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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...

Watch Dolan on CBS This Morning AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Manning, Dolan, The NSA, Josh Hutcherson's Penis, Baby Puffins

Road A verdict for Bradley Manning should be announced later today. 

Road Thanks to controversy surrounding his most recent escapades of online "sex messaging", Anthony Weiner has dropped to fourth place in a poll published by the Huffington Post. HuffPost also quipped: "Carlos is in danger..."  Josh_hutcherson_nude_leaked_nsfw

Road Meanwhile, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has no problem judging gay people, but he refuses to judge Anthony Weiner.

Road Debate has emerged online over a nude photo currently making the rounds in various gossip blogs. Life Of The Rich And Famous claims that the member-in-question belongs to celebrity straight-ally Josh Hutcherson. Others remain unconvinced. 

Road A teacher who recently appeared on an episode of Bravo’s Princesses: Long Island will now be losing her job thanks to an anti-gay slur she used while being filmed. 

Road Home prices are continuing to rise, and this most recent year-to-year jump is the highest that the housing market has experienced since March 2006. Experts cite a drop in foreclosures and fewer houses being left on the market among the chief reasons. 

Road The NSA has announced that it will be declassifying more documents regarding their controversial surveillance programs. 

Road Miley Cyrus released the 'director's cut' of her video for "We Can't Stop". Why do they need a director's cut? To get rid of the product placement, of course!

Road Lea Michele has spoken out for the very first time since the death of Cory Monteith. 

Road Matt Damon stopped by Univision's Despierta America to promote Elysium. Apparently, he doesn't really speak Spanish, but he seems to at least understand it very well...

Road They created a Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino. Seriously...see for yourself. Diana-goop-vf-30jul13-01

Road Neil Patrick Harris took his hubby and kids to the premiere of Smurfs 2. Naturally, the whole family was absolutely adorable.

Road Angelina Jolie topped the list of highest-paid celebrities.

Road Politico recently posted a rather unfortunate typo about Hillary Clinton on its website. 

Road Princess Diana will be gracing the cover of September's Vanity Fair, thanks to her new infant grandson and her upcoming biopic with Naomi Watts. 

Road Drivers in the town of North Berwick, Scotland, are being advised to keep an eye out for young puffins that could be hiding under their vehicles. Scientists say the young puffins settle there after leaving their burrows for the first time. The Scottish Seabird Centre has issued a statement...but who cares?! Baby puffins!!!


Documents Show Cardinal Dolan Moved Millions in Church Assets to Hide Them from Sexual Abuse Victims

NYC's Cardinal Timothy Dolan moved millions in funds to protect them from sexual abuse victims seeking claims against the Catholic Church, according to newly-revealed documents:

DolanFiles released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday reveal that in 2007, Cardinal Timothy F. Dolan, then the archbishop there, requested permission from the Vatican to move nearly $57 million into a cemetery trust fund to protect the assets from victims of clergy sexual abuse who were demanding compensation.

Cardinal Dolan, now the archbishop of New York, has emphatically denied seeking to shield church funds as the archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009. He reiterated in a statement Monday that these were “old and discredited attacks.”

However, the files contain a 2007 letter to the Vatican in which he explains that by transferring the assets, “I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.” The Vatican approved the request in five weeks, the files show.

UPDATE: David Mixner weighs in.

Cardinal Dolan has long ago lost the ability to understand the concept of 'truth'.He should immediately resigned from being Cardinal. The 'truth' demands it.


A Huge Round-Up of Celeb Reactions to SCOTUS Rulings On DOMA, Prop. 8: VIDEO

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Today's rulings issued by the Supreme Court have certainly elicited strong reactions from friends and foes of marriage equality. 

Judy_shepardJudy Shepard, LGBT advocate and mother of Matthew Shepard, reflected upon a conversation she had with Matthew about marriage equality:

"After Matt came out to me, he once asked me if I thought gay couples would ever be allowed to get married. I told him I didn’t think it would happen in my lifetime, but it probably would in his. It’s so sad and ironic that it turned out the other way. But this case warms my heart, to think that his dream is still coming true. Dennis and I look forward to the day when loving, committed couples are able to marry in every state.”

AppleApple, which filed an Amicus brief in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case, along with many other major corporations, issued a statement today, expressing its support for the rulings that were handed down:

"Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today."

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in a joint statement issued with San Francisco's Archbishop Salvitore Cordileone, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, expressed his disapproval: 

“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so."

The fashion industry has been practically unanimous in its support for the in-roads made today in the battle for marriage equality, with Isaac Mizrazhi declaring "HOORAY!," and Marc Jacobs unfurling new celebratory window dressings (pictured above), replete with the popular phrase, "love is love."

WynneCanada's only openly gay premier, Kathleen Wynne of Ontario, remarked, "I am so happy for our neighbours to the south," calling today's rulings, "an important step."

Glenn Beck and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul discussed their fear that we might now be heading down a road to state-sanctioned polygamy. Outgoing Rep. Michelle Bachman bemoaned the victories for marriage equality, noting, “no man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted." To which Nancy Pelosi pithily responded, "Who cares?"

RuPaul, meanwhile, delcared today a double elimination: "I'm sending you both home. #DOMA and #Prop8, sashay away!"

GagaLady Gaga noted the work that still needs to be done to achieve full equality, given the somewhat limited nature of the court's ruling, tweeting: "Who will be our Abe Lincoln today? Who will make the choice of FREEDOM FOR ALL."

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand echoed the sentiment: "Congress must finish the job #SCOTUS started by repealing #DOMA in full. Join me & @DailyKos in urging Congress to act http://t.co/EQlFEreIOy"

Marriage equality advocate Chris Kluwe referenced the DOMA ruling in particular, noting, "Giving states the right to decide on issues means nothing if they disenfranchise certain populations."

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, who has long fought for marriage equality in his own state, commented, "I applaud #SCOTUS for striking down #DOMA & affirming that the way forward is always found through equal rights & respect for human dignity."

Senator Jim DeMint called attention to what he believes will be the likely aftermath of the day's events: "The debate about marriage will continue after today and states will lead the way."

2_ricky_martinProud papa Ricky Martin celebrated on twitter, proclaiming, "🎉🎉🎉🎉#SCOTUS Justice for all! #DOMA IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉"

And of course, our most beloved comedians and comediennes weighed in on the news.

Seth Meyers aptly advised, "DOMA and Prop 8 should get married."

Neil Patrick Harris, ever the musically-inclined commentator, quipped, "DOMA-it-just-lost-O Mr. Roboto! So, so happy for Edie, et al."

Meanwhile, Lena Dunham and Joan Rivers had their minds on the actual business of getting married, with Dunham remarking, "Don't wanna traffic in stereotypes but let's be real: I'm gonna love a gay wedding" and Rivers suggesting, "Any straight person complaining about the Supreme Court striking down DOMA should be forced to hire a heterosexual wedding planner."

Check out  a video of ABC weatherman Sam Champion discussing his "heart-pounding" response to today's news (warning: autoplay) AFTER THE JUMP...

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

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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.  

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Lawrence O'Donnell Rips Conservative Pundit Bill Kristol and Cardinal Dolan for Bigotry: VIDEO

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Yesterday I reported that conservative pundit Bill Kristol said the decision to get on the marriage equality train by some members of his party will "earn the contempt" of the GOP base and called those choosing to support it "pathetic".

And Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York said gays are entitled to friendship but not marriage.

Last night, Lawrence O'Donnell gave them a piece of his mind.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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