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The Hypocrisy of Cardinal Dolan on LGBT People

By the Rainbow Sash Movement

Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Archbishop Timothy Dolan

In recorded interviews with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “This Week” and Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” on CBS, Cardinal Dolan, President of US Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) defined marriage as “one man, one woman, forever, to bring about new life,” but, he told Mr. Stephanopoulos, “we’ve got to 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,” the cardinal continued. “We try our darnedest to make sure we’re not an anti-anybody.”

Cardinal Dolan said that the Roman Catholic Church could be more welcoming of gay and lesbians despite opposing same-sex marriage.

Joe Murray, Executive Director of the Rainbow Sash Movement dismisses the Cardinal’s comments as delusional and out of touch with reality. Does he understand how distorted such a statement is given the ongoing hostility from prelates such as himself? One only has to review his words during the Gay Marriage debate in New York City, which finally passed within the state to understand his personal bias and unreasonable view of the LGBT community.

Supporting the idea that you can oppose a community’s civil rights, while at the same time promoting a closet mentality in the Church, and say you are welcoming smacks of not only hypocrisy, but shows a serious attempt to mislead people.

Murray further said if there is going to be a new relationship of dialogue between the LGBT Community and Roman Catholic Church, the Cardinal has to be willing not to define us, but rather listen to us.



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