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  • Paul Starkey
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Thank you and all of the U.S. Bishops for your Catholic witness and leadership for “the true good.”

  • Cyril Delencre
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    May God bless President Obama with the Holy Spirit, AMEN!

  • Eric O.
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    With all due respect, and I grew up in, and love the Church, it’s reasons like this why I have left it several years ago. Except for weddings, funerals, etc., I will not return until they take a more forceful stand against (supposed) “Catholic” politicians like VP Biden, Sen. Kerry, Rep. Pelosi, the Kennedys, et al. If it takes excommunication, so be it, but the Church seems to be standing idly by while they make a mockery of our faith. They’re letting the inmates run the proverbial asylum. They need to take a stand and do what’s right. The time for action is now! Actually, it’s way past due. Thank you. Take care & God bless.

  • Brad C
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, what do you believe the future of this issue is in the U.S.? It seems to be gaining popularity, and it is inevitable that the country will eventually accept same-sex marriage. As the decade ensues the percent accepting it as the norm will increase dramatically. What will the Church do should it become the national norm, legal and accepted?

  • Eric O.
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    PS-The same goes for those who are pro-choice on the abortion issue.

  • Sharon Rainey
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    I appreciate your comments, everyone is entitled to their opinion, that is one of the things I love about our country. We are allowed to voice our opinion. On the other hand, how do you justify the fact that you believe you are right in your opinion. Times have changed dramatically in the world. The times when the bible was written, the people and the Lord didn’t know about such things so how do you know what he would have thought of same sex marriages. The times were so different right down to the length of the hours, minutes, etc. Until you yourself have spoken to the Lord and he has spoken back to you, you really cannot express what the Lord thy God would say about the issues of today. I would be very willing to hear what the Lord thy God would say and very interested in it also. I really think the President is doing a great job of being fair to the people of the country, and I also think the Lord would have been just as fair if he were in this time period also. Thank you for listening to my opinions.
    Your Eminence,
    Sincerely,
    Sharon Rainey

  • VIVIAN CUADRAS
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    “Then the Lord said: “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me. I mean to find out.”

    “If I FIND fifty innocent people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

    WAKE UP AMERICA – THE VISITATION COULD COME SOONER THAN YOU THINK!

  • Nate Wood
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    As i understand it…

    Divine judgment by Yahweh passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah along with two other neighboring cities that were completely consumed by fire and brimstone.

    One man, one woman. No he & he and no she & she? It is not normal!

    We should not support acts of sin. Nasty acts of sin.

  • Nate Wood
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    I stand behind Cardinal Dolan and I stand along side of him. We need men, and women, to stand-up and state that we do not agree with men marrying men, nor women marrying woman.

  • bill Crew
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Is this same “institution” that has a divorce rate of about 50%? The same “institution” in which one out of four wives are battered? The same “institution” and “cornerstone” that the Church will give annulments to those with enough money?
    It is way past time for the Church to stop with all of the hypocrisy. Marriage between people of the same sex does NOT harm the”Institution.” I await one credible statement that would outline precisely how such marriages are harmful to the “institution.” Without that, your words are empty and meaningless.

    FYI – I am a straight Catholic who is barely hanging on in a Church that would rather go after gays and nuns than to really clean up its house.

  • MaryG
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    I too am saddened — for the many, many Catholic souls that are being lost to the fires of hell over the evil spewing from the White House. I trust that as we close in on November, you will soon put on your Shepherd hat and address the confused flock. There are weapons that kill wolves. We have them. We can vote and we can pray. And with those weapons we will deliver our Church (and our country) from the darkness that has fallen over our land. We can vote and we can pray. God help us if we do not use both. God help us and save us.

  • Ann Marie Barry
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan, doesn’t the Bible state, “We are all made in God’s image”? “We all are God’s children”? If so, don’t you think God would approve that all his children are treated equally? Also, would you not agree that divorce is the one thing that hurts families the most?

  • Matt Faust
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    What a shame to be so backwards yet so arrogant. You as a bunch bachelors know anything about marriage. No wonder people are being driven away from the Catholic Church.

  • Mark Wagenaar
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    I thank you for your moral and spiritual leadership, Cardinal Dolan. It’s appreciated.

  • kris
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    @ Nate Wood: Do you sin? Aren’t you sins nasty? Please keep in mind that unless you are in someone’s bedrooms, you have no idea that they are or are not sinning, no matter what their orientation is. A married heterosexual couple could be in more sin than any homosexual couple, we will never know an individual’s/couple’s hearts unless they flat out admit to sinning to us, which they don’t have to.

    Anyone: In the context of government, separate from Church, there really is not a reason to stop any “marriage”…but within the context of the Church, where it is clearly the teaching that marriage is both uniting and procreative, that limits those who can enter into it together. The difference lies in how we define love and joy. If you define love as being happy because you are getting what you need out of something, a relationship (again, no matter the orientation) is going to lead to sin eventually. If you truly want to lead the other person to holiness, and help them to avoid sin, you love them in a selfless way, sin will rarely come from that. If sexual acts outside of marriage is sinful, and your relationship can never fit into what marriage is, in it’s simple essence, then it’s pretty clear what lines should/shouldn’t be crossed. The Church does not base it’s teaching on popular opinion or what some countries make legal.

