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Cardinal Dolan: Catholics ’Outmarketed’ on Gay Marriage

Friday Nov 29, 2013
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NEW YORK - New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Roman Catholic Church has been "outmarketed" on the issue of gay marriage and has been "caricatured as being anti-gay."

Dolan discussed the church’s positions opposing same-sex marriage and abortion in an interview with "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory that will air Sunday on NBC.

Gregory noted that Illinois just became the latest U.S. state to legalize gay marriage and asked, "Regardless of the church teachings, do you think this is evolving in such a way that it’s ultimately going to be legal everywhere?"

Or, he asked, will there be "a backlash" against gay marriage?

"I think I’d be a Pollyanna to say that there doesn’t seem to be kind of a stampede to do this," Dolan said. "I regret that."

Asked why the church is losing the argument on gay marriage, Dolan responded, "Well, I think maybe we’ve been outmarketed sometimes. We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay."

He said the church supports "traditional marriage and is not "anti-anybody," adding, "When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle."

But, he said the church will not give up on the gay marriage issue.

On another divisive issue, Dolan said the Catholic Church has long championed comprehensive health care, but he said U.S. Catholic bishops cannot support the Affordable Care Act as long as it includes coverage for abortion.

He said the bishops started "bristling" at the legislation pushed by President Barack Obama because "it’s excluding the undocumented immigrant and it’s excluding the unborn baby."

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  • JaimeB, 2013-11-29 18:41:18

    Give it up and start focusing on serving the poor and downtrodden. The days of bigotry are gone. God doesn’t discriminate against gay people, so how can the church without betraying God? Pope Francis is telling you all to focus on the real mission of serving the poor, so all you closet queens can relax and give us all a rest.

  • Anonymous, 2013-11-30 01:14:26

    The Catholic Church is homophobic. Here in France the Church sponsored and organized the antigay movement, collecting funds at the mass, paying for the buses to go for the demonstrations.

  • fleebness, 2013-11-30 07:12:24

    In the US, it wasn’t just that they were outspent. I think too many people know someone who is gay to feel comfortable keeping the status quo. The gay rights movement here has been long, slow, and steady. Although, I’m surprised at how quickly we are starting to see change now.

  • Anonymous, 2013-12-01 05:08:00

    He can say the church isn’t anti-anything, but actions speak louder than words.

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