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Cardinal Dolan: Obama’s ‘gay marriage’ support undermines society


Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is charging President Barack Obama with undermining the “very cornerstone of society” by supporting “gay marriage.”

Cardinal Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, described the president’s  endorsement as “deeply saddening.”

The bishops “cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society,” he said in a May 9 statement. “The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better.”

Cardinal Dolan said that the announcement was “not surprising” based on the Obama administration’s previous actions, which “erode or ignore the unique meaning of marriage.”

He called for prayer and efforts to “promote and protect marriage” in order to “serve the true good of all persons.”

In an unprecedented move, Obama announced his support for “same-sex marriage” in a May 9 interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts.

“I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” he said.

The announcement came just days after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told NBC’s David Gregory that he is “absolutely comfortable” with the idea of homosexual couples marrying.

Previously, Obama had stopped short of endorsing “gay marriage,” saying instead that he opposes discrimination against gay individuals but that his views on the question of marriage were “evolving.”

However, his actions as president have won the praise of gay advocacy groups.

His administration announced in Feb. 2011 that it would not uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes.

He also signed a law repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military.

Obama’s latest statement places him in firm disagreement with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has signed a pledge to uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Romney was quick to voice his opposition to Obama’s stance. [More]





  1. Steve says:

    Uhmm, not sure about Obama and gay marriage, but I’m pretty sure that paying off pedophiles undermines society. Sorry, Dolan, you have lost your moral authority.

  2. Gloria says:

    Obama is a mixed up guy who will change his mind at the drop of a hat, just to get votes. I truly feel very sorry for him; he is a confused soul.

  3. Jeannemarie Simon says:

    How exactly do gay marriages undermine heterosexual marriage? Let’s sove the whole linguistic problem by requiring all couples, gay or straight to first have a “civil union” to fulfill their obligations to the state. Then those who want to can sacralize their rellationship with a religious ceremony named “marriage.” As far as Janet’s implication that homosexual couples were not recognized before “religious doctrine” she needs to know that the many tribes of ancient California not only recognized gay coupling, but honored them with special housing in the center of their villages.

  4. Tony says:

    Catholics understand marriage to be between a man and a woman so that they can share their mutual love for one another and enter into the creative process with God.
    No one, is stopping that, no one is saying Catholics may not beleive that and do that. So what’s the problem?

  5. Leo O'Connor says:

    Sorry,folks,but Catholic administrators are getting more out to lunch by the day.As they wipe the beef gravy from their mouths to make another pompous pronouncement,can they not hear the laughter?

  6. Raymond J Rice says:

    Relationships based on sodomy will not be advocated by the Church.(No matter what Obama and his cohorts believe)

  7. Raymond J Rice says:

    My friend liked the reasons being advanced to redefine marraige. The reasons supporting the marraige of two men are the same loving reasons that would have permitted her to marry her poodle!! (but poodles aren’t Democrats wth Politically Correct lifestyles)

  8. Dr. Sarah A. Dolan says:

    I just left a comment

  9. Dr. Sarah A. Dolan says:

    Why are we making this a religious issue. People marry each other. If you are Catholic and get married in the Catholic Church, the priest is a witness to the marriage. Why shouldn’t gay people have the same rights as
    heterosexual persons. All of the psychological studies done on this issue express the view that the last gene to be expressed before birth(maleness or femaleness) is not expressed in a gay person.
    Thus it is not their fault and it can’t be changed, even though some groups think that it can.
    As we grow older we need one other person within in our life with whom we can express our most intimate thoughts and feelings with so that we can journey together into old age.

    • Fred says:

      Dr. Dolan: Are you for real ?
      It’s a Sacrament and such a marriage is against “natural law.” Get off the feeling level.
      It’s not everybody do your own thing…..Reflect & Engage Faith. Please. Fred

    • Jim says:

      Do you have a few references to “all of the psychological studies” you refer to ? In recent years I have become skeptical of statistical and scientific studies/research. Also, I like to know who funds the research and the credentials of those publishing the results.

    • Will says:

      I have to agree with you, love is love and what business is it of the church to decide what love between too people is valid. I often think about what Christ would say in response to these time, remembering the type of people he hung around with.

  10. Noel says:

    “The bishops cannot be silent…” How true! They take it upon themselves to lecture others – married, single and attached men and women – and protest about affairs of marriage/love, sexuality in all its manifestations. How competent are these single “celibate” and out of touch men to say anything about sexuality, marriage or intimate human and sexual relationships, which they forego? Dear Bishops President Obama has not done away with marriage between a man and a woman!Same-sex love and/or same sex unions/marriage are not damaging traditional forms of man-woman relationships, including marriage. Relax dear bishops and maybe Cardinal Dolan silence is in order!

  11. Janet says:

    While we enter into this unprecedented social experiment, we should remember that marriage between men and women predates religious doctrines. It is present in all cultures regardless of faith. There is much more precedent for plural marriage than this new concoction. This is a Brave New World indeed.

  12. francis Joseph says:

    Beware of wolves is sheeps clothings Jesus warns us. Obama who declares himself a Christan has just told God and Jesus what marrage is, and that he knows what Jesus would do. As America becomes more Pagan and Secular and waters down all Judaic/Christan and Muslim morality, he plays Henrey the V111. Obama has made himself head of the pagan religion of America. To be continued…

  13. Michael Joseph Francisconi says:

    Cardinal Dolan position deeply saddens me he represents intolerance not love. He takes the Church back to a past that none of us are proud of.

    • Nick Gibboni says:

      Jesus Himself was not “tolerant” in the way that many attempt to define tolerance today. When Jesus forgave sinners, did He confirm them in their sin? No, He told them that they were forgiven, but also “now go and sin no more” (see John 8: 1-11). The love of our Lord is True love, not an “anything-goes, we’re all ok, all you need is love” 1960′s-based hippie kind of love. Let’s take our understanding of God’s just Agape love back to what is truly is and always has been, not what we want it to be just because we think it seems or feels right, fair, or obvious to us. As far as taking the Church “back to a past that none of us are proud of”: Eternal Truth cannot and does not change based on the opinions and whims of a particular time or culture. Catholic moral teaching, which has been handed down to us from the Apostles, cannot change just because our opinions do at this time in human history. To argue otherwise would be to propose that their is no such thing as a Truth that is not relative. And what a messy, sad, heretical, anti-Christian sentiment that is.


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