  • Sarah B.
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    When men and women follow the fullness of the Church’s teaching on married life, including refraining from engaging in contracepted sexual acts, the divorce rate is almost zero. Attacking the Church for supporting traditional marriage when many marriages are riddled with abuse, adultery, and divorce is a false argument – the Church provides all kinds of resources and helpful direction for married and engaged couples. To point to failed marriages where the parties involved ignored Church teaching is to ignore the issue at hand and really to put a color on the Church that is not truly there. The Bible is far from silent on the issue of marriage. Old and New Testament contain instruction saying that man should not lie with man as with a woman, and people of the same gender should not burn with lust for one another. Jesus also speaks out against divorce. Repeating God’s natural laws is not the same as “discrimination” or “hatred.” People with sexual inclinations towards those of their own gender are no less loved or valued. But the definition of marriage as created by God remains the same. God’s plans are right for EVERYONE whether they realize it or not. It would be supremely unloving to guide people away from God’s plans for them by lying to them about God’s intention for their lives. This is a false charity based on sentimentality.

  • Irwin
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    I stand 100% WITH the Church and Archbishop Dolan!!! The Faithful must forcefully reject these abominations. Keep The Faith!

  • Alison
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Timothy – I agree with you. I pray for you and will continue to pray for our nation and President Obama.

    It is discouraging that we are not permitted to believe as we like, but others insist we ‘accept’ and ‘tolerate’ when we do not get afforded the same courtesy.

  • Mary Liz
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    What I hear from Eric O & Matt is that we are either not strict enough to call out other Catholics to conduct themselves to the teachings of Christ or that Christ’s teachings on marriage don’t matter because they are backwards? I think both of you could use some RCIA/CCD/ Catholic Faith Formation classes. The Church is not backwards, society is. “calling what is evil good, and what is good evil.” The Church has always been advocating heterosexual marriage since the beginning. “Adam and Eve” Male & Female, St. Paul’s Letters (Ephesians Chapter 5) are very clear as well as Christ in Matthew Chapter 19: Vs 4 – 6, I tell you this, the Authority of the Magisterium comes Christ Jesus himself. And nothing the president says is going to change what the Church professes in Christ Jesus. Jesus is married to the Church, and vice versa. The Religious marry Christ Jesus. So they know a whole heck of a lot of the Sacramental meaning of Marriage from their vows in Holy Orders. Faithfulness, Loving unconditionally, Forgiveness, it’s intertwined with every Marriage. If you claim Priests don’t know what marriage is because they’ve never had a Marriage you obviously don’t get it. They are married to their vocation to serve God in celibacy. No matter what a person feels about another person, acting on lust will never justify the action. Gay sex is a lustful act, just as any other act of fornication. So I pray for you Matt that you learn not to make declarations of the Backwardness of the Church, because they are transcendent of TIME and Social Issues, timeless, defying human understanding for over 2000 years, surviving plagues, Schisms, wars, political persecution, scandal, poor faith formation, closing parishes, etc. etc. etc. The Church will survive this too. Because it’s not about power, or political platforms, it is about Love of Neighbor (AGAPE LOVE not EROS) Learn the greek translation of the words of the Bible and it becomes clearer that we Americans need to delve deeper into the true meaning of Christ’s teaching. It’s not our place to JUDGE anyone else’s conduct, they will be held accountable for their actions. We are called to Love gays, straights, singles, married, children, old and young. All man kind are God’s children. No matter what creed they profess. We have to stand united against perversion and stand up to legitimized evil policies. I pray that we all learn to Love like Jesus loved. Lord Jesus Christ defend the Catholic Church from weak Christians and interior discord. Amen.

  • Erika
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    To say that the Bible is old & dated & that back then things were different & question its validity in today’s age & to say that no one back then had any idea of how things were going to be & go in the future?? you are basically saying that God himself is not all knowing! homosexuality has been around for THOUSANDS of years! & it is stated in both the Old & New Testament that it is “WRONG” & we are encouraged & advised to stay away from it! God yes does LOVE us all unconditionally! & created us equal in his image. that does not mean his ideology is that of “oh its okay sweetie if it makes you feel good do it. i still love you” ….NO…..what kind of Father would he be then? He prevented an adulteress from being stoned to death, by yes reminding others they are no better “he who hath not sinned cast the first stone” …..after that….the story continues! He then told the woman to go & SIN NO MORE!!!! He held EVERYONE accountable! He stood on his side of the fence…not hers & not their’s! he has made is ABUNDANTLY clear in the scriptures what is right & what is wrong, what & how to stay away from sin & what HE declares as sinful! not man! We are walking a tight rope with him in redefining what HE HAS ALREADY declared to be right & wrong! those who are in support of it & legislate it….WILL be judged by him on their actions! Jesus teaches us to Love the sinner but to hate the sin! Yes he loves us all, that being said that does mean he condones & agrees with our choices & belief’s outside of what he teaches to be moral! & we will be held accountable! he was very quick to let people know their sins, tell them to sin no more & yes still love them. we are to love & pray for our enemies not condone or enable their sins. We are called to hold each other accountable as Christians, to confess & repent! we have no right to redefine the meaning of love itself! Love does not mean just “going with the flow” to condone & say its okay….LOVE is also TOUGH! LOVE is having the courage to hold each other accountable as Christians….it is not “Judgement” we have really redefined these two words…..Love & Judgement! being accountable is now “judgement” & Love all of a sudden is patting someone on the head, staying quiet, agreeing to disagree, not hurt feelings, to accept the sins too & be passive! Jesus wasn’t passive!! God has his own “Tough Love” too. his love goes from hugs & kisses to ….”you are wrong! change your ways!” & he is clear on the out comes of when we do not “change” & we ignore his ways! he is love…..& he is also Jealus! even God Loves Lucifer, but Lucifer chose his own fate! & we will too when it is unveiled to us how he see’s us……will you then feel worthy to pick heaven or hell? EVERYTHING you do here on earth will determine the outcome of your judgement day & that can be scary especially when we are blatantly ignoring how God calls us to live & bring others to HIM! I love my kids & will raise them in his ways, if they were to choose homosexuality I can still love them & not agree with their choice & not enable it. keeping God’s law firm in my life! I will not nor should I be told or expected to conform to the ideology that fully accepting my kids choice is proving or showing them love! NO….upholding God’s laws & ways…..IS SHOWING THEM LOVE! people need to change their perspective on LOVE! & God’s definition of it! it does go from one extreme to another & he does it without contradiction, he is steadfast in what is right & wrong! you can love without totally conforming! & people who choose to be liberal & Catholic….don’t blame the church leaders or the pope for that! even God himself does not interfere with our choice to accept or reject his ways! I have not heard the church in anyway support such Catholics! newsflash there is no such thing as the perfect church! I’d rather be apart of an imperfect church that God knows its not perfect, but where the scriptures are taught FULLY without omissions, misrepresentations, & out of context, & also EUCHARIST! I am not expected to agree with every waking little thing the church teaches. we can agree to disagree on issues even with the pope…..I’m not gonna go church hopping over it though! because guaranteed I will find something I disagree with in another church! I am not about to go finding a church that convenient to my ideologies & my ways to conform to me. NO….I am to conform to Christ! & the Catholic church teaches & promotes that without conforming to the world as Jesus did! HELLO why wouldn’t we? we are infact the TRUE church Jesus handed to his apostles! & Jesus knew it wasn’t going to be perfect either! but its better than nothing!

