Cardinal Dolan: Church Needs Better Gay Outreach

Defense of marriage shouldn't be 'reduced to attack on gay people'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 31, 2013 10:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – As Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter today, Cardinal Timothy Dolan was singing his praises on ABC's This Week, calling the new pope "a real shot in the arm for us as Catholics"—and calling for a more inclusive approach toward gay Catholics. "The first thing I'd say to them is, 'I love you, too,'" he said. "And God loves you. And we want your happiness." Of the church's outreach, Dolan admits "we haven't been too good at that. We gotta do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people."

But Dolan was firm on gay marriage, notes Politico: "Sexual love is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally." Cardinal Donald Wuerl was also pressed on the matter, saying that while "the Catholic Church welcomes everyone" and that he personally would "walk with" all the church's members, "you're not supposed to be following a moral law apart from what Christ has said to us."

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, talks during an interview in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, talks during an interview in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Angelo Carconi)
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