Catholic Church Has Been 'Out-Marketed' on Gay Issues: Top Cardinal

And more from the Sunday talk shows
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2013 1:32 PM CST
This Nov. 11, 2013 photo shows Cardinal Timothy Dolan, of New York, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivering remarks at the conference's annual fall meeting in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

(Newser) – The Catholic Church may be "pro-traditional marriage," but it's "not anti-anybody," Cardinal Timothy Dolan said today on NBC's Meet the Press. The church has simply "been out-marketed" when it comes to the issue of gay marriage, and "caricatured as being anti-gay," the Archbishop of New York continued. "When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it's a tough battle." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial, per Politico:

  • Dolan also said the Church could have been a "cheerleader" for ObamaCare, seeing as Catholic bishops are "for universal, comprehensive, life-affirming healthcare." The problem? The Affordable Care Act "isn't comprehensive, because it's excluding the undocumented immigrant and it's excluding the unborn baby."
  • Speaking of ObamaCare, Rep. Mike Rogers said on the same program that's security standards show a "sheer level of incompetence." Specifically, he claimed, "The security of this site and the private information does not meet even the minimal standards of the private sector."
  • On ABC's This Week, former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon weighed in on the Iran nuclear deal ("a very solid achievement") and Afghan President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign the US-Afghan security agreement ("reckless").
  • And on CNN's State of the Union, Howard Dean and Rick Santorum sparred over ObamaCare. At one point, Santorum asked, "Is the president competent to do his job?" and Dean responded that though ObamaCare is not "ideal," "I fail to see how it has anything to do with the president’s competence. I lose my patience with this nonsense."
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