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NY Cardinal: Church Can Be More Welcoming to Gays

Monday Apr 1, 2013
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The archbishop of New York says the Roman Catholic Church has to make sure that its defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gays.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the church hasn’t "been too good at that" and could work on being more welcoming to gays and lesbians.

He says the church tries its "darnedest to make sure we’re not an anti-anybody."

Dolan made the remarks Sunday on the ABC News program "This Week."

His comments came days after the Supreme Court heard arguments in two same-sex marriage cases.

Dolan says he would tell gay men and lesbians that God loves them and they’re entitled to friendship. But he says marriage is a union between a man and a woman "where children can come about naturally."

Dolan made similar comments on CBS’ "Face the Nation."

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Comments

  • Anonymous, 2013-04-01 10:33:08

    His generosity leaves me speechless.


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-01 10:52:05

    The clergy needs to figure out its own sexuality before commenting on ours. The cardinal’s welcome is still bullshit.


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-01 10:54:38

    Let me rush right in. Please keep the doors open for me!Soft bigotry is still bigotry.


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-02 02:18:08

    All marriages should be civil unions, then the church can marry those who want it as a religious institution and the government can get out of the debate alltogether.


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-03 17:43:36

    Not good enough Cardinal Dolan! However you choose to define sacramental marriage in the Church of Rome, should not define civil marriage for society as a whole. And shame on you, Cardinal, for telling same sex couples that it is good enough to shack up ("Dolan says he would tell gay men and lesbians that God loves them and they’re entitled to friendship. But he says marriage is a union between a man and a woman ’where children can come about naturally.’") The purpose of marriage is not to produce children, but rather for two people to commit themselves to each other in faithfulness and love.


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