View of Church as Anti-Gay Is a Caricature

01 December 2013 |permalink | email article

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said on Friday that the Roman Catholic Church was being “caricatured as being anti-gay,” even as he lamented the continued expansion of same-sex marriage in the United States and vowed to keep fighting it. The remarks were made in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in which he discussed the church’s positions on abortion and the Affordable Care Act in addition to gay rights. He said the church had been “out-marketed” on the issue of same-sex marriage by Hollywood and by some politicians who have tried to paint the church in a negative light. “We’re pro-marriage, we’re pro-traditional marriage, we’re not anti-anybody.” The cardinal’s comments on same-sex marriage come amid a recalibration of tone in the church on the issue of homosexuality, a move led by Pope Francis. even as the substance of its position remains largely unchanged. In July, Pope Francis surprised many when he suggested that he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation. He has since cautioned against succumbing to moral relativism.

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