  • MaryG
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Twitter of Cardinal Napier (@CardinalNapier)
    5/9/12 11:42 PM
    Obama on same sex “marriage” begs question: Is next evolution to “earth is flat” or “sun revolves around the earth” or “sun rises in west”.

  • Peter Walters
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    Thank you very much for you ongoing thoughtful, well reasoned teaching of divine truth.
    How arrogant we can become as we try to change God’s plan for His people to fit our own prideful nature. We are with you. The love you show toward Our father and his people by speaking the truth in season and out is deeply appreciated from these quarters in Muncie, IN.
    GBY,
    Peter Walters

  • Cliff Gibbs
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    St. Augustine said it best, “Right is right even if no one is doing it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it!” What better way to promote secularist atheism than to attack and distort the true definition of marriage! As Christians we are compelled by Christ Himself to love ALL God’s children, but we cannot merely accept as TRUTH flawed, and politically skewed rhetoric as such.

  • vivian cuadras
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    People of God:

    If God made us in His image – this image is a divine image. Yes, we are man and woman, creatures of God, who are made FOR God. We are on a journey BACK to the Father.

    We must recall God’s plan for us. We are to procreate those souls that are already spoken for in the kingdom. Now, just for a moment, think of a “marriage” of the same sex. If this union is to consider procreation, it must “steal” from another’s seed. If two persons of the same sex want to live “under the same roof” -there is no sin in this. Again, there is no sin in living under the same roof with one of the same sex. BUT — There is NO sexual activity involved. Now the question remains – Why am I not permitted to engage in sexual activity with the same sex? I will go further: Why am I not permitted to engage in sexual activity outside of marriage? Still further: Why am I not permitted to do what I want, when I want it, and how I want it? AFTER ALL, AM I NOT MY OWN GOD?

    Remember that the soul lives on. In this lifetime, how is the body cooperating with the divine plan? What fruits have we produced that we may offer God when we ask to enter into the kingdom? What souls will we bring to God? Then again, HOW WILL WE BRING FORTH LIFE IF WE LIVE SELFISHLY FOR OUR OWN PLEASURES?

    While we can point out failed marriages, that does not justify re-defining marriage. Failed marriages result from selfishness also.

    Therefore we do not need to re-define marriage, rather we need to cooperate with he Divine Plan. Or have we lost our faith in God?

  • AndyP/Doria2
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Can anyone name any time in the history of this planet that marriage was legally between two men or two women?

    We make Sodom and Gommorah look like day camp.

    Our Lady of Fatima showed the three children an image of hell. It
    was too horrifying to describe. The children said they saw souls falling into hell like snowflakes.

    Too many people do not believe in Hell.

    They will.

    Eternity is a long time. Repentance is the order of the day.

    I fear for our nation.

  • Steven
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    There is no denying marriage was and still is only between a man and a woman. Any other opinion to the contrary is what some people on earth desire…not what God desired and created. It is another example of seeking our own desires which are usually quite contrary to God’s desires. That is why this Earth is mostly a place of restlessness and anger until we realize what is incorruptable is far superior to what is corruptible. The only incorruptable one is Jesus Christ..all knowing and all powerful.

    In the end…He created man and woman for marriage. I think we all have to stop making this so complicated. I pray for any couple in love but I also uphold the sanctity of the only true marriage. This is man and woman.

  • Kanna
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Thank you to Cardinal Dolan for standing up for the Truth!

  • Steven
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    This is not about “Catholic arrogance” or “backwardness” This is simply about the Holy Church defending the Sacrament of marriage. I have no hate towards any couple but that does not mean I throw away my beliefs regarding marriage…no matter how many people agree or disagree with me.

  • Charlotte Rosemeier
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan I support and applaud you for speaking out and standing up for what is right. I am Catholic, a mother, a wife, and a firm beleiver in the importance of protecting the institution of marriage between one man and one woman. God created man and woman to become one body within the sacrament of marriage in a natural act that is open to the wonderful possibility of creating another life.

  • Maria
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    You Eminence:

    With all due deference, may I again ask you why you and Cardinal Wuerl are silent on Sebelius speaking at the commencement exercises at Georgetown University? How on earth can we call anyone outside our Church to follow Christ’s precepts if we cannot defend them in our own Church?

  • Gene Sullivan
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal for this prompt response to the President’s sad announcement. It is rather obvious his campaign needed more financial support and thus this support for same sex marriage. It is now clearer that we have a very important choice to make on election day. Please keep up the good (or more properly Godly) work.

