Timothy Dolan: Church Should Be Welcoming to Gay People (But Not With Marriage Equality)

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Not evolving on gay marriage.
Throughout the last week, gay marriage has been all over the news -- even in Missouri. Senator Claire McCaskill for the first time expressed her support for marriage equality, Governor Jay Nixon dodged questions on the matter and Anheuser-Busch inspired homophobic beer drinkers to weigh in on Facebook.

And now we have for you the commentary of an influential St. Louisan who still very much does not support gay marriage -- but who doesn't want to attack gay people, either!

Cardinal Timothy Dolan made headlines over the weekend for fresh comments on same-sex marriage. Has his stance changed at all? Check out video footage below.

Dolan -- who graduated from the St. Louis Preparatory Seminary in Shrewsbury and eventually became archbishop of New York (and was a rumored pope candidate) -- did interviews this past week with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for This Week and CBS' Bob Schieffer for Face the Nation.

And he has received a lot of attention for his comments on marriage equality.

Here's his interview with Stephanopoulos.

Stephanopoulos asked, "What do you say, as a minister, as a pastor, to a gay couple that comes to you and say, 'We love God. We love the Church. But we also love each other, and we want to raise a family in faith.' What do you say to them?"

Dolan 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, that especially when it comes to sexual love, that is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally. We gotta be, we gotta do better to see 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. We try out darndest to make sure we're not an anti-anybody.

The "entitled to friendship" line has since made its way into many headlines and reports.

Here's footage from CBS where he made similar comments.

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19 comments
JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Love the sinner, Hate the sin.

Thomas Thale
Thomas Thale

Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, what were you thinking? Now that seems just plain dumb. Do you have the same speech writer as Toddy boy Akins? Are married people entitled to friendship as well or just marriage? I guess he would think that "slaves" would be welcome to the church but not with "equality".

Shanna Moira
Shanna Moira

This really saddens me. I was Catholic once upon a time. But things like that drove me out.

Shanna Moira
Shanna Moira

This really saddens me. I was Catholic once upon a time.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

See the backwards thinking on this and many other subjects is why I no longer participate with the Catholic religion

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

Wake me when they get real. I'm no ones doormat. I certainly don't need their acceptance or permission.

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

My serious question, as someone who was raised Catholic and gone to Catholic school all my life, is: How? How can you be welcoming to any given cross-section of human beings while also maintaining that they do not deserve the same right to marry the person they love as everyone else?

Samantha Devereux
Samantha Devereux

Seems like more people support gay marriage than the catholic church.

Tim Chancey
Tim Chancey

Says the fat queen in a frock who covered up the molestation of children by priests.

Robert Winkelmann
Robert Winkelmann

The Catholic Church also wants to touch certain things they should not be. I think they need to deal with that before telling others how to live their lives.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

Keep your friendship. Without total acceptance it means nothing.

Adam Hardebeck
Adam Hardebeck

like the same kind of 'Friendship' they have with little boys?

Sarah Wess Potter
Sarah Wess Potter

Replace "gay" with "black". Same old, same old argument against equality.

Rick Hoops
Rick Hoops

Because nothing says "friendship" like discrimination!

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