US cardinal defends Catholic stance on gay marriage

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New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan PHOTO FROM EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG

WASHINGTON—A leading US cardinal defended Catholic opposition to gay marriage during an Easter Sunday interview, saying that sometimes the church by its nature must be “out of touch.”

The interview came days after the US Supreme Court held oral arguments on the question of same-sex marriage, which is legal in nine states but not recognized nationally because of a 1996 federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

“Sometimes by nature, the Church has gotta be out of touch with concerns, because we’re always supposed to be thinking of the beyond, the eternal, the changeless,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan told ABC News’s “This Week.”

“Our major challenge is to continue in a credible way to present the eternal concerns to people in a timeless attractive way.”

“And sometimes there is a disconnect — between what they’re going through and what Jesus and his Church is teaching. And that’s a challenge for us.”

When asked what he would tell a gay couple who said they loved Jesus, loved the church and loved each other, he replied: “Well, the first thing I’d say to them is, ‘I love you, too. And God loves you. And you are made in God’s image and likeness. And we want your happiness. And you’re entitled to friendship.’ “But we also know that God has told us that the way to happiness, especially when it comes to sexual love — that is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally.”

He went on to say that the church must do more to ensure “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.”

US public opinion has shifted dramatically in recent years towards greater support for gay marriage.

A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month found that US Catholics support gay marriage by a larger margin than ordinary Americans despite Church teachings that forbid it.

The poll found 54 percent of Catholics support same-sex marriage while just 38 percent are opposed, compared to a 47-43 percent margin among all American voters.

Both margins represent a reversal from the 36-55 percent opposition among all voters the polling group found as recently as July 2008.

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  • walang pakundangan

    because priests are not allowed to get married. so no chance for majority of gay priests to get married on the same sex

  • Carlos_Iho

    malapit na magunaw ang mundo….

    • xrisp

      Yes brother, a thousand years is just a spect of time in the eyes of God. It’s then a reality we have to face one day – to give an account of what we have done before God our Creator. So let’s all be ready to meet our God!

  • Petrus_Romanus

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV)
    9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    • jgl414567

      You are a believer of bigotry or intolerance of other peoples belief and it is you who will not inherit the myth of your kingdom of heaven or hell you hypocrite!

      • Petrus_Romanus

        1 Timothy 1:10
        The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,

        Romans 1:26-28
        For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

        Leviticus 18:22
        You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

  • w33k3nd3r

    At least his stance is explained in precise statements that have no color or insult to the LGBT community; technically, it’s like: “Fine. If we’re all in Sesame Street, then there’ll be always Ernie and Bert. Respect.” No words like ‘abomination’ or degrading adjectives.

  • wawa2172

    Gay marriage should not be a norm and should not even be allowed. With marriage we mean it should be with opposite sex, men and women. I have disagreed with the catholic church on RH issues but I support its stance on gay marriage.

    • jgl414567

      What is your problem if two people love each other and want to marry so that they can also have rights just like other married heterosexual couple. Your problem is bigotry because you want to impose your ultra traditional belief on others. The cause of most of the problems in this world mind you is intolerance of other people’s belief and orientation because they happen to be different from yours! You are no different to some extent to Hitler who is intolerant of the Jews because they are “different” and therefore “abnormal” in his opinion and that he and the Aryan race is superior!

      Your stance is very dangerous because it may lead to persecution of those who have different orientation!

      • xrisp

        Brother, the happiness waiting for us in eternity is incomparable to the happiness we try to embrace so much here in this world. Only one thing is being asked of us by our Creator – that we be OBEDIENT to what He ordained. Just remember that SIN came into this world because of the DISOBEDIENCE of our first parents who gave in to the temptations of the devil. Shall we continue to resist the natural order of things by being DISOBEDIENT?

      • Melenggay Laranery

        the problem with you is the narrow interpretation. Redefining marriage to include same sex is as false as when former Chief Justice Corona said that his dollar accounts is not included in his Asset and Liabilities.. Asset’s is defined as anything of value – PESO or DOLLAR.