  • David M. Klak
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Your Emminence,

    I pray for you, the entire College of Cardinals, the bishops, priests and the Holy Father everyday, as the Church is under attack in so many ways all around the world. I encourage you to continue with your great work of standing up to the sin and evil that is overtaking our country. I do not envy you the fine line you must walk, but pray you continue to walk it welll – trying to be both supportive of our government’s good service to the poeple and yet stand firm against sin.

    Truth is often unpopular, as we’ve heard in upstream comments. But it shall set us free. Keep the faith.

    David Klak

  • Larry H
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Read your Bible, guys! The Bible expressly defines marriage as between 1 man and 1 woman REPEATEDLY. Times have often changed in the last 2000 years and the Church has NEVER re-defined it’s Sacraments during that time. You are not a Catholic because you “want to be”, you are a Catholic because you believe what the Church teaches.

    If you do not like it then maybe you need to do some soul-searching and find out what the Church has been teaching for hundreds of years.

    Also, the Church has one of the strongest groups of young men entering seminaries right now, and they are NOT about to let someone change the definition of marriage. No, society may be trending one direction, but since when was it okay to be a sheep and follow secularism instead of Christ?

  • Steven
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    In answer to Bill Crew’s request for one credible statement regarding how same sex marriage harms the Institution of marriage. There are countless articles written by Catholic Theologians how same sex marriage harms “the institution” of marriage. Some articles are right on this blog.

    The divorce rate, the abuse of women in a marriage has nothing to do with the Catholic church! It has everything to do with free will of the human beings involved in those marriages that are abusive or wind up in divorce.

  • Michael Lucci
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    What did God intend marriage to be? Because opinions are opinions, however God speaks the truth, so what do you think when Adam and Eve were made.. they did things the way God intended and the world became populated. The world would become extinct if not for marriage between a man and a woman

  • Steven
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    In response to Sharon Rainey..the Lord did not know about such things!! You mean the Lord that created man and woman for specific reasons (Procreation being the main one) You mean the Lord that is beyond past, present, and future? The all knowing and creator of all things. That Lord did not know??? The Lord expressed his true and unchanging belief about marriage when he created Man and Woman. I believe Adam and Eve destroys your point.

  • Annonymous
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Yes, God created us in His image. That image is LOVE.

  • Sandy Muller
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    Reason #327 that I have no regrets about leaving the Catholic Church. No one is telling the churches that they have to marry gay couples. What business does the Catholic Church have in the lives of gay non-Catholics?

  • Annonymous
    May 10, 2012 Reply

    In marriage we sacrifice for the sake of our spouse. that is called Love. In our marriage of 26 years, i know that i have not sacrificed as much as a priest. They give their whole life for the sake of their spouse “the Catholic Church.”

  • Joana Livoti
    May 11, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan and all the bishops for your timely and powerful and succinct response to President Obama’s comments in support of the redefinition of marriage!

    Unfortunately, President Obama, has once more attacked our Christian faith, the Natural/Divine Law and our core Christian belief in the Sanctity of Marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    I stand with you in solidarity in the defense of marriage as the union of one man and one woman and pray for President Obama that he and his Administration may do likewise and may this be reflected in their actions.

  • LorAnge
    May 11, 2012 Reply

    God bless you cardinal Dolan mariage is a serious institution that must be protected and supported for society to continue growing and stay strong.

  • michael mattioli
    May 11, 2012 Reply

    I would very much like to see our Bishops use the great amounts of money and energy they spend on fighting to prevent people from loving each other to feed the poor and the homeless instead… In the long run, love will win out… it is the way of God.

  • ahem
    May 11, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan:

    Have you seen the article, “ObamaCare’s Muslim Exemption”, at PJ Media? The healthcare law will not apply to Muslims, who, apparently, do not believe in the concept of “insurance.”

    “In a curious way the privilege granted Muslims and denied to most others translates into what Muslims call “dhimmitude,” or the taxing of non-Muslims in exchange for the acceptance of their presence. Intentionally or not,

    ObamaCare allows for the establishment of this practice and Sharia dictates in the United States. Conversely, if a Christian refuses to pay for required health care insurance, liens can be placed against assets and hard prison time could accompany noncompliance. Non-Muslims are, in effect, paying a tax to subsidize Muslims.”

    Also, please note that the National Defense Authorization Act, passed in January of this year, nullifies virtually every other article of the Bill of Rights. The fight for freedom is much larger than the attack on our First Amendment rights. It should be of absorbing interest to _all_ Americans.

    Freedom is in a fight for its life, and we Catholics must make no compromise that would forsake it.

    Christ is Risen!

  • Chris
    May 11, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal,

    You do realize we are not a Theocracy and the Bible is not a law book. Nobody is forcing the Church to change its teachings. If anything the Church and the yourself, have decided to ignore the laity, and embrace fringe right wing politics. From attacking the Americna Nuns and now the girl scouts to looking ot deny female employees health. Now this, the Bishops are almost asking the American Catholics to leave the church and issue 99 new Theses.

  • Irene
    May 11, 2012 Reply

    I agree with the President.

  • PAT F
    May 11, 2012 Reply

    HOW DISTRESSING THAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SEEMS TO BE ADVOCATING A RETURN TO THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE COMING ELECTION BECAUSE OF THE OBAMA STANCE ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE….. STAY OUT OF POLITICS BY JUST NOT ALLOWING SAME SEX MARRIAGES TO TAKE PLACE IN CATHOLIC CHURCHES WOULD BE A CHOICE FOR THE CHURCH..(ALTHOUGH THIS WOULD ALIENATE MANY CATHOLICS WHO WOULD TURN AWAY FROM THE CHURCH)… A MORE PRONOUNCED STANCE ON PRIEST ABUSES WOULD HAVE BENEFITTED THE CHURCH MORE THAN THIS PRONOUNCED EMPHASIS ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT PICKING A FIGHT ON THIS ISSUE IS THE WRONG WAY TO GO INSTEAD OF NOT THINKING ABOUT THE EFFECTS A RETURN TO THE OLD WAY WOULD DISENFRANCHISE THE POOR AND DISADVANTAGED.

