New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has decided to change his tune a bit about lesbians and gays. While Cardinal Dolan claims that the Church is not “anti-anybody”, he seems incapable of understanding that LGBT people will not be content with second-class citizenship anywhere in the world. Still, he did notice that the Church made lesbians and gays feel unwelcome.
Cardinal Dolan talked to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos about this issue, and was asked about how he would respond to a possible lesbian or gay couple seeking to raise their family within the Church and be active within it. Cardinal Dolan responded by saying “God loves you and you were made in God’s image and likeness and we want your happiness.”
Still, he continued by saying “We gotta do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit, we haven’t been too good at that. We try our darndest to make sure we’re not anti-anybody.”
Still, Dolan could not articulate how to make lesbians and gays feel welcome saying “I don’t know. We’re still trying. We’re trying our best to do it. We gotta listen to people. Jesus died on the cross for them as much as He did for me.”
Dolan also stated that “You got a point, sometimes we’re not as successful or as effective as we can be in translating that warm embrace into also teaching what God has told us about the way He wants us to live.”
However, he showed that he did not get it when he pointed out that the Church would not change its view that marriage is “for a man and woman…where children can come about naturally.”
Dolan may be finding out that there is resistance to his position, and especially to his insistence on interfering in and with American politics. The Catholic Church remained rather quiet during the recent oral arguments into same-sex marriage at the United States Supreme Court.
It seems that Cardinal Dolan is trying to soften his image now given the fact that Pope Francis I has shown himself to be far less ardent regarding his opposition to same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. In fact, Pope Francis has not publically taken a position regarding same-sex marriage since the battle over it in Argentina.
In fact, it was recently revealed that Pope Francis attempted to push civil unions in Argentina ahead of the marriage equality vote.
Unfortunately, until the Catholic Church bends on marriage equality, it is doubtful that LGBT people will feel welcome no matter how honeyed the words are.