March 31, 2013 at 10:11 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Dolan: Gay Catholics ‘entitled to friendship’
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Archbishop Timothy Dolan (Photo by Cy White via Wikimedia Commons)

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Sunday conceded gay and lesbian Catholics do not feel welcome in their church.

“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,'” he said during an interview that aired on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “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.”

Dolan added the church has to “do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people.”

“I admit, we haven’t been too good at that,” he told Stephanopoulos. “We try our darndest to make sure we’re not an anti-anybody. We’re in the defense of what God has taught us about — about marriage. And it’s one man, one woman, forever, to bring about new life. We gotta do better to try to dis – take that away from being anti-anybody.”

Dolan’s comments come less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in cases that challenge the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Pope Francis I, who led the opposition to Argentina’s same-sex marriage bill that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner signed into law in 2010, last month became the first non-European pontiff.

Dolan himself opposed efforts to extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians in New York in 2011.

“We gotta listen to people,” he told Stephanopoulos in response to a question about how to make gay Catholics feel more comfortable in the church. “Jesus died on the cross for them as much as he did for me. But you got a point. Sometimes we’re not as successful or as effective as we can be in translating that warm embrace into also teaching what God has told us about the way he wants us.”

A Quinnipiac University poll earlier this month shows 54 percent of Catholic voters now support nuptials for gays and lesbians. The same survey noted 62 percent of respondents said the next pope should allow priests to marry.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said Francis should “relax the church ban on contraception.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • Cardinal, If people are wired to fall romantically in love with the same sex, please explain why they aren’t meant to? Seems like there are just a few reasons.
    1 – God created homosexuals to test or give heterosexuals someone to condem and increase donations.
    2 – There s no god and some people are just Homosexual.
    3 – God created homosexuals, expects them to live as he created them, isn’t playing games with them, but because of mans translation of words like “effeminate” and “male prostitute” to mean homosexual, they came to the wrong conclution.

    It’s number 2, but number 3, in a would of at least logical gods, makes number 1 look down right stupid.

  • SF Archdiocese made mockeries of red marriage equality logo:

  • RT: No Marriage For You!: Cardinal Dolan: Gay Catholics ‘entitled to friendship’ @ChristineIAm.

  • LOVE that red dress, now get off you're 'christian' high horse, you're not a christian, just a ignorant bigot. You make Jesus puke! BTW – memo to staff- stop f@#ing children!

  • Where in the bible does it say Sexual Love, or, Where Children can Come About Naturally? Jesus would destroy their Golden Threads and Alters is what I do know!

  • So old people and sterile couples shouldn't be allowed to marry either since they can't produce children.

  • Wait, so, if marriage "is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally" does that mean that infertile couples are not allowed to marry, either? Ugh. You can't pretend that you're not anti-gay when you're… anti-gay.

  • I can't respond to this – it would be too sinful!

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