  • Marge Edwards
    May 11, 2012 Reply

    I will continue to try to excuse statements like this one from the Masters and will also continue to pray for ALL Catholics, Male/Female, gay/straight, ALL God’s children.

  • jodocus
    May 11, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    “The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better.”

    As the spokesperson for an institution that frequently makes headlines around the world by virtue of unimaginable excesses perpetrated by members of this institution against children, children entrusted into your care, you demonstrate a mind boggling lack of humility and unassertiveness. President Obama’s words are not surprising you say! Well, neither is your response. It is based on breathtaking ignorance, non factual perception of society and above all, it’s steeped in arrogance of gigantic proportions. If only for once you’d practice what you preach, perhaps, maybe really, really maybe, the Church could find some positive and meaningful roll within society. But I suggest nobody hold their breath. If 2000 years of Religion instigated bloodletting, misery, grand scale misogyny, and a whole other slew of fine deeds too numerous to mention here haven’t been able to produce some healthy introspection, I’m afraid nothing will.
    The Catholic Church might dress up it’s message in finer cloth, in grander architecture, with lots of snazzy sounding Latin to give it that extra bit of panache. But your message is in essence no different than say, that of those little rays of sunshine at the Westboro Baptist Church… those upstanding Christians with their God hates Fags website.
    Your words, dear Cardinal, only reaffirm the notion that Religion equates to ignorance, which in turn, more often than not, creates and leads to hatred. It encourages an “us and them” mindset, with us being the righteous, the virtuous, the chosen and them being the wicked, the sinful, the villainous and unredeemable. I can’t judge whether it’s your intention or not, but your words breed hatred dear Cardinal. I assume (but have been proven wrong many a time) that you are thoughtful man and as such, you have a personal responsibility to think about the consequences of your words. Sadly, but not surprisingly, you fail miserably in this duty born upon each man in the face of a higher authority.
    The people, and especially the children of this country, nay, the world over, deserve better than to have to listen to or take direction from condescending and arrogant prelates who have much, much to account for.

    But when one believes that you’ve been appointed by God for a particular mission in history, you have to be very careful about that, how you speak about that. Where is the self-reflection in that? Where is the humility in that?

    sincerely,
    Jodocus

  • Melinda Venditti
    May 12, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,
    I am the mother of a gay son, tomorrow being Mothers Day and I couldn’t be more proud and at PEACE with the love I have for him, as well as my other 3 children! With all due respect, being raised Catholic, and still carrying around some of the guilt that was instilled in me from a little girl, I am happy to say that I am finally OVER letting anything yourself and all of the so called saintly people have to say. You should all be ashamed to continue putting out the hatred that comes from your soul. It’s no wonder I have lost respect for the religion I practiced for so many years, but rest assure I have more faith in GOD than I ever had.

  • Scott Striebeck
    May 13, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence:

    It’s time to take off the gloves. You do no one, especially the President, a favor by soft-pedaling the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s time for the Clergy to stop covering the Crucifix for the administration.

    If not as a priest, at least as a man, stand up to this bully, Mr. Obama, and show the strength that Christ did when he ran the money changers out of the Temple.

    God bless you in the task you have been given.

  • Thomas L. Leto III
    May 13, 2012 Reply

    I believe that God created Men and Women to reproduce. It is common logic that EACH and EVERY one of us came from a Women’s womb. I believe that men and women that truly believe they are Gay, are merely confused. I have sat back and watched long enough. Cardinal Dolan/Archdiocese of New York, I BEG you!!! Please help me, help you fight this Abomination. I truly DO have a plan worth going public. I will run against President Obama if it is the only way to Preserve the Truth.

    Sincerely,

    Thomas L. Leto III
    President – US Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce
    CEO/Founder – Fort Knox Hydro

  • Christopher J Xavier
    May 13, 2012 Reply

    Thank You President Obama for speaking your truth, the truth of an ever evolving faith. If only the clergy had been as truthful at the onset of the sex scandal. If only they had been courageous enough to come out of their proverbial closets. If only the chief priests (bishops) had not tried to sweep their sex abuse scandal under the rug and had not moved the perpetrators from parish to parish then perhaps so many children would not have had to suffer sexual abuse at their hands. What hypocrisy for one of the most privileged and elitist old boy networks in the world to judge So good for you President Obama for respecting humanity and recognizing that God is greater than dogma and Christ’s arms are wide enough to embrace all humanity, Jew, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Black, White, Brown, Man, Woman, Priest, Rabbi, Nun, Monk, Mullah, Gay, Straight, Bisexual, Asexual, Transgender, African, Asian, American, European, Christ’s heart has enough love to fill the world. Just look at what Roman Catholic nuns have done in their ministries to the poor and the variety of their ministries, they embody compassion and grace and they recognize they are co-creators with Christ in an ever evolving spirituality that embraces humanity. The old boy network of the Church is feeling threatened by the nun’s mission and so the chief priests will try to squelch it and reign them in and corral them to toe the line under the watchful eye of dogmatic leaders bent on suppressing their mission. President Obama if only the Church and it’s representatives were as genuine and transparent as you have been perhaps they too would evolve. If only they would be living examples of Christ rather than politicking every issue they could be co-creators with Christ in an ever evolving universe again and help to heal the world rather than judging, tearing down and creating divisions.

  • Danii Oliver
    May 14, 2012 Reply

    When did compromise with religion become a concern of the state?

    The first beauty of American life is that our founding fathers forged this country with the explicit separation of Church and State. Segregated religious views are not to interfere with the preservation and guarantee of basic human rights. Rights and privileges granted and protected by the law of the land are the Right of every living being. Sexual preference, race, gender and age (all aspects of our humanity which we cannot control) should not be a point of delineation in the extenuation of those rights.

    Thank goodness this tenant was written down because, today we seem to have forgotten about the separation of church and state. We have been moving out of the dark ages of fear of all things different and in to 21st century enlightenment. We know blacks aren’t savages. We know women can think and hold their own. We know that young and old deserve respect because all bring something to the table. Thus, why is it that we deny some human beings the right to Love and Live together with all the rights and privileges allowed to families?

    Why is an old man denied the right to heal or die with his life partner by his side? Why can’t a woman receive medical care from the hard work and effort her wife puts in at work to be sure their child is taken care of, food on the table, a roof over her family’s head and the assurance of her partner’s health? These are basic rights to love and companionship the very rights that our government and municipalities are fighting over and denying to some.

    If it is illegal for anyone (there being no delineation in any) to get married, it should be illegal for a woman to have a bank account again; we should have white parks and black parks again and senior citizens should pay full price on everything regardless of their after tax social income. But, that would be absurd! How could we go back? People were miserable in the past. Caste systems have fueled many rebellions and caused many migrations with the same goal… to escape the regime. Is America looking to create a revolt or greater civil unrest?

    All of our higher up politicians are American citizens we all live here why would any of them want to make life uncomfortable? Our President who is the living embodiment of Martin Luther King’s Dream – black & white united in peace – is the poster child for how far we have come as a nation when it comes to social rights. He has declared that anyone should be able to marry, so why is he – the overseer of American Human Rights – trying to plead with Church? Church and State are separate. I for one do not want the words and ideas of a Christian, Muslim nor Hindu leader ruling our lives and denying us human rights. I am American I am not muslim, I am not christian, I am free.

    If every religious group has a leader, who stands for those whose faith is education; whose beliefs are about progress? A man and a man will live together a woman and a woman will live together they have always been yet, who has it bothered? No one feels a single thing when others around them live their lives. All those who do feel ill, sick, disgusted, dirty or otherwise when they think about Gay marriage should liken themselves to the lynch mobs of the south, the KKK and slave owners; trying to rule the lives of their fellow men through the denial of rights.

    Marriage is not Religious. If it were, then it would not require a license nor be legally recognized. A child’s name is not legally changed when he goes through the Catholic right of confirmation because that is a religious ceremony. Marriage is a state contract between people who want to share and care for one another, with all rights and privileges allowed by having proof of familial status. The right to care for one’s family should not be restricted to a person’s religious background. It should be decided by the those who so choose to unite as a family unit.

    Religion should be kept out the the decision making when it comes to human rights just as government is kept out of how religions practice their faiths.

  • Rich
    May 14, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    Why do you waste time arguing with our non-Catholic president when there are so many so-called “Catholic” politicians who advise him, encourage him, and agree with him? Where is the discipline for Pelosi, Biden, Cuomo, and all the others who publicly ignore and even criticize divinely given dogmas that they know quite well?
    Until you and the other bishops show some backbone and discipline these people who use their very public offices to make a mockery of Catholic teaching, your words will have absolutely no meaning.

  • Ralph Bak
    May 15, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan: May 15, 2012
    I am very disappointed in your weak response to President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage. A more forceful statement of opposition, based on moral considerations, I feel, would have been more appropriate and effective.
    This is what I would have said: Public immorality (gay marriage/union) has no right under the U.S. Constitution nor under the laws of God. The Golden Rule: Do unto others etc. does not mean to do harm to one’s neighbor as the President is doing by endorsing gay marriage!
    The Catholic teaching of Love the sinner but hate the sin has placed too much emphasis on the former and too little on the latter which has resulted in a grave distortion and diminution of the evil of sin! With respect to sexual morality, we see the consequences of that as regards the gay life-style which enjoys a respectability far beyond its evil and hideous nature.
    Catholics of every walk of life, but especially those who hold political office, must practice what they profess to believe. The moral standards the Church preaches are universal laws for the good of all men. They are not something we are free to pick and choose.

  • Ellen P.
    May 17, 2012 Reply

    Those who are Catholic must adhere to the “CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH, Second Edition”. (First published in the USA in March 2000, dark green cover.)

    “ The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I approved … and the publication of which I today order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church’s faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magisterium. I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion. “ – Pope John Paul II. (pg 5)

    “….the Catechism has raised throughout the world, even among non-Christians, and confirms its purpose of being presented as a full, complete exposition of Catholic doctrine, enabling everyone to know what the Church professes, celebrates, lives, and prays in her daily life.” – Pope John Paul II (pg xiv)

    All Catholics over age 16 must read the CCC, and then they would not question the remarks of Cardinal Dolan which are 100% in accord with the teaching of the Church on this topic.
    I don’t know why all US Bishops do not openly and actively promote the reading of the CCC from the pulpit and all Diocese web sites.

    When Bishops do not publically handle the mortal sin of public SCANDAL with politicians who profess to be Catholic, this CONFUSES the faithful as well as those who might consider becoming Catholic, and others.
    Heretical and/or Schismatic Catholic politicians should be called exactly what they are – HERETICS and/or SCHISMATICS, and they should not be permitted to receive Holy Communion in accord with Canon 915.
    See CCC: #2089 for definition of HERESY and SCHISM.

  • Desmond Browne
    May 17, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for your public statement refuting the POTUS support of so called “Gay Marriage.” An oxymoron if there ever was one. As everyone knows it was just another attempt by Obama to befriend a voting bloc in support of his reelection effort. I too pray for Obama every time I conclude the Lord’s Prayer with the petition, “and deliver us from all evil.” I hope and pray this will be realized in November. Please require or even demand every diocese throughout the nation to read your rejection of the notion of “gay marriage” and its’ incompatability with the teachings of our faith at Mass this coming weekend..

  • James Leach, MD
    May 17, 2012 Reply

    The espoused man and woman are the ordinary ministers of the sacrament of marriage.
    The priest is only a witness. Two human beings can decide for themselves whom they
    want for a life partner, not the Church, not the State. Obama is right!!!

  • Charles Murphy
    May 21, 2012 Reply

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    I think you should also stress that Christian marriage is permanent and faithful.

    This is a matter of civil law, so the church needn’t change practices.

    The church should stop serving as officiants of civil marriages. Only allow Catholic priests and deacons to serve as sacramental witnesses.

  • Patrick
    May 22, 2012 Reply

    Marriage is not some static institution recognized the same throughout the world “the place where all of God’s people live”. It is not something that has remained the same since the beginning of time or since old or new testament writings. Even today in areas of Africa in countries with large percentages of catholics or christians there is a common practice of arranged marriages, an idea unthinkable to people in the USA.

    There are many countries that do not issue marriage licenses. In fact, in the USA it was not common for the govt or the church to issue a marriage license until the end of the civil war…a mere couple of hundred years ago, not thousands. The reason for starting this practice of issuing a marriage license was to insure that whites did not marry “negros”. An idea today that I am sure most people reading this would think is repugnant now. See already how marriage has evolved? Was the catholic church for or against such marriage prohibitions back then? Has it always been the opinion of the catholic church to allow interracial marriages? Or has the teachings changed over time? In fact you can go back a mere 6 months ago to a baptist church in Kentucky that refused membership to thier church to an interracial couple because of their interracial status. After denying the couple membership to the church and public outcry they did eventually vote to reverse this bizarre post-civil war policy.

    Marriage licenses as issued by a government entity provides for civil benefits and responsibilities. It really has nothing to do with the church. However, if the catholic church wishes to maintain ownership of the title of marriage, then all current marriages should be called civil unions in the eyes of the government and marriages in the eyes of the church. In the USA we have a very strong and protected by an ammendment to the constitution a belief of equal and fair treatment under the law.

    The idea or belief that marriage is and ALWAYS has been the same and that is what the church teaches is really not telling the truth.

  • Scott Sullivan
    May 22, 2012 Reply

    Watching you on CBS this morning, I am furious. How dare you say that birth control is religious freedom. I find it hypocritical of you to say that it’s not the governments right to allow for this coverage in insurance, when the church has its nose and hands deep in politics. Sir if your going to play the religious freedom card for one issue, then be prepared to take the blows that come with it.
    I am a gay man and I don’t agree with gay marriage; personal belief but not religious in nature. I do however favor civil unions that give us the same rights as a married couple.
    With the catholic church having more cases of child molestation than any other organization in the world, I think you should clean your own house before you try to influence policy that blankets a nation. Not only are your comments hypocritical, I find them arrogant and asinine.
    I am a Methodist and I find that my church is more accepting of their brothers & sisters in Christ than any other religion.
    This post was not in respect of you but a rebuttle to your disprespectful comments towards gays and lesbians.

  • Christine
    May 22, 2012 Reply

    Until you yourself have spoken to the Lord and he has spoken back to you, you really cannot express what the Lord thy God would say about the issues of today.

    The Lord HAS spoken on theses issues. Unless we are prepared to deny that Sacred Scripture was inspired by the Holy Spirit a bit of humility would be in order.

    Jesus quoted the Old Testament over and over in showing how He was the fulfillment of everything written in the Law and the Prophets. It is from Genesis itself that he said “Have you not read that in the beginning he made them male and female, therefore a man will leave mother and father and cleave to his wife.”

    As a practicing Catholic I stand with the bishops and the Church. We cannot separate our care for the poor from being faithful to the Lord’s teachings.

    Our problem is that we no longer want to hear His Word.

  • Joseph Librizzi
    May 22, 2012 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    There is a contradiction within liberalism in its insistence upon ‘gay marriage’.

    If individual liberty is so important to liberals, if they see the objection to ‘gay marriage’ as an affront to individual rights, if the term ‘marriage’ and the institution of marriage are mere conventions – man made and not based in the nature of life, conceived religiously or not – then why don’t they make up their own new word for ‘gay marriage’?: Civil union? Melded? Combined? Amalgamated? Why not?
    Why this insistence on using the word ‘marriage’?

    
They want what marriage means: unity of opposites, but then have to alter it’s universal meaning – which is an affront on universality as such.

    Liberals want to say the term marriage can mean what we say it means, which is to say that its meaning is man-created, and yet they also recognize, and want to participate in, a unified world, a totality where words and concepts are universal, that is, that they mean the same thing to everyone, in this case that marriage means unity – but now irrespective of what or who is unified.

    We live in two domains simultaneously, this insistence on ‘gay marriage’ confuses these domains: we experience ourselves as separate beings in the world, and we are also conscious participants in ‘a world’ and are oriented by forms that are common or universal. Rejection of gay marriage may infringe on your freedom to participate in what is common or universal but this infringement is only infringement because you want to define your freedom as entailing the right to define the universal from the particular, i.e. individual, level. To define the universal from the particular level reduces the universal, there is no way around this. To claim ‘others’ are ‘oppressing’ you and ‘discriminating’ against you when they reject this claim of sovereignty of the individual, and of your ‘rights’ to define the universal as you see fit, is to reject the meaning of the universal as defining ‘the common world’, i.e. what we share in common as conscious beings.

