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'I love you, too': Cardinal Dolan says Catholic Church must embrace gays and lesbians

Posted by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM
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Prominent U.S. Cardinal Timothy Dolan acknowledged Easter Sunday that the Catholic Church needs to forge a better relationship with the gay and lesbian community.

We gotta do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people,” Dolan said. “And I admit, we haven’t been too good about that. We try our darndest to make sure we’re not anti-anybody.”

Dolan, the charismatic Archbishop of New York, made his comments on ABC’s “This Week” nearly one week after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for and against Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban, and the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that blocks federal recognition of gay marriages.

Dolan called for a more conciliatory approach to gay and lesbian Catholics who may feel alienated by Church doctrine, which is traditionally opposed to homosexuality.

“The first thing I’d say to them is, ‘I love you, too, and God loves you, and we want your happiness,’” he said.

But Dolan added that he wasn’t sure how Catholic leaders should conduct better outreach to homosexuals.

“I don’t know. We’re still trying. We’re trying our best to do it. We got to listen to people,” Dolan said. “Jesus died on the cross for them as much as he did for me.”

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Trollslayer
by Terica on Mar. 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM
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Love this...

“I don’t know. We’re still trying. We’re trying our best to do it. We got to listen to people,” Dolan said. “Jesus died on the cross for them as much as he did for me.”


toomanypoodles
by Poodles on Apr. 1, 2013 at 4:34 AM
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 Amen!

toomanypoodles
by Poodles on Apr. 1, 2013 at 4:35 AM
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Quoting Trollslayer:

Love this...

“I don’t know. We’re still trying. We’re trying our best to do it. We got to listen to people,” Dolan said. “Jesus died on the cross for them as much as he did for me.”


 And it's lovely to see someone of the Muslim faith embrace this as well.

Hello, Terica.  Long time no see. 

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Apr. 1, 2013 at 7:55 AM
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So let me get this straight.

Cardinal Dolan wants to see defense of marriage not reduced to an attack on gay people, and to be sure that we all know they are not anti-anybody.

Their religion teaches that homosexuality is a sin, at least in practice.

And they want to ensure that gay people cannot marry but want to find a way to express that in a way that doesn't seem anti-gay.

Good luck, Cardinal Dolan, as charismatic as you are, you will need it.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM

 


Quoting romalove:

So let me get this straight.

Cardinal Dolan wants to see defense of marriage not reduced to an attack on gay people, and to be sure that we all know they are not anti-anybody.

Their religion teaches that homosexuality is a sin, at least in practice.

And they want to ensure that gay people cannot marry but want to find a way to express that in a way that doesn't seem anti-gay.

Good luck, Cardinal Dolan, as charismatic as you are, you will need it.


Probably, there are a substantial number of militants out there that want the Church to fail.

 

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Apr. 1, 2013 at 8:08 AM


Quoting Billiejeens:



Quoting romalove:

So let me get this straight.

Cardinal Dolan wants to see defense of marriage not reduced to an attack on gay people, and to be sure that we all know they are not anti-anybody.

Their religion teaches that homosexuality is a sin, at least in practice.

And they want to ensure that gay people cannot marry but want to find a way to express that in a way that doesn't seem anti-gay.

Good luck, Cardinal Dolan, as charismatic as you are, you will need it.


Probably, there are a substantial number of militants out there that want the Church to fail.


I didn't know the success of the Catholic Church rose and fell on how they communicate with the gay and lesbian community.

Whodathunkit?

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Apr. 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM
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According to dogma, we are all created in his likeness.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Quoting romalove:


Quoting Billiejeens:



Quoting romalove:

So let me get this straight.

Cardinal Dolan wants to see defense of marriage not reduced to an attack on gay people, and to be sure that we all know they are not anti-anybody.

Their religion teaches that homosexuality is a sin, at least in practice.

And they want to ensure that gay people cannot marry but want to find a way to express that in a way that doesn't seem anti-gay.

Good luck, Cardinal Dolan, as charismatic as you are, you will need it.


Probably, there are a substantial number of militants out there that want the Church to fail.


I didn't know the success of the Catholic Church rose and fell on how they communicate with the gay and lesbian community.

Whodathunkit?


Because gays and lesbians can't be Catholic?
romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Apr. 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM
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Quoting Billiejeens:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting Billiejeens:



Quoting romalove:

So let me get this straight.

Cardinal Dolan wants to see defense of marriage not reduced to an attack on gay people, and to be sure that we all know they are not anti-anybody.

Their religion teaches that homosexuality is a sin, at least in practice.

And they want to ensure that gay people cannot marry but want to find a way to express that in a way that doesn't seem anti-gay.

Good luck, Cardinal Dolan, as charismatic as you are, you will need it.


Probably, there are a substantial number of militants out there that want the Church to fail.


I didn't know the success of the Catholic Church rose and fell on how they communicate with the gay and lesbian community.

Whodathunkit?


Because gays and lesbians can't be Catholic?

What?

MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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Quoting Trollslayer:

“I don’t know. We’re still trying. We’re trying our best to do it. We got to listen to people,” Dolan said. “Jesus died on the cross for them as much as he did for me.”

Amen to that.

 

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