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Cardinal Dolan Enters Damage Control Mode Over Pontiff’s Remarks

Timothy+Dolan+Installed+Archbishop+New+York+ULnysVDT8YrlCardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, is already moving to try and downplay the recent statements by Pope Francis I regarding gay men in the priesthood.

The pontiff recently stated “Who am I to judge if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem … they’re our brothers.”

Dolan is insisting that the Church has long embraced gays and that the pontiff’s statements do not represent some shift in tone. Dolan insisted that homosexual acts are still a sin saying that “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, [the Pope] would always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity and not judge them.”

Dolan’s decision to play damage control comes despite years of attacking LGBT people. He has routinely compared homosexuality to pedophilia, adultery, forced marriage, communist dictatorships, incest, and polygamy.

Pope Francis’ comments caused a great deal of excitement and happiness among the LGBT Community worldwide. While not seen as being much more than a simple statement about gay priests, it does mark a shift in tone from the previous pontiff’s administration which saw a never ending slew of attacks on LGBT people, and specifically gay men. Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor Pope John-Paul II blamed gay men for the child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis has come under fire for not being aggressive enough in condemning same-sex marriage and abortion. This criticism has largely come from within the politically active Conservative wing of the Vatican hierarchy that Cardinal Dolan represents.

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  2. Scott Rose

    July 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

    The proper context is needed. The Church has always said that homos who act out on gay desires will go to hell. To shift blame for the Church child rape scandals from the hierarchy, where the blame belongs, onto homosexuality and gays, Benedikt said that gays should not be priests. Now along comes Francis, saying that as long as PRIESTS — nobody else, he’s only talking about priests — “seek the Lord” — by which he means, never, ever have gay sex, he will not judge them. Big deal. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops just sent a letter to the U.S. Senate in opposition to the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Francis’s words are the same tired old malignant anti-gay bigotry and taunts, couched in politer language than Benedikt’s. As for Dolan, he has signed letters to President Obama, threatening him politically over advances in gay rights. He is a hateful enemy of enlightenment, reason, fairness and the Constitution. As a representative of a foreign government, a theocratic monarchy, the Vatican, he should be deported there, to prevent him from inflicting additional harm to innocent LGBT Americans. And that is to say nothing of the fact that when a priest abused a 16-year-old girl working in a rectory in the Bronx, Dolan took to his blog, where he trashed and intimidated the girl.