this parade," he said. "And I'm glad they are.”

You’ll recall Dolan has a history of making disparaging remarks against the gay community.

Previously, New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has become a political imbroglio because of the ban on gay groups. Last year, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio refused to march in the parade because of the parade’s exclusionary policy. Irish beer-maker Guinness also dropped its’ sponsorship of the parade last year after a boycott of the stout was threatened by several of New York’s prominent gay bars. 


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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