  • Deacon Gaspar DeGaetano
    May 27, 2012 Reply

    Homily Pentecost Sunday 
    2012 B cycle
    Lectionary: 63
    Second reading is B
    Gospel is B

    We just heard about the Spirit of truth:
    “Jesus said to his disciples:
    “When the Advocate comes 
    whom I will send you from the Father,
    the Spirit of truth 
    that proceeds from the Father,”

    The Spirit of truth! The Holy Spirit!

    I would like to discuss 
    Political correctness 
    vs 
    Christian correctness – 

    that is the error 
    vs the. truth  
    as related to marriage 

    Another way to think of it is 
    the tension between the
    Holy Spirit who inspires the Church in teaching the truth 
    vs 
    the  
    spirit of political correctness that tries to  make a wrong into a right.

    St Paul listed many bad behaviors and good behaviors quite firmly:

    “Now the works of the flesh are obvious:
    immorality, impurity, lust, idolatry,
    sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,
    outbursts of fury,
    acts of selfishness,
    dissensions, factions, 
    occasions of envy,
    drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.

    I warn you, as I warned you before,
    that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
    patience, kindness, generosity,
    faithfulness, gentleness, 
    self-control.”

    The sacrament of Marriage  is one of the two sacraments of service, the other of which is Holy Orders. 
    Those that live in these vocational sacraments
    Should exhibit in some way the 
    “fruit of the Spirit” … Which St Paul describes as:
    “love, joy, peace,
    patience, kindness, generosity,
    faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”     -To others

    I am priveledged to have received both sacraments of service since I have been married for over 40 years and will shortly be celebrating the 5th anniversary of my ordination as a deacon.

     But marriage is my first and longest running sacrament of service

    The beauty and power for good of the sacrament of Marriage is awesome if you reflect on it.

    Lets listen to some beautiful words from the CCC on marriage:

    “1601 “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, 
    is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses 
    and the procreation and education of offspring; 
    this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”

    1604 …
    Since God created him man and woman, 
    their mutual love becomes 
    an image of the absolute and unfailing love with 
    which God loves man. 

    It is good, very good, in the Creator’s eyes. 

    And this love which God blesses is intended to be fruitful …

    1605 Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another:
     “It is not good that the man should be alone.”

    The woman,
     “flesh of his flesh,” his equal, 

    his nearest in all things,

     is given to him by God as a “helpmate”; 

    she thus represents God 
    from whom comes our help.

    “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.””

    What beautiful words on marriage from our catechism!

    Marriage is a blessed state of life where one man and one woman give  love to each other.  
    They were made for each other.
    They complement each other
    – they become one flesh!  

    They also cooperate with God’s power 
    in the procreation of children!

    In contrast, we have a politically correct 
    but very insidious  wrong idea spreading and promoted around the nation by its advocates as some kind of equal right 
    that is now  even endorsed by the president of the US of America  
    whom I quote:

    “”It is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married.” ”
    The president gave this statement on May 9, 2012.

    Sadly this sets an extremely bad example to our citizens and the world and to children. 

    It is Not the truth!
    It is a big error!

    It is  opposed to what marriage really is 
    which is a covenant between one man and one woman

    Taking an abnormal relationship and calling it marriage is a serious offense against the truth of what marriage really is!

    As Saint Paul told the Galatians:

    “Brothers and sisters, live by the Spirit
    and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.
    For the flesh has desires against the Spirit,
    and the Spirit against the flesh;
    these are opposed to each other,
    so that you may not do what you want.”

    I think Saint Paul would have told the president:
     
    I don’t care what you want 
    – “you may not do what you want”

    The truth is the truth, period!!!!

    Our previous bishop who is our Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville  whose province covers Tennessee and Kentucky was quoted in 2010 as saying:

    “Preserving marriage between one man and one woman is a matter of justice; 
    indeed it is one of the premier social justice issues of our time. 
    It does not deny but rather supports basic human rights—especially the rights of children,” Said the archbishop 

    Protecting military chaplains is related to this also:
    Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Catholic military archdiocese wants a law to protect chaplains from witnessing gay marriage, 
    however the White House is against such protection.

    Now all this does not mean that we should hate the sinner:
    We are to hate the sin 
    but love the sinner 
    Always we are to love as Christians 

    We shouldn’t  even judge sin
    We’re not qualified

    An Objective wrong may be obvious as in the absurdity of 
    a man marrying a man 
    or a woman marrying a woman 

    But God is the ultimate judge of sin,
     since He knows the heart and mind of the wrong doer and knows  the wrong doer’s knowledge and intent.

    That is,  
    does the person know what they are doing is a wrong and do they intend to do it?

    But we should still  know wrong when we see it 
    even when it’s clothed with falsely contrived mantles of kindness , freedom, equality and political correctness in an attempt to make what is wrong right.

    We should pray to the Holy Spirit for those who live in inappropriate relationships or promote such relationships 
    that the Holy Spirt help them realize that what they do is against the truth and so against God!

    And then that the Holy Spirit also help them live good and holy lives.

    As Christians we should all exhibit in some way:
    the 
    “fruit of the Spirit” … Which St Paul describes as:
    “love, joy, peace,
    patience, kindness, generosity,
    faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”

    But still firmly oppose the institution of error as a good when we see it
    happening.

    As we prepare to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist where bread and wine become the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 
    through the power of the Holy Spirit;

    Let us give thanks for the coming of the Holy Spirit,
     “the Spirit of truth”,  
    upon the Church which we celebrate today!  

 

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