      • SMEjhong

        How Hitler came to the picture? seems out of bounds for me.. tolerance and respect doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want, freedom is not even absolute.. we respect the Lesbians and Gays but yes..Marriage is a No-No..

      • jgl41456

        Your respect for the third sex is just lip service sa Tagalog pa kaplastikan lang. People who have a different orientation than you doesn’t need approval from people like you who think they are normal and those not conforming to their norms are abnormal and should not be given the same rights! Your concepts are still a throwback to the dark Middle Ages. Wake up!

  • UrHONOR

    HAVING milk without a cow is best, right Dolan?

  • UrHONOR

    “…..where children can come about naturally.”

    WHY, is CELIBACY natural? It is as unnatural as a gay marriage…..in that aspect.

    • sowhatifimfilipino

      Umm, does one have to surgery to remain celibate? Does one need to “use” another person to remain celibate? Just some questions to add to yours.

    • xrisp

      Celibacy is not natural brother because only a few can embrace it and only those whose motivation is to offer themselves purely for the service of God.

      • UrHONOR

        PEDOPHJILIA and FORNICATION are for PURE SERVICES of a god? Is that a golden calf god? :))))

  • penoy2012

    Gays, Same-sex marriages, abortions – yan ang dahilan kayat merong AIDS sa mundo.

    • jgl414567

      Ang mga tulad mong ipokrito at misguided ang dahilan kung bakit may giyera at di pagkakaintidihan sa mundo. Saan mo nakuha ang idea na ang mga gays ang dahilan ng AIDS. Napakaignorante mo naman magaral ka nga muna ng any medical course para maliwanagan ka, bobo!

      • xrisp

        There is truth in what brother Penoy2012 said. Cleanse our souls and cleansing of our body follows. We cannot separate the material and spiritual aspects of our lives.

      • Melenggay Laranery

        you…are definitely anti-socialist. Focus on the agenda and not on personal attacks of a person. Your comments reeks of ignorance as well…all are entitled to their opinion. Stay on the subject.

  • jgl414567

    The so called “eternal” concerns of the church and its infallibility like its dogma that the earth is the center of the universe was proven false by science and yet they condemned and excommunicated Galileo for doing so. This only shows that the church can be grossly wrong . Why does this church deny equal rights to people who happen to have a different sexual orientation. The church is supposed to be the champion of the underprivileged and the minority who are often oppressed and discriminated against and yet here they are pushing for discriminatory laws! What hypocrisy!

    They can’t even prove the existence of God and just base it on blind faith if we go by scientific standards!

    • boldyak

      then don’t be a catholic, no one is forcing you…do what you want to do….and let others practice what they believe, you believe in science we believe in God…is there any problem?….

  • Melenggay Laranery

    Surveys are not that accurate.

  • kilabot

    back-to-basics re-education is the best argument;
    try this:

    corrective biology for deviants 101
    ===================================
    human anatomy hides the anus deep between the buttocks;
    it is hidden because it is one of the dirtiest human part used for bowel movement;
    not supposed to be used other than its intended purpose, as passageway of human waste;
    anus is not a reproductive sex organ, either. not designed for that;
    what one gets when using it for sex is orga$m of germs;
    foolishly, lgbts defy nature and in their perverted lu$t misuse the hole;
    treating it like a hidden treasure to be expropriated instead of to keep away from;
    so they caress it, kiss it, put makeup on it and penetrate it;
    calling it love; deadly love; not the romeo&juliet deadly type; it’s the hiv/aids deadly type;
    this love spreads hiv/aids; 25% more and faster;
    many famous people have become victims of this love. all dead;
    rockhudson, liberace, fredmercury, to name a few;
    one thing good about this perversion is it is self-liquidating; no need for rhbill.

    • jgl41456

      You are a bigot of the highest degree may your tribe decrease for world peace.

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