On the holiest day for Christians, Cardinal Timothy Dolan went on a Sunday news program reaffirming the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage while also calling for better messaging from traditional marriage defenders.
The Archbishop of New York appeared this morning (31 March) on the ABC News’s program This Week. In the interview he noted the church, because of its very nature, might be out of step with the cultural times and issues.
‘Our major challenge is to continue in a credible way to present the eternal concerns to people in a timeless attractive way,’ Dolan said. ‘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 it comes to same-sex marriage, Dolan confessed those who are opposed need to make sure their arguments are not attacks against gays and lesbians.
‘We got to be – we got to 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 our darndest to make sure we’re not an anti-anybody.’
When asked about LGBT Catholics, estranged from the church, Dolan was clear.
‘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 – and we – we want your happiness. But – 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.’
In 2012 September, Dolan gave the benediction at the Democratic National Convention. The party platform, for the first time, supported same-sex marriage but the cardinal appeared to offer a mild rebuke.
‘Empower us with your grace, so that we might resist the temptation to replace the moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions you have given us for the nurturing of life and community,’ the cardinal said in the benediction.
UPDATE: Below is a clip of Cardinal Dolan’s interview: